Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bare Foot Sandals

In just a couple of days we will take off to Sicily. I hope temperatures will be a bit better than here, because it's rather cold around here. When summer approaches I always feel like making hippie-like clothes (very convenient when you like to crochet). Today I made bare foot sandals, so hope there will be at least one day we can go to the beach.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Made It #16 (zwaan,fatimahand)

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

As said last week I would love to make the beautiful felt swan I found on Pinterest a while ago and although mine hasn't the dreamy beauty of the original one, I'm pretty content with my own swan. Too bad I couldn't find the speckled white tulle the designer of this swan used, because that makes it even more beautiful.

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Another idea that's on my boards for a while now, is this clay hand of fatima. For some reason it gives me a summery feeling. Would be nice to have some of them sitting around the garden with scented little candles in it. 





The idea was originally pinned from the instagram account of Denise Alice.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Triangle Shawl

A while ago I saw this beautiful yarn from Durable, called Colourful. They had a great color combination with glaucus, gray and black, so the purchase was made very fast.

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Today I finally finished the shawl. The result is beautiful, I think, but making the shawl required all the patience I had in me, because I had to unravel the yarn all the time. It's made of four loose strings (not twined), and to get a nice turnover in colors one of the strings changes color after several meters, then another one turns color and so on. But in my hands one or two of the strings were pushed forward the whole time, so they became uneven and every now and then I had to cut of the strings because they were so entangled. But...., now that it's finished I really love the result!!

I used this free pattern for the shawl


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Palm Sunday Crosses and Easter Bunnies

When I was a child, in the village where I grew up were two schools. One was for Catholics, the other one was a public school, for all other kids. Kindergarten classes were all in the same building and maybe that was the reason the public school kids also decorated a cross for Palm Sunday. After the crafting part all kids together went in a sort of procession through our village with the crosses.

Since Kindergarten I never saw decorated crosses again, but I thought it was nice to make them with my daughters last week. So my husband made three crosses, we made figures from salt dough and decorated the crosses with the figures, chocolate eggs and crepe paper.




Do you know about this tradition for kids? Of course I know about the great processions, especially in Spain, but beside in my own village, I've never seen them for kids.

On the first day of Easter I have duty in the OR, but the second day my whole family will come over for a brunch. While the salt dough figures were baking I made some polymer clay bunnies to decorate the brunch table with.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Made It #15

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~ 

And here's the octopus I made for my colleague's baby. I used other colors and gave its face another expression, but it's the same free pattern as shared with you last week. Another pin I can scrape off of my boards.
 

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A while ago I saw this picture of a beautiful swan on Pinterest. It didn't come with a tutorial or a pattern, but I want to give it a try to imitate this one. It looks a bit dreamy and fairy tale-like, don't you think? I just love it!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Swan Trophy Head

For my daughter's birthday I found a great idea: a crochet swan trophy head. So I bought the pattern book, written by Vanessa Mooncie, bought yarn and started to crochet. I've made something from a book by Vanessa Mooncie before (maybe you remember this flamingo) and although I consider myself an advanced crocheter, I found her patterns a bit difficult to read. But in the end I had all necessary pieces and could put them together. Unfortunately the piece of feathers was much too small for the swan's body and because I didn't feel to start all over again, I made something up. Instead of making a new, larger piece of feathers (crocheting the feathers I found taking the most time to make), I bought white feathers in the craft store and attached them one by one to the swan's body.  Also quite a job, but it takes less time than crochet. Here's the result.

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Both my Crocheted Lanterns and Sicilian Pistachio Cake were featured this week. The Lanterns were featured by Creative Jewish Mom, by Sum of Their Stories, by Oui Crochet and by Creating My Way to Success. Thanks, Sara, Julia, Susie and Jill.


The cake was featured by Scrapality. Thank you, Andrea.




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crocheted Lanterns

The last couple of weeks I see crocheted lanterns everywhere and since I had a pattern on my Pinterest boards, I thought it would be nice to make two of them, now that garden days are upcoming. Tomorrow it will be around 20 degrees Celsius around here, so they're finished just in time to decorate our garden while we are bbq-ing.



So, you can find the free pattern here

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The Unicorn Cupcakes that my daughters made, were featured by City of Creative Dreams! They're so proud to be chosen!


Thank you so much, Shanice!


The Stroller Toy is also featured! Thanks, Sara from Creative Jewish Mom, Pam from Threading My Way and Ali Rose from Two Chicks and a Mom!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Made It #14

~ I love Pinterest and would like to scrape off one thing of my boards every week. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~ 

Last week I shared the recipe for a Hazelnut Sponge Cake with you. What I like most about the recipe, is that there isn't any chocolate in it, because I think that makes it taste like Nutella and I wanted to have the pure hazelnut taste. 
The recipe was just as good as I hoped it was! Well, better yet!


You can find the recipe here.

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One of my colleagues asked me to make a little octopus for her baby. On my Pinterest boards I had pinned one as a part of different sea creatures, so I want to use that pattern for this little project.


You can find the pattern here, in case you want to make one, too.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sicilian Pistachio Cake

My daughters almost have vacation once again and we have planned a short trip to Sicily. It's an island belonging to Italy, as most of you probably know from movies like The Godfather. And if you don't know these movies (there are three of them, actually) I would highly recommend them.
 It was on our list for quite some time. The last couple of years we planned trips in the direction of the equator in spring or fall, because summers are just too hot nowadays towards the south. In the summer we rent a house somewhere in the country we live in (The Netherlands, which is a bit more northern). Much better, temperature wise. 

Anyway, when it comes to vacation trips, I think a lot of fun comes from planning beforehand. Besides reading about nice places to visit (but what can beat the sight of Mount Etna, erupting this moment, now, as we speak!), I thought it would be nice to cook some local dishes. One of them is a pistachio cake.

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I found the recipe here.

Take a look at Mount Etna! Can't wait to see this for real!




Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stroller Toy


This week there's a baby shower I have to visit, for the wife of my husband's cousin (do you follow?) and besides a store bought cute little dress, I made this stroller toy for the baby girl.

I found this idea here


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Made It #13

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

The Dr Seuss Cat is ready and welcomed with a lot of oohs and aahs by my oldest daughter, who is into cats.

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I used this pattern to make the cat.

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This recipe is on my Pinterest boards for a long time. What I like about the recipe is that there's no chocolate or cacao involved, because chocolate makes every hazelnut recipe taste like Nutella. Most people would cheer only at the thought, but I'm not very fond of Nutella. I got the recipe here


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My Bunny Mug Cozy was featured this week by Scrapality, by Architecture of a Mom and by April J Harris!


Thank you, Andrea, Rachel and April!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Staphorster Stipwerk

In the country I live in, The Netherlands that is, different regions have different traditions. If you keep in mind that The Netherlands are only about 42,000 square kilometers, I think that's marvellous. One of that regional traditions, or even town committed, is artisanal painting. Most of the time the paintings are flower themed, like this. 

 
. When I was a child, I think about twelve years old, I was fascinated by this kind of paintings and wanted it to learn myself. Not that I was from a region where artisanal painting was common, by the way. I  wasn't particular interested in flowers either, so what makes this sort of painting interesting to me: don't know.
For my birthday I got a book about how to make artisanal art, paint, pencils and something to smear the paint on, namely a wooden chopping board. For weeks I was busy painting everything made of wood I found around the house. Then I had enough of it and never ever thought about it again. 

Until I saw artisanal painting in the house of my old neighbour a couple of days ago. And now the fascination is back. Unfortunately with my fascination somehow my art work has disappeared all those years ago, too. No idea where it's been gone. When I was young, I liked to paint flowers like in the picture above, which is from a town called Hindeloopen, but nowadays I like the painting from Staphorst more. It's called Staphorster Stipwerk (dot work from Staphorst) and is made from only blue, green, yellow, red and white dots on a black background. Love it! 


I had to try this myself as soon as possible, because that's one of the features of my character: no patience. If I have inspiration, I can't wait. Otherwise I can't sleep. So with the things I had, a glass jar and glass paint in colors that aren't the right colors I made this. Just for practice.




And after I made this and searched for more glass things I could paint, to my delight I found my acrylic paint in my daughter's bed room and empty canvas and made this:

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My next Staphorster Stipwerk Project I already found: 


As an OR nurse I'm obliged to walk on clogs, but this pair is so much more stylish than the white leather ones I wear now! I just need those!

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My Easter Bunny is featured by April J Harris, by Coffee with Us 3, by Annemaries Haakblog, by Creative Jewish Mom, Two Chicks and a Mom and by The Cottage Market this week!


Thank you, April, Lucy&Jamie&Kerry, Annemarie, Sara, Ali Rose and Andrea!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Unicorn Cupcakes

While I was busy making the Lolly Pop Cake, I gave my daughters something to be busy with, too. We saw some really cute Unicorn Cupcakes while I was searching for the tutorial about how to make drippings on a cake and of course they really, really, really wanted to make them.



They were so proud of what they made and I think they did a really good job. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lolly Pop Cake

A while ago I saw a tutorial about how to make cake drippings on Pinterest, but didn't pin it. When I tought about it again and searched for it, the most beautiful cakes with dripping came along and I wanted to try to make one myself ever since. Today was the first try out. 


As you can see I have to fine tune my skills, but for a first attempt I'm not disappointed. I made it for my daughters and as long as there are lolly pops this size involved, they're okay with everything.



My Mini Terrarium was featured by Pleasures of the NorthWest and by Embracing Change!


Thanks a lot, Helen and Stacey!

Made It #12

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~ 

Last week I told you about the Haasje look-a-like mug cozy I planned to make for Easter. Haasje, our Flemish Giant is my youngest daughter's bunny, so of course she wanted the mug cozy. I had to make it brown, though, just like Haasje.

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My oldest daughter has a cat, Dolly (yes, named after Dolly Parton, I'm a fan) and after making the bunny mug cozy above for my youngest, I remembered just in time a crochet cat I had pinned a while ago, because she really wants it. It's from Dr Seuss (pattern here).


See you next week, together with the cat!

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My Made It-project from last week, the Clay Cacti, were featured by Creative Jewish Mom


Thank you, Sara!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Easter Bunny

I don't know how's the weather in your part of the world, but here in the western corner of Europe, it's pretty cold, so the Easter Bunny still has to wear a shawl and mittens around here. But it looks cute on him, don't you think?
 


The pattern I found on Amigurumi Today.

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My Easter Eggs Sack was featured by Life and Linda and by Plucky's Second Thought this week!


Thanks, Linda and Jessica!

Wanted for Spring/Summer

Since the beginning of this year I stopped with featuring clothes that I would really like to have in 'Wanted' each week, because after five years most things I posted looked like something I had posted before. But of course no longer having the Wanted posts on my blog, doesn't mean there's nothing I want anymore. Of course not. There are lots of things I want! Like those things for example.

Aye Aye Top by Lena Hoschek

Skipper Top by Lena Hoschek
Lobster Pullover Ocean by Lena Hoschek

Billie Dress by King Louie

Just Like You Dress by Billabong

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