25 maart 2011

The loot!

Ikea, that’s where I spent most of my day yesterday…
Apart from some storage stuff, which I love btw, I had my eyes on some fabric and orchids.

More orchids? More fabric? Yes, yes, I’m guilty of both charges…

3 different pieces of fabric, I told myself would be enough for now.

So here they are:

The last one isn't really clear, but the cat woulnd't budge... If you look well, you can see it in her eyes, she claims this piece for herself!

Mission: buy three (and only three) pieces of fabric.

Status mission: completed? as if...

Evidence of failed mission:

A bag of fabric??????? Uhm, yes, it is...
Somewhere in Ikea, there is a discount corner, maybe you've already been there?
It's crammed full furniture with flaws and 'end of season' stuff, but sometimes one gets lucky and stumbles over a bag full of goodies!
Goodies in the sense of seven different fabrics, dimensions between a metre and several meters (!) for the grand price of 9,99 euros...
Let's just say, it made my day ;-)

Love, zjizjipke

23 maart 2011

Multilingual crochet!

Hello everyone!

While exploring the enormous amount of patterns in the gigantic world of the internet, I kept mixing up the UK and US terms with the Dutch ones… Every time I want to crochet one of your beautiful creations, I needed to check and double-check (thanks Google for that…)

So I said to myself and the cat, because she’s always nearby, I said: Listen girl, now you’re going to make some kind of sheet on which you can see in a blink of an eye if it’s yo once or twice.

I twiddled and fiddled with a spreadsheet and there it was, UK terms sisterly beside US and Dutch terms. Maybe these are even useful for the English speaking lovelies who visit my blog and want to translate a Dutch pattern. Maybe, who knows…

Love, Zjizjipke!

16 maart 2011

One of my other passions are orchids. I absolutely love those flowers!
Don’t get me wrong, I love all flowers, but I have my favorites…

And favorites they are… In my tiny apartment I’ve got no less than 20 orchids.

Yes, that’s right, TWENTY or wait, more than 20… (whoops, you didn’t hear that last part, did you?).

Following the seasons and corresponding temperatures indoor, they start blossoming around February and they show their colors right through July and August.

I’ll show you a few of my pretties today and save the rest for later…

The first one is one of my oldest plants, last year he had seven flowering branches...

The second plant was a birthday present from a really good friend of mine, she knows my faves!

The third one is also a golden oldie, a faithful bloomer! I really like the contrast between the pure white petals and the pink heart...

Love, Zjizjipke!

6 maart 2011

While I’m steadily working on my blankie, not a lot of stuff from my 10in11-list is being made… Everyday must-do’s and work are sadly taking up a lot of want-do time.
I probably don’t have to elaborate on that subject? You all know how time just seems to fly by? How the crocheting hooks and the sewing machine give you longing looks when you pass by with another load of laundry?

But sometimes I do manage to squeeze in some hookytime! I found some gorgeous bright turquoise wool in the thrift shop recently and it wasn’t enough for a big project. So when I came across Ingrids tutorial for an easy scarf, I closed my eyes for the dirty dishes in the sink and sat down with my hook and wool!

The scarf is as easy as promised and has really nice look.

Only thing left to do is pry the scarf away from the elephant, because he likes it that much he doesn’t want to give it back…
And of course the queen of the house came to inspect while I was taking pictures!

Love, Zjizjipke!