Baby Gown – Another Way To Repurpose A T-Shirt

I found another way of recycling or repurposing old T-shirts through this website. It is a really great and cute idea that allows you to use T-shirts you might not want to transform into corsets. You can find the tutorial I used here. It was not easy, especially that I do not sew garments, but the result is really satisfying. Only…who knew a baby can be so small?! 😉

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One Day Quilt

I made a quilt yesterday! OK, before you think I’m mad, I have to explain that I already had the squares ready (I got them from my Mother-In-Law).

I also tied the layers instead of hand- or machine-quilting them. I’ve always wanted to have a tied quilt, and now I do.

There were 24 squares altogether, but I decided that a quilt 4×6 squares would be too narrow (plus I was too lazy to make a border 😉 so I turned the remaining 4 squares into a quilted pillowcase.

That was fun! I think I’ll make more tied quilts in the future.



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My First Alabama Chanin Corset

I finally did it! I made a corset out of an old T-shirt Alabama Chanin style! Yesterday I copied and cut out the patterns and today I cut the fabric (I de-constructed the T-shirt awhile ago though) and sewed everything by hand.

While in the States for Thanksgiving, I was given a bunch of unwanted T-shirts (by my Parents-In-Law) which I asked for specifically in order to make a few corsets.

All the patterns and instructions come from one of the books by Natalie Chanin. Both her work and her philosophy are really worth checking out! She seems to be an incredibly inspiring person.

It took me only a few hours to sew it by hand and I liked the result well enough that I’ve already started making a new one 🙂

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Real Italian Bar in Krakow!

It is very difficult to start blogging after a break, but here I am and I have some great news. While on vacation in Krakow, some friends took us to a real Italian coffee bar! We were sooo happy, because we got quite used to drinking Italian coffee and no other kind really satisfies us anymore, because they all seem somehow watery and diluted in comparison.

You can find the bar in the Kazimierz area of Krakow (former Jewish quarter), in Plac Wolnica. It is not very far from the Old Town, but if you are in a hurry, you need to take a tram.

It is owned by a real Italian named, obviously, Antonio (me and my husband spent half an hour talking to him- in Italian of course – he is a very, very nice person!) and looks exactly the same like most of the bars we frequent here in Rome. The biggest difference, and one – I have to admit – in favor of the Cracovian one is the presence of very comfortable sofas. In Italy usually you have to drink your coffee while standing at the bar and if you want to sit down you have to pay extra.

In the Antonio Caffe though you can sit and enjoy your coffee, have a real Italian aperitivo and even try Italian cuisine. I recommend it to everybody who is planning on visiting Krakow for the EURO 2012 or whatever other reason. If you know your coffee, you’ll need to go to Antonio Caffe!

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Trip To Florence

Last week I went to Florence with my husband and his family.

It was my second trip to Florence…

…but I was so happy to be able to see all this beauty again!

They have an abundance of awesome statues just sort of scattered around the piazzas…

…and palazzos…

…as well as my favorite grottesche…

…and even more beloved sweets! 😉

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Vader Bag

It is now a tradition for me to sew something for my husband before he goes to one of his exhibitions, and I don’t only mean instrument bags.

The other day I bought a pair of Star Wars jeans for 2 euros in a second hand market. It had a lot of interesting details and so I decided to turn it into a bag.

The best part was a big Vader helmet. I decided to put in on the flap.

I also love the silver spaceships on black background. Interestingly, they were hidden inside of the pockets! They had to be shown.

I’m glad the Force was strong with me, because the Dark Side used one of the Vader buttons to knock out my needle! Luckily it didn’t break.

Here you can see two of the suspicious buttons.

As modeled by the proud owner…

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My Birthday

Today is my birthday and a few friends were kind enough to visit me. I decided to prepare an easier and lighter version of tiramisu, because this is a dessert that Italians (at least in Rome) typically prepare for their birthday.

I used lighter ricotta cheese instead of mascarpone and eggs and I added a syrup made with frutti di bosco (forest fruit,which just means berries here) as an additional layer. The mandatory savoiardi biscuits drank up half a liter of strong coffee!

This is what it looked like when it was ready. I used dark chocolate shavings on top and as one of the layers. Also, my husband made an awesome apple cake!

I got a few great gifts…

Including a set of local biological goodies – a bottle of local wine, olive oil, tomato sauces, pasta and cookies.

Thank you all so much for coming and for the great gifts!

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