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.

Fresh flowers

Spring came early this year. For me that means daily fresh picked flowers from the girls. No matter how often I ask them not to empty the borders in the neighbourhood! But who can resists these flower elves?

Bedroom bunting

Cousin Ruben has a very big room for such a young boy. To fill it up a bit I made him a straw and pompom garland. Handmade pompoms, store bought pompoms, felt beads and some straws together made a good garland. We hope he (or better, his parents) like(s) it. Inspired by this one.

Eight

Our little one has made the wonderful drawings above. On the computer we turned them into an invitation. Because next weekend she will be turning eight. It's not difficult to guess what the theme of her birthday party will be.

Happy accidents

I love it when something goes 'wrong' in a creative process. It challenges your creativity. This time I had a large piece of (thrifted) white fabric that I wanted to dye for making easter/birthday bunnies. I prepared the mixture in a bucket that would later appear rather small for the amount of fabric. It couldn't move around. As a result I got an uneven coloured sheet, with a wonderful ombre effect. The bunnies came out beautiful. More beautiful than when they would have been all the same mandarin color, I think. I used the tutorial I wrote for Knippie last year. The template you'll find here. For a change I have added a seam and turned the bunnies instead of the visible seam.

Patience

Although she looks rather fragile, our youngest is pretty strong. Almost never ill. But now she has the flu, like many of her classmates. She likes her mother to stay close (always, but extra when she's feeling miserable) and I sat beside her, making felt sheep for our easter table (while keeping an eye on her temperature, which was 40C+). The sheep brought me back almost 8 years ago. I made the same set in between contractions when this little girl was going to be born. The pattern can be found in this simple but lovely book. Couldn't find the pattern online, but searching I came across some other cute sheep here (also for the kids), here (needle felted) and here (felt and knitting).

Cozy

My parents in law have bought themselves a new smartphone and they asked me if I could make a sleeve for it. And this is the result. I used a very nice and clear tutorial. I never knew how to sew pouches with flaps and now I know. The first sleeve came out just a bit too narrow, but the second one was better. I added a cm to the width of the pattern. I chose the (less beautiful) velcro closing instead of a button, because it is quicker in use.