Friday, December 30, 2011

fine little walk

Amsterdam was busy today but also pretty

Street Art by Bustart

Everywhere in town you can get Oliebollen and Appelbeignets (dutch apple fritters),
sweets snacks that are traditionally eaten in the Netherlands on New Years Eve.

All we needed today was a  nice little walk in town today .
Amsterdam is a fantastic place to walk.

see you very soon

Ps: love the work form  Sandra Dieckmann

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quiet & cozy days

our little mushroom  tree

vintage coffee pot from Antti Nuresniemi & Peppermint bark

Father Christmas has been good to us. I love the days between Christmas and New Year. They are quiet & cozy. Still lots of special  food in the house. Great time to potter around the house and to find a good place for our new vintage goodies, books and cds.

I'm totally in love with my Antti Nuresniemi coffee pot, the color is just perfect...looks perfect in our home.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

spirit of Christmas

At the last minute we did change our plans for Christmas. I was dreaming of a cozy Christmas at the cost of Kent but we decided to look for the  spirit of Christmas in Hamburg.
What a pretty city at the Christmas time but now is time to go home to our tree and our gifts which are still unwrappred under our we can have our little late  Christmas  at home

see you very soon

Friday, December 23, 2011

Santa Baby

having two minutes for myself , enjoying my Christmas tree

little winter girl for our tree from Juime

Nila wish for the next year
"a year full of music"

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas time 
However you spend yours, enjoy
Thank you for coming  to our little vintage world
and for all the nice comments (THEY MAKE MY DAY),
Christmas cards and little gifts.

see you soon

Mister Kay, Nila and Kay

ps: dreaming of some time on the sofa watching Christmas movies and eating mince pies.

My Christmas song of the day: Beverley Knight  Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

gift wrapping

Some of my friends are really good at gift wrapping.
I promised myself next year I will pay some more time
with brown paper and wild ribbons.

My neighbours daughter had such a beautifully presented gift!!
Look at it, so cool & pretty 

-my Christmas song today  

- Sandra from Herzensart sent  me one of her


Ps; last minutes  gift made by Rie Elise Larsen

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

oh tannenbaum

Here we go: My Tannenbaum (just love that word).

A couple of years ago I started to collect
little birds aka Christmas ornaments.
My idea was to have one day
a Christmas tree full of birds and elfs (for Nila).
It will take some time but I tell you we are getting there.

The next couple of days are just mad,
full of Christmas parties,
food shopping,
swapping Christmas cards
and some last minute baking.

What will you do this Christmas???

see you

ps:  I was very sad to hear that Cesaria  Evora, a wonderful musican, passed away.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas dessert

This will be our Christmas dessert this year. I found the
recipe in a Dutch magazine. So easy & fast.

You need:

250 ml of whipped cream
75 g sugar
250 ml of Quark
a glass of cherries

(sure you can make it also with different cookies)

Whip the cream.
Crumble the cookies.
Drain the cherries.
Carefully mix all ingredients.
Serve cold with an extra cookie on the side.

Looks great if served in vintage teacups!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Red Hood

-this weekend  I should catch up with some reading  
( feel like getting lost in a good book) 
-make some gifts for Nilas teachers
- still have to bake some  mince pies 
( looking for a good receipe , not to sweet)
- take some photos of my Christmas tree 
- watch a good movie with Mister Kay 
- get some mulled  wine

-this week -
-I spent most of my money in the post office
- did get the christmas cd  from  Trijntje Oosterhuis
( I buy a Christmas cd every year)

- the postman delivering some Christmas parcels ,
was the highlight of our week  

enjoy your weekend


Ps: I wonder if Mister Kay can make this  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas countdown

I have been nagging Mister Kay all week to make me some
new paper stars.

Love them, specially the large white one.

Instructions you can find here (in German ) and here ( in English)
Now I wonder where I find more pretty paper ???

enjoy your day

 Thank God it's Christmas by Queen ( love this song)

I know now what I want for Christmas: a winter doll from Juime. Forgot this one on yesterday's Christmas wish list

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas tree

After I looked at this photo from last christmas I decided this morning that I will decorate my christmas tree again. I'm not happy with my colors this year. Guess I'm driving Mister kay nuts, lol.
see you

Do they know is Christmas   from 1984 ( time is flying)

Monday, December 12, 2011

jingle bells

Our home looks cozy , I really enjoy working at home. If you turn on the radio there is some beautiful Christmas music playing all day... only two more weeks to go.

This year I will only send a few Christmas cards but I did send out some nice parcels via snail mail.

Here is my Christmas wishing list:
  • socks (just love winter socks).
  • camera (I really do need a new one... but still not sure what I want, guess I should wait.
  • fancy bag from Oral Kiely or Cathy but then what I really need is a sports bag a la Adidas.
  • sports clothes (I could buy them  myself).
  • books... always good.
  • DVD box set (for the long winter nights).
  • coffee beans, love to try new coffee.
  • wanted one of  those new phones but then I love my pink vintage handy.
  • yankee candles... lots of them, love them with  a touch of vanilla.
  • music, CDs... like the new one from Amy Winehouse.
And you? What do you want for Christmas? Any special wishes?
Having fun here, enjoying making plans for Christmas.

see you

Saturday, December 10, 2011

twinkle twinkle little star

Last night we got our Christmas tree, so I have the whole weekend to potter around the house. Will be fun to put up the tree. Put some sprakle in our home. I must admit I love it.

Hope Mister Kay will have time to put up our new star (hint, hint).

nice last minute gift ideas:
Have a sparkling weekend,


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Jul & Christmas time

a very cute & modern Christmas elf made by
my friend Mette

vintage Christmas tin, now I just have to bake some
Christmas cookies

vintage "Festivo'' candle stick from 1966 by
Timo Sarpaneva. You can still get them

lots of strong & happy colors for Christmas this year

On Friday I will get my Christmas tree, so today I started to get
some of my Winter & Christmas decoration out, see photos

- this week-

- I ate Nila's chocolates (I know, lol)

- I got my first Christmas gift,

- the best thing I got in months
my Zebra slippers from Collegien

- guess I will get this book for my mum

so pretty & white

- and I love Catlin Shearer's work

( welcome home , you made me smile )

see you soon

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Solebich Advent calendar

We had a little project for the Advent calendar of Solebich. Mr Kay made a little tutorial How To Make a Paper Star.

So get paper and scissors and enjoy. I'm afraid the site is in german but for those who can't read it I embedded a small slideshow.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

blue second advent

Countdown... we had a cozy blue second Advent coffee.

Having a lot of fun with my table decorations this year...  I got some angels from Rie Elise Larsen. She is my fav paper artist. Also I was in the mood for some shiny red coffee mugs (from the Hema). The rest is vintage.

Tomorrow night we will celebrate Sinterklaas here in the Netherlands.

Did anybody start making Christmas cookies yet?

enjoy your week


ps: Blue Christmas with Elvis

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rock 'n' hair

Like Elvis Presley and James Dean my dad wore the Pompadour. So I was delighted when I got Rock 'n' Hair, a great book about vintage hairstyles for everyday.

I have been struggling to maintain my rockabilly look on a daily base but in the book are some great & easy step-by-step instructions (nice Christmas gift).

enjoy your weekend.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Moravian (Herrnhuter) star

About five years ago we got a white Moravian (Herrnhuter) star made of paper. It is hanging in our living room all year round. At the Christmas market in Dusseldorf there was a Herrnhuter stand. I wanted a white plastic star for our front door for a long time... so now you know what Mister Kay will do this weekend.

- I  love Action Pack... you can find my friend Joanie's latest crafting project there
- the new  N.E.E.T  magazine is out

see you

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas mood

After my trip to the Christmas market  last weekend I'm totally in the christmas mood. My living room looks like a Christmas elf workshop. Yesterday I did get some gifts from the local shops for my family & friends in the USA and UK.

I also made a trip to the garden center to get some more winter berries, mistletoe and candles. In the next couple of days we got some december highlights coming...

- this friday a christmas party with my bookclub (always good)
- 5.12 Sinterklaas (dutch Christmas)
- 6.12 we are putting up our christmas tree

I always put on a few kilos at Christmas time. I just love german marzipan & pepermint bark. This year  I will take some extra spinning classes in the next couple of weeks so I can eat and still look good (hahaha)

see you soon

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Design Börse Düsseldorf 2011

There was so much to see at the Design Börse last weekend in Düsseldorf. Every design icon you ever dreamed of was there and much more... It was fun to see that mister kay and I still have the same taste.

I fell in love with the white ceramic star vase (guess I was in a Christmas mood).

There where so many cool lamps, like the Grasshopper by Greta Grossman and the Artichoke by Poul Henningsen.

More pictures of the build up on Saterday evening on the slideshow below.

If you missed it this year you definitely have to go next year.