Anemone Japonica

Yesterday we enjoyed the very first day of our summer vacation, and tomorrow we’re leaving for Greece – or Chania in Crete to be more specific. The summer weather we’re having in Denmark isn’t the best at the moment, so we’re looking forward to warmer temperatures and lots of relaxation.

A few days ago, I promised Ronja that I would make her a new summer dress for our vacation. Do you remember back when she picked this fabric? I wanted to use it for this one, and I gave Ronja a choice between a layered dress from Ottobre, and a shirred dress like the top I made for me which also fit her – and she chose a shirred dress without even blinking.

Summer Fairy Dress

I used bias tape for the hem and the ties, but besides that it is just as simple as the top I made earlier – a square piece of fabric, sewn together, and shirred at one end.

Summer Fairy Dress - shirring

Summer Fairy Dress - fabric detail

Ronja seemed pretty pleased, and the dress is now packed in the suitcase with the other ones – since we’re leaving tomorrow morning at 3:45 am (oh oh…). Modeled pics from under distant skies will be here in about a week.

One week of sunny warm weather, our choice of swimming pool or beach, yummy Greek food, a few outings, and  lots of taking things as they come.

MMmmmmmm – see you in a week!  :)

Guys, thanks for your wonderful what-to-do-in-Amsterdam suggestions a week ago – there are so many awesome things you can do in Amsterdam, and unfortunately I didn’t really have time for any of them. It was business mostly (visiting the a4uexpo) , but I also had time for a very nice visit to my brother, his wife, and their 9-months old daughter Marlinde. We had a pleasantly relaxed and cosy evening, after which I went back to my hotel.

Feverish little girl

When I got back home, Frida was sick. Some kind of stomach flu causing her to throw up over and over. For a few days she had a really high fever, and we were terribly worried, because it was getting a bit hard to make contact with her.

Friday afternoon my mother came to visit for the weekend, which has been planned for a while. I felt quite sorry for her, because we were much less on top of things than what is usually the case – because of Frida’s condition. Still it was nice to see her!

Saturday, Mads was supposed to go to Jutland for another half-marathon, but an hour before he was leaving, he fell sick as well. So he pretty much spent that day in bed, while I was stuck with a clingy and unhappy Frida. The good thing is since Ronja was well and my mother was there, the two of them got to do some great things together during the weekend.

Sowing seeds with Mormor

They spent a lot of time in the garden, because the weather has been just gorgeous this past weekend. So now we’re waiting for the peas and the sunflowers to surface – and also I received some Asters from with my latest order, which were carefully sown by grandmother and granddaughter as well.

Sowing seeds with Mormor

Sunday was quite nice actually – Mads was feeling better, and so was Frida – at least a little bit. Ronja, my mother, and I went out for a small trip by train, and we even spent some time together in the garden, having tea and browsing through magazines. In the evening my mother got on the train to go back home after a weekend that turned out a bit differently from we had expected.

Well, well – what a week. Frida is pretty much ok now, and tomorrow I’m going to see a speech therapist with her – in order to help us helping her to work with her new palate.

And even though the weather is a bit more chilly now, the apple trees in the garden are blossoming – isn’t that nice?

Apple blossoms

We had a wonderful couple of days in Amsterdam, and even though the drive is rather long to and from Denmark (10 hours each way), it went really well with the girls.

Looking at - stamps... 

We arrived in the evening, and stayed for the next two days. During the day we did as little as possible – basically we relaxed, and strolled along the Amsterdam canals, looking at little galleries, peculiar shops, and beautiful house boats. I adore the way everything in Amsterdam just kind of follows the same mindset – all the beauty of the canals and the architecture clearly inspires its inhabitants to design their homes with the same kind of casual beauty.

Pink bike 

Near Prinsens Gracht we came across this amazing little toy shop called Tinkerbell. It’s the kind of toy shop, where you feel like getting everything out and starting to play. Good toy shops are rare these days, and the big chains have taken over a large part of the market - this shop was just provoking your sense of discovery and exploration. If you live in Amsterdam and need to buy a gift for a child any age - Tinkerbell has my warmest recommendations! I brought home this great little alphabet stamp set, which Ronja and I have already been having lots of fun with!

Alphabet stamps  

In the evenings we visited my brother and his wife, and of course my adorable little niece Marlinde. It was wonderful to see them all, the baby is beautiful, and the parents are just as proud as they should be! I’m looking forward to seeing her grow, and getting to know her better.


Today is the last day of our vacation together. Tomorrow Mads is returning to work, and Ronja is going to kindergarten. I, of course, go back to being on maternity leave with Frida. We had a wonderful vacation, but I cannot believe how quickly it went by. This evening we made a bonfire in the garden, and dinner consisted of twistbread with sausages and home made potato salad. MMmmmmmm!

Now we return to the usual drill – which is also quite alright!

I know - I’m not that fast, but we’re here! We got home very late Tuesday night – or perhaps I should say Wednesday morning. We did have a very nice trip to Greece – although it wasn’t one without challenges.

Greece mosaic 1 

The place was beautiful, and the beach was perfect and great for the children. We met lots of nice people, and had some wonderful food. However, Ronja came down with a high fever after a couple of days, and though it dropped a bit, it lasted for the rest of the vacation. She was amazingly brave and tried so hard to pretend that she was doing fine, when at the same time she wasn’t. It’s not much fun to be sick, when you’re on vacation.

Greece mosaic 2  

Besides this, we lived in a campsite, and the ground consisted of dirt and spruce needles from the pine trees. As you know, Frida just started crawling, and she’s drooling a lot because of her new teeth. It was very hot, and most of the time she only wore a diaper, which meant that because of the drooling and the crawling, we really mostly saw a tiny mudball, racing around covered in needles. I think she had lots of fun there, and she definitely enjoyed the sea.

Greece mosaic 3 

We did lots of bathing in the wonderful clear water, and we did relax – as much as the above conditions allowed. You can check out all the pictures from our vacation here. By the way, Ronja is fine now – the fever is completely gone, the light is back in her eyes, and I think it did her good to return to our small yellow house.

And now for something totally fantastic:


I’m an AUNT!

My brother Jakob’s wife Jolanda gave birth to a beautiful baby girl yesterday. We’re going to Amsterdam to visit them next week, and we can’t wait! I think Ronja is pretty excited to see her little cousin Marlinde.

BIIIG congratulations to the new parents!