Ever seen a knitting mouse?

Ever seen a knitting mouse?

Judging by the activity on here you might think I am not really doing anything. But I was quite busy during the last days preparing for my first craft market/ fair ever! It is a small local Christmas market and I am very excited to be part of it!

And I will get to use my new business cards. ;-) Very curious what it will be like. 


The mouse in the photo will accompany me to the market. She lives in the suitcase where all my buttons will be displayed. It seems that she got bored and stole some of my decorating yarn balls and … started knitting. What else should you do when bored, right?! ;-)

Have you ever sold at a craft market/fair?

Any advice or stories? Please share in the comments!


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Can not wait to show you

Can not wait to show you

my business cards!!! Oh, I am so excited!

What do you think?

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The question that always makes me cringe

You know when you are in a conversation and everything is going great. It is nice and you are enjoying yourself. But then out of nowhere it pops up. THAT question. The question you hate. You have no idea how to answer. Or not answer without it being weird. All you wanna do is disappear into a puff of thin air. You wanna know what that question is for me?


“So what do you do?”


Yes, I have to admit the last three years this question caused alot of stomach aches, added to my wrinkles, and even made me slightly scared of meeting new people. Or people in general. :-) But I decided that this is now over! And therefore I will answer this question here and now, publicly, for everyone to read:


I am self-employed!


Yep, wasn’t that hard, was it?
Noone needs to know that this post has been sitting in the draft folder for a couple days now because I just did not have the courage to hit “publish”.

 And what does it mean to me that I am self-employed?


Self-employed to me means standing behind my work 100%.

I decide what I do. And when I decide that I do something I am behind it! If I can not stand behind it 100% it is my responsibility to say no.


Self-employed to me means making a difference.

I want to change something. Make a difference. It does not have to be a world revolution! ;-) But if I can make a difference to some peoples’ lifes to me that is success.


 Self-employed to me is the foundation for living my life according to my priorities and values.

It means that  work has to be planned with my values and priorities in mind. Not the other way around!


 Now – no matter whether you are self-employed or not – I would love to know what is your “definition” of self-employment? What does it mean to you?
Let me know in the comments! 



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Welcome to www.UrsulaMarkgraf.com

Welcome to www.UrsulaMarkgraf.com

I am so excited and so happy that you are here! I hope you like the look of the website. Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments! Or email me if you prefer that. :-) Here is my address ursula@ursulamarkgraf.com

There is still ALOT to do. But I have been working on the site already for weeks months and to be honest – I just could not wait any longer. I HAD to show you! I know it is not perfect. But I realized that a website is just like life. It never is really perfect. There is no such thing. It is a work in progress. 

I hope you enjoy it though! :-)

The biggest missing bit is unfortunately my shop. I am working on it and will let you know as soon as I know when it will open its virtual doors. You can either check back here at the blog or you can hop on the mailing list to receive my “love letters” and be one of the first to know. 

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Knopf-Lebkuchen-Kekse … mit Rezept

 Sorry, still working on the translation!!!

Backen ist eine meiner Lieblingsbeschäftigungen. Deshalb zeig ich Euch heute Lebkuchen mal etwas anders. Das sind nämlich Knopf-Lebkuchen-Kekse. Etwas ungewöhnlich für die Vorweihnachtszeit. ;-) Aber wenn Ihr eine Weihnachtsfeier in der Nähgruppe plant oder etwas ähnliches, dann sind sie perfekt! Und eine nähende Freundin freut sich sicher auch über ein paar Kopf-Kekse als Mitbringsel.

Falls Ihr die Knopf-Lebkuchen-Kekse nachmachen möchtet – hier das Rezept. Ihr braucht: 410g Mehl 1 Päckchen Backpulver 2 TL Lebkuchengewürz 1/2 TL Zimt (nach Geschmack auch mehr oder weniger) 125g feste Butter, in kleine Stücke geschnitten 125g brauner Zucker 125g Zuckerrübensirup 1 Ei

Mehl, Gewürze und Butter mit dem Mixer vermengen bis eine krümelige Masse entsteht. Zucker, Ei und Sirup hinzugeben. Alles zu einem Teig verkneten. Den Teig abgedeckt (mindestens) 30 Minuten kühl stellen. Dann ausrollen und ausstechen. Und wo hab ich den hübschen Knopf-Ausstecher her? ;-) Etwas Rundes und einigermaßen Scharfkantiges in der Küche finden (kleine Schüssel oder Trinkglas zum Beispiel) und damit die Knöpfe ausstechen. Dann mit Cocktail-Trinkhalmen – die “dicken” – die Löcher in die Knöpfe stechen. Einfach, oder? Die Kekse auf Backpapier bei 200Grad (vorheizen!) für ca. 12-15 Minuten backen. Dann abkühlen lassen und … ESSEN!

Man kann sie natürlich auch noch hübsch mit Zuckerguss oder Schokoglasur verzieren. Aber soweit ist es bei meinen nicht gekommen. Irgendwie waren die vorher schon … äh … weg. ;-) **** Noch mehr Naschwerk findet Ihr bei Luzia Pimpinella. Bloß gut, dass Gucken nicht dick macht. *lach*

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Panicky Pre-Christmas-Post

Today was a really stupid day!

Everyone has one of those at some point. I know. But unfortunately in my case stupid days lead to stupid thoughts. So if you are a person who gets panicky when reading about other people’s panick 



Hey, I said stop!

Well, I warned you! Your choice ….
I really do like Christmas!
And even more I like Advent. I LOVE Advent – the time before Christmas. 
I do not like stress, hectic hustling, trying to finish what feels like 100 projects at a time …

When I started to get this panicky feeling when realizing that next weekend is the 1st of Advent – I tried to calm myself. I told myself “You can do this” No problem!


I will just make a list with all the things that need to get done before Christmas. And then I can distribute all those things over the days to come! 


Easy, right?!

No stress at all.

Quiet nice Advent-days.



Well … kinda …

It did sound rather simple in my head.

Unfortunately the reality had a somewhat different look:



I sit down and write my list.

I write.

And I write.

And I write.

I pause.

I realize that I could keep writing for a REALLY long time.

I realize that I could not by any means finish off the things I already have on my sheet of paper until Christmas. No way.

Not even with stress.

So … I declare list-writing to be finished and am frustrated!


Apparently my problem solving strategy went straight down the hill. 

So therefore my question:

 How do you deal with pre-Christmas-panick?

Or am I really the only one who ever gets that?

 And even more important:

How do you do it that you can actually ENJOY Advent and Christmas time – and not just survive it?
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Christmas in a nutshell ;-)

Christmas in a nutshell ;-)
Handgemachte Krippe in Nussschale von Ursula Markgraf/Handmade manger in nutshell by  Ursula Markgraf
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