Saturday, May 19, 2018

My daughter's new room

After 25 years it was time to sand and reseal
 the wooden floor in my daughter's room and
 then paint the walls. We brought all her stuff
 to the room downstairs for the time being. 
But having done that we were surprised by 
how much easier bedtime became, just because
 they were not sleeping on the same floor anymore.
 It was the best idea ever! 
So we decided that she is going to stay
 downstairs and the room upstairs will be a
 second guest room. 

^ These are the best. 
We have them in almost
 every room in the house.

^ The old glass front cabinet holds a lot of her
 books and drawing/painting stuff.

^ Little dress we bought in South Africa.

^ Wearing the dress :)

^ Mannequin head painted by Magda Rust from
 Nostalgic Corner.

^ Dance shoes.

^ Books, books and books.

^ The Underland Chronicles, 
her favourite series of all time.

^ A basket from Africa, given to her by her
 godmother for her First Communion.

^ Art made of used tea bags bought in Cape Town.

^ Wooden crates upcycled with chalk paint 
and enamel numbers.

^ Old French hooks.

^ Old pillowcases.

Have a nice Sunday!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bird boxes

We hope some great or blue tits will use our bird
 boxes to make their nests this year.

That would make me so happy!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The book that made her start reading

My daughter loved to listen to stories (Audible),
 but didn't like to read real paper books (except manga).
 Part of the problem is that kids in Luxembourg
 start reading in German, which is close to
 Luxembourgish, but still a foreign language. 
And listening is so much easier than reading
 (because they are used to watching German
 TV most of the time). 

And then she brought home the book they
 started reading together in school: 
Black Blade part one by Jennifer Estep. 
She LOVED it and asked me to buy part two
 and three because she wanted to know
 how the series ended. 

From that day on she hasn't stopped reading ...

... which made me a very happy mother.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Birthday Yankee Candles

My two new birthday Yankee Candles: 
Blueberry Scone and Beach Plum.

Can't wait to burn them!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Me and my candles - Yankee Candle Scenterpiece

My daughter loves my candles, 
but I don't allow her to burn them in her bedroom,
 it's just too dangerous (although she's already 14).

So I gave her a YC Scenterpiece for Christmas
 (Black Friday deal 30% off) and she totally loves it.

And then I kind of fell in love with it too
 and had to buy one for myself :).
I love the way it looks, that it's so easy
 to use and that it has a timer.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Every now and then I google 
my great-grandfather's name, just to see
 if I can find any new information
 (or even better: paintings).

Last week I found a short newspaper
 article, actually just a few lines.
It's in (old) Dutch and it announces
 the 50th wedding anniversary of my
 great-great-grandparents and the name of
 the caf√© where the reception is taking place.

^ This was the happy couple 
(the painter's parents).

It is so fascinating! I mean, who scanned this
 article from more than 100 years ago
 and thought it was important enough to
put it on the internet?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The first tulips of the season

Sunday, January 7, 2018


My husband and I usually buy ourselves a
 Christmas gift to put under the tree. 
I bought two candles I really loved on Ebay
 on 8th December (in the UK).
And guess what? 
They didn't arrive on time 
(they came last Friday). 

I so love these labels (I think I just started a
 Yankee Candle bird's collection).

If only I knew the name of the birds (the first two).

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The tree is up ...

... and we're almost ready for Christmas!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Me and my candles - Bath & Body Works

End of November I placed an Ebay order in the US for
 five Bath & Body Works Christmas candles.
 These candles are very hard to find here in Europe. 

Of course shipping cost are high from the
 US to Luxembourg (although the candles
 are a lot cheaper), but what really makes
 it expensive are the Customs duties and taxes.
 However, sometimes you're lucky and they
 don't pick out your parcel and I was lucky this time!!! 

The candles are so beautiful with their wintery
 labels and their special lids and I love how they smell
 (all five of them).

I'll give one of them to my friend for Christmas
 (Snowed in) and I already started burning
 two of the other ones myself.