Summer List 2016

Hello you, hello Summer,

After I did pretty good on my Spring Bucket List I feel like I need a Summer list too.

Summer List Summer Waves

Hoping for lots of fun experience this summer:

  1. Enjoy the heck out of my balcony. Did that!
  2. Have a day trip with hubby, maybe even a weekend trip. Mhm not really like I wished for but have been in Munster for one weekend.
  3. Make a big batch of rhubarb lemonade too last till fall. I really missed the opportunity as I couldn’t find any rhubarb when I was looking.
  4. Visit grandpa and enjoy the garden. Did that twice. Check out the pic on instagram.
  5. BBQ with friends. Yeah to that!
  6. Go to a drive-in cinema with hubby. Unfortunately not.
  7. Making ice cream. I am thinking almond caramel or lemon buttermilk or one of the million recipes. Made a couple batches and came up with an awesome chocolate almond variation.
  8. Eating fresh caught fish while sitting at the sea, river or lake. Nope.
  9. Riding my bike to work every day. Yes as long as I had a job…
  10. Meeting friends in a beer garden. One from far away… Yeah… 

I am liking summer. I love seasons. I couldn’t really live in an area were every day is kinda the same and a blurr. How about you? Do you have a summer list? What fun things are you planning? Let me know maybe I need to update mine a bit.

Happy Summer,

Tobia

Spring List 2016

Hey there,

Just when I thought, with all this sunshine the last days and my first lunch break in the sun without a jacket, I am all set for spring and write my spring list it starts raining…

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BUT spring is around the corner and officially starting today so here is my list:

  1. Making Easter Eggs in this traditional technique of the Sorbians.
  2. Fixing my bike and taking a ride. Done that but it was an errand ride.
  3. Have a lunchtime walk to this cemetery I want to check out for probably 10+ years. Did not manage… sad.
  4. Quitting my job. Did that and it felt/feels so liberating.
  5. Take a vacay with hubby. I am thinking Mallorca (never been there) or maybe Italy (at one of the lakes). Suggestions are welcome. We went to Croatia and it was fantastic!
  6. Meeting friends I haven’t seen in a while. I did.
  7. Sewing a maxi dress. I know exactly how I want it to look and I already got the fabric but I can’t seem to find the pattern. Done!
  8. Doing a detox week. I am feeling like getting rid of junk in my life. I am so happy I finally managed to do it. I feel so much better and really need to do this once a year.
  9. Doing some more home improvements. Still working on it but its going places.
  10. Going to a wedding in the botanical garden. My stupid boss didn’t let me go.
  11. Having a family reunion. Oh it was fun. S O  M U C H  F U N!
  12. Going on an photo walk with myself. I did in Croatia a couple of times.

Writing this list I had a picture of my spring-like cake pops stuck in mind and I really want some now.

Anyhow, who else is doing a list? What are you looking forward this season? Please share I want to expand mine a bit more.

Happy spring,

Tobia

White Wreath Inspiration :: It’s this time of the year

Good morning!

So we are getting closer to my most favorite season. And as you know I love looking at Advent and Christmas pictures (almost) all year long. And I have gathered another round of wreath inspiration. Today it’s all about color: White! (and please don’t start that “white is not a color thing”.)

Loving white wreath inspiration coming up:

Pinterest Inspiration White wreath DecoBazaar Botanika Studio

Source Etsy

DecoBazaar Botanika Studio1

Source Etsy

Julia bildschoen

Source: Julia is blogging on bildschoen and made this wreath. Check out the tutorial.

 

Pinterest Wreath Inspiration white DecoBazaar Botanika Studio

Source Etsy

Pinterest Inspiration white felt feather wreath

Source: Anne of Circus Berry shows her tutorial

Pinterest Inspiration by PeppermintPlum white yarn wreath

Source: Tammy and Annie share a tutorial in their blog Peppermint Plum

Are you looking for more ideas? Might want to check out the candy or pompom ideas. Or maybe rather moss and acorns? There is a tutorial for a walnut wreath.

What is your wreath going to look like?

Please share ideas! And if you still don’t have an idea check out my advent wreath 2015 – White Snowball Wreath.

Have a great Sunday and happy inspiration seeking,

Tobia

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How to find you, dear Reader {Schreibzeit #2}

I missed last years short stories over at Bines blog and I really wanted to be part of this years Schreibzeit. When I read February’s topic I wasn’t too happy, nothing inspiring – but then thinking about it a bit I decided I will share my ramblings on “How to get more readers“. Maybe some thoughts help you but at least they gonna help me :-)And it’s never a bad thing to think, right?

Being a communications manager at day I should have totally figured this thing out, right?! Knowing my readers, knowing what they are interested in, anticipating where they are and what they need.

Too be honest: I don’t know, I don’t care and don’t want to put effort into it when I do.

who are my readers

Ok now let’s break up this statement.

I don’t know

Hello reader, why are you here? I would love an answer. What posts interest you, what do you gain by coming by.
Google analytics tells me, my (not so) weekly happiness reviews are quite popular. But that’s just random silliness. It also tells me my mood boards and my German potato bread are an evergreen. But what about the rest. And where do you actually come from?! I mean how and where do you read this blog?! I know I’ve got 26 followers on bloglovin but I also know there are more of you coming by. How do you follow me? What feed reader do you use? And does it even matter?
From a professional view I would advice: make a survey to figure out your audience. Ask questions and write posts out of your comfort zone to see what the reactions are.
Me as a private person thinks: what if I take a survey and people want to read things I am not interested in writing or that don’t fit with this blog space of mine. Wouldn’t it be weird asking and the not delivering?! So not doing it safes me heartaches.

I don’t care

And with this last thought we are right at I don’t care. Just because everyone is doing it this or that way doesn’t mean it’s right for me. It’s still my space. I admit sometimes I get carried away and might even be a bit envious when seeing blogs who started later than mine and have a gazillion number of followers. Then I feel like I “need” to do something about it. I usually take a step back, take a deep breath and get back in time remembering why I have started. I wanted to be more creative, I wanted to safe my ideas and achievements somewhere but overall I wanted to be happier. Knowing that all creative process will do that, was the reason to get started. And that’s the question I will answer: will it make me happy, is it fun to do or is it because other people do it and you don’t want to be left out?

Not worth the effort

I know I would gain lots more of traffic when setting up a Facebook account. Or an Instagram profile. I consciously decided against Facebook. I don’t want to. Too much hassle – it would just be a task and I fun would be lost. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a private account I love but for the blog, naaaay.
And Instagram?! Well this is intriguing. Right now it’s self protection not having one. I know I would spend hours there and I only have 24 hours a day. But I fear it will change soon.
However I do have Twitter and I am quite active there. I love being part of Twitter chats it’s a great and easy way to get in contact with fellow bloggers. If they stop by at my blog?! Don’t know but I realize some new twitter followers when I just twittered about my latest blog post. Meaning twittering about blogposts can enhance your reader ship. However I don’t think the Twitter peeps are not much into commenting on the blog…

So to sum it up I could probably say: I choose slow growth. I might know how to speed things up but it doesn’t feel right. I want to engage with the people who are here. I try to reply to every comment on this blog (and I hope I haven’t missed any). It’s my personal philosophy. I try to visit every commenters blog at least once and if I find something speaking to me I leave a comment.

For now I am happy with my choice. Doesn’t mean it won’t change, doesn’t mean I mind new faces here and doesn’t mean I won’t do any cooperations or link parties and such.

Now leave a comment if you agree or disagree. Let’s have a chat! Looking forward,

Tobia

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Hey There 2015 * Time for those resolutions

Two times is a habit and three times a tradition, right? Well I’ve started this blog with my 2013 New Years Resolutions and continued to do so in 2014. So why change anything in 2015?

new years resolutions

But before I get started I need to evaluate the outcome of 2014. (Read up here what those points where.)

#1 We did have a magical winter wedding even though there was no snow at all, I lost my voice the day I didn’t need it and our maid of honor had to cancel a day prior. That’s life. But it still was the greatest day and everything fell into place.

#2 I miserably failed this goal. Instead of loosing weight and feeling healthier I rather increased the problem.

#3 I did try to be a nicer person but I guess you can always do more. And I am sure there are people who would object…

#4 Well, just three weeks after I wrote down this goal I lost my job again. Three days prior to the wedding. However I didn’t leave the job until end of May. And I really don’t know what’s worth – having to leave right away or struggling with motivation every day for 5 months. I grew with this situation and I know I can handle it and I fought for the job but in the end it was better to go and leave it all behind. I do have a new job but I won’t say anything – not jinxing it again.

#5 I did it! I opened a Dawanda Shop and I am so proud I did. There are a few things in there and I already sold one piece. There will be more so make sure to check in once in a while.

#6 I think I did a pretty good job here. Let alone with my advent DIYs I brainstormed so many ideas. I do have a more and I didn’t get all the projects done I wanted to. However I didn’t start the dream dress.

#7 I did try new recipes. Lets see if I had three of each board:
yummy cakes & sweets: I baked zucchini brownies and I threw together two recipes and came up with a maple cream cheese pie and I also tried the pull apart pumpkin bread and cinnamon cake
yummy food: I experimented with grilled cheese variations, made a pumpkin risotto and the crispy cheddar chicken
yummy salad: I tried lots of avocado recipes such as avocado and white beans, avocado tuna, green bean avocado and my favorite beluga lentil with apple
yummy soup: I really didn’t get any soup up here this year and I hardly ate any new soup either. This needs to change.

#8 & 9 Yeah, I did work on my blog and there is a new layout. It is my place and I wrote about the things that matter to me. And the blog is growing – (very) slowly but steadily. So I do something right and you like what I do here. Thank you!

goals and guidelines for 2015

But now lets have a look at my goals and guidelines and resolutions for 2015:

♥ 1: Get healthy, feel better get back to yourself. This includes loosing weight, getting rid of backaches and knee problems, eating healthier and exercising a bit. I will do a whole plan for this topic otherwise I am not sticking to it. Good thing hubby is right here with me by joining in.

♥ 2: Be nicer, be more patient, listen better. Doesn’t seem to be a big deal, well it is. I am impatient, things need to go fast and I get grumpy when it’s otherwise. Unfortunately hubby is the one dealing with my moods.

♥ 3: Declutter! It doesn’t matter what: my closet, my cupboards, my emails, my computer, my craft room, my stack of fabric… you name it and I could do it. I should do it! And while we are at it cleaning would be a good idea too.

♥ 4: Cook more (healthy) food. One recipe from every cook and baking book I own. Unfortunately I own mostly baking books. But still put those books to good use!

♥ 5: Invest time, fun and ideas into my Dawanda Shop. I would love to make a few sales this year. However I am not to big giving myself shout outs or doing lots of advertising on my behalf.

♥ 6: Classics. I realized throughout the last year when watching “Once upon a time” I really never read certain stories (Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…) and I also haven’t seen some classical movies (Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gone with the wind, Flash dance, etc.) I want to catch up and fill my void of not knowing.

♥ 7: Write more letters & postcards. I love getting mail unfortunately I don’t and that might be because I do not write myself. So here is to snail mail!

♥ 8: Invest in blogging. Work on this blog – still a few things I don’t like but I don’t have the skills (yet). So I will look into CSS. And I also feel like I want to go on a blogging event. I’ve been at The Hive and it was inspiring. Maybe an online course or a conference or just a meet up with blogger in real life.

♥ 9: Staying creative. Try new things, work with new materials and tackle those secret projects I carry around for years. Just remember the dream dress – and that is only one I told you about.

Wow now that is a list! Kinda overwhelming. So good thing that Elisa is doing a monthly link up with New Month Resolutions. I like this idea. But I like my long list too. But then you do get lost during the year… So I decided having my long & important list and breaking up tasks for the months so I can really do get something accomplished. And this way I might sneak in a few more things that didn’t make the big list. So I would basically get more things done?! Now that sounds like a plan!

Are you doing a list? How do you manage to keep on track? Let me know, need all the motivation I can get.

Happy planning, Tobia

Edit: Bine has asked about our plans for 2015 and what we think about it all so I have added this post to the linky.