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Paper Cutting: Horse Card

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My daughter had a birthday party of a class mate this week and asked me to make a card. The girl who was having her birthday is a horse girl (not entirely sure this is a word other languages recognize, but 'horse girl' is a Dutch word for girls with a life that's totally about horses), so the card, and the presents of course, had to do something with horses. 
Years ago I made some paper cutting art (didn't blog back then, so I'm very sorry to say that the paper cut heart isn't recorded anywhere here on this blog) with a Martha Stewart pattern and just this weekend I found the little knife I used for for the cutting, so it seemed like a nice idea to pick up the paper cutting art to make a nice horse card.

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Kokeshi Doll

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A colleague of mine is totally into Japan and has traveled around there for three times now. The last time she was in Japan she shared a couple of pink children's chopsticks on Instagram to let everybody know she was expecting a little girl, so making a little kokeshi doll for the baby seemed logical. 
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I found the free pattern for the doll here
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Frankenstein, Zombie Brian and Vlad were all featured by Strawberry Butterscotch!





Thank you very much, Anna!

Made It! #37

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~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards ~

So simple to make and so totally tasting like fall, that's the Chestnut Soup I made this week! I didn't follow the recipe entirely, to be honest. I left out the mushrooms, because except for me no one in my family and/or circle of friends likes mushrooms. To make the soup creamy I put some creme fraiche in it at the end.   Instead of thyme I used sage, because sage is just a herb I really love and it has an evenly strong taste as thyme.  For the cooked chestnuts I used chestnut puree, just because cooked chestnuts were nowhere to be found in the little underdeveloped town I live in. 
As this was the first time ever I ate Chestnut Soup I can't tell you if my own version of the soup tasted as good as the original recipe, but never mind: I thin…

Pokemon's Chamander Pinata

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The last time I made a pinata I posted a picture on my personal Facebook account and told people I accept orders. I didn't expect much of it, because most people prefer fabric made things because it's so much cheaper. And you wreck the pinata anyway.  But two weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to make a Pokemon related pinata, most desirable a figure named Chamander (don't know about you, but I had to google), because that's her son's favorite.
Here he is: Chamander!

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Made It! #36

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~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards ~  
Very sorry that I didn't post the Apple Pie Bread Pudding that I had planned to make last week. Well, not only planned, but actually made, except that I forgot to take pictures. And after making and eating the whole pudding, I didn't feel like making another one soon. Not because it didn't taste good (because it did), but I had to cook and bake a lot of other things for the friends that came over for my birthday. But this morning I made the pudding and it's even better than I remembered!
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For next week I want to make a real Fall Recipe, namely Chestnut Soup! I really love the taste of roasted chestnuts, but never tried a soup with chestnuts in it, so this will be a try out. 





Vlad the Vampire Bat

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For Halloween I made the Lalylala Halloween Series (see here for Frankenstein, here for Zombie Brian and here for Diego Sugar Skull). Another pattern from Lalylala that I wanted to make for years, was Vlad the Vampire Bat


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Lalylala designed and wrote patterns for lots of dolls like this; same body, but different appearance. I think I will make the seahorse one day, too.

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The Frida Kahlo that I made for my good friend Chrissy was featured by Strawberry Butterscotch and by Nifty Thrifty Things!


Thank you so much, Anna and Vanessa!

The Pusheen Cake

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Besides the Pusheen pinata I showed you last week, that I made for the birthday party for my now 10 years old daughter, I made a Pusheen cake. Didn't come off very well, but I'm used to that when it comes to decorating cakes and such. It's just not something I'm very good at. Sometimes I have a lucky shot, but most of the time it's below mediocre.
For this cake I used white chocolate for dripping, but after melting it with a bit whipped cream to make better drippings it didn't solidify enough, so all decoration I put on the cake afterwards slided of the round the edges of the cake. Things like this happen all the time when I'm decorating cakes. No problem at all, I almost expect it, so I'm not really disappointed. Just happy about everything that dóes look good on the cake, haha! 
But, on the other hand, if you have tips about solidifying white chocolate, then please tell me.


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The Confetti Hair Bows I made a while ago wer…

Diego Sugar Skull

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The last one in the Lalylala Halloween Series I had to make was Diego Skull. I made him Diego Sugar Skull, just because I love sugar skulls. 
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I can't really say which one is my favorite, I like all three of them. Which one do you like the most?

Frida Kahlo

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This weekend I visited a friend, whom I've known for years since the time we were still studying and worked as caissieres in a supermarket for extra money. Nowadays we both have children and live in different cities, but we try to visit each other at least twice a year.  This year I only saw her once, last weekend to be precise, due to a new house and busy schedules in general. 
Besides the flowers, card and money for the new house, I gave her a handmade Frida Kahlo. Last year she saw another Frida I made for a friend and she almost begged me to make one for her, too, for her Christmas stocking, but only now I had the chance to give Frida to her.


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Kayak Day Trip

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A couple of weeks ago, when it wasn't raining all day trough, like the last couple of weeks, we made a kayak tour through the waters around some small villages, just ten minutes away from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amazing such beautiful country side is so close to the city.






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The Pusheen Piñata

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My daughter wanted to go disco swimming at her birthday party. Before we took off to the swimming pool, we ate pizza and drank lemonade and while eating and drinking my daughter unwrapped her presents. For dessert I made a Pusheen Birthday Cake, which I will show you later and after everyone had finished the cake we had to hurry, so we almost forgot the pinata. 
We tried to wreck it, which happened to be very easy, because after the first hit the pinata fell to the ground and then it was easy to tear the paper by hitting the pinata with the stick. Which was good, because we were already late for the swimming pool.

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Made It #35

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~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards
As promised last week (especially to myself, because home baked speculaas is one of the best treats I know of) I made Speculaas this week. Twice. 
In the post I shared last week is a link to a recipe with how to make the right spice mix, but in the Netherlands you can buy ready to use spice mix. You only have to add butter, brown sugar and flower, so in just ten minutes you work up the dough. Not much work at all. 
I have a speculaas mould, but usually I just roll out the dough and after baking I cut the speculaas in pieces. Don't wait too long with that, do the cutting just after baking, otherwise the speculaas will break. 
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For the next week I found another breadpudding. Apple Pie this time, because apple pie is an…

Balloons & Money

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My daughter had a birthday party from one of her best friends last week. Her friend wanted money, but I don't like to just put money in an envelope and that's it, so I tried to think of a nice way to wrap the money. For my daughter's own birthday I bought transparant balloons and besides for decorating the party room, I thought I could use one of the balloons to put the money in. Together with some confetti and glitter I think it looks somewhat nicer than just an envelope.

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I myself had a birthday party, too, from an old school friend who also wanted money, and I used the balloon idea again for my own gift. I just took water balloons this time and put papermoney in every one of them.

Zombie Brian

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Another piece in Lalylala's Halloween Series is finished: Zombie Brian. Personally I like this one the most! Do you see his boney arm? Love this detail!


Besides the zombie, there's Frankenstein (see last week's post) and Diego Skull has yet to come. 
This is the whole series:
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My Frankenstein was featured by Scrapality, by Two Chicks and a Mom, by Oombawka Design, by Try It, Like It, by The Cottage Market and by Across the Boulevard this week!


Thank you very much, Andrea, Ali Rose, Rhondda, Janet, Andrea and Beverly&Gloria!

Made It! #34

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~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards
For this week I had the most delicious recipe in mind. At least that's what I though. But to be honest I didn't check the ingredients before I told you the Raspberry Almond Cake was what I wanted to make. So when I looked at the list of needs and saw that a lot of the ingredients wasn't in my pantry, because I simply don't use ingredients like coconut flower, coconut sugar, tapioca starch etc, I decided to try to make the cake with the ingredients I initially thought would be used, the ingredients I use when I make a Spanish Orange Almond Cake.
What I used:  5 eggs 200 grams almond meal 200 grams caster sugar tea spoon baking powder 200 grams raspberries shaved almonds
What I did: Cooked the raspberries until soft Whisked together the me…

Star Blanket

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A while ago I saw the most beautiful wool by Scheepjes, called Whirl, turning from one color into another while crocheting or knitting. I loved the wool but didn't really know what to make with it, until I found this (free) pattern for a blanket. 

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The blanket is really easy to make. When you're a tight crocheter, like I am, I would recommend to use a larger hook or more wool to get a bigger blanket. The pattern says the blanket will be about 104 cm wide after 37 rounds, but even after doing 50 rounds, my blanket only measures just 90 cm.  
The Scheepjes Whirl I used is called Liquorice YumYum. I love licorice (or drop, as it is called here in The Netherlands)!

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Keeping It Simple has written a post about crochet and featured three of my projects!

The Easter Bunny


Bare Foot Sandals



Haasjes Head


Thank you so much, Kaysi!!

Frankenstein

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Do you know the 4 Seasons crochet designs by Lalylala? I wanted to make her Halloween series last year, but I was busy with other Halloween patterns then, so I had to postpone it til this year. The first one I already made. 

The second one is almost finished.  I will show you that one in another post.
This is the whole Halloween series: