surroundings // a month in Scotland

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A month has gone by. It feels like day and a year. My conception of time is totally off the hook since I arrived. There are so many impressions. There is so much to be experienced. So the days have flown by. But all the individual moments, all the many, make that I feel to have been here for so long.

The hills, the city, the nature, the victorian buildings.
The excitement of the referendum and the relieved and disappointed faces the day after.
The missing of the people I love and the gaining of new friends that are already dear.
The Greeks words that I had forgotten and have now regained.
People from all over the world with their beautiful stories and cultures.
The idea to walk in the city where J.K. Rowling let her imagination flow.
To live in a city of the enlightenment, of so many wise men and women.
The three weeks of sun in the land of rain.

Here is an impression in photography of a couple of moments I have captured.

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// Sarah’s birthday // the view of Edinburgh from Aberdour // found rabbit jaw // seeking seals // exploring Aberdour // scones as breakfast from Press Coffee // wallpainting in Leith // one of the many stairs in the old city // the castle of Edinburgh //

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diy // knitted wall piece

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Have you ever asked yourself what to do with your practise knitting patch? If so, then I have a little DIY solution for you!

This month I joint a wonderful group of people who love knitting. They helped me getting started on my first knits. It was much more fun than I had imagined! The result of two hours of trying out the needles was a white practise patch.

Of course I did not want to toss it or reuse it. I tend to get nostalgic about things – my first little knitted thing! Luckily I remembered having seen this wonderful diy from ABM. I decided to make my own DIY version on this tapestry wall piece.

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kittedwallpiecesuppliesWhat do you need for this DIY?

Of course your knitted practise patch (or a normal patch in case you’ve outgrown that phase), a large crochet pen, some yarns of wool in different colours, a pair of scissors, and a wooden stick. knittedwallpiece4

The most difficult part of this DIY – if you are unexperienced – is to make the practise patch. Ask help from a family member or a friend and see how you can make it in just a couple of hours. After this, you can start turning it into a wall piece.

Photo 1 & 2: Use the crochet needle to insert straws of yarn into the knits. Pull the straw of yarn halfway through with the crochet needle and then use your hands to pull the outer two parts through the loop. Make sure to pull it tight.

Start on the downside of the patch and work your way up. In this way you can add layer after layer. Make sure the longer layers are under the top layers.

Photo 3: Add more straws on the same line until you’ve filled the whole row.

Photo 4 & 5: Figure out the placement of the yarns and the colours along the way. See what looks good and take a distance from it to look at it every once and a while. Add more layers on top of each other and use different colours for a playful and more interesting effect.

Photo 6: Cut the straws of yarn in the right length, layers for layer starting at the layers below.

The last step is to insert the wooden stick in the top row of the knitted patch. Tie a thread of wool on both end sides of the wooden stick in order to make a hanging mechanism.

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The result is a knitted wall piece! In the last photo’s you’ll have a view of a little corner in my temporary new home (notice the knitting bag from the University of Edinburgh knitting society – isn’t it adorable!). I’m still getting used to the new atmosphere and surroundings of Edinburgh, but I hope you’ve enjoyed my first Edinburgh-based DIY post. Are you going to give knitting or wall tapestry a try?
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panta rei // new season new adventure

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The pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclites once beautifully said that everything streams and is in a flux – “Panta Rhei”

Change happens all the time. Time changes. All the cells in our bodies substitute each other. Forces of nature interfere with the shape of our earth. Scientific developments are in a constant flux. Human beings move, experience and explore.

With the change of the season, I am joining Heraclites’ philosophy.

I’ll let it stream, I’ll let it float. The Panta Rhei has got me in its grasp. I’m drifting off to a direction I’ve never been in before. To somewhere abroad. Away from the beloved city of Amsterdam. Away from the place I call my home, my dear ones, and my favourite person in the world who I know as my love.

Yes it is true, I’m leaving my wonderful secure life in Amsterdam behind for a while. The rapids of the ongoing flux have brought me nowhere else than to Edinburgh. Why you might ask. Well, here I’ve come to pursue my dream to study ancient philosophy. Lots of change, some sad like missing my home and beloved ones, but also wonderful. There are many new adventures around the corner.

Hopefully I’ll learn to understand the depth of Heraclites words this year – through theory and practise.

// ps new adventure number one: fragilityofbeauty.com is now also Edinburgh based! Some of the beautiful moments, places and things I come across I will definitely share with you on my blog. So keep posted!//

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diy // lomo wall art

lomowallartdiyWhen you’ve captured lots of good memories with your lomo camera, you are probably in need of a good way to display the lovely photo’s. Instead of putting them away in a album, why not create some lomo wall art?! There are many ways to do this.

As I’ve shown in a previous post, you can stick the photo’s with photo buddies to the wall. But you can also create something! This wall art diy is a mildly inspired by the pretty weaved wall hangings that pop up on the internet everywhere.

lomowallartdiy5In order to make this wall hanging, you’ll need the following supplies:

Cotton yarn (in any size, or colour you prefer), 1 copper pipe with a length of +/- 50 cm (about 20 inches), a large needle, a pair of scissors, washi-tape. And last but not least: your precious lomo photo’s! I’ve used 23 pieces, but the more you can fit in the better of course.

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1) Take the copper pipe and use the large needle to get the cotton yarn through the pipe.
2) Form a triangle with the pipe and the yarn and make a nice knot.
3) Tie the different ‘hanging threads’ to the copper pipe. For the length of these threads, I decided to create a triangular shape with the longest length in the middle and the shortest length at both ends.
4) Then all that’s left to do is to tape the photo’s with washi-tape to the hanging threads.

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Do you already know which lomo treasures will end up in your own lomo wall art? Have fun creating!

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diy // flower table pieces

 

header_table_piecesFor an art event, I was asked to make a couple of floral table pieces. It was the first time I ever tried to arrange flowers, but I immediately accepted the challenge. When you love flowers, it’s a project worth trying out.

For inspiration I searched on Pinterest: there are a lot of beautiful examples to be found. Then I figured out what kind of bouquet I wanted to make. Traditional? Romantic? Modern? Since the purpose for the flowers was an art event, in this case I looked for geometric pots to give the table pieces a modern but playful feel. An eclectic mix of different flowers  complement this “modern yet playful” idea.

table_piecesEarly in the morning I picked out flowers at the local market. All in different shapes and ‘Laura-Ashley-ish’ colours. Of each flower I took at least six pieces (depending on the number of table pieces you’ve planned to make – in my case six). Tip: pick flowers in bloom.

Since it’s still peony season (even though late in the season), I chose the peony to be the central flower. Around the peonies other flowers will be arranged. Unfortunately, I forgot all the names of the other flowers, except for the thistle and the rose. Next time I’ll be paying better attention when the florist explains the types to me. I’ll promise!

table_pieces_3How to go after you’ve picked out the flowers you love?

1) Lay out the flowers by sort. Look if the colours complement each other.

2) Put a little floral foam oasis on the bottom of the pot and make it slightly wet.

3) Cut the stems in the length you like and strip all the leaves that will be hanging in the water.

4) Add your ‘central’ flower first: it’s easiest to start with the larger, more dominant flowers. Work with a single sort of flower at a time.

5) Arrange the other flowers around the central flowers, starting with the largest in width and ending with the smaller and longer ones. Try to vary in shape and colour when making an eclectical piece. Add the other flowers one by one and create layers.

6) Work in a circle and turn the pots around while adding new layers of flowers.

7) Add airy sprigs to play with texture.

8) Water the plants thoroughly.

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design // cards by kirsty baynham

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This month I visited Edinburgh. During a stroll around the city, I came across a wonderful little shop: The Red Door Gallery.

The shop was filled with designed paper goods of young, and often local, artists. While staring at all the prints, a couple of cards by Kirsty Baynham caught my eye. Her style is geometrical and yet delicate. Using only a few colours to create an atmosphere. You can see that her style is influenced by tribal patterns. Kirsty mixes these with patterns from nature and modern elements to come to an unique design.

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The package contains four beautiful cards; all with an geometric patterned fox. I love the eclectical design and patterns in which she’s has drawn the foxes on these cards. And that she has chosen the fox as her subject – the beautiful mysterious creature.

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