Christmas interior

handmade lightballs
in the kitchen
 decoration with masking tape

(fimo clay) Nativity by Eva when she was 6


DIY angel

Today I bought a fantastic vintage book full of Christmas do it yourself (DIY) paper crafts. I cannot NOT share them with you. So here is my favourite one, the angel. Description in Dutch only, sorry! If you need help, just email me.
  1. Click on the pictures with the angel parts and save them in your computer. 
  2. Print the 2 pictures with the angel parts, preferably on somewhat thicker paper so the angel will get a bit more solid.
  3. You can read the instructions when you click on each picture, as it will pop up and the descriptions become larger. 
  4. Remember you can print as many angels you like.
  5. Send it to someone you love and tell him/her that he/she is your angel.
  6. Enjoy!




It's funny, some months ago I discovered a shop with lovely slippers. And I don't know how it works but suddenly I notice there's much to do about Collégien lately. (The same when you're pregnant, everybody seems to be pregnant.) I've seen it here and here and now here at Mikodesign. There's a give away at Mikodesign blog of Collégien slippers and if you send in a drawing or collage as well you'll have double chance of winning!
I've send this....

I did some photo editing and sketching on one of my own pictures from here.
And have you noticed the additional options for comments given below each post?
En heb je de extra opties onderaan elk bericht gezien om commentaar te geven?


practice for fun

Although I'm almost completely fed up with those retro vintage prints I used to work with when I started my business, there's one I still like. I bought a piece of turquoise curtain years and years ago in a thriftstore in Belgium or Maastricht, I can't remember exactly. In it was a rather goofy looking dog, but the rest of the animals looked so sweet; a goat, a cat and my favorite this lovely little deer.
Last night I was fooling around in Photoshop (read: practice, practice, practice) and I created this birthday card just for fun. Even the pattern background I designed myself.

I'll soon post some pictures of new fabric stuff (prints and products) I designed last week.

handmade birthday party inviation for my girl

new cabinet from the thriftstore

a stranger in the kitchen


wall paper

How I love this wallpaper from Minakani.
But the fact is that I much too cowardice to apply this in my house as I tend to get bored quite quickly. I like to to repaint my wall every two years or so and doing so over this precious wallpaper is a bit like throwing money down the drain.
My living room wall has had many colours already; starting with ordinary white, then mustard, dusty pink and the present dark greenish grey lasts the longest time. The 2nd picture is from Dos Family (nice blog!)

my favorite color




Thank you 101woonideeën (magazine) for posting my cards in your Christmas card countdown!
read more here

X-mas fair

I will be at a Christmas fair next Saturday in Winsum. I'm happy to show my newest stuff VanSan-new-style, with cushions and purses with my latest printwork.

Hopefully many visitors will find the way to our market, so that my charity fundraising is going to be a success.


friends, collegues and mothers


Annet, one of my colleagues, gave birth to a beautiful boy! Marjolein and I visited the newborn and brand new first time mother.
Megan also brought a lovely boy into this world recently, but I fotgot to take out my camera, so no pictures of that beauty.
Afterwards Marjolein and me spended some time in her freshly transformed workspace at her house, and we spoke and discussed her woolen lampshades with which she'll have a
breakthrough in the media; she will be featured in magazine Happinez in January and she recently did a huge interview for Seasons magazine which will be out in March. 
Pay attention to Marjolein Perin, she's a rising star!

Essie and Bill

Essie Jain
nostalgic, delicate and feminine

This one's my favorite drive-the-car-music : Bill Frisell

And I picked up Spotify, nice!


DIY: a wee decoration

 A wee paper decoration for bare indoor branches:

1. Assemble several nice pictures from the internet and turn them into black/white pictures in Photoshop. Crop the pictures if necessary. It is not necessary to photoshop/cut the shapes from its background as I did in the first picture, as you will cut along the edges later.

2. Flip/rotate each picture horizontally - so you'll have a back and front - and save each separately naming them birdA and birdB for instance.

3. Drag the black and white pictures into one new file. Be carefull not to overlap.

4. Then print

5. Cut the shapes roughly loose and put one front and back together, hold against the light to precise the lines. Put two or three small pieces of double sided tape between the front and back. 

6. Finally you carefully cut along the edges and pinch a hole with a needle somewhere in the top of each shape to attach a piece of fishing line.

If you have difficulties with Photoshop, you may ask me to mail you a file with pictures as shown above (1st pic) 



small fair

On the 10th of December I will be at a small Christmas fair* in Winsum.

I've come up with another charity event (do you remember this?).

This time I'll be collecting money for a volunteer organization de Helpende Hand (Helping Hand) which provides all kinds of support for the eldery, needy or invalid people of our hometown.

This organisation did a tremedous deal for a friend who was recovering from brain surgery as a remedy to Parkinson's in March. Six weeks later she fell down the stairs, she survived the fall but had her neck broken and she is still rehabilitaing. People of The Helping Hand are now doing her groceries, mowing the grass, are taking care of some financial issues etc.

So... in order to support this wonderfull organization I made several nice 'warm hearts' out of vintage Dutch woolen blankets which I'll be selling at the fair! The fair visitors themselves can set the price for their warm hearts.

Of course if you are willing to support my charity event to obtain one or more of the lovely hearts,  please leave a reaction so we can get in touch. I'll be happy to send you a warm heart before Christmas time. The hearts will look great in your Christmas tree!

* van 10-17uur in Het Jacobijnenhuis ligt op het hoogste punt van de Winsumer wierde.
   Hoek Hoofdstraat 27 W / Havenstraat 2, Winsum Gn


free Christmas cards

I've been working hard (but with pleasure) creating these Christmas cards and I'm happy to share these with you as a free download. And please forward the message.
So if you could use some greetings cards for the coming holidays, click on the PDF button (pink square) to download a printable PDF.

If you prefer ready-made printed cards for which you pay €1,95 for two (shipping included till 6 cards, for more than 6 you'll pay actual shipping costs by TNT), please contact me by mail.
I'm going to switch gears now... Merry Christmas everybody!


in the stars
Deze kaarten zijn gratis te downloaden. Ik heb ze met plezier en noeste arbeid voor je gemaaktEn zegt het voort!
Druk op het roze vierkantje om de PDF van de kaarten te downloaden.
Als je deze kaarten liever kant-en-klaar wilt ontvangen, mail me gerust, dan stuur ik je ze. Ze kosten €1,95 per twee en tot 6 kaarten zijn de verzendkosten gratis. Bij meer dan 6 betaal je het TNT tarief. 
Fijne kerstdagen!

Please respect my copyrights and use the cards for private use only.
Deze kaarten zijn alleen voor privegebruik bedoeld, niet voor (door)verkoop, dank!


in the net

Yesterday I printed on a fabulously coloured linen-cotton blend....so beautiful that I hesitate to make something out of it. Thus...in admiration I'll leave them on the table in front of me for a while :-)




I love Photoshop and every day I'm improving and I find out new trics to accomplish what I have in mind. What do you think of this Christmas card? Maybe this is something for 101Woonideeën?
Or something like this?



Here's a preview (a part of) of my newest design for the next screen print which I will be preparing in school tomorrow.
The design was partially drawn by hand, then scanned and edited in Photoshop. My husband is proud of me and he likes to call me an autodidactic nerd :-)


Do you remember this ? (the very last picture)
Now it's finally done! A subtle pattern of red dots on my favorite shoes....

And I painted something else ... a vintage glass vase seems to turn into ceramic....


I found a small spool of thread in the thriftstore