I love the sea (photos + film)

 

 

 

I love the sea.

No matter how the weather is, whether hot or cold, windy or rainyΒ  I love to be at the sea.

Never before have I had the few days of vacation as needed as this summer.
In my last post I wrote that I had a construction site IN my apartment for 10 weeks.

Every year we went cycling by the sea, to a different place almost every day.

But not this time!

We took hours of walks by the sea, slept late, made no plans for the next day.
For a week we simply rested, enjoyed the sea, calmed our nerves.

Of course I took photos again. I think I have a million photos of the sea now, but still I take new photos every year hihi

I took this photo the first day. It was very cloudy and windy, perfect for kiting

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Here my favourite motive at the sea, waves that break

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We passed the bike to walk up the stairs to the beach.
No, that wasn’t our usual way to the beach. We went that way for the photos. As you can see on the photos, the weather was perfect

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Here you can walk up the steps in the middle of the dunes.
The brown is not withered but a special form of the plant Ericaceae. This plant can be found all over the dunes because it can grow on sandy soil and thus prevents the sand from being blown away.

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And now the best look of all when you’ve gone up all the steps. Down the stairs to the beach.
When I was standing on top, I made a little video with my mobile πŸ™‚Β The noise in the video is the wind and the sea

I hope you like the view too ❀ ❀ ❀

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My new window

In some posts I have already written that my apartment is under the roof. Like a penthouse hihi

I’ve only had sloping windows so far.
At the end of June, my landlord told me I was getting a dormer.
Brilliant, great idea πŸ™‚

Which I didn’t know, however, how long it would take. I expected a week or so, instead it was 10 weeks !!!!
First they cut a huge hole in my roof, over 3 x 2 yards.
Then nothing!

I asked my landlord when the new window would be installed. He said that the hole should first be measured and then the window ordered. And then I would have to wait 6 – 8 weeks until the new window comes.

It took exactly 8 weeks until the new window was delivered and the work could continue.

Over 8 weeks where temperatures were over 86 degrees every day,

Over 8 weeks where I could not air down in the apartment because the hole was completely covered,

Over 8 weeks where I could not use the room because I had made room for the craftsmen.

The worst thing I could not sew since the end of June. Unfortunately, this was the same time my sewing class was on a summer break. Last Saturday the course started again!!!! Finally.

Yesterday I started to put my furniture back in its place. It’ll take me a few more days to finish completely, but at least the new window is ready.

The result was worth all this, but how often I have cursed the last few weeks I can’t count.

Now I have scolded so much, now I want to show what it looks like before and after.

Unfortunately I had taken the before photo at night so that one cannot compare it correctly and I put a foil over my window seat.

New window before

Here is the new window. Doesn’t it look great? The room is now much brighter and my homemade window seat looks great under the window. Like it was meant to be

New window after

Tomorrow I’m going to the sea for a few days to relax. I hope I can bring some nice photos.

DIY Miss M’s first maxi dress

Do you remember the first time you wished for a maxi dress? I was a teenager.
Miss M and her family are invited to a wedding. She wished for a long dress with a spaghetti strap. I think because she saw it at her Mom’s.
She chose the fabric for the dress herself. The first time I saw the fabric, I thought, “Yuck.”
I would never have picked this fabric for a seven-year-old girl.
Her dress – her decision!
Here you can see how the dress turned out. Looks really good!

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Two months ago, I bought fabric for Miss M. It was supposed to be a dress. Since there was more than enough fabric for a long dress, I also made the pattern with this fabric.
Now I just hope she likes that dress, too.

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I sewed both dresses so that she can still wear them next year. There’s more than enough seam in there.
In a few hours she’ll get the dresses and I hope I can get some nice photos so I can show them here πŸ™‚

Et voilΓ 

Miss M was right about the intense colors. She’s blonde and has very light skin. The contrast green/blue looks simply more beautiful….

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Baby animals in the zoo (photos)

I went to the zoo – again. Now is exactly the right time to go to the zoo because you can see many baby animals.
Weather was not so good because it was very hot and humid.
But to see the baby animals was worth it.

This baby lion was the first thing I took pictures of today.

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The tiger is not a baby but he has not let the lion baby out of his sight! Maybe he thought it would be his next meal hehe (and I liked this photo)

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Bear mommy never let her baby out of her sight. If the little one went anywhere, Mama would run after the baby

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I felt sorry for the little monkey. He was playing alone with the sticks the whole time. No grown-up monkey came to him once…

Baby ape

The scene with these monkeys was funny. At first I thought the little guy wanted to drink. But he bent over and over again and looked at the water. Maybe he wanted to know who the monkey was looking at him in the water.

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I have no idea what the bird is called but these huge Feet!!!!! πŸ˜€

Bird with huge feet

This little calf must have been very young. It was very unsteady and fell into a small ditch. Luckily, nothing happened.

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DIY A cute Kids rain coat

Last year I saw a children’s coat in “my” fabric shop. Sellers sometimes sew clothes so you can see how a fabric might look dressed. The coat was so cute.

When I saw the coat, I immediately thought of Miss M.
Unfortunately I didn’t like the fabric and didn’t find anything suitable in the next months. Until a month ago!!!

I found a totally cute laminated cotton fabric.

Originally I wanted to sew a coat for fall / winter. But this fabric isn’t warm enough for that.
So I decided on a raincoat that was finished yesterday and I love it ❀ ❀ ❀

Rain coat Front

Rain coat hat

When I started to learn how to sew I got printed labels. I still like the motive very much but I wanted something new πŸ™‚
That’s why I got 2 woven labels this time. Here’s my first one. I just love it ❀

Rain coat with new label

DIY Make a pillow look like a gift – Tutorial

I saw those pillows on Pinterest last year. I liked them so much I wanted to sew them.
Actually, they’re meant for Christmas, which will last forever until next time hehe
But I always forgot to do this tutorial. Better late than never πŸ˜€

Something fun about it. I found the pillows on Pinterest first with my cell phone. Then I bought the fabric (canvas) and the zippers, copied the picture to my iPad and took it with me to my sewing course. Only when I wanted to show the teacher the now larger picture on the tablet, I saw that the pillows are not sewn but knitted.

My cushions have the approximate size 24 x 16 inch.
If you want to copy my tutorial, you have to make the bows bigger or smaller depending on the size of your cushions.

First start with the ” bands “.

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Sew the band together on the left side. Then turn it to the right. Lay the band so that the seam is at the back and iron it. I then triple-stitched both edges.

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Sew the two bands to the fabric you cut for the pillow.

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Here comes the bow. Sew together on the left side and turn to the right. Decorate the edge with the triple stitch. Then sew the bow together

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Now the bow should also look like a bow. Press the middle together with your fingers and sew together.

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To make your pillow look even more like a gift, it also needs the bands on the bow.

I have tried it with different widths and have decided for this width.

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Because the strip on the bow looked too wide, I folded it in half. Place the strip around the bow so that it is the same length at both ends.

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Now hold the strip tightly around the bow and mark it with pins.

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Sew on 2 strips of velcro on the back side at the marking. Don’t cut the velcro too small so you have some room to adjust later.

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Because I also want to attach the bow to the pillow with velcro, I put a piece of velcro on the back of the ribbon. Always make sure to take the “hard” part of the velcro for it!

If you want to wash the pillowcase, simply take off the bow and the fluffy part of the velcro won’t damage your other clothes.

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Now you have to decide WHERE to put your bow on the pillow!!!
Just try different places and where you like it best, make a mark and sew the counterpart of the velcro.

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If you need to shorten the band from the bow, do it now and sew the ends.

Then you can sew the pillowcase and zipper.

Your pillowcase is DONE πŸ™‚

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You want to know how I made those three pillows with the Christmas songs?

I found a free font on the Internet called “Christmas”. I mirrored the writing and printed it out in enormous size. Then I applied the writing and decorated it a little, depending on the song.

Whoever made the knitted pillows on Pinterest, thanks for the inspiration ❀ ❀ ❀

 

 

DIY Your own window seat (Tutorial)

I live in a small apartment with a sloping roof. This means that almost all walls are slanted at the top.
Unfortunately, this also means that you can hardly buy any finished furniture. That’s why I taught myself to build my furniture to match my apartment.
Today I describe how I built myself a bench under the window…

First you have to measure the place very accurately. And I mean VERY EXACTLY!!!
I used a laser measuring tool for this.

For the height, I calculated about 15 – 16 inch including the seat cushion.

Then you buy the wood panels you need. For the sides, the back and the bottom I used laminated panels. For the top and the front I used spruce or fir. I don’t remember because I made the window seat months ago and I’m just posting now. I bought the wood panels in a shop that had sawn the wooden panels according to my wishes.

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I started with the wooden front.

I wanted the front to look like it was made of three pieces. That’s why I sawed 2 lines into each front piece with my saw.

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I wanted the window seat to turn white, but no bright white. And I wanted to use chalk paint because it looks so matt. On the Internet I found a retailer in the Netherlands who had sold chalk paint white as “historical white”.
I had a little sample sent to see if I liked the color. The color was perfect for me.

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Sand between each coat after the paint has dried.

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Also paint the lid with the chalk paint. I painted the front and lid 3 times so that the white completely covers the wood colour.

Finally, you have to seal the paint.

The next step is to dowel the sides and the bottom together. I started with the front, then the two sides and finally the back part.

Here you can see what mistake I made in the first part: First I doweled the front part, removed the dowels and then painted the front. What do you want me to say? After drying the paint the dowels didn’t fit anymore and I had to make a new front part.
So first paint the wood and then dowel it!!!!

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When the glue dried, I strengthened the inside of the seat with metal angles.

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I have glued the edges of the laminated wooden boards with edgings.

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In the hardware store I found protection for the wooden floor that I glued under the seat. I can’t remember what it’s called.

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I attached the lid with piano hinge.

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I found the seat and back cushions at Ikea 2 years ago. They are designed for outdoors but they fit perfectly and are very comfortable. Under the pillow I put this one on the wood to prevent the pillows from slipping. It’s for carpets, but who cares

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Here the first window seat. I needed a total of three of them.Β  I also use them as storage for my tools and handicrafts.

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My window seat for Christmas. In the next post I will write a tutorial how I sewed these pillows πŸ™‚

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Spring and Easter. Yes I know. Too many pillows. Next year I won’t use all of them

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and today πŸ™‚ I love these pillows. I didn’t make the design, but I liked it so much that I copied it.

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