Vary!

This rainy weather asks for a nice cup of tea and warm-from-the-oven cake when the girls come home from school. A lemon-poppyseed-buttermilk cake this time. I often use this simple recipe by Tessa Kiros to begin with. It is low sugar and low fat. When you leave out the berries, you can add other ingredients you like or happen to have in your cupboard. We love this fresh cake, but not all visitors appreciate it, because it's less sweet than you would expect from a cake. You'll have to try to know.

Family pieces

Little kids grow up. Last week we got back the toddler duvet covers that we gave to our cousin (when our kids grew out of them) a few years ago. She also got a larger bed and these blankets were too small. I turned the duvet covers into pillow cases, like I did before. Although sewing them is pretty boring, it feels very good to do so. First, it's sustainable, we don't need to buy new pillow cases for a while. Two, they look pretty good on our bed. And three, who doesn't like to sleep on a pillow case with lovely memories?

Carboniferous

On the last day of autumn break we went fossil hunting at the 2nd Maasvlakte. This piece of reclaimed land was made with sand from the sea and with the sand all kinds of fossils were thrown ashore. It was a guided search, which was nice, because we got several tips on what to look for. Here our best find: very, very old fossilised coral (earlier than dinosaurs, to put it in perspective). But this was nothing compared to the huge mammoth tooth one boy found! You can see it here.

Growing

For the first time the small trees in our backyard carry more than one apple. This has to be celebrated now that the apples are ready to be harvested. J made us each a delicious 'appelflap'. She did a splendid job. And our apples-of-unknown-variety appeared very good-appelflap-apples.

Semi beginner

Yes another, short, weaving post. Because I want to show you my second rigid loom ribbon. That actually turned out pretty neat. Not perfect, but good enough for a hair band for my daughter.

BĂ„ndgrind

Here's another weaving technique I picked up in Norway. I saw beautiful hand carved wooden rigid heddles or tape looms over there. They appeared to be pretty expensive, so I decided to try a cheap (marktplaats) piece first. This is a simpler way to weave than the earlier mentioned card weaving technique. But I think the last one has more possibilities. The rigid heddle is easy to use for a beginner like me and the produced band or ribbon is really nice. A double hole wooden loom and some bone or wooden weaving cards are certainly on my wish list now. Am I lucky my birthday is not far away.

One of a kind

Everyone can make monoprints. The girls and a friend tried last week and, after some hesitation in the beginning, experimented with various types of paint and paper, different techniques of applying paint and second prints. Each time a surprise when they pulled off the paper from the painted glass. Above my personal favourites. A nice autumn holiday craft: take some flat (plexi)glass (from an old frame fe), let the children (quickly) paint on it and lay a piece paper on the paint. Rub softly and pull off again. And there's a unique piece of art!

Back to basics

The Oseberg ship (834 AD) in the Viking ship museum in Oslo was used to burry two women. Important women, because they were buried with a lot of grave gifts. Inter alia a set of bone tablets to weave traditional bands. Even with a band in progress. I was inspired to try this ancient technique myself. Found a secondhand set of cardboard weaving cards, dito book with instructions and above  you'll find my very first try. As you can see I'm not a experienced weaver at all, because the work is uneven in all directions. But the result can be a high quality thick band. It's possible to make pretty complex patterns, threading and turning the cards in different directions. I'll just have to practise a bit more.

Autumn activity

When we made reservations for this mushroom walk at Natuurmonumenten, we couldn't foresee that we would be able to do this walk short sleeved and with the sun in our face. What a wonderful day we've got yesterday! We kept a list of the different mushrooms we came across. 26 types! And the season has not even started fully yet (not enough rain). It was a fun and instructive day with grandma and granddad (thanks for the pictures L.).

So serene

Although Norway is not as design minded as Sweden, Denmark and Finland, there were some inspirational pictures to be taken in the Folk Museum in Oslo. I just love the sober colours and the detailed decorations. If I just had less stuff, no kids and a quieter mind,  I would want my house to look like this.