Some more cute things I found on my vacation in Austria: in Vienna I stumbled over a little shop selling funky stuff, jewellery and beads and had to buy some things for making necklaces and earrings. I'm especially in love with the little donuts and cupcakes...
I also saw a poster for a flea market at a local craft store, and we went and raided their button stash. Only 3 cents a button! And look at those cuties!
What makes me happiest comes in a nice black&white suitcase...
And was accompanied by a little metal box holding these:
Purple thread and metal bobbins!
It's my great-grandma's sewing machine, a Privileg 518, which is probably older than I am. It's made of all metal and it must be the one that I made my first stitches on, back when I was about 5 and was interested in pretty much anything my great-grandma did. My grandma, who doesn't really sew, had it in her basement and decided to bequeath it to me. She loves that I sew, and even reads my blog. So, I've already said it but: Thanks, grandma! :)
I've only sewn a couple of stitches but it seems to work very well so far. Depending on how much time I can squeeze between my workday (GYN/OB rotation that started today) and family evenings, I might start on a polka-dotted Rooibos this week - if I manage to get it traced out. ;) I'm also on the lookout for a nice woolen fabric, for Casey's Circle Skirt Sew-along.
Talking of challenges, I've decided that, even though I love the challenge, I won't take part in Self-Stitched September this time around. I'm working as a trainee docter for three weeks of September, so I'm spending most of my day in scrubs, and after this first day, I forsee that I'd rather spend the rest of the day in lounge clothes instead of dressing up. I might join the Me-Made-Wednesday that's been started in the German sewing blogosphere, though, in the hope that it'll also motivate me to work on my fall sewing... ;)
Talking of fall sewing, the Fall Essentials Sew-Along is starting on Thursday! Stay alert for the announcement! :)