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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tadaaah: a very colourful harddisk cover :)

About a year ago my computer 'died' - twice. I did not have any backups, so I was VERY happy when it was revived by the computer-doctors on both occasions!! Flash forward to the present, and I have made backups of my files and photographs... on a four year old iPod I drag with me EVERYWHERE.........

Not good, you say? I completely agree...

So - finally! - I got myself some proper backup-equipment: a Western Digital portable harddrive!

Amazing to think this little device can store almost 500GB, isn't it?!!

Of course, considering this is now containing some Very Important Stuff, it needs to be properly protected.


Crochet harddisk case :)

A very colourful, very cute, crocheted harddisk cover :)

I absolutely LOVE all the bright colours! 'Cause hey, when you almost need to wear sunglasses to look at it...

Crochet harddisk case :)

... you KNOW it's good, don't you? ;)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pin of the Day: Owls and dots

Oh, my...

I don't know what to love more: the owl-bag or the blue, dotted socks :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pin of the Day: The Comfort Pocket Box

Amazingly sweet idea by Kim's Little Monsters over at Etsy :)

Finished reading: American Gods

This book has been standing in my bookcase for ages, and I must admit: by page 10 I feared this wasn't my cup of tea...

But I read on...

... and about 600 pages later I'm happy to say that it grew on me ;) I was initially annoyed by the state of detachment in which Shadow, the protagonist, lived through the events, but when I realized that it wasn't a writing flaw but the essence of the character, I kind of came to love him for it ;)

So yes, I'm happy I finally read this book. Also: HBO is adapting this book into a series, so I'm already looking forward to seeing this story come to life on screen, and - of course ;) - comparing it to the book!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pin of the Day: Eames chair :)

Since I'm still over at Pinterest pinning the whole, entire internets, I thought I might as well start sharing some pins over here!

So, my pin of the day is...

... a wonderful, simple workspace by the window...

... which makes me want to own this Eames chair :)

(Click photographs for image sources!)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oops, I did it again...

Buying fabric that is :)

But can you blame me?!

I stumbled upon My Fabric House the other day, and simply could not resist all the happy colours!!

Their prints are amazing...

... and the buttons are so cute!

But what really made me order all of this?


They were selling FIFI LAPIN FABRIC!!!!

Now come on... How could I resist that?!?! :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tadaaaaah! ~ Our brand new bedroom :)

Two years ago this month, J and I got the keys to our current home :) It's an appartment, and it isn't even that big, but it's light and bright and has a huge garden - and therefore feels so spacious!

The previous owner had already placed a brand new floor and kitchen, so after a thorough paint job we could move right in. And now, two years later, we just finished rebuilding our bathroom... and we've finished redecorating our bedroom!!! :)

The last one was - you might have noticed ;) - on my mind a lot these past few weeks, and when you see the following before-shot, you will understand why...

It looks a bit like we just moved in, doesn't it? Well, unfortunately for us, this was taken two weeks ago ;) We just never really bothered to make something of it, but after some very intensive research and thirteen hours of Ikea-related labor... we finally have a new bedroom!!!


And on the other side:


I cannot tell you how happy I am with the way it turned out. (Check out the little blue lamp!!! :)

Instead of a room hastily filled with a bunch of furniture and other junk, it now looks - and more importantly: feels! - like a home.

It is now a room in which I can read a book before bedtime, without being annoyed or distracted by all the clutter.

So yes, I was obsessed with redecorating our bedroom.

But what can I say? It paid off :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Etsy Faves: Ashley Percival

My favourite things to buy on Etsy are illustrations. There are so many amazing artists out there, and you can often get the most wonderful illustrations for less then $25! Add your own frame and you have very affordable, yet very amazing art to hang around your home.

My latest 'discovery' is the work of Ashley Percival.

His illustrations are colourful and quirky - just the way I like them ;) As an owlcoholic I am - of course - very delighted by the owls :)

Aren't they amazing? :)

You can get your own Ashley Percival-owl (or other illustration) over at Etsy.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bakin' time: Caramel Shortbread

Every once in a while I feel like baking a cake! This weekend, I thought I'd try out Caramel Shortbread :)

It's pretty easy to make actually - it just takes a little time because you have to make it in three parts.

Part one is the dough...

Part two is the caramel...

And part three is the chocolate :)

And the result? A cake so incredibly yummy...

... it should be arrested!!! :D

Seriously people. I gained weight just by looking at it ;)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Old shelves - new storage! :)

I finally got my camera cable back! So it's sharing time at last ;)

As I mentioned in my last post, my crafting room is a mess. And since I have no idea what to do with the room, I thought I'd go for a temporary solution.

So in our basement I found two old parts of a bookcase...

... and transformed them into some extra storage :)

Now I finally have a good place to line up my craft books...

... and display Jenny Bird! :)

Corners of my home

It's not perfect by a long shot, but at least it gives me some time to figure out what the long term solution is going to be! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Ultimate Cabinet?

Oh shoot!! I forgot the cable of my camera somewhere the other day, so I can't share any of my pics! :( Guess I'll have to share another decorating goodie then! :)

I have been looking for the right cabinet for my crafting/office space for a while now, and I think I may have found something that's very close to being the ultimate crafter's cabinet! :)

I already saw this wonderful cabinet on Decor8...

... and then again on another site...

... and another...

... and another!

(Click pictures for image sources!)

I thought: why do all these people are able to find and buy wonderful cabinets that I will never be able to own???


Turns out it's from Ikea... ;)

Of course, it's out of stock throughout the Netherlands... So I'll have to think of a temporary solution to store all of my stuff! Will report back on that, as soon as I get my camera cable back! ;)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

How Creative Minds Work :)

Procrastination from ism studios.

(Re)decorating the bedroom ~ Part Two

Phew! It's been a busy week over here at my humble abode! Our campsite in the living room was frequently disturbed at night... by two very naughty cats! :) They chose this week to bring home moths, spiders and even a little baby mouse!!! (The last one miraculously survided - completely unharmed!)

Now our bathroom is almost ready (I will write a before/after-post when it's completely done in a few weeks) and we can move back to our bedroom!

Like I said in my last post about redecorating our bedroom, I love the Hemnes-series of Ikea, as pictured above. But all of that white needs a bit of colour... so let's look at the possibilities :)

I really love the yellow :)

The blue lamp and the pretty flowers...

... the blue and green combination...

... and this amzingly colourful bedding by Urban Outfitters!!

You can go to the image sources by clicking on the pictures. I'll be back in a couple of days, hopefully showing off a pillowcase or two I'm working on at the moment :)