November 6, 2010 § 6 Comments

{with feist}


October 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

Thankfully the weather has been relatively nice lately. No torrential rain for a while & for that I am grateful. The sun has been making an appearance somewhat frequently, Little Man & I credit our indoor glitter sun hanging in our front window for that ;)

Halloween is not really celebrated here, but every year expats from North American figure out ways to do so! Last year we went to a big party organized by IWCU. This year Little Man & I decorated our window with leaves, made a very long paper chain of red & orange for the dining room, picked out pumpkins & pomegranates for the table. He’s been a bit obsessed with a particular black & white striped shirt lately, transforming himself into a zebra {& trust me- he commits to a character}. I sewed up a tail & ears for him to wear but now apparently, he’s a cat. Today we will have a few of his little friends over to celebrate. I’m going to make veggie chili, peanut butter/chocolate covered cookies & my friends Ken & JurĀ  {bakers extraordinaire!} were sweet enough to gift us with some of their amazing cupcakes.

Last night I went out with some friends to Theater Kikker festival in town. It was a collection of various theater pieces- we saw the headliner performance: Thuiskomst. Strange to sit through a play that was originally written in English but translated & performed in Dutch- it was quite good but a little frustrating that one of the characters spoke crazy fast, so I missed chunks of what he was saying.

There was also a very tiny room where you could go for a private 3 minute performance by 2 women & it’s different for every person. It was so beautiful! {I am realizing that there is no way I can make that sentence not sound a little racy…}

Coming up in November MB’s husband will be visiting for a week {yay!}, I’m turning another year older, we are celebrating Thanksgiving vegetarian style, hosting Sinter Klaas at our house with Hans’ family, planning a trip to the states for mid December, I’m sewing like a madwoman for the market in Amsterdam December 12th, getting orders out & in between it all, continuing to shuffle never-ending paperwork for various things.

So there is a little catchup. Nothing earth-shattering, I’m afraid!

Enjoy the day…



October 10, 2010 § 8 Comments

{into the woods}


September 29, 2010 § 6 Comments

As many of you know, I complain about the lack of sun here in the Netherlands come winter time. Rain, gray, rain, gray…repeat. The other day we were stuck in the house with horrible weather so Little Man & I decided to hell with it, we were going to make our own sun :) Granted, it’s nice out today {hence the glorious light} but we aren’t holding our breath!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for my photo pendant giveaway. I’ll be posting the winner friday evening my time!


September 20, 2010 § 10 Comments

homemade paper lanterns for Tet Trung Thu. Tomorrow Little Man & I will be attempting to make mooncakes. stay tuned ;)


September 4, 2010 § 5 Comments

One of the best parts about traveling back to the US is getting new books for Little Man! It’s rarely possible to find the kind of books I like for him in English- or if I do they are few & far between & very expensive. So…between gifts & me going to the bookstore, we usually return with a big stack.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites lately. Any to add?

These are by Roseanne Thong & while Chinese oriented, it’s always a score to find images of people with dark hair & Asian features. What I love most are the illustrations by Grace Lin:

Round is a Mooncake

One is a Drummer

Red is a Dragon

This next one has amazing illustrations & the families represented are of all backgrounds; the main one with a Caucasian mother & Black father:

All the World

Awesome bedtime book:

You are My I Love You

These are some favorites & also gently introduce the idea of…the life cycle {?} life & death. Both are beautiful:


The Dandelion Seed {we have had this for a while but still love it}

One of the best picture books ever!:


Very cute, silly, awesome illustrations & Asian characters:

My Friends

& if you are not familiar with Charley Harper, check his work out. We received a beautiful memory game as a gift from friends with his art. Amazing!


June 23, 2010 § 15 Comments

{yo-yo & recycled felt hairclip sets}

{My new obsession to use up fabric scraps & some felt I have lying around}

Tomorrow I leave for Berlin to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition. This will be the first time in 2 years I will be away from Little Man & I’m sort of freaking out.


June 21, 2010 § 15 Comments

{everybody waiting for the train}


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