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new energy

After suffering a flue, 2 weeks ago,  last week I finally felt  90 % again. The last 10 % I got from positive happenings like:

  • My youngest daughter making a steamed Indonesian cake called Roti Kukus, jummy

  • finding the magazine “viltkontaktblad ” in my mail with my article about Etsy


viltalakim, etsy, atrikel, viltkontaktblad

  • a crocheting/ knitting evening with some other mothers time just flew…

viltalakim, crochetting, haken, katoen

  • a succesfull workhop felting raw fleece to 2 ladies they made this in 3 hours!!

viltalakim, raw fleece, kragen

  • I felted also a raw fleece collar :)

"viltalakim", kim nijsten, vilt, ruwe wol, ongewassenbefore making it wet, still dirty and lots of lanoline

viltalakim, Racka wool, Vilt, felted

After finishing nice clean grey Racka wool locks

viltalakim, Kraagm vilt, felt, Filz, Racka wool,

nice addition to any coat/ vest don't you think?

  • the felting demo I gave today at Lucas creativ in Vroenhoeven (B) not a single person wanted to give it a try, but I think at least 3 ladies will contact me for a workshop and I might found a photographer for my felts…

viltalakim, felting, wet, natvilten,

viltalakim, pressentation, felt, vilt

  • arriving home I found a submission paper for an art fair on June  second in Urmond.
  • seeing new growth in my garden everywhere like toddstols:

frogs eggs, garden, nature

Life can be good isn’t it?

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autumn, viltalakim

Autumn — overlooked my Knitting –
Dyes — said He — have I –
Could disparage a Flamingo –
Show Me them — said I –

Cochineal — I chose — for deeming
It resemble Thee –
And the little Border — Dusker –
For resembling Me –

herfst autumn, viltalakim

Autumn — overlooked my Knitting — by Emily Dickinson

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an autumn walk

This morning the teacher of the class of my daughter organised a walk into the Forrest. As doing so with a group of 25 children is nearly impossible to do alone he asked which parent wanted to join and help…. So there I was 10.30 back at the school . There was also another class joining younger children so more parents to help…  we all walked in a long row in our town into the Forrest.


Kids were really having fun and looking forward to that special place in the Forrest: “the sand mountain”  a climbing paradise for kids :)

bunderbos, herfst

after some time we had a lunchbreak and after playing a little more and making landart we walked back to the school. what a nice way to start their autumn vacation!!


paddestoel. zwam, herfst


Hope you will find some time to see the season changes at your place too!!

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Just a picture from my garden today

viltalakim, leaves, Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifola

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Sunday is a good day to revieuw my last week and share my happy moments with you.

Monday was a not usual workday for me… Instead of having to teach I was standing at a flower event in Alden Biesen in Belgium. This event opened for public from Friday till Monday and attracts thousands of people. Our students decorated a part of the castle´s attic and I was there to promote our school. It was great. I had very nice talks with all kind of people. Like the  2 English Florist  teachers whom travelled 14 !! hours  on way just to get there.

Tuesday I had a super good class with my students, and felt very satisfied. at home I baked a  `kweepeer`tarte tartin for my colleagues, dyed my white dress red and enjoyed the sunshine.

Wednesday always a long teaching day, but a close colleague was going to be 50 and we planned and made some nice decoration for his office… having much Pre- fun already :)

viltalakim, vilt,felt, acorn

Thursday finally some time to dye the dress in blue so I’ll get purple and  redecorate my windowsill with the felt united piece and after that it was felting time , jippie!

viltalakim, vilt, felt, spiderweb

Friday my daughter was sick but she wanted to help me every now, we had a nice chat :) very sunny weather and my dress was drying very well, so anxious to see the result, oh and I made a new felting tutorial 

viltalakim, felting, DIY

Saturday a day for me and the girls, mr husband was gone all day so we enjoyed the time with the 3 of us, went shopping, kids made cookies and I was even able to felt a new lampshade for my exhibition next Sunday

viltalakim, felt, vilt, purple, shibori

Today again a sunny day and I started with running with 2 other ladies at 7.30 in the morning!!  we run into the Forrest and it was nice to do.  After a shower and breakfast I started to prepare 2 new wrap skirts. Let’s hope they come out the way I planned them to be. I was finally able to open up my dress and it was fitting me!! after having a little photo shoot I found so many flowers still in bloom I had to walk through the garden and pictured them all :)

viltalakim, tuin,

I can look back on a super nice week.  Hope you can too!!

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