Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The one with the hamsa bracelet DIY

Last sunday I wanted to make some quick and easy armcandy for summer. I've been eyeing pretty hamsa beads over at Atelier Luna for a while now and finally figured out what to do with them. This project is pretty easy, not time consuming at all, and very inexpensive (one bracelet costs about 1 euro) to make. I guess (and hope) the pictures are pretty much self explanatory. The hardest thing about this DIY was actually finding out how it's 'ingredients' are named in English. Of some of them, I don't even know their official Dutch names. Like the crimp covers, it took me about an hour of research to discover that a crimp cover, is named a crimp cover. Enough writing, let's do some crafting!

For one bracelet you'll need:
  • 1 eyepin
  • 1 crimp cover
  • 2 x 25 centimeters of elastic cord
  • 1 hamsa bead
  • 1 tiny bead to fit inside the hamsa
  • 2 pliers

Stick the pin in the hamsa and add the bead before sticking all the way through

use your pliers to make an eye on the other side of the pin as well

Attach one of the pieces of cord on one side

Do the same on the other side with the second piece of cord

Measure around your wrist and make a double knot

trim excess cord and cover the knots with the aforementioned crimp cover

Have you got a DIY project to share? Please scribble down the link in the comments, I'd love to see it. Or maybe a tasty recipe you tried out? DIY-ing always makes me hungry and I love a good recipe!

Monday, April 28, 2014

The one with King's Day

Last friday I wrote a bit about King's Day, that was celebrated last saturday. I skipped the flea market this year and I didn't feel like going to any of the party's. Together with my mom, I did a bit of shopping, we walked around town, had breakfast, and did some people watching from my balcony (enjoying a tompouce). It's tradition to wear orange, but because I don't have anything orange in my wardrobe, I decided to rock some orange nails for the occassion. We also watched some of the festivities on the television. I think the queen looked gorgeous. How was your weekend?

Friday, April 25, 2014

The one with the things I liked this week (64)

getting some vitamins

to compensate these.....

working on a new DIY project

a gorgeous rose and thrift finds: a kitschy souvenir from Greece and a postcard booklet from Versailles

This guy

Waiting for dinner on Easter sunday (which was cheese fondue)

New Dutch stamps, I don't really like orchids, but I do like how colourful these are

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a lady over at Reader's Digest, asking me if they could use my sharpie plate DIY on their website. Yes please! It got featured with 5 other lovely DIY projects, that are 'unique and easy ideas' for Mother's Day gifts. Woo and hoo!

Tomorrow we'll be celebrating King's Day over here in the Netherlands. We celebrate the King's birthday, which is actually a day later, but because that's a sunday, it will be celebrated the day before. This national holiday includes concerts, flea markets, partying and wearing orange. It's tradition that the King visits two different cities on his birthday. What will you be doing this weekend? Hope you'll have fun!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The one with more doors (2)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about doors. I was more than happy to have found out that I am not the only one who is fascinated with doors and the sense of mystery that comes along with them. Some of these might not be the prettiest doors, but something about them caught my eye. Like a rusty fence, a lace curtain or the pretty cherubs living above it. My favourite is the last one: tall, darkish and handsome! Which one is yours? 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The one with the things I liked this week (63)

Random photo's from last week, including birthday mail and birthday food. We had Indian food on my b'day, which I love. I like the many choices in vegetarian food and I am a big fan of dishes with cilantro, and the lentil soup the restaurant serves is delicious. This dinner made up for a big part of my birthday blues! Lots of easter goodies were spotted, and chocolate eggs have been eaten this week. The collection of bunnies was found at my favourite flower shop. Other than that, cloudy blue skies and aliens!

One more thing, I came across this video, over at Allisons blog. It's a short documentary about Dave Lefner, who is a Los Angeles linocut artist. I think it's pretty amazing and definitely worth watching.  Hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The one with a sunday walk

After all the birthday festivities (which mostly consisted of eating lots of food), I promised myself to take a big walk on sunday. These are some random photo's of things I spotted that sunny morning. I got all excited when I ran into a 'new' Wally, more Wally's are here and here. 



I wasn't the only one taking an early morning walk :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

The one with the things I liked this week (62)

Gorgeous Russian stamps.

I didn't really feel like visiting the thriftshop, but on those days I usually find the best treasures. Like yesterday.

My aunt found this box of old carbon paper. I love the design of the packaging. 

A happy looking pedestrian.

And another happy looking guy

Today is my birthday. I do like parties and get-togethers with friends. My birthday though, not so much. I guess I feel like I should have accomplished more since the last one. Am I the only one who struggles with the birthday blues? On the other hand, an important part of most birthdays is food. And I happen to like food! A lot. There's birthday cake waiting in the fridge, tonight I'll meet up with friends to have Indian food, and my aunt invited me for dinner tomorrow evening. On sunday I might need to take a very big walk....

I hope you'll have a fabulous weekend!