this is the archive for the ‘pretty things’ category:


echeveria setosa

the setosa came to us unexpectedly (like most of our plants) when some neighbors about to move were looking for homes for their plants. we kept a few of their vases, and in one of them came this furry fellow.

we stuck it in our front garden between some rocks, and it’s been doing great ever since. as they go about reproducing and slowly dominating the patch of garden we gave them, the older leaves seem to dry out and drop, while the plants keep growing upwards.

i noticed it doesn’t need to shed leaves to propagate though: new “babies” just appear from the stem or the flower itself.

cute!

a mailbox collection

it’s not a secret that we love mail, so sometimes when friends find postal-themed items for sale, they send them our way — and this is how we’ve ended up with a small collection of cute mailboxes from around the world.

the first one was a yellow “piggy bank” from correos, offered to us by maike and wiebke who were on holidays in spain at the time:

a chinese one followed some months later, given to us by jifeng in china. it’s also a coin container, but a much heavier one. it brought such nice memories of our time there!

some years later, our friend cecília found this cute tin mailbox, and thought of us:

and the latest specimen to enter our collection is a hand-carved mailbox from canada. alida is a postcrosser, and her husband fred does woodwork, so he carved this tiny mailbox for us. it’s adorable!

and so the accidental collection grows… :)

pop-up card

killing a bit of time with a friend yesterday, we fetched our craft supplies, watched some youtube videos and quickly crafted our first pop-up cards! doing one has been on my 101 list for some time, and it wasn’t nearly as tricky as i had thought it would be.

once you grasp the basics, it’s just a matter of cutting, folding and gluing in the right places.

maybe something to incorporate into our tradition of unusual christmas cards? :)

isetta stamps!

i found about these completely by accident, while on a postcrossing meetup in germany last year… and i adore them! :D

isettastamp

had i known these existed sooner, i would have sent all my postcards with them!!

wiksten tops

i bought a sewing machine some years ago, and despite my good intentions at the time, ended up using it only for hemming stuff. it felt like a waste, and i wanted to do more, so one of the things on my 101 list was sewing something i could wear. worst case scenario i thought, i could always make a scarf or something simple like that…

but then summer came and the lovely wiksten top my friend C did for me some years ago became my favorite piece of clothing: it was fresh, simple, not too tight… it seemed perfect for a first sewing project, so i asked her if she could pretty please show me how to make one, and make sense of all the instructions – and she did!

pablo, rolling in the pattern

we went fabric shopping on the turkish market and then got cracking! for a whole afternoon we cut, pinned, ironed, fought the sewing machine… even our guest pablo wanted in on the action.

in the end, the wiksten emerged, and it was a thing of beauty. who knew i could sew with a little help!

wiksten #1

it turned out so nice, that the next day i immediately started on wiksten #2, this time sans professeure and with a darker fabric – so you cannot see my mistakes and the times the sewing machine jams! :)

wiksten #2

it turned out slightly wonky, but equally nice. they’re so light and practical that i don’t think i could ever buy an ill-fitting t-shirt again! i feel empowered and i want one for every day of the week… and maybe a tova as well :D