Thursday, August 27, 2015

Refugees Welcome! - Blogger für Flüchtlinge (Bloggers for Refugees) // Handlettering Freebie

Dear readers! During the past summer weeks, a lot has happened in Germany. Refugees from other contries have come here, looking for shelter and a safe place to escape the terrors of war. Mortal agony and having lost a lot of the poeple you love, having lost your home and everything you own - this is something which most of us hardly can imagine.

With all those people in need coming here, it is unbelievable that there is resistance, that there are people who burn down refugee homes and fight against those who are the poorest and who need help the most. There are no words for how terrible and disgusting this is and each day when reading the current news, I can't decide if I want to cry or to throw up.
The more this is happening, the more important it is that everyone else speaks up against this, not tolerating this behavior and showing solidarity with refugees - REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE!!!

During those days, it is wonderful to see how many people show comittment and solidarity, for example all those amazing volunteers at Moabit hilft! who immediately unbureaucratically took care of all the poeple waiting in front of the Lageso in Berlin (Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales = State Office for Health and Social Issues), being in desperate need of food, accomodation and health care.


Refugees Welcome - Blogger für Flüchtlinge

The other wonderful initiative which I mainly want to tell you about is Blogger für Flüchtlinge (Bloggers for Refugees): some really great and dedicated bloggers have built a website and donation campaign to actively help, show solidarity with refugees and to peacefully resist racism, discrimination and xenophobia.

Most of us bloggers are well-connected and have an immense reach - go and use it! Talk about what is happening these days, show flag and speak up against racism! 

One easy way to support Blogger für Flüchtlinge is to use your influence and reach and spread the word, talk about the initiative, share the website and make people aware of it and use the hashtag #BloggerFuerFluechtlinge. On the website you find the logo and banners to share and to add them on your own page.

Moreover, you can donate money to support the donation campaign of Blogger für Flüchtlinge. Every tiny amount counts, help to raise money for different projects to help refugees in need (more details on the donation campaign site). It's amazing how much money has come together in only a few days, wow!!

Of course you can also talk to local initiatives and find out who needs support and which goods are needed for donation.

Help to stand up against racism and help to welcome refugees in our country!



Free Download - 'Refugees Welcome' Handlettering

If you want to, you can download the free handlettering print to show flag and show solidarity with the refugees who are more than welcome here!

Thank you for reading!
Lu

Monday, August 17, 2015

Video DIYs: The First Day of School - Making a School Cone, Confetti Box and Brooch with Jess Lange and DaWanda

Hello and happy day! The first day of school is coming for many children and I have prepared new projects for my video category.

Do you know wonderful TV presenter and author Jess Lange and her YouTube Channel Jess on Tour? We got to know each other during a video shoot for the German TV channel KIKA and now I invited her to join me for a video shoot with DaWanda.
Jess' little niece is about to have her first day of school, so we made a girly school cone, a confetti box and a brooch. See yourself in the videos! :)

 

DIY: Girly School Cone

Here we made a girly school cone for the little princess. Watch the video and find inspiration for making a school cone yourself!

 We made a normal-sized school cone and also a smaller one for her little sister.
There are so many different options for styling a school cone yourself - watch the video and find out how to do it!


DIY: Brooch


In this video, Jess and I show you how to make a cute brooch which the kids can wear on their first day of school.

You can make this brooch in different sizes and of course it could also be used for a normal party or for a birthday.


DIY: Confetti Box


To add some color and even more happiness to that special first day of school, we show you how to make a confetti box. You could also make one for a festival or for a birthday party, confetti always adds joy! :)

 So so bright and colorful!
Colors are happiness, aren't they?

This was such a fun video shoot! Thank you a lot, dear Lena, for shooting with us for DaWanda, and thank you a lot for joining us, Jess! :)

Have fun with the videos and happy Monday! :)
Lu

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Sponsored: Happy Mail Day - Send a Holiday Postcard with the FUNCARD App (with Giveaway!)

Summer, adventures, holidays! I hope you are all having a wonderful summertime and enjoy your vacation or at least a long weekend to the fulltest! :) This time, I have teamed up with Deutsche Post to show you a new app that they have developed, an app with which you can send postcards to your loved ones from all over the world, the FUNCARD App.
With this app, you don't have to buy a normal postcard and bring it to the post office and hope that it will arrive at your loved one's home before you are back yourself. Instead, you can use your own holiday photos and use the app to get them printed and delivered for you. But let's start at the beginning of the process:


The FUNCARD App - Send a Postcard with Your Own Photos

First of all, enjoy your holidays and have a lovely time off! This can either be someplace else in the world or even in the area where you live! Go on holidays in your own town - discover new places and share the love for the spots you love the most and then send away postcards and invite your loved ones to join you next time!
So here's how the FUNCARD App works: take photos. Then download the app, load your photos into the app, edit them if you want to, add text, a message and the adress and then let the German post get the postcard delivered for you. So here it is in detail:
Download the FUNCARD app for iOS or download the FUNCARD app for Android smartphones and tablets. Moreover, there will shortly be the release of the FUNCARD app for Windows phones as well.
Inside the app, you can upload the photos you have taken (make sure the photo quality is good!) and then you can individually design your postcards which can then be shipped worldwide with the app. You can use several filters or can even add text to the front side of the postcard.
Then you can add a text to the postcard's back and add the adress of the recipient. What is extra cool it that there is the function to send serial cards: you can create individual serial cards which can then individually be sent to different recipients. You can pay via credit card or pay pal, one postcard with shipping costs 1,90€ and handling the app is super easy.
As a next step, the German post will send away your postcards. They are produced in Germany and usually shipping of the cards takes only 24 hours. The cards are embellished with stamps and then shipped worldwide.
Eeeeks, so pretty! The cardboard is really thick and of a nice quality.
You can use different fonts and letter colors for the postcard's back.
The colors are bright and shiny and the postcards arrived within just two days, wohoo!
That was super easy and comfortable and I love the idea of sending postcards with my own holiday photos directly from my phone, this is so so practical and personal.


Win a FUNCARD Voucher to Print Photos Yourself

To share the holiday mail happiness with you, I am giving away some FUNCARD vouchers:
Five readers of you can each win a voucher for sending away three postcards for free. I will then draw winners and send you the voucher codes for the app.

Terms for entering the giveway:
- Leave a comment under this blogpost with your e-mail adress
- Only one entry per person, only complete entries with e-mail adress and product link count.
- You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.
- The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 9, on 6 p.m. and is open to worldwide participation. I will draw five winners randomly and contact him or her via e-mail. If I don't get a response within 14 days, I will determine a new winner.
- The giveaway takes place without the possibility of recourse to legal action, the prize won't be payed in cash.
- The e-mail adress of the winners will be published on this blog and by participating, you agree to this.
- The five winners will each receive a voucher for sending three free FUNCARD postcards with the app.

Good luck and thanks for reading, I hope you will send away lots of wonderful individualized holiday postcards!
Lu

P.S.: This blogpost was written for a cooperation with Deutsche Post but everything is my own subjective opinion.

UPDATE (August 14, 2015):
I determined the five winners via random.org, they will now receive an e-mail:

melfei(at)aol.com
betty5[at]gmx.at
info(at)jennifuchs.com
rucksack[at]posteo.de
Scotlandfan(at)gmail.com

Congratulations and have fun! :)