zaterdag 31 juli 2010
It is the last bag I made on my old machine. It more or less died on me the other day. And it started biting me (as in I sewed in my finger!), so I had to get a replacer. And boy oh boy did I get a fantastic machine. I treated myself to the Husqvarna Emerald 118. It is downstairs waiting for me to unpack and start sewing.
But, first I have to let you know how you can win the sunny purse of course.
1. Commenting on this blog gives you one entry. Anyone can do this. But don't just comment. Why don't you tell me your best memory of this summer up to now.
2. Blogging about this giveaway on your own blog gives you a second entry. Let Mr. Linky know your blogpost.
UPDATE: I have added a button for you to grab on the right side of this blog.
On August 15 I will announce the winner on this blog which I will select randomly by printing all entries and taking 1 out of the purse itself. .
Now if you'll excuse me, I will go embrace my new sewing machine. Have a great weekend everyone.
I entered this purse at Craft Schooling Sunday.
vrijdag 30 juli 2010
The shop is named King Louie and their home page says: " Retro and vintage styles for men and women in comfortable materials. "
It is a Dutch brand, but their website is also in English and...they ship all over the world! Even better..they have a sale going on at the moment.
Shop: King Louie
donderdag 29 juli 2010
I would love to go see it. Also because Hoorn should be a nice place to visit. But during the summer holidays it is packed, absolutely packed with (mostly German) tourists. So I will wait until the season is over and enjoy Hoorn on a more quiet day.
woensdag 28 juli 2010
First, the orange sewing box. My mom had it when I was a kid! Well, she had it until my sisters and I threw it out 3 years ago when we cleaned out her basement for her. My moms was totally wracked, but this baby is in perfect shape.
No worries, we bought our mom a brand new one back then.
Barbie. I was looking for a doll because my 3 year-old niece is playing with Barbie now. And I am sewing now. Do the math. But, I had no fitting doll to make Barbie clothes. And I asked her if I could take one of hers home, but her answer was short and in a sweet voice. "No!"
So, auntie Kim blinked her eyes and thought: I'll get one at the thrift store. But to find the exact same I used to have didn't cross my mind. Until I entered the play section of the thrift store. I had this Barbie doll when I was a kid!
It is the pink earrings that gave her away. And I remember she came in a neon green shiny legging. Oh how I loved that legging. On Barbie.
And what's with the flat dog? Well...guess what...I had that when I was a kid! Seriously. It was a pillow. I am sure I slobbered all over it. Not sure what happened to the dog-pillow. I forgot about it completely. But when I saw it I remembered it with a smile. And this one is brand new. Never slobbered on and 30 cents. Mine! All mine.
Last but not least, the oatmeal soap tin. No, did not have that as a child. Simply loved it and took it home with me for 10 cents.
dinsdag 27 juli 2010
2. Vintage threads stored in glass jars
4. 59 / 365
Easter Monday we started emptying our attic. When we bought our house 6 years ago, the attic was one of the reasons. Boyfriend wanted to have his own space to create music. Back in those days there were a lot of instruments involved, so a lot of space was needed. But we never got to doing anything with the attic. He just put his stuff in and used the room as it was for over 5 years.
Times change. His instrumental music changed to being a DJ and making music on the computer more. Still using live instruments but less. Another change being that I started my own business in teaching mandala courses and doing readings and healing for people.
So, 3 months ago a carpenter came. We took out a wall, put a new one in but creating more space, we had weeks and weeks of taking old wallpaper, floor and paint. Summer came, it became too hot to work on the attic. But then, last weekend, we did it. The attic is ready! We even went to IKEA and bought new desks. Because now, the attic is a working/creative space for the 2 of us. I am actually writing my first blog post from my new desk.
No pictures yet, it is not completely furnished. But - and this is where I get to the point I was trying to make - - finally - this mosaic is for inspiration for our new room where music and creativity come together.
Play along with flickr faves on Artmind.
maandag 26 juli 2010
The artist is John Pugh and he is a true master in a technique called Trompe-l'oeil. That's French for trick-of-the-eye. The Romans already used it to create viewing holes on walls to fake a garden behind it.
There are many more draw-dropping murals by John. Just go to this website and make sure you don' hurt your eyes by staring at your screen too close.
zaterdag 24 juli 2010
I never went to her website before, but it sure is worth it. She offers these bookplates for download. Cuteness all around. So print, color, have fun and a great weekend.
vrijdag 23 juli 2010
Shop: These are things. Home of the modern world map.
woensdag 21 juli 2010
As sewing is one of my hobbies now, I made her this bag for her birthday. Hope she will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Pattern: Shoulder bag tutorial by Tiny Happy (again, love how simple it is)
dinsdag 20 juli 2010
2. lets swing :)
3. napa valley
4. The Fun Zone
Want to see other peoples favorites? Join in on Artminds blog.
maandag 19 juli 2010
zondag 18 juli 2010
Lang lang geleden... Of toch niet? 7 Februari 2010 om precies te zijn zat ik voor het eerst achter een naaimachine en maakte ik dit hartje.
Eigenlijk was het per ongeluk. Ik spreek minstens 4x per jaar af met twee vriendinnen van de middelbare school. Dat doen we sinds we elkaar ongeveer 2 jaar geleden weer terug vonden dankzij het wereldwijde web. We proberen dan altijd iets leuks of creatiefs te gaan doen. Deze keer gingen we memo borden maken.
M. had haar naaimachine meegenomen en omdat ik al een poosje allerlei creatieve blogs volgde wilde ik weten hoe zo'n machine werkte en of het moeilijk was. Dus M. liet me van twee stukken hartvormig vilt dit hartje aan elkaar zetten. Mijn eerste naai creatie was een feit. En een nieuwe hobby was geboren. Maar wat te doen....ik had geen naaimachine!
Ik besloot voor maximaal 25 euro een tweedehands te zoeken zodat ik kon uitvinden of ik naaien echt leuk zou (blijven) vinden en of ik het zou kunnen. Op marktplaats kocht ik een niet-te-tillen naaimachine waar inmiddels niets, maar dan ook niets meer over te vinden is. Een P.M.C. Bowy. Ik denk dat hij wel 30 kg weegt en ik nam hem over van een mevrouw in een sjieke Amsterdamse straat in Zuid. Gelukkig met gebruiksaanwijzing. Twee weken geleden wilde ik voor het eerst zig zaggen en nu blijkt dat het vastzetten van de zig zag knop niet meer gaat, dus die hou ik met de hand vast en met de andere hand probeer ik de stof recht onder de naald door te laten gaan. Het is behelpen, maar gaat nu al ruim 5 maanden goed! Zo goed, dat ik voor mijn verjaardag een machine vraag die een treetje hoger staat dan deze geweldige bakelite bak.
Deze tas is mijn laatste creatie. Daar tussen oefende ik in speldenkussens, paspoorthoesjes, hoesjes voor notitieboekjes, vlaggenlijnen, simpele tassen. Alles in de afgelopen 5 maanden. Guess I am a self-made-woman. Het internet is een geweldige plek.
Maar, sinds twee weken volg ik naailes. Want nu wil ik het ultieme naaiwerk gaan doen: kleding. Patronen zagen er voor mij uit als hogere wiskunde! Nu hoop ik deze week mijn eerste rokje af te hebben en met trots aan jullie te kunnen tonen.
Met plezier geef ik het stokje door aan:
Liefgeval die inmiddels ook de hobby fotograferen passievol deelt.
Aan Ingrid die ook zo van vintage lapjes houdt. Zou ze ook naaien?
En tot slot aan naamgenoot Kim natuurlijk.
Wat je moet doen als je het stokje van mij hebt gekregen:
1. Schrijf een logje over de start en loopbaan van jouw passie (je kunt het hebben over: je eerste creatie, je (naai/stik)machine(s), de mijlpalen, je meesterstukken, je werkplek, tips en weetjes, enz.
2. Knip en plak dit stukje tekst en de afbeelding in jouw logje
3. geef het stokje door aan 3 of meer gepassioneerde personen en laat een berichtje achter op hun blog
4. laat een berichtje achter bij het eerste logje over hoe het begon met een link naar jouw verhaal. Hier: http://naaiclub.blogspot.com/2010/07/hoe-het-begon.html
Great magic tip if you ask me. Saves a lot of time and especially effort I think!
zaterdag 17 juli 2010
vrijdag 16 juli 2010
And by her complaining that she is not a very good cook. So, I made her a very Dutch apron. I had quite a lot of fun making it, already giggling over what her reaction might be.
I wrapped it up, and tonight I'll know what she thinks.
donderdag 15 juli 2010
I love it even more if vintage prettiness comes out. Look at this gorgeous gift! And it is not even my birthday. It felt like it a little though. "But Kim, what is it?" you may ask.
"A pot-holder of course." I reply. I never even knew they existed like this. You know when you cook spaghetti and you need to take the water out of the pan? I don' like to use a strainer. I like to hold my pan sideways with the lit on and slowly poor the water out. But my mom taught me to use a kitchen towel. And numerous times the towel gets soaking wet when I do that. This nifty old thingie will make sure that never ever happens again.
Ingrid has a blog I recently discovered. A beautiful blog I might add. And she recently bought a box full off crocheted pot-holders which she then started to give away to her readers. Just like that. Please go take a look at the fantastic pictures on her blog. Thanks Ingrid for your kindness. You made this girls day!
woensdag 14 juli 2010
Especially when they have a sale. Five for 35 euro...
I wish they had them like this back when I actually was a teenager. Oh well, still works for me at forever 29!
dinsdag 13 juli 2010
This week I choose the surprising theme 'refreshment'. My goodness it was HOT in the Netherlands the past week. Today it finally cooled down a bit.
Share your flickr favorites with Artmind as well.
zondag 11 juli 2010
dinsdag 6 juli 2010
1. Jumping for Joy!,
2. Life Is What You Make It,
3. the little things in life are what make you happy...,
4. Living Life to the Fullest
Life is what you make it, so start living it to the fullest.
This week I am joining Artmind in building a mosaic around my favorite quote. I mixed two quotes to make it my own. Life is what you make it, so start living it to the fullest.
There are things going on around me that show me that there is no such thing as control. Although I would love to think that certainty exists, I see around me that it does not. And in a way that is a good thing! It is a learning project for me though. Let go, trust.
zaterdag 3 juli 2010
No wait, 8 hours to make and 2 hours to correct my mistakes and put the zipper in as an extra. What can I say. Still a beginner in sewing.
But she's worth it. What a great bag to use this summer! The fabric is 'Full Bloom' by Amy Butler. The inside dark pink fabric is from a huge pile of plain fabrics I purchased from a lady in town who was moving to New Zealand for a year. A big fat stash for 15 euro only!
Want to make your own Tatanne bag? Find the free pdf pattern on 'the sister of' blog. And here's the instruction I used to put the zipper in.
donderdag 1 juli 2010
These 2 paintings were hanging in one of our hotels and I just loved them! The artist was not mentioned. Are they Picasso? No idea. But the colors and the shapes, gorgeous! Photo quality is less, but my DSLR camera was not around at that time.