Monday, December 31, 2012

happy 2013

happy 2013 by wood & wool stool
happy 2013, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Enjoy your New Year's Eve!

HAPPY 2013 to all.

Cheers mate.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

rock-a-bye baby, thy cradle is orange

How many Swedish lullabies are sung for the babies in this bed? It's an old Swedish crib.
Soo cute, beautiful and useful, because it can grow with the baby.

The orange crib is not for sale, however the hand crocheted baby blankets and mini stools are for sale in the shop.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

36 hours & twirl

36 hours & twirl by wood & wool stool
36 hours & twirl, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
The kitchen stool got a new twirl outfit and I got a new favorite travel book about 125 weekends in Europe.

This morning I've been busy compiling a couple of destinations for 2013...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

3rd christmas day in eindhoven

3rd christmas day in eindhoven by wood & wool stool
3rd christmas day in eindhoven, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Today we visited Eindhoven, the Dutch city of lights.
First a Piet Hein Eek factory tour and thereafter lunch at Radio Royaal.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

annual wood & wool review

From a wood & big wool stool in January to the traditional tree in December.

I thoroughly enjoyed the wood & wool work and have lots of inspiration for 2013!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

christmas eve

christmas eve by wood & wool stool
christmas eve, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Christmas dinner with Jansen & Co.
Just before the guests arrive, the 4 long tables for 24 are ready...
We had a wonderful time with the whole family.

Friday, December 21, 2012

and the winner is...

Silly Old Suitcase!
Thanks everyone for the nice comments and for participating. With 96 candidates in the give away, everyone had about 1% chance to win.
The little notes all went into the pink Moroccan basket, before they were skilfully mixed and stirred by Pippa and she drew the note with Silly Old Suitcase's name on it.
Congratulations Maartje, THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CROCHET TECHNIQUES is coming soon!
For all others, it's not the end of the world (twice) and soon there will be another give away.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

dark days before christmas

Saved me a trip to the bottle bank and with some iron wire, glass jars turn into brilliant outdoor lights.

[One more dark day to join the give away!]

photo booth

photo booth by wood & wool stool
photo booth, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Minne, the oldest, is a journalism student and writes weekly sports reports for the newspaper.
Recently he asked me, to take his picture for a press card.
Sure, I said.
At the moment I took the camera he could not possibly get a serious face.
We had lots of fun. I don't know which photo he finally chose for his press card.
I chose the last blurry one of half Minne to frame.

Ps: the give away is still running!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

x-mas bliss

x-mas bliss by wood & wool stool
x-mas bliss, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Here at home, it's getting slowly but surely really Christmassy. Unpacking the old traditional Christmas goodies gives me every year that Aha experience. I've found some 'new' items in Lammie's shop; the bright pink bauble is vintage and also is the shiny vine leaf.

A huge thanks to all the entries on the give away and remember you can still participate!

Pippa is looking forward to draw a winner on Friday night...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

give away

give away by wood & wool stool
give away, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Photos of my work have been published in THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CROCHET TECHNIQUES by Jan Eaton.
I got two books. One is showing off in my magazine rack and the other one I give away (signed by moi)
Want to improve your crochet skills?

Leave a message and I will ask Pippa to choose a winner on Friday.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

christmas cabinet

christmas cabinet by wood & wool stool
christmas cabinet, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Wool cupboard turns into Christmas cabinet.
For the occasion I stored the wool temporary in another place.
This to make space for some small collections of Christmas stuff;
a row of angels on top
then a row of birds,
followed by a row of baubles
a row with a hodgepodge of decorations (bells, church, Santa, snow globe with nativity scene)
a row of all kinds of animals (peacock, deer, fish, squirrel)
a row of hearts
and at the bottom there are some empty squares...(the time being)

At the back of the entire cabinet I attached a line of LED lights. Oh yeah!

typography tree

typography tree by wood & wool stool
typography tree, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

The typography tree is made of cards with letters (and creatures) created by legendary British designer Alan Fletcher, from the book Anteaters to Zebras.

The memory cards are from Tate Modern.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

colored candles

colored candles by wood & wool stool
colored candles, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Light a candle a day (at least).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

more is more

more is more by wood & wool stool
more is more, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Remember this?

Look what I've found in the Christmas box on the attic; the stars of 2011! (and now I can recall, the yellow one I bought in the sale after Christmas...)

Well, more is more!

Monday, December 10, 2012

we flock together

we flock together by wood & wool stool
we flock together, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Christmas countdown has begun!
Only 2 weeks until Christmas Eve, so let's proceed with the x-mas decorations at home.
Time to unpack the hand painted wooden feather tags (by The Great Lakes Goods). We scored them at Anthropologie in London.

This morning I've also hung the colored lights in the tree in the front yard.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

christmas chandelier

christmas chandelier by wood & wool stool
christmas chandelier, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
The huge chandelier in the restaurant of Villa Augustus gets an extra festive outfit every Christmas season.

For the fifth consecutive year, I climbed the ladder to decorate the major lamp.

The edition of 2012 is one with boys and girls. Fortunately, I got help from two sweethearts with the hundred heads.

winter black & whites

winter black & whites by wood & wool stool
winter black & whites, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Yesterday afternoon in our back yard.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

santa & kotka

santa & kotka by wood & wool stool
santa & kotka, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Last week I noticed the fun x-mas stuff in the Sloppop shop. I fell in love with Santa (sewn together by Liesbeth, yeah!) and his boots!

Kotka is the name of this Suomi tree, it's a port town in the south of Finland.

the tiny

the tiny by wood & wool stool
the tiny, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Monday, December 3, 2012

suomi trees

suomi trees by wood & wool stool
suomi trees, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

The newest wood & wool x-mas trees are sixteen* Suomi trees. I've made them today, while it was snowing! The handmade trees are now for sale in my Etsy shop.

Have fun hunting out a x-mas tree!

*please note; Espoo, Lahti, Salo, Joensuu & Kouvola are already sold and x-mas tree Lahti even goes to Finland!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

dag sinterklaasje

dag sinterklaasje by wood & wool stool
dag sinterklaasje, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.

Pietje in the middle is mine.

Friday, November 30, 2012

-x-m-a-s- line up

-x-m-a-s- line up by wood & wool stool
-x-m-a-s- line up, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Some weeks we had a x-mas decorations try out with the hares and postcards we brought from London.
Can't wait to hang them back...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


movember by wood & wool stool
movember, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Two more days until the moustaches can be removed...

This month, our birthday calendar by Richard Hutten, has grown a moustache on the occasion of Movember.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

star above

star above by wood & wool stool
star above, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Sunday afternoon during the 'autumn storm' we brought a visit to Rotterdam.
At Sissy Boy Homeland we bought some Christmas decorations.
In the shop various white stars flickered on the high ceiling. Very beautiful!
We chose this star to bring home and put it high on the locker cabinet.
There's a light inside for a somewhat early x-mas mood!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

the book is always better

Yesterday I got the new book by Dottie Angel and Rachelle Blondel as a present. Thank you! It's beautiful! Each and every page is granny chic and a joy to see and read.
The book is about crafty recipes & inspiration for the handmade home and lovely photography by Catherine Gratwicke.

And remember to take this good advice;
do feel a little crafty at least twice a day

Friday, November 23, 2012

friday @ villa augustus

Today in the market at Villa Augustus; Sint & Piet and yoghurt cake with pistache. Mmm...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

anything is allowed...

anything is allowed by wood & wool stool
anything is allowed, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
A large knitted sweater with 'net stockings' and sneakers?
It may sound weird, but I think it's a cool outfit.

Today the mailman brought a H & M package.
Tonight after work I found the online purchases and though I had not ordered the garments as one outfit (I never buy complete sets) the unexpected combination seemd really awesome to me when I tried it on accidentally.

I'm wearing:
H&M gift of the week & magic legging by Maison Martin Margiela with black New Balance sneakers

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

dutch & vintage

dutch & vintage by wood & wool stool
dutch & vintage, a photo by wood & wool stool on Flickr.
Saturday afternoon I went to see Lammie and we had tea.
Obviously I looked around in her pleasant shop, during our tea sip.
In a corner I found two iron plant holders.
I saw them hanging at our front door during the Christmas season, with red berries plants or candles in glass jars.
Once at home I noticed the amaryllis bulb lying on a plate and figured it would be nice to put it in my new pot holder.

Amaryllis bulbs have a high [Tulips from Holland] content.
I never really know whether I like them or not. As sprouting bulb I like them best, though with the cultivated flower it's not my cup of tea.

Some weeks ago Inck send me a traditional Dutch tile from Oh Marie (The Fellowship of the Travelling Vintage Items) and I think this vintage tile matches very well with the bulb and pot holders.

Who wants to be the next member of the Fellowship and welcome the waving girl with tulips?