10 Creative Book Ideas & a Give-Away

It’s about time to make a little list to sent to Santa Clause, right? I usually have a tough time telling people what I wish for when asked.

I love getting books. In my family it was common to get at least one book. In the last couple years however I missed my books. So maybe I have to conciously but them back on the list to get some. Because who can have enough books, right?!

The following lists are all books I own and like (click on the headlines). Maybe an inspiration if you need to be Santa Clause. So lets get started:

1. Der große humboldt Fotolehrgang

I have been looking for a while before I actually decided on this photo course book. And I still believe it is one of the best out there. This book focuses on the technical equipment and the workings of light, aperture, focus and speed rather then the artistic design and com positioning rules. I prepared with this book to take the wedding pictures of my sister and I hear no complains. I especially like that there is a whole chapter of exercises you can take to practice all the different options and get to know your camera.

2. Schmuckgestaltung heute – innovative Materialien und Techniken

This book is my discovery of the recent years. I found it when I signed up for the library after oh so many years. It’s a book talking about all the different materials and techniques of jewelry design. It’s not a real DIY book with step-by-step instructions. While they show the technique on one example its more an inspiration book. I love it because my mind starts going off with ideas. There is a sequel about” textile jewelry design” but I heard it’s not that great. Does anyone woe it?

3. Fang an mit Kork – 35 Einfache DIY-Projekte **

Now this is the third book by my blogging friends Jutta and Maike. And as the first two “Fotowohnsinn” and “Porzellanfieber” it’s another firework of DIY ideas. I specially like that first of all the materials are introduced. Did you know that there is cork fabric? Or cork paper? Now this opens up so many possibilities. The good thing is they have tested it all and give instructions on how to use which material and when. I like that.

My favorite project is probably the belt made of cork fabric with punched stars. But I also like the different boxes and baskets made of cork paper. It makes simple origami so much more sophisticated. And the star tea lights make such warm light I think I need to make some for Christmas. Well you see, lots to discover in this book.

4. P.S. – I made this… Ich mach das selbst

This book is the first blogger book I owned. Erica is blogging on PS. I made this… and I think this is her first book. After she explains the tools (she colored them all gold! it looks so cool) she shows projects for jewelry, accessories and fashion. Every project has six pages, one introduction page, one page with a  mood board and then 2-4 pages for instructions. In the end there is a link list for further reference and shopping. I like this inspiration book and for DIY beginners it’s a good start because of the step by step tutorials.

5. Tolle Taschen selbst genäht

This is a book I have probably used most. I think I’ve done 3 or 4 bags. And while I don’t like them all it’s a great way to sew together because most likely everyone will find a pattern. I had a craft afternoon with my godchild and we both made new ones and spent a great day together. I also like that there are a number of accessories and embellishments as well as instructions on how to turn plastic bags into fabric to sew with.

6. Schnittkonstruktion in der Mode – Band 1 Grundschnitt

Another really great basic book. I have taken two courses on pattern design and this was the basis for the course. I believe you can learn pattern design just by this book. While I haven’t done an entire pattern based on my measurements (lazy anyone?!) I have a much better understanding of how to alter things or see in if a bought pattern would fit. I say it’s definitely a win.

7. Natürlich schick gestickt – Deko, Accessoires und mehr

Finding this book in the list is actually funny because I wouldn’t say I am big on stitching. However this book shows some fun projects. Most of all I like that in the beginning of the book you have a section where materials and stitches you need to use are explained.  Every project comes with a little stencil so you can get going right away. Some projects are are easy (notebooks with stitched arrows) while others leave me totally awestruck (tiger on a sweater). One of my advent calendar ideas was inspired by this book.

8. Ein Guter Plan

What discovery this one is. And an adventure…

As always I was looking for a planner. Usually I get my moleskin one and I am happy. But lately I was thinking about starting a happiness diary for 2016. But then two books to carry… And of course blog planning, right? So when I came across this planner my heart took a beat. At first glance it seemed like a combination of all and then stories and articles about happiness and mindfulness and such. And it was a crowd funding project. Nothing I’ve ever done before. When they added a black version I jumped and secured me my very own. You can get yours until December 7, 2015 and they ship before Christmas. Yeahh!

9. Die Kunst, aufzuräumen

This is just one book of a series. I like the idea and I love how he takes simple everyday pictures or well known art pieces and “cleans them up”. It opens a whole new perspective on things. This is just an eye candy book for the end.

10. Persönlicher Kalender & a chance to win your own

First time I heard about “Persönliche Kalender” was in 2013. I loved the concept of getting your own personalized calendar. Back then it seemed a first.

I got mine in 2014 I. The materials and paper are great. I personally thought the design on the pages was a bit childish. I would have loved to be able to change colors in the modules. Since then the calendars have evolved and there are lots of fun covers if you don’t want to upload your own picture. There are continuously being new modules added and the possibilities are so much broader than two years ago. They now even offer wall planners.

Every year they cooperate with an artist who is then designing covers. This year it’s Sofie from Fia Lotta Jansson – a lettering artist. Just in October I had the chance to meet Paula and her team at a lettering workshop with Sofie here in a Berlin. Of course we were working with their notebooks. And I really really love them. The paper is great for lettering. And you can choose between a bunch of page designs like ruled, squared and square dotted or even sheets of music. The dotted is perfect for practicing lettering. And they also offer gadgets like pens, and rulers and such to go with your planner.

The Give-Away

cover persönliche Kalender

And the greatest thing is: I have a little gift for you! Leave a comment about your favorite DIY or creative book and have a chance of winning a 33,90€ voucher to get your own calendar or notebook. Now that’s something, right? And the best thing is: they ship worldwide! The winner will be drawn December 18 at 9pm and will be announced on instagram first so make sure to follow me there. And if you don’t want to wait that long or need to get a present beforehand use the code: L-ETTE-RING and save 10%.

Now please share your recommendations on fun and educating DIY books so I can add some to my list.

Happy gift shopping,

Tobia

 

*This post contains affiliate links when you click the headlines. If you buy a book through this link I get a few cents and can get another great book myself. So thank you!

**This book has been sent to me for a review by the Landwirtschaftsverlag. The enthusiasm is all mine.

10 Things You should read while I am on the road

A long time I have talked about going to Blogtacular! It’s finally here! I’ll be in a room full of creative people.

And I’ve prepared something for you to spend your time while I am gone. Why don’t you read my 10 most favorite blog posts here on craftaliciousme?

 bridal boquet to necklace

DIY Craziness

♥ My idea of saving the world of dusted bridal flowers – make jewelry and wear it!

♥ No secret that I am the biggest X-mas addict around. In 2014 I had my DIY advent calendar. I think the star lantern is my fave. But then I love the magnet too.

Baking Away

♥ Read the story behind my love for blueberries and make yourself a yummy blueberry cheese cake.

♥ I love bread. Specially when its homemade. Here is my take on potato bread.

blueberry cream cheese cake

Photo Love

♥ I love browsing Berlin with my camera. I take you on a walk through this lovely garden.

♥ Always amazed what nature is throwing at us. When we look closely you can find the weirdest seeds!

 weird fall seed

Travelmania

♥ Just realizing I only have one travel post up. Crazy I’ve been to 20+ countries… But this is a great one: My honeymoon at the arctic circle.

snowy landscape at glass igloo

Living Life

♥ I am big fan of lists and I feel setting goals is important to not get lost in the everyday hustle. And specially New Years.

♥ It’s not all rainbows and unicorns so I struggled with job hunting in 2013 and wrote about it.

♥ Having a great drink and being relaxed is a wonderful. Even better with homemade lemonades. Pink Grapefruit is my fave.

homemade pink lemonade

Now you read and I better get going to the airport.

Happy reading,

Tobia

Bonus: I forgot my most favorite DIY!

10 Things getting ready for blog conferences :: Blogtacular 2015

Only a couple more weeks and I’ll be sitting with a bunch of creative people and chat and learn and laugh while being on the blogtacular conference.

The last conference I went to was so very last minute I couldn’t prepare at all. This time I am all in to get the most out of it. Here is my list – and yes I might take it a bit too serious but hey I did spend money to go.

Going-to-Blogtacular-200

1. Get excited

When I planned on going somewhere I couldn’t be more happy to have Elisa jump on the band wagon. Because getting excited together is just so much more fun. Hubby sure listens to my babble but he’s not going so obviously he doesn’t care that much. And doing a bit of planning together and pitching ideas and realizing over and over again: same idea! Yeah high five blogging friend! Is just exhilarating. Don’t know anyone yet? Go anyways! What do you think where Elisa and I met?

2. Who will be there

It’s always great to know who is attending. I started following all people I know will be there on bloglovin and Twitter. I set up a bloglovin file for blogtacular speakers, blogtacular attendees and blogtacular faves (like the blogs I really have a connection with). I also have Twitter lists for speakers and attendees. I try to primarily read blog posts of blogtacular attendees, try to comment and already build a connection. I am sometimes shy when I see someone I want to talk to. Already having a connection might help.

3. Make a list

After getting to know the people I start a tiny list of people I would really like to talk to. I don’t know if I will (dare) manage to meet all but at least I define it before. Otherwise I might be overwhelmed. My list includes name, blog name and Twitter handle (so I actually have a way to contact onsite.)

4. Elevator Speech

I have a hard time saying in two sentences what this blog is about. I started out with crafting and baking but I don’t think that covers it now. Looking at my categories it says most stuff is “Just Life” so is it a creative and delicious lifestyle blog? I need to figure it out before the conference. Help and feedback welcome!

5. Have a great picture

Load up a picture at Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/e.g. where people will recognize you. Like your face. I know, not a fan either but hey you wanna get to know people so they probably should recognize you, huh? And it should be the same on all platforms.

6. Equipment check

What will you need to bring?! I read of additional chargers (don’t have one) so I better pack a cable, camera (I need a new battery), I wanted to get a phone cover (better order soon √) and I need to figure out if a laptop is necessary. And I need to stock up of cute pens and maybe sew them a little pouch so they don’t get lost. I already have a fun notebook including notes from my first blogging conference.

7. Know your blog stats

Just in case you are meeting the most awesome company asking for a cooperation. A girl can dream, right?

business cards craftaliciousme

8. Get your business cards

For my last conference I was really last minute and handmade a few cards. I loved them but with the blog redesign I needed new ones. I ordered them right away so I am already set. But you should definitely have some and if only to collect creativity from other bloggers by exchanging.

9. Outfit

I usually don’t plan my outfits that much in advance and just go with what I feel like but I am all set for an outfit and try to gather and make the missing pieces. I am kinda running out of time though. But as you already know I am a color-coding person so my color palette for the trip is set to blues, whites and I think pinks.

10. Enjoy

Being all set leaves only one thing to do: ENJOY. Even though I’ve got my list of people I would like to meet and sponsors to introduce myself I will not force it. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t. I’d rather be open and go with the flow.

Now, who is going too?! And who has a few more good ideas or things to think of?! Let’s hear it!

How all this went down you’ll read here in June!

Happy planning, Tobia

10 TV Shows I am currently watching

Going through this blog I realized I have never really mentioned what I do most nights and on my weekends. Lots of people spend every minute of there free time running around meeting people and doing stuff. I and specially we prefer a cozy night on our couch getting carried away with the latest TV show. We’ve got a broad collection of DVDs too and a whole seperate Expedit for TV shows. And now that there is Netflix and Amazone Prime its even easier (and cheaper) to engage in this hobby.

10 tv shows to watch

So as of now I’ve listed our current watch list of TV shows:

1. Once upon a time

Just got done watching season 3 over Christmas and now waiting for season 4. Just loving how the stories, tales and legends are all tangled up and whenever a new character enters the screen you immediately wonder what fairy tale character that might be. It also made me realize that I don’t know all the stories woven into the show hence my goal to read up on some classics.

2. Castle

This is a great show for week nights. Interesting and fun to entertain you for some time but not too tough too stop watching when its time to go to bed. However I do think the first couple seasons were better. We are currently watching Season 4.

3. House

Don’t you just have to hate-love Dr. House? Such an a** but so brilliant? The stories are just like riddles and we always try to be brilliant ourself and start guessing the disease… Still it’s not too engaging and you can just turn off when you need to get going. Always a good thing.

4. Bones

This show appeals to me due to the archaeologic and scientific approach. I mean I did want to become an archeologist! I also think there are some cool characters in the show. And hello David Boreanaz?! Do I need to say more?

5. New Girl

Doesn’t this one just makes you smile? She is sooo goofy and adorable. It’s kinda like a jump start to easy and happy times. And there are some great dialogues hidden, really.

6. Broke Girls

Perfect episodes of 20 minutes if you have some extra time to spare/ waste. Not very challenging and not really anything to miss if you do something else besides watching. So we are currently in the midst of season 2.

7. Fringe

Well this one is a tough one currently. We are stuck with season 5 (I think). It’s just getting a bit weird. I mean it’s been strange and freaky from the beginning but somehow it’s just a bit too much right now. That’s way we are taking somewhat of a break with Fringe currently.

8. Sherlock

This one we actually stumbled upon after watching the pilot of elementary and then telling a friend about it who just handed us season 1. What we then watched in one weekend and started season 2 right away. So now it’s waiting for season 4.

9. Vampire Dairies

When we started VD we we were just getting done with Angel and Buffy and were all into the vampire thing. And True Blood wasn’t available. So we started. And it was great – in the beginning. Now we are at season 5 and it’s not so appealing anymore. I don’t know why I guess I just need to get back into the mood.

10. Greys Anatomy

I know everyone is just such a great fan of this show. I however am a bit ambivalent towards this one. I really really hate the main character – from minute one. This doesn’t change – ever. I preferred the spin off Private Practice much more. Probably the reason why we are still not done with this one – need to start Season 10.

Well, that’s it for now. Do you have any suggestions? What should we be watching next? What do we need to see? Let me know.

Happy watching,

Tobia

Edit: And right when I was done writing we started watching S.H.I.E.L.D. Hello Joss, can you please hurry up shooting the next season?!

Edit: and in case you wonder where I have spent all my time already check out my list of tv shows I’ve watched…

10 Things I Love About Advent + Announcement

Can you believe it? So close to December? So close to Advent? As you might remember from last year I am all for advent season. And I have been making plans for this season starting in July. No I am not joking. But first we start of with (only) 10 Things I Love about Advent:

1. Excitement

The excitement until Christmas is finally here. A bit of childhood come back and life kinda seems so much more easy.

golden pine cones

2. Advent Wreath Mania

Making my annual advent wreath. And making one for my mom. It’s my way of saying thank you and an excuse to make two. And to try out new colors and ideas.

3. Yummy Hot Drinks

Drinking hot something’s like cider, hot chocolate or tea, sitting in my favorite snuggle up couch nook just looking out of the window and watching the snowflakes dance.

4. Decoration Spying

Observing when and how the Christmas decoration is been set up in neighboring apartments. As kids we would count Christmas tree when driving to our grandparents so I guess parts of it stuck with me.

5. Christmas Movies

Snuggle up with a blanket and watching Christmas movies. Or just our favorite evergreen tv shows. It’s our quality time right here.

6. Crafting.

For me advent is all about making something. I find peace in doing so and during advent it all seems magical.

7. Christmas Cookies

Having an excuse to eat I ton of Christmas cookies. And I mean a ton. It’s just so darn good. And I do bake a lot too. Something around 5-12 different recipes is common. It’s just when you discover a great recipe you have to do it but you also want to try new ones, right?!

christmas cookies

8. Advent and Christmas Music

Listening to the “Weihnachts Oratorium” by Johann Sebastian Bach. This is when the Season really arrives for me. If I get the chance I go to a concert with my mom. I really wanna go this year.

9. Season Themed Clothes

Having an excuse to wear season themed clothes. Yes I do have a pompom sweater, Merry Christmas earrings, ice skating boots and just asked my mom to knit me a star sweater for Christmas. Do you wear seasonal outfits?

10. Winter Smell

And then there is the winter smell – cold air with a pinch of stove smell. And sometimes hopefully soon you can smell the snow. And when coming inside it’s all about cinnamon and oranges, walnuts and fir sprigs.

 Now the big announcement!

I have been busy during the last months and I am more than happy to announce that I really really managed to come up with a DIY Advents Calendar. WHOOOHOOOO! Are you excited? I sure am. So connect on all channels (Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Google+, Blogconnect) and don’t miss out. Lots of DIYs and little crafting projects coming your way. We get started December 1!

But for now enjoy the last pre-advent moments.
See you around, Tobia