Three times a charme

My eldest daughter M is 13 now! Yesterday she had her birthday during schoolcamp; the best birthday ever, she assured me today.

She is such an animal lover! That's why she got two kittens today, one for her and one for her sister. Kittens that didn't agree with my initial present idea to make a bag for M with the kittens inside.

Last week M was that enthousiastic about this bag, that I decided to make another one for her. She might be kind of young for a leather bag like this, but on the other hand she will be going to secondary school after summer and she's no more a little kid!
This bag is a sum of the bags I made before. I learn each time and now I'm satisfied with the result. There was no more left of the beautiful cotton straps I bought in Paris and that you saw before, so these leather straps came in. Ordinary glue was a secret friend this time.



My sweet niece Maartje has turned grown-up, she's 18 years old now. This weekend we attended her party. On Saturday there was no time left to shop for a present. On those moments I more often end up behind the sewing machine. No time left to design as well, so here's a variation on this bag. This bag carrying a bottle of white wine made her happy!

The bag appeared to be way too high. I cut about 8 cm from the top - with handles already sewn - and then used this cut off part on the inside of the bag as a facing. 
All together it can be approved, and might be approved soon in another try. I have to take a look at my leather stock first.

Leather is such a rewarding material to work with. To cut it is like cutting butter. I love to experiment and eventually change plans during the trip. No problem. Let's see where I will end up next time.


Tiny contribution

Yesterday we had the annual Lentemarkt in school, a great summer feast with all happy people around. M and her class organised the so-called tea garden, of which the proceeds go to their final camp. All parents were asked to bake at least 4 pies. I never baked and consumed that much pie in one day before! We had the last piece of apple pie for desert this evening.

For L's class we made a little stall where kids could buy little self made things for 20 cents. These colorful bow ties were my contribution.

Of course L was allowed to have the first choice. Today she wore it in her hair. Thanks Kristel, for your inspiration!


One day of a fox's life

What to tell? This day was just great! See the preparations in the former post.


Being a?

This weekend preparations for Carnival are in full swing. Is it clear what L is going to be?

After this we closed the back of the head as well.

Now we only have to paint it today. L, I think we are a super team! Please come back to see the final result.



Both my girls needed a toiletry bag for a long time already to replace the too small ones they used. Finally in Christmas holidays these Petit Pan sisters were made.

Bottom and inside from oilcloth, size large enough for the far future. Based on this fine tutorial.

The light one is for my youngest L; it's a part of her birthday present a few weeks ago. Yes, of course the rest will be shown soon as well.

Already preparing for Carnival...


There's a new shop in town

Highly recommended, our new shop in Rotterdam: Flying Tiger. A mixture between Hema, Ikea and dreadful Action (sorry, Action lovers, I'm not joining), in a Scandinavian style. Last week I spent about an hour strolling along nice goodies for €1, €2 or €3,--. Go girls or visit online. They change the collection all the time, so always a reason to visit! My first buys:
1. magnetic letters 2. nice size drinking glasses  3. labyrinth money box (great to get it opened!)  4. hair accessories  5. elastic and nylon thread  6. tape, tape and velours ribbon  7. postcards  8. sticky notes  9. printed linen bag
Are you a fan too?


Into science

Our youngest is having her 8th birthday in a few days. This week she mentioned nonchalant: 'oh, in two years I will be ten.' Ten! We were quite shocked. Our little one!
Together we made invitations for her kids party next week, based on the invented theme of this year: doing cool science tricks. We were inspired by this beautiful and great booklet, one of her Sinterklaas presents.

The drawings and the crafting she did herself. And F's heart already blossoms. Together with L he's choosing and preparing the tricks.
(Don't worry, she won't invite 10 kids. She always makes invitations for us as well.)



This year I loved to keep on reading your blogs, dear co-bloggers. You worked so hard to get everything posted. My compliments for your drive and enormous creativity!
The amount of posts on this blog is apparently about constant. This is what I can and need to do next to my job. My job has been really busy this year, and this blog is the compensation at home. Thank you for leaving sweet words in 2013. Hopefully you like to come back in 2014 as well. 

Wishing you all the best!



Thanks Nele, to allow me to copy paste your beautiful teenager sweater! I learned to use a new jersey stitch and loved it! And I changed it a bit into a dress.

The challenge of this project was to get it out of the available fabric. I bought it at MondaysMilk (check out their new Nani Iro's!) and since there was only 1,7 m left, did it take me one evening puzzling. The inside of the pockets ended up in a different fabric.

My daughter is very happy with her comfi sweater and still is after wearing it to school, where some of her classmates reacted with: 'did you forget to take off your pyjamas?' I'm so superproud that she doesn't care about it! Yes, we can learn from our children!
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