Visions of genius

Finally, the works of Jheronimus Bosch, el Bosco, came to his home town Den Bosch. King Willem-Alexander opened the exhibition last friday and all was broadcasted live on national tv. And in a glimpse, while the king passed by, you could see our girls along the route. With a Boschian chute on their head, holding letter signs to make a long wave of 70 kids. As a museum educator I have already seen the exhibition and I can tell you it is so worth going! The paintings are so vibrant after the recent restorations and the drawings let you come very close to the artist. But buy your tickets ahead to avoid the long queues and read in, so that you know what you're going to see.

Cooperation

Both daughters spent the first days of their carnival holiday with a heavy cold on the couch in front of a screen (tv, tablet or phone). This gave me some time to do a bit of sewing. Long ago I promised our youngest to sew her a large make-up pouch with her own mermaid fabric. N chose two different colours and I completed it with a fresh lining. The 9-year-old now wants more make-up and perfume to fill it...

Virtual reality

Normally I have to persuade the girls to come to a museum. This time they themselves asked to go to the Moti in Breda. In a magazine they had seen that you could experience minecraft with Oculus rift over there. Good choice. The different virtual worlds (not for me, got queasy right away) and the exhibitions were fun. Afterwards we had lunch at 'in Kannen en Kruiken'. Good food in a stylish environment. Highly recommended!

Smörgåstårta

Yes, I know, it is pretty quiet up here for the last months. No special reason, just happened. But I'm afraid it won't get better in the near future. Because from the beginning of march, I'll start a new job. More about that later. For now I'll show you what I'd made last sunday for lunch, with the family of one of J's friends. This swedish filled bread was truly delicious. Looks pretty impressive, but layering a (store-bought) bread like this is not awfully difficult. Cutting it in neat pieces is a less easy task though. I used this recipe in dutch and here's a similar one in english.

Personal present

Another leather pouch for a friend of one of the daughters. J chose various things to make earrings, as presents for the creative girl. She can keep all those things is this pouch out of rind and goat leather. The natural leather is printed with a stamp and regular ink.

Easier than it looks

Oops, a little bit too long in the oven. Doing too many things at a time. But still perfectly eatable and delicious. And what a beauty, don't you think? Ok, not as nice as the example over here. I didn't use the recipe, just adopted the idea. Took a simple white bread-mix, had the bread-machine make the dough and filled it with pureed tomato and olive oil. It actually surprised me how quick this rolled bread came together. Try it!

New hobby

Last thursday, second course day, I worked on my second handmade leather bag. I'm copying the Celine belt bag to practice specific techniques. Quite some work. When I count the hours and materials I have put in already, I can sympathise with the price of a designers bag a bit more. And I even need another full day to put it together. During lunch time I dived into the remnant boxes in the shop to get some smaller pieces of leather for making pouches. This is the first one. A small key ring pouch for a friend of N.

Tech and art

We had a great afternoon in Amsterdam yesterday. The girls went to the Youtech-party in Nemo. You tech is a site and a free magazine full of technical news, facts and gadgets for kids. Our eldest is always excited when the magazine falls in the mailbox. The party lasted all afternoon and in the meantime A and I went to the Hermitage. I wanted to see the Spanish masters, but happened to like the portrait gallery of the golden age more. Around five we went back to join the last part op the party on top of the roof of Nemo. There the kids helped forming an artwork of light by artist Dorette Sturm. And what a great view on the city!

Rocky process, but good result

I've been a little hesitant to bake for three-kings-day since this attempt. And I don't know what it is, but again many things went wrong during the process of baking a Brioche des Rois. Added too little milk, forgot the egg and couldn't find the little people to put inside of the bread (one day later I came across them in a totally un-logical place). I didn't read the recipe too well beforehand, probably because it is in french, and missed the line that said 'put the dough a night in our fridge'. I wouldn't have any time that next day, so I skipped the waiting part. And still, different from the other try, a perfectly delicious brioche came out. The girls have, since then, been asking repeatedly when we will eat it again. Sixth of january is such a long wait, we'll have it for our next sunday-lunch, with a 'feve' inside.

One day, one bag

Last thursday I started a workshop in leather bag making (at dth-leder). It's not a course with assignments, but you take your own design and the teacher helps you to put it together. From pattern-making to stitching. I started with a simple baggy bag. Always love less-is-more designs. At home I made a prototype with some scraps of fabric and long laces for the handles, to see whether my idea worked out. I chose some very soft grey leather for the body and added a dark green pocket. Above expectations I managed to finish the bag in one day. With a matching pouch in it. For the price of the workshop you could buy a small designer bag, but it is so much more rewarding to design and make your own.