Saturday, July 19, 2014

The gift of time

Wednesday was the first day of summer vacation
here in Luxembourg. 

We get up at 6.30 every morning on normal school days, so we really like to sleep a little longer in summer. 
I woke up at 10. When I came downstairs, 
the kids told me to get back into bed, because they
had prepared a surprise for me. 

The paper is a gift certificate for two hours of their time. 
I love the gift of time. 

I can use it to read a book, or listen to an audio book, 
or take a nap....whatever I want, without interruption. 
They are so sweet.

Holland is mourning.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Welcome to my little studio! 
I'm linking up with Karen (My Desert Cottage) today.


The room is full of old stuff gathered over numerous years.
When I bought the cabinets and the mannequins they still had reasonable prices. The embroideries were all made by my aunt 50 years ago. 

 This is the table where I sit when I'm writing my blog posts.

^  A Bolga basket from Ghana.

^ I love love love dress forms.

 ^ Pin cushion from Holland.

^ An old English cutlery box.

 ^ Shoe lasts with high heels.

^ I love to use old drawers (this one is from Belgium) to organize my craft supplies.

^ My favorite cabinet and some of my hat stands.

^ I have four of these crates. 
They come from an old German factory
that used to make shoe lasts. 

We found most of the glass jars in my late 
mother-in-law's attic.

^  An old olive basket (bought in Germany - it probably comes from Italy or France).

Love these cabinets (bought in Holland) because
of the upper part glass doors.

^ I use antique Dutch glass lid cookie jars to 
organize my stamps.

One side of my studio has two floor to ceiling glass
doors, they used to be the terrace doors before we 
renovated the house. 
They are really great because I can see
who is killing who what's happening in the living room.

Thanks so much for visiting!
You can find my earlier "WBC" posts, here:
Hope to see you again!

Friday, July 11, 2014


She doesn't want me to touch her hair anymore.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Want to know what's behind that door of my studio?

Come and visit me next Saturday! 
Where? Here!

Click here to visit Karen's blog.

Friday, July 4, 2014


The first picnic of the summer...

...fresh bread and French cheese... the garden...

...under the apple trees.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My great-grandfather

I cannot believe that this painting by my 
great-grandfather was auctioned in Holland in March
and I missed out on it.

Jan Visser jr. (1856-1938) 

So sad!

Friday, June 27, 2014

{this moment}

Linking up with Soulemama today.

A Friday ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing
a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Cherry picking in a neighbour's garden.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Berry picking II

Red currants.
Tons of red currants.

This is an old fruit press. 
My husband remembers his grandmother 
and mother using it to make red currant 



The result!

We are tired but it is a wonderful feeling
to see all those filled glasses.