Marble mania

Another birthday party. But sewing for boys is not as easy as for girls. Fortunately when we went to the toystore to buy a present, we heard that it was marble season again. So as a small extra, we bought marbles and I made a lined marbled pouch. With a stamped leather name tag on it.

Not scary

Yenthe went with Neeltje to see how her ears were getting pierced. Afterwards she decided that she wanted that too for her birthday. When N was invited to her party, it was not difficult to think of a appropriate present. A tiny box of heart shaped studs. Wrapped in a cute jewellery pouch. Sewn following this tutorial.

Quality time

Easter means having lunch with the family. These eggs, decorated by the girls, are wrapped up and ready to take to the grandparents as a present. With the fox as their guard. Fox was a present for cousin Ruben last year, but it recently needed some serious surgery. Now we'll return him to its owner. Ruben didn't miss the fox too much, because the big Saurus was welcomed with great excitement. An instant replacement.

Have a nice easter weekend!

This morning our own easter bunny's will hang the paper pouches everywhere in the neighbourhood. Attached to the treats, there's a note to invite the finders to pay-it-forward. The bunny ears were made with a headband and some felt scraps, Didn't use any tutorial. Want to make some last minute bunny ears too? Found some lovely pieces here (fabric), here (felt) and here (paper).

Addictive

Can't stop drawing these days. So here are more decorated easter eggs. Some went back to the family that gave us the goose eggs. Others are hanging in a hazel branch over our dinner table. I used golden wraps of small chocolate eggs to add golden details on the egg with the chickens. The kids also started drawing eggs this way. I'll show you when they've finished their pieces of art.

Birthday baking

To my regret I didn't take many pictures on N's birthday party. I was just in time to catch these last pieces of cake. The lime-mascarpone cheesecake on the right is already a classic over here. But the one on the left is a new one for me. It's Norways national cake, of which I found the recipe over here. My piece didn't completely look like the one in the featured pictures, but it's a cake worth baking again, over and over. Our guests loved it.

PIF

We all know how to fold the paper cup/envelope you see on the left. But did you know that you can make these super cute pouches with it? I didn't. So simple, so nice. Just close it in the other direction, like this tutorial shows. We used fairytale book pages and put two chocolate eggs in each pouch. The girls will spread almost 40 of these pockets in the neighbourhood on easter sunday morning. For the lucky finder. Maybe you could fold some too!

Still getting used to the image

Ever since her sister got her ears pierced for her eight birthday, it was in N's agenda too. Last thursday was the day. She was a bit nervous, but without any hesitation she let the jeweller do her job. She keeps admiring herself in the mirror ever since. We also gave her a re-vamped thrifted jewellery box for her earrings. And of course her first set of real earrings.

(Not so) little girls dream

It was a very busy weekend. Our youngest had her birthday and that needed some celebration. It already started on friday, in school, handing out favours. And in the afternoon she had her children's party. She loved to go horse riding with her friends. First the kids brought the horse into the stables and brushed and saddled it. Then they all walked, trotted and galloped on the horse. The boys and girls even stood on the horse and trotted without hands. A handle on the soft saddle made these stunts possible. A lot of excitement and a successful party, judging by their comments!

Black & white

I had very little (read 'no') time, but was very eager to decorate these easter eggs. I got the beautiful large goose eggs from Neeltjes friend. I blew the eggs out, which was not easy. And for the drawings I only used black permanent markers. It started with the idea of an easter bunny and the decoration grew by adding more and more details. I was surprised by the result.