Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Ghosts

If you still didn't make anything for Halloween (like me) and suddenly you get the spirit, than I have something that's really quick to make: little ghosts . You just need two things: marzipan and chocolate eclairs (or chocokisses). 


Roll out the marzipan until flat as a sheet (use flour or confectioners sugar as it sticks to the surface), cut a circle out of it and cut out eyes and mouth.


Place the marzipan over the chocokiss and there you are: you have a ghost. So simple.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sugar Skull Drawing

Embroidered, crocheted, cross stitched, painted, I have them all: Sugar Skulls. Lots of drawings, too, but nothing wall hanging worthy. But this time I combined three things I love: skulls, Hawaii and butterflies, and made one I think is nice enough to hang above my craft table. Not only for the upcoming Dia de los muertos, but the whole year through.

I made the drawing with black permanent marker and pastel pencils.

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This week my Sugar Skull Garland was featured by Crafter XD!!



Thanks, Maz Kwok

Wanted #44

Pointed Lace Up Ballet Flats by ASOS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Painted Skulls

In a dollar store nearby I found these really cheap black sugar skulls and I thought it would look nice to paint them with 3D glitter paint, that I bought in a craft store. But when I started painting the skulls, the paint turned out to be white. Also great, I thougt.

Then came the picturing part. Suddenly the skull I painted first, didn't wear white paint at all anymore. The paint I bought turned out to be a sort of glue (nowhere to be found clearly recognizable on the packaging) and after drying up, only the glitters remained. Could be nice, except that my skulls are black, which is not a great background for glitters that have to stand out.

So, here are the skulls before the glue dried up.  



And after.



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Crochet Papel Picado Garland

Folks who follow my blog for quite some time now, know there are some themes that come back a lot. Like cats, because we have Ronnie and Dolly, our own cats. And bunnies, because we have our very own Flemish Giant, called Little Hare. Another theme is Vintage Sewing, because I love vintage clothes. Something else you may have seen here a couple of times, are Sugar Skulls. Don't know why, I just love them. And all the other Dia de los Muertos stuff. This week I crocheted a garland based on the Papel Picado Garlands.


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You can buy the pattern here

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My Chair with Stars was featured by Pieced Pastime and by Creative Jewish Mom!  




Thank you, Suzanne and Sara!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pumpkin Faces

Didn't make anything for Halloween this year yet, so today I bought two pumpkins and drew faces on them. Together with some plants they will make a nice decor on my table in the backyard. 




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My Sugar Skull Flower Pots were featured by Bowdabra, A Nurses Wild Flowers and Scrapality!


Thank you, Sandy, Heather and Andrea!

Wanted #43

Check Pencil Dress by Collectif

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Crochet Sugar Skull Garland

When I gave Google the search command 'crochet sugar skull' I came along a nice and simple pattern for these cute skulls. I started right away and making one took less than half an hour, so I thought I could make a whole garland. A colored edge and a little rose on top made them look a bit more like a sugar skull.




The pattern for the skull I found here, the idea to add a colored edge and a rose I found everywhere around the Internet.

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My Fall Leaves Bunting was featured by Scrapality and by Oui Crochet!


Thank you, Andrea and Susie!!

And my Wrist Warmers were featured by Creative Jewish Mom!


Thank you, Sara!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Theme Park De Efteling

This week both my daughter's had a day off from school and last year my husband and I started the tradition to take the day off from work also, so the four of us can go to a theme park. The most beautiful theme park in The Netherlands is De Efteling. We went there last year, but it's a never boring theme park, so this year we went there again. 

Just some random pictures:

The Fairy Woods

  

Sprookjesboom - Fairy Tree



Hansel and Gretel



Little Red Riding Hood



The Dragon
 


The Indian Waterlilies



The Roller Coasters Section


Saint George and the Dragon



Baron 1898



Baron 1898



Bird Rok

 


The Flying Dutchman



Steam Locomotive


Houses


Villa Volta




Castle of Raveleijn




Anton Pieck House

 

Dream Flight

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sugar Skull Flower Pots

Every now and than I love it to buy some craft supplies and sweets and cookies to do a whole afternoon of making nice things with my daughters of now eight and five years old. Before I get them from school I prepare the kitchen table. Paint, pencils, paper etc ready to use, sweets in bowls, cookies on a plate, lemonade at hand, so we can start right away when we come home. 

Today I got terracotta flower pots to paint sugar skulls on. I just love sugar skulls! And with both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos coming soon, I thought today was a good day to make a start.





Friday, October 9, 2015

Wrist Warmers with Buttons

Made this cozy wrist warmers for my youngest daughter!


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My tough and handsome tomcat Ronnnie is featured this week by Mila's Little Things, by Bowdabrablog, by Scrapality and by The Cottage Market!! Or do they just like his helmet?


Thanks, Mila, Sandy, Andrea and Andrea!

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My other hat, the Flower Hat, was featured by Threading My Way this week!
 

Thanks, Pam!

Wanted #41

Tallulah Sarong Dress by Collectif

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