Montag, 1. Juli 2013

bloghop - put your stamp on it!

Today is my turn.
I have to thank our cheerleader, Thearica, for the great job she is doing - and for following my wish to put me on the schedule for today. Thanks so much.

I have to admit that I have been a terrible participant at the

blog hop. I have so much going on, with 4 kids on summer break at home and still having to work (did you know it is a lie when they tell you home office is great for moms with kids? It's not. The kids just don't understand that you are working when you sit with your netbook at the kitchen table. And you can't really work with all these interruptions -every 2 minutes).
I wander around on all blogs, to see the beautiful creations, but usually on the run,  waiting while somebody is having a swim lesson, on the playground or wherever, but it is just to uncomfortable to comment on a smart phone - and I really don't find the time to do it at home at the moment.
Sorry for that!

So, what does my stamp look like?

It combines the skyline of my hometown, Hamburg, in Germany
(okay, to tell the truth, I was not born there, but I lived there for 34 years, so that is the place I feel at home.) and the place where my heart is now - the San Francisco bay area.
Don't you love this state embroidery?
I found this embroidery file on etsy, and you can order your own state with the right placement of the heart there.
It took appleberryapps less then 12 hours to customize and deliver it!
The Hamburg skyline is a german embroidery file I found on dawanda - what is kind of the german etsy. She offers other german cities, too.
And in case you want to order something: she speeks and writes english. She initially thought I was american and wrote back in english to me :-)

The value of my stamp is forever 39. Why?
Because this joke was handed to me on a silver platter to me, as we say in German *g*
Today is my fortieth birthday. Happy birthday to me!

I have to admit I don't even want to stay 39 forever, that would mean to be stuck with a terrible adorable  two forever *uah* - I am looking very forward to my 55th birthday. Then all the children will be off to college or whatever, and I might finally get my own sewing room. Yeah! (at the moment, I sew in the entry way between kitchen and family room. And yes, that is as bad as it sounds. The first thing people see when I open the front door is my sewing chaos. This is how it looks like when it is tidied up. what it rarely is.)

But the joke was to good to let is pass by.

The stamp frame is made with a Silhouette Cameo - what an awesome toy! And I found the stamp frame ready to buy in their shop.

As one can have never enough of these, I but it on a shopping tote

this is a free german ebook called "Omas Liebling" by Farbenmix, you can download it here.
Grandma's best loved is a real useful shopping tote for all these grocery things you need. And, indeed, my Grandma had several like these - just not that nice. In Germany, plastic bags have never been free, you always had to pay for them, and the frugal german housewife would never have been so lavish to do so.

So, now hop over and stop by at the other awesome ladies who are presenting with me today:

July 2

Sew and Sow Farm  

fishkopp <------- (you are here)

Scraps of Life


Katie and Kwilts 

Em's Scrap Bag  


How ART you?


A Stitch in Time

and in case you have time to comment:

I attended the "you are my sister" event at Hart's fabric on sunday in Santa Cruz.
I will write more about it as soon as I find the time to do so.
They gave away wonderful goody bags. In mine, I found a scrap bag by windham fabrics. These are lovely fabrics, but just not the kind of fabric I use.

So I will pass it on.
If you would like to win it, please leave a comment telling me the name of the town you were born in.
This give away will close sunday evening, and I will ship the goody bag next week.

And it is time to announce the winner of the last blog hops give away.
It is

Mara, as a mom who has to clean up a car that had motion sick kids as passengers you sure deserve this little win (I hear you, sister!).
I'll send you an email.

have a great day, you all, and a lovely fourth of july,


  1. Love your California stamp tote, being a native of the state, it is perfect! Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love your stamp tote. I can understand you wanting a sewing room. Mine is located in our dining room for all to see! I decided if visitors didn't like it, I guess they don't care much for me. Here's to 55 and our own space. - in several years!!

  3. Happy Birthday!!
    Great tote!
    I'm in the UK , born in a tiny village near Gloucester and still living only 2 miles away!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Happy Birthday....from Germany!!!
    Stick to 39...after that everything starts falling apart!! LOL
    Guess i'll have to have a piece of cake & coffee this afternoon in your honour !!:-)
    What a wonderful stamp you created with all the special places in our heart!
    Alles gute zu Geburtstag !!!

  5. You forgot to shut off your word verification thinge...:-0

  6. Nice stamp and it makes a great bag. Happy birthday.

  7. Your stamp is awesome on the bag. Happy birthday to you. Thanks for the giveaway
    I was born in Kristianstad, Sweden

  8. Your stamp is beautiful! Happy birthday! I was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

  9. Love your stamp! The embroidery is very pretty!

    Just a heads up that your word verification is still on.

  10. Wonderful grocery tote! I would never pay for a bag either, plus this bag is priceless. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great looking stamp and even better on the tote bag. Enjoy those moments with your children now because you blink and they are all grown up with babes of their own. Have a Happy Birthday.

  12. Oh I really like your looks great on the bag!!!
    I was born in Riverside, New Brunswick, Canada

  13. lovely bag. nice tote.
    thanks for the chance to win the lovely fabric too
    I was born in South Bend, IN

  14. Wow, they can do such wonderful things with embroidery. It really made a lovely focal point on your tote bag. Yes, you can never have too many of those! I can't imagine having to pay for plastic bags but of course, the cloth ones are more eco-friendly. Good idea though.

    I was born at Chanute Air Force Base near Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, closed in the 80's as part of the BRAC realignment. THX for the chance at your giveaway! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

  15. I love the marrying of your cities in this stamp. Very creative. Making the piece into a tote is a great idea.

  16. I just realized that I forgot to wish you a happy birthday. Shame on me! Jack Benny was the comedian who perpetually joked that he was 39 (or was it 49?), his long running joke. I guess it worked for him, you can try doing that but perhaps figure out something to age the kids but not you. Have a great day!

  17. Lovely stamp made into a tote!
    I was born in Bergen, Norway.

  18. That is just too sweet!! very well made and with kids running around....I remember those busy days and my machine sitting on our table and removed for meals and then right back on it again for whatever I was up to then....I was born in Findlay Ohio...just a One Eleven AM....2 days after Mom did NOT want me born on Christmas or the day after....she got her wish...then I married my HS sweetheart between OSU quarters on my 20th!!...Quilted Blessings!!

  19. Your stamp makes a lovely bag! I know you'll enjoy it!

  20. I just love your tote bag! With both the skyline and then the state outline and forever 39 - well I think I will be forever 49 lol
    I hope they had a large crowd for the vent for Heathers sister!
    Thank you for the chance to win the giveaway!

  21. great tote bag - love it. I also love that pillow in your blog hdr!

  22. Happy Birthday! I love the stamp with the two different "homes" for you, especially the little heart on San Francisco. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. :O)

  23. I love the way you put your two cities together. Very creative!

  24. What a great way to show all your favorite places! Love the tote bag. I was born in Aurora, Illnois...but my heart is in Alaska!

  25. Love your tote. You are right, can never have too many. Great job on your stamp!

  26. Terrific tote bag. The stamp is great. Love the state and the skyline.Great job.Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  27. Love your stamp project with the skyline and California-it's a good thing I read the explanation! I'm getting ready to move to the city while our house is renovated so I can finally have that sewing room that you too long for after the kids have finally moved out! I will be looking for your post about Santa Cruz as I've never heard of that fabric store! From Burlingame, thanks for sharing.

  28. Your California stamp tote bag is just wonderful! Very creative and nicely done. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now I live in northern Arizona.

    Your sewing area is about the same size as mine. I sew in my kitchen and have a window above my desk. I usually sew in my bedroom but the Arizona sun makes it too hot now. I cut fabric on the kitchen table. Inconvenient but a girl has to sew somewhere! I think you are using your space wisely.

  29. Wow what a great way to combinate these to city's. love it. Thanks for sharing

  30. I was born in Fall River. I love the pillow in your header, and that you put your beautiful stamp on a tote bag. It looks great.

  31. Your stamp is great and so it the tote bag.

  32. Born in the great state of. ........ California. Now waving at you from the SF Bay Area, Alameda. Happy to see another nod to California. I can even tie into Germany. My ancestors got here to MD in the 1790s from Germany.

  33. Hello, I was born in Jacksonville, Florida :) I now live in North Carolina. Nice to meet you and your tote bag is very nice!

  34. Eine tolle Briefmarke, klasse umgesetzt und Happy Birthday.
    Hamburg kenne ich gut, eine der schönsten deutschen Städte und San Francisco durfte ich letztes Jahr kennen lernen incl. Golden Gate by bike und das gleich zwei mal.
    Sei lieb gegrüßt von
    Heike (auch ein Fisch(kopp))

  35. Wonderful idea and I love your stamp you did awesome.

  36. You always amaze me with your creative spirit and this bag and stamp...

  37. Just wonderful and so creative. You are very talented.

  38. Yes you can always use one more bag, love the embroidery of California and your German hometown. And Thank you for the lovely Tammy win!

  39. Very lovely bag. I understand the tiny sewing room. Mine is a corner of the living room, with a table barely big enough for the sewing machine and a couple of bookcase shelves for my fabric supplies and UFOS. I was born in Pasadena, CA. Lovely goody bag, wish I could have attended =)

  40. Great stamp! Love that you have two countries represented. 39...cute! I was born in Manchester, Iowa, USA.

  41. TT= Tolle Tasche! Liebe Grüße aus Großenbrode mit Blick auf Deutschlands schönste Brücke - und in Gedanken bei einer roten Brücke! Christiane

  42. Your stamp is great and I was born in Lapeer, Michigan USA.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  43. Great job! I like that you put in your native hometown and your adopted hometown.

  44. Wonderful stamp! It looks great as a tote bag.