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Happy Easter!!!

March 27, 2016

All in the Family

March 14, 2016


Hallo!  Over here in my little Alpine neck of the woods, we have been eagerly awaiting the coming of Spring.  And, if you ask us, it's taking a little too long!  Suffering from a bit of cabin fever, the girls are spinning their wheels around the house.  I, myself, can't wait to break out our stash of Spring clothes still hidden away and hibernating.

Last week, I went rummaging through the girls' closet... trying to weed out any ill-fitting or neglected pieces.  Lo and behold, I found a few T-shirts that the girls no longer wear.  Not wanting to chuck them out with the rubbish... or donate them... a part of me still wanted to keep these guys in the family.


And, what better way to recycle than to make them into little stuffed animals - or softies, as I call them!  You can scour Pinterest for tons of ideas on how to recycle old T-shirts.  The shirts I chose make it all too easy!

First, turn the shirt inside out.  Then, mark a half inch seam allowance all around the print area you'd like to capture.  I marked my border lightly with orange tailor's chalk.  Use something light colored - you don't want to risk it showing up on the other side when you are finished.  Sew along this marked line and leave a 1-2" opening along a relatively straight edge.  You will need this opening to turn the bag inside out.  Cut away the remaining T-shirt material while leaving a 1/4" border outside the stitch line.


Once turned inside out, my softie looked like this:

Nothing too complicated.  See the bottom seam still open?  I used some stuffing material and then closed the bag using a ladder stitch. 

Et voila!  A few (old but new) friends for El & Lil... and just in time for Easter and snuggles at bed time!


Circus Krone Zoo

March 8, 2016

Recently, on a cloudy and somewhat chilly Saturday,  we took El & Lil on a little excursion to the circus.  Not to the big top circus, mind you, but to the little zoo behind the circus... also known as the primary residence of the show animals when they aren't traveling or performing.    Circus Krone was originally founded in 1905 by Carl Krone as an animal exhibit.  Decades and one aerial bombing (and reconstruction!) of the circus building later, Circus Krone is one of the largest circuses in Europe and one of the few to occupy a building.

There were many animals to see on our visit - a donkey, a few funky llamas, three elephants, a wild boar, a mini-pride of lions.

Also on view were two bison, many horses, zebras, and a few camels... Oh! and a hippo, too! Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was captivity (more likely), but the animals seemed kinda bummed... and who could blame them?  As much as I loved to show El & Lil these animals in person... it's better for these animals to roam free in the wild... There were many horses to see... their stalls clean and cared for... but I could imagine they were dreaming of running.  I was able to catch two horses who wouldn't let a wall come between them!  It was very sweet!

So, if you are in the Munich area... and it's winter... and you have kids and need to kill an hour... check out the Circus Krone Zoo.  If you have more hours to kill and want to see more animals, I'd say head on over to the Munich's Hellabrun Zoo.

Or check out the Circus Krone show under the big top!

Circus Krone Zoo
Zirkus-Krone-Straße 1-6
D-80335 München
Telefon:  089 5458000