As my one time assistants are moving on to pastures new, I could not resist sending them away with a Zuckertüte, a cone shaped gift container design based on the German Schultüte or Zuckertüte, which is given to children as they start school, traditionally filled with sweets and stationery – supposedly to sweeten life a little as things are becoming “very serious” once you start school. Today, this tradition is extended to older children who start an apprenticeship or university. Well, really it was my mum’s idea to do this, and whilst traditionally they are made of card, naturally in this house they have to be made of fabric!
Starting school in Germany is quite a big thing with big parties (any excuse!). Not much partying at the moment (and for our house this is quite unusual), but I was glad that my mum (who we hadn’t seen for nearly 2 years) could be here for one of the boys’ 18th birthday and to see them off onto their next Lebensabschnitt (can’t think of the English so just borrowing a word here).
I rather like the cone shaped design as a reusable gift bag so have put it in the shop here. At the moment the choice of fabric for the body is a little limited (denim, turquoise, purple or cream), but I’m thinking of getting some more heavy canvas. I made one for my nephew as well but sending anything to Europe is a nightmare at the moment (b….y Brexit!) so if anyone can use it here it is:
I’m going to leave you with a photo of me and my Zuckertüte, that would have been back in 1978! ? That’s kind of giving my age away here. Big birthday coming up for me next year, I do hope I can celebrate big time. Kathi