I LOVE to read – about sewing that is!!

There is a big beautiful world of sewing bloggers out there that only keeps growing. I keep adding more favorites to my list (see my ‘I like to read‘ page). interestingly enough most of these ladies started a web log for the same reasons – to document their growing portfolio of self made clothes mostly for their little girls who’s birth sparked the fire of DIY in them. My story is the same. I had this beautiful Singer sewing machine since Christmas of 2005, two years prior to my daughter’s birth.

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I used it mainly to make pillow cases :-). That’s all I knew how to do. In 2007 I was expecting my first daughter and that summer before her birth the sewing fire in me got a new spark. I went fabric shopping at JoAnn’s and made all her bedding.  All pink!! 🙂 It would have been too easy (& expensive!) to go to Pottery Barn Kids and buy their bassinet & bedding. This special girl needed something one-of-a-kind.

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But it wasn’t until the spring of 2008 when I discovered this precious little sewing book that I had found my passion.

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Making children’s clothing, especially skirts and dresses!! I love every single page in this book and have sewn many many things from it. The below night dress I have altered many times into tops, dresses and tunics.

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I have a feeling that if I ever ventured into pattern making, I’d make this my first! Hello 2015! 🙂

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Anyway, ever since that discovery at Barnes & Noble in beautiful Newport Beach I have added several other sewing books to my growing library.

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Little did I know then what a huge online world of free patterns and tutorials there was!! So, now my online library of blogs that I read on a daily basis is getting long!

Here are some of my latest finds:

These ladies aren’t just inspiring me to sew more for myself and kids but also take better pictures! That is my priority number one for the rest of the year. I have just sold my first Canon Rebel XS (below) that I owned for many years.

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Now I am shopping around for an upgrade and waiting for a sale. The Canon Rebel series comes highly recommended but this time around I need a better lens. So far I am looking at spending $600 with basis lens. The superior lens runs another another $200. With the imminent move overseas (18 days to go but who’s counting?!) But imagine the gorgeous pictures I could be taking on our journey!!! Plus the same camera in Germany is over 600 Euro!! So, getting this purchase out of the way will be wise.

This time I am going to do my due diligence on how to maximize the camera’s many functions and in addition equip myself with a photo processing program. I am determined to make photography my next passion! Thank you ladies of the sewing blogesphere for all the inspiration.

Love,

Yasemin

P.S. Looking at the above pictures I am sure you agree: I NEED A NEW CAMERA & better photography skills. Yikes!

Packing & wondering

We’ve been burried in moving boxes and paperwork these last couple of days. We are in the homestretch of the biggest adventure of our lives – so far! Our dream of giving our three children a well-rounded life is taking one huge leap. We are bracing ourselves for a huge culture shock, a huge change of pace, or Tapetenwechsel like the Germans would say. It all happens in less than 20 days.

On day 30 we started a picture countdown on Facebook. We’ve kept it up and love reading all the comments and well wishes from our friends.

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24 days to go: Eating at DQ for the first time. It’s Texas y’all!

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At 23 days to go we are still playing soccer ALL WEEKEND!

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Days until departure: 22! Stella is ‘helping’ decorate the chalk board! Thanks baby! 🙂

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21 days to go! Isaiah with his team – pure joy!

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20 days to go and I realize moving in general but especially overseas ain’t no picnic! It’s A LOT OF WORK!!!

Duh! We are moving a family of five overseas!

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(Must take: piles and piles of family pictures and photo albums!)

It all boils down to four categories: take on the plane, store & ship later, donate, and save for Andy! Andy, by the way, is an old high school friend of my husbands who, after living and working in China the last 10 years, decided to move to Dallas. He is moving into his new house in June which is perfectly timed with our move out date. All my precious possessions (my Rosenthal china, my samovar, closet organizers etc. etc.) will find a new home in his house. Great deal for him and less hassle for me to sell/donate/take every single dish, spoon or office supply! Win – win! Thanks Andy! Glad our paths have crossed this way. Perfect timing!

As for the boxes that we are storing first, they will have to patiently await their departure in a cozy little storage unit Here in North Texas. Once I’ve locked down our new place they will be shipped to our door after a nine- week journey on a boat! Sounds fun!

Originally this pile was much smaller – about 30 cubic feet which is the volume of 20 small moving boxes. Weight in this an international move didn’t matter. The mover that I am working with has a minimum of 100 cubic feet which is approx. three times of what I intended to move at first. Oh well, back to the drawing table to identify more things to take. I am not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Sometimes starting with as little as possible is pretty refreshing. On the other hand, I can always find some fabric that would take up the additional 70 cubic feet on a container headed overseas. :-)) I’m just sayin’. 🙂 like these pretties I just HAD to have last week.

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(To be honest, there are still 20 days of shopping opportunities 🙂 That container can fill up pretty quickly if I don’t stop myself.)

Today, as I was looking at the stacks of moving boxes everywhere, I started to imagine what life will be like for us in a few weeks? Where will we be home? When will we feel home? How will the kids like school in Germany? When will they start speaking German? So many things are going through my head. It is getting harder to relax and be in the moment. My mind wanders and wonders… so much to think about but also SO MUCH to look forward to!

See the map below? Kiel is right on the water – the Baltic Sea. Denmark is only hours away so is the North Sea in the west. I LOVE being by the water. I love boats! Kiel is the perfect mix of a quaint smaller city with access to nature as well as to nearby Hamburg.  The air in this region – Schleswig Holstein- is crisp, clean. Perfect for raising a family! My mom will be at the most 15 minutes away! That alone is priceless! The walkability and bike-ability of this city would rank it in the top 10 of most desirable places to live in the world! The bi-weekly farmers markets in each neighborhood, the annual sailing event Kieler Woche… And so much more. Oh, the places we will go!

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Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Kiel:

Kiel is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 242,041 (2011).

Kiel lies approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutlandpeninsula, and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the1936 and the 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Kiel.[2]

Kiel has also been one of the traditional homes of the German Navy‘s Balticfleet, and continues to be a major high-tech shipbuilding centre. Located in Kiel is the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) at theUniversity of Kiel. Kiel is an important sea transport hub, thanks to its location at the Kiel Fjord (Kieler Förde) and the busiest artificial waterway in the world,Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). A number of passenger ferries to Sweden,NorwayRussia, and other countries operate from here. Moreover, today Kiel harbour is an important port of call for cruise ships touring the Baltic Sea.

In 2005 Kiel’s GDP per capita was 35,618, well above Germany‘s national average, and 159% of the European Union‘s average.[3]

Within Germany and parts of Europe, the city is known for its leading handballteam, THW Kiel. The city is home to the University of Kiel (established in 1665).

Seriously, what else could I possibly wish for? Come, visit sometime! We’d love to have you.

Love,

Yasemin

Never stop moving & the countdown begins!

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We decided that our family motto was: Never stop moving! (Read about our biggest upcoming move here.) It is true. We have been on the move. It hasn’t even been two years since we left our beloved Southern California and again we have started packing up our belongings. It’s time to put all that planning of the last months into action. We’ve been selling bits and pieces of furniture, cleaning out our closets, and clearing out one room of the house at a time. I have even gotten into my sewing room and SOLD some fabric & other crafting supplies and have given away some, too. This purging feels good. It is refreshing. A perfect new start. Time to have a real hard look at all that we have accumulated and hopefully be more thoughtful before we purchase any new things.

So far, I think we will end up having to store 20 small moving boxes. These boxes are filled with our family memories, photos, video tapes, kid’s baby books, school work, journals, trophies, and other emotional items that we cannot part with. Two of those boxes hold my favorite sewing books and other sewing related items. And then there are winter clothes that we won’t need in Germany – immediately. Although sometimes June can be pretty cold 🙁 and wet, too!

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With the stacks of boxes filling the kids are understanding that this is REALLY happening. I caught my sweet Seda scribbling ‘I Love Germany’ on the side walk yesterday. It made me happy to know that she is just as excited as I was. It also inspired me to start a countdown today using this cute chalkboard I bought at Michael’s. So starting today, we are going to count down to June 10th – our moving day!

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#GermanyHereWeCome

We are going to do our best to enjoy the next 30 that we will be here in the US.

Ready? Let the countdown begin!

Love,

Yasemin 

 

 

Soccer

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My sweet Seda turns into a fighter every time she steps foot on a soccer field. She never showed much interest in kicking the ball around outside of her weekly hour-long practice with her wonderful coaches and darling teammates but once that kick-off whistle goes off she seems to know just what to do. Not only is she eager to kick a goal or two or four but she also is a very strong defender. Faster than the wind she outruns the competition AND defends her goal successfully. My girl Seda. A princess and a gentle soul at heart she is a fierce athlete and strong player on the field.

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She just finished playing her forth season! Last week her team the Darlin’ Daisies celebrated yet another undefeated season with pizza & ice cream.  We (the parents) had such a grand time on the sidelines cheering them on and hanging out with the other families we have known for almost two years now. It is such a bonding experience to have your child play on the same team week after week, season after season. We will miss them this fall when they all play together sporting their blue & pink jerseys and we look for a little group of girls to kick the ball around with all the way in Germany. Our daisies will play hard again and most likely lead in their age group. We will cheer them on from across the Atlantic.

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Bye bye girls. Go and kick that ball.

Love,

The Mosbys

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P.S. I got to sew up eight of these bags for the girl’s post-season party. It was a fun way to use up my Lisette daisy fabric and leave something for the girls to remember us by.

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 My sweet girl in her other jersey last fall. All smiles :-)!

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Bye bye April – Hello May!

April has been the most eventful & exciting month since I started blogging in September of 2013 but interestingly enough I only found two opportunities to blog in April. I have not giving my sewing machine a rest for more than 24 hours at a time but finding the time to photograph and write about what goes on around here has been hard. I am sure May won’t be any different. After all, in less than 40 days we will have to have sold everything that we are not taking with us to our new home in Germany. All four suitcases and another for carry-ons will have to be packed and ready to go. The boxes for storage containing memorabilia – mostly kid’s trophies & medals, art work, photo albums and video tapes etc. have to packed and labeled.

But first, let me take a moment to recap via Instagram pictures all that the Mosbys have been up to in April.

Enjoy!

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Packing has commenced! And no end in sight…

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Fabric shopping & spring sewing has happened – a lot!

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Had lots of Oprah & chai both at home and at Starbucks. Oh so good – especially together!!

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Done some spring shopping at Old Navy with my sidekick and aspiring mannequin. And of course, stopped & smelled the flowers at Trader Joe’s!

Thanks for stopping by! Let’s go MAY!!

Love,

Yasemin