Friday, February 28, 2014

The one with the things I liked this week (56)

Last weekend my friend Roos came over for a visit. She lives in Leeuwarden, which is 2,5 hours away by train so we don't get to see eachother very often. I picked her up at the trainstation and we had a walk. On our walk we bumped into a piece of art I've never noticed before. It consists of two poles with one ear each. It's just two minutes away from home, so I wonder what else is right there under my nose. After doing some research, I discovered that there are 8 of these poles throughout the city. Between 1974 and 1987 the city asked several artists to make a pole. This one was one of the last to be added to the collection and it was made by Dutch sculptor Jerome Symons. I also found a wall this week that had an encounter with someone who has a singing heart. Other than that I walked home through the park after work one day, where signs of spring are showing and new friends were made.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The one with the tea tin magnet DIY

When I joined Pinterest over two years ago (and had no idea how much time this site would cost me), tea tins-turned into fridge magnets was one of my first pins. On a recent visit to the thrift shop I found an old rusty tea tin, for only 15 cents. It was love at first sight and I immediately knew what I was going to do with it! It's pretty easy peasy to make, so I'm not quite sure if I am allowed to call this project a DIY. The pictures are pretty much self explanatory. I used the lid too by glueing a stack of cardboard paper in it. With it's sweet little teapot illustration, it was too good to throw away!

Here's what I've used:
  • vintage tin (and lid)
  • magnet that's sticky on one side
  • glue
  • scissors
  • washi tape
  • cardboard

Are you in the mood for some more DIY-fun? Check out the linky party below!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The one with all the graffiti

Back in december me and my friend Lieke took our bikes and went on a little expedition to the newly opened bridge. Other than that, we also paid a visit to an old factory, where I've been wanting to go for a long time. It's located at a bit of an abandoned part of town, and I didn't dare to go all by myself. I'm not that big of a scaredy-cat, but it might be a good idea to stay away from shows like Criminal Minds and CSI for a while. Ofcourse, there were no scary men (or women) to be seen, and we did find some awesome graffiti, for which the old factory is known. There are more photo's but I'll save those for another post.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The one with the things I liked this week (55)

One of my goals for this week was to make some new brooches. I must have summer on my mind, because I ended up with an icecream cone. Our local 'gelateria' will open again next month and it would be great if the first scoops of icecream will be accompanied by sunrays. My mom got me a beautiful rose as a surprise after work. Talking about work, on my way to work I always see this black and red eyed dude, but I've never taken the time to get of my bike and take a picture of him, until last saturday. As you might know I love sending and receiving old fashioned mail* and this card and gorgeous stamp are from Vatican City. Lots of time this week was spent watching the Olympics. The last photo is actually my Christmas washi tree. Or what's left of it. I've also made some changes to the lay out of this blog. It's not yet what I have in mind (I blame Blogger, but it just might as well be my computer skills), but it's slowly getting there where I want it to go. What have you been up to this week?  

* Are you a postcard lover too? If you'd like to do a mail exchange, drop me a line at

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The one with Olympic links


Photo's of the Olympics' openings ceremony

This is what Sochi looked like in the first half of the twentieth century

Worst bobsled team EVER

The Dutch King and Queen at the Olympics

Likeable figure skating frocks
  NYFW Designers' gold medals


Monday, February 17, 2014

The one with the couscous and pumpkin

What you'll need (lunch for four):
  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 3 tablespoons of roasted pinenuts
  • half a cup of plumped raisins
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 3 big hands of fresh spinach
  • half a pumpkin
  • 6 big tablespoons of fetacheese, in cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

What you'll need to do:
Start by making the couscous as said on the package. Stir fry the pumpkin for a couple of minutes in the olive oil and add the vegetable stock. Let it simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the pumpkin is quite soft. Take this of the fire and while it's still warm, add the spinach and stir with a wooden spoon. When the vegetables have cooled down a bit, add the couscous, together with the feta cheese, pinenuts and raisins.

We ate this dish lukewarm, but it can be eaten cold too. Enjoy!

Friday, February 14, 2014

The one with the things I liked this week (part 54)

Pretty lights

Mad for plaid

You and I and nature

I couldn't resist these

Even longer days!

Homemade tomato-pepper-carrot soup

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The one with the confetti envelop

Another Valentine's DIY? Yes, another Valentine's DIY! You might think I am some sort of crazy Valentine's aficionado. Truth is, I think you can tell the special people in your life 365 days a year that they are loved, I don't need a special do for that! But, I did have some leftover confetti from last week's garland DIY. I used them to spice up some envelopes, which were inspired by a very cute and colourful confetti envelop tutorial by Vivid Please.

What you'll need:
  • envelops
  • a pencil
  • (heartshaped) confetti
  • scissors
  • transparant contactpaper (the one that's sticky on one side)

What you'll need to do:

Draw the outline of the envelop on the contactpaper (you don't need to 
trace the whole envelop, just below the bottow flap).

Cut the paper inside the lines (a couple of milimeters), so it will end up 
a bit smaller than your envelop. Test if it fits your envelop, before removing 
the protective paper.

Add the confetti, but leave some of the contactpaper (especially the edges) 
without confetti, or else it won't stick to your envelop.

Insert the confetti covered contact paper into the envelop.


Has there been some Valentine-themed crafting going on at your home? If so, 
I'd love to see what you've been up to, feel free to share a link in the comments!