For Feliks

The invitation for the baptism arrived rather late, since it was send to an old e-mailaddress. Fortunately we were notified in time to reschedule another appointment and be there anyway. We didn't want to miss this special baptism in a Russian orthodox church, lovely experience for the girls (and us). A quick present had to be made. I ended up making this little shark.


Next week the kids will be back in school again and this mom treats herself on a five day illustration course. I'm so looking forward! Since I have no real illustration experience, I set myself the goal to make a drawing each day during this holiday. For the messenger girl above I was inspired by this pin. Love the idea of incorporating the stamps into a drawing. I scanned my picture, so that I can print it on any envelop. This first messenger girl brings a 'take-some-time-off-package' to someone who really needs it. Enjoy H!

All relaxed

We're back. From another holiday in France. We've had a wonderful time as you can see here: canoeing on the river Vienne and descending the Gouffre de Padirac. You had a good time too, this holiday? We're ready for school, work and regularity again!

Kids first

The crochet rush it not over yet. So more out of season stuff. This cowl is made with the double crochet V stitch. I love the lozenge shaped pattern a lot. The modelling daughter said that the colours match her jacket perfectly, so the cowl should be hers. Ah well, she's right, I can crochet myself another cowl.

Ikea hack

A regular read for me is El hada de papel. Many lovely craft ideas. Like this yard stick for the kids. Made from a piece of cardboard and a free Ikea measuring tape. Good for us, because N wants to be measured pretty often to see whether she's grown. It's a big thing when you're the smallest in the class...

After breakfast

It's all crochet these days. Easy to do in between activities. Or in the car, next to my hubby, driving to Assen for example. Saw this crochet alfabet tutorial a while ago. First try is a name-bunting for J's friend Jip. Would also be a nice gift over the mail for a newborn though.

An oven for my muffins

Does every project succeed over here? Not at all. Of course I don't show you everything that didn't turn out as nice as I wanted. But here's one. Cost me too much effort not to show anyone. A cat cozy. I saw two examples that looked really nice (pattern), but not mine. Must be the different types of t-shirt yarn, too heavy. Cat wanted out immediately. I can relate. So I unravelled the thing and now I'm making two baskets out of the same yarn. Hope those will be accepted.

Some day

No, I know, it's not exactly the season for a hat. But I just like to crochet these days. Also from left over yarn. Three kinds and surprisingly matching. I used this simple pattern. The daughter didn't like the colours at first, but when she looked at herself, with the hat, on in the mirror, she decided it was actually pretty cute.

For Cecile

She is celebrating her birthday today. On holidays, in France. We made her a tassel bunting. Easily and quickly made of left over yarn. And looking very festive, don't you think? Congratulations C!


Yesterday we undertook a two hour drive to visit the Drents Museum in Assen. Our eldest daughter was very keen on visiting the temporary mummy exhibition. That, as well as the rest of the museum (and also the new extension by architect Erick van Egeraat) was very nice. After a quick lunch we drove to Borger, to the Hunebed center (designed by Aldo and Hannie van Eyck). It is built next to the largest Megalith in our country. Pretty impressive. Just as I remembered, because I was about the same age as our youngest when I visited this place for the first time. And there are many more megaliths in the area. Well worth a long drive!