Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY: Kitty Cat Pillow Set (Sewing and Printing Project)

Eeeeeks, cuteness overload! :) My lovely friend Sina is celebrating her birthday today and I made her two kitty cat pillows. Make them yourself!
One of the pillows is a normal square one with stamped kitty silhouettes, the other one is the head of a happy kitten.

Make your own kitty cat pillows:

What you need: 
- Fabric and polyfill
- Textile color, a sponge, paint brushes
- A rubber and a stamp carving set
- Sewing machine, sewing supplies, an ironing board, a hot iron

How to make your own kitty pillows:
Cut out fabric in the shape of a cat's head (two layers for front and back) and two squares for the other pillow (front and back). Iron the fabric and then use textile color for the face of the kitty. For the second pillow, cut the shape of a cat's head out of a rubber, then use it together with textile color to stamp the pattern (put textile color onto a sponge and use it as a stamping pad). Let everything dry or use a hairdryer to fasten the process, then iron the fabric.
As a next step, put the fabric layers of the pillows onto each other (each time right sides facing), then sew them onto each other with a small seam allowance. Leave an opening at the bottom. Neaten the seam allowances. Then turn the fabric of each pillow inside out, iron them, fill them with polyfill and close the opening of each pillow either by hand or with a sewing machine. If you want to, you can also sew around the whole pillow, I just did this with the kitty's head. Done.
It's super easy and so pretty!
Have fun and happy sewing! :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Welcome - Support Refugees with the Charity Poster ( and Giveaway with byGraziela)

Refugees welcome! Help to support refugee kids in Germany!
Do you know the wonderful German label byGraziela? Since the 70s, Graziela Preiser is famous for colorful and bright patterns on fabric or kitchenware, many kids grown up in the GDR will have childhood memories with using her products. :) She and her daughter Nina have relaunched the label byGraziela these days and make customers happy with their great products.

Buy the 'Welcome' Print to Support Refugee Children

But what this blogpost is mainly about: byGraziela has designed a 'Welcome' poster in the typical famous and colorful style and the money made with selling it will be used to support refugee children in Germany. Every cent will go to Fluchtpunkt, an organization based in Hamburg.
So if you love this pretty colorful print as much as I do and want to support byGraziela's wonderful charity campaign to raise money, make sure to check out the shop!

Win a 'Welcome' Print by byGraziela

Moreover, one of you can win one print here on my blog.

Terms for entering the giveway:
- Leave a comment under this blogpost with your name and e-mail adress
- Only one entry per person, only complete entries with e-mail adress and name count.
- You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.
- The giveaway ends on Sunday, September 20, on 6 p.m. and is open to worldwide participation. I will a winner randomly and contact him or her via e-mail. If I don't get a response with the shipping adress within 14 days, I will determine a new winner.
- The giveaway takes place without the possibility of recourse to legal action, the prize won't be payed in cash.
- The e-mail adress of the winners will be published on this blog and by participating, you agree to this.
- The winner will receive the print via mail.

Good luck, check out byGraziela's wonderful charity product and make sure to give everyone in need a warm welcome! Refugees welcome!

September 20, edit:
Yippie, the winner is Dörte (lachendeshuehnchen[ät] - you'll be getting an e-mail right away. Congratulations. :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Refugees Welcome! - Blogger für Flüchtlinge (Bloggers for Refugees) // Handlettering Freebie

Dear readers! During the past summer weeks, a lot has happened in Germany. Refugees from other contries have come here, looking for shelter and a safe place to escape the terrors of war. Mortal agony and having lost a lot of the poeple you love, having lost your home and everything you own - this is something which most of us hardly can imagine.

With all those people in need coming here, it is unbelievable that there is resistance, that there are people who burn down refugee homes and fight against those who are the poorest and who need help the most. There are no words for how terrible and disgusting this is and each day when reading the current news, I can't decide if I want to cry or to throw up.
The more this is happening, the more important it is that everyone else speaks up against this, not tolerating this behavior and showing solidarity with refugees - REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE!!!

During those days, it is wonderful to see how many people show comittment and solidarity, for example all those amazing volunteers at Moabit hilft! who immediately unbureaucratically took care of all the poeple waiting in front of the Lageso in Berlin (Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales = State Office for Health and Social Issues), being in desperate need of food, accomodation and health care.

Refugees Welcome - Blogger für Flüchtlinge

The other wonderful initiative which I mainly want to tell you about is Blogger für Flüchtlinge (Bloggers for Refugees): some really great and dedicated bloggers have built a website and donation campaign to actively help, show solidarity with refugees and to peacefully resist racism, discrimination and xenophobia.

Most of us bloggers are well-connected and have an immense reach - go and use it! Talk about what is happening these days, show flag and speak up against racism! 

One easy way to support Blogger für Flüchtlinge is to use your influence and reach and spread the word, talk about the initiative, share the website and make people aware of it and use the hashtag #BloggerFuerFluechtlinge. On the website you find the logo and banners to share and to add them on your own page.

Moreover, you can donate money to support the donation campaign of Blogger für Flüchtlinge. Every tiny amount counts, help to raise money for different projects to help refugees in need (more details on the donation campaign site). It's amazing how much money has come together in only a few days, wow!!

Of course you can also talk to local initiatives and find out who needs support and which goods are needed for donation.

Help to stand up against racism and help to welcome refugees in our country!

Free Download - 'Refugees Welcome' Handlettering

If you want to, you can download the free handlettering print to show flag and show solidarity with the refugees who are more than welcome here!

Thank you for reading!