maandag 29 juni 2015

Project Life: February pages

yes yes ... I am wildly behind on the whole thing.
I am finding it harder then I expected to find the time to put the pages togehter.

But I am all up to date on printing my photo's. Whoop whoop!
Now to find the time to make lovely spreads with them...

With no further ado I present to you my february spreads.

 My first running adventure, Thursday 3 with a special apperance from Thunder and how we where a 2 car household for a day..

 My first bananabread, the mess I call my craftroom and our trial Hello Fresh Box

 Abby's new harness, lunch in the garden and the start of a new crochet-project

 My mother-in-laws birthday. With Abby Wan Kenobi

 Monday morning coffee, more garden sitting , Abby's first time in the basket on my bike and studying..

 Lazyness all around; ratties in their hammock and Abby sleeping. My first tiny crochet-project. And our Albert Heijn "garden"

More bananabread; with peanutbutter this time, a coffeedate with my mother-in-law who refuses to be in pictures XD and the finished shawl.

So that's it for February.
I really love seeing all of those moments back already =)

dinsdag 16 juni 2015

Around here...

yes I am still here!
I am so busy living life that I can not seem to find the time to write about it..

We had a lovely Kingsday on april 27. Browsing the fleamarktet in the (early) morining and having drinks in the sun with friends in the afternoon.

Bbq season is here!!! This burger... really.. it was fabulous! Many more to come this summer..

The Round Robin project has started. More on this later since I can't share any of the pages I'm making at the moment. But basically we all ( a group of 7 lovely ladies including me) bought an empty notebook. We all fill 12 spreads (so that is 24 pages) in each tohers notebook. and then send it to the next one.
In september we all get our own notebook back filled with the artwork of the other ladies.
I'm currently working on notebook no. 3 and love seeing what the other ladies have come up with. Can't wait to get my own notebook back!

For those of you who don't know me.. I am not a runner. Not build like one and certainly never felt the urge to run.
But earlier this year I got the all clear from my physical therapist ( not only that.. she made me take up excesise) and running was the best option. I started with audio-lessons from Evy ( all the dutch runners know her..)
But my body wasn't fully cooperating. So after some more physical therapy and new shoes I started back at lesson no.1.
As of now I'm at leson no. 8 (out of 26).
And.. hold on.. I really like it!

At the end of may we went on a small camping trip with friends. We usually go camping quite early in the year ( weather permittng) cause we just can't wait until summer. We get to check all our gear and it's a great excuse to have a small vacation.
We had a weekend filled with lots of fun, talk, campfires ( I finally figured out how to make the perfect smores) and all sorts of camping-fun.

With the nice weather also come longer walks with Abby. Well we try to. She isn't really a long walks kinda doggie. 

I have been spending lots of time in the garden. Soaking up te sun, doing some writing and reading and just hanging around..

Meet my new friend!
A few weeks ago I had the car for the day ( had to pick up N.'s birthdaypresent) and decided that I might as well pay a visit to the thrift-store. (woohoo for me since I really do not like driving)
In the electronics department I saw the ugly grey case wich I suspected might house a typewriter. After opening it and finding this I quickly did a small test on a scrap of paper to see if it was working. And then quickly snapped it up. The price? 4 euros.

Aside from all this lovelyness I have been doing some major catching up on my Project Life.
I finally finished all of my February (blush) spreads and will share them here soon. 

You see? Lots of things going on!
What are you up to lately?

woensdag 15 april 2015

I have been nominated......

... for the Leibster Award!
Thank you Fabienne from Snail mail Love.

So here we go!

The Rules 
1. Mention the person who nominated you on your own blog and link them.
2. Answer the 11 questions chosen by the person who nominated you
3. Nominate 5 to 11 more blogs you like who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create your 11 questions
5. Let your nominees know!

1* What is your Favorite and Least Favorite part of having a blog?
My favorite part would have to be the responses I get to a post. It's such a nice feeling when you hear that something I have worked hard on does something to someone.
The part I struggle with sometimes is the pressure to post regularly. Obviously that is something I pressure myself to do.
 But I always find it a shame when I really like a blog but the person only posts about once a year. I don't want to become that person. But combined with all my other obligations , writing a blogpost sometimes falls inbetween the cracks. And I can feel really guilty about that.

2* What are some of your sources of inspiration?
This is a tough one.. I love browsing Pintrest. For blog -inspiration I love reading other people's blogs. See what they are writing about.

3* If you where given $100 to spend on yourself , what would you buy first?
A new pair of runningshoes.
I started running a while back but had to stop due to the fact that my old shoes where making an existing foot-injury worse. So on the advice of my physical therapist I'm holding off on running until I have some new shoes.
And since money doesn't grow on trees I need to save up some money first.
For the record; I've always hated running.. until now. I actually miss it...

4*Do you have any guilty pleasures?
You mean aside form the small bowl of Doritos and the can of Monster I have here?
I think going to bed early would classify. I love that, when I'm home alone, I can just go to bed at 21.30 if I feel like it. Also, taking a nap. Fabulous!

5* What's your favorite word in a foreign language?
That has to be the German "wettervorhersage" It means "weatherforecast".
I've always liked it. 
** we used to watch a lot of german tv at home..

6* What's the story behind a random object in your room?
With a whole house filled with random objects .. what to choose?
Well we have a spray bottle on our diningroom table. You know, what you usually use to spray your plants with. We use ours to correct Abby. Since she is deaf we can't use verbal commands. And when she is naughty we spray her. These days just showing the bottle is enough warning. The rule is that she has to sit on her bed while we eat. And we use the spray to "enforce" it.

7* What is your most bought stationery intem?
It's a toss between notebooks and pens. 
I have a huge stack of unused notebooks. *blush* So at the moment I'm on a notebook-buying-ban.
Second most bought are pens. Nothing expensive; just random cute ballpoints and gellpens.

8* How do you take your tea/coffee?
Tea: just the tea please. Preferably some "weird" flavor
Coffee: either as strong as possible; black. Or with lots of milk and sugar. And at a coffeeshop I usually go for the most extravagant combination. Cause I can drink regular coffee at home.

9* Do you have any craft-related favorite books?
I'm not shure if it's craft-related but I love " Groots &Meeslepend Leven" from Lou Niestadt.
It is only in Dutch but talkes about how to make an ordinary life grand. And also about art-journaling. I went to one of her workshops last year and it inspired me to draw more in my journal. 

10* What's something about you that would be impossible to assume?
Ehm.. well.. I'm actually very much an open book.
Maybe the fact that I have 3 tattoo's?

11* Do you collect anything?
apart from craft-materials? ;)
I have a small selection of fountainpens.. and some on my whishlist still.
I also have a small collection of glass presse-papiers. But , aside going to Venice and buying some, they are hard to find. So the collection isn't growing very fast.
Other than that I am currently trying to own less "stuff".
So I am currently getting rid of lots of things I have been hanging on to for far too long and without a good reason.

Thank You Fabienne for all of these Lovely questions! 

Now I have to nominate a few blogs.
I nominate Petra from "de witte Lanteern", Gittepetit , Jessica from "The Paper Trail Diary", and Sara from "Sincerely Sara"

Excuse me if you do have more than 200 Followers and I nominated you. ;)

Your Questions are:
1. Why you choose this name for your Blog?
2. If you had a whole afternoon to yourself, to spend however you want without any obligations. What would you do?
3. What's in your bag at the moment?
4. What is your most treasured posession?
5. Is there someting you would still like to learn?
6. What would be your most ideal vacation?
7. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
8. Summer or Winter?
9. What do you miss most about being a child?
10. What is on your playlist right now?
11. Why did you start blogging?

I hope you all want to play along. But no hard feelings if you don't.
If you do play along; please leave a link in the comments below so I can read your awnsers.

If haven't ben tagged but still want to play along; go for it!

woensdag 1 april 2015

Where the "magic" happens..

but also where the bills are paid, paperwork is filed, ratties are loved and many more things take place..

Today I am taking you on a small tour of my craft room.
Which doubles as our home-office, book-room and rat-room.

In our old house my room literally was the boilerroom. It was a 1 bedroom appartment and the boilerroom was the only spare space for all on my crafty bits and pieces when I moved in with Nico.
When we bought this house I immediately claimed this room for my "junk" ** as Nico calles it.. lovingly... I think..

The bright mint color on the wall was a leftover from my apartment in Haarlem. I had my whole bathroom in this color. Almost all of the furniture also came with me from Haarlem.
The desk is made of 2 Ikea tables and gives me enough room for the laptop and printer.
As well as leaving me some room to work. And store some essentials on-hand.
The windowsil is covered with little knicknacks and rocks I've collected on our vacations.

Above the desk there are some narrow shevels ( again Ikea) to show of some prints, bits and pieces.
The cardrack (Hema) was a christmas gift 2 years ago. It mostly holds my most recent Postcrossing cards and some inspirational quotes.

On the opposite wall is the bookcase. Well 3 of them actually.
We both love reading and together have quite a number of books. However we both don't like how a stuffed bookcase looks in the livingroom. So the books ended up here.
I'm thinking about moving some books to the bookcase in the guestroom because it's getting very full in here. 
Aside from books there are my photoalbums, Nico's buisness paperwork, our pritavte paperwork, a collection of inks, my Project Life stuff and small bits and pieces.

The mint-colored trolley in front came from my parents house. They bought it ( at Ikea) when they first got married.. a long long time ago. My borther had it at his house for a while and when he moved it ended up in my mom's shed. So I claimed it and asked my father-in-law to paint it.
It houses my binding machine, some empty snailmail boxes, 2 boxes of stamps, the rat-carrier and other little rat-related bits and our printerpaper.

See? It is full of all sorts of stuff...

In the small nook behind the door we've put up some shelving
(which was quite a project and resulted in pieces falling out of the wall on the other side.. =( )
Stuffed on there is a wide varity of "stuff".
Mostly craft-related. Drawing and painting stuff, old journals, my sewing machine and typewriter, snail-mail stuff and a huge stack of "not-yet-used" notebooks. On the top shelf there is more paperwork and a pile of boxes from mobile phones and such.
Sometimes I get really overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I feel I need to keep. I've tried editing these shelves a few times but have not been succesful in getting rid of stuff...
Still working on that..

As said;this is also where the rats live. I bought this cage on Marktplaats ( a kind of Dutch Craigslist) when we moved here and I still love how practical it is. And the rats love all the space they have!
(I believe it's a "Critter Nation" and is also available as a 2-level cage). 

So this is my room.
It is the place whee I go to dabble a bit with this and that..

maandag 23 maart 2015


Almost exactly 7 yeas ago I bought my very first 2 rats.
We where at a flea market and there was a boy selling baby-rats.
They where just too cute and in the end we took two little ladies home. They were named Lavender and Rosemary

After that there quickly came another pair of rat-ladies to live with us; I spotted Rock all by herelf in a cage at the petshop.
Rats are group animals so I instantly decided to take her home.. Then the petshop-owner said he had another rat all alone.. So I took that one as well.. And so Arrow and Rock came to live together in a big cage right next to the cage where Lavender and Rosemary lived..

After Lavender, Rosemary and Rock had died there was just Arrow left.
I felt sad for her that she was all alone and decided to get her some new friends.
I knew Arrow was alread an old rattylady so I decided on getting 3 little rattie friends so that when Arrow died her new rattie friends would not also be alone.

So after some searching on the internet Shiva, Buddah and Kali came to live with us.
Arrow enjoyed her new rattyfriends for at least half a year before she died.

When Shiva, buddah and Kali had all passed away I thought I was done with having rats.
We had moved houses and in our new house the ratcage was located in my study.
So they didn't get as much attention as when we lived in our old house. Where the ratcage stood in the livingroom.. And I felt really guilty about that.

But the empty cage made me feel so sad. I missed having rats!
So I searched the internet and found 4 lovely litttle ratty boys that needed a home.
At first I didn't intend on having 4. But I couldn't just leave one.
So Thunder , Lightning, Rain and Drops all came to live with us.

And now.. now I am amidst a rat-crisis.
I had to have Lightning put to sleep because it seemed he had had a stroke or tumor in his brain. He was desorientated, had trouble with his motorskills and was in extreme discomfort.
But now, Thunder, his brother, is showing the exact same symptoms.
I have consulted with my vet, who is very good with rats, and there are several options, Ranging from a severe brain infection to a congenital defect.
We are aslo considering enviromental factors such as food and bedding..

I have him on strong antibiotics and special food but all I can really do is keep my fingers crossed.
I don't think I could bear losing another ratty so soon....

I love rats. They have such enormous personalities and are so much fun!
But I hate the way they get sick. Often very sudden and very serious.
Aside from Lavender  (who died in a dog-related accident) all of them had some sort of illness (mostly tumors) and had to be put to sleep.
I think that after this my ratty-days are really over...

April 1st Update:
Thunder left for the Rainbow Birdge yesterday. He was really trying so hard but he was losing weight and overall just not a happy ratty anymore.
So now there are 2 ratty misters left...

Rosemary & Lavender



Kali , Shiva and Budda

Budda & Shiva

Lightning and Thunder

Thunder and Rain

dinsdag 3 maart 2015

Banana Bread

I am not much of a baker.
I can follow instructions and it usually truns out ok but nothing spectacular.
Also I am just to lazy for it.
And all the bits and pieces you have to clean up afterwards.... *sigh*

a few weeks ago I noticed a recipe for Banana Bread in the Flow Weekly.
It looked so easy I wanted to give it a try.

It was fabulous!
Simple, not to many ingredients, I didn't have loads to wash up afterwards.

I put the loaf ( after having a few slices) in the freezer and have been eating it toasted with some peanutbutter all week.

So for all of you lazy bakers I'm sharing the recipe today =)

Lazy Banana Bread

200 gr. of whole weat flour
3 ripe bananas (mushed up)
2 eggs
100 ml milk
50 gr. raisins
1 sachet baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celcius
Combine all the ingredients.
Put the mix in a baking tin
Put it in the oven for 50 minutes.
And thats it!

Have it toasted with some peanutbutter, jam or whatever takes your fancy.

dinsdag 24 februari 2015

Project Life 2015; January

After dipping my toe into the whole Project Life thing last summer ( you can read about that HERE)
I'm going for it and doing this whole year.

To save on processing costs I'm having my pictures printed in monthly batches so I'm always a month behind with my lay-outs.
Today I'm sharing my January pages.

My frontpage: not quite shure of it but i'm sticking with it...

On the left: a quote from my flow daily quote calender.
On the right: week 1: reading in  bed, a thursday 3 and shopping in Amsterdam

 A close up of week 1.

 Week 2:
On the left: my tarot year spread, walking with Abby and studying

 The right side of week 2:
Another thursday 3, an afternoon at The Beiaard and a currently card.

Week 3:
All of my different notebooks and planners for this year, my one-line-a-day journal bed time routine, visiting the camingfair; abby wasn't allowed to walk around. The store ave had some problems with dogs peeing on tents in the past..  But in a shoppingcart she was able to come in. 

And the cowl my mom made me. And sent me by mail from Germany.

Week 4: We went on a small vacation: to a bungalowpark in Drenthe ( about a 2 hours drive away) I finally rememberd to snap a selfie during the trip. We travel a lot by car together ( we have friends and family all around Holland) and I always love those roadtrips. 

Our vacation mostly consisted of Nico reading , Abby napping in the most awkward positions and me crocheting.. Oh and swimming in the huge pool inside a tropical dome. No pictures of that though ;-)
I also attached a map of the bungalowpark.

More of week 4: another thursday 3 and some pictures of our walk around the forest in Emmen. The pile of rocks is called a "hunnebed"; and ancient gravehill. It was the first snow of the year for us and it was lovely. And Abby had a ball bouncing around and racing at full speed. 

 More week 4: It was a week filled with so much fun that I needed more pages. I added the map from our walk. And documented the snow we had. We don't have a lot of snow here so it's always a bit special. On our last night we went out to dinner and I had to make my own Mojito. That was quite fun. We also played some pool. I'm really not that good but it's always fun.

 Week 5: Back Home. Our monday consisted of packing up and going home. Best bit of coming home: finally having a latte again! In the mug I bought in Emmen. I also documented a bit of food this week: Chilli Con Carne and Chicken with Black Bean sauce and rice. 

 Week 5 part 2: Another thursday 3, a very cold morning on my way to work and we had a doggy-date with friends and their bullterriĆ«r; a nice walk and lunch at grandcafe Turf.

So that was January.
As I'm quite new to this it's a very steep learning curve.
I already learned I need to take more pictures and have more of them printed.
And I've learned that I'm quite capable of making some cards myself.
Also: I have way to much of the wrong stuff. And not enough of the right bits and pieces.

It will be nice to see my pages evolve over the year!

maandag 12 januari 2015

2015; my plans

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy 2015!
May you have the most fabulous year!

To make my own 2015 fabulous I'm keeping my intentions ( I prefer using "intentions" instead of "resolutions") simple. And the amout of "big projects" to a minimum.

On intentions;
Instead of having a huge list of thing I want to do I'm keeping my list short and do-able.
I find that the longer the list, the more items I will forget about. And that often leaves me bummed and frustrated about forgetting them.

On my list this year:

* finish my course in Human Resources.
I'm aiming to finsih it by July. The course itself is not really a difficult course. But I'm finding it hard to make enough time to study. I really need to make more of a effort...

* Find a job in HR
Because that's what I'm taking the course for!
My current contract as a domestic aid ends July 31st. And as I still need to pay my bills after that..
Also I am really in need of a job where I can use my brain.

* Stick to the budget
Money doesn't grow on trees ( at least; not to my knowledge).
I've been trying to live on a budget. I can tell you; it's hard!
But it is nescessary especially with my impending loss of work.

* keep the balance
I started a new-to-me kind of physical therapy in november and it is really working for me. I haven't been taking nearly as much painkillers lately (none at all actually) and I'm feeling full of energy. But this balance-thing is still hard for me. I've been falling off the wagon here and there, falling back into my old ways. Simply because when the pain and fatigue go you forget how bad it was..
I'm getting back into planning my day to keep me pain-free and full of energy!

Besides these main intentions I also have some "big projects" for 2015. I call them big projects because they will run troughout the year.

Big Project no1.  Finish a full year of Project life.
Besides documenting a full year of my life doing a project life for me also means I have to go and do something. I was reading this post by Caylee Grey about the lessons she learned in her second year of Project Life. She notes that it is very hard to document nothing. It seems so obvious but I never really thought about it.
And she is right. So I'm planning to make a real effort in undertaking things. Small trips, a workshop or 2, a day here and there. Not just for the sake of documenting. But because even though I love staying home and just be. I also love going out and see things.

I'm planning to have my photo's printed out once a month at HEMA to cut down on printing costs.
* Printing at home is not an option for me; it drives me crazy!
This does mean I'm almost a month behind at all times. But I'm keeping track of all my stories in my bullet-journal, regular journal and on Instagram so that won't be a problem.

Big Project no2. My One Line A Day journal
 I have always been a journaler but on a very irregualer basis. And thats okay with me.
But I find that I tend to focus of the special, positive or big events and skip daily things.
A while back I bought this one line a day journal and have had it on the shelves waiting for me to begin.
I kept putting it off. ..
But on January 1st I finally started. And so far ( 12 days..) have kept it up every day.
Hoping to keep it up for the next 5 years. Can't wait to see all of the entries..

And that's it for this year. Obviously I will do a lot of crocheting, snail-mailing, writing ,drawing and tons of things that catch my intrest.
But for now; these are my plans.

What are your plans, hopes and dreams for 2015?

vrijdag 9 januari 2015

still here..

I'm still here!!

I've fallen off the blogging wagon a bit lately (again).
I have lots of stories in my brain and have lots to say about everything but I'm having a hard time putting it all into words.

Please bear with me while I find my rythem again.
 I'll be back!!!