RROAAW This eyecatcher of your bedroom or bathroom is something you can easily make yourself! The only thing you need for this DIY animal hanger is a wooden rail, plastic animal toys, screws and a touch of paint.

Saw your rail to the desired length. Paint it in your favourite colour. Measure it, and divide by the number of hooks you want + 1. For example if you want 4 hooks, divide by 5. Indicate this number at each distance on the rail. This is where the hooks will be attached.

Choose the animals you like, e.g. from Hema. The ones that are filled completely are the best, otherwise you will have to fill them up with silicone. Saw them in half in the middle of the body, and figure out which part works out best as a hanger, could be e.g. the lion’s tail. (Spray) paint them in another colour or leave them as they are, if you like that better.

Screw the helixes in the back of the rail where the equal distances are indicated. Go as deep as the helixes are just visible at the front; then hold the animal firmly against the surface (or ask for help), and screw further into the animal’s body; don’t let the helix be visible.

Secure the rail on the wall, and hang your favourite pj’s on your favourite animal. GRRRRR!




Iris from Oekeboeleke is an upcoming talent in the sewing patterns world. When she launched the Lucy Dress, I was immediately curious, and applied as a tester for the bigger sizes. The pattern is made for cotton-like fabrics, and combines a skirt with nice pleats with a special collar detailed bodice.

I like that the pleats are repeated at both the front and the back. I lengthened the size 110 for my 4 year old Lucie a little (3 cm), and then it was perfect for her; a little wide at the chest but ok the dress is supposed to be light and breezy.

I added pockets since the girl can’t do without. Together with this Soft Cactus retro cotton fabric, it gives the dress a nice vintage touch. The complete dress is buttoned-up, which I like a lot. Super handy to dress and undress, certainly when you use press studs like me; Lucie loves to do it all herself!



Although we moved already 2 years ago, the renovation of our house was so big that we hadn’t had the time to paint the kids’ rooms yet. I was in doubt which colours to choose, until I bought this stunning poster at IKEA. The birds gave me so much inspiration 🙂

I know it sounds strange, but I really went to the paint store with these birds in my mind: pink and pale olive green for Emilia, and for Lucie the same pale green combined with mint blue-green. I painted both colours in their rooms and kept the other 2 white.  But since they are kids, I found that suddenly too simple and clean… So decided to make templates.

Starting from cardboard, I cut out triangles for Lucie and lozenges for Emilia.You need to draw around them on the wall with a pencil, and then tape around the pencil. Don’t try to do it elsewise, trust me I tried and it becomes messy. I used several colours that matched the 2 coloured walls plus some extra gold, as a gold lover 🙂

This is the result in both rooms.

I just placed them without a  pattern like I wished, but of course you could also work with a fixed pattern. And as you can see, I also made matching curtains with the fantastic organic fabric from FairyTailors; both with fabulous gold paint.

This is how the rooms look further more.

Now I am planning on making their lighting! To be continued…






Birthday time here, in on week Millie turned 2 and Lucie turned 4.  I like to sew them special matching outfits on such occasions. Last year around this time I drew myself a dress pattern for Lucie, based on a supernice basic from Zara. It’s designed for knits only, and has a circular skirt, short round sleeves and a tight bodice.

I made her several of those throughout the year, mostly in heavier fabric like sweatr, punto di roma and french terry. And I had to redraw since the girl was growing fast. For their birthday, I fell for the supernice Lily Balou fabrics at Mon Depot. When they came in, I immediately thought of a polo shirt. Since I didn’t find a good pattern for a polo dress in knit fabric, I decided to add it to my existing selfdrawn dress.

Because of her red hair, I chose the blue plane fabric for Millie. And Lucie was charmed by the pelicans on the other fabric so that was a quick choice. I was shocked by the premium quality of this ‘knit jacquard’, which is medium heavy and lovely lovely lovely to work with.



I had to draw another size for Millie, so now I have the pattern already in 3 sizes (98, 104, 110). What do you think? Should I do something with it? Who would be interested if I share this pattern?


Copper and blue. I got inspired by the denim I found in my fabric stash with a subtle metallic shine. I used it for Lucie’s glitter pants with the cat knees, but I was jealous and wanted something for myself in that fabric, too… Since I never ever wear pants it had to be a denim skirt; a girl cannot have too much of those. And I already knew I wanted to combine it with a shirt with some copper piping to match the metallic shine.

I chose the Elsa Blouse pattern from La Maison Victor (2/2016) for the shirt; I loved the idea of a hidden button row. And it has a shirt collar, which makes it suitable for piping. But exactly at the button row something went wrong; I still don’t know what happened but I had excess fabric. Maybe I cut wrong, but anyway I could solve it invisibly … – well more or less. Also when you make it, you should choose the smaller size when doubting between sizes, because it turns out large.

The skirt’s pattern is another La Maison Victor’s creation (5/2016), the Holly Skirt. Great basic pattern for a denim or gabardine or jacquard skirt, I only lenghtened it with some extra 7 cm because I found it too short. You should only do that when your fabric has some strethc otherwise you would have to add a vent to still be able to move I guess. Also this pattern turned out to be large, but maybe I should have chosen size 40 (recently lost 15 kg so still getting used to the idea that I fit a size 40 🙂 ).

Voila, a new outfit is born. Curious for your experiences with these patterns!



Since we bought our house at the countryside (in the beautiful village of Houtem, Belgium), we have a super big garden and plenty of space for vegetables, fruit and animals. But I like keeping my herbs close to the kitchen and I want to be inspired by the sight of these delicious tastemakers while cooking, so decided to make planters for the terrace that is next to the kitchen.

I chose pallet wood because it fits nicely with the blue stone we have at the terrace. I started from the boxes we had delivered to carry the blue stone tiles. A handy size to start from, I actually just had to saw them in two, and add extra wooden beams. But you could perfectly imitate this with two pallets. You would then need 2 pallets: one for the front and the other cut in two for the sides. You don’t necessarily need a bottom; the root foil will ‘hang’ like a bag anyway.

I could place three of them next to each other, leaning against the outer wall. I strenghtened the frame at the back with some extra wooden beams. And then added the root foil, which lets the water go through. I fixed the edges of the foil to the wood with a stapler.

To mask the edges of the foil and to make the upper side look more attractive, I added a wooden frame at the top, cut in an angle of 45 degrees. Nailed everything and oiled the wood to protect it. It doesn’t look perfect but I like the rough look.

I filled it up with soil from the garden and potting soil. Potting soil alone is too light and dries too quickly. And then fill up with your favourite herbs and flowers!







Learn to make your own tree branch pendant light here. Working in our bewilderd garden, I came accross some beautiful branches. I wanted to use them inside, and thought of this kind of pendant lamp. Shouldn’t be too hard, I thought.

So I started peeling of the bark of the nicest branch. Working with a spatula worked best for me, a wood file  made the work too hard. A steel brush also came in handy. Quite a job, you could also paint the branch if you like that. I varnished the branch when completely cleaned.

I tied up the branch with thick cord. And then the electric part started. We only had 2 electric points to start from, while I wanted 5 light bulbs. So I needed to connect 2 or 3 at one point. I bought these wires and fittings from IKEA, which I cut the right length.

With a screwdriver I made 2 extra holes in each cap. Wrap the ends of the wire with tape to secure the fabric cover, and to be able to push the whole thing through the hole. Strip the blue and brown cables.

Because this fitting doesn’t have a nice socket, I decided to make one my own. With toilet paper rolls! Their diameter is perfect for this one, and I just had to cut them to the right length, and spray paint them… in gold! Who tells what these once were?

The positioning of the cables was the next step. That took me longer then expected, because you can’t hide anything of course. So it needs to look nice and also needs to stay in position. I chose to just wind the cables around the branch.

I let the ends hang down in different lengths but for a more clean look you could also make them all as long. I also chose 2 types of LED-lamp bulbs with a golden glow to fit the toilet roll socket covers.

The living room needed two more lamps, and I wanted to match them well with the branch pendant light. But more wood would be too much. So I took the same wires and lamps (and toilet roll socket covers haha), and just let them hang with the 3 of them at one point. This is the result:

Hope to have helped you with your own lighting project!



We really had a problem storing our shoes. My hubby is a skaterboy and has a shoe collection that is uncomparable to the one of the average woman.  I don’t know about you, but all the shoe racks we came across are made for 10 pair of shoes or so… I am sorry but that is not even coming close to what we have to store- even not when we buy 3 of such things.

So DIY mummy decided to build one her own. This is the result:

I wanted something BIG, that would at least partly hide the content. So no wood open rack, and looking on Pinterest I was inspired by this PVC shoe rack. It is super nice and white, but I wanted to make it with symmetric rows.

This is how I started: buying 20cm wide PVC pipes here, I figured that was wide enough to fit most pairs of shoes (both of them in one whole), which turned out fine.  Since I wanted a big rack, I bought 4 pipes of 5m, which allowed to make 11 rows of 6 pieces. The pipes are unfortunately quite expensive; don’t forget to also buy special (read: chemical!!) hard PVC glue in a pot; I needed 2 of them.

The sawing is quite a job; you need to measure round and round very precisely (I took 29cm deep).  And then you need to make a scission with the hand saw for your jig saw to be able to go in. The plastic here was 5mm thick so quite heavy to saw the whole way around – 66 times 🙂

Glueing is the fun part. Mind that you apply the glue to both side of the surface. I was surprised by how solid the glue made the whole rack… which in the end doesn’t need any side shelf. I supported the free side with some blocks, while the glue was drying. The whole rack stands on its own and doesn’t move to the sides. Only, if you make it as high as mine (220cm), you should secure the top of the rack to the wall. I fixed that with 2 L-hooks, invisible and easy as can be.


And I am so happy! It blends well in the interior of our hallway. I doubted to paint it, but in the end I like the industrial look.

What I like is that it partly hides the shoes. From the front side of course not, but when entering the hallway and seeing it from the side, doesn’t give the messy rack feeling.

The kids love it too, it makes putting away shoes funny and easy. And oh yes, we still had to put some pairs somewhere else… I’ll have to have a talk with  my husband 🙂


Glitterjeans. Aaaaah, hoe mooi. Donkerblauw met koperen spikkels. Met een goede stretch in. Ik heb deze stof ooit eens gevonden, maar ik weet eigenlijk niet meer waar. Idee was wel om er veel van te maken (ik kocht 4m ofzo), maar ik kwam nooit tot een goede gelegenheid. En dus toen ik merkte dat Lucie uit haar broeken aan het groeien is, kwam deze stof terug in het vizier. Want een driejarige heeft graag stretch in de broeken he, en ook graag glitters. Ideaal. Als extraatje had ik het idee om poezen op de knietjes te naaien.

Het patroon is eentje van Ottobre zomer 2016. Het sluit mooi aan en zit goed. Het is niet supermoeilijk, want ook weer met een valse gulp, maar wel wat werk omdat je alle naden moet doorstikken met een andere kleur. Als je de luxe hebt, zet dan 2 machines klaar want elke keer wisselen van garen is zenuwslopend. Ik vond het moeilijk om te kiezen in welke kleur door te stikken, na advies van de naaicollega’s toch voor een donker koper gegaan in plaats van lichter goud.

Maar het poesje erop krijgen, was toch niet vanzelfsprekend. Omdat ik geen patroon had enerzijds, en anderzijds omdat borduren en veel geduld bij het met de hand naaien, niet echt aan mij gegeven is. Daarom heb ik voor jullie een patroontje getekend waarop je je kan baseren!  Ik tekende één knie met open oogjes en de andere met slapende ogen. Download het hier gratis via mijn Craftsy pagina.


Voor mijn doen is het nog wel netjes maar ok het had beter gekund. Ik ben wel blij met de glittergouden oortjes in flockfolie, die veel meer opvallen dan als ze ook zouden geborduurd zijn.

De broek past mooi aan. En Lucie is er ook ape-trots op!




Nu Lucie en Emilia bijna 4 en 2 zijn en vooral de oudste graag bezig is met letters ‘schrijven’, dacht ik: tijd om een krijtbord te kopen! Zoiets op een standaard, dat je kan openvouwen. Maar toen ik eens rondkeek in onze -toch al grote-living, vond ik geen plaats tussen de speelgoedkast, het keukentje, het winkeltje, de tekentafel en de knutselkoffer… Zucht, lijkt het hier niet sowieso al te veel op een crèche?

Dus gooide ik het over een andere boeg en zocht ik een lege muur om een stuk te beschilderen met krijtverf. Ook die was moeilijk te vinden helaas, de vrije wil ik graag wit houden (het mag hier toch ook nog op onze living lijken). En toen viel mijn oog op de achterkant van onze ‘toog’, eigenlijk een vrijstaand keukenblok, die we nog met steigerhout wilden afwerken. Maar het bleek de perfecte afmeting en hoogte voor een krijtbord!

Ik wilde er meteen een magneetbord van maken, twee vliegen in één klap en alweer een speeltoestel geëlimineerd. Ik kocht de magneetverf van Brico, die is ook geschikt voor een houten ondergrond. Krijtverf heb je in verschillende kleuren, ik koos de zwarte schoolbordverf van Levis, die is extra mat. Eerst even opschuren, en dan de dikke en moeilijk verwerkbare magneetverf in minstens twee lagen aanbrengen met een lakrol en borstel. Je moet wel snel zijn, want hij droogt snel en je hebt snel strepen. Tussen de lagen ook even opschuren, ik sla dat wel eens over maar met deze verf is dat echt een must.

De krijtbordverf schildert aangenamer, ik heb er maar 1 laag van gebruikt uit schrik dat anders de magnetische werking van de lagen eronder zou verminderen. Dekte perfect bij mij (wel zwart op zwart), en het resultaat was perfect voor magneten en voor krijtjes. Aangezien er een lelijke rand aan de kast is, wou ik graag een kader maken, zodat het lijkt dat er een bord tegen de kast gezet is. Dan moet je natuurlijk wel mooi in verstek zagen, want dat is hoe kaders gemaakt worden. Een houten verstekbakje en een gewone houtzaag is voldoende. Ik zaagde ook een latje om de krijtjes en spons op te leggen. Alles even in twee lagen witte lak gezet en dan met vijzen in de rand van de kast vastgemaakt. Als je een kader op een muur wil maken, kan je de latten ook plakken met sterke siliconenlijm zoals Tec7.

Et voila, ziet er toch helemaal anders uit, nee? Mensen op bezoek dachten dat het toevallig een perfect passend bord was dat ertegen was gezet.


Ik vind het vooral tof dat we ook meteen een plaats hebben om hun tekeningen op te hangen. En zo kan de kleinste ook met magneetjes prutsen terwijl de oudste haar letters oefent…

En oh ja je kan best zelf afvegen, want als de kinderen dat doen is het eerder een grijs bord 🙂

Wel tof dat die schoolbordverf letterlijk op elke ondergrond hecht, ik deed met de restjes spontaan een paar wijnglazen die niet in het servies passen, om op feestjes nog te weten wat je glas is…