woensdag 24 september 2014

My favorite: Stores in Hoorn

Today I'm taking you on a tour of my favorite stores right here in my home town: Hoorn.
Hoorn lies about 35 kilometres north of Amsterdam and has about 72.000 inhabitants.
We moved here 3 years ago from Oosthuizen ( wich is not far from here) 


Our home is about a 5-10 minute bikeride from the city centre ( It depends on the wind and trafficlights). With paid parking everywhere I always take my bike when I'm going into town. the city is filled with places to park your bike. But never forget to lock your bike up properly ;-)

First stop on the tour: Sissy-Boy homeland.  I always love the look and feel of this store. They sell a mixture of clothes, furniture and housewares. They also have toys and a small selection of paperwares. I have to admit I don't often buy something here as most of the time I find things are very expensive. But I love to have a look and be inspired. 

Right across the street is HEMA.  This is probably the store where I spend most of my money.

They have a great selection of paper goods, homewares and very well priced cosmetics. I buy most of my postcards here and when I'm in need of a small gift, this place is often where I end up. 
I just love their clean crip designs and happy colors. And most things are very nicely priced ;-)

Just around the corner is Xenos. They have a bit of everything but mostly home decorating things. 

They also have a very large seasonal section. When I was there yesterday they had all of their fall and halloween stuff out. Price-wise most things are very cheap. The quality is about what you would expect for the price you pay. But it's always a nice place to score some bargains.
( I broke my no spend and bought a drinking jar with a lid and a straw for..., 2 euro's)


It's also a good place to buy picture frames for a reasonable price and other home bits and pieces you might want to swap out regularly. They also have a large section filled with all sorts of exotic groceries. And sweets from al over the world..

A small street conectng the 2 main shopping streets...

When you pass underneath this cute little gateway you end up at the library and De spellenhoorn.

This tiny little store houses an enormous amout of games. No videogames to be seen; only boardgames, card games, dice games and everything you can imagine. they also sell Magic, Pokemon and those kind of cards. The staff is really knowlegeable and can reccomend you a new game if you tell them what games you like. They also organise tournaments in different games and once a month they have a game-night where you can play almost all of the games they sell. 

Next up ; De Tuinen. they sell all sorts of natural beautyproducts, vitamins and tea's. They staff is lovely and it's the only place I can find my Burt's Bees handsalve. 

On "het grote Noord" the main shopping street here in Hoorn you can find "schouten handwerken" The store is tiny but filled to the brim with all sorts of yarn in the most fabulous colors, And in the back they have  lager selection of knitting needles, crochetneedles and everything you might need for your yarn projects. I often just walk in to have a look at all of the beautifull yarns...  I also prefer to buy my yarn here in these kind of actual shops instead of big internet stores. Maily because I want to feel the yarn before buying it. But also because these stores always have a lot of knowledge they are more than willing to share with you. 

Now this is the only real tourist shop we have here in Hoorn. It's the place where I buy most of my "tourist- postcrossing-cards". they also have a very special "i love postcrossing" card they print themselves.

This not so pretty storefront belongs to the biggest organic store here in Hoorn. It's located right next to the trainstation. But when you get inside....

They sell just about everything and anything realted to healthy and organic living. They recently chaged the whole store around wich means I have to look for everything . But that also means I keep discovering new things. The staff is lovely and always knows where everything is. And if it's sold out they will always order it for you. This is also the place that got me hooked on Green & Black's Maya Gold chocolate... 

And that is the end of my tour. 
You might have noticed that there are no real clothing stores. That is because I really do not like shopping for clothes. Offcourse there are some stores where I usually buy my clothes. But I don't really count them as favorite stores... But maybe someday I will take you clothes shopping with me...

vrijdag 19 september 2014

30 days of lists September ; Halfway through

We are already half way through september!
I am still very much in love with the paper I used to make the album for this round of listing.
Not so happy with the binding. I had some issues size-wise and ended up with half a hole on the end. Grrr...

But today I'm here to show you my lists so far!

I am actually a bit behind on listing at the moment. I have so much to do and the day's are flying by. 
I hope to do some catching up on Monday.

I will share the rest of the lists here early october. But if you want to see them sooner you can follow me on Instagram HERE.

See you next time!

maandag 1 september 2014

Project Life Summer Mini

One thing I really want to do is do a full year of Project Life.
But at the moment .. that's not going to happen.
I know myself well enough to say that I get bored easily and will get behind.. even further behind..... and then give it up all together. Thus leaving me with another half finished project thats nagging me.

But all of the project life stuff on Instagram is so pretty.. And everyone makes it sound so easy.
And the cute journaling cards!
I couldn't resist!

But I'm only doing it to document my summer. As a kind of test-run.
And to have an excuse to get those cute supplies obviously ;-)

I wanted to keep it small so instead of an "regular" 12 x 12 inch album I opted for a smaller Sn@p 6x8 inch album. I added some 3x4 inch sheet protectors and a pack of 4x6 inch and 3x4 inch mixed sheet protectors. All from Sn@p.
I couldn't justify the cost of a full Project Life Core kit so I opted for a mini kit, The "Cut & Paste" edition to be precise. All of te other papers, embellishments and random bits and pieces are from my stash.

Another issue was how was I going to print the photo's? I started printing them out myself on our "big"Canon printer but that was such a frustrating proces. The paper wouldn't load properly, the printing programm cropped photo's on it's own... and all of the cutting!! I did some investigating into a small Canon Selphy but quickly discovered that it would be an expensive option. So I've had the latest batch printend at HEMA.
I can just upload all the photo's on their website ( I can even upload the photo's directly from my Instagram feed)  and pick them up 2 days later at their store near me.
I'm really happy with this solution.

Today I'm sharing the pages I've made so far. I'm proud to say that I'm all up to date!
Note: please excuse the glare of some lay-out's. I haven't quite figured out how best to photograph them.. if you have any tips on that.. please let me know.

Having coffee with my mother-in-law and nephew

Reciving my Tea party collective swap, having dinner outside and my nephew's 5th birthday

My summer intentions, A trip to Zaandam with my mother-in-law and the rats in the garden

Having my tattoo touched up and my weekly meal-planning

A lazy sunday, Monday planning, my Birthday and working on my moodblanket in the garden

The originals market in Leiden with my stall, zuchinni-soup and my brave dye-job..

en-route to work, our birthday party, nap time for Abby and waiting for our car to get a new windshield..

Butterflies in the garden, our swimming-pool, Thursday3 and a visit from friends..

more crocheting in the garden, taking our new car radio for a drive to test it , my monthly maitainance Shiatsu session and another thursday 3

Taking the rats to their vacation-home. And a blank divider I till need to decorate.. This marks where our trip to Germany started..

My travel journal, Nico and an Ibiza Shake.. 

 A day at the Bodensee ** I love the "best day ever"card! And a brochure from the shipping compagnie.

 I attached our tickets with a paperclip and the views from our panorama boat tour @ Lindau

Abby taking a nap on the boat because she refuses to sleep at night and my thurday 3 

Visiting Ravensburg with Abby drinking form a fountain, quite a thing for a little doggie who is afraid of running water.. and a parking ticket stub

My mom and her boyfriend at their house in Germany.. a fixer-upper.. big time..

a view of the fixer-upper house and Nico at work. Back home we went to the fair and Nico won me a unicorn. And a thursday 3 from Amsterdam.
The start of August in my Bullet Journal and fireworks at the fair with my lovely nephew.

Nico and my Nephew playing with lego's , a lazy sunday and pizza for dinner because nobody wanted to cook..

The crappy weather we've been having; hail on saturday and better weather on sunday with dragonboat races here in Hoorn.

I'm really happy with most of the lay-out's so far.
And is really is as easy as everyone keeps saying. With our campingtrip and everything a was a bit behind ( 3 weeks I think) but I managed to get all up to date in one sitting of about 1,5 hours. So that's awesome!

I do however need to remember to snap more pictures.
I will keep this album going until the 23rd of september. That's the official start of the fall.
I really think I can finish this!

For more info on the whole Project life thing you can go HERE.