Sunday, July 15, 2018

The first brocante this year

The brocante in Arlon, Belgium, starts the
 first Sunday in March, but in July was the
 first one we actually could go to (or it rained). 
We found some little treasures.

The buckets will be used as planters.

I have 100 ideas what to do with this wooden box
 (but a cat bed was not one of them)

And two French enamel signs. 

Brocantes are the best!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Yankee Candle cabinet

I found a nice, small, old, glass door kitchen cabinet
 in the Netherlands for my candles. 
It holds all the Yankee Candles I own and as
 soon as there is no more space left in my cabinet,
 it's time to stop shopping and start burning :)

When the kids bring home their friends,
 they usually start smelling my candles.

Friday, May 25, 2018


I love peonies...

...and so did my great-grandfather!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My daughter's new room

After 25 years it was time to sand and reseal
 the wooden floor in my daughter's room and
 then paint the walls. We brought all her stuff
 to the room downstairs for the time being. 
But having done that we were surprised by 
how much easier bedtime became, just because
 they were not sleeping on the same floor anymore.
 It was the best idea ever! 
So we decided that she is going to stay
 downstairs and the room upstairs will be a
 second guest room. 

^ These are the best. 
We have them in almost
 every room in the house.

^ The old glass front cabinet holds a lot of her
 books and drawing/painting stuff.

^ Little dress we bought in South Africa.

^ Wearing the dress :)

^ Mannequin head painted by Magda Rust from
 Nostalgic Corner.

^ Dance shoes.

^ Books, books and books.

^ The Underland Chronicles, 
her favourite series of all time.

^ A basket from Africa, given to her by her
 godmother for her First Communion.

^ Art made of used tea bags bought in Cape Town.

^ Wooden crates upcycled with chalk paint 
and enamel numbers.

^ Old French hooks.

^ Old pillowcases.

Have a nice Sunday!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bird boxes

We hope some great or blue tits will use our bird
 boxes to make their nests this year.

That would make me so happy!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The book that made her start reading

My daughter loved to listen to stories (Audible),
 but didn't like to read real paper books (except manga).
 Part of the problem is that kids in Luxembourg
 start reading in German, which is close to
 Luxembourgish, but still a foreign language. 
And listening is so much easier than reading
 (because they are used to watching German
 TV most of the time). 

And then she brought home the book they
 started reading together in school: 
Black Blade part one by Jennifer Estep. 
She LOVED it and asked me to buy part two
 and three because she wanted to know
 how the series ended. 

From that day on she hasn't stopped reading ...

... which made me a very happy mother.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Birthday Yankee Candles

My two new birthday Yankee Candles: 
Blueberry Scone and Beach Plum.

Can't wait to burn them!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Me and my candles - Yankee Candle Scenterpiece

My daughter loves my candles, 
but I don't allow her to burn them in her bedroom,
 it's just too dangerous (although she's already 14).

So I gave her a YC Scenterpiece for Christmas
 (Black Friday deal 30% off) and she totally loves it.

And then I kind of fell in love with it too
 and had to buy one for myself :).
I love the way it looks, that it's so easy
 to use and that it has a timer.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Every now and then I google 
my great-grandfather's name, just to see
 if I can find any new information
 (or even better: paintings).

Last week I found a short newspaper
 article, actually just a few lines.
It's in (old) Dutch and it announces
 the 50th wedding anniversary of my
 great-great-grandparents and the name of
 the caf√© where the reception is taking place.

^ This was the happy couple 
(the painter's parents).

It is so fascinating! I mean, who scanned this
 article from more than 100 years ago
 and thought it was important enough to
put it on the internet?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The first tulips of the season