3/30/2015

Zibbet finds of the week - On the farm

As a child I spent some vacations or weekends on the farm of my godmother's parents. No matter how hard I tried or asked to be woken up in time, I never made it to the first round at the cow stable, but I fondly remember collecting eggs, feeding the rabbits, playing with the cats and my favorite German shepherd Hera, picking berries in the garden, happily sitting in the hay in my own pen if there wasn't a calf around at the moment and of course enjoying milk that came directly from "my" cow Diana (whom I hoped to be able to buy one day) in a little blue cup.

In honor of these memories and my godmother's warm hearted family I'll take you around the Zibbet farm today.

Sculpted wood barnyard rooster by Gallery at Kingston

Crocheted baby duck blanket by Handmade Gifts by Barb

Recycle wood tractor with crop duster airplane by Ray's Scraps

Handpainted dinner plate by Home Thrown

Art print Donkey by Sue Bridgman

Hay mound in historic barn at Hopewell photo print by Earthsong

3/29/2015

Quote of the week

Today I'm going to introduce you to Hedwig Courths-Mahler, a German writer of love stories or as she put it "fairytales for adults". Courths-Mahler stopped writing in 1935, so her novels are obviously set in time before that which might make them seem a little, erm, aged to us.
Five of her novels were made into movies in the 70s with well known German actors ... who didn't always seem to take the "fairytales" very seriously which annoyed Courths-Mahler's daughter. The keyword is "overacting". Reason enough to pick some quotes from them over the next months (which will be obviously be translated by me as there is no English version) because that's just what my twisted sense of humor likes.


A special touch are a narrator reading parts from the novel, the still photos that are shown in between and of course the piano music which matches every mood so perfectly.

After both of Ria's parents are dead, industrialist Rolf Matern, a long time friend of the family whose secret it is that he made his money through an invention by Ria's father, takes her in. Ria who knows about this, but doesn't want to reveal the secret, falls in love with Matern's son Heinz.


When Heinz' parents die, he offers Ria a marriage of convenience. He quickly finds that he loves her, but thinks she doesn't love him, while she feels she is his "unloved woman".


Will they reveal their love to each other despite the breach of trust and the silence between them?
Who is Mr Krause? And what does Ria need all that money for?

When Ria visits a friend, Heinz goes into her room to feel near to her. There is a picture of him on her desk. But what is this? It looks as if someone has kissed the picture. As much as the question plagues him, however, he cannot ask her.


When he finally finds out his father's secret and what Ria did, he has to know.
"Ria, did you kiss my picture?"



And they lived happily ever after, I guess.

Eine ungeliebte Frau (An unloved woman), Germany, 1974 (after the novel from 1918)

 P.S. I wish I could give you the slightest idea of how the actors speak, gesture, move and even stand. Maybe the screenshots help understand a little ;-)
P.P.S. Look forward to more quotes from the other movies!

3/27/2015

Tackle that stash - Faux amber and wire knit ring and earrings

A few years ago I got a little bag full of faux amber cabochons. They were different sizes, different colors, different shapes and over the years they have made for some big fun. I made earrings, rings, necklaces, pendants, in fine silver or in copper wire, in wire knit or crochet technique and sometimes I even mixed both.
Often when my muse was out of town I grabbed the little bag and matched pairs, sets or contemplated the best bezel for a unique shape like the little rounded pyramid.

Finally the bag is almost empty. There are a few last small round cabs left now after I took two of them to make this pair of starburst earrings.

Available in my DaWanda shop

And then there was the cab that had been haunting me from the very beginning. Shaped like half a circle it defied all my attempts to put it in a bezel. More than once I thought now was the time to show it who was the master and more than once I kept ripping up what I had made half way through. If I ever heard a cab snicker, it was definitely this one.
I don't give up that easily, though. Eventually the time comes when I put on my determined face and do the job, and that's what I did.
With this ring. Ha!

Available in my Zibbet shop

3/26/2015

Wire knit, Viking knit and netting

"Why do you call it knitting if you are using a crochet hook?" "I like your crochet." "Is that woven wire?" "You can't knit with a crochet hook." "It's called knooking." "Is that spool knitting?" "Oh, but that's Viking knit!"

I admit it can get confusing. I blogged about the differences between wire knit and wire crochet before, in this and more elaborately with sample pictures in this blog post. I didn't want to repeat myself here, so please look up these two posts if you want to know more.
The wire knitting I do is also not the same as Viking knitting although I get why people may think that at first. Knitting is knitting after all, right?
Actually it's not.

A few things before I show you my samples:
I am by no means a Viking knit expert, so far I have only dipped my toe in. For the sample I skipped the making of a base part. This is NOT a tutorial, this is just supposed to show you how different wire knit, Viking knit and netting look.
I do knit with a crochet hook. I could use knitting needles and end up with the same look, but with a crochet hook I feel I have more control over the wire. I call it knitting because the result are not crochet stitches, they are knit stitches.


This is a knitted wire rope sample and this is a very short explanation of how it's made with an ordinary crochet hook.
First you make a row of chain stitches (which is different from the first row if you knit with needles) and close it (if you make a flat piece, you just work your way up back and forth, but the technique is the same). Then you pull the wire through the first loop with your crochet hook, towards yourself and bend it upwards over your loop to avoid the wire slipping back out. You will see that it looks like a knit stitch already, and that's how you go on. Go through the next loop with your hook, catch the wire, pull through and bend upwards.
The wire in the last row is in no way anchored to the other stitches and unravels easily if you are not careful.
You don't have to cut a length of wire off your spool for this technique. If you use it with beads, however, you have to put the beads on the wire before you start knitting.
You can use a draw plate to even out your rope or make it longer and slimmer.


This is a simple single Viking knit sample.
The loops are woven around the loops of the last row. No unraveling there. You can use a mandrel, a dowel, a special Viking knit tool that helps you with the start, a pencil ... I used a large knitting needle for this sample.
There are different Viking knit variations like double or triple knit.
You have to have a length of wire cut off the spool to be able to weave the loops, but you can add wire while you go along. To even out the chain and make it longer and give it a different look, you can use a draw plate.


Last but not least I made a small netting sample. In this case loops are not woven around loops, but around the wire between two loops which makes this a very open net.


I hope I made the differences at least a little clearer, but should you have questions, I'll do my best to answer them!

I do have to say, however, as I keep getting asked that I don't make tutorials and don't plan on starting making them. Thanks for understanding.

3/25/2015

Oldies but Goodies - Big and bold

BIG AND BOLD, that was the last Oldies but Goodies Challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community. Not everyone is comfortable wearing BIG AND BOLD and not everyone is good at making BIG AND BOLD. I know, you got the idea.
There's no stopping the JAC members, though. Again it turned out there's always someone there to pull a rabbit out of the hat, no matter what the challenge is. That's what makes this so much fun and I really want to invite you to come by and play along next time!


1 MC Stoneworks
2 Violetmoon's Corner
3 Jewelry Art by Dawn
4 RioRita
5 Cat's Wire
6 2 Fab Fristers
7 Robin's Jewelry, Antiques, & Collectibles

3/23/2015

Zibbet finds of the week - Mint

What do skobeloff, zomp and mint have in common? You never heard of the first two? Neither had I, but Wikipedia is telling me that they are all variations of the color spring green.
This fact that is most likely completely uninteresting to you is brought to you today by the number 3. Or the letter A. Wait, I think I'm getting confused. Peppermint tea. That was it.
I am sitting here nipping cold peppermint tea which started a train of thoughts that ended up in the color mint. Oh yes, I do have a complex and weird mind.

Mint is a great color, fresh and cool and wonderful for spring. Let's see what I found on Zibbet, shall we?

Mint green cable knit pillow case with silver studs by Effia K Design

Mint with silver Moroccan lantern by Open Vintage Shutters

Peppermint, green mint soap by SudsNSparkles

Cactus photography by See Life Shine

Pastel mint infinity scarf by Lovely Squid

Ocean Jewel necklace by Chicalessia

3/22/2015

Quote of the week

A girl gets killed. Sounds like a normal murder investigation, but there's nothing normal in Twin Peaks.
If you heard about Twin Peaks, I don't have to say anything else, if you never heard about it, though, there's not much more I can say without writing a whole novel, but you need to know is that Agent Dale Cooper can get quite excited about a cup of good coffee.
Not this time ...

Pete Martell: Fellas, don't drink that coffee. You'd never guess. There was a fish in the percolator. Sorry.



Twin Peaks, USA, 1990 - 1991