Friday, September 25, 2020
New handmade harlequin pillow in my Etsy shop.
A moroccan inspired version of the pillows I made before.
The basic color is moroccan pink, almost the same shade as the panelled wall in our bedroom, combined with bright and spicy colors which are completely common in Marrakech.
I started this harlequin pillow project on one of the last days on the ferry to Ilha do Farol, so also a tiny portuguese touch. (when I bring my hook and yarn on holiday, I hardly ever touch it, but if I don't, I always miss it haha...)
I recently finished the pillow and it turned out surprisingly warm, due to the use of characteristic colors.
This week I sold two(!) of my handmade pillows on Etsy, one of which goes all the way to Australia. Do you know i still make a dance of joy when i wake up in the morning and discover, someone on the other side of the world bought one of my handmade items overnight?
Since autumn has made its entrance here, I'm working on all kinds of crochet projects again. I wonder if you guys also get straightaway back into crochet mode in September?
Well, if you want to make your own harlequin pillow, you can download this pillow pattern from my Etsy shop. You can use yarn leftovers and for the base a fresh ball of yarn in your favorite color.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
New stuff in my ETSY SHOP.
Twin harlequin pillows.
The pillows are offered per piece, but you obviously can also order both. And you can make them yourself as the pattern is available in my Etsy shop.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Sunday 6th of September
The last afternoon of our september summer holiday, we wanted to spend on our favorite island of Ria Formosa, one more time slow island life on Ilha do Farol.
What a holiday! Our last minute trip to Portugal couldn't be better...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Saturday 5th of September
Breakfast under the lemon tree.
Train trip to Olhão.
Hang out in the hidden streets with tiled houses in Olhão, azulejos paradise. (Eu amo isso!)
So surprising facades, many varieties, so many colors, so many styles, so many decades.
This year I fell in love with the seventies tiles.
Saturday market, packed with organic vegetables, plants and food.
The outdoor saturday market on the quay of the Ria Formosa is a feast for the eyes. Market with a view.
We bought some fresh backed portuguese cakes, to eat during the ferry crossing to Ilha do Farol.
A few hours of siesta on the island of Farol.
Ferry back to Faro. (haha, smart idea of mine, to take the ferry instead of traveling back by train, with an island as a stopover)
Once back on the mainland, we had some drinks at our favorite cafe around the corner, before we went back to the Lemon Tree hotel.
Que dia lindo...
Monday, September 14, 2020
Friday 4th of September.
In the eastern part of the Algarve, between Faro and Tavira, there is a 60 km long belt of islands and peninsulas with a lagoon behind it. Ria Formosa is therefore called the pearl of the Algarve.
Between breakfast and lunch we entertain ourselves in Faro and in the afternoon we take a boat to one of the beautiful and peaceful beaches of Ria Formosa.
Another day, another island.
We returned to Ilha do Farol, the island that we already visited in 2015. And nothing has changed, this island breathes slow life.
The simple slow living rituals suit us perfectly. Breakfast under the lemon tree - boat to an island - beach - lunch - boat to Faro - dinner - sleep - repeat.
And because the pearl of the Algarve, also turns out to be a paradise for mosquitoes, I'm wearing my overalls as an anti-mosquito suit and it proved to be efficient in the evenings.