DIY – Stability Training Tool

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When the fitness center was still open, you know back in the days ;), I would use a wobble board now and then to train my ankles and overall balance. The tool was not a fancy half fitness bosu ball or of another complex design. It consisted of a round wooden plate with a small half ball on the back. So when you try to stand on it it can move to all sides.

I always did some home training when our country wasn’t in lock down. So we have a bit of weights and bands in the house. And was also thinking of a stability tool, like the one we have at our fitness center. But they are pretty expensive (at least the wooden ones).

Because the tool didn’t look that complicated, I figured, why not try to make one myself?

Gifting Tips

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Verkleedkist met naam

If you want to give something special, these holidays, or the rest of the year, consider giving something that is more than ‘just stuff’. Giving away your time and attention is in my opinion priceless and there are gifts that are way more personal than a cologne or pair of socks. And it doesn’t need to be difficult at all!

Our new residents

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In my last post I introduced our new indoor residents. But what I didn’t show you is that our little pasture got new residents as well! We now have 4 chickens that we got from our neighbors, who are moving and were looking for a new place for their chickens. The awesome chicken coop came with the chickens. Well, we had to move it ourselves, with a lot of help from other neighbors with a forklift.

Easy Cat Toys DIY

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The house is was pretty quiet lately without Bloem, our cat, around. Her brother, Johnnie, is very laid back and she was the more feisty type, so you can imagine that the atmosphere was strangely different.

We gave ourselves a bit of time, but I knew it wouldn’t be long before there would be some furry friends added to the family. When we came living here the idea was to expand our family. I’m still sad about the fact Bloem can’t meet some future family members.

However, the two new fur balls who are living here for about 2 months now, wouldn’t go well together with Bloem because of her temper. Johnnie needs also time to adjust to the new situation, but he is mostly scared. It’s strange to see that he runs away from them, because he is about 3 times their size!

The Alone Together Sweater

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A few posts ago I already wrote about the different initiatives that made life in lockdown a little easier. One of those was the Alone Together Sweater: a free sweater pattern from the talented @laerkebagger that she posted on her instagram. This sweater can be knitted with stash yarn you have lying around in your home and is a bright and colorful project.

Good for me, because for a long time I was admiring @laerkebagger’s knitwear and a stash yarn sweater was on my to do knit list.

Our lovely Bloem

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On the 22th of June our beloved, crazy, beautiful cat Bloem, who had a huge personality got hit by a car and passed away. The two days I after that I was so sad and could only cry most of the time. We were in the middle of building of our carport and that eventually was a nice distraction and gave my head a bit of rest.

Getting Ready for the Mascarade

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You have probably never heard the word ‘face mask’ as much as during this covid-time. So here is my contribution 😉

With Love

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Thought a little love-spreading never hurts someone. I made a postcard and I want to share the template with you guys. I hope you are going to share it with people who can use a little love right now.

It’s a diy postcard template which can be downloaded (click one of the images below) in a rectangle or square shape. Print it on a piece of thick paper or an empty postcard. Then create a nice flower which can be pasted on top of the stem. I challenge you to be creative and embroider, crochet, draw, punchneedle, fold or do whatever it takes. Or use this special technique to make flowers out of coffee filters.

Working Out from Home

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Most of the world is in some sort of quarantine nowadays. And although it are difficult times in a lot of different ways I also see the most heartwarming things happen on social media (yay for still connecting to the world without going somewhere!).

Putting the Fit in Outfit

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A weekend alone at home, with stormy weather outside made for the perfect sewing weekend. I planned to make a piece of clothing from scratch, but also a ‘remake’ and some shortening of dresses.

Although the shortening isn’t that exciting, it always gives me a nice feeling that I can make clothing more fitting by just adding 1 seam.

The remake project was about adding some length to a super soft and comfy black sweater I bought from GOAT Organic Apparel. I hoped size M would be long enough to wear it as a sweater dress. Unfortunately it wasn’t. But nothing lost here, if I could just make it longer. Adding fabric is always harder than cutting fabric, especially when you don’t have the same fabric lying around.

That’s why I got fabric in a different color (green). Instead of just sewing some extra fabric at the bottom (which would have been challenging because of the stretchy ribbing) I figured I could add the extra color in the middle of the sweater. And to make it a bit more adventurous, I added the extra fabric in a diagonal line.

The scariest part for me was cutting the, brand new, sweater in half. But once I pinned and sewed the green fabric at one half of the sweater I already knew it was worth the risk. My serger really helped me out here, by the way. I am super pleased with the end result!

Once that was fixed and my wardrobe grew a few new/updated items bigger, it was time to sew my nephew 2 ‘soft’ pants. He keeps asking to wear soft pants, instead of jeans, and I am totally with him! So, in my La Maison Victor magazine collection, I looked for a pair of pants that would fit his criteria and I found the Randy pattern (LMV summer 2014). And in my big pile of fabric stash I found fabric that would combine just perfect. The end result is super soft and I think he can be his jumpy self without having a pair of sturdy pants bother him in his play game.

I hope I can have a date with my sewing machine anytime soon :).

(Oh and here is a picture of the cute dress I made for my niece, back in November. Pattern is Lucy from La Maison Victor 2014-4.)

Zorgen voor de Fit in Outfit

Een weekend alleen thuis, met een storm die buiten raast, maakt het een perfect naaiweekend. Ik plande een nieuw te maken kledingstuk, maar ook een ‘remake’ en een paar naadjes die ingekort moesten worden.

Hoewel het inkorten niet heel spannend werk is geeft het me altijd een fijn gevoel dat ik kleding passend kan maken door 1 zoom te veranderen.

De remake was een nieuwe zachte, zwarte trui van GOAT Organic Apparel die wat extra lengte nodig had. Bij de bestelling hoopte ik dat de trui in maat M lang genoeg zou zijn om te dragen als sweaterjurk, maar helaas was deze net niet lang genoeg. Maar niets verloren als ik ‘m gewoon wat langer zou maken. Het toevoegen van stof is altijd moeilijker dan het wegknippen, helemaal als je niet nog wat van dezelfde stof voor handen hebt.

Daarom heb ik voor stof in een andere kleur (groen) gekozen. In plaats van stof onderaan de trui te naaien (wat sowieso heel lastig zou worden vanwege de boord), bedacht ik dat het mooier zou zijn om extra kleur in het midden van de trui te hebben. En om het nog wat avontuurlijker te maken heb ik de extra stof in een diagonale lijn toegevoegd.

Wat ik best eng vond was het doorknippen van een nieuwe trui. Maar toen ik de extra stof aan een helft van de trui genaaid had, wist ik al dat het het risico waard was. Mijn lockmachine heeft me hier trouwens echt geholpen. En ik ben heel blij met het resultaat!

Toen ik dat voor elkaar had en m’n kledingkast weer wat had opgevuld was het tijd om twee nieuwe ‘zachte broeken’ voor m’n neefje te maken. Hij blijft maar vragen om zachte broeken, in plaats van spijkerbroeken en ik begrijp ‘m helemaal! Dus ben ik in mijn La Maison Victor collectie op zoek gegaan naar een broek die aan zijn criteria zouden voldoen en vond ik het Randy patroon (in het magazine van zomer 2014). Daarna ben ik in mijn stoffenvoorraad gedoken en heb ik een paar leuke stofjes gevonden die goed zouden combineren met het patroon. Het eindresultaat is superzacht en ik denk dat hij hierin z’n actieve zelf kan zijn, zonder dat hij dwars wordt gezeten door een stugge broek.

Ik hoop dat ik snel weer een date kan regelen met m’n naaimachine 🙂

(Oh en bij deze ook nog een foto van een schattig jurkje die ik al in november voor m’n nichtje maakte. Het patroon is Lucy uit La Maison Victor 2014-4.)