My First Quilt: Part 1

Hi everybody! A few weeks ago I showed you a picture of the 84 squares I cut out for my first quilt. The last two weeks, I spent some evenings working on this quilt, and the pieced top layer is already done! In this post, I will show you the steps I took, but first I want to tell you something about the quilt itself. The pattern I used is a disappearing nine patch, this name is quite self-explanatory if you read on 😉 I stumbled upon it about a year ago, on a blog called obsessivelystitching (the 1st quilt ever project), and I went totally wild about it! The instructions were very clear, and for me as a total n00b in the quilting department I figured I could do this. At the fabric store I found some fat quarters (45x55cm pieces of fabric) on sale, so I bought a lot of them and basically I was ready to go! First I want to show you the result, because I am so proud of how it turned out.

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At first I was afraid it would turn out a bit kitschy, because of the flowery fabrics and wide variety of prints. But I like it now, I think I will keep it for myself to snuggle under when my room is a bit chilly at night. And now for the tutorial part! I don’t want to be too detailed on this one, for a very extensive instruction I suggest you use the website I mentioned earlier. This post is mainly to show what I did and what it looked like!

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Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens 2013

Hi everybody! As a real fantasy-lover, I just can’t skip Europe’s biggest fantasy festival: The Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens! This wonderful festival, which took place last weekend at Kasteel de Haar (near Utrecht, The Netherlands) is a wonderful place to be for everyone who likes to dress up in their best costume and enjoy the best of fantasy for two days. I went there not as a visitor but as an entertainer, to promote the post-apocalyptic LARP events of our group. On thursday I arrived, we built up our camp and spent all friday fixing the final details on our costumes, building some additional stuff to our camp (yes, we love to improvise) and just having fun in general. On saturday and sunday, the fair was open to public and we had a blast telling everyone about the things we do and why it’s so fun to join one of our events. This drew a lot of attention, which is good! I wish I could show you a picture of camp and the things we did,but I forgot my camera, damnit. I did however buy some nice new things to incorporate in future projects, which I do want to show you!

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My first purchase are those fantastic fabric stamps. They are made of wood, the pattern is carved in deep enough to produce a nice and crisp print. I already had some of those, but I am very happy I have three new ones to add to my collection! The stand where I bought these had probably a thousand different motifs, so picking the nicest was quite a challenge. I just wanted to have most of them, couldn’t help it ;). I ended up with those three, but if the seller of these stamps is at the next festival again, I will probably buy more.

The second thing I bought was a pile of reindeer hide scraps. They sold complete skins for 35 euros, but I really didn’t know what to do with a complete reindeer, because it’s so big and not that flexible. So I searched through a basket with leftover pieces and found the same amount of hide (only in 5 pieces) for 12 euros. Very good to incorporate in costumes! Reindeer fur is very isolating, because the hairs are hollow. I will probably use them to decorate a cloak at the shoulders, and then it’s functional too!

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In addition to the things I bought, I also got two presents, quite unexpectedly! One of my friends from the LARP group is very good with leather and made me a pair of  ‘gloves’  without fingers, which kept my wrists warm in the evening. I love them, the gorgeous purple colour and the asymmetric looks are totally to my taste. Thanks! I will wear them as much as I can from now on!

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The last thing I got was something my boyfriend managed to get his hands on. When our group was waiting for the start of one of our promotional shows, Prof. Rotherham came walking by. For people who do not know him: he is a professor in Celtic lore and gives fantastic lectures on interesting subjects on the fantasy fair every year. He is a real Brittish gentleman, such a friendly and funny person, I personally think it is impossible not to like him! Anyways, he came walking by, talked a bit to us and then took three guys of our group (including my boyfriend) to his office on the terrain, fetched three pictures of himself from somewhere and signed them! My boyfriend knows I am a fan of the professor, so instead of his name, he asked the professor if he could sign a picture for me. And here it is!

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Totally awesome!

So, my Elf Fantasy Fair 2013 was really nice. I look forward to the next edition in September, which I guess I will attend also. Maybe I will visit some other festivals too, I don’t know yet. Suggestions anyone?

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My Easter weekend

Hello everybody, maybe it’s a bit late to tell about how I spent my Easter weekend (I wanted to publish this post last tuesday, but yeah, life got in the way again! :P). It was a very good weekend, despite the fact that it was too cold for the time of the year, about 4-6 C, why?!? It didn’t matter much, my boyfriend was at my place for this long weekend and we both spent some time on our hobby projects. Since the weekend counted 4 days, I could finally sink my teeth in some projects that I neglected for far too long. In this post, I want to show you what I did and what you can expect in some post the upcoming time!

The first thing I did is something I wanted to do for a very very long time: I cut the fabric for my first quilting project! About a year ago I stumbled upon the blog Obsessively Stitching, which has a nice comprehensive tutorial on how to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt. It looked so interesting and appealing to me, that I wanted to give it a try right away. But as with a lot of my hobby projects, the fabrics I bought were hibernating on my shelf for almost a year, but last weekend I decided to cut them all up! I expected it to take a very long time (84 squares and 16 rectangles) but it only took me about 3 hours! Why didn’t I do this before?

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These are the fabrics I used. 12 fat quarters, used up until the very last scrap! I’m not 100% sure about the fabrics. I liked them apart from each other, with the rustic motifs and muted colours. Seeing them all together like this, I don’t know how my quilt will turn out. It can either become the rustic quilt I wanted it to be, or something totally kitsch! Only one way to find out, forward is the only way to go!  Maybe I will make a post about the project, showing off my progress and the interesting process behind the disappearing nine-patch. It’s so cool!

I also spent some time on improving my crochet skills. I felt quite unstoppable, until I tried to crochet a flower. My mom came to the rescue again, and I can proudly announce that I crochetted five flowers so far 🙂

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If you study this flower closely, it’s obvious which leaf was done by my mother. Yes, it’s the lower one 😉 mine look al wobbly again, but I am improving! *proudness*

The last thing I spent some time on is a new hobby. Somewhere around Christmas my boyfriend dug up hig old Warhammer 40.000 army (Space Wolves, lots of them) and started painting them. Curious as I am, I wanted to give it a try too. I never should have done that. To make a long story short: I have a small army of my own now (Dark Eldar, the only army with a substantial amount of female models in it) and I already did some painting on them. During Easter I started on one of the important figures of my army, Lelith Hesperax. She has very long hair, not that much clothes on her body (I still thinks Warhammer is a hobby mostly for boys, guess why) and two swords. This is how far I got this weekend:

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I’m terribly sorry for the bad picture, there was no camera around, only a mobile phone with a horrible flash. I will make a better picture as soon as I finished the model and post it here. And maybe some more pictures of my army of angry girls in the future!

I hope you all had a good time too 🙂 The weather seems to be improving, which is a good thing considering all the upcoming festivals. Can’t wait for real spring!

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Crochetted Pot Holders!

Hello everybody! I am really proud to tell you all that I learned something new! Believe it or not, until some time ago I couldn’t crochet, which frustrated the hell out of me. Knitting, sewing, and embroidering wasn’t a problem at all. But crochetting….. couldn’t get the hang of it. I tried it several times, but I didn’t seem to get it. You have this little loop over here, that’s okay, and then you poke the needle through a hole in your work, and then you wrap the yarn around. Those steps were all fine by me. But when it came to pulling the needle back without sliding the yarn off… That just seemed impossible! Two years ago my aunt (which is a very nice woman, no doubt about that) did another atempt to teach me crochet (on my own request) and she ended up wiping the tears from her eyes because she couldn’t stop laughing. For me that was frustration all over the place. I really did my best, but the best I could do was make my dear aunt laugh! As you might guess, I gave up 😛

It was somewhere this January I decided I wanted to give it one more try. This time I asked my mother and within 15 minutes I knew how to crochet! I have no idea why it didn’t work out all the time, but I learned it anyway. Still, I needed some practice, and the easiest way to do that is making something square and not to big. I also wanted it to be useful, so I came up with potholders! This is the result:


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I love them, they are colourful and they look even better with banana breakfast muffins ;). Alright, the edges are a bit wobbly, I am pretty sure I added and removed some stitches during the process and they are also not equal in size, but I don’t care! I’m a beginner right? These pot holders add some spring feeling to my kitchen, which is something we can really do with at the moment (last weekend it snowed in the Netherlands, I’m not kidding).

Unfortunately, I can’t show you how I made these. I didn’t use a pattern but just made it up on the go. Garnstudio has some patterns for pot holders I think, and also some very useful movies on how to crochet. This page contains all the different stitches, so I hope these will help you a bit!

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The Settlers of Catan (and something about all-purpose pouches)

Hi everybody! As you might have read in the ‘about‘ section of this blog, I like playing games, and luckily most of my friends do too (because what’s the fun in playing games alone?). One of the best games of the past 15 years or so is Kolonisten van Catan (in Dutch), or the Settlers of Catan as it is called in english. For the people who do not know this game (shame on you!), the players are settlers on the island of Catan, who collect resources to build roads, villages and cities. Every once in a while, the island is visited by robbers, but don’t worry, the knights are always there to come to the rescue! Lots and lots of different scenarios can take place, which make it such a fun game to play for everyone. It didn’t take long for several expansions to emerge, which allows you to sail over the sea to new worlds, add extra events and so on. So much fun! I remember it didn’t take very long before me and my sister made up our own game with new rules, which is another strong point of this game: it’s versatile enough to be interesting every single play.

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As you might have noticed from the text above, I am still totally in love with this game. Point is, you need at least 3 people to play, the boxes in which the game comes are huge and are quite pricey. Especially the last two points are a bit of a problem to me (being a student with limited storage space and money), so you can imagine I was really thrilled when one of my friends bought the game with most of the extensions. After all, he needs people to play with, so I will gladly volunteer myself for that! He did encounter one small problem however: the box of the starter game does not accomodate for all the wooden pieces that come with the expansions. Not only are there now pieces in 6 different colours, their number has increased also! Luckily, me and my trusted sewing machine came to the rescue, and the result is shown below:

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All the pieces are now stored in small bags, with a ribbon in the colour of the pieces that are inside it. Nice, simple and very effective! Making them was no big job at all, I finished all six in under 2 hours. Of course these bags come in handy for all kind of things, from wooden pieces to your trusted dice, from pencils to coins, you name it! Because they are so simple to make, I wanted to share this with you, so if you want to know how I made these, continue reading!

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Patchy Tiered Peasant skirt

Hello everybody! It has been a while since my last blog post, I have been so busy with the holidays and my internship! at this moment, however, I just feel like blogging again and I have something really nice today: A new tutorial on my werewolf costume! Slowly but steady all the pieces of this costume are coming together and I plan on finishing some more stuff very soon. In this tutorial I will show you the second skirt of this costume. It is the cute patchy overskirt in the drawing I wrote about last year. It will be worn over the underskirt I already made, as can be seen in these pictures (yay for snow, I love it!):

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It’s very wide (the bottom tier is more than 9,5 m long!) and flows around your legs with every movement you make. I love this skirt, and if you want to make one too, I will explain how to do so below!

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Printed T-shirts

Hello everybody! In this post I would like to show you these nice printed t-shirts I made last summer! Boyfriend W spotted a shirt he really liked, but it was ridiculously expensive (but still a simple cotton shirt… hooray for expensive brands…). I promised him I would make a shirt like that for him, but a lot cheaper! After a lot of washing the print still holds well, so if you can find the right paint I can guarantee you that it will hold for quite some time.

With the upcoming holidays I can imagine a shirt like this as a very nice present for your friends and/or family. Nothing as unique as a home-made present totally made to someones personal taste! If you want to make your own, keep reading 🙂

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My hobby library

Hello everyone! Today I would like to give you a sneak peek in a very personal part of my life: my bookshelf! Maybe you recognise this, but when I visit people, I always start looking at the first bookshelf I can find. A bookshelf can tell so much about a person: what kind of stories he/she likes, what hobbies he/she has and so on! In this post, I would like to show you the most important books on the shelf that is dedicated to crafting. These are the books I can’t do without when it comes to making things, or just books I had to have very desperately… Maybe I will show some more of my bookshelf later, just let me know if you would like it in the comments!

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Liebster Award!

Hi everyone! Last week I found out that The Crafty Asian nominated me for a Liebster Award! I really like reading her blog, and I feel quite honoured that she nominated me so thank you Crafty Asian! My first reaction was: Euh, what does this mean?! What do I have to do? But after some research I found out that the Liebster Award is a small recognition bloggers give to new bloggers to encourage them, and then pass it on. I love it! So, this is how it works:

  1. Thank and link back to the giver.
  2. Answer the giver’s questions.
  3. ‘Nominate’ five other blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Ask five questions for one’s nominees to answer.
  5. Post it all on one’s blog

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So, next thing are the questions and my answers to them:

1. What do you do when you can’t sleep?

I usually read a book before I turn off the light, but I guess that is not yet the moment I decided that I can’t sleep. If that moment arrives, however, I start turning over and over, then try to lie down calmly, start turning over and over again and so on, until I find myself comfortable. If I am not falling asleep then, I start getting ideas for characters and costumes and things I want to make, which is quite stupid to do when you want to sleep. Somewhere around this moment there must be something that does put me to sleep, because the next thing I think about is the annoying alarm ringing next to my bed 🙂

2. If you had the ability to time travel, would you go to the past or future? Why?

This is a hard one! I think I want to do both. If I am able to time travel that can’t be a problem right! Since I keep myself busy with both fantasy and post-apocalyptic roleplay, I would like to see both. If I could travel back in time, I would like to see what life was like back then, in different ages and in different places. I think in the history classes at school we hear far too much about kings and queens and wars, but I would rather know more about what the REAL life was like, for the normal people. If I could travel to the future, I would really like to know what the world would look like after a big disaster. In the roleplay I participate in we have zombies, mutants and robots, everything that fits in the picture of a world in ruins. I am a bit curious if that would ever be possible, so a sneak peek in the future would be nice!

3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you choose?

Granny Weatherwax from the discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. From the moment I read ‘Equal Rites’ and the Tiffany Aching books she was my favorite character right on. An old witch, who constantly test people around her and knows a lot about ‘headology’, which I guess is some kind of psychology. I think she is not the friendliest person in the universe of discworld, but surely one of the most interesting to have a cup of tea and some dry biscuits with!

4. Vampires or werewolves?

That would be werewolves. Persons who have read my blog might know I am making a costume for one of my characters, which is a werewolf. Besides that one, I also have a D&D character who is a werewolf. I like the myths surrounding werewolves, I think they are really interesting creatures. I do like vampires though, sometimes. I do like “Interview with the vampire” and in the TV series “Being human” I think they are really the bad guys, but in a nice way. The Twilight vampires however are stupid and glittery. Do not like.

5. Why do you blog?

Because I wanted to! For years I thought I had to do something with my skills in making clothes. I want to help and inspire people and hope they will try to make something of their own one day. Besides that, a friend of mine started a blog a few months before me, and that motivated me to make one of my dreams come true.

My nominations! I couldn’t come up with five blogs with less than 200 followers, most blogs I read allready have a lot of followers. I came up with these:

Fijn Lezen (which is in Dutch, but I still wanted to mention it)

SimoneWorks (who also makes nice costumes and stuff)

What’s in a treehouse (lots of nice knitting projects)

And now for my five questions I would like my nominees to answer! I stole some of the questions I had to answer, because I am really curious about what my nominees would answer:

1. Halloween is coming! What would your costume look like?

2. If you had the ability to time travel, would you go to the past or future? Why?

3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you choose?

4. Which season of the year do you like most and why?

5. What is one of the coolest things you still want to do in your life?

I am really looking forward to your answers! I liked writing this post, I hope you answer the questions, looking forward to it!

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Purple shawl

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share a project with you that doesn’t have anything to do with LARP, but which I loved making. Now that autumn has kicked in it is time again for warm clothing, hot chocolate and shawls off course! Since I love knitting from time to time, I decided I wanted to make one for W’s mother as a gift. This is how it turned out:

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