Wednesday, April 27, 2016

King's Day

It's King's Day in the Netherlands today and while for most of the Dutch people that means traveling from everywhere in the country to the capital city to drink beer until they drop down, for us, the mothers (and sometimes the fathers), it means selling old toys or self made stuff from and with our kids. Or not exactly with our kids, but more on our own, because after three minutes the kids take off with their friends and the mothers have to run the business. 

My daughters have been busy all weekend making earrings. My husband made a nice board for them to hang the earrings from. Unfortunately the weather forecast says snow (the first time we have snow this year, now that it's spring; unbelievable), so I so hope for my daughters, and also a lot for myself, the weatherman will be wrong.

To eat after selling I made orange tompouces (Napoleons). Everything is orange and red/white/blue at King's Day, because Van Oranje (meaning 'from orange') is the surname of the Dutch king and red/white/blue are the colors of the Dutch flag. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tank Top Dress with Fringes

As told last week I'm busy making some clothes for my trip to Menorca in June. From experience I know it will be warm and sunny then, so I'm making tank tops and singlets mostly. This is my latest DIY frock. Bought another cheap tank top, cut and tied fringes at the bottom and embellished it with wooden beads. Whole different look. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Airy Singlet

For almost my entire life, I went on vacation to Menorca, a little island in the Mediterranean Sea. First as a child, with my parents, brother and sister, and now with my own family. Of course I've seen other places meanwhile, but I always come back to Menorca. I love the island, the people, the food, the vibes and of course the friends who live there. 

For the first time since I have kids, I go on my own to Menorca, to visit my friends and to celebrate Festes de Sant Joan. I'm really looking forward to it, but (of course) there's the guilt, because my daughters love Menorca, too, but I'm going alone (for my husband it's all the same, he doesn't have the same nostalgic feelings for the island as I have, and he thinks Menorca is as good as any other island). 

This week I started making a couple of clothes to bring with me.

At first there is the airy singlet. I bought a simple, cheap singlet, crocheted a pretty doily, embroidered the doily to the singlet and cut out the back. Perfect for a trip to the sun!


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