Culture, Sewing, Uncategorized

Sewickley Stammtisch

Hallo! We have been blessed with a delightfully busy summer this year, as the length between my posts demonstrates. This July my father and sister both celebrated their milestone birthdays with a huge party. Many family members and friends joined us for the BBQ themed bash – even some of our German relatives came! It was so wonderful to see family again, and meine Tante brought me Dirndl hardware that is impossible to find in the US, for which I am eternally grateful!!!
Another exciting development was the start of a local Deutsch Stammtisch group, prompted by a shared desire to practice German. We meet every fortnight to speak German/Germish and drink beer – what more could you want?! I am learning so much from my friends, old and new, and having a blast as well. If you’re local and would like to join us, find us here. If you’re not local but think this sounds like a good idea, I encourage you to reach out to your community via Facebook, etc. You might find one already operating near you, or you can start your own 😉
Plans for Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh have already begun, and as always I am excited for the cooler weather and Fall festivities to arrive once more. I’m currently sewing a dirndl for a dear friend of mine, so look for updates on that project!
Bis bald, Kirsten. Xx

Culture, Sewing

Summer Fun / Sommerspaß

Summer has officially arrived here in Pittsburgh, as most of the schools have let out.  Our boys really grew and learned so much this year at their preschool. One more year to go and then they’ll enter kindergarten. While I know I will cry like a fool when they start “real school”, I am looking forward to being able to present them with their own Schultüte. These are decorated paper cones filled with candies and small toys that German children receive when they begin school. I was lucky enough to have been given one when I was small and I can still remember the exciting sound of the paper twisting open to reveal the goodies inside!

The boys had loving, fantastic teachers this year, and so I sewed them both a little bag for an end-of-year thank you. Making handmade gifts is one of my all-time favorite things to do, because it combines the satisfaction of making something with one’s own hands with the joy of giving.

To kick off summer break, we spent the day with my mom and took a lovely walk through the Botanic Garden. What a treasure it is to be able to access nature in such a way! I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather like my little birds and I are 😉

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