Skip to content

Seven weeks and two days

April 8, 2014

And slowly life is starting to become a little normal again – I’ve even polished my nails!


January 18, 2014

The great thing about Etsy is that it’s a worldwide community. The parcels are sent literally to every corner of the Earth.

The most exotic destination I ever wrote on a package was Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia, for this ashtray:

But more recently, my items have gone far as well.

Houston, Texas

Imatra, Finland

Los Angeles, California

Southampton, UK

Calgary, Canada

Madrid, Spain

Christmas Hills, Australia

Retro baby

January 15, 2014


The little one is well on its way now, which partly explains the silence here on the blog. Loads of things to do!

But here is a small preview of the nursery, which is London themed, based on the curtains.

“But they’re soldiers!” said a friend of mine, “What if it’s a girl?”
“Oh well, she’ll be a tough cookie and love the soldiers anyway.”

Of course, the poor thing hardly gets anything new… Above you see the old family cot, lovingly re-upholstered by my mother in law. The blanket was knitted by my grandmother, the sheet embroidered by my mother, both in 1980, when mum was expecting me.


Mr Maggie used to have a student job at a printing company and the owner gave us this classic printer’s cabinet many years ago. It will now be used as changing table and storage.


The wardrobe is another family heirloom; it used to be my great-grandmother’s. I’ve been using it to store my books for the past 20 years. The rocking chair has been in my mum’s possession since the 1960s.


Small wooden couch which doubles as storage space. I believe my parents bought it in the early 70s for my dad’s waiting room (he was a dentist); I’ve known it all my life. The design Miffy lamp is new (!), a present from my parents. And of course the Ikea stuffed broccoli is new too; I don’t know how a child can live without a cuddly broccoli.


The spacy Bloom high chair is a bit of a weird exception in our retro household, but Mr Maggie insisted; he loves the egg shape. Very design, and very expensive – so we bought ours second hand. Naturally.

Vintage gift

December 16, 2013


A family friend decided she wanted to get rid of this wonderful Pastoe tea trolley – she still loved it, but just hadn’t the space anymore. So she gave it to us! What a lovely present!

It looks great in our living room, like it has always been there. For now, I filled it with some of the retro vases I bought last week, as well as a stainless steel coffee set we picked up on a flee market a few years ago. Mr Maggie immediately fell for it at the time, and now it can finally come out of the cupboard and be shown off.

Ah, and the wee Christmas tree, of course.

(we also have a real, and much bigger one. It was last year’s tree, which actually survived in our garden! How green!)




Fat lava

December 13, 2013

Oh dear, many things are happening, but blogging doesn’t seem to be one of them… I’ll try and be good again from now on!

To start with, I purchased a big batch of fat lava vases this past weekend, through an internet advert. We had to drive to the other side of the country, but when we also found a big, cheap and well-stocked thrift shop, it was clear that the kilometers weren’t wasted.

Here’s the first bunch that was photographed, available in the shop from today!

DSC_1242 DSC_1243 DSC_1234 DSC_1244 DSC_1241 DSC_1246 DSC_1247


November 18, 2013


My friends H. and A. gave me this wonderful pop-up version of Alice in Wonderland, by Harriet Castor and Zdenko Basic, for my birthday this weekend. What a way to turn 33!








Mini Saturday

November 11, 2013


This past weekend, we participated in a rally organized by the Dutch Mini Club. With 18 other contestants, we drove around my hometown of Alkmaar in a true scavenger hunt. Great fun, great weather (except when it started to rain and the windscreen wipers suddenly decided that this was the perfect moment to break down…) and a great drive! We became 11th; not too bad for first timers…


Het afgelopen weekend hebben we meegedaan aan een puzzelrit van de Mini Club. Samen met 18 andere deelnemers gingen we op een speurtocht door Noord-Holland, in de omgeving van Alkmaar. Het was ontzettend leuk, het weer viel mee (behalve toen het ging regenen en de ruitenwissertjes besloten dat dit een mooi moment was om ermee op te houden) en we hebben een superleuke rit gehad. We werden elfde; niet gek als je voor het eerst aan zoiets mee doet…!




And of course we brought our mascot

And of course we brought our mascot

Chris Martin Writes

Pressing more into Jesus Christ everyday

Book Hub, Inc.

The Total Book Experience

Eccentric Lady

Creating, making and thinking out of the box

Nancy's Tea Shop

Vintage china and unique cake stands


soothing the soul


my collection of good memories

Tales from a Teapot

Celebrating all things creative and sustainable, over a cup of tea.

House of 34

a DIY Blog

New Old Fashion

vintage clothing and accessories

Clouds of Colour

The creative journey of Bec Brown

We Heart Vintage blog: retro fashion, cinema and photography

Vintage fashion, photography and cinema from the 1920s through to the 1970s and beyond

Cheekpuffs and Freckles.

Happiness is... a cheekpuff.

G. E. Gallas

Screenwriter & Graphic Novelist (Writer/Illustrator)


The Art of Knitting

Nest Project

Matchmaker for niche spaces and niche people.

Glaser Crafts&Tips

Here we can exchange thoughts,opinions about crafts, kids stuff, knit, crochet, handmade projects, and more...

The Feminine Miss Geek

nerdy news for the chic geek chick.

Crochet with Raymond

The mad adventures of a lesbi@n hooker and her siamese cat!

Purse Full of Pennies

Second-hand gems, charity shop finds and venerable vintage

The Green Dragonfly

A site about creativity, crochet and fun crafts with children


My creativity shared with you...

DIGITAL bungalow

Sharing the inspiration


adventures in photography, design and all things beautiful

Handmade Things For Home & Teapot


"Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words." ~~~Mark Twain

London drawings

An artist's year of independent study and its consequences

The Sofi's World

love drawing love dreaming

To Be Aware

It's all about disbelieving your thoughts


Everyone is special, in their own way <3

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences


My encounters with Alzheimer's Disease and everything in between about age and aging

Random Musings

Just trying to survive my random, crazy life with coffee and curse words.

Crafts by the Sea

knitting, crochet, crafting by the sea.....maybe dog walking & running as well


Figurative Artist


Vintage, retro & eigentijds!

What Should I Draw?

You name it, I'll draw it!

Stiletto To The Metal

Get a Quick Fashion Fix

Sew Smug

Let's see what we're capable of.


'Memories in pattern and colour'


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 336 other followers