Cleaning Basket

My home is rather big and although I have a busy schedule I love to clean my own home. I makes me feel that I'm on top of things and that I know for sure that everything is cleaned the way I want it to. Let's just call my fussy and a neat freak.

Cleaning 3 floors can be tricky with carrying all the cleaning stuff up and down, so I've invented this wicker cleaning basket. It holds all the stuff I need and I can add more stuff to it that needs to be on another floor. It works perfectly for me.

I've made fabric lining in the basket to hold all my bottles and brushes. The fabric lining is machine washable so I can easily keep it clean. Do not forget to give the fabric a wash before you sew the lining as it may shrink in the washing machine.

I've used a wicker basket and a table runner from Dille & Kamille.

Use glass buckle bottles for your liquid cleaners as the bottles they usually come in are quite ugly. I've made tags using a vintage tag maker.

You can find tons of cleaning supplies at Dille & Kamille.

To read this post in Dutch, head over to Dille & Kamille

Decorate Your Own China for Valentine

There's a lot of china in my home, most of it is white as I find that most food looks good on white. I also love china with patterned rims and trims, so I've made my own using a porcelain pen. It's super easy to do and it actually stays put after washing it in the dishwasher.

For the biscuits I've used the chocolate milk powder you can buy at Dille & Kamille and it tastes exceptional good.

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 300 gr plain flour (more for dusting)
  • 100 gr white caster sugar
  • 250 gr unsalted butter
  • 1 sachet (20 gr) of Café-Tasse chocolate powder

Preparations

Sift the flour and mix it with the sugar and chocolate powder in a bowl. Rub the cold unsalted butter in the flour mixture until everything is combined and you have a smooth dough. Pat it flat to 5 cm and chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 170 C. Roll out the dough to 1 cm thick and cut out the cookies. Lay the cookies on a tray lined with baking paper and bake for about 15 minutes. Let the biscuits cool on a wire rack.

How to Paint a Chair

There's no denying that I have a slight chair obsession going on. My home counts many - o- chairs, it's crazy and I seriously have to do something about it. It's when there's a party that I can actually save my marriage as I can put all the chairs I horde in the basement to good use.

The chairs we actually use on a daily basis are those by Dille & Kamille as they come in plain wood or ready painted in white. It's brilliant as we can paint them in any colour we like.

And trust me, my dear Bo doesn't mind to paint a Dille & Kamille chair at all. As long as I don't haul anything plastic inside I'm good to go.

We use acrylic paint, round brushes and rollers to paint. Read more about the tools en techniques right here and here.

The chairs I'm most fond of are these two. On the left chair 763 and to the right chair 189. Again, you can find the paint numbers I've used in the above mentioned links.

Vase Villages

Christmas decorating is in full swing. The decorating progress always starts at the end of November and ends at the 24th of December. It's not that I'm slow, I just can't stop.

These vase villages are really simple to make. Use any clear glass vase that's wide and high enough to hold at least a couple of trees, a paper house and a Schleich animal. I've used decorative white sand which I bought at a garden centre. It looks so much more like real snow instead of the fake snow you can buy in bags. You can read about the bottle brush trees I've used right here.

I bought the vintage Putz paper houses years ago on eBay. You can still find quite a lot of Putz auctions online. I have my eye on this lot!!

Have fun! More Christmas stuff until it's Christmas ... just 1 week left!!!!

The Principles of 3D Crochet

Can I first give a big hug to all of you who left a comment on my previous post. I will get back to this topic properly as we kind of lost to connect and I love to connect.

On to the subject of 3D crochet, or making balls, bubbles ... things that stand out. I've made this post initially for my upcoming magazine but with cutting down and taking it slow(er), the magazine will turn into a zine and will be published when I have loads to tell instead.

These 3 simple steps explain you how to start crocheting balls. Try to mix it up and use it for various projects. I'll show you two different projects I've used 3D crochet for.

Wrist warmers are great for autumn and spring when it’s getting either colder or warmer. I use them in my car when the steering weal is freezing in the morning or when I work in my basement sewing room where it can get very chilly.

Hook size
4.5 mm

Yarn
Annell Rapido 3331

Stitches
CH (Chain)
HDC (Half double Crochet)
SL ST (Slip Stitch)

Foundation chain:
CH 25 - SL ST in the first CH to make a hoop.

Round 1/3/5/7:
HDC all around - CH 2 and turn.

Round 2/4/6/8:
CH 2 - HDC 6 (ball) - CH3* - CH till end - CH 2 turn.

Round: 9-14:
HDC all around - CH 2 and turn.

Round 15:
Fit your thumb size, make a gap. I’ve skipped 4 CH for my thumb. So you CH 4 - skip for CH and HDC.

Round 16-22:
HDC all around - CH 2 and turn.

Round 23:
CH 2 - HDC 2 in the same stitch - SL ST in next stitch - HDC 3 - SL ST in next stitch* - Fasten off with a SL ST.

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This is what I've used for a standard IKEA INNER 50 x 50 cm pillow. I've only made one crochet front panel and used unbleached cotton to make a cover.

Hook size
7mm

Yarn
Katia - Canada 3

Stitches
CH (Chain)
HDC (Half double Crochet)
SL ST (Slip Stitch)

Foundation chain:

Cast on 34 stitches - CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC) - HDC until end

Row 2-28:
CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC) 3 HDC - HDC 4 (ball) - HDC 3 * HDC 5 at the end of the row

Round 1-15:
CH 2 - HDC until end SL ST

Have fun. I'll be back later this week with the first issue of my zine as I've got loads to show you. I'm so grateful for all of you who still visit my blog. It's here to make you smile x

Easter Prep: Day 1 - Egg Dude Hats

In less than a week it will be Easter and as I always host an Easter family brunch I have to crack on as I'm way behind. It's because of my book. So sorry to have bugged you with all the book launch stuff, it's just that I'm utterly excited and like to share everything with you. I hope you don't mind.

Back to Easter; today I bring you cute dude hats for your eggs. It makes me laugh when I see the eggs all tugged up in their little hats, they look like real cool dudes don't they?

These hats are based on the egg cosy pattern but I've simplified the pattern and added the side bits to it.

How to make these hats:

Foundation ring: Make a magic ring and hdc 6 in the ring, pull tight.

Row 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 in the same stitch, hdc 2 in all the next stitches (you multiply)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 in the same stitch, hdc 1 in the next stitch, hdc 2 in the next stitch. Repeat until end.

Row 3-6: ch2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 all around, fasten off.

Side bits: fold the hat in half and mark 5 stitches left and right to add the side bits. Start with either left or right. hdc 5 for the first row, decrease 4 for the second, 3 for the third and two for the fourth row. Fasten off en leave enough yarn to use as a tie. Repeat this for the other side.

I'll be back tomorrow with more Easter prep.

Would love to hear more often of your feedback (and not only to tell me off) as it's much appreciated and I like to be in touch with you. Happy Monday xox

Starburst Granny Scarf Basics

Last November when Bo and I went to London for our Christmas shopping I snapped an Instagram photo of him on the train wearing my scarf (now his scarf) and got the question how to make this scarf. Not only did he do well on Instagram he actually got compliments from a bunch of girls in The national Gallery. So to all men out there that are scared of pretty colours, this is a lady magnet.

Down here the basic instructions on how to make a starburst granny scarf.

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Ch 4, sl st in 4th ch to make a ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) dc 11 more into the ring - a total of 12 dc, fasten off with a sl st.

Change colour, start between two dc's of the previous round, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc, keep crocheting 2 dc between the first dc's of the previous round, fasten off with a sl st.

Change colour, start between two dc's of the previous round, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 2 dc, keep crocheting 3 dc between the first dc's of the previous round, fasten off with a sl st.

Now you've made a starburst granny.

Next step is to add the grey all around and turn the circle into a square.

Start between two 3 dc's of the previous round, ch 4 (counts as 1 tr) 2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr (this is a corner) Move on to the next space between the previous round 3 dc's, 3 dc and so on.

Fasten off with a sl st and move on to joining the squares as seen in the image below.

  1. I've used a simple sl st to join the squares.
  2. Turn your work and line up the stitches so that they are exactly on top of one another, this is really important!
  3. sl st from left to right only in the back of the stitch and fasten off on both sides.
  4. This is what it should look like.

The next step is to dc all around the scarf using grey to make it wider en fuller. What I always do with my scarves, I add another sc coloured row all the way round and then another hdc row in grey all the way round.

I've used Annell Rapido 100% acrylic in combination with Scheepjes Roma 100% acrylic yarn, a 4.5 mm hook and used US terms.