Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
What do you like to do for date night? Netflix and couch snuggles are great, but can be very disconnecting after a while. We’re trying to bring more conversation and less tech back into our lives.
Making: Crochet blankets. Little by little, for two years now!
Cooking: Lamb sausages, mash and gravy for dinner.
Drinking: Less tea than usual. I've been finding that it gives me a metallic taste in the mouth. Does anyone else get this?
Reading: Just finished "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton. So good! I love that it is set in Amsterdam in the 1680s and the places they talk about in the novel are still standing now. And the dollhouse that inspired the story is on display in the Rijksmuseum, so I'm planning a visit there soon.
Wanting: Better weather. More sunshine.
Looking: at dream rental properties online. Getting closer and closer to wanting to move back to Queensland! The AMS weather really doesn't help.
Playing: with the cat at odd hours. She's most playful at 11pm or midnight, and the downstairs neighbours must hate her scrabbly paws racing around trying to catch a feather on a stick.
Deciding: on our itinerary for a long weekend in Rome! I still can't believe that we got return airfares for €100.
Wishing: that the Australian government and opposition weren't so shitty. And nasty. And that people would just be nice to each other.
Enjoying: watching my Dutchman plant out his cuttings and seedlings in our roof garden.
Waiting: for the new season of The Mindy Project!
Liking: any cute animal picture on Facebook.
Wondering: What is happening just around the corner from my house? I can hear a man singing (badly) and someone announcing things over a microphone. Might have to go for a walk to investigate.
Loving: my Dutchman and my Squish.
Pondering: the best layout for our attic room. It needs to be long-term storage, Sander's workshop, freezer and linen storage as well as guest room. A lot of jobs for a 12m2 space!
Considering: doing one of those "prepare 7 meals in advance" meal plans. Does anyone do this?
Buying: Absolutely nothing until payday. But I really need some new wool to continue work on my crochet rugs.
Watching: Right now? Escape to the Country. What is it about this show? I love it, even though we don't have any interest in moving to the UK.
Hoping: that the warmer weather comes soon, and brings with it better health.
Marvelling: at how quickly I need to vacuum again.
Cringing: at the state of my floors. Seriously need to vacuum.
Needing: Warmer weather so that I can wear DRESSES!
Questioning: if the populations of Australia and the US actually support the values of Turnball, Pyne and Trump, or if there is just a whole heap of ignorance, or good people remaining (or being kept) silent.
Smelling: Earl Grey tea. Despite my vow to drink less ;-)
Wearing: Trackie dacks. All the time.
Following: Brisbane artist Sarah Hickey on Facebook. Sooooooo beautiful. I haven’t wanted to be a lady in a painting this much since Mucha! When I’m rich I’m going to commission a portrait of me and Squishy.
|Hickey, S. 2016. ''The Starlet''|
Noticing: little buds coming out on the big tree out the back. Hooray for green!
Knowing: that I'll feel more well when the weather is better. But also knowing that the weather here is impacting on my quality of life, and we need to do something about that.
Thinking: about nothing much for very long. Slippery, tired brain!
Admiring: the colours and workmanship of our beautiful Kantha quilt bought in India. I love it so much.
Sorting: Giant piles of washing.
Getting: sleepy. It's naptime, but I've had some insomnia lately so I'm trying to push through.
Bookmarking: fresh, simple recipes. I'd love to add some new basics to our rotation.
Coveting: the neighbour's great wooden deck and outside space. Ours is still in production!
Disliking: How I've really fallen behind with the housework.
Opening: Windows and doors to let in fresh air. Because it's not icy air anymore :-)
Giggling: at Squishy. She's so bloody funny. And inelegant.
Feeling: Sleepy. Maybe I should have that nap.
Snacking: on Popcorn! We rediscovered microwave popcorn last week, and I've been waiting all week for us to snack on this and watch a movie again this weekend.
Helping: Sander with the housework. Tomorrow morning, we'll get it done together!
Hearing: Squishy making wookie sounds in her sleep. Best.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
I’m feeling like a proud stage mum.
We hope you all had a happy and safe Easter Weekend.
Original FB post here.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
|Cees and Dolinde in the ‘paper!|
My friend Cees brought me an original US sailor suit a couple of years back to see if I could make a ‘danceable’ version. Without dissembling the original, I used it to make a template, then a pattern, widening the pant legs to be more in keeping with a 30/40s era, and making it taller to fit the Dutch frame. I chose a light-weight, breathable polyester blend that had the tiniest of stretch, is super washable and doesn’t really show sweat (very important for the amount of dancing it was going to see!). Finally, I reused the original badges, stripes and whatnot to finish it off. It was a challenge, and I loved every minute!
Of course, the handsome Cees rocks his suit so well. I love that you’re getting so much wear out of it, Cees! As seen is the various Lindy Hop pics that keep popping up in my Facebook newsfeed. And yes. That’s me as a giant banana, Halloween last year ;-)
|photo credit Sara Pista - www.sarpista.com|
|photo credit - Me!|
|photo credit Dolinde Van Beek|
|photo credit - Dolinde Van Beek|
Monday, February 8, 2016
Anyway, I had pinned this adorable Mooshy Belly Bunny pattern from the blog Chez Beeper Bebe in anticipation of baby season, and was excited to get sewing to bring these little cuties to life. This is such a sweet pattern, and easy to make, although I certainly wasn’t as quick as Holly says she was in her post! I tackled my bunnies in three stages - the cutting, the machine-sewing and then the hand-sewing and stuffing. My Dutchman was on hand to help with the cutting stage, which was great, as usually hand-made gifts to our friends are gifted from ‘us', even though his hands have had no part in it! These bunnies, however, were a team effort.
I love how super excited they look. They’re all, “Hooray! We’re bunnies!”
Another bonus was that I got to strike another pinned project off my list. I have tried very hard to Stop Pinning and Start Making, which is oh so difficult when you’re up surfing Pinterest late at night... so these little bunnies are also saying, “Hooray for Actually Doing Stuff!”
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Because we went to India in Nov/Dec last year, my Dutchman and I decided to have a very small Christmas. We had a €15 present limit for each other, with the instructions that the present had to be small and sweet. We don’t really have big celebrations here on the day either, as my mother-in-law’s birthday is on Christmas Day, and the Dutch generally celebrate Sinterklaas at the start of December rather than like we do in Oz on the 24th - 26th.
So, with this casual approach in mind, Christmas Eve found me cutting and glueing on the bed in our room while Sander wrapped his present in the lounge. I don’t think I’ve ever left making a present to the last minute like this before. Helpful tip - Mod Podge dries really well in a few hours, even in a cold climate!
I took some pictures along the way so that I could bring this DIY to you all; a cute, sweet, personalised bike bell. So very Dutch.
I decided to personalise a bike bell for Sander with Squishy’s face on it. He’s often said how he would love for us to be able to take her places with us, and when she goes to the vet she enjoys riding in her crate on the baggage mount of the bike. Plus, she’s so very good-looking that she works brilliantly just from a design perspective ;-)
The bell I found to work with had a nice, flat surface area with a big sticker on it already. My first step was to measure that sticker and then make a canvas in photoshop of the same dimensions. I then layered in and resized a picture of Squish, desaturating it to get black and white and then deleting the background to get a nice, clean profile. Because Squish is black and white already, I added a slight drop shadow so that she stood out from the background. Printing on photo paper is an essential step for the process, as photo paper holds up really well with Mod Podge and has a nice shine to it. if you’re not so tech-savvy to edit an image, you could always use a photo that you already have.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Sorry for the interweb silence, folks! We've been battling epic battles with our network provider and haven't had home Internet since we got back from India! I've got lots of things to share with you all, but no wifi to share it.
In the meantime, here's a picture of Squishy looking radiant ;-)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
This deep V black jersey tee has slight bat-wings (very flattering shape) and this amazing original vintage Art Deco sari trim. The V is mirrored on the back so that you're fabulous from both sides.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
We’ve been invited to our friend’s wedding in Chennai, taking place on the first weekend of December. He’s Indian, and she’s Dutch, and the whole experience is going to be AMAZING! I plan on doing the bulk of my Christmas shopping there, and I already know I’ll be stocking up on beautiful sari fabric and soaking up all the Indian inspiration for 2016 creating.
You might not be going to India before Christmas, however, and I’m sorry. To soften the blow here’s an Etsy Christmas coupon code for you. Use the code 2015XMAS at the checkout to receive 15% off your basket.
Last mail for international postage, and the last day of the coupon code, is November 21. I can also gift-wrap and send your parcel straight to its recipient if you’d like, just leave a note for me on purchase.