When I scrolled my Instagram this morning while enjoying my first cup of coffee of the day the app showed me some advertising for puzzles. (Scarry how they know!) Take a guess who clicked on it. I have had many puzzle fever phases and I can feel a mother one creeping up on me.
Do you like puzzles? I think I have always loved it. I remember a kids birthday at my childhood friends house. She always had a puzzle game we played. Everyone got a puzzle and we had to puzzle as fast as possible and the winner got treats. Of course she always won knowing the inside and out but I always almost caught her.
It’s been a while since I shared my favorite Instagram accounts. Let’s be honest we are all spending enough time there already but there is just so much inspiration and beauty. You just need to find it. Today I feel like sharing my current favorite accounts with you:
Ricky Guevarra | ricky_guevarry He writes the most wonderful love letters in a square, thoughts and poems. It’s truly a blessing when they pop up in my feed. Go read it it will give you smiles and food for thought.
Sabine Scheer |sabine.scheer I try to improve in my product shooting and this account is very inspiring for me. So many great ideas and lovely execution. I would start an internship there in a heartbeat.
Carina Hagen | fictionfaery I think one of the first bookstagrams I started following. Wonderful feed and every images oozes coziness. Also a plus she is from Norway and I do have thing for the colder regions.
Sylvie Bonne | bonnesilvie I connected with Silvia through this years 100 Day project. Hers was walking all streeets of NYC and you truly got to discover the city. Now she moved to Berlin and it’s even more fun seeing my city through her eyes. One of those days we also meet for coffee.
Warren Keenan | warrenkeelan He takes the most gorgeous ocean images you can imagine. They look like silk and the colors… I am seriously considering getting myself an image – I just wished I had a huge space to put it because I believe those images need room to breath.
Stephanie Hühllmann | stephaniehuellmann Amazing art made of natural ingredients like rice corns or flower seeds. Truly mesmerizing and I always wonder how that art holds together.
Andrea David | filmtourismus Ever wondered where a certain movie scene was shot? Look no more! Just follow Andrea and you will be amazed.
Birgit Fazit | zeit_statt_zeug Working hard on minimizing my clutter – this account helps (only in German though). Little challenges throughout the year and a good reminder on what needs to be looked at.
Niilo Isotalo | niiloi Ever since my honeymoon a piece of my heart is still in Finland. Niilo is supplying lots of images and I am really amazed by his beautiful nature images.
Nicole Baumann | golden_freckles Colorful und fun art with everyday objects. I have met Nicole at my last Blogst outing and she is such a sweet person. She also just started being self-employed. Really fun are her “Mitmachen-Instagram-Story” prompt where she gives one object and e everyone is invited to create with her.
I know it is quite a few photography accounts but I love looking at images that make me feel good. Now drop one account you love looking at. You can never get too much inspiration and pretty things to look at.
I have said it before and I do so again: For me winter starts with Advent. Screw the metrological calendar and the date December 21. Lets start right now and compile a Winter Bucket List. They are fun. But be before we dive head on in lets have a quick look on my fall list and how I did there.
✔ Making apple sauce. with my friend and it was fun
✔Sewing a maxi skirt. A picture of me wearing it ended up on this blogpost.
✔Make a tassel necklace. Do you want to see a picture?
✔ Work on my craft lab. Well, this is semi done I’d say. Not as far as I would like but you can see progress. However I won’t manage my yearly goal I am afraid.
✔ Making a floral arrangement for Sunday of the Dead. I made two arrangements however only for my grandparents grave.
Sitting on the balcony listening to the rain.
✔ Reading more blogs and commenting. Definitely did that and commented almost daily.
✔ Enjoying a spa day with myself.
Wow I did not expect to have this much crossed of my list.
Now lets get on with the most happiest season of the years WINTER
Read a Christmas Book
suggestions welcome, could be a classic too. If I can’t find a new one I might just re-read a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Spread Random Acts of Kindness
It’s been on my list last year but it doesn’t hurt to re-activate: smiling to the cashier, meeting the postman half way, let an old lady in front of the line in the post office, etc. something like that.
another one that keeps re-appearing on my list but it just hasn’t been cold enough to go on the lake. And no I don’t do ice rinks. This girl doesn’t like going in circles…
I’ve got 5 weeks to watch them all. Already put some on the watchlist. Suggestions welcome.
Cancel all appointments in December
Last year I read on someones blog that she never schedules doctors appointments or any “friends” meet-up in December. Because why, if you haven’t got time to do so all year why squeeze it in last minute. So I won’t do it. Instead have already planned it in January. If people ask to meet who are not too close – next year. Only things I do is stuff I like – spa days, hair cut, etc.
Planning next years Christmas
Mr. 🖤 and I want to spend a snowy Christmas in Lapland and trying to convince my family to join for two years now. Cabins are booked early so if we want to make it happen we need to book like right now.
Taking a photo walk
I love being out and seeing things when I have camera in hand. Somehow the view is different and I start hunting pretty scenes. The focus shifts.
I want to sew, make jewellery and paint. But I set a goal to only use materials I have already at hand and not buy new stuff. It’s kind of cleaning up and making something pretty.
I would love to go to a concert maybe even the Christmas Oratorio. Maybe I can get my Mom to join.
Celebrate Dads 60th
It’s going to be a big celebration with it’s annual tradition.
Find a word 2019
I love to Unravel my Year and then set goals for the new one. For many years now I do so by setting a Word of the Year. Who else is doing that?
I am excited for the last month of 2018 however also a bit sad as it means I have only 4 more weeks to get everything done I set out to achieve in 2018. Now let me know if you compiled a winter list so I can steal a few items.
Last night I was a Christmas Elf. Remember my post about “Weihnachten im Schuhkarton“? Today was the day when Operation Christmas Child happened and I handed in my package. Also my sister and I volunteered to help get the packages ready for shipping. Let me give you an inside story of what I’ve learnt and a peek behind the scenes.
Already in October I set out to fill my shoebox and get little gifts. It was actually a lot of fun shopping for a kid as I never really do and there are some cute things to get. This was in my shoebox:
As I said volunteered by helping in the “Christmas Workshop”. In Germany there are two locations (Berlin & Birkenfeld/Pforzheim) where all packages will be checked, sealed and distributed to the countries. We had a 15 min training session with a video and then we were sent to our packing stations. All packing stations had team leader who we could ask all our questions. At the table there were 4 positions.
checking box for label boy/girl, envelopes with money, writing was appropriate
checking items if they comply with guide lines and custom requirements.
sealing the package
putting shoeboxes into transport packages, labelling, sealing and dropping off at warehouse
We quickly combined 1 & 2 as the workflow was better that way and the shoeboxes didn’t get too messed up.
My job was to check items in the boxes. I made a list of things I learnt and what is helpful for people checking the boxes:
Most people pack for the middle age group 5-9 years. Then 2-4 and the teenagers 10-14 had the least packages.
Make sure shelf-life is end of March following year. We had to remove all candy that didn’t apply. Sometimes leaving a package having no candy at all. We were able to fill that up with donated items. This is due to custom relations.
If you pack candy, always insert full packages. Single candy bars, small gummy bear packages, bonbon, etc. we had to check every single item. Sometimes that was 30 little pieces which takes forever. All items without minimal shelf-life needed to be removed.
It’s helpful if the letters are on the top not the bottom so the box doesn’t need to be unpacked entirely.
Don’t wrap the present. We had to unwrap them if we couldn’t guess what was in there.
No soap bubbles as it’s too dangerous – kids might drink it.
Wrap shower gel/shamppo in a bag. We had to do that to a loooot of items. Also some already came in damaged.
Most of the boxes had really nice ideas and items in them. Every once in a while there was a box that was just so sad – only half filled, old/used/damaged stuff. There were boxes I dumped completely in the garbage. I wonder what people think. But most of them were really fun and gave me ideas for the next year:
Maybe I find time to help again this year. Otherwise I will pack another box next year. Have you every participated? Or do you support another organisation? Would love to hear about it.
Disclaimer: This post contains links to the Operation Christmas Child. Due to current (German) law this needs to be labelled advertising. However I was not paid to talk about it, I just think it’s a nice little project to do. Furthermore I have linked a few of my older articles because I believe you might enjoy them. Some of the photos were taken by berlinmittekind.
hope your week was a wonderful one. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and sit down a while and let’s have a chat.
My weeks been busy however I didn’t get any work done that brings money in. I guess it’s ok for now but I need to get going double next week. I had to catch up on my Christmas crafting for the advents calendar I participate in. Man some things didn’t work out quite how I wanted so I spent lots of time getting it done in time. The perfectionist in me is not hundred percent satisfied but more was just not possible. Now that I am done with this project I am thinking about participating in Julias a Secret Santa #StadtLandWichteln2018.
I have been collecting ideas for this years advents wreath. I usually make two wreath a year – one I am gifting my mother. It’s our little tradition. I get an advent calendar, she gets a wreath. Hers will be brown/golden this year with a nature base. I have that one pretty much figured out. I am not so sure about mine though. I have another interesting idea for a wreath made of recycled packaging waste however I am not sure if I will actually like it. But I still want to try out the idea. I guess I have enough fall backs if it looks ugly as hell. In case you also need inspiration I gathered a list of advent wreath inspiration of the last years.
Inspired by my previous post I had a motivational push to get the apartment deep cleaned. So I spent the entire day yesterday doing everything – hence the missed post yesterday because I just couldn’t lift a finger at midnight. Now I am having lots of aches but a wonderful shiny apartment. I even managed to clean chunks of my craft room so I could vacuum there. Rarely ever happens because it’s so packed with projects laying everywhere.
Also I had two fun lunch meetings with sister and neighbour this week. My sister and I met at this deli close to her work. The food was really nice, the location beautiful but it was so good to catch up with her. Haven’t seen her in a while. She also told me a story about something that really shook me. Sometimes crime is closer than we think. So please take care you all. And yesterday during my Feather-Dusting- Dance I took a break to have lunch with my neighbour and her new born. It was nice catching up. Now the is staying at home for a while we see each other every other week or so to take a walk in the park or have lunch together. I guess lunch breaks could be worth.
As for the weekend ahead. I’ll be spending tonight with my sister at “Santas Workshop” to pack up gifts for “Christmas in a shoe box“. I am excited about that. I’ll share my experience with you tomorrow if you like so stop by. On another note I will probably have to write a few blog posts or at least take the pictures so I can make them happen. Because you guys it’s getting dark early and I don’t want to post without photos.
Now let me know what you have been up to. I’ll head over to Lecy, Eclectic Alli and Denise to catch up now. Maybe I see you there.
Disclaimer: This post contains links to other Blogs. Due to current (German) law this needs to be labelled advertising. Furthermore I have linked a few of my older articles because I believe you might enjoy them.