Goobye London! & Walthamstow meet-up next week!

JL SEWING_015Helloooo my lovelies!

I’ve got exciting news, although they’re not “new” as I’ve known for a long time now. After a couple of years in Londontown me and the Mr are finally moving back to Germany!

I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while and now that there’s less than a month left I’ve realised how much I will miss London and the incredibly busy sewing community. I will miss fabric shopping loads (as far as I now there’s nothing like Goldhawk Road or Walthamstow where I’m moving to) and, of course, all the fun sewing events happening across town. Not that there isn’t anything like that in good old Germany, but I’m sulking a bit and will have to get used to the German sewing community which I have ignored for most of the time so far (sorry German folks!).

Of course, most of the blogger friendships live on on the interwebs, but I’m gutted about all the meet-ups I will miss this summer.

This Blog Is Not For You will stay the same apart from a changing back drop maybe 🙂

Sooo, in case you haven’t made any plans for next Saturday (30th May) yet: Daniela and I are hitting the fabric shops in Walthamstow in the afternoon and if you want to join us, please give me a shout!

I would love to see you there!

(I promise it will involve an abundance of lovely fabrics and cake!)



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the best is yet to come

Of course. All that Christmas stuff has been lying around in stores for weeks now and it’s pretty annoying to be steamrolled by Christmas jingles and gingerbread from September on.
But now, since it’s November already, it’s fairly bearable.

Last week the festive season officially started in London with the Christmas lights switch-on on the big shopping streets (as pretty and impressive as last year’s) and – with it come the Christmas window displays.
I love window shopping. Especially during Christmas season when everything is nicely decorated with fairy lights and stuff. But then I saw this:

I mean… seriously? It’s hard to believe there are actually people that not only buy pink glitter skull ornaments, but also decorate their Christmas tree with it. Sad enough that most people don’t even know what Christmas is about, but this is just painful for the eyes.

Anyway, I decided to keep it a little more moderate and actually started making most of my Christmas decoration myself. Low budget, of course. Here’s a bit of an impression:

 I’ll post some instructions/tutorials on how I did it soon. I love how paper and oranges make it look old-fashioned and it’s very inexpensive and doesn’t require much storage space later on, because you can just throw it away if you want.

By the way, “the best is yet to come” is not only a good Sinatra song, it’s also the inscription on his gravestone. How cool is that?


i want to meet a guy named Art…

…I’d take him to a museum, hang him on the wall, criticize him, and leave.
– Jarod Kintz

If you live in London or you’re staying here at the moment and don’t hate going to museums too much, here are some wonderful current exhibitons that are mostly free!

I am planning to go to all of them over the next few weeks/months and I will keep you posted, if they were as good as they sound!

#1  Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair  It’s free!!
National Portrait Gallery – Room 33 (Trafalgar Square)
29 September 2012 – 24 March 2013

I LOVE the Portrait and the National Gallery and go there regularly. I really can’t believe that I didn’t manage to go see the beautiful Marilyn yet! (My obsession strikes once again..!)

Update: I went there last week and have to admit I was a little disappointed. I know the gallery well and expected it to be a small exhibition of max. 2 rooms, but actually this time it was only one single wall of no more than 20-30 pictures. But the pictures were beautiful (mostly magazine covers).

#2  Hollywood Costume Exhibition
Victoria and Albert Museum
20 October 2012 – 27 January 2012

“…explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Bringing together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters such as Dorothy Gale, Indiana Jones, Scarlett O’Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Lord Vader, Captain Jack and Holly Golightly totally got me hooked! It’s fairly expensive (about  ₤40) and you have to book a ticket (November weekends already sold out). 

I found a rather nice review by someone who already went and saw the exhibition.

Update: I got the tickets for that exhibition for Christmas (yay!). We spent about two hours in the 3 rooms/halls. It was amazing! I can only recommend it. The only really important movie costumes I missed there were the one from Lord of the Rings.

Highlights: Darth Vader, Jack Sparrow, the Black Swan, Anna Karenina, Holly Golightly, Sugar Cane, and many many more!

#3  Landscape Photographer Of The Year – It’s free!!
Lyttelton Foyer of the National Theatre
12 November 2012 – 12 January 2013

Just look at the pics preview. I have to go there! 

Update: I’ve been there yesterday and it was awesome. About a hundred really great pictures I all wanted to take home!

#4  Museum Of Curiosity – It’s free!
15 Bateman St, W1D 3AQ
only until Christmas!

“…This exhibition harks back to those days with taxidermied albino cobras and the heads of a two-headed calf on display. And that’s just the beginning as the surreal and disturbing artworks of well known artists such as Nancy Fouts, Tessa Farmer and Candice Tripp add to the creepy oeuvre…”

And I just stumbled upon this:

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.”

— Audrey Hepburn

some like it hot

… and that’s one of the reasons why I wasn’t as elated by the rustling and fragrance of falling leaves as everyone else in London seemed to be last weekend. As pretty as it is, this foretaste of autumn season made me wish for the summer to last just a tiny little bit longer.

However, for those of you, that can’t wait to spend their days inside with tea, coffee and hot chocolate, here is a film tip for the coming rainy days.

I have been pretty much obsessed with Marylin Monroe for the last two months and still working myself through watching all of her movies, but Some Like It Hot has been the best so far. I was rather interested in her work than in the actual plot, but Some Like It Hot really surprised me in a positive way. It’s way more entertaining, amusing and fun than most of the latest Hollywood comedies are. And it’s a Must Watch for everyone that always wanted to see Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress up as women. Josephine, Daphne and Sugar Kane (Monroe) are my absolute favorite film trio this summer!

“Some Like It Hot is so delightfully fizzy, it’s hard to believe the shooting of the film was a headache, with an unhappy Monroe on her worst behaviour. The results, however, are sublime.” – Robert Horton


the name of the rose

“How beautiful was the spectacle of nature not yet touched by the often perverse wisdom of man!”

– Umberto Eco, “The Name of the Rose”

Nothing’s better than having a good book, a good coffee and a nice place to read! For book and coffee junkies like me, Queen Mary’s Garden (in Regent’s Park) is the perfect place to hang on a sunny and warm September afternoon.

After exploring the somewhat strange names of all the different roses I finally settled down next to “Chandos Beauty”, which actually smelled reeeaaally good. Although I have to read a lot of original S. Freud books for my studies at the moment, I picked an international bestseller novel my best friend gave it to me on my last birthday. And it’s definitely “This week’s book pick”:

 The Map of Time – by Félix J. Palma

I just started reading, so I am not even half way through the book, but it’s so well-written that I can only recommend it to anyone who likes those science fiction books, that are based on actual historical facts and stories. The story takes place in London in the 1890’s and since I just moved here, it is interesting to read what the different London boroughs used to be like. It’s a Must Read for everyone that loves Time Travel stories (which reminds me of another really good book: Audrey Niffenberger – The Time Taveller’s Wife!!).


Was ist besser als ein gutes Buch, ein guter Kaffee und ein gemĂĽtlicher Platz zum Lesen?

Als Buch- und Kaffeejunkie habe ich im Regent’s Park den perfekten Leseplatz ausfindig gemacht.

Im Inner Circle des Parks befindet sich der Queen Mary’s Garden. Auf den ersten Blick wirkt alles furchtbar spießig und als ich über den sorgfältig getrimmten Rasen schlich, um mir die kuriosen Rosennamen anzusehen, ging ich fest davon aus jeden Moment von einem Parkwächter auf den Weg zurückgescheucht zu werden. Aber das ist das Gute an englischen Gärten – sie dürfen hier scheinbar auch als solche genutzt werden. Nachdem ich eine Weile zwischen „Ingrid Bergman“, „Westminster Pink“, „Song and Dance“ und „Molly McGredy“ gelustwandelt bin, habe ich mich irgendwann für „Chandos Beauty“ entschieden, um es mir bequem zu machen. Für einen späten Nachmittag im September (in London!) war es erstaunlich heiß und sonnig und wenn man so zwischen all den gutriechenden Büschen sitzt, erinnert nur ab und zu ein dicker Airbus im Heathrow-Landeanflug daran, dass man in einer Großstadt wohnt.

Nachdem ich nun schon einen der besten Leseorte in London verraten habe, möchte ich euch das Buch nicht vorenthalten, dass ich im Moment lese. Eigentlich muss ich gerade sehr viel S. Freud für die Uni lesen, in den Park habe ich allerdings einen Roman von Félix J. Palma mitgenommen, den mir meine beste Freundin erst vor Kurzem geschenkt hat. Deswegen bin ich auch noch nicht weit vorangekommen, jedoch weit genug, um das Buch wärmstens empfehlen zu können:

„Die Landkarte der Zeit“ ist definitiv mein Buch der Woche und nicht nur aufgrund der Tatsache, dass es in London spielt, interessant zu lesen. Es ist mehr oder weniger ein historischer Sci-Fi Roman, mit genau der richtigen Mischung aus Fiktion und tatsächlichen historischen Begebenheiten.

Da ich Zeitreisen-Bücher mag (Audrey Niffenberger – Die Frau des Zeitreisenden!!! – für die Romantiker unter euch), ist dieses Buch jedenfalls genau das Richtige.