Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another leather project

With another piece of leather I made a sleeve for the papers that I have to carry when driving my car. Again it's from an upholstery sample - this time with different stitchings as a showpiece.


At JLLeatherSupplies on Etsy I found a strap of leather in the color of one of the yarns to tie around and close the sleeve.


With what was left of the strap I had enough to make a double leather bracelet for myself.


Quite nice. If I may say so :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

For a birthday bulldog kind of guy

With hardly any obligations and a few birthdays coming up I have spent a great crafty weekend. I won't show everything I made now, but I do want to share this little coin purse.


I recently bought the softies pattern book Knuffels om te naaien (originally Doudous a coudre by the French magazine Marie Claire Idéees) and we already had fun making softies from it.


My cousin who's having his birthday soon is a real bulldog kind of guy. He already made the softie, but I couldn't think of any other animal that suits him better. To give him some money as a present I turned the head into this wallet.


I love the book and making this coin purse was really good fun.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sewing with leather

Ever since I have my sewing machine I've been wanting to try to sew with leather. When I got hold of a leather sample for furniture upholstery, I finally did. After 31 years :)


It was a little piece just enough for this pencil pouch. In stead of using pins I glued, let it dry and then sewed it together. It worked out well and I'm really proud and fond of it.


With the remains I cut and glued a little bracelet with a popper button. Too small for me unfortunately - I love the color.


My daughter loves it. It's sturdy and soft at the same time and looking good.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Royal encounter with Dutch design

'Royal Showpieces, a royal encounter with Dutch design’ is one of the current exhibitions at royal palace Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn. In five historic interiors the taste of past royals is shown next to contemporary Dutch design.


The palace itself is amazing. It´s so large, with many large and small rooms all decorated with beautiful items. Look at the texture of the fabric of this canopy bed for example.


Below you see two dresses by Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau. The one in the front has an endless amount of tiny grey beads and was worn by queen Máxima.





Amongst all the grandeur we enjoyed the many beautiful, large arrangements of fresh flowers. After visiting the exhibition and another one on 'Grace Kelly, princess & style icon' we strolled through the palace gardens and park.


It was a lovely day.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Garden miracle

This is a sidestep from crafting and apart from planting a seed there's nothing handmade about it, but I want to share my beautiful artichoke with you.


I've never tasted fresh artichoke yet and I was planning to cook and eat it, but how can I do that to something so beautiful.


I may let the large one bloom and try the small one in the kitchen...


I'll think about it. First I want to enjoy the colors and growth.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Celebrate the Etsy 2014 Craft Party

On June 6th Etsy is celebrating her fifth annual worldwide Craft Party. People will gather to craft and meet in many places around the globe. For the first time there's a party in Deventer too and of course I'm going. Would you like to come too? You can still join here.


Theme of the party this year is Recapture - bring new meaning to your photographs. All participants will bring photo's, crafting material and something to eat or drink and together we'll have a crafty afternoon. I'm excited to see what will be made and already gave it a try.


On Flickr you can see photos of previous Etsy Craft Parties. And here is some great inspiration for this years party. Hope you'll join the fun in Deventer or wherever you are.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Great beginners book on modern quilting

Yesterday was mother's day and I am very lucky to have a daughter who loves to celebrate. She gave me a beautiful 'haviksoog', a sort of tiger's eye stone, and this wonderful quilt book.


It's by Malka Dubrawsky and its original title is Fresh quilting. It's colorful, it's modern and is contains relatively easy projects.


Except for a playmat years ago I haven't really quilted before and I love the look of modern quilting. I seriously want to give it a try and it's good that this book takes you through the first steps and onwards. And it leaves plenty of freedom.


Great for busting my stash of bits and pieces of fabric that I find hard to throw away :)