November 24, 2016

A bag for my car made out of old pants

On Pinterest I saw all these car bags so I thought I want one too.
And I had this pants, which I absolutely loved 10 years ago, but they are quite tight and some seams ripped, I didn't wear them for years. Size change or DIY needed to be done. I figured they would make a perfect car bag.

I cut out a piece from the hips with some pockets. It's part of the left leg. 

The cut-out piece

Then I had to fix this little hole that I made trying to fit into the pants ;-)

And there was this little pocket you can see on the right side of the cut-out piece. I wanted to hang the bag next to the gear shift so it would be on the co-drivers side. That way the little pocket would be useless. So I stitched it together on the outside and opened it on the inside.

Inside view of the little pocket
The little pocket inside the bag works now perfectly for me.

I stitched the two open sides together (left side of course) to form the bag and added a ribbon at the top.
Didn't take very long - approx. 30 minutes - and I had my car bag.

November 16, 2016

Blogs I love and which you should give a chance

As most other bloggers, I love to read other blogs too. They are a must for inspiration, information and interactions. So here are the ones that I follow for quite some time now and I'd strongly recommend you to take a look.

Blogs in ENGLISH

Category Sewing

four square walls
Sadly she has not posted for a year now. I hope she gets started again!
Here you can find a lot of sewing projects with information which patterns is used and how it is made. Includes good quality photos with beautiful herself as model. Also some tips as stitches and techniques.

Lots of sewing projects with good photos, describtion and - what I like very much here - what went wrong and what went really well. Also sometimes great tips such as the latest tutorial for fixing jeans zippers.

So. Many. Long. Posts. Here.
Find here travel tips, lots of DIY stuff (clothes, decorations, shoes, accessories, presents, ...), lifestyle topics and fashion posts, all with very beautiful photos.

Pearls & SCISSORS 
Currently kind of on parental leave. Shows lots of nice sewing projects, mostly fashion and accessory.

the quirky peach
Detailed sewing projects with a lot of information, mostly dresses.

Category Goth

See which fashion items this finnish beauty buys and makes (she made a cape which is absolutely georgous!). Also shows goth books, decorations and tells about some awesome stuff she does (like concerts or short travels). Quite artistic photos.

The Everyday Goth
This may be like THE goth blog. Twice a week posts about everything that has to do with the topic. What she wears, a lot of calendar and planning stuff, decorations and personal thoughts (think about cemetaries).

Totally love the outfits shown here.

Graveyard Picnic
Beautiful inspiring outfits.

Amazing outfits and jewellry.

Actually this is more grunge, but definitely all fashion related. Find here posts with collected pictures from other blogs / Pinterest / whatever internet resources - so great for inspiration.

Not goth, but all-black outfits and they all look wonderful. Often find her photos on pinterest, which doesn't surprise me as they look so professional.

Hope she will post again soon. Discusses all types of goth topics; fashion, make-up, lifestyle...

Category Skincare

eleonoras blog
Not updated for several months, I do hope posts will start again soon!
Recently wrote in english, older posts are all german. Topics are cosmetics (cruelty free), fair fashion and stuff regarding life (like body image).

the beauty department
Well, this is mostly decorative cosmetics. They show a lot of useful tips. Make up inspirations (especially eye), hair styles, hair colours. Also tell which products they use and recommend.

Beautiful with Brains
One of the best skincare blogs in english I found so far. A lot of reviews for hyped products and different agents. Discusses irritant-free products.

Was macht Heli?
Writes in german and english.
Irritant-free skincare (INCI) and decorative cosmetics.

Blogs in GERMAN

Category Sewing

Wahrhaft verrückt. Im positiven Sinne. Fantastische Nähprojekte mit super Beschreibung! Finde hier auch die Photos sehr ansprechend, da die oft ausgefallenen "Posen" erfrischend anders sind und da möchte ich auch direkt gleich raus in die Natur.

Category Skincare

Regelmäßige Reviews aktueller Hype-Produkte, aber auch von Neuheiten und weniger bekannten Artikeln. Sowohl Pflege, als auch Schönes zum Gesicht Bemalen :-)
Bewertet Produkte nach Reizfreiheit (INCI), Anwendung und Wirkung. Gibt auch Preise an, wo sie erhältlich sind und ob sie z.B. vegan sind.

Once Upon A Cream
Hab angefangen hier zu folgen wegen der Kosmetik, gibt aber auch zahlreiche andere tolle Beiträge etwa über Zero Waste Themen oder bezüglich Tieren (Tierschutz, Vegan, Zoo). Die Bloggerin ist vegan, daher natürlich ein Schwerpunkt hier.

FRÄULEIN Immergrün
Dekoratives (Nagellacke, Lippenstifte, Foundations,...) mit INCI und ausführlicher Review, auch mit Info ob vegan oder nicht. Gelegentlicher travel post und ganz lecker der Küchensonntag - leckere Rezepte, nichts Gewöhnliches!

Einer meiner Gurus was reizfrei betrifft. Top informiert und daher Top-Beiträge zu teurer und günstiger Gesichtspflege. Ausführliche Bewertung nach INCI und Wirkung. Dazwischen bisschen Dekoratives und alles mit hübschen Photos.

Naturkosmetik, Eco Fashion und Gedanken zum Minimalismus. Leider momentan kaum neue Posts, aber hier lohnt sich hartnäckig sein.

Noch eine meiner reizfrei-Gurus. Bringt regelmäßig informative Beiträge zu bestimmten Inhaltsstoffen, Reviews zu bestimmten Marken, vieles zu Sonnenschutz! Hauptsächlich Hautpflege, aber auch Dekoratives.

Super Twins
Auch hier gehts um reizfreie Gesichtspflege und INCI-Bewertung. Hauptaugenmerk Anti-Aging, aber wird auch toll erklärt, wofür das Produkt oder der Inhaltsstoff noch gut ist.

uncover skincare blog
Ist halt der Blog einer Frau Dr. mit eigener Gesichtspflege-Firma. Finde die Informationen hier sehr gut. Themen sind Anti-Aging wie auch verschiedene Hautprobleme und Inhaltsstoffe.

Reizfreie Hautpflege; endlich eine, die einen ähnlichen Hauttyp wie ich hat. Zahlreiche Reviews zu den unterschiedlichsten Produkten!

This is it! Now you know what kind of blogs I like. Do you read blogs which could be interesting for me?

November 12, 2016

Little holes in shirts II

In summer I showed you the first holes I 'repaired' (see How to deal with little holes in shirts). But if you have an old wardrobe as I have and tend not to throw anything older than a few years away, maybe you also find more and more holes over time.
Well, at least I did and so I had to fix some more.

This is one shirt with two holes in it. I bought the shirt many years ago - don't know anymore which shop it is from but I'm sure it's one of those "low quality - made by 1$ chinese workers" stores. And low quality it is. I love the cut of the shirt, but the fabric is very thin, I mean like low-quality-thin, not perfect-for-summer-thin.
And somehow somewhen it had those holes.
I decided to use just coloured thread this time, but let's just have a look:

Sorry for the bad quality! Hole number one, sewn together with lilac thread 
Hole number two, sewn together with rose coloured thread 
Another perspective, more from the side

Side again

As you can see, both holes are at the bottom end

For anyone interested, both holes are not even 1 cm diameter. So yeah, you can see them, but it was my purpose to not make it look ugly and for me I achieved that.

I did both by hand-sewing, so you need just thread and a needle.

Any tips on how you guys deal with holes? Please don't tell me to just throw it away - I try to use everything as long as possible to minimize useless consumption ;-)

Outfit - Casual is always a good choice

These days I have a lot of things to do.
Though study is pretty easy at the moment, most of all because I take it so easy and not let it stress me out, there is so much to do for the house we are building, so much decisions to make, meetings to attend to and browse through the whole internet to find inspirations.
Also I am part of a musical society and our concert is soon, which means a lot of practicing is needed.
I just can't find time to do all the things I wish to do, like more DIY, changing my old clothes and photographing. Not talking of the animal rescue association I'm member in, for which I should and want to do way more shifts.

Anyways, because of that time problem I don't do very much make up currently. Just put on some comfy clothes and that's it.

Like this basic outfit I was wearing a few days ago...

And I bought new shoes at Deichmann for about €25. They are so leightweight you almost don't feel them at all. They perfectly match my current love for lace and I needed new everday sneakers anyway.