Slowly but steady

I think it’s about time that I give you all an update on my shed.

Lots of work has been done already.

It all started with a wooden frame.

Then it got wrapt like a present.

Next step was the outside wood en the rooftop.

The last piece of wood, yeah!

It suddenly looked like a house!

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Now on to the inside, isolating the floor, walls and ceiling.

And this is were we are now.

We put in some furniture to figure out where to put the electric sockets.

It’s all coming along nicely and looking more and more like my cro-shed.

And don’t you just love the view I have from my window.

Oh, although it’s not finished yet, I like to sit there, drink some coffee and crochet. It already feels great sitting there, dreaming of how I’m going to decorate it. Even the cats like to drop by for a visit.

 

That’s it for now. I hope I haven’t bored you too much with all that building stuff.

‘Till next time.

Love Ilse

The new cro-shed

As I mentioned before, I have new plans for my cro-shed.

The storage room we originally wanted to convert, turned out to have more problems than we could handle.

So we came up with a new plan. My husband moved all his tools from the gardenshed into the one that was supposed to be my cro-shed. Than he demolished the gardenshed so we can build a new, slightly bigger one.

It’s already looking so great in my head!

The plan is to do it all ourselfs and with recycled matetials and furniture.

We already poured the concrete foundation. In spring when the weather is a bit better, we plan to build the wooden walls.

In the mean time, my husband is looking through secondhand sites for things we can use. It’s his new hobby by now.

He allready found a door and window, rooftiles, 3 cupboards and a table. One of the cupboards and the table are now in our livingroom, I made my temporary crochet room.

Slowly but steady, my cro-shed dream comes alive!

To be continued …

Love Ilse

 

A new beginning!

Hey, remember me? Yes, I’m the one who started this blog last year. I had so many good intentions, plans and ideas, but it turned out to be too much, so I decided to take a break from the blog.

I also had to say goodbye to our plans of turning over the storage room into my cro-shed. There were to many structural problems.

And to top it all off, I had a burn-out at the end of last year. I’ve been home from work for about 2 months.

As you can see, last year wasn’t great and I know it all sounds negative. But don’t worry, this all had to happen for me to stand where I am now. I didn’t realised this straight away though. To deal with my burn-out I had to think about the way I am, how I live my life, and it turned out I was doing it wrong. I had plenty of talks with my husband and mum, friends who are going through the same thing, a psychologist and read a book about it.

I learned how to listen to my body, not to feel guilty when I can’t do the things the way I want to. I’ve started to live differently. I’m thinking carefully about the things I want or have to do. Knowing I can’t do or have it all at the same time.

That’s been the greatest leasson of all. Not doing this for way to many years resolted in my burn-out and took away my energy.

So that’s me now, slowly building up my daily life, taking it one stap at a time. And yes, I still catch myself on going too fast again, but I’m getting better in reading the signs.

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Phew, if you’re still reading, thanks! I know it has notting to do with crochet, but I just wanted to get this off my chest.

Ok, time for some crochet stuff.

After taking a break from my blog, I gave my full attention to my Instagram account. And that was a good idea. I just love being on Insta. I got to know lots of crocheters from all over the world, learned an discovered new things, joined instachallenges,… it’s so much fun! And I love being part of this lovely crochet community!

I also have new plans for the cro-shed and I’m planning to give crochet workshops for kids.

Again everything at my own pace.

So check out my blog every now and then, becouse I promise to post more often. Even if it’s just a little post.

‘Till later,

Love Ilse

I’m still here! 

Hello, I’m still here! I’m sorry it took me so long to write a new blog, I think I underestimated it. I know there is no pressure, but somehow I feel obligated to write something.

I’m crocheting for several years now, and everyone was saying I’m good at it and have to do something more with it. At the start of 2017 my new year’s resolution was to start this blog, give workshops to children, have a little online shop and make my own crochetroom.

The plan was to use this blog as a diary of how we would build this room from scratch.

It was a simple plan, it all looked great in our heads. Maybe we where a bit naive to think it was gonna go smoothly.

Once we began to break down the walls and sealing we stumbled on the first problems. It turned out to be more expensive and more work than we had planned. So we had to rethink everything.

And we came up with a new plan. I’m keeping it a secret for now because this time we’re not rushing in to things. We’re going to think this true and take the time to realise it.

I’m not getting carried away with it again. That was the mistake I made last time. I let people mess with my head. I know they all meant well and wanted to encourage me to do something I love. But because of all that motivation, I got carried away with it and crocheting became something I had to do instead of something I love to do.

So, I’m going to take my time. I still have the same resolutions, but I don’t have to realise them all at once. As soon as I figured that out, I started to relax and enjoy crocheting again. I’m not gonna pressure myself and take it day by day. And for now I’m still comfortable crocheting in the living room.

In the mean time you can still follow me on Instagram.

Love Ilse

Easter Holidays

I love Easter holidays. The weather is getting better, the garden is coming alive, the kids are home for 2 weeks and I had a few days off.

The first week my little girl turned 12. She’s growing so fast. For her birthday we had a Frenglish breakfast. That’s something we invented, it’s a combinatiom of a French and English breakfast. She really loved it (and so did we)

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A big breakfast was necessary because we went on a trip to the Ardennes. In Nismes, near Couvin, we visited the rocks of Fondry des Chiens. It was lots of fun, climbing the rocks and discovering caves,.. It was the best birthday ever, she said.

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At one point we had to get out of the valley to go back to our car at the main road. Instead of taking the easy way, we decided to push our boundaries and climbe a tall rockwall. It was pure climbing, no help from banisters or rope, just relying on yourself and the rock. It was great and I’m so proud of all of us for doing it. The picture below is one of the wall, pretty tall don’t you think?

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I also started a new project. Yes I know,  another one. But guess what… I actually finished this one!!! Thumbs up for me 😉 I made the bag from Attic24. I always loved that bag and it was on my to do list for quite a while. Some time ago, when Lucy talked about her bag on her blog again, I thought it was time for me to make it. And I’m so glad I did, It turned out to be so beautiful and I’m totally in love with it. You can find the pattern here.

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As you can tell, I really enjoyed my holiday. I hope you have to!

Love Ilse

Easter workshop

When I was a kid, we had knitting, crochet, embroidery,… lessons at school. Now that’s all gone to make place for computer and that sort of stuff. Ok, I know times have changed and they gonna need the computer more than a crochethook, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I think kids should learn to knit and crochet and… So, 2 schoolyears ago, I went to the principals office and we had a nice chat about it. She loves knitting, so she completely understood and agreed with what I had to say. We came up with the idea of a crochetclass. I worked out some easy patterns over the summerholiday and last schoolyear I had my own crochetclass, one day a week during lunchbreak and kids could volunteer to come. I expected/hoped maybe 5 – 10 kids would come, but to my surprise it was near 20 girls and boys! Not everyone stayed, they found it wasn’t they’re cup of tea and quitted, others came to have a look and then joined. It wasn’t easy, but lots of fun and by the end of the year they knew the basics.

Unfortunatly, this year, due to my work, I wasn’t able to do the class. I missed it and so did the kids, so I decided to do a workshop at home for them. This is the result.

I’m so proud off them!

They all asked if I could do this again, so it’s to be continued…

Love Ilse

Taking a step back

After demolishing the old isolation of the floor, ceiling and walls, the time to rebuild my craftroom has started.

My husband has made a new wooden frame to support the new ceiling, and added some isolation.

It was all looking good, until my husband made a hole in the wall to check the floorlevel with the terrace level. He discovered that the outside wall was wet and crumbling. So he had to take it down. Then he saw that the beam on top of that wall (that supports the roof) is rotten too. This means that we have to replace the roof and outside wall. It’s gonna take me a big step back, but in the long-run it’s going to look so much better.

I just have to be patient I guess.

Love Ilse