'Life is like a ferris wheel.'
Took this photo last summer in Harlingen before the 4 of us went for a ride! Loved the views at the top but I have to admit I am pretty scared of heights & always afraid that a construction like this collapses. But I don't want the boys to be scared because I am, so with my brave face up, smiling meanwhile clinging on the seat for dear live! Silly right? :)
Ps Have you seen this weeks giveaway?!


Not empty handed

Being at Flavourites Live for 3 days working pretty much all the time, I squeezed in a few moments of shopping & here is some of the loot. (Why not all?? Well some of it are actually gifts for others!)

vintage brooch from Feels Right 

 beautiful *very new, not even in their own shop* design
from Eva&Anne
 honeycomb-balls, notebooks & 'confetti'stickers from
And my pièce de résistance:
 candlestand from Lammers&Lammers at Studio de Winkel
So much fun to see all those shops & their enthousiastic owners in real life and to find some 'new' shops as well!
For a photo-impression hop on over to Flavourites!


Ps check out this weeks Giveaway from Hikjes in Huis! 


Monday Giveaway Marathon

This weeks Monday Giveaway is from Hikjes in Huis! This diverse shop sells products made by young designers from all over the world and from the owner Janneke herself! Hikjes in Huis also sells some beautiful vintage toys, cards, garden-confetti & the beautiful plates from Ingela P. Arrhenius!
 What can you win? 
This beautiful (dutch!!) ABC-poster!!
How can you win?
Visit the shop Hikjes in Huis
leave a comment here!
Good luck!


The winner of last weeks giveaway from Studio Pardoes is: Sophie Sweet Vintage! Congrats! Please send me an email with your adress at saskia.vanderzee [@] yahoo [dot] com

Have a great new week!

Ps This is the 'final lap' of the Monday Giveaway Marathon, so why wait? Enter!!! ;)


Flavourites Live

A bit quiet around here because from today untill sunday I am at Flavourites Live & enjoying every minute of it!
The workshop-table from Mijnes has got Anneke Laarakkers on one side filling a blackboard with beautiful quotes and on the other side is Geertje Aalders busy with her delicate cut-art!
And don't get me started on the great industrial location, all those sweet tweeps saying hi & all those shops... ;)
Have a great weekend!




Three photo's today, I like them, they have a certain peacefulness about them I think. And the one of Cobus makes me want to go into hibernation! :)

Just 2 nights of sleep to go before Flavourites Live where I will be helping out with this!


Ps have you seen this weeks' giveaway yet?


Monday Giveaway Marathon

This monday giveaway is from Studio Pardoes the Shop from Mevrouw Pardoes! In this shop Mevrouw Pardoes sells products she made from reclaimed, sometimes even 'forgotten' material which she found or was given to her, like bracelets from buttons & beads, dollbeds or little notebooks. She also has an ispiring blog Mevrouw Pardoes.
Every year 10% from all earnings by Studio Pardoes go to charity, how cool is that!?

phonecases made from sturdy felt
What can you win?
This phonecase (big enough for an Iphone) made from sturdy felt,
embellished with stamps & a usefull mailbag-hook!
What do you have to do to win?
leave a comment here!!
Good luck!
Amazing amount of comments for the beautiful stamps by Studio Stationery, thank you all for playing!
The winner of last weeks giveaway is: Merula!!! Congrats! Please send me your address at saskia.vanderzee [at] yahoo [dot] com
Ps I am not getting paid or bribed to do these giveaways & all winners are drawn by Random Number Generator.


Count your blessings

This week wasn't the best I guess, but there are still a lot of things that make me smile!
green small plants combined with my
collection of small, vintage vases
handmade birthdaymail
J. is busy making art from nature in school but this leaf was
beautiful on its' own he thought, so he gave it to me ♥
T. got some antibiotics to get rid of the virus that is bugging him. And I treated my bloated knee on a weekend of doing as little as possible & now I have a head full of ideas!
Have a beautiful & healthy new week!


Countdown to

Next friday Flavourites is hosting their annual event: Flavourites Live! Where you can see about 160 webshops (& their owners!) in real life! 
And you get to feel & see the things before you buy them for your Saint Nic/Christmas-shopping!

But why am I counting down?
Well I am going to be there as the sidekick of Mirjam from Mijnes! I'll be working all 3 days with her.
So if you're going to Flavourites Live do come over & say hi!!

Have a great weekend!

Ps don't forget this weeks giveaway!



T. is ill & missing out on the schooltrip to the zoo.
My rightknee is bloated & hurts.
There are things going to change at my officejob.
I'm not good at change I think.
Outside it's very misty & grey.

It's a cuddle-kind-a-day I guess.


Ps to cheer you up check out this weeks giveaway!
Psps sweet card made by sweet friend


Random loveliness


love this soft & classic pillow with a funny history
elegant little cup & saucer in the perfect color

These are all gifts my sweet & dear friend gave to me on my birthday. I love the fact that she went out to find the perfect gifts & there is even a color theme!

It's funny how you can actually meet a complete stranger & quickly realise that you are on the same wavelength with, well honestly, everything and to feel completly at ease with each other.

Here's to friendship & many beautiful years to come!

Ps Check out this weeks Monday Giveaway by Studio Stationery!


Monday Giveaway Marathon

This weeks giveaway is from Studio Stationery! This shop has got everything for your writing, stamping, planning & masking tape needs! Recently they had a new addition: their own line of stamps
 Studio Stationary is giving away this
The bunny, the squirrel & the bird complete with inkpad!

How can you win? 
Easy visit Studio Stationery
leave a comment here!
Good luck!
And the winner of last weeks giveaway by Wooncafé39 is Elv's! Congrats!
Please drop me an email with your address saskia.vanderzee [@] yahoo [dot] com
Have a great monday!


Count your blessings

This week my blessing is to be able to celebrate good times with  my sweetheart, my boys, my friends & my family, to be spoiled with sweet & thoughtful gifts!

We turn not older with years,
but newer every day. 
~Emily Dickinson
Have a great new week!
Ps last chance to enter this weeks giveaway!!!



With my birthday, Saint Nic & Christmas coming up I made a small partylist.

If you ever read my tweets you know I love me some confetti, it's cheap & instantly gives a partyfeeling. So to hang on to that feeling this ring would be perfect.
This tree is on my list for a long time now & not just for christmas.

I still serve cake straight from either the box or the cake tin, this would be a fun way of showing off my baking skills!
This one doen't need any explanation, does it? :) (Just in case: pepernoot by wikipedia.)
A colourful wordbanner you can use it for all parties! Simply change the words!
Have a happy weekend!
Ps for a soap-party check out this weeks' giveaway by Wooncafé39!!
Psps so what do you think of my new header & layout? Pretty proud of it myself.



* a good word always finds a good place *
My dearest friend spotted a carpet for me & so on monday she dragged me along on a thrift-hunt. Hadn't thrifted for a while, the last time I went I took home the golden couple.
I really love quotes, so when I saw this one in a 'new' thriftshop I had to take it home with me. The man who worked there gave it to me for free!

My friend hid these mother of pearl spoons in the shop last week for me ♥ & I picked them up for just 2 euro's.
And the carpet ofcourse, but that is a whole different blogpost. :)
Have a great wednesday!
Ps. Love the quote Obama used today: The best is yet to come!
Psps. Check out this weeks giveaway from Wooncafé39


Monday Giveaway Marathon

This weeks giveaway is from Wooncafé 39! Next to a brick & mortar shop, a blog, workshops, brocante interiordecorating advice, Wooncafé 39 has got a wonderful webshop as well, filled with home decor accessoiries!

And she is giving away a candy-soap-bar!


If you want a chance to win, visit Wooncafé 39
leave a comment here!
Good luck!
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The winner of last weeks giveaway by Ierdwyfke is:
Maar Niet Van Grijs ! Congratulations!!
Please email me your address: saskia.vanderzee [at] yahoo [dot] com
Have a great new week!


Count your blessings

love this photo at my sis in laws' appartment
What made me happy this week apart from the obvious:
* the good part of early evenings is to lite candles
* spoiling my inner-girl by getting myself a Sonny Angel at Hipgemaakt & winning some pretty, retro cards from 2 Zusjes en Jan
* visiting my sis in law in Amsterdam
* going for a drink & the movies with my husband (the first time in more than 7 years! *shocked*). We saw Skyfall & I must say I do miss Pierce Brosnan!
* Today we are having an easy sunday, I love days like this.
For more blessings visit Zilverblauw.
Have a beautiful new week!
Ps last call for this weeks giveaway!



I'm in love
~The Cure~

Tomorrow we're going to Amsterdam to celebrate my sweet sister-in-law's birthday.
Back home in the evening me & the mister will go into town for drinks & a movie. Haven't done that for ages!

On sunday my biggest goal is to just sit down & write some way overdue letters. Maybe even do a bit of crocheting as well. Hug my kids. Drink tea. Snuggle up on the couch with the cats. 

Hope you have some nice weekend plans!

Ps have you seen this weeks giveaway?!