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

Bye bye March – a recap

March was kind of a calm before the storm kinda month. We were all a little under the weather in the first two weeks and got into gear only slowly. Soccer games were cancelled due to weather and spring break. Other than a birthday party here and there the month went by without any major news to report. Nevertheless, March deserves a farewell via Instagram just like February:

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My little bug is a year and a half!

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Having fun keeping it low-key this spring break.

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Can you say ” Happy Birthday! “

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Wheeeeeeeee!

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Birthday gift set: Hello Kitty skirt & tote!

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Gave away five fabric scrap bundles to some crafty kids via Facebook.

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Everybody wants to snuggle up with this quilt now!

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I sewed yet another YaseminTea skirt for Seda’s soccer buddy.

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As always,

Love,

Yasemin

Fabric bundle give-away

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My first give-away ever and for good reason.

I get so excited when I hear from friends that their little girls want to learn to sew! I was honored to teach a few of them myself but even if I can’t teach every single one of them I’d like to constribute one way or another to their creative journey.

Inspired by my daughter’s soccer buddy Alex who received a sewing machine from Santa last year I am offering my Facebook followers & friends the opportunity to win a fabric-scrap-bundle from YaseminTea today. This is a first for me. All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me your crafty kids’ name and age! That’s it. I’ll randomly select a handful of names and mail out the bundles on Wednesday. By the end of the week your crafty kid can start cutting, pinning, sewing away!

I prepared the bundle above for little Alex. Can’t wait to see what she’ ll make from these. Your bundle will be very similar.

  • At least ten different fabric pieces from a 10″ square to much larger, some ribbon, a handful of pins and much more. There is even a little surprise for the lucky winners. So go ahead and leave a comment!
  • Give-away ends tonight!

Good luck!

Love,

Yasemin

P.S. Please note that I can only offer this give-away to folks with a US address. Otherwise, the shipping cost would be way too high. So sorry for this restriction.

Spring break 2014

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(wow, how time flies!)

What a nice week we had together. A break. A real break from getting up too early in the am, scheduling too meant things, homework, early bedtimes and rush rush rush…. And after an unusually long winter actual spring! After bear trees nowj finally blooming! Unlike other breaks and vacations I purposely did not plan any day trips. I realized that although we like to be out and about we spend disproportionately too much time in the car. That’s not very relaxing. Although the baby has a set nap time that is very important right now. Last time the kids were on break Stella was still taking two naps during the day. I’d let her nap en route one and plan to be home for the late afternoon one. But this one midday nap only schedule actually works much better for me. She goes down for the night by 8 pm with the other two.

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No more late night baby entertainment needed. I love that.

So this week we played by ear, stayed local, enjoyed lots of sunshine and really truly took a break.

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(Played at the park.)

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(We took this sweet bitty baby to Dallas for a make-over. We ended up having to hospitalize her!! She’s going to get a brand new set of curls just like she had when she first joined our family in 2010. )

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And talking about curls, Miss Seda got a make-over of her very own during the break.

Here she is on Tuesday:

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and below on Wednesday after an hour brushing and straightening and ‘de-volumenizing’!!

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Today my big kids are back to school and back to an already jammed packed week ahead. Soccer practice for one tonight and a game for the other late into the evening. And so it goes all the way until Sunday afternoon. Lots of soccer, birthday parties, a dinner party, and so on and so forth. For me that also means some sewing is in order. I am planning on sewing a skirt combo for our gracious dinner host’s daughter.  And a little something for my daughter’s little friend who celebrates her special day this Sunday.

During the break I was actually able to squeeze an hour or so of sewing here and there. The result, a finished baby quilt! It is so bright and happy and floral and SCREAMS spring! Ladies & gentlemen I proudly present my first FINISHED quilt ever!

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Spring Break Quilt, 2014

My inspiration was this gorgeous piece of  100%  Italian linen by Etro that my dear friend Elke sent me for my birthday.

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I couldn’t imagine cutting it up and ‘wasting’ even an inch of it. Instead I made a ueber-floral quilt top from fat quarters in my stash and cut and sewed and sandwiched and bound this beauty. I could not be happier with the way it looks and has been used already. It will always remind me of my dear Elke and her impeccable taste and appreciation of quality. I cant wait to show it to her this summer when we go back to Germany. Nothing else has gotten done in the sewing room other than planning of a couple of things I’d like to check of my list before the summer. Which reminds me that I still have to finish the post about ‘our big announcement’ that’s sitting in my draft folder. I am still contemplating on how to ‘break’ the news… 🙂 it’s all good though and possibly this week I’ll have a chance to finish typing that post and publishing it here and on facebook. What better way to tell your friends what’s going on in your life, right?

Anyway, I better get in the sewing room before my napper  little butterfly wakes up.

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Back to reality this week and I am loving it!

Happy spring everyone.

Love,

Yasemin

 

Dear Stella Elle

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You are 18 months old today! Not a baby anymore :-/ You are quickly becoming a big kid 🙁 I really really have been enjoying having you in my life with your long eyelashes, your chubby legs and soft baby skin. You are the most lovable, huggable baby – ever. At 18 months you are:

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  • Feeding yourself like a pro! Even soup!!
  • You hold a crayon like a Kindergartener and scribble all day – unfortunately not only on paper. 🙂 A couple of walls have been graced with your signature scribbles, too. Oh well! They were pretty boring anyway.
  • You don’t mind long car rides anymore. Especially with the radio on. You recognize all of the latest hit songs. Your favorite: Pharrell’s ‘Hapi’!
  • You squeal and dance in your seat and say hapi hapi hapi… And mom, mom, mom, to make sure I know that your favorite music is playing.
  • The other thing that gets you squealing with delight everyday like clockwork is when your brother and sister get off the school bus. You are so happy to see them and EVERYBODY knows!
  • You call your brother ICE which he thinks is really cool!

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  • You can’t say Seda yet but sometimes call her mommy! 🙂

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  • You love love LOVE your bunny. His name is HASE (German for rabbit) which you say so well.

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  • Your favorite toy is whatever toy your big sister is playing with at the moment. You are very lucky that she doesn’t mind sharing at all. 
  • When you are home alone with me in the mornings you are really good at occupying yourself with your favorite baby animals touch &feel book or the doodle pro.

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  • You also love taking one of the dolls on a stroll.
  • Just when I take my eyes off of you, you start climbing on something: a chair, the window seat in brothers room or recently even brother’s bunk bed!!!! I know you feel so proud up there but mommy doesn’t like it one bit!

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  • The only other thing that mommy doesn’t appreciate is when you get a hold of her phone and FaceTime every single contact in her address book!!!! (some day I need to send a mass message letting everyone know it was YOU calling them and hanging up!!)
  • Daddy’s phone on the other hand, you call: ‘no no’ since that’s what he tells you when you reach for it.
  • With eighteen months you are one smart, fearless child! No seat belt can keep you restraint. not in the stroller or in a restaurant high chair or better yet in shopping carts. You figured those out long time ago!
  • You are a good eater. You’ll never say no to Kefir. you prefer salty snacks like pretzels over sweet ones like graham crackers. Some days you’ll eat the most exotic foods and every so often you are on a ‘grilled cheese sandwiches and pasta only’ diet.
  • You would never pass up fresh fruit. Berries are your favs.
  • You drink lots of water and really like fresh orange juice, too.
  • You HAVE TO have a sip of my decaf iced lattes and my hot tea every time. You don’t think coffee is yucky like your siblings did.
  • You also like chocolate. At Whole Foods you’ve sampled a tiny piece every time we are there.
  • What you still don’t like is when strangers come too close to you. you immediately point at me and say: ‘Mommy’ as if to make sure everyone knows you are with me!
  • At the park you love the  swing. You can swing for hours.

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  • Only if you spot a dog you’ll want to get out and follow him. DOGG DOGG DOGG you say chasing him.

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  • Mommy is still your favorite but daddy is really interesting. the moment you hear the door you make a happy dance! Every time! dad dad dad dad you chant although you used to call him Butch first. I think brother & sister are rubbing off on you.
  •  You love when daddy carries you around the house and let’s you close all the blinds.
  • Or when daddy plays ‘name-whatever-I-point-to-game’: head, eyes, nose, ears, mouth…
  • You are one snuggle bunny! We love when you cuddle with us and say: mom, anno. Or: ‘Dad, anno.’ (Translate: I love you!)
  • You understand both German & English.
  • At eighteen months you’ve outgrown three pairs of shoes.
  • To date you’ve never had a bottle of milk but you have yogurt with granola every day.
  • At eighteen months LIFE IS GOOD and you are LOVED more than you can imagine!

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Love,

Mom, Dad, Ice & Seda

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Photobook Mania

I just love those handy photo books large and small, with soft covers or hard ones, with 20 pages or 200 – I like them all. In fact, looking back I have ordered all variations of it online. My go-to place is Shutterfly. These books cost anywhere from $20 -$100. The set-up is pretty straight-forward and design options are great, too! The finished book looks so professional that everyone wonders who ‘designed’ them for us. 🙂 I’ve given photo books as gifts – especially to my mom – who doesn’t use a computer or a smart phone! Imagine that! All other close friends & family are online and get flooded with photos everyday. But my mom is old-school in this area. So every year I create a photobook of the highlights just for her. She loves them.

Recently I’ve purchased a Groupon for a 20-page photobook and knew just how I was going to use it…

Unlike all previous books this one was going to feature YaseminTea handmade items! All in one place, perfectly bound, with a padded glossy cover! Considering that the Groupon cost me $10 only I thought this was a great investment! I had an hour before the kids came home from school and 20 pages to fill! I browsed my online albums and selected 38 pictures that best represented me. A little cropping, a few captions later I had placed my order! Easy peezy! I’ve ordered on a Friday and received my book by the following Tuesday. I should mention that the shipping & handling is not included in the Groupon and actually cost me another $11.99. but once I held my book in my hands I knew it was worth the price. It beautifully summarizes my four-year journey of sewing children’s clothes. 

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(The glossy front cover featuring my new logo.)

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(Even the back is pretty – just like fabric. I’d like two yards of it please!)

It all started with skirts: Twirly, bouncy, mini, midi, and my daughters’ favorite maxi skirts!!

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I quickly added dresses to my second favorite thing to make for my girl(s). Especiallly the peasant style dress in all variations is one of my favorites to sew.

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Last year, I have added the padded zippered pouch. I have my own pattern that has a stand-up bottom. I’ve given these as gifts to teachers, girlfriends, neighbors etc. Some I stuffed with organic travel-sized cosmetics, others with a gift card.

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I made many little heart shaped and lavender filled sachets…

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… some home decor involving the ever-so-popular embroidery hoops… 🙂

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Oh, and there was Halloween & Pioneer Day at school to sew for.

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And lots & lots of doll clothes, quilts, and the Oliver+ S hair bow ties!

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Sewing has gotten even more fun ever since my littlest baby joined our family.  I get to make two of everything! That’s double the fun!

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Now this pretty book will join the many others on our coffee table.

Hope you are having many Kodak moments yourself!

Love,

Yasemin