…when the tulips and hyacinths are in full bloom in the Netherlands! Looove.
Have a good day!
– S & R –
Does anyone else feel like 2016 was the fastest year in history? How is it already May 2017?
Last April-May we spent a few weeks honeymooning in southern Italy, so we thought it’s a good time to look back at those pictures now and dream back a little bit.
We started our tour in Martina Franca in Puglia at the most lovely old masseria (Masseria Iazzo Scagno, cannot recommend it enough!) and then continued with rental car visiting interesting places in Puglia, Basilicata and over to Campania, ending our tour on the Amafli coast and in Naples. The only hotel we booked beforehand was the masseria, all the other ones we booked on the way – a little stress moment at times, but leaving us a lot of flexibility and surprises along the way. : )
The pictures are almost in the order they’re shot, so you can follow our tour to some of the places we visited.
Poppies outside Locorotondo
Olive gardens somewhere on the way…
Alberobello and the famous trulli
Ostuni, the white city
Night time in Matera
Matera was absolutely stunning – and the guides and signs kept telling that this is the place they filmed Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, easy to understand why.
Castelmezzano up in the mountains
Neighbouring village Pietrapertosa. A.m.a.z.i.n.g. views!
But how do they transport furniture up there? That was what was keeping our minds busy during our visit there…
Postcard view in Positano
Tourists like us on the Amalfi coast ; )
Beautiful Capri – a day visit was enough though to this touristic place.
Grotta Azzurra in Capri – everyone got to spend like two minutes in here. ; )
The last picture is from the roof top pool in our hotel in Sorrento. Naples, where we ended our tour, was so hectic and busy so we probably forgot to snap pictures there. ; )
Spring! Best time in Brussels.
Is it just me or has there been exceptionally much of blossoms in the cherry and magnolia trees this year? The whole city seems to be blooming.
Now if only we could get some warmer weather as well…
PS. For those of you who have been waiting patiently for the rest of our winter pictures from Finland (hi, mum), they’re coming up! ; )
It’s been a quiet, relaxing day. For me at least – I was home alone and had all the time in the world to do something creative.
It felt like the walls needed something new so I put together a quick mood board above my desk.
I think I will try to do this more often, it’s a fun way to work with images, colors and patterns.
If you look closely, you see my mountain print and my take on an inspirational quote, haha.
Yesterday’s visit to the outdoor market resulted in some more eucalyptus for the home (can never get enough!).
Decided to use part of them to make a simple wreath. Luckily eucalyptus looks nice for a long time even after it dries.
I bought some other flowers too – gonna have to ask you blog readers to help me name those white berry-looking things (can I even call them flowers?).
I’m no good when it comes to knowing the names of flowers and plants. : )
No idea how they will look when they dry, hopefully not too bad.
Have a good start of the week!
– Sandra –
Greetings from Finland! Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas time. We’ve had a long and relaxing vacation but it’s coming to an end… So time to start going through the memories caught on film (or digital pixels) so we don’t have to let go of the holiday mood just yet. : )
One thing I really miss living in Brussels is the sea. So every time we come to Finland that’s one of the first places we head out to with our cameras. There’s just something about that vast open space that makes me calm and peaceful. Looking out on the sea gives me the feeling that I can go anywhere.
Fäboda (in Jakobstad) is a favourite place in both summer and winter. Usually the sea is frozen at this time of the year but due to a mild start of the winter we caught it without its icy cover this time.
Ruben wanted me to say that it was minus 50 degrees Celsius and a raging snowstorm… But in reality on this day it was just a few degrees on minus and some lonely snowflakes came dancing down from the sky. The coldest it got while were here was around 20 degrees below zero I think, which is cold enough for us. ; )
Wishing you all a happy new year!
Stay tuned for the rest of our holiday pictures, Lapland coming up soon! ; )
– Sandra & Ruben –
Wishing you a peaceful, joyful Christmas time! We hope you enjoy yourself to the full, however you spend it.
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government shall be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
– Sandra & Ruben –
Hello! Hope you have all been enjoying a nice weekend, still a few hours to go. : ) We’ve been enjoying meeting up with friends and family this last weekend before Christmas. The holidays are coming up (yay!) and I just realized that that will make me run a bit behind on the schedule for “Project 26 + 26” (there’s gonna be no “working” during the holidays ; ) ), but maybe I will catch up later. But now – print and product number six. : )
This time I was inspired by mountains and decided to carve my own mountain stamp (from a MOO rubber carving block in case anyone was wondering, my favourite material to carve). I like how it turned out, geometric shapes are always fun. I printed on some nice linen fabric and this time I already knew what I wanted to sew from the fabric when I started – a zippered pouch with a flat bottom (well, two actually, why stop when you get started). In my humble opinion these mountains work well on a little pouch. ; )
If anyone was wondering why there seems to be eucalyptus branches on half of the pictures I post here on the blog, I admit – I do have a thing for eucalyptus. ; ) We have them at home almost all the time, I love the colour and the smell of them and their simplicity. I’ve noticed by the way that a lot of people have started pinning my eucalyptus wreath on Christmas boards on Pinterest, and even if I didn’t specifically make it for Christmas it does have a very cosy, christmassy feel to it. So there’s my DIY holiday decoration tip for you, simple and nice! : )
– Sandra –
There’s not much left of this day but there’s still time to wish a happy independence day to dear Finland!
In honour of your 99 years we just wanna show off your beauty a little bit with these images from recent trips. : )
See you again in a few weeks, Finland!
– Sandra & Ruben –
The dicitionary defines stairs as “a series of steps or flights of steps for passing from one level to another” – and indeed they are handy for that purpose. ; )
But they can also be beautiful, inspirational, almost art. For me it’s a sport to find great stairs and capture them with the camera.
Always good to have friends with you on staircase hunts and have a little fun while at it.
No one was hurt in the making of this picture… Maybe just a little bit exhausted from running up those flights of stairs. ; )
Do you know of any other staircases that would look good on pictures? Do comment below – always on the look for more!
– Ruben –
New week, new print. : ) I hand carved a few different stamps – three circles and a square motif – to combine in a single pattern. Usually I like to decide beforehand what the final print is going to look like, but this time I just started printing randomly, just to try something different. Just placed the stamp wherever I felt like on the fabric and went on printing without a specific plan and just seeing what came out of it.
I did some testing with the stamp I used for my last project as well, but it didn’t work super well on fabric.
It took some time to decide what to do with the fabric I printed, but I finally decided to sew a fabric storage basket, always handy to have. Although this one is maybe a bit too pink for our home… It might find its way somewhere else instead. : )
– Sandra –