Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The one with King's Day (2015)

Last week, on monday, we celebrated King's Day in the Netherlands. The King's birthday is april 27th and is a national holiday. Each year a different city is hosting a party that's attended by the King and his family. Festivities throughout the whole country include flea markets and concerts. Most people dress up in orange (our national colour) and lots of us eat 'tompoucen'. Previous King's Day posts are here and here.

After skipping the flea market last year, I decided to go again this year, who knows what kind of treasuries where waiting to be discovered! I woke up pretty early (for a holiday), filled my pockets with small change, took my camera and wheeled off to the park. Treasuries? Not so much. Entertaining? Yes! 

Loved these big metal letters

The annual flea market is the perfect place to get rid of collections that were
coveted in the past, like these eggholders

 and these cars

 I even spotted some streetart!

 I ended up with a vintage childrens' bible (for the pretty and colourful illustrations) 
and an old enamel coffee cup, that might end up as a pencil holder, or a plant pot.

And I regretted not buying this puzzle with super cool drawings

 After the flea market I had lunch with granny and mom, who both like cheese as much as I do!

And after lunch I watched the festivities visited by the King and his family. Doesn't the Queen look gorgeous? Her cape is supposedly by Zara, I love the fact that she doesn't exclusively wear designer clothes.

 Fun in the park, don't we look just like the King and Queen?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (115)

This pretty little building, how about those the wooden shutters?

I love sneakers

This awesome car. Vintage cars seem to be everywhere these last couple of weeks.

 Listening to old fashioned vinyl records being played on a get together on thursday evening

And enjoying a cherry beer and lentil soup on friday afternoon, after work

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The one with beads and clothespins

The last DIY that appeared on this blog, was over three months ago. I think a new one might be in order by now! With these longer days, I feel more like actually doing things, opposed to those days in winter, that are mostly spend in couch potato mode. So prepare for more DIY posts! I love sending and receiving mail. The newest ones get displayed somewhere around the house, and I thought it was time for a little project involving mail. 

What I've used:

  • 40 wooden beads (1 centimeter)
  • 4 wooden clothes pins
  • 75 centimeters of baker's twine 

Start with laying out your beads and clothespins, to see how they'll end up (especially if you are using beads in different sizes or different colours). I decided they worked best for me with 5 beads, a clothespin, 10 beads, a clothespin, 10 beads, a clothespin, 10 beads, a clothespin and ending with 5 beads again. 

Make a loop by making a double knot on one end of the twine, as pictured

Start beading away! 

The edge of the twine can be hidden in the first bead

End the same way you started, by making a loop

Et voila!

I was on a roll, and made a couple of these puppies. Have you made something cool lately? Please feel free to share a link in the comments below. More DIY's can be found over here.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (114)

 colourful flowers

 my bike and its shadow

 this lovely building

 seeing this red guy on a bike ride

 Celebrating the birthdays of my aunt and uncle, this was what was on my plate

 Next door to the restaurant where we celebrated their birthdays, was this lovely looking place

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The one with all the paint swatches

After four years of living in my apartment, a change of colours may be in order. The walls that are in need of a change are in the living room, and in the kitchen. Besides the curtains (picture number two), there isn't a lot of colour going on in my living room, so basically, any colour goes along with it. My kitchen is mostly white, so anything goes here as well. The swatch at the top right, is a metallic gold. I've never used metallics before, and I am curious about how a whole wall would look, my concern is that it might be too shiny. Painting is not something I'm particular fond of, so I do want to pick the right colour right away. The gold may be a big miss, but on the other hand, what if it's a big winner? Sometimes you need to talk some risks in life, but I don't know if those risks should involve paint! I am horrible at making decisions, so I'm in need of a bit of help. Do you have one or two favourites? Do you have any colourful walls around the house, or are you more of a neutrals fan?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The one with links to like

The journey of a couture dress

I borrowed this one from Diana's blog, this is how Tim Gunn spends his sundays

Texts from dogs, I think these are hilarious! 

Playgrounds around the world

Classic album covers in Google street view

How about a cute floral notebook?

This weekend, I'll be making this

Monday, April 20, 2015

The one with the things I liked this week (113)

Seen on a sunny bikeride 

Thursday fries-date with friend E. 

Preparing an order of 15 totebags, they're on their way to England right now!

A surprise visit from Mandy at work, she got me this book filled with Karl Lagerfeld quotes, and homemade banana bread, that we enjoyed in the sun 

Cute tiles over at Atelier Luna

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