Showing posts with label About Suze. Show all posts
Showing posts with label About Suze. Show all posts

Jan 3, 2016

Happy Mail Project


When I stopped this blog a few weeks ago I told you all that I would start something new in 2016. I've made my happy mail project official and you can find it here: http://www.happymailproject.org/!

I asked someone else to take over sending my prizes. This person will finish the job and has nothing to do with my happy mail project which I will handle myself. If you have any questions regarding prizes and things that have something to do with the Librarian Lavender blog please send them to suzelavender@gmx.com,

Dec 19, 2015

Final Post


Dear readers,

I'm very happy that I had the privilege to reach 2,000,000 views. I'm grateful that I had the chance to enjoy this milestone before I had to write this post. I'm going to stop running this blog. I love to make people happy and had a lot of fun writing the posts, but due to health reasons I won't be able to continue. I want to thank everyone for their support, sweet messages and friendship. Please keep in touch, I'd like that very much. 

I might be back in 2016 with a different project, but for now this is it. Of course I will still draw winners for every giveaway.

Lots of love,
Suze

Dec 14, 2015

Thank You!


Yesterday I reached my 2,000,000th view. It's a fantastic milestone and I'm thankful I managed to reach it. My blog is almost two years old now and I'm so happy I started it. The past few months have been difficult for me. I'm still battling an infection and because of that I've been a bit slower with my replies and packages. In September I had to make the decision to keep going or to take a break. I'm glad I'm still blogging as I love every minute of it.

I have a lot of great plans for next year. There will be plenty of new events (I have a lot of ideas), I will keep featuring different countries and areas and I'm working on a new bookish website. During the last days of the year I'll get some extra help, so I can catch up with my prizes. I want to start 2016 with a lot of fun and happy posts and plenty of new giveaways to celebrate my second anniversary.

What makes my day is the comments I receive from my readers. It's wonderful to read them and it's what makes me want to keep going. It's what makes blogging so much fun for me. I'm proud when I hear that someone purchased something from a shop I featured or that someone enjoys a book I recommended. I'll try to keep up my reading and have the plan to feature plenty of Etsy shops again, as many as I can. I'm lucky to have three fantastic sidekicks, two on screen and one behind it. Without them I wouldn't have been able to keep things going. I love them all and am glad I have them in my life.

I want to thank everyone who reads my blog. It means the world to me. A big hug for all of you! 

Nov 23, 2015

About Suze: Being Romantic


Nineteen years ago my now-husband asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. Of course I said yes straight away. It was love at first sight for both of us, but it took us two years to become a couple. We were high school sweethearts and are still together. We grew up together. When we both went to university we moved in together. And twelve years after becoming a couple we finally got married.

I've always been romantic and fortunately my husband is as well. Sometimes people find it weird that we are so close, that we still like to go on dates and that we're calling each other several times a day even though he comes home straight after work. I've always been the candlelit dinner, sweets and roses kind of person. I love love and can't get enough of hearing and reading other people's love stories.

A few days ago it was my wedding anniversary. Because both anniversaries are so close together my husband and I normally go away for a romantic weekend or week, but this year he was sick on our wedding anniversary and today I had a hospital appointment. We won't be able to go out tonight, which is a first. I have all kinds of dreams for when we'll be able to catch up. One is to go on a romantic December trip to Brugge. The atmosphere is absolutely wonderful there close to Christmas. Another would be a lovely romantic dinner at a cozy restaurant. I love planning romantic dates, so hopefully I'll get my chance soon.

Making beautiful memories is what I like the most. I'm working on my first romantic novel and can't wait to do some research to find out which settings are working, what would be the perfect date and what would be a great way to propose. I can't wait to try some new ideas. I think I have the wrong holiday in my head as I'm constantly singing love songs instead of Christmas tunes...

Nov 20, 2015

About Suze: Questions Part 3


I am thinking of starting a blog - what one piece of advice would you give me?

There are a lot of great articles about blogging online, read some of them and then begin. Experiment and just start writing. It's your blog, so share anything you want to share. Don't postpone opening a blog and have fun.

What is on your wishlist? 

I have a very long Amazon wish list, which is books only. 

Do you collect anything?

I collect kawaii stuff, mainly letter sets and sticker sacks. 

How do you find the time to write your blog and do so many other things?

It isn't always easy to fit everything into my days. I'm a night owl and then it's quiet which means I can get a lot of reading done. I blog and write during the day.

Are you a lover of floral designs?

Yes, I love flowers. I've always loved them. I have plenty of floral bags, pillows and I love flower jewelry.

What habit that others have annoys you the most?

Making a lot of disturbing noise. It's fine when there's an occasional party, but not every day for hours until the early morning for example. I lived in an apartment in a noisy building and had a loud upstairs neighbor for almost five years. It was awful.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I'd love to be able to do healing spells.

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?

For me something becomes a favorite when it's been given with love. For me that's the most precious thing there is.

If someone were to make a movie of your life as it is right now, who would play you (and why)?

To be quite honest I'm not so much into movies and I don't watch many of them. I can't sit still for a long time when it comes to watching a screen. I don't have any problems with books or a stage, but movies aren't really for me. I don't know who's who to be quite honest...

What's your favorite breakfast meal?

Something delicious with lots of calories. I love breakfast and like both hot and cold meals. Warm porridge, eggs, pancakes, pizza, chocolate cake, anything goes really. My usual choices are more healthy, but sometimes it's nice to have a treat.

What is your favorite book of all times?

I have two: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. 

Nov 16, 2015

About Suze: My Review Books


I always love to see someone else's bookshelves. They tell a great deal about their owners and it's fun to look at the choices other people make. I've showed you one of my regular bookshelves recently and now it's time for you to see my review books.

The books you see here are the paperbacks I still have to read. The books behind my review books are books I've won that I will review if I have the time. I love choosing a new book from my shelf. A lot of these books are from the summer as I fell a bit behind on my reading then, but I'm trying to catch up, so haven't requested many new ones. I want to read all of these beauties first. 

As you can see there's a Dutch book on my shelf as well. I love that I have that as a review book and can't wait to start. I'm excited about every single book I've received. My goal is to read everything people send me which is why I'm keeping my review space small, I want my books to keep fitting in there, so I have to read quickly to accomplish that.

I'm not sure what it is about paperbacks, but I do like the atmosphere of having paper books in my home. They always put a smile on my face and I find myself looking at them several times a day while I don't do the same thing when it comes to my kindle books. Somehow having a review book or an ARC makes it even extra great. My review books have a special place in my home and my heart...

Nov 15, 2015

About Suze: A Confession


Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer. When I was ten years old I started with poems and I kept writing them in high school. I've always been a fanatic letter writer and for years I was used to writing down everything that happened to me. A few years ago I started writing books as well. I finished a children's book in Dutch, then a novel in Dutch, then a YA book in English and after that a novella, also in English. I have a nearly finished Dutch NA book that only needs a few more pages and I finished an English children's book not too long ago. My secret is that I haven't submitted most of my work. 

I'm about to start a new project, but before I do that I'd like to take a good look at all of my manuscripts again, so I can start sending them to agents or publishers. I'm not sure if it's insecurity about my writing that prevents me from sending them. I think it's because I'm not ready to let people see my inner thoughts. I know I have to get over this before I'll start writing another book that nobody might ever read. I keep promising myself that next week is the time to start looking for someone who might like my work, but when the week is over I haven't gotten any further than the previous week and so on. Of course I can't fulfill my dream if I don't submit any manuscripts. 

I know rejection is part of the process as it is for every writer. I can take it. It's not fun, but I love writing, so don't let it discourage me. Even getting rejection letters would mean I've taken a step in the right direction, which is actually submitting something. I'm going to give it a try and change my ways though. Before the end of the year I want to show people both of my children's books. It's an end of the year resolution. I'm going to do it this time and will keep you all posted...

Nov 2, 2015

A Little Bit of Sunshine in November


About Suze

Several of my friends have issues with the month November. Even the themes of a lot of my review books are sad. For many people November is the worst month of the year. The days are getting shorter, the weather is often grey and the winter isn't there yet, so there are many sad days to come. I wish I could swap continents sometimes for constant summer weather. November can also be a lot of fun though. For me it's usually a good month. I'm going to make my blog as cheerful as possible and am starting with this post. Her are some tips to make your November better:

1. Start your preparations for Christmas at the beginning of the month. Read a lovely Christmas book to get in the mood, get yourself some of your favorite Christmas candy and allow yourself some fun and festive music each day. It really helps.

2. Thinking sad thoughts always makes you feel worse. It's easier said than done to get rid of them, but being aware of this fact already helps a little bit. Try to change your sad thoughts into happy ones or find a distraction when you start to feel down.

3. Make sure you sing and dance for at least five minutes every day. Be as silly as you can. It helps to give you a boost.

4. Choose a book instead of watching a television show. Books generally make you happier than television. If you really need some cheering up reread your all time favorite story. It will definitely make your evenings better.

5. Treat yourself. Of course this doesn't mean you have to empty your bank account or eat everything in your cupboards, but do something nice just for you. Give yourself an early Christmas gift, buy a luxurious beauty product or get yourself that book that has been on your wish list for months. You can also bake a cake or get some delicious desert.

6. Go out and meet friends, your loved one(s) or family. Make sure your November is as social as possible. Meet people who make you feel loved and cherished and spend quality time with them.

7. Go to the cinema instead of watching a movie on the sofa like you usually do. Go to the theater to see a musical, visit a concert or go bowling or paint balling with your friends. A change of scenery often works and day or night out is the way to do it. 

8. When you feel good on the outside you'll feel better on the inside. Take good care of yourself. Go to the hairdresser, have your nails done or get that beautiful eye shadow, pamper yourself. Wear your best clothes and spend time on your appearance. It will help.

9. Stay away from too much comfort food. It will make you feel worse instead of better. Instead eat fruit and vegetables and if you want something sweet make sure it's worthwhile. 

10. Surround yourself with colors. Make sure your days are as bright as possible. Don't let the grey win. 

Oct 26, 2015

About Suze: Mushrooms


By Suze

I'm a big fan of beautiful sunny autumn days. Going for a walk always makes me very happy. Especially when there are mushrooms to be seen. They're beautiful and I always find them fascinating. Maybe that's because when I was a little girl I believed they were inhabited by dwarfs. I spent hours waiting for them to come out. I loved the idea that an unknown world might show itself to me.

Stories about mushrooms and their special residents were my absolute favorite. I couldn't get enough of them. Whenever I read one I forgot everything that happened around me. I was truly enchanted by them. Some of that magic has stayed with me and I'm still hoping there are fairytale creatures inside them.


When I see a mushroom I think of a story. For me they are linked. My grandfather used to tell me all kinds of stories about the small inhabitants of the forest and I devoured fairytales from all over the world. I love that in fairytales there's always an important message or lesson to be learned. I hope some day I'll be able to write my own. As Halloween is coming it's the perfect time to come up with some spooky characters and to think of a mushroom story of my own.

I like the combination of humans and animals in fairytales. I wonder if there's really a family of gnomes living in those mushrooms. I can see one of them rubbing his beard while waiting for his frog to arrive. He wants to visit his neighbor and the frog is his means of transport. As you can see autumn means that my mind is going into overdrive. That's only because of seeing some beautiful mushrooms and not because I've eaten any...

Oct 19, 2015

All About Books: Books Are My Magic


By Suze

I love books and have taken a photograph of the books that I have stacked on my bookcases. I mix my books with treasures I find on Etsy. There are many moments during the day when I stop doing whatever was keeping me occupied to look at my books. They always bring me joy and a sense of belonging. My house wouldn't be complete without lots and lots of books. I love the good memories and possibilities of great stories they bring me. Books are magical, they manage to enchant me every single day.

I've been raised with books. In my childhood home there were books everywhere. My grandparents had even more of them. I couldn't imagine a life without books and still can't. When I'm visiting someone the first thing I do is taking a look at their bookshelves. The books people have chosen for themselves say a lot about them. It's fun to get to know someone through what they're reading. Of course that isn't the only tool I use, but it's definitely a handy one.

I once visited someone's office and it was covered in books from top to bottom on every wall. There was only room for a door, a desk and a chair. For me that meant this person had the best place to work in the whole world, but the owner of the office confessed he didn't read most of those books and he hadn't made any attempts to start on them either. I couldn't understand as how can anyone own many great books and not read them? Of course I know that not everyone likes reading, but having an office filled with something you don't like is probably a sad place to go to every day while it's someone else's heaven. I learned a lot from that visit about people, about books and about preferences, but I never managed to get it out of my head.

I want to live inside my books sometimes. I wouldn't mind being able to step into stories and look around at all. I love them so much that I can't stop reading. Stories are keeping me going, they're my fuel and my lifeline next to love. It's why I try to show other people how much fun reading can be. I've been lucky enough to have good teachers. In my ideal world nobody would be sad in an office like the one I described. I feel sorry for the books that weren't loved and every single day I wish someone will rescue them. I'm one of those people who feels protective of stories and wonder if that is because of their magic?

Oct 17, 2015

All About Books Weekend - Suze Loves Devouring Books


My love for reading started when I was little. I couldn't get enough of books and liked reading them very much. I used to read books, but I didn't devour them yet. That started with boredom. When I was eleven years old there wasn't much left to learn at school. When I was done with my tasks for the day there was usually plenty of time left. Fortunately my teacher liked books. There were a lot of them in the classroom, but I still managed to get through them all and eventually had to go to other classrooms to borrow books. I tried to work as fast as I could as the books were much more interesting than my schoolwork. It was the last year I read children's books. After that I switched to adult literature and I started a new phase in my life. The devouring stopped, but it left a small hole, I kept missing my beloved books.

When I was a student I had to read a lot. I learned how to read a difficult classic in an afternoon and that was the start of my second devouring phase. I couldn't stop reading and read several books per week. Only I was a poor student and couldn't afford my own reading pace. I was relieved to find English books in online shops as that meant I could increase my number of books. Now I have a lot of them and am always spoiled with choice, which brings a lot of happiness. I like the choosing process and always take the time to find the right book for the right time.

 There's so much choice on my shelves and in online bookshops that I often feel overwhelmed. I want to start ten books at the same time and I don't want to miss anything. I love reading and I enjoy great stories. I challenge myself to read as much as I can, because I want to see, feel and experience. Now I'm reading five to eight books per week and I keep wishing for more hours in a day, so I can read more books. The devouring is even worse because of my blog. It makes me read out of my comfort zone sometimes which adds more stories to my ever growing reading list. I feel blessed that I have this book virus and hope that I can pass it on to some of my readers. 

Oct 12, 2015

Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies Weekend: My Grandmother's Butter Cake


By Suze

When I think about cake and cookies I think about my grandmother. She used to love baking and she always made plenty for everyone. My absolute favorite was her Dutch butter cake. I still miss this fabulous cake sometimes. Unfortunately I can't share her recipe as I don't have it, but for me it tasted like heaven. I will never buy one in a shop or try to bake one myself, because it isn't the same. For me going to my grandmother's house was special and that was mainly because of the food and her homeliness. I was intrigued by my grandmother's recipes. She was a great cook and she was used to preparing food for plenty of people. What she made was simple, but with great ingredients and it was good.

My grandmother had a small vegetable garden and some fruit trees. Whenever we visited she had something prepared to take home with us. She loved spending her time outside working in the garden or just enjoying the sunshine on her face. My grandmother's kitchen was the heart of her house. Everyone always gathered there and most of the time all the guests were in the kitchen and the huge living room was completely empty. She liked a specific kind of tea and baked cake and cookies to go with it. I can still remember the taste of that combination. 

Sometimes I miss the things that she served, but I also think it's all right that I can't recreate them. It means the memory of her food will remain untainted. I will always treasure it and will remember it fondly. I love food and am often thinking about it. A lot of my clearest memories are food related. I dream of delicious meals, it doesn't matter if they're simple or complicated, any treat is welcome and I can spend ages preparing for it. The company definitely matters as well, I like eating with others who enjoy it as much as I do. My grandmother's kitchen has certainly contributed to that passion and I'll always be grateful to her for this precious gift. 

Oct 5, 2015

French Days: Paris - A Fond Memory


By Suze

When I was 18 I went on holiday to Paris. My then boyfriend, and now husband, and I worked very hard the entire summer and the five day budget break was something we could only just afford. We booked the cheapest hotel, which was close to Gare du Nord (a good piece of advice, look for something a little bit further away). We stayed at a terrible place, but fortunately it was clean enough and somehow it also had a bit of charm in its own way. That was mainly because of the old lady with a crooked back who ran the place. She made the best croissants I ever tasted and her chocolat chaud was delicious as well. 

We stayed in a dinghy street with a lot of questionable shops and establishments. Every time I went out someone stopped to ask me for my services, which was quite uncomfortable, but it was also pretty funny. It was the first time I had the chance to explore Paris on my own terms. My first three visits were with parents and school and I enjoyed my new freedom. We walked around for hours. There's so much to see and do in Paris even without a big budget. We soaked up the atmosphere and had a great time.

The highlight of our stay was a brasserie close to our hotel. It was a typical Parisian establishment with red and cream walls, huge mirrors and white tablecloths. The art nouveau style of the place greatly impressed us. The traditional French food was absolutely delicious and we were treated like royalty by the staff. Here we discovered the romance of Paris. We fell in love with each other even more and at the same time with the beautiful city.

It was also during this stay that we discovered Deutz champagne. We didn't have any glasses and drank the amazing liquid straight from the bottle. No champagne has ever tasted as good as that bottle of Deutz. While taking careful sips to savor the taste we looked at the map and dreamed about places we wanted to visit. We still haven't seen all of those places even though we've been back to Paris plenty of times already. This particular stay will always have a special place in my heart and as soon as we arrive in the city we share our wonderful memories first and then it's time to start exploring again...

Oct 3, 2015

French Days: Suze Loves France


By Suze

The list of things I love about France is very long. I like that there's so much to see and do, that nature is beautiful, that the culture is amazing and the food is divine. Shopping in France is always fantastic. I treasure everything I bought there. I'm in love with my French clothes, my French beauty products and everything that reminds me of this wonderful country. I try to visit it as often as I can and have seen quite a lot of different areas already.

I think January is the only month I haven't spent a holiday in France and the weather and therefore unpredictable road conditions is the only reason for it. I've seen L'Alsace in September, November, December and April and enjoyed going there every single time. I went to Normandie in March, April and May, to Bretagne in May, to Le Provence in May, June and July, to Le Lot in April, June, July and September, to Le Jura in September, to L'Aveyron in April, to L'Auvergne in September, to Picardie in August, to Nord in February, March, April and August, to La Moselle in April. to Centre in June, to La Champagne in April, September and October, to Le Bourgogne in May and to Paris in March, July, August and October. There's so much to enjoy and as soon as I have the chance I'll jump in my car and go to France again. 

My love for France started at an early age. I spent most of my childhood summers on a beautiful Drôme Provençale campsite called L'Or Vert. Every year I counted the days until it was time to go. I mostly enjoyed going out for a meal, visiting the amazing Provencal markets and swimming in the river near the campsite. Some of the magic of my favorite place on earth has disappeared with the arrival of huge numbers of tourists, but I will forever treasure my memories. Another regular holiday moment is Christmas in L'Alsace. It's close to the German border which means celebrating the best of both worlds. My amazing French Christmas decorations remind me of the special times I've spent there. 

I have a huge wish list of places I'm still intending to visit. This year I haven't seen my beloved France at all though and I feel terribly homesick. As soon as I'm able to I'll book a gîte and pack my bags, but fortunately in the meantime I also have the chance to enjoy some of the things that France has to offer while I'm at home. I can share some of my love for this magnificent country on my blog. 

Sep 27, 2015

Dutch Days: Suze Loves Delft Blue & Giveaway


Delft Blue will always remain special for me. My great grandfather was a Delft Blue painter. He made the most beautiful artwork with amazing tiny details. It never stopped to amaze me. We had a painting made on tiles in our house when I was a little girl and it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. He made birth plates for his children and he also made mini paintings from windmills in the traditional Dutch colors. He wasn't very successful, so his art didn't make him rich, but he was definitely talented. The closest to fame he ever got was when his second cousin had a love affair with Vincent van Gogh ;). His art is in my heart and I hope that is where I'll be able to keep it alive for a little while longer.


Because I love the color combinations I've put together some things that look really Dutch. I will also feature a great Delft Blue artist later today. 

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a 'Delft Blue' Blond Amsterdam breakfast set with matching napkins and Amsterdam cookies and syrup waffles. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Sep 26, 2015

Dutch Days: Introduction by Suze


By Suze:

Most people think about windmills, flower fields and clogs when they think about The Netherlands. I love all of those things. Looking at the flower fields always makes me happy, I like mills a lot and thinking about clogs brings back a lot of childhood memories. I'm proud of the fact that my small country has such a rich culture. I love our art, the clothing, our wonderful brands and our books. There are so many wonderful things I'd like to share during my Dutch Days. I've chosen to show you some of my favorite Dutch brands, I've found some great books that are either Dutch or have a Dutch setting. There are also plenty of really talented Etsy artists. I'm grateful for everything good my country has to offer.

A few tips for when you want to visit The Netherlands:

- If you are planning a one time visit and have a choice, don't choose the winter to travel here, because that usually isn't the best time to come over. The weather is often cold and wet and even though there are plenty of nice indoor activities you will miss a lot.

- Spring time is beautiful, especially because of the flower fields. Most of them are in bloom in April and there are fabulous parades. Bring a winter coat as it can still be chilly. If there's a little bit of sun it's enough for the Dutch to find a nice café with a terrace. They love having drinks or a small bite to eat outside, which is another reason you will need that coat.

- Don't expect many culinary delights (it's an upcoming thing, but we aren't there yet). We do have some nice food, but compared to France and Belgium you might be a bit disappointed. If you want to taste the best thing we have to offer try our local cheeses, drink our wonderful beers and go for something sweet. Syrup waffles (stroopwafels) are delicious, you have to try one while you're here. If you dare don't forget to taste our liquorice, it isn't for everyone, but it's our national candy. We love chocolate, so you'll find plenty. Visit a good chocolate maker or buy our fair trade brands, as those are the best.

- Almost everyone speaks English and people don't mind answering questions. Ask away.

- If you like to go shopping keep in mind that most shops are closing at 6 pm on weekdays. Outside the big cities they close at 5 pm on Saturdays. Most bigger cities have extended opening hours. On Thursdays or Fridays shops are open until 9 pm. And in bigger cities you can also shop on Sundays. 

- The Dutch like their bicycles. I know it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but cycling is fun. You can rent bikes everywhere and it's a great way to see our country.

- If you're on holiday here you should visit the old city of Amsterdam and take a canal tour by boat. If you have children go to the Efteling as it's an amazing fairytale theme park and it's definitely worth a visit. Zaanse Schans is an old fashioned Dutch village which is really nice on a sunny day. If you're here in the spring and like beautiful flowers visit the Keukenhof in Lisse. There are plenty of mills you can visit. One of them is Brouwerij 't IJ which is a beer brewery in a mill in the middle of Amsterdam. It's a great place to have a drink and to taste some delicious beer. Of course in Amsterdam you can go to the Anne Frank House, which is impressive, but be prepared to stand in line for a long time. Any of our art museums are worth a visit. I've been to many of them and loved them all. 

I hope my Dutch Days will inspire you to find out more about my lovely country.

Sep 19, 2015

About Suze: Update


It's time for an update from me. I'm feeling a bit better, so can't wait to start blogging again. I'm still battling an infection, but hopefully I'll be on the mend again soon. I miss writing posts and am looking forward to things being back to normal. I have some great themed weekends planned, you can expect a lot of cool giveaways, because I have a milestone to celebrate again and I have to write plenty of book reviews. I kept reading at the same pace and now I have quite a backlog. There are plenty of good books I want to share with you. Some of them are really special to me. 

I also finished my manuscript. I'm happy with the results and am really proud of myself that I managed to do some much needed writing. I'm going to read through it one final time this weekend and then I'm going to submit. I'm a bit of a sissy when it comes to sending my work to publishers or agents, but this time I feel confident enough to do it. 

We're really busy packing prizes. Sending them took a bit longer this time due to my health issues, but everyone will get what they're supposed to receive really soon. My house is filled with boxes and envelopes and everything will go the the post office first thing on Monday. 

I missed talking to all of you. Have a good weekend and thanks for your wonderful comments!

Lots of love,
Suze

Sep 7, 2015

About Me: Questions Part 2


What is more important for you, carreer or personal life? And are you willing to sacrifice one of them for the sake of the other?

My personal life, definitely. Love is the most important thing there is in my world.

What made you start blogging?

My first blog was about my mail art projects. It was a place to show them to others. When I stopped making mail art I wanted to do something else. I love shopping and I love writing which is why I started this blog.

Where is your favourite place in the world?


Because of the view, the delicious food and the amazing atmosphere.

What is the strangest thing you've used as a bookmark?

I often leave my books open. I know it isn't a good habit, but as I usually read them within a day I don't think it causes any real damage to the spines.

What's your favourite way to unwind at the end of the day?

Reading!

Do you have pets? Are you married? Do you have kids?

I don't have pets. I do love them, especially cats, but we don't have a pet friendly home (because of all my blog stuff) and my husband is allergic. That answers the second question, I am married. My husband and I have met each other in high school and we've been together ever since. Unfortunately we don't have any children.

What is your favorite book & do you have any tattoos or piercings?

My favorite books are The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke.


I don't have any tattoos. If I'd ever take one it will be by Myka Jelina, but I think there's a bigger chance that I'm going to buy one of her paintings instead. I had my ears pierced, but that's it, I often wear three earrings in my right ear and two in my left.

Are you always so generous and do you ever enter other competitions?

When I was a child I already shared everything I had, it's always been part of who I am. I do enter competitions, but not so often any more. I don't have the time because of my blog and writing. I love winning things though, especially signed books.

Aug 16, 2015

Sea Weekend: About Me - The Dunes


When people ask me if I'm a mountain person or a sea person I always tell them I'm a mountain person. As there are no mountains in the Netherlands the sea is the next best thing. I love it, especially the dunes. They're beautiful and I like spending time there. During the summer the beaches are often crowded and that is when I like living here the least. When most of the tourists are gone it's time for me to enjoy my surroundings again. I love the autumn. The colors are stunning and I often go for a walk when the weather is a bit cooler, but not too cold yet. I can't wait for my favorite season to start. 

There's a huge protected dune area here. You can only enter by buying a ticket. I love the peace and quiet, the animals and the beauty of nature. It's what I like best about living here. It's just five minutes from my home and I can't go there often enough. It's dune life at its best. It's almost like living in the mountains, the closest I can get.

I'm not someone who sunbathes, I don't have the patience for it. I easily get bored when I'm doing the same thing for many hours in a row, even if I bring a book. It's something you'd never see me do. Fortunately there are many other ways to enjoy the beach as well. I discovered how many wonderful things it has to offer when I moved here. Before that I mainly thought about the part where you lie down on a towel and not much else. I started to truly appreciate it when I experienced them and I consider myself lucky that I'm able to.

Beaches are wonderful. They are always different, they are filled with life. Even if they're quiet, the sea keeps moving. It's one of nature's most beautiful and scariest things. In the Netherlands the water is usually quite calm, but we do have a lot of storms here. When I'm snuggled up inside under a blanket while reading a book I totally appreciate the sea. It even offers comfort when I know I'm near it, but can't see it. It's an every day presence in my life, one that makes me calm and happy.

Aug 13, 2015

About Me: Questions


In one of my giveaways one of the blog post comment options was to ask me a question. Today I'm answering the first five:

What is your favorite time of the year?

The autumn because I love the beautiful colors. I like going for a walk when it's sunny and I love spending the nights reading a book. I can spend hours looking at the beauty of this season.

What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

Something that will bring comfort to the people I'm leaving behind. Because I won't be there anymore to see it I don't really think it's very important that it's the way I like it. Of course I hope people will remember me in a warm and loving way and I hope they will keep celebrating life. The text on the stone should be something for them and not for me.

What made you start blogging?

Many years ago I had a blog where I showed the mail art I used to make. It wasn't a very regular one, but I did have a lot of loyal readers. When I stopped I missed sharing things, only it took me a while to start again. I wanted to have something to say and to be able to do so on a regular basis. That is something I learned from the first blog, blogging every now and then doesn't work very well. There are so many good blogs out there and I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to share the things I love and offer people free stories and items. I'm now doing the writing in private, but there's a lot more of myself on this blog. It has changed quite a bit and I'm very happy with the way it is at the moment.

Do you buy all these gifts for the giveaways with your own money?

Not all the prizes, but a lot of them have been bought especially for my blog. Of course I do have help. My main goal is to make people's days and that is what I'm still hoping to achieve. 

What makes you choose your prizes?

My main motive to choose something as a prize is if I think it's going to make someone happy. I want them to look wonderful and cheerful. I'm relying on my own opinion mostly, I give away what I like. Most prizes are things I like to have myself. Or things I have and love. 
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