Goal for 2014 : Craft a hole in my stash !

dinsdag 26 februari 2008

Shrines : part III

Some more shrines to show to you. Lately they
have also been called Arches. They usually do
not have doors. The positive side of the ones
with doors : more space to stamp on :D

zondag 24 februari 2008

Pinecone Winter Vacation

This week it is Winter Vacation and that is the perfect
time to go skiing, is it not ? Here they come, hurling down
the snowy hillside ! One warning tho, once you start
making these, be ready to get addicted :)

zaterdag 23 februari 2008

Barbie and Sindy

When i was small i never really was into Barbies
and Sindy's. I got my first Sindy when i was 11 and
i got a Ballerina Sindy for my 12th birthday. Ofcourse
i enjoyed playing with them, but my enthousiasm
for Fashion Dolls grew much later when i got some
really nice books, i think i was about 23 years old by
then. Oh i love to read those books over and over
again, or just look at the pretty pictures, fabulous !
Anyway, here are the books i am talking about, check
the bookshelf for links :

dinsdag 19 februari 2008

Shrines : part II

Some more shrines i want to show you, i tell you, once you
start making these things there is no stopping whatsoever !
It is addictive like, well actually like a lot of crafts :D
And ofcourse you do not have to use stamps to decorate
them, you can use any technique you feel works for you.
I feel crafting works therapeutic, you get into a certain
state of mind where the thoughts can flow freely while
your hands are making something, almost like meditating.
True or not, here are some more shrines :

maandag 18 februari 2008

She knits !!

It is official, Jenifer knits, hurrah !!! It is always fun
to get someone you know and love to spend time with
to go do something you are doing too. And a while ago
Jenifer and me went to the Stitch 'n Bitch group in Delft.

Jenifer looking proud ***** Jenifer and Eltica knitting

I was at that time working on a pair of socks and Jenifer
started her knitting-career by knitting a blanket for her
daughter's Barbie doll, ehm and her boyfriend Action Man
so it seems ...... ;) The result of that effort is this :

Oh how sweet is that :D I am so proud of you girl,
welcome to the club !

zondag 17 februari 2008

The local hobbystore

The local hobbystore is very well equipped so to say.
They have so much that i will not even begin to name
everything they have. Oh ok, i will. Scrapbooking supplies,
punches, sequins, beads, stamp supplies, cake making and
decoration stuff, yarn, painters' supplies, and as you
well guessed, lots and lots more. Not every time i look for
something they have it, (that has more to do with the things
i am looking for than with their supplies) but they always
have something else that will do the trick too. Or something
totally different that i just have to get. To think there are
crafters that are not so lucky ... The store is called Kreative
Hender, Creative Hands, and you can find them here :

zaterdag 16 februari 2008


A while ago i finished a pair of Tøfler and they
have become so nice ! First you knit them, and
them you felt them in your washing machine,
with awesome results :D And the best part is,
you only have to knit straight forward so every
knitter, no matter how novice they are, can do this !

I shall tell you in short how the knitting of these
socks/slippers :
you knit 6 squares, take up stiches on the side of
the sixth and knit two more. Then you fold the L
you made in a certain kind of way, sew it, and wash
it in the washing machine at 60 degrees (or higher
if you want a more felted effect and voila ! You made
a cool knitting project. See below the page from
"Norsk Husflid" where the project is described.

vrijdag 15 februari 2008

Søstrene Grene

There are shops in this world where every crafter
gets very happy automatically. One of those is
Søstrene Grenes Handelskompagnie. Oh how
lovely it is that, no matter how often you visit
the store, you always find something. And it isn't
even a craftstore ! Anyways, i will show you
my new treasures :D

donderdag 14 februari 2008


Happy Valentine's Day ! The day that is being used
by big coorporations to make tons of money, but it need
not be this way :) Show the ones near to you what they
mean to you by small tokens of you appreaciation.
And from this day on, try to make every day Valentine's
Day. That will make life so much more enjoyable.
One of the possibilites of being a token of your appreciation
is a (selfmade) card of which i will you an example.

woensdag 13 februari 2008

Happy Warme Truien Dag !

Today many organizations, universities and schools of
The Netherlands are taking part in the national
Warm Sweater Day ( Warme Truiendag ).
On this day all heaters will be set a few degrees lower.
Are you energy conscious ? Then join in and put on
a nice, warm sweater :)

dinsdag 12 februari 2008

My first pair of socks

My first pair of socks was done a while ago. I was
quite satisfied with the result that i got. I have to
do some finetuning here and there, but im sure
i will get there :) The wool i used is from
Lanagrossa, http://www.lanagrossa.com/,
the variety Meilenweit, in the colour ... pink, ofcourse.

Check out the site for more info. They have these
funny yarns that look like really difficult patterns
when you knit, but it is actually just one thread,
really cool !

maandag 11 februari 2008

Nijmegen : new shoes

The Nijmegen Four Day Marches is nearing again,
well nearing, let us say it like this : we are getting itchy :)
The shoes i wore last year are totally worn and therefor
i had to buy new ones. I am very content with the old
ones, so i just ordered the same ones again.

They are Hanwag shoes, and when you are walking the
Marches every fifth person or so is wearing a pair of that
brand. My mum, sister and brother-in-law also have a pair.

Here you can see us on a training day in Norway, last may.