Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 a good year

@2012 I liked  you...
You brought many good moments... happy things... not many sad moments. You were colorful and made me stronger... yes, I really liked you.

The best moments, ideas, new loves of 2012:
  • best music: Studio One Funk
  • series: Homeland and the Killing 3
  • new secret passion: nail polish (my number one: Knees up from Butter London)
  • started a new collection of vintage records (like Dave Brubecks Greates Hits)
  • my best move:  a little vintage stall at the Sunday market in Amsterdam from Spring till November
  • fav town: Hasting Old Town... so much energy there
  • books... really enjoy Yvette van Boven's Cookbooks
  • Olympic Games was one of my summer highlights
  • great idea was to paint my living room cupboard light grey (yeah, makes me happy)
  • totally love Mister Kays mobiles, they look so good in our living room
  • being so active and full of energy
  • best vintage find: "Saw Ohn Nyun" by Sir Gerald Kelly
  • Hus & Hem Retro is my fav magazine of the year (guess I should learn Swedish), also like the German magazine Couch
  • I spent money on Trainers
  • best food moment at Marits
  • really enjoyed spending time with some of my girl friends, hope to see them again soon
  • Mister Kays highlight of the year, the Calder exhibiton in Den Haag.

There where so many more good moment ...

see you in 2013,

PS: any plans for 2013?? Tell me about it?

Looks like I'm having a trip to Paris with my cousins from the States! That will be interesting.
Guess Graceland would be nice too (did you here that, Mister Kay???)

the day after

My mum has an amazing collection of vintage Christmas ornaments. Totally love the wooden angels, not sure how old they are.

Hope you all had a nice Christmas.
My cozy moments of the last days where...
  • Mum knitted groovy  socks for the whole family 
  • Homemade Christmas cookies everywhere
  • Wonderful Christmas coffee moments with friends and family, love when people decorated their house and make an effort when you come for coffee
  • Crazy gifts... one of my girl friends collected Vogue magazine for me, all issues from the last year.  
see you,

PS:  in to poems in the moment:

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! " - Charles Dickens -

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Vintage red coat (a bit too big), red nail polish (so pretty), red berries (a must have), takeaway star (very handy when you are driving home for Christmas), red and white Christmas crackers (not homemade) and red paper chains.

Wishing you all a Merry Little Christmas.

We had a fine little 2012.Let''s hope 2013 will be good to us also. Thanks for coming here... you make my day with your comments. Last year I got close to some new/old friends which I see a lot. Life is good... life is wonderful.

A Merry Little Christmas to you all,
Kay, Mister Kay and Nila aka little monster

Thank God It's Christmas by Queen
last minute baking... Paul Hollywood's mince pies and some mulled wine by Marie Melchior

Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Where will you be this Christmas?
At home? At your parents? On holidays?
Tell me about it.

Lots of purple,  red and silver in the house in the moment.

see you,

PS: enjoy a cozy Sunday

Friday, December 21, 2012


Nila and I really liked the cute mini-Christmas-pieces from Kim Welling. So we made one this morning for our living room table.

see you,

PS: Last night I went to see The Gospel People (early Christmas gift from my neighbour). I had a great time (dancing and singing, lol).

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Edition Flat Flowers

Had some wonderful snail mail this morning. I won the Flat Flower Christmas Edition by Suseela. They look great in our home... love the vintage look, lol.

Thanks sweet Ingrid for hosting the giveaway.

see you

PS: Jose Feliciano- Feliz  Navidad

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

one more day

 Always wanted silver shoes.

My idea is to go ice skating this winter. A couple of weeks ago I managed
to find some vintage ice skates.

Knitting a scarf as a Christmas gift for Nila... I should finish it in time.

One more day to go and our Christmas holidays start. I'm tired so I'm looking forward to have some time on my couch.

see you,

knitted Mistletoe , sure that one would look nice in my home.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Nigella and co

In the moment I spent my evenings watching Christmas cooking shows on BBC2. Specially the baking part... like Yule log.

Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater are my favs this year.
Still have to get some special food treats but I will do that on Friday.

see you,

- love Angry Chicken
- my song of the day All I want for Christmas - Mariah Carey

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tinsel Tree


This year I dedicate my Christmas tree to my father.

I have wonderful child memories decorating the tree together with my dad. He was a fan of Tinsel (Lametta). This year we used vintage ornaments, elfs and a lot of  tinsel.

My home is ready! Now I have time to watch Christmas movies and bake (eat) cookies.

See you

PS: Dad I miss you!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Boogie Woogie

Christmas has arrived in Amsterdam.
The city is in the holiday spirit.
Perfect moment to go for long city walks
and have some hot chocolate on the way home.

Have a good weekend , make sure you stay warm.
(Guess it's time to watch some Christmas movies.)


PS: Who has done all the Christmas shopping already?

Song of the day Boogie Woogie Santa Claus by Marbel Scott

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Angels & Stars

vintage wooden Angel from the  flea market in Germany

 paper angel from the lovely  Jurianne Matter

little star from the Hema, looks really pretty at night

Our home looks really cozy and pretty this time of the year, is fun to work from home.
I want lots of stars & angels in our home ... and you?

enjoy the rest of the week

PS: Imelda May & The Dubliners

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


my cats are funny in the moment,
guess they love the spirit of Christmas 

my fav vintage Christmas tree ornament...
looking for some more.

Have to get some Mistletoe this weekend.
They winner of the giveaway is een dotje wat,
get in touch and I'll send it to you.

Two more Christmas party's to go... I just love them.

see you,

PS: my Christmas wishing list :

(there is space in my house for some...)


Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Market

 dolls & co by Mikodesign 

cards, prints and stamps by Muswerk 

paper goods by Jessica Nielsen 

We went to the Winter Market in Rotterdam yesterday.
Every year I try to go to this market. It's small but the atmosphere is so nice there.
This year Erika from Mikodesign teamed up with Muswerp and Jessica Nielsen.
Really the perfect place to find some unusual Christmas gifts.

How was your weekend ? Did you get your Christmas tree?

see you,

PS: We got a tree. I will take some photos in the next couple of days.


- home alone
- drinking too much coffee
- busy with the Christmas tree (still a lot to do)
- not sure if I will send cards this year, will you?

Fairytale of New York, a wonderful Christmas song, makes me miss NY, love it there at Christmas time.

Let me put on some candles and finish my tree.
Wishing you a fabulous week,


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas tins

Every year at the Christmas time we have a trip to Marks & Spencer. Our fav is the food department, especially the Christmas tins. I really liked the musical Christmas tree and Nila picked the Gingerbread house. Which one is your favorite?

see you

PS: cute blog Peas & Carots

Friday, December 7, 2012

December giveaway

 Merle made my day sending me 
a wonderful vintage winter parcel.
Love the little vintage candle sticks.
December is always a special time of the year.
That's why I'm having a  little December giveaway.
You can win  this camera Christmas ornament...

Just leave me  a comment or become a follower.
Mister Kay will pick the winner next Tuesday, 11th of December.

Good luck.

Wishing you a nice weekend and some snowflakes,

PS: Caravan of Love from the Housemartins

Thursday, December 6, 2012

fine little day

What a fine little day....
  • Everywhere in town people are busy with Christmas decoration, so pretty and cheerful
  • My big moment of the day, Kofi Annan's speech at the Hope XXL conference.
see you,

PS: we finally watched Brave

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sinterklaas is here

The fifth of December is when the Dutch celebrate pakjesavond .We give and exchange gifts, chocolate letters and poems.We start  the evening with a nice dinner.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sinterklaas night.

see you
Kay and co

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Tree Medley




This weekend we will get our Christmas tree (after Sinterklaas)
Here is a little photo album of our trees through the years.
Every year we have  a different theme.


PS : Would love to do a Graceland photo shoot.
What  I need is a white Christmas tree for a couple of days.
If you can help get in touch.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

this time of the year

peaceful first of Advent.

This time of the year I love going for long walks.
Having winter coffee with the family (with some extra cookies).
Candle lights and fairy lights.
Enjoy reading all the Christmas wish lists on other blogs.

Tell me, do you have a Christmas wish list?

see you,

PS: Til julebal i Nisseland by Ole Neumann

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas show

Last night we went to my friends Christmas Show. Every year we get one new Christmas ornament for our tree there  but this year we choose a white angel light.

The angels look amazing in the evening.

see you,

some music for the  first  December weekend
Cee Lo feat. The Muppets - All you need is Love