Monday, August 21, 2017

Party Sweater

We're still in the Tenth Birthday with Cat Theme-modus, so here's the next project I made for my daughter's birthday: the Party Sweater. Bunting and a cat, that should be pass for festive, what do you think?

I bought a not so expensive sweater, cut the cat and the bunting out of iron on flocked textile transfer and ironed it on the shirt. Easy as that.


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The Peacock Feathers Mochila I made just before I went on vacation is featured by Scrapality!!


Thank you very much, Andrea!!

My Lampion was featured this week by Across The Boulevard!



Thank you, Beverly!

My other Crocheted Lanterns were featured by Creating My Way to Success!
 

Thanks, Jill! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Party Invitations

Cat Theme Birthday Party... do you remember? Of course the invitations had to have a cat somewhere on it, too. I looked for something original and found wire cat pendants, so I made this.


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I found this idea on Pinterest.

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While I was on vacation some of the things I made in the last year, were featured by Creative Jewish Mom. So nice to see old projects! Like the bunting. As it was used only for a party, I almost forgot about the bunting.



Half Lotus Bunting



Mochila On Request


 
Crocheted Lanterns


And one other things that was featured while I was on vacation:

The Boho Bag, featured by Creating My Way to Success!






Friday, August 18, 2017

Made It! #29

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards

Before we went off to celebrate summer at De Veluwe, I had plans to bake the Apple Roses below in the oven of the house we rented, but since there wasn't any oven in the house I had to postpone my plan until we came back. So this week I baked Apple Roses. 

I sliced the apple parts a tiny bit too thick, so after folding them in the pastry, I couldn't bend the whole thing. I solved this by baking the slices seperately for a couple of minutes, to make them soft. After that, rolling the pastry with the apple slices in between was way easier. 


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Next week I would like to make a semifreddo, that I found first in a magazine and then the same day on Pinterest. We didn't have much of a sunny summer around this part of the world, so before fall will totally set in, I want to make some sort of icecream myself. Pistachios and strawberry! Only the thought of them together is delicious!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Birthday Cake

This month my oldest daughter will become ten.

 10!!!
 Ten years old!! How did this happen?! Last week she was still a baby! 

Anyway, as is my custom I love to make some of her presents myself and because I just had a three week vacation, I had lots of time to make some things for her (although I also took a lot of time to read this weeks off, because reading is what I love the most; I just don't have enough time).

The first thing I made for her is a crocheted birthday cake inspired by Katharine Sabbath. The 'theme' my daughter chose for her birthday is 'Cats', so this little cake hasn't anything to do with that, it's just for fun.



I got this idea here and here.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Travels: De Veluwe, The Netherlands

We just came back from our vacation. We didn't go far, because after a couple of years with around 40 degrees Celsius in countries around the Mediterranean, we learned our lesson. With temperatures that high the only thing I can do is sit in a chair, drink cold drinks and walk to and from a swimming pool. Of course everybody has its own favorite holiday highlights, and that's totally okay, but mine isn't sitting in a chair. I want to see and do things.
So in spring we travel to the Mediterranean and in summer we stay in our own country nowadays. And because The Netherlands isn't that big (about 300 x 200 kilometers) we only had one hour to drive to reach our destination. We were staying in a holiday home in an area called De Veluwe, the most woody region of the Netherlands.

The weather wasn't great, most of the days we had gray clouds the whole day through, but the temperature was fine and as long as it wasn't raining we could do whatever we wanted to do. Except going to the outdoor swimming pool. And going to the swimming pool was what my daughters wanted to do so desperately.

Fortunately there's a lot of other things to see and do around de Veluwe. So here's the first part of a whole lot of pictures I made. 

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On a very rainy day we went to the Royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. In the Netherlands we have a monarchy, which started in 1815 with Willem I, a descendant from Willem the Zwijger, who made The Netherlands an independent country.  The Netherlands was much smaller then and was called Holland.


Willem van Oranje (also known as: Prince of Orange, Willem the Silent)





The enormous courtyard



One of the most beautiful pieces in the fleet of vehicles of the royal family is this mourning-coach. 

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On a sunnier day we did a field trip through one of many sand drifts on De Veluwe. 





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The best days were when we could take our bikes and cycled some kilometers. In our busy city it's a bit dangerous to cycle with two kids, so especially my youngest wanted to do everything by bike. On this trip we cycled to an old farm, a replica of the farms people inhabited in the iron age. Of course people grew their own food then, so the farm was surrounded by vegetable gardens, beehives and small acres.



Beehive 


Sunflowers



Yes, that's a bee butt you see sticking out one of the flowers



You can't see it in this picture, but the hood of this mushroom had a diameter of 25 centimeters. There were a lot of mushrooms everywhere, another proof of how humid it was because of the rain. 

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