Monday, June 29, 2015

The one with DaWanda finds + sale

Hand printed wallet by AIYshop

Plate by Gretas Schwester

Postcard by Renna Deluxe

Lace necklace by Loukippi

Wooden candle holder by Enna Shop

This week there is a sale going on at many DaWanda shops. I am offering a 20% discount on everything! In case you're looking for a a gift, or if you want to treat yourself, click here to go to the shop.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (123)

Seen this one many times, but never taken the time to photograph this wall

 The hydrangea on my balcony

More from the balcony, my very first raspberry!

And more vitamins

Vintage cars keep popping up, like this one

Have a fun weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The one with the clipboard

The upside of summer not showing itself, is that all the extra time indoors can be spend on working on new DIY projects. Don't misunderstand, I am waiting for summer to show itself. And I am looking forward to sipping on cold drinks, wearing shorts, and getting some reading done on my balcony. But until then, I'll wait, (not so) patiently inside, making stuff!
Lots of the interior photos on Pinterest that I like, happen to have clipboards in them. A lovely way of displaying pretty photo's and images (this illustration was in Flow Magazine), it's easypeasy to change what you want on display. And making it is easypeasy too! I came across a paper bag, that had a lovely starsign pattern on the inside, that I used for this little project.

What you'll need:
  • cardboard (I used two pieces, to make the clipboard extra sturdy)
  • pretty paper
  • metal clip
  • washi tape
  • glue
  • utility knife
  • cutting mat
  • transparant contact paper (the kind that is sticky on one side)

Start by cutting the paper the same size as the cardboard paper,
I made one for the front, as well as one for the back

Now comes the tricky part: place the pretty paper on either side of the cardboard and cover this up with the contact paper. Cut away the edges.

Stick the tape to the edges of the clipboard.

Fold over

Glue the clip to the board. Turned out I had the wrong kind of glue, but a small piece of tape in between the clip and the board did the trick. 

And done!

More DIY's can be found over here. Have you been making things lately? Please feel free to share your link in the comments below. I love seeing what you've been up to lately.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (122)

Walking in this part of town always makes me feel like I'm on vacation

Meeting with Mandy to have our favourite summer drink 
(Moscato, lime, mint, and lots of ice)

Enjoying the rare bit of sunshine we had this week out on my balcony

Getting some DIY-ing done, more next week!

Not the prettiest of pictures, but a rainbow visited my livingroom this week :-)

Hope you're having a great saturday and sunday. I need to get some work done first, 
and after that I will be celebrating the weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2015

The one with some music for your monday

OWS - Waterline

Bleachers & Sia - Like a river runs

Nate Ruess & Beck - What this world is coming to

Last weekend I had a little Call the Midwife marathon, and one of the episodes had this wonderfully, cheery song in it. Normally I am not a big fan of period dramas, but this one really got me hooked! I have one more episode left, which probably will be watched after work, and I hope Netflix will have the fourth season available soon. Are you a fan of the English nuns and nurses?

Alma Cogan - Never do a tango with an eskimo

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (121)

It's been a colourful week, with signs of summer (although this morning, it was raining cats and dogs). I hope you are having a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The one with a Swedish lunch

Just last week I wrote about my sort-of-new-years-resolution that was trying out more new things, and saying 'yes' more often. When these two come together with food and friends, I'm a happy camper. My friend L. suggested having a drink at this new place, named Fika. They just opened their doors in my hometown Nijmegen. 


'Fika' is a concept in Swedish culture, and the peeps over at Wikipedia are much better at explaining what it is, so here's where you can read more about it. We met last saturday for drinks. Coming straight from work, I could use a bite too! By the by, this is not a sponsored post. I thought it might be fun to show you a bit more about my hometown (besides doors and streetart). You know, just in case you ever get to visit.

Both of us opted for the 'sweet Fika', which consists of a pot of tea of your choice, cheesecake with fresh strawberries and blackberries, a cinnamon roll, and whipped cream. There are also lots of savoury goodies. I am sure we will go again and try some of those!


You can find Fika in Nijmegen, Van Broeckhuysenstraat 5.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The one with anagrams, avocados and artsy Instagram photos


This is the country where people are the happiest with the way they look

Pretty bus stops in Belarus

How to improve your memory skills

Famous paintings, inserted in Instagram photos

Seventeen ways to eat an avocado

DIY cactus crafts

I love the quirky art prints by Gemma Correll

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (120)

Receiving mail from Diane, which came with this super-duper pineapple stamp!

Windowshopping and seeing these vases

Running into this guy on my way to work
definitely made having to get up early on a saturday morning more fun!

 Being a member of team dessert at this months cooking club
(strawberries marinated in lemon juice and sugar, yoghurt with
whipped cream and a basil dressing)

My favourite course was the one with seabass, asparagus and beurre blanc

Going on a city walk with the business club I'm a member of, and discovering this door

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The one with the MuseumMarket

Back in April I received a phonecall all the way from Berlin, if I wanted to join DaWanda at the MuseumMarket on May 17th in Amsterdam. I've never attended a market as a seller, despite encouraging words from friends, telling me that my products would fit in well and that I should give it a shot. 

Reasons not to:
  • What if no one would stop over at my booth? I had visions of myself sitting on a folding chair all day long, feeling miserable.
  • What if no one likes the things I make? 
  • I am a big 'ol introvert and pretty awkward, so getting out there is not my cup of tea. At all. 

Reasons to do give it a go this time:
  • I don't really do New Years resolutions, but two of the things on my sort-of-resolution-list this year are: saying 'yes' more often, and trying out new things.
  • My friend Eefje wanted to come with me. It's great to try out new things, and facing things that scare you with a good friend. At least we would have fun!
  • DaWanda could arrange a bit of a discount (you know us Dutchies, we like our discounts!) on the booth, and they would take care of the social media part of the market. 
  • The whole thing would take place in Amsterdam, that's on the other side of the country. The only person I know in Amsterdam is friend Nardje (Hi, Nardje!), and making a fool of yourself surrounded by people you don't know, sounds a lot better than doing so in a place where you are likely to run into people you actually know, right? 
  • Never try, never know. Thanks Lieke ;-)

On our way! It was a last minute decision to do take some stools. We were traveling by train, so we couldn't take as much as we could have if we traveled by car. Most of saturday night was spent making a nifty little construction that would enable us to take them along. 

Everything's set up, Eefje snatched us up some coffee, and we are ready!
 I love those fabric packages Eefje made

 I've known Eefje since we were 6, but I don't have many pictures of us together, 
so I like having this one!

 The I Amsterdam sign, with the famous Rijksmuseum in the background

DaWanda's booth

Well how did it go? Great! I had a wonderful time, and was very happy I decided to go. I even want to go again during summer. We had loads of fun, and even made quite some sales. Especially the bags and postcards were a hit. It was pretty busy all day long!

Things I would do differently next time: 
  • I expected things to go slow, but from the moment we started unpacking, people were coming over, asking questions and even making purchases already. I thought things would be slow, so I took pen and paper to make pricetags right there on the spot. Next time I would type and laminate them in advance, so I could use them from the getgo.
  • Take an extra tablecloth for the front of the booth, so people wouldn't be able to see the mess going on underneath the table
  • Take some more bags, some of them sold pretty fast, and I think I may have been able to sell more of those.  
Last but not least, to those of you who commented on the post friday before the market, those comments meant a lot to me. And thanks for all of the useful tips!