It's been a while since I put brand new products in my shop. But here they are! I've actually been working on this line of necklaces for quite some time. I personally love rose gold and copper as it goes well with my skin tone and hair color. However, copper jewelry tends to tarnish and change color very quickly. This can have a nice effect, but I didn't like it so much on my new pieces of jewelry. So, I found a way of protecting them from this while still remaining skin friendly.
So here they are! As you can see, I stuck to a triangle shaped theme here...but more designs are coming up! A few necklaces have actually already been sold, so some are now made to order. Looking for a last minute Christmas present? You can find it here!
Every year around September, I get the urge to dust off my knitting needles and knit me some scarves. I'm not much of a pro knitter; my favorite stitch is the moss stitch and that's just knit, purl, knit, purl. Easy! But this fall I'm trying to step up my game a little. I found some lovely scarf/cowl patterns that are more challenging, but still look doable. Want to take a look? Click on the images to go to the patterns!
This lovely cowl actually isn't much of a challenge stitch-wise, but I've never worked with multiple colors! The patterns tells you to 'carry the colors up your work' and I had to Google what that meant. Turns out it means literally that: simply pick up the second strand where you left it the last time and start knitting with it. So simple!
A friend and I already started knitting this one. And yes, it's a challenge....definitely not something to work on after a long day. I'm actually keeping track of the different rows by writing them down, otherwise I'd forget where I am. But it's such a lovely pattern, as you can see below. So far, so good!
I love this pattern! It doesn't seem too difficult, but still lets me try some new things. Including using 12mm needles...wow! I'm planning on using this lovely seafoam green yarn.
I seem to have a thing for white-ish, organic looking scarves these days. This one is knitted with lace-like yarn, so it probably takes a while to finish. It's still on my to do list though, it looks amazing!
Just a quick update to announce that the Mushymooses are back in the shop! Some have already moved to the UK and the US, but there are many more waiting to go and decorate Christmas trees around the world. You can buy them here!
Some new favorites!
See the world!
A while back, we went to Istanbul for a few days. I had never been to Turkey before so I was really looking forward to exploring a new city in a new country. I probably don't have to convince you to want to go and visit this great city too, so I'll just share some pictures that I took (with my old camera!).
Apparently they've been all over Pinterest and Facebook: these little rose-shaped apple dough thingies. I missed them, but -lucky me- the girlfriend didn't. So she surprised me today with an awesome breakfast! Recipe can be found here.
This week's favorites!
For months (even years?) I've been thinking of updating my camera. I kept questioning myself: do I really need a new camera? Is it worth its money? I even felt guilty for replacing my trusty old Canon 400d that I bought about 9 years ago and that had traveled with world with me. It still worked ok, why would I buy a new one? And then back in March, I went to Istanbul for a few days and noticed that my camera was really starting to show some flaws. It was becoming slower at focusing, had some trouble connecting to the lens, and so on. Having been to very dusty places like India and humid corners of the world like the Bolivian jungle was starting to take its toll. So I decided it was time to start looking for a new camera.
It took me quite a while to figure out which camera suited me best. There are so many options available! I finally settled on the Canon EOS 70D. I've always been very satisfied with my Canon cameras, so that narrowed down the search a bit. I also considered the new Canon EOS 760D, but decided against it because the 70D suited my needs better.
And I'm so glad I did! I'm absolutely in love with my new camera and it really got me back into photography. Some people say that everyone sees the world only through a lens these days because everything has to be photographed and turned into a nice Instagram. But I personally feel that having a camera in my hands makes me pay attention to details. Of course I still want that one shot that stands out, but to me the process of looking and exploring is worth just as much.
Normally I roll my eyes when people say things like, wow, summer really flew by fast and I can't believe it's already September. But this year, my head got left behind somewhere in May and I feel like summer hasn't even started yet. These past few months I've been busy with so many things, but hanging out on this website obviously wasn't one of them. Behind the scenes, though, I've been working on some new skills and new projects. And there was some travel and other fun things. Let's have a small update!
For months (even years?) of going back and forth between wanting to stay loyal to my trusty Canon 400D and lusting after all the new gadgets and fancy tricks of recently released cameras, I finally went for it and got a shiny new Canon 70d. And I'm so glad I did. It's not just that I clearly see an improvement in the pictures that I take, but I also rediscovered my passion for photography. It's really openend my eyes to new styles of photography and finding different ways to be creative.
Oh, and I went all overboard and got a macro lens (Canon 100mm 2.8F) as well. New obsession! Apart from taking about two thousand pictures of flowers, insects and cat noses I also used this lens for photographing some new projects. Here's a preview!
At the start of this year, I took a sewing course so I could finally find out of I liked sewing or not. I've always wanted to learn how to make my own bags, but somehow sewing machines and I never were the best of friends. Well, we're definitely on speaking terms now and getting more and more acquainted! More on that later.
Having a small garden and stuffing it with edibles really paid off this year. And there were fresh cookies!
Earlier this year we went to Istanbul for a couple of days. I'd never been there or to Turkey so I got to add a new country to my list! The city was lovely but I wouldn't recommend going there in March- it was freezing cold. And that means something, coming from a Dutchie.
Our own little island of Vlieland!
Even more travel: a few days of Copenhagen. Lovely weather and lovely city! The boat tour was great: just sitting in the sun, taking in the highlights and the regular city life.
Then there was this day when I photographed 60 dogs. Jup, 60. That was a challenge. More on that later as well!
And last but not least, last week we took a trip to the zoo. Artis, to be more exact, which is supposedly one of the best zoos in Europe. I haven't been to a zoo in years because I'm not that fond of locked up animals. However, I do see that zoos and other wildlife parks are contributing to widlife preservation. And it offered a nice chance to put some newly-learned photography skills into practice.
It's not like I'm one of those people who hate winter and can't wait for summer to arrive. I actually love this season with the coziness, cold noses and warm scarves (no hats! never hats on this curly head). But when I see what's happening on my window sill, I get excited for spring. What you see growing here are tomatoes, eggplants and some flowers. We're going to 're-do' (or actually, just properly 'do') our garden, so there's more to come.
Another thing I'm obsessed with these weeks: sewing! I've dabbled into a lot of crafts over the years, but sewing was never really one of them. Sometimes I had to, for some project or other, but sewing machines and me didn't quite get along. It takes some practise to figure out how the machine works and how to get that seam straight and I just never had to time or patience to get into all that. But I'm working on some new projects that required a sewing machine and skills to go along with it, so I decided to take sewing lessons! i know there are a million sewing tutorials out there, but I liked the idea of having someone around to ask questions and to show me some tricks. As a side effect, it forced me to carve out a few mornings and really set time aside to start sewing.
For those who are interested and in the Utrecht area: I took lessons with Anneliese from Analysed and highly recommend it.
I even started to 'design' some of my own fabric for some easy starter projects. More on that later!