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More book pages

Hello dear readers,

Yesterday was quite the busy day. No time for blogging.

My mother in law had a nasty fall on Thursday and broke her upper arm. We’ve been busy organising medical care and some help around the house as she can’t care for herself right now. She’s in a lot of pain and being very brave about it, but of course she’s quite helpless. We also went to get her some groceries and visited for a while.

In the afternoon I went out with dear daughter in law to some local furniture and diy stores and for a trip to the garden centre. We treated ourselves to some easter decorations to make a nice display on the table. Today we are going to put it all together. I’ll post pictures later.

I’ve also been working on presents for my dad’s birthday

A nice note pad, it just needs adding a small pencil

I used an old coaster, some cardboard saved from a biscuit package, book pages, brown wrapping paper, scrap paper, glue, part of a note pad I bought in Action, a clip and some raffia.

He had requested flowers for his balcony so we have bought him some lovely Petunia’s

and a Ranunculus

and to that I added a butterfly. I’ve seen them with a small solar powered system that makes it move but I thought why not make one myself. This time the wind will make it move just as well

I used a bicycle spoke covered in colourful tape, some metal wire from the garden centre, of course a page from a book, some scrap paper and stickers and a toothpick and glue and sealed the butterfly with multi coat to protect it from damp. It is not meant to go outside but on a protected balcony where there will be no rain I guess it will be ok.

See you later!

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Fun with a vintage book

Hi everyone!

This morning I woke up in a misty world. Doing my exercise in front of my bedroom window wasn’t much fun with nothing much to look at. But now the sun’s coming out again and the mist is clearing up.

My Callanetics exercises are going well and I’m starting to notice some difference, I’m actually developing some muscles! Wow this really works! And it makes me feel full of energy in the morning. I’m definitely motivated to keep it up.

Last night I was in no mood for complicated stitching or knitting so I had some fun with the pages from an old book using kid’s glue (because I’m like a toddler with glue: I get it all over me 🙂 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thinking about an idea with vintage paper and butterflies for my dad’s birthday I’ll be back soon with the results.

I leave you today with some pics of Binti on her new pink beanbag. We had this bag stored in the attic and it was destined for the charity shop but she jumped right on it and was so happy with it we decided to let her have fun with it this summer. She is going to have a very nice place to sleep when we’re in the garden!

Hope you have a very good day today!

Rummaging in the attic

Hi there, it’s going to be another unseasonably warm day today, even warmer than yesterday! They promise us it will be nice until the weekend when we will have temperatures that are more normal for March. As it’s so warm already there’s a need for lighter clothes, so yesterday we went upstairs to get our summer clothes out of storage and in the meantime have a little bit of a clear out. Over the winter months a lot of “stuff” had been put up there instead of being thrown away and it was getting a bit too much. So we had a good rummage around and threw a lot of unwanted items away and also found a few forgotten  treasures, like these items that were in a trunk we had from a house clearance. We got rid of the trunk but kept the clothing…

A bridal purse and cap, all hand stitched

And this bridal headdress

I may be wearing it the wrong way around. It was hard to see how to wear it as it was so out of shape, but now I’ve washed it and bended the frame a bit and I think  it should be front to back

There was also this clergy band, also hand made

These lovely Dutch potholders in cross stitch from, I guess, the fifties

Wouldn’t it be nice to use them on Koninginnedag (the Queen’s birthday) and Bevrijdingsdag (when we celebrate the end of WW2 and our freedom)?

And last but certainly not least, this lovely evening dress with a small train, also handmade.

Look at the detail…

The items are all dirty and I will be gently washing them today. I’m not sure what to do with all of them yet. I may keep the smaller items for the bride. The dress is way to small for me to ever be able to wear, even without the weight I’m a broad shouldered person so I would not fit in a small dress like this. If it comes out of the wash looking nice I may decide to put it up for sale, so someone else can wear it.

I also found a box full of tins. These were really lovely I think so I will use them in my workroom.

I also made the peg bag and one extra for son 2 who had requested one for himself out of material I also found in the attic.

Have a lovely day

finally finished

Good morning

Yesterday was like summer over here: sunshine an 20° in the afternoon and we had our first dinner outside!

Sunday was the same, we went for a visit with son 1 and dear daughter in law and despite being in the shade most of the time and wearing a hat I got a little sunburn.

I have worked hard on my peg bag project and finally the stitching is all finished

Today it’ll be made into a bag.

I have also been playing with book pages…

… and covered a tea box, it is still plain I will attach something to close the lid and some embellishments later, when I tried to take photographs this happened:

Boys…aren’t they lovely?

Have a good day.

Flea markets and presents

Hello dear readers,

Yesterday was such a busy day with some unexpected visitors that I didn’t get a chance to post.

In the morning Hubby and I went to two flea markets in villages nearby and this is what we found

this lovely hall lamp. I like the shape and the look of it with the grey metal coming through but I still have to repaint as big chips of paint keep falling off. It was a bit too expensive actually, we usually don’t buy stuff over 5 euro’s and this was 7.50 after some haggling but I liked it too much to let it go.

For when I’m finished with the first book, which will be a while yet I’m afraid, but it’s good motivation. It was 1 euro

I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s to hold in your lap while peeling potatoes. It was handmade by the man in the stall and he was sooo proud of his work 🙂 It was just 1 euro.  I’m still in doubt if I will leave it looking like this. I would like it to be all white but then again, I also like to keep it like the man made it.

I also came across this Wade whimsy. I used to collect these as a child when we went to visit my aunt and uncle in Britain. They somehow got lost over the years but whenever I see one in a charity shop or flea market for less than 50 euro cents I take it home with me. This one was 20 cents.

When we got back in town we went to a shop called Action and I got this

some pretty pink nail polish for less than a euro, to celebrate the lovely spring weather and to go with this…

the first high-heeled shoes I’ve bought in I guess over 10 years! They were just 9,95 so I thought I could risk not being able to walk in them LoL

As it turned out I could walk in them although a little pain was involved as I blister very easily. But I so love the look I am going to wear them regardless of the blisters. I’ll just cover my toes in plasters and look pretty 🙂

In the afternoon dear daughter in law came visiting and she brought me presents, isn’t that sweet?

She had been on a shopping spree in a local shop before opening hours with a friend who works there and had brought home lots of nice things for bottom prices

She gave me this lovely tea-pot door stopper, which is way to pretty to sit on the floor and be played with by the doggies maybe, so it now sits on the coffee table together with these lovely candles I have yet to unwrap. One is magnolia scented, mmmm lovely

She also gave me this lovely frog to go outside on the window so I can read the outside temperature. I have a thing about frogs and toads, don’t know why and I used to actively collect them until it got to be a little too much to display. Now they just sit in a box in the attic waiting until I find a nice wall cabinet to put them in. I don’t actively collect them myself anymore but sometimes the kids give me one and I love them.

I’m also making thing out of old books and loving it, such a nice idea. These are the first things I made, more to come soon…

Have a lovely sunday!

O dear I’ve started something new!

Hello readers

I’ve been trying to avoid it but the inevitable has happened; the latest issue of ‘Let’s Knit’ was in the mail and I have started on a new project…

I had promised myself not to start anything new until my UFO’s were finished but hey who can resist a pattern with their name on it? 🙂

Looking for the yarn for this project I came across a bag I made this winter out of a bikini top

Yesterday afternoon the doggies and me were out enjoying the nice weather for a while

Looking out on to the street, hoping for a dog to pass so she can bark it off

sun worshipping Sholo loves lounging in the sun at my feet or…

even better still: in the sun in my lap

Yesterday I also started on my wish list so here’s the rest of it, some pretty pictures of yarn, I just love these colours


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I leave you with a post about recycling book pages I found on Karboojeh’s blog

Inspiration: Ideas for recycling vintage book pages

Wishlist

A very good morning to all.

It’s another beautiful spring morning over here and I’ve done my exercises (5 more repeats! 1 extra exercise). I’m ready for another day with my nose stuck in papers getting ready for a telephone meeting with our lawyer (sorry can’t reveal what it’s about yet, you never know who’s reading your blog after all) This time I’ll be sure to take my work outside to enjoy the lovely weather.

I’m still working on my peg bag project and I hope to be able to have it finished by the beginning of next week

Hubby has bought me this to add some colour to the garden

I also have some runner beans on a saucer in the windowsill to sprout and later put in big pots

Dear daughter in law asked me what I want for my birthday in April…

at first I said I would like to have this

It’s made out of willow and would be stronger than the bark ones we have now. But then we unexpectedly received some vouchers for the local nursery and I can now buy them myself.

So I have been thinking about a wish list and this is what will be on it for sure…I’ve fallen in love with Namaste bags. Normally I don’t care much about the latest fashion and accessories. I can’t afford to buy anything new so I just do my own thing and use what I like, not what fashion dictates. But for Namaste I will make an exception as they have bags that are very useful for a crafter like me and look just beautiful

This is what I would love to own

It’s for circular knitting needles

For all knitting/sewing/embroidery notions

I’m sure I could fill this up quite easily as well, don’t you just love the colours? As you may have noticed looking at my hair 🙂 I love bright colours and having never been a girly girl before I now, at 47, suddenly love feminine things and pinks

I’ll share some of the other things on my list later

have a nice day

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