dinsdag 31 januari 2012

second hand shopping

Last Saturday I went treasure hunting at the secondhandshop.
 I love it because you never know what you might find!
This time I surprisingly dug up some nice toys and a 1960's Disney book of Mary Poppins.
I'm always so exited when I come home with my treasures!
 My husband and son always ask: "what are you going to do with it?" and "where will you put it?".
My answers are a bit vague, because I don't know that myself most of the time.
 But in the end I always find some use for it and if not: it makes me happy, I find that a good enough reason to take all this stuff home with me!

I found this wooden box with building blocks.
 It's exactly the same we used to play with when we
stayed at my grandparents! Brings back good memories..
I find that the memories I have of when I was a child are very intense!
When I see this box it is not just a memory but it gives me a very good feeling as well.
Hmm, sounds like I'm getting old!

And then there was Mary whom I couldn't resist.
I don't have any memories about her, I just liked the look of the pictures!

I also found this lotto game. When I was little I loved the "Fabeltjeskrant".
It was a popular childrens programme on Dutch television, with animated animals.
They were a kind of stuffed animals that hopped over the screen like hand puppets,
but they were really nice individual characters.

In the middle there's a picture of "mister Owl", who reads the newspaper to the children.
He was the one who told all the stories about what was going on in the woods where they all lived.
On the card it says that he is called "Jacob", I didn't remember that at all!

vrijdag 27 januari 2012

Finished tutorial!

My goodness! I set myself to the task of making a crochet tutorial for the first time!
When I see tutorials on other blogs it looks so simple, but it took me hours!
I hope you will like it and that the text and pictures are allright and clear enough.
When you look on the right side of the page you'll find the picture!

My son and I designed this froggy. There's a jar lid inside, so if you push on his head you
hear a "click" sound. Nice toy, easy to make!

maandag 23 januari 2012

just monday

Today is just a typical Monday.
Doing the laundry, shopping, hoovering and things like that..
When the sun is shining for a moment, I grab my camera and take a few pictures of 
my tulips (thanks Jac!) for some much needed colour on this day!

Pippi sitting pretty in the warm sun.

woensdag 18 januari 2012

where would we be without books, mums and friends?

I recently bought myself this wonderful crochetbook.
It's full of good ideas and the pictures make you want to run to the closest yarn store
and buy enough to make every pattern yourself!

These two Dutch books I use to learn new stitches.
They were the first books that helped me to start this "new" craft.
And there was the patient help of my mum as well of course!

In Nicki Trench's book I found my next little chrochet project:
a nice and practical hook holder.
I don't have one yet so it's a lovely present for myself I think!

Every Thursday my crafty friends and I come together for cups of tea,coffee, lots of
talking and laughter and last but not least: the fun of making stuff!
At the moment our main thing is crochet, but we also make felt things .
One of them, Nicole, is a professional potter and once in a while we make clay sculptures
which is also great fun to do!

But for tomorrow: I will pick some pretty colours from my yarn stash and have a go
at the needle holder pattern!

dinsdag 17 januari 2012

crochet and daffodils

Yesterday I couldn't resist an offer at the supermarket so I came home with
 two pots of  daffodils in my shoppingbag; spring was in the air!
Well in my head anyway, it was still freezing...
But those lovely bulbs came in a plastic brown flowerpot so you can probably guess what happened:
I made the daffodils a nice, colourful jacket! Looks much better if I may say so myself...


......and after! I think the colours will look fab with the yellow flowers.

It's really easy to make, same pattern as a jar jacket and to cover the rim I made a few extra rows with double crochet.
This one is a little present for my mum and dad. Now I have to make a second one for our own home because I'd like to have one myself as well!

zondag 15 januari 2012

lovely weather!

Today the weather is really nice!
Little man and I went out to the river to make some pictures of the high water.
When we got there we discovered lots of driftwood in the fields.
We were both happy with it: little man because he could build himself a  hut and I because
I love to collect driftwood to create "stuff".
Don't know what I will do with it yet but I'll think of something !

Little man working hard.

Squeezed in.

When you look closely you can see the castle in the distance!

Wet feet...

woensdag 11 januari 2012

tussen de buien

Afgelopen zondag zijn we er ondanks het weer toch maar even uitgegaan om de  benen te strekken.

We hebben een museumjaarkaart en komen daardoor wel vaker in het openluchtmuseum, maar het is in alle seizoenen de moeite waard om te bekijken.

donderdag 5 januari 2012

Dagje uit

Gisteren een dagje naar Deventer geweest.
Wat is dat toch een leuke stad! M. En ik hebben er zo'n zes jaar gewoond een hele tijd geleden.
Het voelt altijd weer als thuiskomen.
Je kunt er heerlijk winkelen en slenteren door de mooie oude straatjes, het verveelt nooit!

Leuke lampenkapjes gevonden!

Stempelsetje en inktkussen gekocht bij de stempelwinkel.
Zulke leuke, unieke winkeltjes zie je niet meer zo vaak helaas!

zondag 1 januari 2012

een nieuw jaar

Heerlijk: uitgeknald, uitgeslapen en een heel nieuw, vers jaar voor de boeg!