Summer holiday

Hello sweeties,

Just a quick post to wish you all a wonderful summer holiday
(if you have one that is, because some of you are in mid winter... brrr)

I leave some new work in progress on my worktable.

(Taken with my phone. The quality could be better, lol.)

This will wait for me when I get back
because there's no time left.

On the road we go!
Heading towards the coastline!

If you're interested:
I have made some photo albums on my Flickr page HERE
and a Instagram page HERE.

Sending you big hugs and happy sunny smiles!

Happy birthday OBW!

This week the linky party blog Our Beautiful World turned two!

Two years ago, Kirsty came to me with the idea of starting a photo blog
where people from all over the world could share their world with each other
through weekly word prompts or themes.

Together we created the blog and we started with a team of 5 photography lovers
from the United States, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Puerto Rico and The Netherlands.

There were some changes in the team since then, but the linky parties haven't changed.
It's still a wonderful place to mingle, share and meet.

So I'm wishing OBW a happy second birthday
and hopefully there will be many more years to enjoy!

Thank you Kirsty for taking the initiative to start with OBW!

This week there will be a little giveaway at OBW.

So hop over to the blog to read all about it
and to join OBW this week with the theme
TWO is better than one!


The photos in this blog post are from a card I made today.
I was playing with modeling paste and this is what came out of it.

With a vintage bird image from the Graphics Fairy I think.
The flower I made with old bed sheets painted with acrylic paints
and a button from the thrift store.

I love to explore and experiment and this was the first time I used modeling paste.

But here's a tip:

Please do run your card through the sewing machine BEFORE you apply the paste to it.


Wishing you a beautiful day!

Mail received, a sneak peek and a freebie

A while ago I purchased a gorgeous lace heart from Suzy of

Suzy is one of my favourite artists and her work always inspires me.
She has a great eye for colour combinations, beautiful images and gorgeous details.

Along with the heart I bought this gorgeous card.

On the card she added some of her own goats hair, which she dyed herself.
(Only the hair, not the goat ;)

The sweet and generous Suzy added some beautiful things to the package
which I can use for my own work.

Another package arrived.
It came from another generous soul.

After seeing my beachy works, she sent me these beautiful beach finds.
Sea glass, pottery, stones, all beautifully worn by the waves.

Thank you dear friends, you're so generous and such inspirational artists!
Big hugs to you!

And here's another sneak peek of my mixed media blog

And last but not least a freebie for you.
One of the antique French postcards I bought last year.

Free for you to use in your own projects.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Sneak peek

Hello sweet friends,

Today I have a sneak peek for you
with a link that will direct you to a new fabric heart of mine.

If you want to know what this is all about,
then please hop over to

There's also a how-to included :)

I am behind with my visits to you
and will catch up with you later this weekend!

Wishing you a beautiful day.

Grey Sea

I took up my paint brushes again.

Grey Sea ~ an acrylic painting.

Inspired by the cleansing and calming feeling of the waves
while standing in the short break last weekend.

Wishing you great tidings
and peaceful moments.

A lazy beach day and a work in progress

It was a lazy day at the beach today.
Waves coming and going.

We gathered more shells,

washed ashore.

A picture I took became the starting point
of a new fabric collage.

A work in progress still.

Embroidery and beads need to be added.
Holes need to be drilled in the shells.

But I'm not in a hurry.

This fellow was begging for a piece of my sandwich.
I gave in. For another photo opportunity.
Hey, you ain't getting it for nothing Mr. Gull.

More shells being washed ashore.
The sea leaving bubbles behind.

And so you can join me today at this lazy beach day,
here's a little video I took while standing in the short break.

Wishing you a peaceful week.

The sea gatherer

She brings treasures.
Some of which are washed ashore.
Others lost by birds.

Most of my life I lived a bike ride from the sea.
The sound of the water splashing up against the harbor walls,
the dancing of the boats on the motion of the waves.
They're etched in my mind forever.

Although the bike ride is a car ride now,
our home is still quite close to the sea.

So whenever possible,
I love to go there
and gather shells and driftwood.

The mussels have such beautiful colored shells.
And inside is like a blue pearl.

While the outside can be rough and covered with interesting textures.

The soothing sound of waves coming and going.

I feel the sea is changing my path.
My footsteps are heading into new territory.
More days need to be spend with my feet in the water,
to see where the waves will bring me.


Sending you beachy sunshine,