Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday is my day to stay home with the kids: mamadag in Dutch. As my son, Tipp, is already in school, my daughter, Loula, and I have lazy mornings with coffee and crafts. Yesterday we decided to decorate our windows with heart snowflakes!

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Check out these blogs for some fun Valentine’s projects to do with small children:

Small for Big – geo DIY valentine’s hearts

Handmade Charlotte – 6 sugar-free Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Room for Two: a shared bedroom of 5 1/2 sq. meters (or 58 sq. ft.)

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junior bed perpendicular

It’s not uncommon these days for families in Amsterdam to live…shall we say…efficiently. In other words: very small. We are one of them. Our small home of 65 square meters (700 square feet) has two bedrooms – one for the adults, and one for the children. How to manage with a growing family? Creativity is key!

Our children’s bedroom is just over 3 meters (3 yards) by 1.8 meters (about 5 feet). Here you can see how we placed my daughter’s junior-sized bed (1.5 meters long rather than the standard 2 meters) perpendicular under my son’s bed. “Closet space” was created by adding a wooden pole underneath the foot of his bed and boxes were bolted to the wall (see second photo) to create shelving.

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junior bed under standard bed

Each child has their own personal bookshelf space (my son’s is more recent and can be seen in the second photo). These boxes were all great finds! I found my daughters shelves at a Queen’s Day sale. The boxes were already pink, so they’ve just stayed that way. My son’s shelf is a wine box that I got for free at our local wine shop. A quick paint job, and there you go!

Recently, my strongly opinionated 3-year-old daughter decided that she’d prefer to sleep fully under my son’s bed. While it wouldn’t be my personal preference, it certainly does help with space!

Any other low-budget, space saving ideas you’d like to share? Please do!

Cashmere blend infinity scarf

pink scarf 1Another listing on Etsy. On a role!

This is a super hip and very soft infity scarf, worn here by my sweet little Loula. I love this scarf. So easy to pull on and off. Nice and warm, but also relatively light weight. Good for our brisk spring days!

Funny little story: Loula had used marker to draw on her face right before I was going to take some photos. Luckily, I was able to get it off enough so that it’s not visible. And, luckily I managed to get some good photos before she went and colored on herself AGAIN! This time with black and dark green marker….which wouldn’t come off entirely. So the whole day she looked a little bit like she’d been in a fist fight. Haha!

first product on Etsy!

Cap sleeve shirt made from a vintage duvet coverHooray! I am ecstatic to announce that I have posted my very first listing on Etsy. It is a shirt made of 100% cotton from a vintage duvet cover. I have worn this piece several times and get TONS of comments. It fits with everything – blue jeans, black pants, skirts. Perfect!

Have a look on Etsy. Pin it on Pinterest. There are only 3 available in this pattern. I plan on making more of this style using the gorgeous Liberty of London fabric.

 

 

one meter squared of dark blue with white block…and no yellow line

this is one meter squared of dark blue with a white block. there were plans to put a yellow line about two thirds of the way down the block, but i liked it how it was. so that is why there is no yellow line.