My parents gave me the name of Karen and, along the way, I picked up the additional name of Ackva, thanks to my dear husband and biggest supporter. I generally refer to myself as just Karen Ackva, though, to make things easier. I always battle with people misspelling my last name. With a double last name or commonly known as a hyphenator, it is nice when just one of my last names is spelled correctly. ;-)
I was born and raised in Michigan, USA and moved around quite a lot with and without my parents. I have travelled all over the east coast of the United States. Before I moved to Germany back in 2001, I was living and working in Greensboro, North Carolina.
I completed a Bachelor of Science at High Point University in International Business and an unoffical minor in German. It took me 10 years to get my degree, but hey, that's what happens when you put YOURSELF through college. I took one year off from my full-time job as an ISO 9001 Trainer to study overseas through two different "Year Abroad" programs - for one semester in Heidelberg and one in Freiburg, Germany. These are both great cities and am happy that I took the leap.
I found a job in southern Germany as a Production Planner/ISO 9001 Specialist and took another great leap. Although my job was pretty technical, I stayed very creative.
After a couple of years working in Germany, my German boyfriend and I finally decided to throw in the towel of your long distance relationship and tie the knot. I gave up my job to be with him. Our family followed the typical path and our son was born one year later. We now have two lively children (otherwise known as the little destroyers). Our current home is in Bavaria, Germany.
When I am not busy with my full time job of being a Family Manager aka wife, mother, nurse, teacher, housekeeper, etc., I revive my vitals with a little time out of sewing or crafting. Once and a while I even exercise.
I made my very first patchwork blanket back in 2003 when my German nephew was born. I asked my sister to send me some fabric from the United States since I had NO CLUE where to find it here in Germany. It was a very simple Winnie the Pooh "Krabbeldecke" or baby blanket with a coordinating pillow in bright colors. I still like the bright colors and am still making "Krabbeldecken." There always seems to be a baby in the works. I have also found that new mothers really appreciate the work that goes into these little treasures.
Since that very first blanket, I have found some really nice patchwork and quilting groups. They are almost like a secret society here, hidden deep in the woods. When I find a good one, I stick with it. It is such a great outlet to exchange experiences and designs with each other. We are all struggling artists.
Thanks for stopping by. Next time, the coffee is on the house.
P.S. Please excuse my writing if a German word pops in every now and then. It isn't always easy to write in English when most of my day is spent in German - except for those really long coversations with myself; sometimes they are in German too.
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Ich bin Amerikanerin, die seit über 15 Jahren in Deutschland lebt. Zum ersten Mal bin ich im Rahmen meines Auslandsstudiums hierher gekommen. Dannach zum arbeiten zurück gekommen. Die Liebe hat mich ganz fest gehalten und gefangen. Bin ich noch Amerikanerin, fragt ihr? Ich bin quasi dazwischen! Ich behalte meine amerikanische Paß und auch Traditionen, obwohl ich sehr von der deutsche Kultur geprägt bin.
Ich habe meine Liebe zum Patchen und Flicken entwickelt, als ich eine Decke für meinen ersten deutschen Neffen genäht und gesteppt habe. Seitdem finde ich immer etwas zum nähen und oder auszuprobieren.