Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas stuff

 An oldie made over twenty years ago.

A summer holiday find.

My dutch Merry christmas.

Have a wonderful christmas and a fantastic start in


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas stuff

Gifts for us?

 Shells decorating the tree.

A danish traditional.

Have a lovely time in the kitchen.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas stuff

 Mr. Owl sharing his wisdom.

Ideas flying in.

Enjoy yourself.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas stuff

This week is filled with handmade christmas ornaments.

Today three pieces I received in a swap a couple of years back.

Mr. Trold and I wish you good luck with your christmas preparations.


Friday, December 11, 2009

From my two puffles

Today I have some paintings from my boys which they made at school and I really liked because of the colors they used.

Are they extremely talented? No, still I'm very proud of them and their work.

Thank you all for stopping by this week, leaving the inspiring comments and making me a  part of your life. Next week will be a projectweek again with the title House or Home.

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll hope to see you monday.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vintage embroidery

Today some pictures I took of my embroidery books. I have a small collection of craftbooks and most projects are not for me, still I can learn from the craftwomenship and draw inspiration from them.

This picture above is from a book published in 1980, bought this book at our local thriftshop because of this project. This hassock is made with pieces of felt which are embroidered. How many symbols could I incorporate do you think? 

Here a detailed picture.

This is a picture of a wall hanging from a dutch book, dated 1973. Fell in love with this piece because of the various techniques that are used and hoped one day I could make a piece like this.

Have a lovely day where the past and your envisioned future will bring you today.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Think !!!

Some of you already know that I was and still am totally blown away by the spoons of Cathy made with the paper maché technique. At the moment I saw them, all these months ago, I found a moment of total clarity (Thanks Julie). Every piece you read each day has an effect on your being and therefore it is, to me, very important to be aware of this process.

So as you know me, I have been writing a lot about it in my journals and last summer this idea came up. I made a number of cards with lessons I learned while making Soul Food, I knitted around a strawberry carton and together with the chopsticks I can eat carefully. Now something really funny happened the other day, I found this in my mailbox. A very big smile turned up on my face and a joy in my heart as you can imagine.

Have a great day filled with the things you love.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sketch Chains to the past

Today I have another sketch for you which I made while I was working on Worlds, it is called chains to the past.

At the moment I am very busy making gifts, which I cannot show you for obvious reasons. So this is a short post today but I hope to see you tomorrow. Have planned something really nice.

Have a great day.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Social imprisonment

Today I have a drawing for you from my journal. It is one of the thoughts I had while I was working on the book Worlds. Never realized before so intensely how many rules there are written and unwritten to make this society function. In the drawing you can see the rules men get from women, women get from men and how that ties the possibility of free movement.

Another week has come and gone. I'm working really hard to finish the give-away presents and hopefully next week I can sent two of them home. Thanks for stopping by this week and all the lovely comments and emails. This week I  compared them to christmas presents, each present is fantastic, thank you for all the love you sent me.

Have a great weekend filled with creativity and a burst of laughter.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book of Worlds VIII

World of rock music

Today the page were this whole idea came from, the last page of the book. There are many more worlds, like the world of the poor or rich, the world of fashion, the world of politics, the world of the movies, the world of the future, the blogosphere, etc.. Each world has it's own unwritten rules. It is like the aunt of Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice said: "We moved in very different circles."

The last page of the book means also the last song of Bryan Adams, for now. The song today is the song that got me on the path of my new musical love, it is called:  Have you ever loved a woman? Again a live version, just love live versions more than special made videos.

Now one last view on the book of Worlds before I leave you to travel again on your own in your own world. The book is now put together and is totally finished.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Book of Worlds VII

World of marketing

The Bryan Adams song today is called It's only love.

Enjoy your day!!!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Book of World VI

World of time

The song for today is called This time of Bryan Adams of course.

Have a lovely day.


Book of Worlds V

The world of the new praying

This week I continue with songs of Bryan Adams since I'm still working on the book of Worlds. The song for today is called Heaven.

Have a heavenly start of the week.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Book of Worlds IV

World of craftmenship

Next week I will finish this book. For now I give you one last Bryan Adams-song, I choose Everything I do, a live version.

Have a great weekend filled with creativity and fun.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Book of Worlds III

World of sport

The globe I made for the world of sport is special to me. Some of you already know that I like taekwondo a lot, here is an older post where you can read about it.

The Bryan Adams song for today is Brothers under the sun.

Have fun today and I'll see you tomorrow.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book of Worlds II

World of Nature

The song of Bryan Adams for today is called Here I am. A lovely song without a visual interesting video, I hope that there will be a live version in the future.

Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Book of Worlds I

World of Industry

The song for today of Bryan Adams is called C'mon everybody, an old rock & roll song. Just to put a smile on your face and start the day right.

Have a fantastic day.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Book of Worlds

The idea for my next project I got last summer when I found the magazines Classic Rock, Kerrang, Guitar and Q in a thrift-shop. While reading them I realized in what a totally different world these musicians live in. Since I am in the mood to create another book I have been thinking about this subject. My conclusion is that almost every profession has it's own set of rules. I know, it isn't a big revelation, on the other hand it is an explanation why a lot of people stick to one profession. It takes a lot of trial and error if you want to shift to a totally different line of work. Not only do you need to learn a new trade but it takes awhile before you are aware about the unwritten rules of it.

For this project I use totally different materials than I'm used to. I chose woollen thread, jute and leather, in a way to create the same experience as if I'm learning a new trade.

The photo below shows the title page.

Since finishing Soul Food, which felt kind of sad, I needed some different music to shift my mood. Had no idea but than I stumbled upon Bryan Adams and I have to admit my heart of music has fallen in love. Before I just knew one song of him, The summer of 69, that isn't much when you realize the man made 16 albums over the last 32 years. So to express this new found love I decided to post each day of this project a song of Bryan. This is the first one with the Who and it is called Behind blue eyes.

Have a wonderful monday.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Soul Food (part 80)

Well it is no secret that music is VERY important to me. So that is why I decided to make a short list of artists that kept me company the last few months.
Why do I like music? I like music for their lyrics, for their guitars, for the voices I hear, for the emotions expressed, for the joy the artists seem to have on stage, for the memories who are attached to them, for helping me through the turbulations of life, for the comfort and the joy. for helping me travelling home, I just have to love music, my life depends on it.

Andy and friends Stand by me
BB King and friends Rock me baby
BB King Key to the highway
Bee Gees Massachusetts
Bee Gees I started a joke

Bonjovi I got the girl
Bonjovi Stick to your guns
Bruce Springsteen The River
Chris van Loan Going nowhere fast
Danny O'Flaherty Angels in twilight

Deep Purple Smoke on the water
Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers We got the night
Don Henley Heart of the matter
Eagles Learn to be still
Eagles Get over it

Elvis Presley In the getto
Gary Moore Need your love
Gavin DeGraw We belong together
Herman's Hermits No milk today
Kenny Rogers I can't unlove you

Meatloaf I would do anything for you
Meatloaf For crying out loud
Quinn Sulivan with Buddy Guy a jam
Richard Sambora Undiscovered Soul
Richard Sambora Ballad of Youth

Roy Orbinson Crying
Scott MacKenzie San Francisco
Silhuethes Guitar talk
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge over troubled water
Stevie Ray Vaughn Empty arms

Susan Boyle Wild Horses
Ten Sharp You
Ten years after with Alvin Lee Bluest blues
Ten years after with Alvin Lee Outside my window
Whitney Houston All the man I need

Well 35 songs will have to do for now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have done and please feel free to share your own favorites, give me something new, something special, a gift from your heart.

One last addition, one more song that is the summary for Soul Food. Thank you for keeping me company while I am travelling home.

Have a fabulous thursday.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Soul Food (part 79)

Today it is time to say: Thank you.

The first person I want to thank is Jim Houser, without his inspiration this project would never have seen daylight. Here you can read an old interview and see some of his work. If you have trouble to find something to put on your christmas list than I recommand you put Babel on it. This book is really fantastic, you can read about it here.

But I also want to thank all the people who came by and left a message.

And of course a huge thank you to my family and all the people who are stopping by everyday without leaving a message. Thank you so much for being part of this journey.

Have a fabulous day.

PS. Yesterday I made two huge typingerrors: species & spicies should have been spices. Sorry.

Soul Food (part 78)

Soul Food is about all that life has in store for me and all I have in store to give.

Soul Food is like a long letter which is never sent.

Soul Food is about finding peace.

Soul Food is about my love for taekwondo.

Soul Food is about the spices of life.

Let me tell you one last Soul Food mystery. For weeks I have been thinking about what makes life special. Each time the answer was relationships. Each relationship is different, each person brings something special yet to be noticed. Although feeling strongly about it, how was I to symbolize this special feeling.

Until I read this post at Domestic Sensualists I had no idea. But when I saw the tray of spices I couldn't have been more happy. I found my symbol. Relationships are the spices of life. If you look closely to the symbol you can see that the small circles are embroidered in two different ways. The one in the center has both these stitches and make together a circle. There are two explanations for this.

In the first one the large circle is life in general, the small circles are random people, the circle in the middle is person you with whom you connect.

The second explanation of this symbol is that the large circle is a relationship between two people. The small circles are the different talents and habits each person brings to this relationship. The circle in the middle is their deepest connection, the moment they join their love and strenght for one another.

So thanks again Julie for your help to find the best symbols.

Wish you all a lovely day filled with your spices.


Soul Food (part 77)

Soul food is about change.

Soul Food is about picking up the pieces.

Soul Food is about combining life's lessons, craftmanship and perseverance.

Soul Food is about love in all its forms and all its varieties.

Soul Food is about realizing what the end of the rainbow is giving me.

Soul Food set me in an upward movement.

Soul Food made me realize I am ready to take the next flight.

As you all know this is the final week of Soul Food. I'm very excited (couldn't sleep last night) about this week and all the stuff I want to share with you. To make it just as excited for you I decided to do a give-away. What do you have to do? Just leave a comment this week and tell me about your favorite symbol. I will make an object, haven't decided yet what it wil be, with the symbol you choose. If you have a symbol of your own, share it with me and I will try to do my best to make it. If you have more than one, just let me know. Next monday I will announce the winner, who than has to be patient because I still have to make the present.

This is all for today. I hope to see you tomorrow again. Have a fabulous start of your week.