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Friday, January 12, 2018

Kreadoe: a DIY event


Last year I participated at one of the biggest DIY exhibition of Holland: Kreadoe. It was a 5-day event and was held in Utrecht Jaarbeurs. It was my first time and about time to be part of it and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. All I know is that I'll be surrounded by creative people and that's always nice am I right! And that's true because at the end I've met inspiring people.


Vorig jaar ging ik voor het eerst naar een van de grootste DIY event van Nederland: Kreadoe. Dit 5-daagse event werd ieder jaar gehouden in Jaarbeurs Utrecht en het werd tijd dat ik daar ook bij zal zijn. Wat ik precies moest verwachten was nog niet duidelijk maar ik wist wel dat ik omringd zou worden door creatievelingen. En dat is altijd fijn. Uiteindelijk is dat waar, want ik heb heel veel leuke inspirerende mensen ontmoet.

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Cloud nine: yarn heaven
The biggest reason for me to go to Kreadoe was for the variety of yarn shops, supply and inspirations. I have never been to a place with this huge amount of yarn and everything relevant and that is amazing! My heart was thumping.
Crochet unicorn stool. Cute!
This dude sounded like Ed Sheeran.
One of my Kreadoe 2017 haul: gorgeous glittery and shiny yarn! And they were so so cheap! #happy
Also there were famous DIY bloggers & vloggers invited (I was not one of them obviously) at the event. I`ve bumped into a few and maybe one of the most famous of them all was this blond lady Bobbi Eden. She was a former `adult-moviestar and she was pretty lovely person actually!
Yes! Men crochet too! This is DenDennis, born in 1972, married, has a teenage daughter and has a very own crochet book published! Very amazing!
There were food stands and trucks installed inside. I only had coffee and ice cream though.
Also baking and decorations were part of this DIY event as well which I totally agree. There was even a couple of workshops available too. Fun and yum! Here I was drooling over the adorable cookies by Jillbeesz who specializes in cookie cutters that comes in many sizes and figures.
Mango flavored
Receiving quite some compliments about my crown which is always nice!
always have a soft spot for miniatures and anything in small details though I haven`t bought anything from the event. Probably because I know from the past and experiences that it will end somewhere in a box or drawer, forgotten and never be seen again.
Perhaps a bit overpriced but certainly so adorable! Do you DIY with felt balls? I don`t but I have seen people making adorable mats from it.
Scheepjes Photoshoot
Scheepjes is the oldest Dutch yarn & wool manufactures and was also part of this Kreadoe DIY event. One of their photographers Cees Rutten spotted me (thanks to my crown) and invited me for a photoshoot for Scheepjes. In return I get a Scheepjes goodiebox. Of course I agreed!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Peek into my life 81

My dad in the chair for blood samples.
Let me start 2018 by writing down my stress I had and still have right now but just lesser of last period of December. December stress always knocks on my door every year which is something I know but this time it was extra tough.
My dad was diagnosed with kidney failures and had to stay for a night at the hospital. However dad recovered by the check up and medical attention and was released the day after which was a relieve for the both of us. But still it was something I wished it did not happen yet it happend anyway.

For those who followed my blog for years knows that my mum passed away and so when my dad had to be taken in the hospital a rush of emotions came to me like a sea storm. Not this again I was thinking. I had to take care of everything. From driving my dad to and from every places. Being a spokesperson to my dad since my dad and his Dutch is not good. At home I still had to do the households but sometimes I let the cooking part slip and order in because I was just too tired to cook. Me? To tired to cook! That says something because I always cook. Even when I come home from work I cook. And apart of all this whirlwind of troubleness I still had another daily duty which was my 8 to 5 work. And last but not least taking care of my brother too. But wait I had to prepare for holiday as well! Oh boy. I am glad I was able to pull of something. All the yearly Christmas cards/parcels has been send out perhaps not in time (sorry!) and our Christmas dinner was scrumptious but maybe a different taste than last year as again I wasn`t in the mood to cook.
I`m so so grateful for the friends, family and colleagues that help me pull through all of this. Each one of them are my little spark of light in the darkness and I thank you all.

My dad is not in pain and is not suffering and that`s a huge relieve. However my dad complains, moans, groans, sigh, whines constantly creating himself the saddest men on earth. I know my dad was not in the most comfortable position during that time but like I had my piece on my plate too. As all my female friends say about their partner, friend, father, brother etc. men are whiney and overreacting and I so agree. Since the holidays are behind us now everything kind of falls back in their place as once before. Sigh, yay. Having two weeks break also helps. Doing fun things too. 2018 has started and I want to start fresh and strong because shithappens obstacles are always there and I want to able to fight them and put them down. Down below are a much brighter recap of my last bit of 2017.
creating new food & recreating old recipe.
Matcha loaf of breads, yum!
Coconut lime pie and milk tea tart. After this I had a couple of other tarts and pies in the making and having a pie-phase I guess? Am planning to share the coconut lime pie recipe with you guys so stay tuned!
all the dates
All the wonderful dates with my girls. And some -cough- Tinder -cough-
Here a not so regular Dutch grilled cheese at my favorite local coffee shop Expresszo. It was Dutch grilled cheese with! Peanut butter and baked onions and it was weird and alright. My friend didn`t like it though.
Hers with goatcheese was more likeable.
“OMG is that black charcoal ice cream?!” Nope it isn`t unfortunate but very dark and very bitter chocolate flavored ice cream.
Me and Jessy went to a matcha workshop at Round&Round. This was our lovely host and sensei! More of this soon in another blogpost!
Dinner with colleagues.
Some of the empties of 2017:
Soothing Gel Aloe Vera // Holika Holika
Gokujyun super hyaluronic acid foaming wash // Hada Labo

I really enjoyed this soothing gel from Holika Holika because it`s almost pure aloe vera that you`re getting. It feels super smooth on the skin with a soft after feel. Am planning to reorder this! This foamy facial wash from Hada Labo was my first timer using this brand after hearing and reading the good stuff about this brand. Luckily I can tell I can you guys the good stuff of this facial wash because I love how foamy it is and how gentle it feels on the skin. My skin feels clean afterwards and this product was very long lasting too!
city: Bruges
One of the most gorgeous little cities of Belgium.
wearing my wardrobe
Working and doing fun things in gray Amsterdam

Stephen and Penelope
My favorite wool shop of Amsterdam! And perhaps from the entire Holland!
My haul.
Guilty pleasure: McVeggie burger from good ol` McDonalds! SO GOOD!
holiday period
My best friend S. surprised me with my very first pedicure and foot & leg massage in my whole life! How do I deserve this girl? This whole foot and leg experience was wonderful and utterly relaxing.
Me and S. agreed that we need to take this kind of relaxing moments more into our life. Perhaps 2018 resolutions? Sure thing!
Oriental meets Christmas theme?
How we welcome the Christmas holidays: Chinese food, ha.
5 December celebrates the Dutch holiday `Sinterklaas` (Saint Nicolas) and one of the annual traditional thing we do is: eating `pepernoten` which has similar tastes like gingerbread cookies.
Christmas feast at work
Phone snippets
all from work
Yummy vegan non-baked cheesecake.
Yarn stuff
Soft serves, a scarf, hot take away beverages and a pillow in the make!
Goodbye 2017
You were not so bad actually.
As every year and always my dad buys firework and fire them all off at our front yard as he believes to scare all the bad spirit away and literally start a new year with a bang. Me I much rather watch the fireworks than even touch these explosions because that`s what they are actually.