Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crafting the days away

My new job starts in four weeks. Until then I have practically all the time in the world to craft my days away. Besides a few sewing chores (shortening pants mostly) I can make whatever I want. That sounds great ofcourse, and don't get me wrong it is, but by now I have so much ideas that I need an additional four weeks to make and finish everything that comes to my mind. I started by making two pillow covers from scarves I found in the secondhandshop. They look great in my bedroom!

When my mother and aunt were emptiyng the house of their parents they found a big box filled with old lace curtains. Since they had no idea what to do with them I could have them :) The other day I started working with one of the nets and it turned out to be a lamp.

I also bought a net at the secondhandstore, to experiment with. So this part is to be continued... At the moment I am working on a couple of little lamps with fabric caps.

Beside all the crafting I put together the list above. If you have time I think you should try to read these books. I am still reading 'Of Bees and Mist' at the moment, but it is already placed in my top 6.

This week Radio 2, the favourite Dutch radio channel of my parents, broadcasts 50 years of pop music in 5 days. Last Monday they started with the sixties, Tuesday the seventies, Wednesday the eighties, today the nineties and tomorrow the zeros (which are called the nothies on the other side of the North Sea I believe). It is such a pleasure to listen to. And today, the nineties, brings back all those memories! Secondary school, dance class on Friday evening, the Spice Girls, Dr. Alban, Whitney Houston and even the Backstreet Boys.

With spring kicking in I thought it would be nice to cultivate something, to see it develop from seed to plant and fruit. I have choosen for pumpkins and this mini greenhouse is helping me. I have placed in front of the kitchen window and when the plants have four leaves they will move to my parents garden. To be continued as well...

But time flies when you're having I really have to do some laundry, write some postcards and do the dishes...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy girl is happy!

Don't you just love Disney films and other animated movies? Boyfriend S. and I are planning to watch lots of them :) So far we've seen: 'Lilo and Stitch', 'Mulan', 'The
Emperor's New Groove' and 'How to train your dragon'. Next in line are: 'Despicable Me' and my old time favourites 'Dumbo' and off course 'The Little Mermaid'.

Yesterday I went to the weekly market. On Mondays it is mostly about fabric and haberdashery (I love that word!). I went home with four new fabrics ( to add to my collection). Now I just have to think and fantasise about what they will be turned in to...

Last week I received my order from The Book Depository. It is a great shop! The book prices are far below the prices in the Netherlands and the supply is amazing. I ordered two books: 'The Handmade Marketplace: How to sell your crafts locally, globally and online' and 'Printing by hand: A modern Huide to printing with handmade stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screen'. I have not had the opportunity to try any of the techniques discribed in the last mentioned book, but I am really looking forward to it.

From Slovenia

From Japan

From France

To Juliya in Russia

To Larisa in Russia

To Lisha in Taiwan

To Anaïs in France

To Vika in Belarus

I have sent and received a lot more cards recently, but to bring that all up at once might be a little bit too much. So patience is the keyword here :)

Tonight I will watch the film: Becoming Jane, about Jane Austen
Tomorrow morning I will start jogging
Tomorrow afternoon I will try to make something out of the 'Printing by hand' boek
Tomorrow evening I will make another list-image-thingie
Soon I will create a new look for my blog
In April I will start writing my diary again. I love to do that in the train

Monday, March 21, 2011


Well, that took me a while... No excuses, no explanation (maybe later, but probably not). The work thing at the cinema did not work out that well, but I do have a new job :) Tomorrow I will hear about the conditions and when I have to start. And until then I have plenty of time to enjoy all the delights spring has to offer (just a pity of hay fever).

I'm following Queenie And the Dew and Goodnight Little Spoon, and those two lovely ladies have really nice (and really nice looking) lists on their blogs lately. And because I would like to show up here more often I've decided to play along.

That would be all for now, but I'll be back..soon.