Friday, April 29, 2011

bathroom greenhouse II

They do it well my plants in the bathroom.
Not all of them survive-the Aloha Mimosa from Kauaii died and if the Bromelia ever makes a new flower is a secret!
But the picked plants from the Botanical Garden are a real success!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

vanilla silk dress

years I was wearing nearly only black
now I like more colours, especially colours in between and mixing in strange combinations

I thrifted in Paris some very nice pieces like the vanilla dress.

The shape caught my eyes first:
kimono like upper part
open back
full skirt, nearly 5m lenght on the hem

the dress is from the late 40ies beginning of the 50ies
fine silk completly worked on silkorganza with a light corsetlike upperpart
the complet beauty of this dress is only visible when wearing it in sunlight and turn around, around and around

will wear it with the african bead ring

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wire basket flowers

How can I call this wire basket precisly? In french it is a "Maillinox".
Found today a dubbledecker with flap. With browsing in the internet I found out that it is actually for fishing. Besides collecting I could maybe get a new hobby!
Best storage for dry vegetables!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

white handbag

I'm proud of my first completly designed and crafted white handbag.
It's a small one.
It took me around 16 houres of work, so there is a reason why the womens most loved accessory is sometimes so expensive.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

stand up and fight

a song I love
a song for eastern
a song for not giving up
a song for arabics, africans and westerns
a song for our times
a song for N.

Youssou N'Dour-Dakar-Kingston-"Joker"

Saturday, April 23, 2011

back for eastern

My camera is repaired
I'm back from Ljubljana in Antwerp county
My balcony completly exploded
and I have a lot of new wooden spoons and co.
The cutting board is slovenian walnut, bought at the market in Ljubljana from the craftmen itself. I liked the irregular shape.
The spoons are oliveoil and teak.

I learned how to treat wooden objects the best:

use warm olive oil to polish them with a soft napkin, the wood takes the oil better when it is warm
use walnutoil for cutting boards

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Ljubliana with some sunshine, the Alps so close.

A hotel room with balcony and where it's still permitted to smoke: so we are definitly closer to the Balkan then to Austria-I like that!
The Taxidriver was making a real conversation with jokes about his wife and everything.
I like the south, I like the east.

Went yesterday to one of the Bars in Zurich, where I used to work 5 years ago. Xenix-again a spot which got hipper then hip. But 5 years ago I never met a guy on Friday night with a tie still close to his throat in this bar and they serve as well Hendrix Gin. Zurich definitly changed!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Diy-string garden

Here the tutorial for a string garden, like it is also featured in "My green city".

In the 10 days I was in Paris my balcony exploded. For the ones living in Belgium, next sunday it is again "Plantendag" in Kalmthout. I can really recommand it-all the plants I bought there do it extremly good.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


We are overloaded with photos and I'm so used to take pictures from everything that pays my attention, load it up in the internet and hope to share it with others.

I have to take a break-the only reason: my camera is broke and had to be sent to the canondoctor.

I take the time to take pictures with the Polaroid and the Diana, but I can't load them up, so my blog stays with text alone for a while.

Our nice, not cheap hotel in Paris was for over 12 hours without electricity. Means candles, no internet, no coffee in the morning, no shower, no elevator, no telephones, no check-out, no bills.
This morning I said for the 100 time to myself to take less with me in my suitcase, cause I had to carry my very heavy suitcase down the stairs from the 6th floor without light!

Paris- flowers and plants

I start my Parisguide with greens:

  • Marché aux fleurs, place Louis Lépine, 75004
some rare plants, some ordinary ones

what I bougth:
Maidenhair Fern
Corokia cotoneaster
Chinese Money Plant
nearly a ocean blue rose-but too big to take with me

old fashioned flowershop with a special selection and a half hippy lady completly in white dress

what I bought:
Ginko biloba
red roses for my habilleuses

The name says it all!

bookshop speciallized in horticultur, interior, cooking books

what I bought:
handcrafted modern by Leslie Williamson
les cahiers de terres et couleurs: la céramique

  • les jardins des plantes, quai St-Bernhard, 75013
the greenhouses are new, too new for my opinion. So it's not wild yet and still too much structured. If you want to visit, go in 10 years.
But the mountain gardens I liked a lot.

Friday, April 8, 2011

still overexposed

Ok, my camera works only at night, with artifical light, and also not really to my satisfaction!
So, no pics from this beautiful weather here in Paris and all the new nice spots I found.

But I will make a little guide if I'm back home and have a new camera!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Paris overexposed

I'm lost without my camera. She fell on the floor and is broken, I thought.
But-after a day of break I tryed it out again, and she is working again.
So my trip is saved.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shea butter

The adress I had from here.
A very tiny shop with 100% natural Africa!
I use the shea butter to make the paint for the performance. I'm lucky with my hotelroom with kitchenette.
The smell is very natural-actually it stinks a bit.
Blanket is Batik dyed, very beautiful.
On the way to Hama Bazar there is a parc-nice.

Dansk furniture

My first glimpse in the windows of the shop made my heartbeat break for a second. I mean I already knew it, but they have so beautiful pieces. But I know as well that their prieces are not that beautiful.
I thrifted a similar stool 2 weeks ago, let's say a bad copy of it.
One of the next days I just walk inside and try at least to sit for some seconds on these expensive pieces of furniture!