Monday, December 16, 2013

My Fancy Hat Design

I love large bows. I love knitting them. I love crocheting flat top hats. Combined this design is the result.

To make this model I used the black and the grey yarn from this old 80-ies sweater I showed a long time ago in this post.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

More Unravelling

This ugly children’s dress came from left for trash goods at this year’s Queens Day flea market. Now which mother dresses her little girl in grey? No wonder it didn’t sell.

So it ended up in a pile of these. Knit in a double strand they worked up quickly and I love the bulky cables. Now hopefully the colour will appeal to my adult public.

To be ordered on line here.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Kitchen Chairs

More furniture I once picked up for myself, but finally sold to make space in my tiny apartment. I used them at my computer desk and my sewing table, but then found something more comfortable for the first and a simple stool for the second that can be shoved under the table leaving more space in that little room.

I still liked those chairs so moved them to my kitchen, but they were hardly ever used and only took place. So out they went to a happy young girl.

Now for the once in a while I sit at my kitchen table I keep this cute vintage tripod, also to be easily shoved underneath when I need it out of the way!

One of these days, when my downsizing project is complete I may show some overall indoor pictures of my room and kitchen - with that pretty table - but we’re not there yet…

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Mirror

I always appreciate it when people tell me a bit about the purpose of their buy. This mirror went to a young lady who had just opened a hair salon in vintage style. She came all the way from Tilburg to pick it up in Amsterdam!

It made me happy to hear that because I picked the mirror up for myself 15 years ago and only due to my current downsizing project it had to go. As you can see I had to take it outside to make the photo because I had no room indoors. Now it’s being used again instead of gathering dust in a corner of my house.

Saturday, June 01, 2013


Having drawers full of curb found stainless flatware this lot was to be sold immediately. I had a ¾ complete set of vintage Gero Zilmeta including 3 serving spoons; 6 vintage decorated desert spoons; 6 IKEA desert spoons and 6 IKEA teaspoons.

Listed separately the pretty desert spoons went within a week. The rest combined as a set wasn’t a success. Then the IKEA desert spoons went at our first flea market of the year. 

So I changed my listing for the rest to the Gero Zilmeta only with a nicer photo not showing each single piece and to my surprise that sold a week later.

The fun is the whole lot came in the suitcase of the new set the previous owners had apparently bought. Which now serves me as a carrier and display for my craft.

Monday, April 08, 2013

My Enamel Cooking Pot

I picked this huge cooking pot up years ago with the idea to use it for dying textiles. But it turned out to be too big and clumsy for me to handle and it ended up in the backyard. As it was just standing in the way I decided it had to go.

After putting up my free ad I had a first reaction within hours, but he asked me to ship it by mail and I don’t even have a box that big. The next morning there were two more and I had to put the listing on hold. First to come won and I sold my pot within 24 hours after listing it.

Perhaps I should have asked more money, but the main thing is the item has found new use!

Saturday, April 06, 2013


These two huge pots sold quickly and for a good price on the internet. I never thought they would go!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A USSR Rocking Horse

This cute rocking horse was probably trashed because it had fallen apart completely. I put the parts together just for the photo. Too bad the beautiful folkloristic floral decoration was too damaged to be restored in it’s original state, at least not by an amateur. I couldn’t get a good price for it.

So finally today sold it for 5 Euros as a DIY makeover project to a young lady. Don’t know if the USSR origins of the toy meant anything to her, but so be it, at least one kid will play with it again. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One Castaway Old Cotton Sweater

One castaway old cotton sweater...

And a selection of the countless items I made from it:

And this is not all. Please note all these were sold and the photo's are very old.

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Brand New T-shirt

Ages ago I said I was going to show more of my curb found clothing, but never got around to do so. Maybe because at the time my pictures weren’t great.

Anyway here’s one t-shirt that wasn’t my colour and style but came just too new to cut up for t-yarn.  I then tried to sell it but it never went.

So in the end I gave it to my friend who, after having been back home in the US for nine years, returned to Holland. This one must be a favourite for her!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


For the first time in my life I dyed my hair with henna instead of the chemical stuff since I still had these two packs that I dug up in the trash years ago. Just never did it before because I thought it would be too much of a hassle, but that’s not so bad after all.

So I don’t know how old the packs were but the powder doesn’t decay even though the brown was a leftover in an opened sachet (and the auburn was untouched). Tried that brown/chatain first but it turned out too light for my taste. So I had but no choice than to go for flaming red auburn… a colour I’ve never worn before. Scary, but it turned out great and all my friends say so too!

Apart from that natural dye is better for me and the earth anyway, it strengthens my hair and a pack is good for at least three treatments (for my short hair). Way cheaper, so next time I’ll have to buy I’ll go for henna.