End fifties my aunt and uncle imigrated to the U.S.A., as a lot of people imigrated in those tough years. The world was huge in those years, and my grandparents thought they would never see their dougther again. When they left, my mom made her this teacozy,
I love how she made and finished it with the band and lining.
As time passed by the world seems a lot smaller, and there have been many visits and warm contacts. On one of those last visits my aunt brought the teacozy back to the Netherlands and gave it to me. I love and treasure it and it will stay in our family like one of those sweet family pieces.
Erna from Blij als mij had a give- away and yes, yes, yes, I was the Lucky winner! Look how great she made this,
She wrapped it so sweet,
I wear the ribbon with the two little toadstools around my neck! Thanks Erna, I love it!! And talking about wrapping…. Since I was a child we made paper gift bags. I did not make them for a long time but Last week my daughter and her friends made these gift bags!
They are easy to make and always great to put a gift or treat in. So I thought a little tutorial for all who want to make some too.
I always ask in the paint shop for free wallpaper books because wallpaper is just right to use for these bags.
You can make any size of gift bag, I’ll show you how to do it. 1, Cut a piece of paper
2, fold about 4 cm to the inside. Search for a right-angled firm box and fold the paper around it, the side and the bottom and glue it well.
3, Be ware to make sharp fold lines. Fold both sides inside. then take the perforator and punch little wholes.
4, take a nice ribbon, put it thrue the wholes and Ready!
The bags will be graet when you decorate them, you can do it before folding and glueing or after.
And talking about bags and decorating, here a first picture of 4 finished messenger bags.
This piece is also made from second hand Oilily clothes and fabric. like the trousers, I made a stitchery as well from this one. Maybe I'll make a little blanket when all the stitcheries are finished.
If anyone would be interested, I could perhaps sell the patterns. Well, we'll think about that. There are a lot of places you can inspired, by other bloggers, Flickr, other cultures etc.. Today I'll show a bit of my own inspiration. It's a great old book from 1947,
It's about old wind mills and Dutch traditional clothing. The book has these beautiful old coloured glued pictures. Look for yourself,
I hope you enjoy looking at them s much as I do.. and yes there ar a lot of these in the book to but I'll only show you this one,
Well This was enough Dutch for today! There is only a little peek of 4 new bags I'm working on left to show you...
You must think, ‘she has been walking around in flower underwear the past days’… (since my last post). Yes I did …almost… I just couldn’t pick the right clothes… But today it was really easy! We went for a autumn forest walk with all the children in my class. So I choose this,
And a raincoat,
luckily I didn’t need. The weather was just great! So was the walk! Young kids are so curious and open-minded look what they found;
How does the toadstool look on the underside... and where did the gnomes go?
In class the children made these autumn artworks,
Oh, how I enjoy my job and all these children!
I made a pattern of the ‘What shall I wear’ quilt, and just this week I had one of those ‘can’t sleep’ nights and look what is happening now…
Yes I started making stitchery’s now! A perfect job for dark autumn evenings (and a fast result).