Just got the news it will still take time until I get the results from my protest about the exams. I protested against my results in March and they did not reply. Maybe I will need to go to court. I am allready waiting five months.
My time in Budapest was a mixed one. I arrived friday night and visited this nice place near the Oktogon. I had a duckbreast salad and a dreher bak at cafe vian. The meal was great and the beer, too.
The weather and my condition not so much.
On Sunday my course started and I met with the other members of my group. I knew allready half of the group from travels I made before. We had such a crowded programm that one day we had no time for lunch.
I liked our meeting with members of the parliament coz there we got some information about the political situation.
Ten years I searched for a permanent job. I worked for short periods not knowing where I will work in one years time for ten years. I wanted something I like and staying in the same town with my husband.
Since today this time is over - I have a permanent job nearby.
I can stay at the job I have for as long as I like, yeah!
When I need a new leather bag I prefer to buy locally. Yes, I can:
Near Hannover Bree has its headquarter and I love their style.
When I need a fabric bag for grocery I use the Ratzfatztasche pattern to make my own.
I just love how easy they are.
When I want a more fashionable bag I make the sling bag pattern by Amy Butler.
I love to use heavy Echino fabric for this one so I do not need to add an extra layer of fabric like the pattern requests.
For my bags I like to use corduroy for the handles - I made the first ones with fabric, but corduroy has a much better feeling when you use it.
I just found a good resource here: Tilly and the buttons. You will find a guide for beginners with no background in sewing to get you through the first steps of sewing.
Oh, do not forget to read the directions of the pattern before you start. American pattern mostly include the sewing allowance, European and Japanese pattern do not include it and you have to add it yourself.
I use sewing chalk or old soap bars to mark the fabric.
I am not an expert on teaching what you need to start sewing. So I will just share some helpful links here:
For fabric and or supplies:
vlisco - beautiful cotton fabric with an african feeling. They produce in Holland for the african market and sell in 6 yards coupons, so you can make two pairs of trousers out of one coupon. My fav are their wax-prints.
shaukat - sells beautiful Liberty Tana lawn for a reasonable price. I use it for blouses or summer trousers/skirts. It is very fine and a bit tricky to sew, but great for hot temperatures.
stragier - sells beautiful Liberty Tana lawn for a reasonable price. I use it for blouses or summer trousers/skirts. It is very fine and a bit tricky to sew, but great for hot temperatures. (a french website)
michas Stoffecke - is a great resource for garment fabric - mostly for children you will find beautiful fabrics (a german website)
charlottas . everything you need from yarn to fabric and books. Mostly for quilters. (a german website)
hawthorne threads - fast shipping - good prices and a gread collection of quilting fabrics - seems they started to carry some voile, too
purl soho - why can I not live near this shop? They carry all you want for your sewing.
For books / pattern:
I am in love with Japanese sewing pattern. They are great for beginners.
You can buy them directly in Japan or through etsy or ebay. I used this shop to get my most loved book. The pattern are easy and you just need basic skills. I made trousers and blouses from this book I wear nearly daily. All I had to do was adjust the length a bit.
An easy free pattern to start with is this. It is for a bag with lining that is very easy and fast sewn.
And it is a very forgiving pattern, so you have a good experience when you start. Just straight sewing and you are done.
Today i went to catch the usual train at 7:00. Everything seemed o.k.. The train was announced on the board. A train was on the tracks. Well, people were not boarding and when I asked why i was told it was going to Berlin - not Hamburg. After some time the waggons going to Berlin were on their way and my waggons to Hamburg were coming on the tracks.
Well, until I went into one. Seems they were used after the last Soccer Play. A lot of rubbish and a heartbreaking smell.
30 minutes late I hope to reach me destination
soon. And i will be happy to leave this Train that reminds me more of a trashed Public toilet than a train.
I know, I should be learning nonstop now. Well, that will not be.
I am happy that I did a lot last weekend and I hope that it is enough what I did.
I could not get myself to my books as much as I would have liked.
I am grown up and should take it more serious.
Well, I am how I am.
Today I saw for the first time teeny teeny shrimps. About 3 mm long and pale.
Very very little guys.
My fishes are on vacation outside so the shrimps are coming out of their caves more often.
One fish did not like it outside and decided to do suicide by jumping out of the pond.
Now four fishes are left.
Today went better than I thought. O.k., I still do not love to be critizised by my parents, but I have learned to set them boundaries. Was not easy and will never be easy, but it was worth the effort until now.
Have read Rene Brown recently. Do you know her work?
You told me some months ago that you will come tomorrow for an overnight stay coz you are invited to a birthday in a restaurant nearby and Dad is to old to drive home late at night.
yes, I know Dad is old and it is very convenient to stay overnight here, but why did you not ask?
I would have loved to have to make a decision if it is possible or not.
I would have loved to say no for some reasons. You will not understand me I believe, but it is not easy for me to have you around. You are a big shame trigger for me. It took me nearly 40 years to overcome this picture of my worthlessness and that I am allowed to have opinions on my own (well, not when I ask you, I know).
You never take me serious - you alltimes tell me someone is worse of when I just want someone to share not so great things with. When I am not complaining you alltimes tell me who got a child, a better job and so on so. You are not interested in any effort I do - I am just lucky or could do better.
You very seldom forget to tell me I should loose some weight.
When you visit I try to have some time outside - it is much easier for me around you. I allready started to clean the flat today and it is really inconvenient for me to have you and Dad around.
I am not at ease during this time and I do not have much time for you - my next exams are waiting and I need some time for myself, too.
Your visit is not something I am looking forward happily to.
I got to see my papers from the last test on wednesday.
I allready found three points where I had the right answer and did not get a point.
One more and I can put down a quest about my results.
(I am still searching... perhaps....)
On the other side I have to start learning for the next written tests.
Next weekend I will be away for learning.
And work, normal life and so on goes on, too.
I guess I get to know why taking these exams is not fun at all, I am just happy that I have found nice gals to learn together with. :-)
I bought a lot of choc to get me through these days.
I love zotter.
I do not know how it works where you life and work, but in my work there is a lot changing.
I got my bachelor degree about nearly twenty years ago - at a time where there where the first aviable pcs coming to our work places.
I took some pc classes later, but just one week courses and so (I was so lucky to have a bit of dos programming at school in the 90s so I was not afraid to use a pc).
Now we have a major shift at work again - I was one of the first to get all alone starting to translate it at my work place (putting new law into daily work). I took an exam to know what I do after a several weekend course. This led to me wanting to know more so I asked to get more training. Well, here in Germany everything needs an exam or test.
I am trying to get a paper. I allready finished three tests - failed one and have still more to come.
It is a bit hard to start a new job and be away for 1/4 of the time for learning and having to learn for exams, too.
Yesterday I was tending a bit to this patch of land. I hear a little noise to my left and was curious. I looked there - and was friendly greeted by our neighbour standing in his garden in plain bright white underwear.
Being late for the train home I ran until I still saw it on the tracks. I reached it, my breath going hard, the train still standing in the station, all doors closed. Trying to open one door I was surprised it still opened - I decided to get in although the train was starting to roll out of the station. I was a bit terrified, it was a fast train. Everything went well and I was early at home.
The first of may - an official holiday in Germany.
Like usual we were invited for a walking tour in the woods with friends. I am not able to walk so far in such a short amount of time at the moment so I declined (well, it is raining and I have my menstruation, so it was no hard decision for me).
I am now home - doing some tasks here.
I started to finish my new pair of trousers and had to realize that the fabric meets in an odd way - well, it is in the back, but still...