Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!!!

Unfortunately we had a major leak in our house, so instead of working on the Haunted Doll House, my husband had to work on the leak. So there's no doll house to live in for all the monsters I made, but my daughters have enough fantasy, so they made their own house from a banana box. On behalf of all the monsters:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Haunted Doll House: Kid Zombie

~With my husband I started this little collaboration to make a Haunted Doll House for our daughters. My husband makes the house and I make all the spooky dolls. For the patterns I used the little book 'Amigurumi en Monsters' by Tessa van Riet (only in Dutch, unfortunately) and patterns from Pinterest ~

I used this as an example.  


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Haunted Doll House: Baby Ghost

~With my husband I started this little collaboration to make a Haunted Doll House for our daughters. My husband makes the house and I make all the spooky dolls. For the patterns I used the little book 'Amigurumi en Monsters' by Tessa van Riet (only in Dutch, unfortunately) and patterns from Pinterest ~

This one I found here.



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My Eye Ball Jar was featured by Embracing Change!


Thank you, Stacey!

And my Spooky Pumpkin, from the Haunted Doll House, was featured by Creating My Way To Succes and by Two Chicks and a Mom!


Thank you, Jill and Ali Rose!





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dia de los Muertos Vase

A while ago I found these great, great napkins, that I really didn't want to use for wiping grease from my mouth. I thought about using them with modpodge, to embellish boxes, but in the end it's a bottle that I made more beautiful with the skeletons.




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My pictures of the most beautiful theme park of The Netherlands, De Efteling,  were featured by Pieced Pastimes


Thanks, Suzanne!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Berlin, Germany

This week my daughters had what they call Fall Vacation here in The Netherlands. Years ago my husband and I went to Berlin, Germany, with two friends, and we thought it would be nice to go back there for a couple of days, because it's a great city with good vibes. 

Here are some highlights

Brandenburger Tor


Approaching from the west



Eastside, at the start of Unter den Linden


The quadriga on the Brandenburger Tor (quadriga being Latin for a four horse chariot)


Neues Museum

My nine year old daughter is bit into Ancient Egypt, so we had to visit the Neues Museum, of course. Unfortunately it wasn't allowed to takes pictures of their most beautiful piece: the bust of Nefertiti. Nonetheless: it was great! Really something I would recommend to anyone who's visiting Berlin.  





My favorite piece was Nefertiti, but of course this mummy was the favorite piece of my daughters. To see a real mummy was on their wish list for quite a while. They only were a little, just a little bit disappointed they couldn't see its real face :-) .




Checkpoint Charlie and The Berlin Wall

When I was young, the wall was still there and we grew up with the wall as a fact, not really knowing the how and why as a child. I can still remember the news flash that told about the fall of the wall, the images of people climbing over it, the happiness. Maybe that's why I'm still so impressed every time I'm in Berlin, thinking about something like a wall to prevent people fleeing from east to west could exist. 

 
  
Russian Soldier facing the West side (on the other side of the board sits an American soldier facing the east side)
 

East Side Gallery, the longest remaining piece of wall (1,3 km). Throughout the city are pieces of wall to find everywhere, but only for a couple of meters. 



Peace


West Side



Where the wall was teared down you can follow these cobble stones as a ribbon throughout the city


Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche


This in WWII heavy bombed church is kept in its miserable state as a reminder to us all.

 


 Damaged Ceiling



The plaque before the statue says: 
Forgive us our sins like we forgive those who sin against us

Random Pics


Old and New (Fernseh Turm and St Mary's Church)




Bears are the symbol of Berlin



Subway Station



Fernseh Turm at Alexander Platz




Trabant Cars from East Berlin, made of a mix of plastic and old shirts, are real collector's items



Man made mural art



Natural mural art






Friday, October 21, 2016

Haunted Doll House: Scary Monster

~With my husband I started this little and short collaboration to make a Haunted Doll House for my daughters. My husband makes the house and I make all the spooky dolls. For the patterns I used the little book 'Amigurumi en Monsters' by Tessa van Riet (only in Dutch, unfortunately)~

More cute than scary, this anxious looking monster with his little teddy bear, has found shelter in the haunted house.





Wanted #43

Henry Waistcoat Landlady by Lena Hoschek

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Haunted Doll House: Spooky Pumpkin

~With my husband I started this little collaboration to make a Haunted Doll House for our daughters. My husband makes the house and I make all the spooky dolls. For the patterns I used the little book 'Amigurumi en Monsters' by Tessa van Riet (only in Dutch, unfortunately)~

In the Haunted Doll House it's always Halloween, so what about a Jack-o-Lantern?

 www.betweennapsontheporch.net

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Beauty

Just want you to show the beauty that I found living in my kitchen tonight...

On the internet I found it isn't very uncommon to find those butterflies in your house. They can live for months and as it becomes colder, they're seeking shelter in barns and cellars and such. Or in houses. But when it's cold enough to warm up your house, it becomes too hot for them and they die. So after watching the butterfly for a while and giving it a little piece of apple, so it could take nips from it with its proboscis, I picked it up carefully and brought the butterfly outside. We have several nesting boxes for birds in the garden and I put it in there.

The butterfly is a Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io) and lives in Europe and Asia. Its caterpillars live from nettles, which grow everywhere in The Netherlands, but nonetheless I don't see them very often. 


Friday, October 14, 2016

Eye Ball Jar

~With my husband I started this little collaboration to make a Haunted Doll House for my daughters. My husband makes the house and I crochet all the spooky dolls and stuff. Hopefully it will al be finished for Halloween ~

These Eye Ball Jar I made up myself. Just crochet balls, first round with black, second and third with a color that's normal for eyes and the rest of the ball in white. Make some arteries afterwards with red yarn. 




Wanted #42

Greta Blouse by The Seamstress of Bloomsbury

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

De Efteling

This week the school of my kids had their yearly day off in the beginning of fall and traditionally we are going to the most beautiful theme park you can find in The Netherlands: De Efteling. No idea what an efteling is, so I can't translate here.

This year we wanted to do and see the things we didn't do in the last couple of years, so we started with the wooden roller coaster Joris en de Draak (Saint George and the Dragon). No loopings, but with a speed of 75 km/h, it goes fast. 
And what I personally like best in De Efteling is how things are designed. So much detail in everything.
 



Unfortunately it was a quite busy day. The whole reason we always wait until the first day off, is because the day off is only in our city, so all other kids in the country go to school, so it's quiet and waiting lines are short. But not this day. Our neighbouring countries appeared to have a holiday weekend and all came to visit De Efteling.
We were just in time for Joris en de Draak before people lined up and waiting time added up to more than an hour. 

After the roller coaster we went to see all other attraction that we didn't see last years. 


Fata Morgana (Mirage)






Panda Droom (Panda Dream)




Raveleijn (a show with ravens and horses)

 





That dragon; I just love it!!


Sprookjesbos (Fairy Woods)

We did a short walk through the Fairy Woods, because we only wanted to see the recently added fairy tale of Pinocchio. The other fairy tales we've seen in the last years.


Tom Thumb



The Emperor's New Clothes





Pinocchio

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