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Bubble Stitch Cushions

Since I discovered Koel Magazine, I crocheted e a couple of patterns from it. Here's another one, not crocheted but knitted. The stitch used is called the Bubble Stitch. Instructions on how to do the bubble stitch you can find on You Tube. 

I think I finished now, I made all the things I liked in Issue #6. I can't wait until the next issue comes out.
Something else: this evening I saw this beautiful, beautiful family swim by. So lovely!

Made It #25

Making these Earl Grey Cookies was something I was really looking forward to, because I love the smell and taste of black tea (the fruity teas are something that I don't like at all, though). Best thing about these cookies, is that they're really simple to make. Just a normal cookies recipe, but with mixed in tea from tea bags. Love it!


What I want to make for next week is a Lemon Olive Oil Cake. Because my daughter is on summer camp while she has her birthday, some family is coming over to celebrate the big day earlier, and I think that's a good moment to serve the cake.

Cacti Party Invitations

Another item in this year's Birthday Party preparation, with Cacti as a theme, chosen by my daughter the party animal: the invitations! 

It's been a long time since I made simple drawn invitations, but I like them!

Chill & Chunky Blanket

As told in my last post, after crocheting Elena Deer (free pattern here) I became curious and last week I purchased issue #6 of Koel Magazine, so I could crochet Crispin Rabbit. I want to give Deer and Rabbit to the twin daughters of my friend.  
After finishing Rabbit I started with the Chill & Chunky Blanket in the same issue. I felt like crocheting a blanket since after three months of uninterrupted sun it finally started to rain and it was sort of chilly outside (funny how 23 degrees Celsius feels chilly after days of 35 degrees). I love the seasons and am looking forward to Fall: closed curtains, candles, house blankets, indoor diners with friends, movie nights and evenings full of Netflix. So, I made this:

 I used Mint Green wool for the blanket and Dark Grey cotton for the edge.

Made It #24

Finally I didn't forget to take a picture of the Pasta Pesto. I made this dish each week the last three weeks, but only this week I remembered to click so I could show you the result. 
Instead of pinenuts I used pecans, but that's the only thing I altered. The best thing about this recipe is that it's ready in only ten minutes!
~*~ My favorite tea flavour is Earl Grey, I really don't like fruit flavours and such in my tea. Maybe a bit of lemon, but that's it. Earl Grey Cookies sound like the best company for a cup of Earl Grey Tea, so that's what I'm going to try this week! After three months of sunshine every day without one drop of rain, there's rain in the forecast and that asks for tea and cookies.

Crispin Rabbit

My last post was about Elena Deer, a free pattern by Pica Pau (Yan Schenkel) on the website of Koel Magazine. I purchased Issue #6 of the magazine last week, because in it is a pattern for Crispin Rabbit, another pattern by Pica Pau. 

In the magazine are nice patterns by other designers, too.Not only for crochet but for other yarn crafts also. The next project from the magazine is on my hook already. 

Elena Deer

Last week I found a new magazine named Koel Magazine. Well, actually it found me and liked some of my posts on my Instagram account, which made me curious and made me want to found out what was Koel Magazine.
It happened to be a sort of glossy magazine about yarn crafts. It's quite original, is not only about yarns but also about design and decoration and comes with a lot of ideas, crafty gadgets and information that I had never heard about (punch needling, anyone heard of punch needling before?), but sure want to try one of these days.The only downside is that the magazine is a bit pricy, but I bought the latest issue anyway.

On the website of Koel Magazine I found a couple of free patterns for different yarn arts. My favorite craft is crochet of course and under the crochet head I found this free pattern from Pica Pau (I've posted my results that I made with her patterns on different occasions here on the blog).

I already started the next project. This one is from this …

Saguaro Piñata

As told last week my daughter will have her birthday in a couple of weeks and she asked me to make a piñata, like every year. She's really into cacti for some reason, so the piñata also had to be a cactus. It didn't matter which cactus, so I made my own favorite: the Saguaro.


My Blooming Cactus was featured by Queen Bee Baker!

Thank you very much, Michele!

10 Minutes Bandana Top

My  almost eleven year old daughter is showing signs of teenagership more  and more by the day and this week that meant I had to make a Bandana Top. And it had to be cropped. She goes on holiday with her two best friends (and, don't worry, the mom of one of them) and she's busy deciding what to bring with her from the clothes she already has, what she absolutely has to buy and what I must make. So far it's only the Bandana Top. That was only ten minutes of sewing, so it's a quiet year for me, sew wise. I cheated a bit on the amount of cropping, of course.

Blooming Cactus

In a couple of weeks my daughter will have her eleventh birthday. As every year her age comes as a total surprise as I count her years. Unbelievable how fast time flies. Last week she was still a baby and look at her now!
Usually my oldest doesn't really have a 'theme' for her birthday, because she never knows anything she likes enough to see here whole party decorated around. That is until her birthday has passed by. But this year she was on time. Cacti it had to be. So I started this week by crocheting a cactus. 

 Be prepared to see lots of cacti the upcoming weeks on this blog.

Gertie's Sew Along Dress

Do you know Gretchen Hirsch? She is a internation sewing starlet, as her blog says. She has written several books about vintage sewing, with lots of tips and trick in it about sewing and about adjusting patterns for a perfect fit. About a month ago she started a sew along. I didn't sew anything for a long time, but after reading about this sew along, I suddenly had some appetite to get my sewing machine from underneath the dust and sew along. This weekend I finished the dress and I'm quite happy about it. There are some improvements that I need to remember for the next dress I will be making, but overall I'm quite content. 

Want to make your own? Sew along, too!

Gertie's Dress Sew Along

My French Knitted Flamingo as well as my Market Bag were featured by Creative Jewish Mom this week!

Thank you very much, Sara!

Made It #23

I've been looking for fresh rhubarb for a couple of weeks now to make the Rhubarb Upside Down Cake recipe, but I gave up.  I only found it once this year and that was it. For some reason, maybe too expensive, maybe nobody else but me buys rhubarb nowadays, but no supermarket in this town sells it. So  in the end I made you an alternative recipe that I used on my other  blog a couple of weeks ago. Instead of fresh rhubarb I used rhubarb compote from a jar. The compote doesn't give the beautiful pink color like the fresh rhubarb does, but the taste was excellent!

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Next week I would like to make Pesto Pasta. Seems like a rather simple and really  fast prepared meal.

Teacher's Day

It's the end of the year again and that means Teacher's Day here in The Netherlands. Kids bring little presents to school for their teachers (and some don't) and they're playing games all day long. 
This year both my kids have teachers from the sporty and healthy type, so I baked banana breads without sugar in it (added the recipe) and bought coffee/tea mugs.

Cambridge, UK

My husband had to go to Cambridge, UK, this week to do some talking on a researchers congress and asked me to go with him. It was a while ago we went on a trip with just the two of us, so after changing some shifts at work I could go with him and booked a flight. 
Cambridge, as you may know, is a university town and mainly consists of colleges. It's the place where professor Stephen Hawking spend his last years, where Darwin and Newton studied (among lots of other famous scientists) and where Crick and Watson came up with the idea of the helix molecule structure of DNA. 
Cambridge isn't very large and I think most of the residents aren't students, but tourists. It's very crowded in the streets, sidewalks are full of slow walking people and to pass them you have to watch out very carefully, since cars drive on the left side of the road instead of right. Nonetheless, Cambridge is a friendly town with a lot of history and a lot of things to see.
On the first day we jus…