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 our 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. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lampion

As told last week, I crocheted along with some mothers I know from school and the class my daughter is attending. We made lanterns and after making these two, I wanted to make more, so I made this one.

 

I found this pattern at Wolplein.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Crocheted Lanterns

A couple of weeks ago, I organized a little crochet work shop for some mothers of children that attend the same class as my oldest daughter. It was just for fun, nothing didactic, because I don't have any teaching skills at all. We made market bags and they all liked it so much, that they wanted a follow up. 
We sat in my garden and from the pergola hang a couple of crochet lanterns they saw and that lanterns were what they wanted to make next time.

So last week I organized another work shop and this time we made little lanterns. And because I was a bit tired of looking at my own lanterns I crocheted along with them and made this lanterns. 


We used this pattern.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Peacock Feathers Mochila

It's a while ago I made a mochila. Since november, when I made the last one for my friend's birthday, I didn't feel like crocheting mochilas anymore. But on Pinterest I saw this beautiful, beautiful Peacock Feathers Pattern and suddenly the feeling was back: I had to make that one! 
 


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