A look behind the door

Yesterday I had a very special guest:

Johanna, a journalist from our local newspaper, who is writing a series of articles about artists living in our area.
This was a good reason (actually a MUST-DO) to tidy up my workshop, that has become a real mess during the last year.
It was so much fun to meet her and we laughed a lot. She did not know much about electronic cutting machines, so we were creating a little sac in princess style for her daughter.

Johanna took a lot of pictures and I was so glad about my big clearing action, because pics do not hide anything.
Now I am excited about the article and hope it will be published soon.

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This was the chance to make my own pictures, too. Most definitely it will not look like that very long :-).
And honestly I still find it messy, but it is a workshop. Maybe you find some solutions helpful for yourself.
Have fun on the little tour!

I started already in January with a new shelf from IKEA to keep all my machines, incl. mini printer, Mint and Xyron in one place, that makes it possible to take them out easily when needed. Who could have known a couple of years ago, that I will have five cutting machines one day. Surely not me!

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The transparent boxes on top are also from IKEA and cost almost nothing. A great way to keep similar things together and visible. When you have so much stuff you have to see it to find it when it is needed.
In the corner behind the door you can see my wild gears hanging on the wall.
And at the door handle I forgot to take away some of my book projects :-).

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A simple straight box keeps all the heat transfer vinyl rolls.

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An assortment of ready-cut sheets I keep in black boxes with colorful labels.
I sell those sheets in my Etsy shop, so I have to have them well sorted. Otherwise it takes ages to pack orders for customers.
The green folder on top keeps the cutting and ironing instructions, that I send with every order.

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On the opposite side you see my work table. I love to work while standing, so it it high, just a board on a cabinet with flat drawers from my fathers former optician shop, just as old as me.
The ironing board is a handy storage place when not needed for ironing.

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I keep a big collection of die cuts, scraps, ready cut embellishments and tags in candy boxes. Most of them are test cuts from my own collage sheets and I use them for card making, gift packaging and to dress up packages for customers.

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And this is the sewing corner.
Since many years I use an industrial sewing machine (left side), a real hard worker I would never give away.
Since one year I have the heat transfer press (the blue thing on the right side), a great addition to the cutting machines.

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When my mom passed she wanted me to have her old Pfaff sewing machine, which I use now in replacement of a simple machine, that I only used for works the industrial machine doesn’t do: zigzag, embroidery and button holes:
But mom’s Pfaff is from such a fantastic quality, so strong, that meanwhile I do almost everything with it.
And the classic look of this antique machine was just perfect to be used in my latest book for the pictures of the sewing projects.

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One look back and the door will be closed again for the next creative mess starting tomorrow morning …

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Looking back at 2016

I just don’t want to miss to send some greetings at the end of the year hoping you have a good start into the new year tonight.

2016 was maybe my most busiest year ever.
I just cannot believe my last blog post was in April.

Keeping it short I just show 3 things:

1. my favorite new toy
2. my new book
3. our new family member “Arthur”

So lets start with my new favorite toy.
Since it was released in 2013 I wanted a Brother ScanNCut, but it was impossible to get them in Germany.
So I got a Silhouette Cameo and I was happy with it. I presented the machines on a craft show, then started to sell the machines, gave workshops and even have written a book, a kind of manual, which is still very successful.

But I just couldn’t get the other machine out of my mind, so in 2016 I had a good excuse:
I needed a new challenge and got the ScanNCut CM900 (or ScanNCut 2).
But I also felt like a traitor, being the Silhouette specialist. So I kept the ScanNCut secretly hidden in my workshop 🙂

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Of course I could not hide it from my friend Dagmar, who had talked me into making a new book, a second part of “Frisch Geschnitten” experimenting with all kind of materials and she would help and be my co-author.

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While we were planning, playing and creating we decided to make the book working for both types of machines, which was a stupid idea. It just didn’t work, because the machines were too different. So we ended up actually making 2 book-sets, one with all the technical stuff for the Silhouette®  machines, and another with the tutorials for making the projects with the ScanNCut.

In the end even with skipping a lot of ideas we had 40 different projects, every book-set was more than 300 pages and we were done.
But there was no time for a rest, because in the meanwhile it was fall and the books had to be produced, sold, packed and sent.

Looking back I am very glad we chose this way. There are so many german brother – users who are glad about some help, because there is not much information in german language just like it was the year before for the Silhouette® machines.

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With all the crafting, sewing, writing I hardly made it to keep the house half way in order, actually it was an ongoing mess me working around the clock. So we decided to buy a vacuum cleaning robot, which was the best idea ever. After some research we chose the brand new Vorwerk Kobold. No, this is not advertising. I am just so happy with “him”.
We called him Arthur and he makes my life much easier. Our dog was used to Arthur in no time. He is walking through the house every second day “eating” everything like dust, threads, paper bits, sand, socks (you better take care they are somewhere else than on the floor). He is finding his way all alone. He stops before barriers without touching them, so cool and walks back to his loading station when he needs to be charged. When he needs to be emptied he makes a sound. And his noise while sucking is much less than a normal vacuum cleaner. So this is just the best household appliance we got in 2016.

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Now I can only promise I will write regular posts on my blog again in 2017.

Take good care and have a great new year!

Angelika

 

 

 

 

Almost there, the english version of my plotter book

Last night I got some first books to check if everything is fine, before the whole quantity will be bound.

This was so exciting!!!

The Germans are full of praise about “Frisch Geschnitten” and I am so happy about the good reviews.
It was like a miracle, that I met Lesley, a wonderful translator, right in time to translate the book.  While she was busy with the text I was reworking all screenshots, photos and some of the projects.

It was almost impossible to get this done before christmas, but we did it. The night before it had to go into printing we had the last phone call at 2 AM. And in the morning just before uploading the final file my patient partner with the sharpe eyes found a thick fat bad mistake…waahhhhhh…sometimes you just overlook the most obvious things…

In the beginning of next week the books are ready to be delivered. And I hope that many english speaking people also love the playful step-by-step instructions on how to use your cutting machines to its fullest.
For preorder you can go to my Etsy shop or Amazon.co.uk.

For now the books will be sent from Germany. I will carry part of the shipping costs, so this is affordable.
Later we see if there are better ways to deliver the book internationally.

Have a great weekend!

Angelika

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About me…

I am not somebody who loves to showcase herself and I hate to be on photos. I like much more to show my art and crafts and stay in the background.

And I never wanted a dog. I am a tortoise lover. This is kind of the opposite.
But well, things happen and so I am the co owner of a lovely little Shiba Inu girl now which stole my heart in a minute.
Today I (we) made our very first “selfie” and I feel for sharing it.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Angelika

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