I'm Annika from Näh-Connection. I'm german, but blog both in german and english. With my blog I try to connect with other sewing-fanatics. „Nähen“ means sewing in german, so now you understand what my blog name is about.
I'm a researcher at the University of Munich (geophysicist), wife and of course a mother of two kids (daughter R, 6 years and son J, almost 3 years) that drive me nuts and that I love to pieces. This school year we also have a 16 year old exchange student from America staying with us. She's the daughter of some friends and wants to learn german and to have some unique experiences. The five of us live in a small village in Bavaria close to the Alps, but also enjoy our daily dose of Scandinavia as we imported our red wooden house directly from Sweden. During the days we love to go hiking in the mountains or for a walk in the forest, but in the evenings you will mostly find me in front of the sewing machine. The kids and I wear handmades on a daily basis and also my husband has more and more me mades in his closet. I'm in general a quite practical sewer. Everyday outfits are much more my thing than dresses that might get worn just once. However, I try to add special and fun details to make also the everyday clothes unique.
This is good, I guess, because uniqueness and details are what the coming weeks are about. Wow, I still can't believe that I get to compete on Project Run and Play. Some years ago I stumbled upon the PR&P blog when season 2 was running. I basically couldn't believe that moms could sew cool and stylish clothes like that for their kids. I was hooked and started to sew shortly after. And the rest is history... I now sew several times each week and think about it pretty much the rest of the time. Sewing and blogging have opened up a whole new world for me that I'm so thankful for. I've made friends all over the world, even met several of them when I got together with 13 other European sewing bloggers in Paris last year and also on some german blogger meetings. Last year I also started a sewing related business: I work together with several of my favorite english and german speaking pattern designers. I translate their patterns to german or english, respectively, and sell the translated patterns in my shop. It's a lot of work to get things running when you are just one woman and do it just as a side business in addition to normal work, family and house work. However, I'm really passionate about giving people access to some amazing patterns from other countries. I hope to one day be able to quit my normal job and to fully concentrate on my own business while at the same time being more flexible and having more time for the kids.
For the moment, however, I'm mainly excited for PR&P. I seriously can't wait to see what the other contestants come up with. I really hope that you all will have as much fun as we have.