Craft & DIY

Crochet Flower Coasters

This is a pattern I designed years ago but I recently discovered that it’s no longer on my site. I’ve made these coasters using linen yarn I bought from Linnet, a beautiful Japanese linen shop. Their fabrics are just gorgeous, I especially love the linen towel cloth and the linen waffle. I discovered this shop years ago and just found the yarns in a bag and had to make something.…

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Home & Garden

The New Kitchen Design Plan

Happy 2017 people! I hope it’s going to be a good one. Only a month left until we move to our new home. The house is technical in good shape so we don’t need to renovate but we definitely do need to decorate. I do not want to insult the previous owners but they were a bit lost as to what a farm house from 1932 should look like on…

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Ho Ho Ho

Sorry no Christmas decorating photo’s this year as this temp house doesn’t feel like home. It feels like we are on holiday with our own stuff. But not to fear, there are so many more Christmases to come. Thank you for following me in 2016. I hope you will continue to follow me in 2017. Much exciting stuff going on in the new year: a move, a whole new house…

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Cooking & Baking/ Holidays/ Lifestyle

A Winter Picnic

During the “Christmas tree picking shoot” we also had a bit of a picnic, or more a pretend picnic as we were cold and left the proper eating until we were huddled up inside the house. The picnic included mini sausage rolls and hot chocolate with snowmen marshmallows. Both really easy to make but very festive and full and warm belly proof. For the marshmallow snowmen you need marshmallows and…

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Holidays/ Lifestyle

The Christmas Tree

… and how I stole one. When we first moved to the temp house I noticed a field full of Christmas trees next to us and immediately thought of the perfect location for a Christmas production I had to do for the newspaper magazine I’m working for. So a few weeks ago I invited my friends Vicky and Fanny and their children for a “Christmas tree picking shoot”. We borrowed…

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Craft & DIY/ Holidays


It’s Santa Lucia today, the Swedish celebration of light for those of you who don’t know. It marks the beginning of the Christmas season. The tradition is that early in the morning girls in white dresses with red sashes and candles on their heads awaken the family and the elderly and bring them food. I’ve made these dolls for my best girl, Maantje Piet. This is what you need: Wooden…

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Holidays/ Home & Garden

Yvestown Christmas Past

Today I like to take you on a journey through my Christmas past as much has changed but yet nothing drastically. I love Christmas, I truly do. It’s been fed by my parents and it will always stay there in that warm place in my tummy. It’s the whole December month which starts with my birthday on the 6th, the cold, the darkness, the festive food, supermarkets and shops and…

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Cooking & Baking

Zucchini Bread

This is a recipe I made last October with the many zucchinis from my garden. I don’t have an oven in the temp house (yes you read that right, I DON’T HAVE AN OVEN) so I have to look at this picture and drool and hope that the months go by really fast. The dishes are by Bloomingville. Have a yummy Monday x…

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Home & Garden

New Home

And thus things went a little bit different as we thought or planned. We planned to quietly live in this temporary rented home, find a holiday home in Sweden, do it up and find a permanent home in The Netherlands all over the period of a few years … that was the plan. And then the most perfect house in our home town popped up on my computer screen and…

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Craft & DIY/ Home & Garden

No Sew Curtains

We are quite settled in our temporary home in Lommel Belgium. It’s quite comfortable here, I’m already planning remodels and renovations but alas it’s a rental. With that in mind I don’t want to do a lot of permanent decorating, like spending a ton on curtains. I had a few pink linen tablecloths laying around so I ended up making curtains without doing any sewing. I used rings and clips…

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