How about this!!!?? LOVE IT!!! I was checking out some Japanese craftbooks and saw these. Completly flabbergasted! Because of the drawings I know it's about sewing. But that's it. Have no clue what the 'Lisette' means.. Is it the writer? The name of the book? Don't know but I like it! My name is pretty rare (on all these named items, my name is mostly not included) so I love it.
dinsdag 29 december 2009
zaterdag 26 december 2009
Last year I had a complete different Christmas. I was at home with a three weeks old burn-out. I was really sick at that time and had no idea if I would make this years Christmas. Not that I wanted to die but I had no sight on the future. Everything was black. Real dark, dark black.
woensdag 23 december 2009
For a few years now I'm a real Serious Request listener/watcher. For the ones who don't know what that is.. Our radio station 3fm (http://www.3fm.nl/) locks up 3 dj's in a glass house for six days, this year in Groningen. They don't eat, and make radio for 6 days. You can do radio requests for money, do stuff for money, everything just to get money for the Red Cross. This year for the fight against Malaria.
zondag 20 december 2009
For a while now I'm working on a whole collection items made with old (secondhand) 100% wool blankets. It's a time taking proces to find good blankets, wash and dry them (pfff!!), figure out correct patterns and find out a way to work with the material. But I love the (sustainable) collection that's coming out and I made, and am making, all different items like blankets, cushions, bags and notebook covers for my shop. Still working on the website! Sorry that is taking so long!
Here's already a sneak preview from one of the baby blankets. It's about 70 x 100 cm and this one is named 'New York'. As said, the whole line is made with wool blankets (all washed up!) and I work with thick (really thick.. for example in the blanket goes about 1 km thread) ridges and seams in contrasting colors. Curious what you think about it??!!
Meanwhile it's busy here while working on this line, being with my niece, and seeing other friends, with Christmas coming up (still need to do all my shopping!) but I'm definitely not complaining! Hope you are handling in these busy times!? And all the Dutchies are enjoying the snow!?
vrijdag 18 december 2009
The little girl is doing great! I'm here for a few days and she's the most lovely girl in the whole world. And although she had some starting problems, now she's doing so well. Great eating, good pees, so little crying and so much laughing!
So I'm enjoying Olivia here at my sister and brother-in-law for the last days, the snow we have (!!!) and I'll be back tomorrow or Sunday with crafty news!
maandag 14 december 2009
It's been weird weeks here... I have a lot of decisions to make and most of them aren't the easiest ones. I guess that's normal after a burn-out but at the moment it feels that not only I changed so much in the last year, it feels like my life is making a hugh switch now.
vrijdag 11 december 2009
Busy days but finally I can put the new 'Wrist Warms' in the shop. I'm working on these quit a while now but now I finally finished them. I had, and still working on, a lot of earwarmer assignments but now I'm out of these and have a new item for the winter and a lovely present for under the Christmas tree.
I made all these Wrist Warms. Really thick, warm wool fingerless gloves. Off course all handmade, crocheted and all unique, different. The basic is the same and they all are smaller at the wrist, so that suits the best. They are all finished different because I like to work with the yarn, in the proces, see what is the best.. The white one has a picot ridge on both sides, the blue one has a plain, lilac ridge and the brown blended has small thumbs! See in the shop!
Enjoy your weekend! Hope to find some time to catch up on your blogs and show you other new projects.
donderdag 10 december 2009
Did some thriftstore catches again. I'm searching there and find what I need, but that's something I can't show you yet. That has to be made first! hahaha.. All these other catches are just 'extra's'. Some great fabrics, some fabulous, old embroidered tablecloths and this great chrocheted blanket.
Oh and tommorrow I'll add some great fingerles mittens in the store! And all the stars are going in the mailbox today (jolanda can you give me your email?). I raised 25 euro for the AIDS foundation. Thank you all for buying!
zondag 6 december 2009
Thank you all for being so supporting with my new niece! She's doing very well now. She's eating much, much better! Now she askes for food and earlier on she didn't, and kept sleeping. And if she ate, you had to push it in. But not anymore! She's doing great now!
So this was a week... I won't forget very soon. I'm pretty exhausted right now. My life already was in a rollercoaster and now it feels like the speed is up and there are more loops to handle. You know, I'm 32 and seeing all babies being born around me isn't always easy. It confronts me with myself too. Being single, recovering from a burnout and focussing on what to do with my future, workwise is a whole different fase. And not a fase that's easy, or you want to be in. And I know, it takes time and every life goes as it goes but sometimes I would wish things were more easy. And different as they are now.
Oh, and thank you for all the great responses on my World AIDS day action. I'm working on the stars and I'm almost done with all the sets. So I can post them this week. So everyone who ordered a set... I'll mail you all this week!! As you hopefully can imagine I didn't do any mail last week. And because I wasn't at home or on my job, I need to work on that before I get to the 'nice stuff'.
vrijdag 4 december 2009
Suddenly Olivia wasn't eating very well, she lost weight and didn't pee much. So last thuesday evening my sister and Olivia were both admitted in the hospital. It turned out that her blood was a bit too thick. She got a drip (for the dutch, dit is een infuus) and a gavage (sondevoeding) to help her a bit. My sis asked me to come help and support and off course I did.
So I'm here again and spend the last two days in the hospital and making sure everything at home is going well (I know now new moms have a lot off laundry!!). And now, I can tell you that both girls are coming home this morning. Olivia is doing well now!! She is eating better and more, she pee's a lot (also when you change a diaper!!) and her blood is fine again. How great is that?!!
So this afternoon she and my sister can sleap in their own beds. And me.. still helping out and spoiling my new niece. I made her some handmade presents (I'll show you soon) and today (at my home) her present is arriving. And because she's so tiny, she doesn't have clothes that fit. So last monday I made a package with some fitting clothes and send it here. But yesterday I had an hour to get in town and I think I bought about fifteen clothing items. So I agreed with myself that I can't buy her anything more untill Christmas. Otherwise I'm going broke and Olivia will be too spoiled. See at the picture below, she's winking to you, to tell you she has her aunt in her pocket!!!
dinsdag 1 december 2009
As said yesterday, with my short term plan, today is World AIDS day. Time to reflect on the 33 million aids/hiv infected people on the world. To be aware that every 12 seconds someone gets infected with hiv. To know that AIDS is the biggest threat for our children because every minute two children get infected with hiv and every minute a child looses his parents because of AIDS and at this point we have 15 million AIDS orphans (which is almost the poplulation of Holland).
I want to be aware, pay attention and participate on this theme, that involves everyone. To participate I thought I could make sell some Christmas stars for the Aids Foundation. Because 5 euro saves a babies from being born without hiv while the mother is infected, I'll sell some sets of stars for 5 euro (I'll pay the sendingcosts). So buying a set, is as saving a child.
I already sold 5 sets (I don't even have that amount of stars yet..) which is 25 euro for the Aids Foundation. But please, please follow my example. Like Miekk's (already selling, so buy there some beautiful fabric hearts!!!!!!!) and Hutsefluts (later this week) are doing! Check their blog to buy!!!! But you too.. sell something! Save a baby and get great handmade stuff (for Christmas)!!Even tomorrow, or the day after, or after.. It's never, never to late..