Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hello King

King's Day, Netherlands

Today is the first Dutch Koningsdag (King's Day) in 122 years. After last year's affectionate send off of the former Queen on her last Queen's Day, and the much anticipated coronation ceremony of King Willem-Alexander, this year doesn't have the same weightiness of witnessing an historic moment. However, the Dutch are still excited for this annual chance to show off their national pride and get outside to enjoy the pleasant spring weather. Google even joined in with this graphic for

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I had a conversation about collages with a friend a couple weeks ago, and I was inspired to try one. This is what I came up with, and I even found a way to include some knitting! The same friend was nice enough to loan me her watercolor pencils to try out, which is what I used to shade the face. Other materials include ink, acrylic, various types of paper, embroidery floss, feathers, and a vintage button.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


- Small chicory heads (about 2 per person)
- Thinly sliced ham (one slice for each head of chicory)
- Thinly cut cheese of your preference (I like sweeter cheeses with this)

1. Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Bring a pot of salted water to boil and boil chicory heads for about 10 minutes or until slightly tender.

2. Drain the chicory well. Wrap each head with ham slices and place side by side in a baking dish. Drape cheese slices over the top of each head.

3. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the cheese.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rat Stationary

Since I need more rat-related stuff in my life, I spent yesterday designing rat stationary. My new stationary mascot is based on my younger black and white hooded male, Distel. He seems the reflective type with deep thoughts to write-- if only his vocabulary extended beyond "squeek!"
Available on Etsy in North American or ISO paper sizes.

There is also a listing for personalized  stationary with a name added.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

An Amsterdam Movie Palace

I was walking around Amsterdam when I passed this spectacular Art Deco theater! When I later told my Dutchman about it he knew right away which one I was talking about. The Tuschinski opened in 1921 and was owned by Polish immigrant Abraham Icek Tuschinski. Sadly, Tuschinski and his family perished in the Nazi concentration camps, but the theater has continued as a movie palace right up to modern day. It is now a Pathé cinema. The Tuschinski is located near Rembrandtplein, so after you visit the three-dimenstional version of Rembrandt's Nightwatch, don't forget to swing by the theater as well!

Read more about the history here.