Yesterday I was with my friend L. in a really nice tea house in Vienna, what a good feeling! As soon as you come in the main room, a wonderful smell catches your senses (I almost could taste something out of the air!) and all there seems to have being chosen with the most lovely care (not only the wonderful tea they sell it there, but all delicious honey, and jam, and tea companions all around. Upstairs is possible to taste some of their tea, L. and me were trying for the first time Matcha (green powdered tea, the same one the Japanese use for their Tea Ceremony.) It was really special. I brought some matcha with me to our home, and this morning I was making to myself a delicious matcha, oh God, how could I live without this for so long time in my life! And the way you make it? Come with me, I´ll show you:

You will need the Matcha tea powder, a bamboo tea whisk, and a bamboo tea scoop, like this here

look how delicate is the bamboo tea whisk:

Using a bamboo tea scoop, place 2 teascoops of matcha into the tea bowl:

now add a little bit of hot simmering water:

very delicately, stir using the bamboo tea whisk:

Look this green colour!

Then pour more hot water (80°) inside the tea bowl (more or less two fingers up from the bottom of the bowl):

It´s time now to briskly whisk the tea and hot water using the bamboo tea whisk. Move it verticaly back and forth as fast as you can in the middle of the tea bowl. The whisk should barely touch the bottom of the bowl. When some foam has developed, slowly lift the whisk from the center of the bowl.

And here I had drunk most of it already, huumm! so good! My mind was very awake for many hours, and my body with lots of energy!

How many of it can we drink in a day? I forgot to ask this very important question! Ah, if the Japanese would listen to me now! It´s like when I found out I-Ching, I used to play it everyday, it was a way of “relaxing” for me, to talk to myself. Then a friend of mine met a Chinese woman, and she explained her just in special ocasions should we consult the Oracle!

Someone out there knows how often can we drink matcha, please? Seriously, I would drink it everyday now in Autumn without a problem!

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment

Patchwork Pencil Case # 1

This is what the other small peace of patchwork I have made some time ago became, a pencil case. I used 2 layers of interfacing to make a soft and very strong one – the fabrics also help, almost all of them are a mixture between linen and cotton, what results in a wonderful consistence, soft but very sturdy. I think this case will last a lifetime! (it can be washed, but better by hand to keep the shape nice for a longer time.)

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Made by me | Leave a comment

iPhone case – Patchwork # 1

So, this is one of the results from the small patchwork peaces I showed some time before, it became a case for an iPhone. The “funny” thing is that who was in love with it and taking it to protect his iPhone was a man, it made me smile, and like him even more :), the man who brings always a flower inside his pocket!

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Made by me | Leave a comment

To Carolina, with LOVE

The fabrics she have chosen, so nice! Japanese and English fabrics, and the way they should combine was also her choice, I loved them, Carol!
For you, with lots of love!

Enjoy, my dear Carol!

October 22, 2010 Posted by | Made by me | 1 Comment

Owl my goodness!

a friend showed this site to me, a live camera in California shows a group of owls in a box. aren´t they sweet?

from here.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment

Work in progress

I am working on them already for so long… I would like to show you,

for kindle or e-book, or for an average size book…

some patchwork I made last week I do not know yet what they will become, but have some obvious ideas:

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Made by me | Leave a comment

Sushi, by Fernando & Humberto Campana

This is the most inspiring sofa I have ever seen (for a fabric lover like myself is a feast for the senses), from the designers Fernando and Humberto Campana. It´s a whole collection made of different kind of fabrics rolled together like sushi rolls, not only sofas, but also chairs, tables, stools and bowls. If you have a look at their site, go to “Sushi” on the main “map” with their work, and delight yourself with this great collection. The collection called “Favelas” are also amazing, and for the crafters: what to say about the chair “Multidão”? And speaking about waste from the last post, they also use waste products on the furniture and objects they create (not only). I remember many years ago they used PET bottles to create increadible objects. More about their work in german here and here.

And two photos from the chair “Multidão” (“Crowd”):

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Design & Art | Leave a comment

The Story of Stuff

An incredible video about what happens to all the stuff we are producing in our world now. It makes me to stop to think about and want to do something to improve this situation. I hardly recommend to you to watch this:

The Story of Stuff

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment

kids´dream table-cloth

This would be the dream-comes-through for my little two years old Alena. She´s drawing everything, everywhere, including her body (well, I guess I do not need to mention our walls) at the moment, today she came to me, very proud, to show her belly covered with different colours, her hands (both sides), and some lines at her face too.
And I kept thinking when I first saw this (via swissmiss), that is an amazing idea for keeping an history of all the dinners we cook for our beloved friends too! they can all meet at the white sheet, living messages from the night of the dinner, or drawings (for the artistic ones :), what a great idea! you can find it here.

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Children, Daily Life | Leave a comment

Children films

I love Cinema. And so do my children too. Here at home we have some very nice films and I would like to speak about them as a tip for parents and kids. So I will start with the favorite movies and cartoons of my girls, and those are also my favorites too.

From the Japanese cartoons, the favorites of N., my oldest girl (so I would say for 6 years old children on, but she liked also from 5 years on already), are 2 from Hayao Miyazaki that are realy wonderful, a “peace of art”, as my friend D. said when I first heard about these films: “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (“Kikis kleiner Lieferservice” in German), a cartoon about a little young witch, and “Howl’s Moving Castle” (“Das Wandelnde Schloss” in German), that´s a love story between a magician and a young crafter (she makes hats) turned into an old woman by a witch, and his fight to free his world from the war – this one is for older children, as there are some war scenes and is pretty hard to explain to a small child what war is. We bought this cartoon without knowing that, and my girl was very chocked. But excluding those scenes (that are not many), is a wonderful movie, full of delightful and beautiful drawings, fantastic scenes. Both films are so well done, the music is very nice, and the drawings… masterpiece! Always when they are watching these fims I seat together, maybe just a little, and let my imagination fly away with Miyazaki. Beauty.

In “Kiki’s Delivery Service” we are invited to fly over a city by the sea together with this young sweet witch, and the drawings and scenary are like paintings, I have no words, you have to see it:

And some images of the “Howl’s Moving Castle”, they are only about the caracters, next time we watch it I will do some more, there are amazing scenes on it:

Then, another film N. loves so much is a “shadow” animation film (I do not know how to say this in English, you see only the silhouette from the caracters and landscapes) made by the French director Michel Ocelot, called “Princes and Princesses“, also an art peace:

Also a French animation, this one from Jacques-Rémy Girerd, the film called “La Prophetie des Grenouilles”, (Das Geheimnis der Frösche” in German) is also a great cartoon:

And a film she just looove it and always ask to see is the Italian “Signor Rossi” (“Herr Rossi” in German), directed by Bruno Bozzetto (we have a German 3 DVDs edition that is great!):

the Disc 1 is “Herr Rossi sucht das Glück”

Disc 2 “Herr Rossi träumt”

and Disc 3 “Die Ferien des Herrn Rossi”

It´s full of nonsense scenes and situations (they travel also in time and space), and Herr Rossi is a very likeable caracter. He´s “looking for the happiness”.

I will continue, the list is long! 🙂

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Children | Leave a comment