Saturday, April 19, 2014

My new Czech buttons!

During our recent trip, we visited Czechoslavakia too Other thatn visitn an amazing city, my main was purpose to find Czech buttons as being a real keeper Crazy Quilter!
I didn't have long time to search info where to find Czech button sellers in Prague, I just found one place after my online searches. I also asked at the hotel, but front desk responsible Lady didn't have any information about their famous buttons, however she brought me some information next day which was the same place I've found. Most probally she found same info at internet:)
It was around 16 degrees santigrade when we left Istanbul, Prague's bitter cold and constant raining didn't let us to tour first day, we just hang around the hotel, had delicious food.
Anyway, in our second day, sun started to shine and we had a chance to walk  from Charles Bridge area to Namesti Republiky 1 to find OC Paladium which is very nice shopping mall with full of famous and expensive brand stores.  After a small search we found , Filium but I must admit that it was a real disappointment for me, it is a big quilt store, carrying good brands of goodies but only  half wall of the back side of the store belongs to buttons section. There were only 4-5 models of real Czhec buttons we got used to know, the rest of the buttons were plastic!  I selected only three tubes of three models went to the cash-desk.  I bought all three  buttons of three models, I hope they had more stock refill those tubes after my purchase.
 These were the only elegant model of buttons! They are polished dark green glass beads.
 These cute clock type buttons are 1 and 2 santimeter-small types, I was searching clock type buttons sometime ago, glad they will find their places soon on a wallhanger.

So, these are all what I found in Prague but it is better than nothing!
I found a factory address  before we went to Prague but it was impossible to go there with our limited time. Maybe I couldn't find what expected but at least I know a nice quilt store at Prague now.
By the way, there were crystal bead skeins with lovely color tones at all souvenoir shops but I was warned about cheap far east glass beads.
Our bead stores here in Istanbul carry all kind of Swarovski beads, no need to buy them anymore with paying different money currency.  Because, most of the Czech stores accepts only their own currency, no Euro no credit cards!
So, it was a nice trip to an amazing city, maybe I couldn't find my expectations for the Czech buttons but to visit Prague was so nice at all....No problem, I'll keep searching to find interesting buttons via Etsy, e-bay again.

Our fantastic trip to Postdam

We had a short escape with my husband last month, it was a radical decision, we got set in a few days and flied to Germany.  We toured many places in a short time but we really enjoyed our time even tough the weather conditions were tough...constant rain and cold...
Unfortunately my Fuji camera have a serious problem with its battery section, I had to use an another camera during this trip, I took many photos but I must admit that I had to struggle and, most of the photos had to be deleted. Anyway, I'll start to share some wonderful vintage furniture photos from a boutique hotel we've stayed in Postdam, Germany. The building was also older than an era, gorgeous interior designs. 
 If anyone ever played Yoville game at Facebook should remember Victorian homes, furnitures.... I enjoyed to play that game for a long time, to select wonderful furnitures to decoarate my syber home was an addiction. when I entered the inside of the hotel, I  thought I was at my syber home with a grin on my chin:)) Really, this hotel was just like a dream for me with its all fantastic vintage style. 
 Its breakfast room has another beauty.
Just small touches but looks  nice.
 I never think a place without books! 
 Very nice designed  a staircase.
 This black cat is the mascot of the hotel:))

 The photo of Queen Lousia of Prussia on the wall.  I wish I could see those days elegant life style there.
 The doors of the rooms are opened to hallways, you see those wonderful huge mirrors.
 These must be original glass details of the home, I didn't ask but it is so obvious.
 The breakfast was super. No comparison with some other well known hotels...
 Hotel staff was also so friendly.
 Our room was big enough with its nice furnitures and nice garden view as well. These kind of boutique hotels are always my favorites in Germany, they give super service with reasonable prices. Most important another thing  that we love to live in a different atmosphere with full of history. If you plan to go to Postdam, look up Postdam Pansion first if they have vacant room.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Victorian Vintage DYB RR- My work on Tahlia's block

 2014 year started with different activities for me, one of them is a new RR, Vintage Victorian theme DYB RR. 
I've worked on Tahlia'a block which was designed as real vintage blocks and special fabrics. If fabrics are nice and soft to work on it is easy. I started to make my favorite big lazy daisy, afterwords I kept continue to embroider a fan and spider web. I used swarovski crystal beads to make spider, it is my new creation:))  Tahlia's biggest main parch is a soft silk fabric with olive green color. I tried to use my all vintage cotton threads with same color to make seam treatments . I also used olive green color silk ribbons to make little leaves....Upon her request I added my name and country and of course some oyas. 
I was hesitant what to do at the begining because I usually work on only solid fabrics, when I have blocks with different designs, different motifs, I scare to lose control of color harmony. I guess, I didn't exaggerate my work and catched a harmony, I hope she likes what I've done. Now, I'm waiting another block to play.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wonderful Napoli visit!

Some of my followers know that I love to travel and I try to organize short escapes whenever I can. Last week we did one of them with my daughter. We went to NAPLES, my lovely city bella Napoli. I've spent  two years there in my youth, it is always special place for me with wonderful memories.  Several years ago I went there for a short trip. We went to Italy many times, even though Rome but we couldn't manage to go to Napoli before. Our Turkish Airlines started direct flights, it only takes one hour and 45 minutes to go there from Istanbul. So, it is so easy for us to reach there with a direct flight from now on.
Our hotel  Carafa di Maddaloni was fantastic place from 16th century, it was in the renovation but we didn't care about it. All hospitality of the owner and his children were impressive.
The location of the hotel is perfect, in Napoli's Spaccanapoli quarter and so close to Dante Metro station. All rooms have double glazing windows, we didn't care about the traffic noisy of the street.  If you go to Italy you should know about Vespa motorcycles' noise and traffic never ends and especially if you're staying somewhere located on the main roads.
Our room was fantastic with its decoration with amazing  baroque vintage furnitures  and small details that I loved.  I've never stayed in a hotel room before which had a piano. It was a classic Russian piano...lovely crocheted doilies on the night stands and piano were so nice details to feel yourself in a cozy but elegant atmosphere other than a standard hotel room.

I recommend this lovely place for those who would like to have a real Italian atmosphere in the Napoli with an Italian family.
Sinyor Antonio and his children' were the key points of our visit, we enjoyed so much to know them. We started to plan another trip to stay there longer.
I also would like to state wonderful ceramic bathroom set in our room, they were looking like capodimontes, they were really reflecting Italian style beauty of old eras, I didn't ask but most probably they were original equipment of the building, kept well till today.

The main door of the Palaca are closed at eight o'clock at nights as all other parts of the Europe, we were entering with our own keys like our own home in Italy, it was a super experience to breath real Napoletan living style.
A few years ago we stayed at Gladiatori apartment in Vatican, it was another wonderful place to stay in Rome, Italy. It was an amazing place to stay with its decoration, wonderful vintage furnitures and to many special details.
As you all know, some hotels which they have lots of stars, they serve very limited breakfast and they use cheap plates and other equipments...even though some of them use disposal plastic things...To have my coffee with a doily on the silver tray was so chic at Carafa di Maddaloni.  May be it is so small detail but I'm extensively traveled person, after so many experiences all over the Europe it is so important for me.
To visit Naples after a long time was great and my daughter's choice for Carafa di Maddaloni was another great chance to make our trip pleasant.
I never like to exaggerate my likes but all those hospitality was really impressive, if I go Naples again no doubt I'll stay in that lovely place.

Happy Valentine!

                              Wishing a wonderful Valentine Day!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Camera problem:((

It is another cold and gray day here in Istanbul....
I  completed a few CQ blocks, I was planning to take their photos in day light to upload here but  my camera doesn't work!!! It seems that there is a problem on its battery lid, I have to wait consultation of my husband tonight!
I like to take photos in day light with my Fuji, I don't like the performance of small Olympus, by the way, I must admit that I don't know well how to use it. I also don't use cellular phone to take photo...I'm a typical technological impaired person:(
We decided with one of my stitcher friend to embellish our eachother's blocks. I've already created a 12"X12 block with my favorite mostly blue tones, she is also a blue color lover like me, I hope she'll enjoys my block and works easily on it. Now, I'm waiting the arrival of her block to embellish.
I hope my husband solves my current camera problem this weekend, I start to share new block photos.
It is tea time for me, with a small piece of apple pie.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New online class, the road to my house!

Beautiful  Holiday Season  is over and we started to second week of 2014. I hope 2014 bring good things to each of us.
I bought a New Year gift for myself, it is a free motion stitching online class. I'll use dried tea-bags as a base to create a wall hanger. I started collect dried tea bags to get started....We're a coffee lover  family, therefor our daily tea bag usage is limited:((  It seems that my class material preparation will take time. I'm so excited to get started, hope I'll share photos of my new project soon. To work on a different style other than crazy quilting will be interesting.
Wishing you all a creative New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Last swap baggie of 2013:))

I received a full  box of embellishments from my dear quilter friend Lydia. Its timing also was perfect:)) All those wonderful trims, buttons, threads, beads, fancy fabrics are so beautiful.
I especially took close-up photo of those lovely vintage  buttons and glasslamp work buttons. I  decided to add them onto my an old  block with nautical theme. 
I liked this cute tatted heart motif so much, it looks so pretty.  Gosh, there are so many things that I loved, I must sit and start to work  and use them. 
This kind of swaps are so nice, I love to pick-up and select original things for my swap partners and of course to receive baggies with full of wonderful items is a different happiness for a quilter. Special thanks for Lydia, her goodies came just before Santa:)))

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas day

Wishing a very special Christmas with all your loved ones.......
May your Christmas be glorious.....

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Party!

I'm ready to have a cup of hot vine! Waiting arrival of my DH, he is at abroad coming back soon. 
Our mugs are ready to have delicious hot vine, I brought from Germany, its wonderful smell always invitable for me;-)) 
Those little clips on the mugs are my new goodies:)) They are so useful for people to notice their own mugs, glasses during the party. I wanted to place my old candles on the table this year. Those, big and small candles are from my first Oberemmargau visit of 1975. Yes, they are 38 years old, they are handmade items that I've never used and never will be used, if I don't have to. As I always say so, I'm a keeper, if I like something much I never use it. A real crazy quilter approach, isn't it???? :))))
I couldn't get photos without flash, therefor colors are so bright, sorry! Photos don't justice soft colors, cozy atmosphere of my home.
When we were visiting Mustard Museum  (Senf Museum)in Koln, Germany, I saw something for sale in a corner. There was a label of 1Euro in front of this cute angel.  You can notice its burned small candle....I wonder where it was, who use it before? I hope that little angel brings my home more happiness with its light.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas tree, peaceful, cozy home with cats

These are special days  to spend time by the light of the wonderful Christmas trees.It's such a peaceful time also effects my lovely boys, they love to sleep in this peaceful situation.   
My tree is an artificial one, I don't like to buy natural tree because we live in an apartment building, I don't have a garden to plant it after Christmas. At least I can save a small tree each year;-) 
I had many vintage ornaments but I'm so sad that nearly a dozen of them broken a few years ago. Now, I keep precisely rest of them.  I remember all those old ornaments of my childhood, each of them had another beauty, they were so fragile but they were wonderful. 

There was a small shop where my grandma was living. I never forget those lovely Christmas decorations of that shop.  In those years there were no sprays, etc to make snow on to windows, the shop owners were making snow images with cottons! Also, they were also selling lovely colognes, I still remember the lovely smell of that small shop. In addition, our small escapes with my gradma, we were visiting that shop, she was buying her needs and of course something for me:) By the way, I must add that my grandma was a super talented Lady, a master quilter, crocheter, knitter. I've learned how to stitch and knit from her...RIP...I miss her a lot... Today we have so many lovely things but "those were the days" so different, are you agree with me???

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas decorations, my lovely cherubs

It is another beautiful time of the year.  I just realized that I didn't share my small happinesses!!! I neglected to take photos of some of my new goodies that I've bought them at my recent trips and I want to share photos of my other pieces that I like  them . I love to collect small objects, especially cherubs from different places. These are from Germany, close-up photo at below show them more better. My new new embroidered table cloth is from Austria. I love Austrian and German handmade embroidery table cloths. But, I must tell you that they are so rare now, most probably they are unable to compete with cheap far east products. So sad that, most probably we won't be able to find handmade items at near future.
This little bell is my daughter's gift, she've brought it from Netherland last year. It is one of my treasure piece.  I love all Villeroy&Boch winter theme products. But, this bell is so precious for me because it is my daughter's gift.
The other cherubs at my chandelier are from Kathe Wohlfahrt. I'm so glad that I've visited its all stores at different places in Germany. They carry amazing Christmas ormanents. Those Rafael figures at my chandelier are from Kathe, too. Its Christmas Museum at Rotthenburg is amazing, it is worth to visit, indeed.
This handmade glass ornament is from Innsbruck, Austria. Our naughty cat broken old ornaments. During our trip in this fall, I went to same place to buy new ones for my daughter who really saddened so much when they were broken. It was shock!!!So sad that there was new store at the same place which was carrying so simple things, cheap far east products.  Coincidentally I found a few old products at another store. We must keep them carefully.
These are my other cherubs and some Capodimontes.  That tea set was given to my parents as a present when they got married at 1957, I'm so glad that my Mam gave it to me when I got married at 1983. I must admit that I don't use it, I prefer to display safely:))  I love capodimontes, I wish I could win a lottery one day, I spend at least its half to buy Capodimontes and Reutter Porzellan....and, of course I spend money to buy embellishments for my passionate interest, Crazy Quilting:))
 I was so lucky this year. During our visit to my dream place Oberemmergau, Kathe had sale. I just paid only 5.00 Euro for that trinket with heart, its candle included as well. Isn't it a good price??? Now, I have a small set.
Season's greetings.....

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Santa brought chocolates!

I've visit Lindt Chocolate Museum during our Koln, Germany trip. I'm so glad that I got a chance to find something special related with Christmas in the last week of October. But, I must admit that I had a big disappointment while drinking hot chocolate there. 
They have a nice Cafe with wonderful view and  they serve delicious cakes. I was expecting to have delicious bitter hot chocolate but they served something like just a standard Nesquick:(  It was really disappointment for me in that cold day!
However, it is a nice place to visit if you have plenty of time when visiting Koln, Cologna in Germany.  
 Guess what, those little chocolate boxes are going to be  my new needle boxes;-))
I wish I could be there now adays...I'm sure that they have more and more new chocolates with Season's theme. Maybe they started to serve bitter hot chocolate as well during this time of the year when it is so cold.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Little Heart with Victorian Colors!

I completed a this heart for my CQ'er friend Lydia.  I made 7x7" block heart to have more area to embellish, I didn't make complicated patches so I applied seam treatments and SRE work more easily. I used Victorian colors and selected neat color, small size oyas.
 I love to work when I have all neat color embellishments.
My new favorite colors is Nile green, it seems that I'll be using this pale colors too much at my future projects. This small block is now on its way to Iowa. I hope it arrives there safely. Wishing a pleasant Sunday......