Month: June 2011

A man in a matchbox, a cockroach and Annie M.G. Schmidt

Try to imagine this: Evening time, calm and quiet, soft light and you and your beloved partner sitting together and sewing a cockroach costume …yes yes the beauty of parenting…:-) Last Friday my daughter’s class celebrated the end of Annie M.G. Schmidt theme (the most loved and wonderful children’s writer in Holland).The kids could dress up to one of the characters in her books. Of course, Romi chose the most challenging character “Zaza” the cute cockroach…. Why choose otherwise?… ūüėČ So we cut, sewed and ironed the cutest cockroach costume we could come up with and what a great success it was…:-) And another project – one that I had initiated myself (just couldn’t resist) was making of “Wiplala” – (Wiplala is a tiny little man who can do magic) Romi drew him, and together we made his matchbox bed. It took me back to one of my favorite books as a child “The little man” by Erich Kastner…So many nights I use to dream about him… Try to imagine this: Evening time, calm and …

One of the best ways to celebrate summer

  “Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing”.¬† Jerome K. Jerom “Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog)” Would it be just perfect to celebrate the first week of summer sailing in our best summer sailing outfits while reading this fabulous book…? Yes of course it would be a nice, only bit more summer weather around here please! From the top: Boat toy from lauri, Rainbow Springs, Florida ‚ÄĒ 1961, Sailor Stripes and Tulips from Flickr, Mobile of small Nordic Viking Boats, vintage boy outfit , Folk Art Oil Tanker and Folk Art Oil Tanker Model (both last links via:

Win admiration in five simple steps

Win the admiration of your child classmate mothers in five simple steps: 1.¬† Make an appointment in the weekend with your child classmate. Better with more than one child (in ordered to maximize the admiration factor). 2.¬† Make sure that it’s going to be the cloudiest, stormy, rainy day of the week, and you are at stuck at home with a few six years old girls and a baby. 3.¬† After pulling hairs, sit and read all mails you never look at on regular days. 4. Find the¬† golden newsletter, you normally don’t look at: cooking workshop for children with super title: “Yakki vegetables: carrot” (Getverderrie Groente: de Wortel)¬† taking place in a children book shop (!) in your neighborhood. 5. After all been finished, sit at home and enjoy the admiration of the (lovely) mothers…;-) and this three little mouses Romi made for dinner …:-)

It’s all about Beginner’s luck & a giveaway

  Wikipedia: Beginner’s luck :” refers to the supposed phenomenon of novices experiencing disproportionate frequency of success or succeeding against an expert in a given activity.” Tell me, what are the odds to win two times within a few days, “give away” from two my favorite artists? Well, the answer is simple: my beginner’s luck…:-) I participated only three times ever for “give away”, first at kickcan and conkers (no luck ;-)), then Jess Quinn and third and last at Eye-snacks…;-) Well, let me share these beautiful gifts I got. The first to arrive was from the super talented Jane Quinn. Thank you Jane for your beautiful gift :- ) The second one was from the most gifted Ingrid a.k.a. eye-snacks.blogspot. Thank you Ingrid for your beautiful gift (and for your letter…:-)   These are from Ingrid:   Last, little cube-of-sugar-song from defiantly one of my “all times” favorites. Have a happy weekend:

The Makers Project

Beautiful project by Jennifer Causey, fea­tures The Makers project Рthe story behind the poeple of hand­made goods from Brooklyn N.Y. Her photos presenting their work place and the inspi­ra­tion behind each product. Artists, crafter, coffees makers and more. If you can, take your time and look at every story of her project, her photos are a true inspiration.