Thursday, April 29, 2010

Make-over part 2!

As I let you know earlier I'm working on a little project for my sister from
She wanted to 'pimp' the kids craft area in her livingroom a bit.
And I got excited and decided to help her.

I already gave a little sneak preview a few blog posts ago, and if you follow my sisters blog you might have seen what the craft area looks like now....

But hopefully, in about two weeks from now, this is more or less what it will look like...

Sis, the box with make-over items is on its way. Now it's up to you to finish your share in this project!
I think I'm not the only one who looks forward to see the result!
Who doesn't like make-overs!!!

Anyway, lucky me..... I got a Sunshine Award *again!!! (*blushing). Thank you Michaja from ! I do love your blog a lot as well!!!
Make sure you all have a look on Michaja's blog... it's just lovely!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A first attempt...

There are a few reasons why I bought myself a new embroidery machine. Now I'm able to personalise products with for example names, and buy the beautiful designs you can get online to decorate my products with.

It's understandable though that using these designs is limited because of 'copyright'.

So in the near future I hope to design them myself! 

Luckily my boyfriend is very much into computer stuff : )
And luckily he thinks this 'embroidery stuff' is 'pretty cool' (wow!) and he also thinks my drawing and painting is 'pretty cool' so he sees some opportunities and is more then willing to help (yay!)

This weekend we gave it a first try.
I don't have the right software yet, so we couldn't really create the detailed image I wanted, 
but for a first try.....

...'pretty cool' I think!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Storage bags...

....for toys!

Did you notice the embroidery?
I finally bought an embroidery machine....YAHOO!!!

The pattern of the 'balloon' bag comes from the book 'Pretty sacs' from Celine Dupuy.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A few things....

I mentioned before that a friend and I have attended a crochet workshop for beginners last year. Since then my friend is addicted and you can definitely not call her a 'beginner' anymore. She crochets the most amazing things.  

And one of them is this cute, little bolero she made for me! 

Thank you Suzanne!

Last week I won a giveaway at 
I could choose a full colour iron on application. It was hard to choose as all of the applications are nice (check out the webshop) but in the end I decided to go for this one. Cute!
And on top of all of this I received a sunshine award from MissPatee maakt een blog en meer ! Thank you so much. Make sure you'll have a look on her blog. It's very inspiring!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Look what I found...

I searched for something like this for more then two years...

... and now that I've finally found it....

.... I'm in love!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


This week I felt a bit like a fish with Alzheimer. Floating around no idea in which direction to paddle. Lost in the big ocean of crafts. 

You must now that I'm not working anymore (yes, i know...!) I decided to start up my own craft business and just focus on that for now. A very exciting step for me. Finally doing what I always have wanted!!!
But also a very confusing and frightening step. It takes a while before you will know if it's going to be a success or not and you keep wondering how you can succeed! I mean, there's so many great handmade items for sale now a days that it might me difficult to stand out.

On the other hand, I know I can! I will make it into an success. I was born to craft....hehe. Jolly... this sound as-if from a self help book! 

There's still a lot of steps ahead of me, but I'm so excited and kind of grateful for the opportunity as well. 
And as if things couldn't get any better I met an amazing lady who helps me setting up the business and she is (and has been) so motivating, inspiring and just wonderful. I feel so lucky!

On top of this very busy and exciting part of my life, we are also searching for a new home. We, or should I say, I am in desperate need of more space (to craft...hehe) and a garden!
So 'the search' and inspecting houses also take up a lot of time, but is also very exciting!

And in between I try to keep up with crafting. This is a customised name plaque for a little boys room.
And I made the fish cushion (above) myself as well. Did you notice the red seam/ edge (no idea how you call it). I've never done that before and do not know if I did it the right way but it worked out very well!

Wish you all a great day. And I'll keep you updated!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Melbourne is the place to be if you are into crafting. So many inspiring crafters but also a lot of opportunity's for beginning crafters. Market's, classes, show's, etc.

Not to forget some awesome crafting books and magazine's. My friend bought this one, and I think it's a very inspiring little magazine. It's called Mixtape ( )  

I found some great sites and blogs trough this magazine. I would like to share these:
and last but not least great free patterns at:

Allright that's enough. Have a look on Mixtape's site or blog for more inspiration!

Meanwhile I started to crochet a blanket for our home. This afternoon I tried to choose some colours of yarn that I will use. I sat on the floor in our livingroom and Ricky (still dogsitting him) came for a cuddle and decided that it was very nice and comfy between the yarn......



Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I'm working on a little project for my sister Cindy. She wanted to redecorate the craft area for the kids in her living room a bit. Well as always I got over-excited (to many ideas!!!) and decided to help her out a bit.

I can't really show you to much yet, as I want to keep most of it as a surprise, but this is a tiny sneak preview.

Nice and bright colours for the kids!

I spotted these at Target (the Australian Hema for Dutchies ; ) and they were on sale!
The porcelain eggcups were $2.- per pair (1,35 euro!!!) en the mugs costed $3,- each (2,05 euro!!!)

I thought they make a nice vase and tea-lights in the crafty area for my sis.
(off course I bought a few for myself as well...hehe)

And just to let you know.... I have the best sis ever!
Look what I received from her today.... beautiful fabrics and a lovely Pip postcard.
Thank you so much zussie.

Make sure you have a look on Cindy's blog as well: or click here... Cindy
We will both keep you updated on the 'make over' of the craft area on our blogs. 

Monday, April 12, 2010

And the winner is.....!

Ladies and Gentleman, we will now announce the winner of the blog giveaway! 

So spread the news!

Sing it out loud!

Interrupt whatever you were doing right now...

...and pay attention!

Listen carefully.

Are you getting excited yet?!

Hang on a bit longer.....

.....just a little bit longer!

The competent expert has drawn the winner...

Filled with joy and excitement we reveal....

...that the person who will receive the prizes is....

Vrouwtje gekruid!
You won two doorhangers!

And because I got more then 30 comments/emails, I decided to do a booby prize (in Dutch called Poodle prize).
Therefor Annelies (who send me an email) won one doorhanger as well!

I will get in contact whit both of you by email.
Thank you all for your comments. It is very much appreciated!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I spotted this in a shopping centre recently. Isn't this remarkable?

We all know Steve Irwin or 'The Crocodile Hunter' who past away a few years ago.
I admired the way he shared his excitement about the natural world rather than preaching people.

I can't think of any child that wouldn't love to get in to this car for a crocodile hunting adventure!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


As I mentioned earlier I think it's time for a giveaway again. Just to celebrate the fact that I have over 100 followers now! That's so motivating! Thank you all.

The giveaway are these two doorhangers! Well actually these are just two examples....

...Obviously I will customise them for the winner. So you can choose the name and describe me how you want the little persons on the hangers to look like (blond hair, curly hair, what kind of toy you want him or her to hold, etc.)

Just leave me a comment or send me an email on!
On Monday 12th of April I'll let you know who the winner is of these two doorhangers.