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Fixed Up Lantern

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Last week there was Garage Sale in the village I grew up. We didn't participate ourselves this year (my daughters make bracelets every year for sale and I crochet some small things they can sell, because I think it's a good way to teach them about money), because I thought it would be nice to walk around the village this time to look for children's books. We found some books, but I also found a beautiful lantern, that would look perfect above the coffee table in our living room.



I painted it black and bought a nice looking LED light bulb for it and this is how the lantern looks now.



Unfortunately the spiral light bulb was a bit too big to fit through the small opening in the lantern, so I have to buy another one, but for now this not so splendid looking bulb will do. I just love my new old lamp!

Monstera Coasters

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Last week I told you about my other blog, chores and checking off lists. One of the things on the list that made the checked off list, were these Monstera coasters for underneath plant pots.

The coasters are made from polymer clay. I mixed two colors, rolled it flat, and with a template that I drew by hand before, I've cut the leaves out with a sharp knife.

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Frida was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!


Thanks, Sara!

Made It #21

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The Mango/Coconut/Lime Pops that I made this week were a big hit. To be honest: I didn't expect something else. Ice Pops are among the very favorite foods of my two daughters.  The win for me in this case, is that the pops are completely made of fresh fruits.

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While ice pops are one of the favorite foods of my daughers, a favorite of mine is rhubarb. Rhubarb is one of many that my beloved grandmother grew in her vegetable garden and when I think of rhubarb, my grandmother pops into my head immediately.
I'm a vegetarian and am always on the lookout for renewing recipes. I follow a Dutch blog, called De Hippe Vegetarier (meaning The Trendy Vegetarian) and that's where I found this delicious recipe for Rhubarb Raspberry Smoothie

Embroidered Dragonfly

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Since a couple of weeks I have another blog, where I make a list of things to do each week and check off all chores I actually did. You can read more about it here. This embroidered shirt was one of the things on the list.

I bought a shirt and embroidery thread, printed out the template, but couldn't think of a way to transfer the pattern to the shirt with things that I had around the house, so I drew the dragon fly by hand on the shirt and then embroidered the lines.


You can find the template here (or you can choose the elephant, fire truck, giraffe or tractor). Oh, and don't forget to bring carbon or transfer paper or something like it when you go out for embroidery thread.

Natura Artis Magistra

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Today we had our yearly trip to the zoo, my colleague and I!

 Two toed sloth
 Red Vari

Komodo Dragon
 Baby Californian Sea Lion

 Drinking Giraffe
 Giraffe Family
 Fennecs
 Lillies

 Male Lion
 Edible Garden
 Datura




My favorite: the wolf
 Vulture
Snow Owl

Mirror Glaze Cake

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On my Instagram account I follow people with different interests, from baking cakes to crochet and from decoration to vintage clothing. On one of them I found the most beautiful cakes and it's here that I first heard of mirror glaze. It's a sort of icing that mirrors your face when you look in it. Of course I wanted it to try it, but a good recipe for the glaze isn't so easy to find, so I tried something myself. 

It's gleaming, but not really mirroring. So I have to refine the recipe. 
The cake bottom is a large heart shaped cookie and between the cookie and the glaze sits mokka bavarois. The taste of the cake is delicious, absolutely delicious, but next time I want my glaze to look like this: 

Source

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My Flower Medaillon was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!


 Thank you, Sara!




Made It #20

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Last week I couldn't post the intended recipe of the Stir Fried Thai Style Tofu, because of a flash visit to Menora, so you I owed you this one. 

I made the dish exactly as was told in the recipe and although I love Thai food because of all the different flavours, this curry was just bland. Didn't make it to the to keep-list. 
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A couple of weeks ago I bought molds for ice pops and now that it's hot most of the days here in The Netherlands, I'm on the search for ice pop recipes. I think ice pops are a great way to make my daughters eat fruit, so let's start with those Mango/Coconut/Lime Pops




Frida Kahlo Perler Beads

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Last weekend I was in Menorca to celebrate my friend's birthday. To and fro in four days. I was with two other Dutch friends of her and we arrived Thursday evening and went back Sunday morning. A flash visit. But in that little time I managed to read out the book The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite authors. The book tells about Frida Kahlo and that happens to be my favorite painter. Such a colorful lady with a great style and a strong personality, who made beautiful art

.A while ago I found this Perler Beads pattern of Frida Kahlo. I didn't use Perler Beads for a while, so I really felt like making this portrait just after reading The Lacuna. 
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My Butterfly Lamp was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!

Thank you, Sara!
My Cat Mochila was featured by Ginx Craft!

Thank you!

Flower Medaillon

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One of the things I gave for Mother's Day this year, was a glass medaillon for pictures. Instead of pictures I've put some Forget Me Nots in it, that I picked at Menorca and dried to put them in the medaillon. The first time I went to Menorca was with my parents and they still love the island, too, so I thought it would be nice to give my mother this flower.

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My Seed Bags were featured by Sum of Their Stories!



Thank you very much, Julie!

Menorca Part II

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Last week I told you about our trip to Menorca and the things we did see that we didn't see in all those years before. Besides Barranc d'Algendar, Cova des Coloms and the Lazareto, we've been to a little castle. Since a couple of  years I saw this road sign along the highway that pointed to a small road to the Castell de Santa Agueda and this year I wanted to see where the small country road would lead us. The castle turned out to be a ruin built by arabs during the caliphate of Cordoba. A small medieval road leads from the road up to a 250m high hill, where the remains of the castle are. 








Another magical place, where I've been before, but wanted to show to my husband and daughters was the Parque Nacional Es Grau, which is a sort of wedland. Lots of different birds live here, together with some turtle species and other small animals.  Actually the whole island proclaimed a biosphere by Unesco, so while Es Grau is a beautiful natural area, the same can be said for the …