Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Autumn break is over and we are looking back on a splendid week in London! What a great city! It was our first visit, so we behaved like real tourists with a Lonely Packet in our hand and saw all the highlights of the city and a few more things, like Pimlico Road Market and Notting Hill. As you probably know I am a teacher of English, so it was a must to see all the famous places. That made us having less time for visiting the non-touristic parts in town. So, we have to go back and visit the nice little shops and markets, finding vintage things and great shops another time. But lucky me, we had time left for shopping at Cath Kidston and I have bought a beautiful polka dot school bag!
Of course we have taken many pictures. I'd like to share a few with you to give you an impression.

For my students I made a short video to show them the well known places. 

Well, that's it for today! Hopefully I can visit your blogs as soon as possible, but it is a bit busy at the moment.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Challenge Judith/Gerdine #6

First, thank you for all your lovely comments on my previous post about the hot-air-balloon-mobile. A couple of hours after posting it we heard that a little nephew was born. We presented the mobile that evening and our brother and sister in law were very happy with it!

Today the last card of the second round for challenging each other with a specific paper line. I challenged Judith and myself for this post to use a bingo card of Simple Stories's Summer Fresh. Judith told me a bit of the papers she has used, so I could use them as well. This is the result:

Judith and I really enjoyed these challenges. And who knows, maybe a follow up will come? 
Do you like to know which card Judith made? Hop over to her blog

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hot air balloons mobile

A few posts ago I gave you a preview of a project I was working at. Yesterday I finished the project and I like to show you some more pictures. It was a bit hard to take pictures as I don't have a good spot to hang up the mobile. So I used our lamp as a standard!

Now we have to wait for the birth of the new owner of this mobile. By the way, you can find the pattern and tutorial on 'Craftiness is not optional'. This blog is really worth visiting! I bought felt at the website of De Viltwinkel. Good quality and the felt is sold with matching embroidery floss. Perfect!

 Do you see the monkey on the picture above? It is a so called sock monkey. I didn't know the story about this monkey until I made a quilt as a baby present for the eldest child of our brother- and sister-in- law. I asked my sister in law to look for a pattern and fabric she liked and she came up with a fabric line of Moda with the monkeys. I made this quilt: (I know the quality of the pictures could be better, but the pictures are taken long time ago...)

When we visited the USA I saw this monkey in a quiltshop and I had to buy it! After finishing this quilt I had a few leftovers and when they expected their second child I made a bag for toys.

Their third child will get the mobile and the colours of the monkey fabric inspired me for choosing the felt. 
So, this project has been finished! On time! Let's start a new project. Maybe it is time for some cards?!

Thank you for hopping by!