Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Animal Wednesday / Art on Wednesday

 Last year I started this painting on my Wednesday art class
 Something completely different than I am used to paint.
I studied pictures, clouds and worked without color!!!!
 I started painting the skyline of Rotterdam
The city where I was born and raised
 Can't tell you what a struggle those clouds were

But I managed to get them to my satisfaction
And this is the result: the skyline of my hometown
(120 x 30 cm /  47,2 x 11,8")
And here are Mrs. Jobse and Guus two of the three dogs who are always there on Wednesday.

Happy Animal Wednesday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Before and after...........

 Finally after 3 months all is finished.
 Here are a few before and after pictures

 I have been painting for weeks. I got rid of all the yellow,
 which was in the house when we moved in.
 And replaced it by white.
I rearranged the art and had to store some. As I am missing part of a wall where my bathroom door is now.
But I will hang these in my new studio which I will built next year.

We also replaced all the doors except the front door and the one at the end of  the corridor. These were originals from 1920. The others were done in a later renovation probably in the sixties.
 A corner I didn't use
was turned into a bathroom

Here the outside and...........
 A peek inside.........

In the kitchen this green had to go

 I also painted all my kitchen cabinets and this paneling. 

And all the walls ...........
 And ceilings...............
 I am so happy it is over.......

 And the yellow is gone.

 New knobs on the cupboard where the electric installation is.

 When I stepped in this corridor 8 years ago it was love at first sight.

I am so happy to live here :)
I always love to step inside my home.

I will be off until next Sunday!
Yeah a whole week and guess what I will do?!
But this time I will be a mandala.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Today my heart was filled with sadness when I saw that our beloved Sunshine had died.
It was Teri's bird who flew into her life two years ago.
On her blog she posted about this sweet little bird and she always filled my heart with joy.
I know Teri will be heartbroken and that she will miss this little girl.
And so will I and many others. I enjoyed her adventures so much!
Teri I am so sorry for your loss.
Hugs from Sjimmie and me.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I can make a long list of all the things I am grateful for but the most important ones are my family, (blog)friends and pets. They brighten up my life.
Thank you for being one of them :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cactus Monday

Cactus Fruit Mandala

After painting wood all day I decided it was time to do a little art. I miss painting ..................
Well I haven't done much else but I mean art of course.
My corridor is coming along fine. I only have to paint my doors (6) and then I am finished.
But then in December my shed will be delivered and that means again a lot of painting :(

I returned from Shanghai yesterday. In Shanghai I couldn't visit any blogs....... some kind of censure I guess.
Thank Goodness for freedom of speech.
I had a good trip, did a lot of shopping, most of it gifts.
The weather was strange, warm the first day nearly hot, the second day chilly and foggy.
I didn't take any pictures as I nearly spent all my time inside.
But I always enjoy my time in the Far East. I just love it there and I love the food!

Hope everyone is doing OK! And that I will have time to visit you all this week.

Happy Cactus Monday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Poppy day 11-11-2011

What a special date today is!
Lots of weddings today and planned births I heard.
But also a beautiful day to remember our heroes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Animal Wednesday / San Francisco

 The first one we met was "Emma"
 elegant dogs and owners.............
 I forgot her name but she was cute and sweet! I think Robin remembers what her name was.
 A turtle
 Mr. Orange greeting Robin ♥ Oh my...he is so handsome and sweet!
 I loved her!
 Waiting at safe distance
 Aware of the strange woman.........(me) but you see still looking at his mistress :)
 At Bay Bridge
 Pelicans (click to enlarge)
 Our sister joined us for lunch
A blackbird. Can you believe it was the first time I saw these?! We don't have them here.
I think they are very elegant and they have such smart eyes!
(I think the female look sweeter and the male smarter, but maybe it is just like in real life, that it looks that way but it is the other way around.....)

Animals make our life complete. And a trip without is just a trip.
This was a journey with animals and a dear friend. Wow I guess that makes me a lucky duck ( as KJ would say).

HAW to all of you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

San Francisco!!!!

 An impression of a few glorious days in SF with Robin!
It was hot when I arrived. Beautiful sunny weather.
 Frida joined us for a drink
 The view from my hotel. Look at the Bay Bridge!
 backstage at the Opera
 Shopping! I didn't have hands enough to carry my stuff. Poor Robin.....
 Robin on her rooftop
The ocean
 The Golden Gate Bridge
SF and Bay Bridge
A little video :)
 having fun 
 And yes we drank coffee as well :)
 Talked to a dear friend ♥
Enjoyed the sun and each others company.
I had a great time. Next Wednesday I will show you more (AW) pictures so stay tuned.....

I will go to bed now and have a good night sleep.
Hope to visit some blogs tomorrow but I will also start (or continue) painting my corridor, so lots to do again.
This trip was a lot of fun. I realize I have the best job. I got paid to see a friend, to have fun, to see sights, to laugh to eat . I consider myself lucky.
Robin I will miss you but we will meet up again next year, maybe somewhere else, maybe not just the 2 of us...........