“Encyklopaedie der weiblichen Handarbeiten”

This wonderful book came to our hands in a Flohmarkt in Baden (Austria) and I was amazed with the quantity and the beauty of the embroidery works on it. Also the book gives more space to embroidery and lace, there are also good amount of knitting and crochet, and many other different kinds of needlework. A little bit about the author that I found out in the net:

“Thérèse Maria Josepha von Dillmont was born in 1846 and studied in Vienna at an embroidery school founded by the Empress Marie-Therese. After completing her schooling, she moved to Donarch, a village near Mulhouse, France, and founded her own embroidery school at a time when most aristocratic women confined their embroidery to salons and boudoirs.
The success of Dillmont´s school in Mulhouse led to shops bearing her name in Vienna, Paris, London and Berlin. A true pioneer of needlework, she traveled extensively, studied needlework in many countries, and collected hundreds of pieces of outstanding embroidery.”

How exciting! And how nice she let part of her knowledge to us so we can try this beautiful needlework, a loud “VIVA” for Thérèse!

In German the book is called “Encyklopaedie der weiblichen Handarbeiten” and you can find it here. For the English version, called “Encyclopedia of Needlework” it is possible to find some here.


October 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New model in the shop: Kindle (or iPad) kangaroo case

I am using this case myself the last weeks, and it is 100% approved! It is good for travelling long time with your kindle (you can “plug” a zipper case in to bring the cables along), or just for the day-by-day carrying it around from home to work, university, park, train, etc, when you do not need the cables around – the battery from the kindle last days! – so you just disconnect the zipper case from the main body and the whole case is lighter to carry around.

This from the photos are mine, although I could make one more like this one, but the zipper from the small cable case would be in black colour.

if you would like to have more details, please have a look here.

Almost all the Smartphone cases at Limabaum´s Dawanda shop can become a Kangaroo case for Kindle or iPad (1 or 2), please have a look here for other fabric/pattern choices.

I hope you´ll like the new model like I do!

It is also possible to make a Smartphone case with the same Owl pattern, please send me a message at Dawanda if you would like to have one to match with your kindle case, like mine on the photo bellow.

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Made by me | Leave a comment

stolz auf Deutschland! / proud of Germany!

so proud of a land that listen their people! and that looks with responsibility into future. proud, proud, proud! a big VIVA to Germany!

June 18, 2011 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment

Carnival 2011

she thought about herself, completely alone and up to details (the white face, the painted eyes, the umbrella, etc) which costume she would like to have this year. it was on my side to bring it into reality. it was a great fun to sew a kimono! but as the kids have been ill the last 10 days, I did not have much time to work on it, I made on the weekend, and it took I think around 15 hours till was ready – thanks to my husband that was taking care of them and so I could work without stop. And I think it turned out very cute! but the important thing is that she love it, and jumped of happiness around the house in her new kimono, now she was a “real” Japanese. I guess she´s been watching too many movies of Miyazaki. 🙂

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Daily Life, Made by me | Leave a comment

New at Dawanda

I made this days a new wallet model, I call it “time-out wallet”, just for the essentials, to bring inside your jeans pocket to the dancefloor 🙂 – it fits very well in there.

you can find them here.

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Made by me | 2 Comments

The Sartorialist

one of the best blogs I´ve got to know in the last time! He walks through the streets of big cities in the world making those wonderful pictures of the stylish people that cross his way. Beauty! Have a look: The Sartorialist.

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment

It looks like winter is here!

A little walk with A. through the snow, it´s not easy to “drive” the babycar in the middle of so much snow, but it was nice!

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment

Herbst in Baden or I love Autumn :)

We had a walk in the forest by our city last week, and that´s how the trees are looking like now – I like so much the yellow light inside the forest at this time of the year:

Inside the forest we ended up walking to the remains of a military defense base from the XII century (if I´m not wrong) where in the middle of the Ruins stand still a tower. Up in the tower that´s the view of Baden:

And the back side:

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Daily Life | Leave a comment


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