IKEA Pillows

For my Birthday Adrian took me to IKEA! I loooove IKEA and if I could only choose one store to shop at until the end of my days, it would be IKEA! (see, I told you that I loved IKEA ;) )

We got THESE kitchen towels and yesterday I felt like doing some home decorating. Even though the towels were meant to be actual kitchen towels for wet hands or dishes, well, I couldn’t resist to make them into cute little pillowcases ;) I used some fabric I had laying around for the back. If you are planning on doing this, you might as well buy a second set of towels ;)

My sewing machine has 7 different button hole programs and I have always been very intimidated to try it out. Well, as the towels were a teeny bit short for my pillows I decided it was about time I learned that button business! I googled some instructions and about 10min later I had my first button hole made on a piece of scrap fabric :D

I decided to go with some reeeeaally cute buttons and instead of using normal white buttons I used some by Crate Paper. They are wooden and match perfectly with the beachy feel of my new (oh so pretty) pillows :D

Hope that inspires you to do something fun this weekend :D And let me tell you, button holes are easy and pillow cases don’t have to be sewn perfectly straight ;) hee

xoxo, Rahel

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22

Last year so many new and good things happened and I am so thankful that I was able to learn and grow from the challenges.

One of the most important things I learned from the past is to conquer my fears, to jump over my own shadow.

I’m excited what 22 has prepared for me and my little family :D

xoxo, Rahel

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Photography Love

While away in Switzerland, I wasn’t all that lazy ;) I was fortunate to find two couples (one of them my little sister and her BF) that wanted me to capture their love. It was great to snap memories while in the background the cowbells were jingling. Something we do not find here in the USA ;)

Here a little peek into some of my photographs from the past 3 weeks… ;)

Excited to share more, especially the couple shoots :D

xoxo, Rahel

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CAR4 Review

As I am writing this, I feel like falling asleep. The Jet lag always gets the better out of me. And I tell you, it doesn’t help, that Dexter is perfectly asleep and looks oh so cute and relaxed ;) hee

But I wanted to share with you, how my very first live Workshop at the CAR4 event was! It really was an experience – and a really good one I would like to add :D

My Mom and I (yes, she came as my assistant ;) ) arrived Friday afternoon. As this was my very first workshop, Barbara encouraged me to go and ask the cute Shimelle for a few tips and tricks about teaching. I was nervous to meet her. After all she’s a star in the scrap empire :)

She was amazing, answering me questions and telling me over and over again, that the girls there were just so sweet and nice. As I would later find out, she hadn’t exaggerated a little bit!

While I was in Shimelle’s Crash Course my Mom started to prepare the paper. We had to cut about a gazillion sheets into half, which took us about 2 hours straight ;) Then we started to pack our kits. That was fun! There’s nothing better than the smell of Crate Paper Patterned Paper……. (yes, Crate was the main Sponsor – HUUUUUGE THANKS TO THE CP PEOPLE :D )

Then the night came and we were supposed to sleep. I couldn’t. I was so nervous I would have bet that I would be dead the next morning. My heart was racing for hours and hours and I was wondering how much longer it could stand the hard pumping.

My hands were sweating, my knees soft as butter and my voice shaky as I started my class. 40 pairs of eyes were looking at me, full of anticipation. I was surprised about that. I had secretly thought that there must have been at least a few girls that would give me a really hard time, but that wasn’t the case! Not at all! Everyone was super nice, some ladies were even helping me out with particular German words when I would forget one! And then they started to scrap!

I had planed a class with lots of free scrapbooking rather than step by step instructions since this was the main thing I wanted to share. To just do it. To think outside the box. To allow and live the sentence ‘Imperfect is Perfect’

They did the Glitter Splatters, had tons of Washi Tape to play with (THANKS TO MT TAPE!!!) and used up many sheets of Tissue Paper ;)

If you weren’t there, you probably wouldn’t believe, that this huge room with 40 very chatty scrappy girls was dead quiet as they were working hard and with the most intense focus on their mini albums! It was a joy to just take that all in!

When the class was over every girl was beglittered ;) Seriously, glitter was everywhere! From fingers to floors to faces to hair – it was everywhere! And I think that was something the girls actually liked ;) To be ‘decorated’ with fairy dust ;) heeee

Later that day I repeated the class for another room of 40 girls – still very nervous, but not close to as much as the first time ;)

From this experience I learned something important. I have always very passionately hated to stand in front of people and give a speech. Truth: I still do ;) The night and morning before the class I asked myself, why I had gotten myself into this scary misery… I didn’t have a real answer, but now, looking back it was the best thing for me! Sometimes you just need to jump over your own shadow to experience and be a part of something great! I bet, all the heroes that we hear stories of had to do the same thing. I bet they were scared at times, all those great knights and kings, soldiers, presidents and wild west sheriffs, but they jumped and did something beyond their wildest imaginations!

On that note I want to list our amazing sponsors and once again say a HUGE THANKS to each of them!! Without you I would not have been able to jump :D Thanks!!!

MT Washi Tape

Crate Paper

7Gypsies

Also a HUGE THANKS to Barbara!! You impressed me with your calmness and how you handled the event! It was awesome to get to know you and thank you for taking the chances to have me teach a class :D

And last but definitely not least a big old cheers to the 80 brilliant attendees of the event :D You girls really rock and it was an honor to share with you in person :D Anytime again ;) heee

Happy Scrappin’ :D

xoxo, Rahel

 

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