Friday, 30 March 2012

Vintage finds in Munich

In Munich I found that wonderful tapestry bag which originally came from Vienna. Normally you find them with beautiful roses in colours that unfortunately don't fit my autumn colours based warderobe.
 I also found that bakelite brooch which is perfect for my beloved warm coloured wardrobe.
 I bought them with matching earrings that I'll show you in one of the next posts.
Have a colourful day!
Maple Trueheart

The Viennese hatmaker

Some time ago I had a very depressing day full of sadness. But in the evening I suddenly decided to make a hat from thick felt and woolen cloth I had at home and I crocheted some colourful flowers for decorating the hat.
Afterwards I was proud and happy and the next day I decided to make a little journey by train to Munich where I can show off my new hat and do some shopping. Accidentally I went to a quarter of the town where I found one vintage shop near the other (jewellery, bags, clothes, hats, ...) and I bought maybe too many cool stuff for me. Funnily a shop owner thought I was a Viennese hatmaker and showed me all her stuff for hatmaking: veils, flowers and so on.
Then for tea I went to a really super cosy café called "Frenzy" with almost thirty retro lamps on the ceiling, one more interesting than the other. I had tasty apple tea with a cinnamon stick and a yummy French chocolate cake. Aren't the lamps really fabulous? You must imagine a much more cosier and warmer atmosphere than in the photos.
In the evening I came home with full bags and was as happy as could be about the day, my self-made hat and the nice treasures I had bought. I'll show you some of them the next days.
Have a happy day!
Miss Maple

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Beautiful glass and "ugly" frogs

Today I've got very different photos for you. The first few are a further part of my huge glass collection filled with spring flowers. This time it's the amber ones turn. I've taken the photos in the late afternoon light and I think the warm colours come out really well.
And here's the other kind of photos. They show frogs and frogspawn in my pond. My son counted thirty frogs lately. They come to their place of birth to copulate and after they've spawned, they disappear anywhere. I hope you don't find it too disgusting but that's nature in spring.
Have a colourful spring day!
Miss Maple

Sunday, 18 March 2012

St.Patrick's Day Party

Yesterday we and a few friends had a St.Patick's Day Party at our house for the first time. The rules were to wear green clothes and to bring green food and a lot of cheerfulness. A friend who was in a folk band in former times brought her guitar and Irish songs like "Whiskey in the Jar" and so we sang happily and loudly and it was fun the whole evening. Our neighbours even managed to get some Guiness beer, so we had the original drink too.
This is what I wore, I tried different hats and caps but decided to wear none of them at last.

The hat above is from the fleamarket. I found the green brooch on it at another fleamarket one year later and the bow is made from a ribbon that was wrapped around a present.

This hat I found at a fleamarket stall amongst the carnival things for children, but I think it's a real 40's cap. What do you mean?

I like this fancy feather hat, though it is too small for me cause everyone in our family has a really big head. So I never wore it outside. But actually I didn't feel unhappy with it.

Ok! That was my outfit in the end.
Our green food table. I made the spinach gnocchi on the left and to be honest we had red tomato sauce with it and ...
... there was also spaghetti salad with mozzarella balls and sugar peas ...
... selfmade pickled white and brown mushrooms ...
... fruit salad ...
... avocado cream with coconut milk and cream cheese.
My sister made the shamrock muffins.
 And there were some sweets for nephew and niece and other sugar junkies.
And a little bit decoration with a part of my glass collection and green stuff from the garden which was not too much.
It was happy talking, singing, eating, drinking, joking and laughing all night.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Flower seed packets

Found these fabulous flower seed packets from the 1800s here.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Monday, 12 March 2012

Spring spirit II

Making the fruity decoration more springlike with colourful primroses.
Have a colourful spring day!
Miss Maple

Oldtime activities in spring

I've started some oldtime activities to satisfy my love for the colour yellow that comes every spring. 
1.Making a yellow cocktail hat.
2.Knitting a mustard beret.
3.Crocheting some narcissi.
Now I have to decide what to do with the crocheted daffodils: putting them on the hat, making a brooch, fixing them to the beret? What would be the best idea? Can you help me?
If you want to crochet or knit some flowers, butterflies and so on, I can recommend the following books from the fabulous Lesley Stanfield:
 They're full of cute ideas. You can even knit a blue tit or a dove.
 Or everything you can find on a walk through the forest in autumn.
 Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Spring spirit

Daffodils are bringing a little spring spirit to my longtime decoration in green. The vases are bottles from organic lemon juice. The other items are mostly fleamarket finds. The three metal things on the first plate are cone-shaped weights from cuckoo clocks. The dresser is a very old one which my grandfather restored. He was a very talented carpenter who restored antique furniture for a lot of people, often owners of castles or mansions.

Have a colourful spring day wherever you live!
(I mean of course autumn day for my followers in New Zealand and Australia) 
Miss Maple

Monday, 5 March 2012

First blog award

Yeah! I got my first blog award from the fabulous New Zealand girl that is behind . Thank you dear!
The rules say to give the award to a blog you enjoy and follow, that has less than 100 followers.
1.Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2.Thank the giver and link back to them.
3.Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here I'll show you my 5 blog picks. I've added some photos to give you a little thrill of anticipation.

Make sure you check out these great blogs!
Have fun browsing these blogs and meeting these gorgeous girls.
 Miss Maple
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