Christmas crafts

Christmas crafts | origami santa |

Last year I was all over crafting in December. I folded a huge pile of little origami Santas, Fröbelstars, origami stars, gift bows and origami Christmas trees, made seven different types of pralines, drew snowflakes on our living room door and took everyday at least one photo for my December Daily album. It was a crafty and happy time. I had fun trying new things, making things in bulk and writing Christmas greetings to friends and family.

I have to smile seeing all these pretty little Christmasy things. What are you crafting this season?

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i want to remember: summer 2015

summer vacation 2015 |

So many events, so much happened, so much to remember…

This summer was filled to the brim with dates and meetings and events. From June to the middle of September we hadn’t had one free weekend without a date. Full of life: beautiful, fun and stuffed with excitement. Full of people, places and memories. I want to remember:

one new car

two weeks of vacation: one of them with a couple of friends, one filled with traveling and visiting friends and family

10 cities visited

countless hours in our car on the road

3 weddings

2 birthday parties (one was our own)

our own birthdays, just three days apart

our engagement

more than 10.000 photos

100 people met, some new, some old

one big health issue

several big events that took our breath away and made us happy

What a summer!

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sweet serendipity

sweet serendipity |

Some inspiring, colorful finds from the internet:

I need to do something like this too, someday. So fun.

A little reminder: use what you already have and use it wisely.

Beautiful artwork. Lovely.

Toddlers favorite things – book by Elise. So cute.

“We’re the Gods of This Day, and we have the power to make today one of the most amazing days ever.” by Zen habits.

Magical photographs turned into modern art

Just because: reasons to love Instagram.

Multipotentioalite – the world needs us.

Finally an explanation: Why we remember only the negative things…

90 days of practicing gratitude – very helpful and good tipps.

Before you go shopping for Christmas gifts, watch this (found via Becoming Minimalist).

Important question, especially in this time of year: What Do You Want to be Thanked For?

How to bring more mindfulness into your life today.

Most important Ted Talk ever. You have to watch this. Really makes you think.

have a beautiful weekend


Be open: prepare & share


This is the last post of my ‚one little word‘ for 2015. I loved these posts, because they helped me focus on my monthly goals and on the good stuff that was ahead of me. All the more I’m sad, that I didn’t had the energy to write the posts for August till November. Maybe I’ll be doing them just for myself, so the series is complete.

I’m sure, that I’ll be doing something similar next year, maybe a little altered. It was like a guideline for me this year, I could follow along so easily. The words I chose worked almost every month. At the start I gave it a good thought, what my usual yearly rhythm looks like and which events waited for me every month.

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Therefore this month will be all about ‘preparing‘. What better word to choose for this time of year ahead of Christmas and a new exciting year:

Prepare our home for December with pretty and comfy decoration.

Prepare myself for the somehow stressful days of Christmas and plan moments/things to do to relax in between.

Prepare gifts early for all beloved ones.

Prepare the new year, set goals and review the old year: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Prepare the December Daily album with embellishments and more and start filling it every other day with photos and journaling.

Prepare regularly food to take with.

Prepare a bucket list for December like f.e. which Christmas movies to watch.

Have a wonderful Christmas time!

be open – prepare & share


december reflections: a little challenge

After such a long blog break, it’s hard to get back into a rhythm of blogging. So I thought it would be best to blog as much as possible to keep me going and make it a new (old) habit. What would be better than to make it into a challenge:
“Blog at least one photo and one sentence everyday.”

I hope, this little challenge keeps me sane in this messy time of year, my creativity rising and my focus on the good things.

Just when I thought about this little challenge the post „December Reflections“ by Susannah Conway popped up in my feed. Perfect timing.

December Reflections 2015 by Susannah Conway

So I’ll be following her daily prompts and will post it on my old IG account @momentstolivefor. I lost interest in it some time ago and started new at @sabinecrafts with simply crafty posts. Now I’m concentrating my personal life and daily moments again on @momentstolivefor. I’m really looking forward to this fresh start and new possibilities.

When I reread my blog lately the posts that really got to me and triggered emotions, were not the ones planed and worked on the longest, but the little ones from the August Break. I know, they are not the ones you’re most interested in, because they hold no real value or information for you, but I love them, because the images hold memories and feelings. So look forward to some emotional, more personal photos from my life. A little December documentary.


#fromwhereistand: leaves

#fromwhereistand: leaves |

It started as a simple #fromwhereistand photo. Just my feet next to a collection of beautiful colored leaves. On my next walk I took the next two, and another. Soon enough I had a whole pile of photos from this motive. So I made it my goal to shoot it as a kind of challenge everywhere I’ve been this autumn. Love this little Sammelsurium (mingle-mangle) of pictures.

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back to normal, back for good

Sabine of

So I’m back. Hopefully back for good with blogging regularly. I had a hard time this year, fighting with symptoms I couldn’t figure out. It all started more than three years ago. This September I finally got the diagnosis: Hashimoto Thyreoditis. Maybe not so unknown to some of you, since it’s a frequent disease of the western world. Triggered through too much iodine, stress, unhealthy food and a predisposition of Thyroid Hypofunction. Three to four years ago it all started to get dull. I was tired more and more, lost concentration and motivation, felt as I had no energy, not even for crafting, had trouble finding the right words, gained weight, were unable to cope even with small stress, were depressed and felt more and more not like myself, but a dull, stupid and lifeless version of me. Last year in October a Thyroid Hypofuntion was diagnosed and this year in September finally the Hashimoto Thyreoditis. It’s an autoimmune disease hurting the thyroid and bringing the hormones in trouble. Somehow I was miserable being ill, but mostly I was relieved that finally there was an explanation for all those little and big symptoms. Some days I would think of going insane with all those tiny symptoms without explanation but too small to really bother me, so I wouldn’t go to the doctor. Now I know where this all came from. You can’t imagine, how relieved I was.

Three weeks ago I started reading a book about Hashimoto. It explains how you can help yourself with a better diet and supplements to get your body healthy again. The experience with the four doctors I met this year was frustrating. If I didn’t had the right questions, they wouldn’t tell me anything. Just looked at my numbers from the tests and gave me pills. That’s all. If I talked about the book, they just rolled their eyes and said that school medicine is the only real thing and there’s no healing for Hashimoto. But I don’t believe it. Soon after reading the book, I started with the suggested diet (paleo diet) and it feels already so much better. I had already days, when I felt like my old self again. In this moment I cried for relief. I know, there will be days where it’ll be back to dull and depression, but my hope is up for the good days and that they’ll become more and more over time.

So here I am now, blogging again, having a smile on my face, because my energy didn’t leave me, because I’m not unusual tired. Because I’m me again. Full of energy, ready to organize the world and take photos and take on another challenge and craft. Oh, and most important, organize our wedding next year. Yes, we are engaged! Yay!

I’m up for new adventures! And you?


sweet serendipity

sweet-serendipity |

Time for some colorful, inspiring finds from the internet:

How fun!

“I’m ready to slip out of this old self and step into the next incarnation, the next chapter. Yesterday is too small for me now; I want to run towards tomorrow. I want tomorrow to be today.“ by Susannah Conway

What to do when you have “too many ideas.”

Unbelievable beauty.

Looks like adventure to sleep in here.

When do you have time to read?

Need to try this this summer – looks like a lot of fun and perfect for hot days.

Made me tear up – the most intense moment a photographer can experience.

How to thrive, when coming back home from exciting travel adventures.


Can you believe these photos to be real? So outstanding.

A fun way to fill potholes (oh, I know a lot of places where this would fit perfectly).

Dance little penguin, dance.

Some wisdom about blogging – so important to define what success means to you, just for yourself.

Pretty worlds of flowers.

Artists and cats belong together – here’s the proof.

Important pictures.

If it weren’t sad, it would be amazing.

Snail Mail Game Show – fun project by the wonderful Mary.

Unbelievable strong pictures – you are drown into this video, full of life.

Have a sunny, funny weekend.