Thursday, 30 April 2020

oh april


Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles to-day,
To-morrow will be dying.

Oh April, how you made it feel like summer.

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Saturday, 25 April 2020

a list of great movies everyone should watch


Last Sunday I cried my eyes out watching Dead Poets Society. It made me want to live my life to the fullest, read poetry, go to classes, go to a dark cave with my friends, study literature... Isn't it beautiful that movies can have this effect on humans? How we laugh and cry and feel for these characters as they go through an adventure or life-changing experience? How we empathize and think about these moving images on a screen? For school I've done a lot of research in emotions and the movies and the connection between the two. I find it fascinating how this works and how we,  as spectators, can feel what characters feel, whilst we're just sitting in a cinema or at home. I just love it. I just love movies.

And my love for movies just gets bigger and bigger. And that is mainly thanks to the movies on this list.
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

my graduation art project


A few years ago I showed you one of my art class projects in high school in this post. I never actually shared my graduation art project on this blog and I still really want to. 

And so, I will share the story of how I made an empty shoebox slightly more interesting... 

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

a guide to: make stamps!


First of all: Happy Easter to those who celebrate!
And second... Welcome to a new series on this blog: A Guide To!

Quarantine really brings the creativity craft monster in me to the surface. I feel like this lady over here. I've been drawing more, experimenting with watercolors and now I even made my own stamps, something I've wanted to do for ages. 

I will give you some tips and tricks to make your own stamp, if you read the above and thought: well, I want to make my own stamps too now. It's a proper do it yourself! And a fun and simple way to decorate pages, cards and maybe even cloth (if you're really getting into it)!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

prologue


De Muren van Dironve

Proloog

Een flits verlicht de kamer. De kleine kamer. Met een klein bureautje. Aangevreten door de tijd. Een spiegel, waarvan de randen zijn verroest en hier en daar een stukje uit is, waardoor de houten wand erachter zichtbaar is. Een nachtkastje, met enkel een kaarshouder erop en een boek. "Wonderen van de Oude Wereld" leest de voorkant onder een laagje vers stof. Uit het boek steekt een krantenknipsel, dienend als boekenlegger. Een donderslag. Naast het kastje staat een krakend oud bed, dat al ruim 19 jaar zijn werk doet. En op dat bed zit een meisje. In kleermakerszit. Met haar dunne deken opgetrokken tot aan haar kin. Haar witte nachtjapon lijkt op te lichten in het woeste natuurgeweld dat zich buiten afspeelt. Bijna net zo woest als haar haren. Klaarwakker. Het gezicht van het meisje straalt... Een paar verdwaalde sproetjes en gebruinde huid onthullen dat ze veel uren in de zon doorbrengt. Haar mondhoeken krullen om zodra de hemel openbreekt. Als deze buien niet zo zeldzaam waren geweest, had ze nooit rechtop in bed gezeten. Maar dat waren ze wel. Grote spetters water vallen uit de lucht. Ze vallen op de korstige, droge grond. Je kunt de aarde bijna horen zuchten van de dorst die nu zo plots wordt gelest. De bomen bedanken de hemel en laten zich lachend kietelen door het water. De uitgedroogde gewassen knisperen onder het gewicht van de druppels en de wind. 

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

march • sunshine & quarantaine


maart
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Het is een onwijs gek idee dat ik aan het begin van de maand nog in Keulen zat. Gek hoe alles in een maand tijd zo kan veranderen. Maar wat hier wel het mooie van is, is dat ik de tripjes en vakanties die ik heb kunnen maken nu meer begin te waarderen. Nu alles wordt afgelast zie ik in hoe bijzonder het is om wel die uitstapjes te kunnen doen.

Thuisblijven is voor een huismus zoals ik geen grote opgave. Wel vind ik het eng en schokkend en bijzonder hoe veel impact dit alles uitoefent op de wereld en op mijn wereldje. Ik kan het niet goed onder woorden brengen. Maar vooralsnog was maart een maand om op terug te blikken. En daarom een kleine notitie over mijn maart in deze post :)

Friday, 20 March 2020

my disney forever favourites


Did someone say Disney?

If you are spending a lot of time at home these days, maybe binging a few Disney movies may bring joy to your daily routine! And since I'm baffled with all the options every time I open up the app, I thought I'd make a list of disney movies I'd definitely watch again. To make my life easier, and to give you some tips on what movies to maybe add to your own list!

I also had a little too much fun pasting my head on all of these images. I hope it doesn't freak you out. It certainly has that effect on me.


Saturday, 14 March 2020

three days in cologne


walking along the rhein, catching a few sunrays in the park, cheesecake at schmitz, the starry ceilings in the dom, hiding from the rain, eating the biggest schnitzel, the feeling of vacation... 

And all of this just 3 hours away from home! 

My mom & I took a trip to Köln (Cologne) in Germany! It may sound really random, which it kind of was, but I really wanted to go to the OneRepublic concert & we decided to add a few extra days to explore the city. This felt like the best mini-vacation to just get out of my normal routine. 

If you ever decide to visit Cologne, maybe this post will give you some ideas on what to see and what to do whilst you’re there!

Monday, 9 March 2020

february


f e b r u a r y
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every cloud has a silver lining

this past month was a nice month. but if you had asked me that at the start, i would have sighed at the prospect of this busy february. i really struggled to find a good routine and felt insecure about my abilities. i was a little down, but didn't want to be down. now i'm glad i felt sad, because it made me appreciate the small, good moments more and i became aware of my feelings and why i was feeling them. moreover, february gave me a lot of those happy moments.

Monday, 24 February 2020

an ode to audrey


"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
audrey hepburn


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

january

although some stories tell us to 'never look back', i find it quite nice to take a step back once in a while. and so, with the first days of february slowly dawning upon this new year, i wanted to look back at my january. the things i loved, read, felt and did. i collected a few pictures from my camera roll that perfectly captured the first month of 2020. will you tag along?

Monday, 20 January 2020

a day in the hague & voorlinden museum


v o o r l i n d e n 
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a little outing to the big political centre

the hague is beautiful. with it's streets and vintage shops. laughter-filled bars and restaurants. the fairy-lights twinkling in the treetops. magic. i should visit more often, is what i thought to myself as we were walking on the cobbled street. towards the beautiful binnenhof.

Monday, 13 January 2020

what i did on christmas break


First of all, happy new year! I hope you all had a lovely first two weeks (already!) of the year 2020. I certainly did, but last monday the uni-life kind of exploded in my face and I was reminded of the fact how much I still needed to do before the end of the week. But everything went well and I'm feeling this great energy to start this new year!

Over the two weeks of my holiday I took a few snaps of what I was doing & loving. I always love to read weeklogs, but if I were to do them they wouldn't be very interesting. ("So... I went to school. Again.") That's why this recap could be a bit more interesting, since I had the time to do some things else than school ;)
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