Monday, August 11, 2014

Diva's Elegance DYB RR - My work on Gerry's block

 I'm glad that joined another RR with another talented ladies. Our group name is "Diva's Elegance", it is going to be a lovely RR with some old friends. 
It was pretty hard to make a selection among Gerry's wonderful blocks. I've picked this block with lovely red wine tones and pinkies.  Recently, I've seen a lovely seam treatment at somewhere, most probably it was at Pinterest, I did it with some additions with variegated ribbons I've found in my stash, and found another beaded lace trim as well, its border totally matched with the fabric, cream and olive green color flowers looked good. I kept sewing with my chain stitches  on some patches with metallic threads. 

Gerry is going to make a wall hanger with these RR blocks.. Its main piece is ready, it is mainly cream color, therefor I tried to have some cream color objects, one of them is an old vintage lace, I added small triangles on top and bottom with silk thread and put pearls.

 I added some SRE. I used sequins, seeds beads, charms. It was really nice to work on her block with silk fabrics...I mostly prefer fancy, solid fabrics to work for but this block was nice to play with nice fabrics and bright colors.
It will start its long trip to the US tomorrow morning, I hope Gerry likes what I've done on her block. 
Now, I'm waiting another block to play in these hottest days of the summer.

Friday, August 8, 2014

My new toys:))

I've already share my new toys through my FB  I also would like to share here as well with more details.
Most of the stores closes at 18:00 p.m. in Tallinn. There were too many souvenir shops, had to wait till  next morning to visit them. I found a pin cushion with a small arm chair model. When I saw this little thing on the stores' window, I fall in love.

It is so pretty with its small pillow lace thrower!

 Also, it is so useful for this special place for the buttons, pins etc.

It has special place at back for the scissor, too.
I also found a store in Tallin which was selling knitting materials, especially its yarn section was so rich but I noticed that most of the yarns were "made in Turkey" :))

I didn't have any extra time visit Haberdashery section of  the big dept stores to search if they sell embellishments, special threads, trims, etc....
When we were touring in the Porvoo, Finland, I recognized a fantastic store, Riimikko in the old town ! It was selling miniature homes and their accessories...Is there any othre interesting place for a CQ'er??? 

 This small street has lots of lovely stores other than my paradise Riimikko, cafes, restaurants.... 

This lovely place serve delicious food with its friendly stuff

My new tiny mini goodies! I didn't have iron, glad I have it now:))
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Riimikko, was a  paradise for me with lots of goodies. I just bought small items with sewing theme...Otherwise, I could spend even last coin my pocket!

Tallinn, Estonia notes -

So high high temperature and high humidity shocked us when we arrived Tallinn. We preferred to stay in the dark shady garden of our hotel. Side dishes of small potato  balls&cheese sauce and Estonian cheese&cranberry sauce were very good with cold beers!
Those grated cheeses were different than standard  package Horeca cheeses, most probably it was a good quality cheese, just grated  and sprinkled before they serve the plate.

 My choice of fish was OK, those pumpkin seeds were nice additions, I couldn't figure out if they browned in the butter or olive oil....maybe sesame oil!...

My husband's choice was rein-deer! But he didn't like that cinnamon covered baked apple and its filling...It was looking so good but  its taste was too sweet and spicy for us.

Helsinki Notes - where to eat!

We just came back another trip. Our  short trip covered Finland and Estonia this time, I would like to share some nice places that we had nice food.

Our first stop was at Sundmans restaurant at Eteläranta 16, Helsinki, it is well known, famous place since 1817,  so close to Helsinki port. Its quality and ambiance is so nice but prices are extremely high if we have compare to other countries.
Another nice restaurant in Helsinki was Salve at Hietalahdenranta 11,  which was so close to our hotel. Our timing was perfect to find last available table  afterwords, people had to wait long time at the door.  I liked cozy atmosphere, so many nice paintings, accessories make place so nice.....I believe that it must be always fully booked during  winter time as well, it looks really a nice place for the dark and cold days. We really had delicious food with a reasonable price, the stuff was so friendly, service was so speedy.

Madama Krug is another nice place that we had dinner.
We also visited Porvoo in Finland, it is a small, cute town, almost one hour drive from Helsinki by bus. We had nice meal at the terrace of Wanha Laamanni, it is an old restaurant in the old town. It has rich Scandinavian menu but I prefer just an antre with beer. Enjoyed it. Its indoor place looks so nice and elegant, it also must be perfect place for the dark and long winter days.
Madama Krug  was one of good choice at nice outdoor place for us, the weather was extremely hot during our entire trip, it is so normal that most places do not have air conditioning due to their normal weather conditions. But, most probably they should (have to) have A/Cs on the coming years, it seems that it is going to be a must with these weather conditions.
My choice of white fish was really good. According to my observations local people likes sweet peas so much, sweet peas and asparagus with a nice sause under the fish was really good. 

I think, this photo is enough to tell how much I enjoyed it... The cake was super without sugar, bitter chocolate, berries and vanilla ice cream and double espresso cafe...
Another thing I would like to share about coffee!...when I said Cafe Americano, they served me espresso. I love espresso but when I wanted to have a big mug of coffee while resting after long walking in the city...After two different experiences, I said "Filter Cafe" and had a big mug of coffee.

Vintage Victorian DYB RR My work on Melody's block

So we came to end of another RR, Melody's blocks is ready to start its long journey. When I started to work on her block, I thought turquoise tones will be perfect and I selected turquoise tone embellishments from my stash. After adding beaded oya lace I made  a seam treatment using turquoise color sequins, almost same color of metallic thread and seed beads made a good contrast. A stiff beige color oya also looked nice with some pearls.
 I added a wide vintage lace on the dark green patch, to catch a harmony with  opposite beige patch, I did chain stitch with Guttermann golden metallic thread as a border at the bottom, I added some SRE with neat colors.  
I also made seam  treatments at the both sided of the silk print, I used variegated color thread at right side, I did chain stitch first than added lazy daisies, it matched with the main color colors of the fabric so well, soft blue color pearls, too. I used silk thread at the opposite and added turquoise color Swarovski beads.  I also used some golden color small charms on the block.  At left bottom,  one of my favorite organdy ribbon looked pretty after making frills and flat oyas. I hope Melody likes what I did on her block. It was so lovely to stitch with Vintage, Victorian DYB RR group, I hope to stitch with them again.
It is time to start to work on another project soon.

Friday, June 20, 2014

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

These blocks were so interesting for me. Because all those lovely blocks had been based for the characters of  the PBS show Downton Abbey which I didn't have any idea about it! Glad that there were nice details related with character in the RR booklet. 

I just used gray, black and white color threads for the seam treatments. I used bugles, sequins, small silver charms and various types of pearls on the seam treatments. I thought to make a white rose spray on the black patch but it has tiny mini sequins on itself, therefor I left it as itself, I worked more on the top and bottom sides. 
As I always say so, I like to make chain stitches on the small blocks like this one. I believe that chain sttiches shows seam treatments better.
 I've added a small parasol and silver handbag charm. In this RR we stitched our names, as well. 

I tried to catch an elegant look with contrasts with same colors....Silver embellishments looked nice to me with all those base colors. As I told at the begining, I've start with no idea with her PBS show concept, I tried to create an elegant, rich apperance with beads, pearls, etc.. I hope Darlene likes what I did...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Modern Parasols

As you know I love everyhting Victorian... Parasols are so important accessories of Victorian era. When I saw these summer umbrellas at Taormina, Sicily I loved them.
 But, I must admit that first off all my husband and our friends started to joking me...So, I didn't buy even one piece as a decorative object for my studio!!! 

By the way, they weren't  super quality items, and, the most important thing that  I know I should never wear them at the outside as a sun screen but at least one of them could be very nice decoration. I blame myself once again, because I always do same thing at our trips, I don't buy things that I like and than I get sorry!

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

I've started to work on Alice's colorful block before our trip. Unfortunately I couldn't finish it as I planned before our departure, I would like to repeat  my thanks to RR group members for their understanding.
 I started my work with making a mimosa spray on the wine color patch which made an excellent color mix with the top yellow patch. I used small golden charms with green seed beads,  their combo  looked pretty. As my CQ buddies and followers know, I like to use chain stitch very much, I like its lovely appearence on the patches and it provides a great background to create new seam treatments easily.
 My RR partners like me to use oyas, I keep use diffferent oya models on each block as much as I can. I prefer small types otherwise in these 6X6" small blocks I can lose control of embellishment harmony.  I used green bugles under the silk print and did bullion sttiches with yellow silk threads, 14-16 wraps with one ply thread.  I embroidered my name on this block with metallic thread. 

The silk print of the block is black&white. I just added Swarovsky crystal beads as Victorian Lady's necklace to catch nice harmony with main patch's  lovely wine color tone. I hope Alice likes what I've done on her block. We're coming to end of another RR, I'll have just two more blocks to play with.  Happy stitching.....

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sicily, different tastes

We're just back from Sicilia, during our overloaded program I couldn't get a chance for blogging daily but I would like to share some key points from our lovely trip.
Our first stay was at the Messina, heavy showers didn't let us to visit city as we wish. But, found proper places to taste real Sicilian cuisine. By the way, we always try local places instead of famous, touristic-trendly places. Because, you never get real tastes other than shows when you believe their “welcome-welcomes” in the city centers!
Osteria del Campanile was a perfect choice for us after a long day, delicious food and great taste of  wine was good enough to make make us happy.
Del Campanile in this nice street

I strongly recommend this ristorante-pizzeria who should visit to Messina. Its local, foods, wines are really good.
Siracuse was another lovely destination for us, a quiet, lovely place. I must admit that I didn't know that Archimides from there!
There were so many nice places to have dinner to taste local tastes but most of them were fullybooked, we found a nice restraurant after long trials about 21.30 pm. It is a normal time for Italians to have dinner but we don't prefer it much.
Mostly, all cities have a via Roma, Siracusa have one too. We noticed a nice restraurant there, “a putia”! It was really nice with  their staff and their elegant service. Delicious food and good quality of wine was great. Another interesting thing there was to meet with a Lady from Melbourne, Australia. Her company was lovely, we chat till late hours....Wishing her to meet her again, the world is not big that much, just plan and realize trips!
I also would like to mention about “Perbacco”, at Siracusa, Sicily. It is another good restaurant to taste all local foods, but always pre-reservation needed.
If you ask me what was the main place you liked most in Sicilia, I should say, franly, it is Taormina! Yes, it is a real lovely place that we spend two days, I wish we could stay there more...Those colors, smells, tastes of Italy are so much different, here is the same, too. Its narrow streets, lovely balconies with wonderful flowers, incredible begonvilles at everywhere, delicious foods&wines are enough make you feel great. It was raining when we arrived there, but right after we parked our car, sun started to shine, a lovely breeze cleaned the sky. Amazing Mediterrenian costs were so quiet, I guees, water is still cold, and due to raining nobody goes to shores to swim at the moment. Most probably, those beautiful cost should be so crowded on the coming days.
le alici a beccofico, delicious sardanie!

 Entrance of the La Dracena
In Taormina, we had lunch at La Dracena, twice. It is a family place, they serve really good  local tastes. It is so obvious that I’ll never forget  the taste of“le alici a beccofico”, sardine fish could be  delicious like this!
I strongly recommend you this lovely ristorante La Dracena, if you visit Taormina. It is at the end of a narrow street callad Vico Sacramento. Its perfect place to take a break during a hot summer day. Its lovely garden with wonderrful colors of flowers, begonvilles, friendly stuff with smiling faces, delicious food and cold beer or white wine....I guess, it is enough....nothing more to explain.
Another real Sicilian ristorante I want to suggest you in Palermo, “le Delizie diCagliostro”.. It also serves whole local tastes. I’ve had there only pizza but it was really good.
At our last night we made a final at Catania!  We found “Taverna dei Conti” at via Oberdan. A Sicilian family runs the place since 1964. Their mother sits and watches everythings. It was so obvious that restaurant is under the control of her.  Their open buffet section was super, we couldn’t decide what to select. Main courses also were superior. This pre-reservation needed place definately is worth to try when you visit Catania.

Sicily  tour was in our wish list for a long time, we’re so glad that we completed with it great happiness, visited amazing historical cities, tasted delicious foods and wines, met with wonderful people. I believe that it wasn’t enough time to conquer all those beauties of the island in a such short time, most probably we repeat our visit once again at near future.
I decided to take more meal photos to share for the coming trips:)))

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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

I just completed my work on another RR block. It was Kristie's lovely block with a silk cat print on it. The bottom left side of the block is a vintage hankie, I didn't want to do overdo on the hankie. She had been folded hankie as a triangle, I started with one of my favorite seam treatment on the hypotenuse side of the triangle and added small pearls at the other edges. I found an old narrow trim that I've dyed it several years ago with some ribbons as well, I added it on to Kristie's own lace. Its color matched with the bottom salmon color fabric patch. I kept continued with other seam treatments. I used various bugles, sead beads. I added an old silver cat charm, another RR participant had been embroidered almost same figure.  I added oyas upon Kristie's demand,  my selections are small, stiff models with neat colors to her block. I hope she likes what I did.
At last I added  some charms that they are bees, butterflies and some glass beads. The ribbon of my small SRE is from Ribbonsmyth. I've dyed it with Tang long time ago, its performance is still super. 
AS I always say so, block making is my weak point. When I get lovely blocks I love to embellish them, I hope Kristie should like what I've done on her block.
Happy stitching......

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.