This week I started making Christmas Cards. It wasn't in my planning to make cards myself, but when I was in my nearby craft store yesterday, I saw beautiful pastel colored paper. That's how it usually goes: I decide to make it an easy Christmas with little home made things, until I see craft supplies that I really like, most of the time because it has nice colors. So there I was, spending another afternoon at the craft table, but I love the result!
The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars... My brother, sister and I loved it when my dad played that record from War of The Worlds with all its scary sounds when we were kids. Especially the sound of a manhole cover that shoves over the tarmac, that we kids thought for years was a sound that one of the tripods made.
One of my favorite crochet designers, Lalylala, has a new pattern and it's a great one! I think I mentioned before how we all love astronomy and cosmology in our home. We don't exactly believe in little green Mars creatures (although, as I speak for myself: I don't immediately rule out the existence of extra terrestrial life), but the whole family loves this crocheted green guy in his flying soucer. Okay, my husband didn't ooh and aah, like my daughters and I did, but he also liked the idea of a crochted UFO. And the abducted cow is just hilarious.
You can find the pattern here
In the country I live in, The Netherlands, people, especially the children, celebrate Sinterklaas, also called Saint Nicholas. He arrives by boat and brings lots of presents, just like Santa. Instead of a sleigh he has a white horse, called Amerigo. The horse can't fly, like the reindeers, but has another magic power: he can climb and walk over rooftops. To get a present children have to put their shoe in front of the mantelpiece (a radiator will do, too) before they go to bed, preferably with a carrot or some hay for Amerigo in it, and sing Sinterklaas songs. Sinterklaas or one of his helpers will go down the chimney to put toys, pepernoten (small ginger snap like cookies), letters of chocolate or other sweets in the shoe.
Last weekend the daughters of my husband's sister stayed over. They have about the same age as our own daughters, so unnecessary to say it was one big happening at our house. Even more because Sinterklaas just arrived that day, so they could set their sh…