Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cuffed with Birds

For my daughters birthday, which we celebrated in the weekend of easter, I made these birds. Since I couldn't decide on which fabric i should take i just made like a lot of them.

A draw full of birds, in total i had 38 birds and i couldn't find a place for all of them to be honest. Some of them are still in this same draw, i probably will find them a good home somewhere.

I noticed that I like to make embriodery. The only thing was that I knew my boyfriend wouldn't like it to have embroidery hanging in our house displayed like 'paintings'. So I had to think for a another goal for this. I've this book from Friedamaria Vive Le Fete. Its a lovely book full of inspiration and much more. I love to look in it. I didn't make anything yet from it but its just a delight to look through it. They had an idea to make napkin/cuffs from old sweaters.

So I used my embriodery to make a cuff bracelet. I searched on for more ideas and saw some lovely made fabric cuffs.

I've rather small wrists. I'm so happy with my new bracelet/cuff! It fits just right and its nice to carry something with me that I made myself.

Monday, April 13, 2009


The dinnertable ready for the guests to arrive. I made three different pies so there was enough choice for everyone. We had a chocolate-cake, carrot-cake and a coconut-berrycake. The last one I never made before but turned out very well. My mothers family is from Indonesian herritage and I remember we always had some coconut pies with (birthday) parties. The flavour kind of remembered me of that. I'll make this pie more often now I think. I forgot to make photo's of all the food I made!

There off cours were also ham with pineapple, easter meat loaf, two salads, a salmon dish, bread and tortilla chips with home made guacamole. I noticed that the meat loaf was a bit strange for some people and it didn't look very tasty although it was delicious if I might say. It was an easter meat loaf because there were eggs inside it. The ham on the contrary went fast and I didn't have any piece of it, it was gone before I could even look at it.

Although it was B's birthday S also got something new. I found it time for her to get a real desk, the little Ikea table she had started to annoy me. She moved it around, B was standing next to it so S never could play on it without getting be disturbed by her little sister. So we couldn't put her lego castle on it 'cause I was too afraid B would put something in her mouth and swallow it. I also really wanted a shelf for the girls to display there books, there toys or anything else above there table. My boyfriend refused to put a shelf on the wall, holes in his house aren't a good combination.

This table really solved all my problems. Their is a shelf, even a schoolboard to draw on! My little girl can't (yet) move it around and the other little girl can't (yet) stand next to it and grab things from the desk, yet. S sits on top of her desk to play with her castle. She puts parts of her castle on her shelf and again back on the desk. Its really fun to look at her playing like that.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Project Running

I know it has been quite a while but I've been busy making these:

In Dutch there stands "Huray Bryndís" its for my youngest daughter who will turn 1 on thursday already! I feel a little bit sad about it thinking this would probably be the last baby in our house. Its hard saying goodbye to those wonderful baby-years. I'll really miss it. Often I hear people saying that they prefer toddlers or more older children even. And I for one was never that baby loving or even children loving if I may add. But since I have my own children I honestly can say there is nothing in the world more special than (your own) children. They are the joy of my life, the once I stand up for in the middle of the night, for whom else would you do that with such love and care? As they grow up and their own little personality starts to devolpe and grow its really fun and special to be a main part of their existince in the world. It something quite wonderous to be a witness of that proces they go through such close by. Everybody who is a parent would have the same feeling, that it is something to cherish.

I'll miss carrying a baby in my arms, cuddle with the thick arms and legs, blow in their bellies so they will giggle out loud and their thoothless mouth will open and their baby eyes will shine. I'll miss that little hand searching for a piece of my sweater, pants or anything else to hold so they can stand, lean or just seek comfort with. I'll miss those first kisses that aren't really kisses but more an open mouth and a wet tongue in search for something to nibble on. I'll miss all these careless babystuf, that you just can comfort them by picking them up and rock them, walk them around, cuddle their little body.

Now the 'real' problems are starting to come. How to deal with this big wide world? How to walk on the sidewalk, the challenge of the play-yard and how to speak to strangers?

So, while sewing these flags I had a lot in my mind. Of course I'm happy she is turning one and she is in such good health and such a joyfull girl she is. I'm very proud of my little girl. But as a mother I wish I could be forever a one, three or even a ten month old-baby-mommy.