Sunday, 23 December 2007

Merry Christmas

Thanks everybody for checking in. It's almost Christmas and I've been busy with all sorts of Christmas things. We've had friends over for dinner and in the Art department, I've been busy making all the swap ornaments, making snowglobes for all kids' classmates (they were such a huge succes last year and since we're in a new school...) and last but not least making our annual greeting.

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Click on picture to see the animated version.

P.S. You can click on the pictures on the wall, if the right one doesn't work, please retry. It's worthwhile to see

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

London

Yesterday I went to London and met up with Nancy. We saw so many nice things, I don't know where to start or what to show. I've put all pictures on Flickr, so anyone interested in all details of my London trip can see them there. I'll post my favorite photos

This little cake carrying elph
decoration at Fortnum & Mason
I love these santas
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Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations at Fortnum & Mason
Just look at the candy
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At Fortnum & Mason they had the best Windowdisplay. Unfortunatly there is some glare on them, but in all the windows they had displayed the song "the Twelve days of Christmas".
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In Liberty I fell in love with the wallpaper they used where they have the cards
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I splurged on Liberty fabrics. Four pieces of 30cm (12") each. That was the smallest they allowed.
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I hope you enjoyed my London trip with me.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Nice friend

Today Nancy from Belgium came to visit me. We know each other from way back when we were both in University and were able to stay in Leeds for 9 months, thanks to the Erasmus program which enables students to do parts of their studies in another European country. That is where I fell in love with afternoon teas. Nancy makes these beautiful jewellery
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and I was so lucky to receive this gorgeous necklace. I love it soooooooooooo much. Thank you Nancy!
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She's in the London area for 10 days, so tomorrow we're meeting up again to see bits of london. Of course I'll keep you posted on what we'll see tomorrow.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

tagged

I was tagged by wonderful Marnie to name 5 facts about myself, some random, some weird. I'll let you chose whether you find them random or weird.

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i - my brother once said "there isn't anything Shin doesn't collect". It's true, there are a lot of things I like having and I start a collection. Only after a little bit I start thinking what to do with it all and stop collecting more. Yet I don't throw them out, so I have a lot of little collection of everything. The only collection I never tire of is my bookcollection, hence the picture, which is really only a very small part of my bookcollection.

ii - One day when the kids are all grown, I want to try Leonardo's sleeping rhythm, which I think was sleeping for 20 minutes, stay awake 4 hours, all day long, every day. You can get a lot done with all those extra hours of awakeness.

iii - I'm the exception to the rule, that a bi- or multilingual person is said to be able to pick up additional languages more easily than others. Even though my Dutch, English are in the range of very good an very fluent and my Korean is quite reasonable (this is what you get with Korean parents, who move to the Netherlands when you're one and your parents get by by using English), I've never managed to master any other language, even though they (German, French, old Greek and Latin) were offered to me when I was younger.

iv - I like having a skull in the living room. Not a real one, but one for drawing purposes. I've had a few weird looks from people from this unless it's near Halloween time. Funnily enough though children seem to think it cool regardless the time of year.

v - One day A Mermaid's Tale popped in my head to use as my website's name. I could hardly sleep that night, wondering whether it was still available as a website's name or not. The funny thing is that I don't even like swimming. So one day I'll write a book about a mermaid who can't swim. :)

I'm supposed to tag 5 new, but I'm not so good at that, partly because on pure mathmatics, chains would cover everybody with a blog within no time at all. So instead I'll give one two three four five of my favorite bloglinks

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Saint Nic

Last year I posted a picture about how the Dutch celebrate Saint Nic. He always arrives in the country around this time of year from Spain by steamboat and the kids are allowed to put their shoe in front of the fireplace and they get something. Anything ranging from chocolate letters (their first initial) to pepernoten. Our oldest two are in the age that they loooooooooooooove the celebration. So tonight was the first time they were allowed to put their shoe in front of the fireplace. Tomorrow they will find their initial in chocolate and a book. These are the drawings they made for Saint Nic this year.

The girl
My daughter of seven

The boy
My son of five (his skills have improved so much over the last year, both of them make me so proud)

The pictures are a bit crumpled because the youngest of almost 18 months walked away with them (he makes me so proud too!)

Oh and I managed to place my designs on Etsy

Saturday, 17 November 2007

... and another

I didn't think I'f finish this one tonight, but I did. So here is my third. I'm trying to get them in my etsy shop (which is empty right now) for tomorrow.

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Another card

Another Christmas design which I posted in the Moo group

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Friday, 16 November 2007

Holiday card

It's always so nice to brows around and see someone has read your blog. And before I forget, dear Constance and SomePinkFlowers, I haven't forgotten about these, but since I never managed to make them in time for Halloween, I thought you wouldn't mind if they got delayed a bit. I'm trying to get all the Christmassy things out on time for Christmas.

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Like my intention to participate in this competition, which I finally did with this card. I'm making a few more and I'll post them on etsy. It might be a bit on the late side, but better late than never.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Busy times

Main priority in my life is to keep everybody in our family happy. The three kidlings come first. Then comes the basic necessities of keeping a household going like cooking (which I actually enjoy a lot) making sure everybody can wear clean clothes etc. etc. After that I have time left to do anything creative. Right now my list of todo things is getting big. I think I'm no different than many of you when Christmas time is nearing. Of course I had to sign up for this
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I'm really looking forward to this and I have a few ideas roaming my head. We'll see what they end up like.

My dear SIL got her PhD yesterday and I was working all last week on three collages. A triptych of her two daughters and her mother who passed away some time ago. I managed to take a glimpse of a corner of one of the collages, but then was so busy that I had them all wrapped up before I could take a picture of the finished three frames.

And after not having blogged a while, it makes me want to write about a lot of things. I'll pick just a few, because I still have so many things to do. One is that sweet Elsa posted one of my personal favorites as well. Then she also mentioned she used to have a Holly Hobby lunchbox. I still have mine, which I actually never used because when I grew up in the Netherlands, you'd get an hour to get back home and have lunch there, so a lunchbox was never needed. But I loved it and used it to carry all kinds of things in around. I loved Constance's post here.
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Saturday, 10 November 2007

fluffy goodness

Today I received some wonderful fluffy goodness, Felicia gave out on the halloween party. It is wonderful and claimed by my son, who started playing with it immediatly. He asked if he could take it with him to school. Now that is a compliment. Thank you Felicia, we're enjoying your vampire rabbit a lot.

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I also wanted to share some autumn goodness. Everybody seemed to be drawn to this tree, as was I, and I made a Hockneyish collage.

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Monday, 5 November 2007

Calendar

I always used to use my diary for any appointments, but lately I've found that I don't look at it often enough to remind me of the things I need to do. So I hope a Calendar permanently in sight will help me keep on track better. I've decided to go for one of those make your own. I ended up with the one Apple makes. It is the only one I could find that makes the picture go all the way to the end without a border. I am very happy with it and especially like how the cover turned this picture.
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Initially I thought it needed some cropping, but I don't like cropping pictures and hardly ever do. By placing it on the template, it balanced the whole picture out and it doesn't need any cropping. Things like this make me happy

Oh, and I also like the spirals on top (this is just the preview, I still need to recieve the actual item).

Thursday, 1 November 2007

crafts

First of all THANKS to all who came over and talked to me during the party. I had a wonderful time and hope there will be one again next year hosted by the wonderful Constance, Gilian and Lisa.

Book week has closed, so I'm late with this entry. Still I wanted to post it. I have quite a few Japanese craftbooks, and they seem to be much discussed already by other wonderful bloggers. I have the advantage of having a husband who studied Japanese and can read proficiently. I don't ask him to translate the instructions. I hardly ever follow instructions anyway. But he is very handy to have next to me when I want to order from a Japanese site, even though Amazon.co.jp has most of it's site in English too. This one I haven't seen yet (I'm sure it's out there) is what seems to be more a magazine than book.
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It has lots of yummy images
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Wouldn't you want to have a studio like this

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great ideas for one of these, which I bought when we were still in the US here

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I love this dancing pair

Another country with lovely craftbooks, especially crossstitch is France
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I fell in love with the cover of this book

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a little ladybug alphabet

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with butterflies

And this one has pretty little motifs
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with koi fish

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and pretty monograms, which I tried to make for a second sail for a gift. This was just before we went to the Netherlands, but I had to abort this second sail and settle for a single sail ship, because I ran out of time

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Haloween fun

Joining the Halloween party as mermaid witch. The youngest has been somewhat restless, so I will be doing my craft books tomorrow
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Monday, 29 October 2007

I'm back

We came back late last night from a wonderful time in the Netherlands. Our main reason to go was that our very good friends had their son baptised.
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After the church we went to Humphrey's to celebrate and this cafe/pub is absolutely gorgeous. I'll post more pictures of this magical place later this week

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We also visited Blijdorp, a zoo which is 150 years old. This Zoo has a nice personal story, which I'll tell in more detail also another day

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Pretending to be bulls

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The beach

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baking cookies at Tante Welmoet's home

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This was in Naturalis, where you can see my little son's shadow on the wall

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Visiting Opa in Veere, which is one of the oldest places in the Netherlands to be granted cityrights, but has hardly changed in size in more than 750 years, so in my estimation must be one of the smallest cities in the world

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Nice walks with Opa

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Seeing wonderfully Kitsch Postcards

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encounter with a cow

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Now on a different note, I just caught up with a few of my favorite blogs and read onAbby try again that there is a wonderful bookreview week going on. I love books and though a bit late, I'll join today with two of my favorite art books.

Rik Wouters, a Belgian painter.
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August Macke known for his gorgeous watercolors.
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Both painters I like for their use of colour

I'll be back tomorrow with my favorite craft books

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Art of Blogging

I'm wondering after my last post got two reactions, whether a) my blog really doesn't get read that much, b) people do read it but don't like what I make. I know I'm not the best with words, so perhaps not the best person to keep up a blog. Anyway I'll give it one more chance after reading this post. So now with much pleasure I'll make something, but the question is who will want to receive it and take the challenge to put the same challenge on their blog. Because the condition of the challenge is the following

"I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Pay It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog."


Sounds like fun to me. Another fun thing to do is going on holiday. We're off to the Netherlands for a week, so that means no blogging for me during that time. I'll be returning with much anticipation, to see who (if anybody) has signed up for the challenge). I should be back in time for the Halloween party

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All snailmail is always welcome


Oh and not to forget, since darling Constance and Sparkling SomePinkFlowers left their lovely comment, both will get a pair of my halloweenies. Mail me your addy and I hope they make it in time before the 31st!
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