Saturday, September 7, 2013

This Week

Buying fabric at the Holland Fabric Market in Potsdam. The blue/brown plaid will be pyjamas, the colourful checks a Colette Hawthorn. The others are for comissions.
Plum buchteln. I so love late summer.
Climbing the plum tree next to the building where my choir rehearses. Reminds me of climbing the plum tree in my grandpa's garden when I was a kid.
The light gets all fascinating, these late summer afternoons. I love that it's still warm enough to sit in the grass and have a coffee while the sun goes down.
I also have a job now! After writing (exactly) two dozen applications in the last two months, which (for now) have yielded four job interviews, I've been promised a one-year contract in the practice of a very nice cardiologist who also specializes in gender medicine. :) I can start in November, so there's still some time to enjoy life - and maybe sew something, for a change - without constantly worrying about (un)employment. Hooray!


  1. Congratulations on the new job Doctor Alessa! I am so happy for you. And it's great you get to have a small break before starting. Those breads you baked look yummy. I love the blue fabric and the colorful I am looking forward to see your Hawthorn and hopefully your commission work too.

  2. Doctor Alessa has a nice ring to it! Congrats on the new job! Nice fabrics, and the bread does look tasty. (Are there actual plums baked in there? My high school German is failing me, lol.)

  3. Well done, and keep enjoying the last of the summer. x

  4. On a totally different topic...I'd love to hear what's your view on Burda's model choice, if you don't mind.

    1. Hi Silvia! Thanks for linking the blog post. I have to admit, I haven't bought an issue of Burdastyle magazine in over two years. If I remember, I have a look at the back page that shows all the garments, then decide that I'd probably make less than two of them. ;)
      After reading the blog post, though, I have to side with commenter Lauriana. I think that even now that Burdastyle is published in several languages all over the world, they're still very much a German publication - and there just isn't that much racial diversity over here as elsewhere in Europe (not to speak of the US), possibly owing to the fact that for one, we haven't had a big colonial/seafaring history, and for another, we also lie smack in the middle of Europe, not sharing borders with other continents (like, for example, Italy or Spain).
      I actually looked it up, because I was interested, and less than 1% of the German populace is black/Afrogerman and only about 0.5% is of Asian decent. About 1% is from Arab countries and the biggest minority, making up about 8% is of Turkish decent. There's also some more immigrants for European countries, Italy and Greece making up the largest numbers. But in the whole, it doesn't make for a huge racial diversity to look at. And I guess the people who make Burdastyle just don't think about the fact that they may be alienating readers, now that they're an international publication. I certainly have never thought about it before, which I hope doesn't make me racist. If they are alienating readers with their choice of models (and not just their choice of patterns), maybe someone should tell them...? ;)
      What are your thoughts about it?

    2. I totally agree with you. It's the same for Italian or Spanish sewing magazines. In Italy the issue of diversity is not brought forward as vehemently as in the US. Certainly in the past 20 years there's been a lot of immigration in Italy but that is not reflected on advertsing and press much (I would even want to say at all). On notable exception has been athlete Fiona May (who's Italian through marriage) who was enlisted for advertising for Ferrero
      And I wouldn't have thought of the issue either if Melissa didn't bring it up...I guess that makes it two of us. I feel it's cultural not bad intentions in this case.

  5. Congratulations on the new job! I am so very pleased for you. The fabrics look good, especially like the colourful checks for a hawthorn. I am curious to see a recipe for the plum bread as I have plums here and had only thought of jam or chutney!

  6. Congratulations!!! If you're ever interested in coming to Canada and studying GI, let me know ;) Love the new fabrics - your Hawthorn will be so pretty.

  7. Congrats on your job! That's great! I hope you enjoy your time off, and the plums, and some sewing! I'd love to see what you're making for commissions?