Wednesday Wanderings (14)

  So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the...

Wednesday Wanderings (12)

I can't move. An extremely tired dog is sleeping on my feet. And interrupting that would be a crime against cuteness.  I sit on my bed with my computer on my lap, looking back on a few incredible busy (but offline) days and working on plans for the future. As dreams...

#MarchMeetTheMaker the unlimited where.

MMTM, aka the no-secrets-month! It's been one week into the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge where every day you get a prompt that will ask you to share something about yourself and/or your work. Since it's mostly focussed on Instagram, you can connect with other makers by following the hashtag (it's a rather new...

Living abroad: lost in word soup

Have you ever heard of Neder-Swengelska? No? It's what I currently speak fluently. It's an interesting and creative mix of Dutch, Swedish and English and the cool thing is that it has so many variations and dialects that almost nobody can understand it! - not even the person speaking it. Yeah, I can...

The stories are in the scratches

It's almost midnight and I am staring at my glowing screen, being painfully aware of a headache that has been following my every move the whole day. Normally I wouldn't be in Sweden right now but visiting my home country Belgium for a week to celebrate my grandmothers 94th birthday, meet...

Santa Lucia & Lussekatter

The 13th of December, there is a bit of extra light on these dark Swedish days when Saint Lucy's day is celebrated. Sparkling candles and of course saffron buns! Last years we made an tasted them for the first time and for this year we had a bit of a...

The apple blossoms tell me it's really spring.

"This is such a terrible spring," they say, but it is impossible for me to agree. First of all this is my very first spring in Sweden. During our travels we've been here autumn, winter, summer, but never in spring. So it's impossible to compare. Secondly I loved having snow...

Famous five adventure trigger

I love ice and stones and have a thing with caves, islands and exploring the woods. I might have to thank (or blame) Enid Blytons 'Famous Five' series for that. I got some old ones from my mother and ended up collecting all the books and reading them again and again...

Updating the guestroom & friends visiting

[caption id="attachment_1404" align="alignnone" width="640"] The room before (picture by the previous owner)[/caption] The past few months we've been working hard in the house to make it fit our needs and taste. Not so easy with an old house, the dark season and a very limited budget. But step by step the...

5 tactics to stay happy during short winter days.

Winter in Sweden is without any doubt magical with snow and golden rays of sunlight gently touching the earth. But the days are also short. Leaving less time for painting and giving me a dinner-time-feeling around 2.30 pm it might feel confusing. With the risk of the darkness becoming heavy...