Thursday, December 13, 2018

I have to admit

that at this moment a whole lot is growing over my head! 

My FB- shop didn't bring the results I expected and wanted thus changed my policy. Didn't Einstein so eloquently says: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

At this moment I am studying Made Urban's "How to Sell Handmade beyond Friends & Family" book. Well, studying is really not an adequate description, I am wrestling myself through the exercises! I understand the material, but applying what I read, imaging an ideal customer with her values and personality to find my niche market, formulating an USP, and many more, is giving me a hard time!

Before I discovered Made Urban's e-book, I read almost everything about entrepreneurship my eye came upon, but all content was about services and selling courses or digital products,... whereas I am in leather jewelry! On top of that, all this young 6-figures business women say: you can't do it by yourself! you need help! buy my course or join my community or the like. I snorted and thought: you only want people to join your master class.

How wrong I was! What would I not give to have somebody next to me holding my hand and explaining in depth how I can apply all this to my own business. I'm experiencing this at first hand now that I'm plowing through my study book.

Some time before I discovered Made Urban, I read a post on FB about The Law of Attraction. I commented that I didn't believe in that law anymore and that it didn't work. The poster advised me to read: "Manifesting Made Easy...." by Jen Mazer, it would open my mind. Yes, this book is really an eye opener. I recommend this book to everybody interested in manifesting their dreams. Reading is not all you do, every chapter has a "How to Apply" section. And I am very diligently applying the theory.

So I am reading and applying this 2 books at the same time. The dream I want to manifest is that a store sells my jewelry so that I only have to engage myself with the designing and creating process. One action that helps you manifest is to choose a date you want your dream to become true and mark in your agenda. The date I choose and wrote down in my agenda is approaching rapidly: 19th of January 2019.

Studying the 2 books, blogging, social media is overwhelming, I feel drowned, lightly panicking that I won't be ready by January 2019. Hence for the time being, I'll reduce my  blogging and social media presence to concentrate on manifesting my big dream.




LoveLea's laptop
At this laptop I do most of my writing
 while having a cup of coffee.

I'm cloistered easily 6 hours a day to this laptop, reading, studying, writing, e-mailing. And I have my coffee, first thing in the morning in one of my favorite cups, specially made for the exposition in Amsterdam, some 10 years ago, about the connection between the Netherlands and the Court of the Russian Tsars. Behind my cup you can see my laminated feather to remind me that I am not by myself and that Universe is watching over me.


At the moment it is not yet clear to me what I'll post next week. Maybe you like to be surprised? 

See you next week!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Make cute little gifts for your beloved ones. Watch out for signs from above to keep you going. Green tomatoes turning red.

Cute gifts for your beloved ones.


Every 2 years, the first weekend of February we come together. We are my brothers and sisters with each their children and grandchildren. I am not the only one with grandchildren any more, we have a 6 month old baby boy.. We find a place big enough for 35 people and spend the weekend together. We explore the area on foot, take turns cooking and doing the dishes and in the evenings we play games. The small children love to be with peers and the bigger "children" talk with aunts and uncles mostly about motorcycles and music! It feels really good to be part of a big family.

Up to now, I've made or bought little presents for the ladies in the family but this year I decided to give at least my 3 brothers a present: so far I have made 3 cute money pouches. Beside my brothers I have 2 brothers-in-law, a bunch of nephews, my nieces have boyfriends and there is my son and my son-in-law. That is a lot of people! My husband doesn't want one. I haven't decided yet for who I"ll make a pouch. I have 6 weeks left and if I can make a pouch for every guy, all the better.



LoveLea's money pouches
LoveLea's 3 cute leather money pouches.


LoveLea's navy skull head money pouch
LoveLea's navy leather skull head 
money pouch


I might make a tuto for the pouches within 2 weeks.

A sign from above or a synchronicity tale!


One week after Halloween, I went with my daughter and grand daughter shopping and wandering around to a city a 30 minutes ride away. There is a popular shop that sells all kinds of carnival stuff and spoofs and they had a huge collections skulls, skeletons etc. Since the selling of my skull bracelets didn't go the way I liked, I decided to give this shop a try. I am talking about these bracelets.

LoveLea's 2 skull sliding knot bracelet
LoveLea's 2 skull sliding knot bracelet

And here is a red eyed skull!


LoveLea's red eyed skull bracelet



Back home I immediately went to work, ordered some more leather lace and made a variety of bracelets and necklaces in size S, M and L, put them in plastic grip bags, tagged them and made a price list.  During this preparations I visualized people liking and buying my jewelry and telling others about it.

I decided to go on Friday and took 2 collections with me. There is a store that sells handmade and very unusual jewelry and they might be interested in my vintage button collection.


Lovelea's vintage button bracelets
Lovelea's vintage button bracelets




Lovelea's red vintage button bracelets
Lovelea's red vintage button bracelet.


And this is not only my favorite bracelet, it has been liked a lot on Pinterest and Facebook! I call it my mystery bracelet!

Lovelea's mystery bracelet.
Lovelea's mystery bracelet.

I took the train, a mere 12 min ride and went straight to the shop. Only the weekly Friday market was held temporary in the main street. People take their time to look at the stands and talk to friends and acquaintances in the middle of the street so it took me a while to get through the crowd.

I continued my way but this time my road across a market place was blocked and closed for passersby because of XMas preparations.  I had to take the surrounding narrow streets full of vans delivering what they had to deliver. Meandering through the narrow streets and vans I had a vision that I was wandering through a narrow pipe, as an esophagus, something like Alice in wonderland and I said to myself: you'll get where you want to go even if it may take a while.

Finally I reached the shop and showed my jewelry. The girl in charge liked my products only she was afraid my products were to expensive for their customers who are mostly students on a tight budget. However she took my price list and business cards and I left a pair of earrings to show to her boss. I asked her about the other shop I had in mind; sadly it had closed. She gave me directions for a shop selling hippy clothes so they might be interested in leather jewelry.

I found the hippy shop easily and when I told the shop owner that I had some leather jewelry to show, he shouted "no" at me. I said: you don't want to have a look, he again shouted no. It wasn't even early in the morning. OMG, what a humiliating experience! I made the intention, right at that moment to never treat sales people as I had been treated.

I didn't allow this second set back to damper my spirits and went a couple shops back to Dandy's&Diva's where I had seen Steampunk mannequins in the window display. I couldn't make out what kind of shop it was but still went inside. The girl in charge, dressed and coiffed in punk style, clearly the owner of this hairdresser salon, was very nice and friendly and genuinely liked my products but wasn't sure if she could sell them and would think it over and let me know. It"s not a yes, but everything is still possible!

All my business done, I bought a sandwich, more out of nostalgia ( I was a student for 4 years in this city) than of hunger and took the train back home. Looking at the passing lovely landscape, I kept telling myself: something better is waiting for you; I didn't want to slump in a negative spiral. But I had an even better message in store!

Back home, I went to work and when I looked up, there was a beautiful and clear rainbow in the sky! Yes: this was a sign from above that I am being watched over, cared for! Remember: butterflies,  feathers, rainbows, special music, a song or words are signs from above. But you have to be alert and attentive, mindful!

Am I not a lucky person!

Green tomatoes turning red

I was stuck with lots of green tomatoes when the weather turned cold; some of them I fermented into relish and another part I put into a box with 2 apples. It seems that apples sent out a gas to warn the others: hey it's time to get ripe. Other fruits can benefit from this gas and I put the tomatoes nicely spread so they won't touch each other in a box together with 2 apples. Almost all of them have turned red and are ready to eat. I am a color freak, don't they look nice and see how many shades of red there are.


Green tomatoes turning red with the help of apples
Green tomatoes turning red
 with the help of apples


That's it for this week! I will be busy the next weeks and it might take me 2 weeks to get a tuto ready about the making of the pouches, still in time for anybody who wants to make a cute XMas present.

See you!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Health benefits of Pomegranates, your winter remedy!

The pomegranates are in season! 


I love this beautiful, sober looking fruit, full of benefits that we will need with the festive season approaching. With winter coming, some of our problems are aggravated, but no panic, the pomegranate is there for us. There is a down side: they are a nuisance to pare. It takes a bit of knowledge and know how to cut them, but the trouble is it all worth!

pomegranates
Pomegranates from our friends garden

Have a look at this gorgeous colored fruit. Is the color red? or pink? Lets open them up.

Where do you start?


First of all, get dressed! Yes, get dressed: tie on your apron, the biggest one you have and be sure there is nothing uncovered because the juice will find this uncovered spot and stain it! and you know: fruit stains are difficult to get rid of. You got the message: paring a pomegranate is a messy job.

Now you can cut off a thin slice of the top of the fruit; you'll see paper thin yellowish meridians that divide the fruit in sections: follow one of this meridian while cutting the skin very carefully along this meridian, don't touch the berries. As you have split the pomegranates in 2 or in multiple pieces, your second challenge is visible: how to get all this berries out without cutting them up; the paper thin yellow membrane should not get mixed up with the berries because it has a bitter taste.


Cut pomegranates
Cut pomegranates


When the cutting business is finished, clean your knife, put it away and grab your kitchen gloves or latex gants, that is if you don't want stained nail beds and finger tops. Start handpicking the berries. Use the top of your fingers and your thumb but don't put pressure on them, do not crush the berries; try to get the berries out of their bed. You want them to stay whole without spilling the precious juice. Either you pare the whole fruit or you dig out how much you want or need, put the berries in a nice bowl, take a dessert spoon and enjoy.

Warning: the seeds inside the berries might taste bitter, chew them or squeeze out the juice in your mouth and spit the seeds out. The juice is deliciously refreshing with its own special taste, miles away from the ready made grenadine you might remember from your child hood! 


Cut pomegranates
Cut pomegranates

Why it is worth the trouble


As I told you above, you went through all this trouble because the benefits are greater than the nuisance! As you are savoring your "work" know that your are getting vitamins and minerals, that you are protecting yourself from inflammation, cancer, high blood pressure and the more. Why paying for artificial enzymes to help your digestion when you can have the real ones? You can find all the benefits  on the internet, but here are some of them in a row: pomegranates


  1. provide you with vit A, C and some B
  2. give you: calcium, potassium and iron
  3. have anti-inflammatory effects
  4. reduce your risk of heart diseases
  5. lower your blood pressure
  6. are good for your joints
  7. are a natural anticoagulant
  8. prevent your arthritis
  9. have lots of anti-oxidants
  10. enzymes help your digestion
  11. are a protection against dental plaque
  12. prevent cancer spread


If after reading this you say: wow, I could use this, don't go out and get ready made juice! It is most likely full of additives, conservatives and added sugar. Be brave and buy the fruit. Look for unblemished fruits and choose the most colorful ones: the more color the healthier. The fruits in the picture are a bit blemished but they are a gift from friends who grow them in their garden. I know the source!

Pomegranates have a long season and they stay good for a long time, they don't spoil easily. Buy a couple of them and view the fruit as medicine in a nice and colorful package

For more details, read here and here

Symbol of prosperity and fertility.


I have some Greek friends and they gave me pictures, cards, paintings and glass pomegranates as a gift, especially around New Year. How can a not even sexy looking fruit be a symbol of fertility? As you can see in the picture, the pomegranate has no flesh but only berries, that are actually SEEDS!
The function of seeds is reproduction! Every pomegranate contains 400 to 650 seeds. You get that much trees out of 1 pomegranate. You easily fathom why the pomegranate is symbol of fertility and prosperity.


When pomegranates are in season, flue season is not far away; I have a couple of flue symptoms and if I want to get better I have to get rest. Yes, 1 necessary remedy is to get rest. There are some more things you can do, but that is for the next post.

This is it for this week. I hope you all are in good health. Walk to your vegetable store and treat yourself and your family with pomegranates!

See you next week!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Why you want to go through the messy job of eating pomegranates! What to do the prevent the flue from not breaking through!

The pomegranates are in season! 


I love this beautiful, sober looking fruits, but from a distance! Why from a distance? Because they are a nuisance to pare them. It takes a bit of knowledge and know how to cut them: the skin is tough but thin and you don't want to cut the berries because you don't want a mess, a colorful mess but still a mess.

pomegranates
Pomegranates from our friends garden
 


How to proceed?


First of all, get dressed! Yes, get dressed: tie on your apron, the biggest one you have and be sure there is nothing uncovered because the juice will find this uncovered spot and stain it! and you know: fruit stains are difficult to get rid of  and pomegranates stain the more if that is possible. You got the message: paring a pomegranate is a messy job.

Cut off a thin slice of the top of the fruit, find a yellowish meridian and only cut the skin very carefully along this meridian, don't touch the berries. As you have split the pomegranates in 2 or in pieces, your second challenge is visible: how to get out all this berries without cutting them up; the paper thin yellow membrane should not mix up with the berries because it has a bitter taste.


Cut pomegranates
Cut pomegranates


Now you don't need a knife any more, the moment has come to take out your kitchen gloves or latex gants, that is if you don't want stained nail beds and finger tops and: you can start handpicking the berries. Use the top of your fingers and your thumb but don't put pressure on them as to not crush the berries; try to get the berries out of their bed. You want them to stay whole without spilling the precious juice. Once you have finished the pomegranate or you have a handful of berries, put them in a nice bowl, take a dessert spoon and enjoy.


Cut pomegranates
Cut pomegranates



My husbands cousin, who dotes on pomegranates and cleans them himself, gave us a plastic recipient with a lid that looks like a giant honeycomb. You divide or rip your granate in pieces, put the pieces inside down on the hexagons, take a table spoon and tap the pomegranates with the convex side of the spoon. It works but it still stays a hell of a job. Too bad I striked too hard and the honeycomb cracked.

Why am I telling you all this: because the benefits are greater than the nuisance! You can find it easily on the internet, but here are some of them: pomegranates


  1. provide you with vit A, C and some B
  2. give you: calcium, potassium and iron
  3. have anti-inflammatory effects
  4. reduce your risk of heart diseases
  5. lower your blood pressure
  6. are good for your joints
  7. are a natural anticoagulant
  8. prevent your arthritis
  9. have lots of anti-oxidants
  10. enzymes' help your digestion
  11. are a protection against dental plaque
  12. prevent cancer spread

If you really want  the advantage of these benefits, don't buy ready made juice! You don't know how the juice has been made and what additives they have added. Buy the fruit, look for unblemished fruits and choose the most colorful ones: the more color the healthier. and make the juice or eat the berries The fruits in the picture are a bit blemished but they are a gift from friends who grow them in their garden. I know the source!

For more details, read it here and here

Symbol of prosperity and fertility.


I have some Greek friends and they gave me pictures, cards, paintings and glass pomegranates as a gift, especially around New Year. As is easily to comprehend, the berries, who are actually seeds, are very abundant. I pomegranate can possibly give you hundreds of trees! There are between 400 and 650 seeds in one pomegranate. It is obvious why the pomegranate is a symbol of prosperity and fertility.

What to do to prevent the flue.


My post is short this time because I am having some flue symptoms: I am shivering, the shivers running along my spine and I am unable to feel warm. My whole body hurts and aches and moving is difficult and I am not charging energy. I feel very tired. I can not prevent it anymore but I can obstruct it from breaking through.

What to do so the flue won't break through!


There are some "if"s that I do and YOU can do to prevent the flue from breaking through:
  • if you take a lot of rest, lie down frequently and do only the most necessary household chores, you might not get the flue
  • if on top of this you pull on your warmest WOOL sweater, you might not get the flue
  • if I dig up my mink knee blanket, left to me by my grandmother and sleep on top if it, I might not get the flue 
This is all there is to it. Do this for 2 or 3 days and you'll feel a lot better, maybe totally cured.

About my mink blanket, I get it that not everyone has a mink blanket; a good alternative is a sheep skin; before I had my mink blanket I used a sheepskin. Since neither my blanket or a sheepskin are big enough to sleep comfortably under it, I sleep on top of it!  Spread your sheepskin out on your mattress and pull your bottom sheet on top of it. You'll benefit from the animal warmth and you'll keep whatever you are sleeping on, clean.

If you don't have a sheep skin, sleep on a sweater, anything that gives animal warmth! A polar blanket /fleece or something polyester won't do! If you are not feeling well, you want  natural warmth to restore your health.

This is it for this week. I hope you all are in good health.

See you next week!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bikers, get yourself a skull ! Stuck with green tomatoes? Read what you can do with them!

Bikers, get a skull and be protected on the road!



I don't know what it is but after creating leather Halloween jewelry, my mind kept circling around skulls. It might be the time of the year:  on 1 & 2 November we remember the saints and our beloved deceased ones and on the 11th of November, Armistice,we commemorate the end of WWI, when so many died in excruciating circumstances for the benefit of what? This year, November makes me pensive and reflective.

From art classes, I remembered the presence of skulls in paintings, especially in 16th century Venetian paintings as a memento mori (remember you must die) and as vanitas (futility of -, fleeting life) in Dutch 17th century paintings. Nothing new under the sun! It is a good thing to remember that after all we're mortals and we should make the most of our time.

When doing some research about the contemporary meaning of skulls I found out that bikers like the skull symbol, as a memento mori; when riding your bike, the only protection you have is your helmet and sturdy leather clothes; an additional spiritual assistance is hence welcome! And here comes a memento mori in the picture!

Have a small ritual before taking the road!


A skull tattoo does the job but a skull bracelet or necklace is less radical then a tattoo. A skull bracelet or necklace, you can take it in your hand, kiss it or touch your forehead with it. While doing this formulate something, aloud or in your head, ask whoever you believe in to help you and to be protected while on the road. Then pull the bracelet over your hand or the necklace over your head and off you go, serene and tranquil in the knowing that you're not alone and you're protected..

This way you create something solemn, a  small ritual, one minute of your time, (but effective if carried out with mindfulness,)  before taking the road. Of course the skull won't protect you, it's duty is to remind you of your precarious position, remind you to drive carefully and to ask whoever you believe in for protection. Nowadays we are so busy that a reminder in the form of symbol is welcome.

With this in mind, I created some leather skull bracelets, particularly for bikers but anybody can benefit from a "memento mori". This set of bracelets and 1 necklace has the additional benefit  of being all leather, no metal closures hence no metal allergy problems. A sliding knot permits you to pull the bracelet/necklace over your hand/head and adapt the size to your own needs. I used solid 3 mm leather cord and the skulls measure 2 cm in height, 1.2 cm in width, 1.5 cm in depth.



LoveLea's leather 2 red eyed skulls bracelet with sliding knot
LoveLea's leather 2 red
 eyed skulls bracelet
 with sliding knot
LoveLea's leather 2 skull bracelet with sliding knot
Lovelea's  leather 2 skull
bracelet with sliding knot









So the skulls will stay in place, I added a knot on both sides of them.


LoveLea's leather 2 red  eyed skulls bracelet, detail
LoveLea's leather 2 red eyed skulls
bracelet detail



Below are 2 simple bracelets: the left bracelet has a leather cord, 1 sliding knot and  1 skull, the one to the left has 2 skulls, nothing fancy, but it fulfills the duty of the memento mori.


Lovelea's skull bracelet
Lovelea's skull bracelet
Lovelea's 2 skull bracelet
Lovelea's 2 skull bracelet













The necklace of course is the most efficient since you will wear the skull closer to your skin and you'll feel it more and whenever you look into a mirror, you'll see your skull. The skull measures 3 cm in height, 2.5 cm in width and 2.7 cm in depth.




Lovelea's skull necklace
Lovelea's skull necklace

Lovelea's skull necklace, detail
Lovelea's skull necklace,
detail











My niece assists in emergency operations: "more than half of the operations are on bikers" she told me. I almost lost my sun in a heavy accident when riding his bike. Bikers, do yourself, your family and your friends a favor and protect yourself!

Green tomatoes in abundance


If you are like me and you have a lot of green tomatoes and I mean totally green tomatoes and you have let go off all hope they will ever turn red, here are some solutions to your problem.

Fried green tomatoes


Who has not seen this memorable, funny and moving movie? when you are stuck with green tomatoes, that's the first thing you think of. Before frying them, I looked in my cook books, on internet: no recipe. How difficult can fried green tomatoes be? I sliced them, fried them in olive oil but the green slices had no taste at all. It's up to you to try this out; maybe I did something wrong, I omitted something, if you know about this, please tell me!

Green tomato jam


My mother used to turn the green tomatoes into jam. She cut the tomato in pieces and boiled them with the same amount of sugar. I loved my mother's jam, exotic and with a little crunch; but I want to reduce our sugar intake so jam is not  an option.

Fermented tomatoes


And here is what I did with my tomatoes: I fermented them.The recipe is from "Fermentation for beginners" by Drakes Press, 2013 Berkeley, Ca, According to this e-book, fermented food is healthy because it is pre- digested and anybody with digestion problems will benefit from eating fermented food. Mind the salt of course.


How to ferment veggies.


It is really a no-brainer: slice or cut your vegetables, in casu  your green tomatoes, put them in jar that is tight closing, if you like, add other vegetables like ginger or what you eat together with tomatoes, add spices, whey, water and salt. I added basil leaves, nigel seeds, 2 cardamom pods, lemon juice (the recipe said lime juice but I only had lemons), black peppercorns, water and salt. If you don't have whey, add 1 teaspoon salt instead. Don't fill your jar too high, you should have 2.5 cm between the water and the lid. Leave it in the kitchen or any other room for 2 days, taste it; if you like the taste, store it in the fridge; if not, leave it in the warmth for a half day, 1 or more days. Keep in mind that the taste will continue to develop while in the fridge and will get more salty. 






I forgot to add sliced onions but I have more green tomatoes in the garden, that will be for another batch. I could have added some garlic, the taste would combine tremendously with the basil, but you know the problem. I might add some to my second batch.


Experiment and try out


Start with a small jar and experiment with tastes and spices, the amount of salt, the exposure to warmth etc. It only takes a couple of days before your fermented green tomatoes are ready and enjoy! I'll experiment with fruit: we have lots of raisins from the garden. They are small and full of seeds, very hard seeds; I might ferment them, a small batch to start with and I can improve or alter when making a second batch.

When to eat them


You can eat them as they are with cold meat, as a contrast to cheese or smoked salmon, to spike up a hamburger, delicious next to fried chicken or fried fish; in Belgium we eat them with french fries to balance and brake down the fat; add some of the juice to your salad instead of dressin, and it is an alternative to vinegar pickles. So many ways to eat your fermented veggies.


Maybe you have a biker story to tell, I would love to hear it!
Maybe you have a recipe to ferment vegetables or fruit, share it here!

See you next week with more news.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cute leather handbag. Bisons in Belgium, really? Fall pictures hunting!

I had a productive week since I last wrote you: we visited a bison ranch, I made a cute leather handbag and started painting the doors in our work space upstairs and went fall pictures hunting. First some pictures of my super cute handbag.

Leather handbag


I am a bit tired of designing and creating jewelry and wanted a different experience; I like diversity and diversification. My faux fur handbag turned out all right and  I was ready for a new bag challenge. (I am still pondering a bucket bag design of my own!) This sounds courageous but it took me a while before I actually put my hand on it. I know, I know: when you create something you shouldn't be focused on the result but having fun going your path; well, let me tell you this, I want both: fun while designing and creating AND a good end product.

I had my mind set on round (bamboo) handles to save me the designing and sewing handles on. You already know that pinterest is my craft dictionary and I spent hours and hours studying bamboo handle totes. But all totes were in fabric so for a leather tote I was on my own. I had a butter soft piece of beige leather, smooth as silk, with the drape of old and used linen. It looked not small to me but when I started measuring, my tote couldn't be bigger than 30 x 30 cm. From pinterest I knew that my round handle should be about 20 cm. I had a pair in dark brown  acrylic mottled with lighter spots  and a diameter of 18 cm: perfect. And to be super super safe, I made first a "specimen" in fabric before tackling the real one.

Since this is not a blog on handbag making, I'll spare you the details and show you the bag right away
Here is the result:


Lovelea's leather round handle handbag
Lovelea's leather round
handle handbag
 
Lovelea's leather city bag
Lovelea's leather
 city bag















This handbag is perfect as a small city bag and will look gorgeous hanging from your arm, set off against a black outfit, it will upgrade your denim attire and when not using, it won't take up space in your closet. The tassels spice up the bag and are used to close the handbag.


Lovelea's leather city bag with denim outfit
Lovelea's leather city bag
 with denim outfit
Lovelea's leather city bag with black outfit
Lovelea's leather city bag
with black outfit











Bisons in Belgium? Where!


We, my husband and I have been talking more than a year about visiting this bison ranch in Orchimont friends of us where talking about. At last, we went. It was a 2 hour drive and we where right on time for the guided visit. With a real wagon we made the tour of the property but I was mostly interested in the bisons, this prehistoric, mythic and fierce looking animals. Seeing this proud beasts in the open (I won't say "in the wild"), your soul is stirring, something is grabbing you and your imagination starts to work. You want to grab their woolly looking skin with both hands. I am very very thankful to have this experience .

Another reason why we (especially me)  wanted to visit the ranch is that in the restaurant, they cal lit "Saloon" they serve bison meat. I always have been interested in "tastes" and I am eager to try out different things. When we went to Norway a couple years ago, I had whale. It actually tasted more as meat than as fish but it has it's own special taste, not a very strong taste. I was a bit disappointed in the taste expecting a more gamy taste, seen the dark red meat, it tasted surprisingly equal to beef, maybe a bit sweeter.

I have been fascinated with everything  native American since a child. I've read all of Karl May's Winnetou and Old Shatterhand adventures. I read so many of them that at last I was disgusted. I never liked girl books: very boring, dull and unstimulating. Now I saw those beasts with my own eyes.

They have been rearing bisons since 1998, starting with a couple animals and now they have a flock. They sell the meat, serve it in their restaurant and have a bison project running in Billings, Montana, USA.

This brings me to the book: Butcher's Crossing by John Williams. The book is very very good and very good in describing the horror people commit without blinking an eye. It describes in a very observing way the landscape, the journey to the secret valley, the slaughtering of thousands of bisons and with nothing, zero as an end result. Frightful how people were and still are only guided by greed! Don't read it if you are faint at heart.

Autumn colors


Whenever I see autumn pictures, I assume that halve of the colors are photo shopped! Last Tuesday the weather was extremely nice, 18° on the 6th of November! and we went photo hunting. All the yellows and reds made my blood go faster. And yes, the pictures I show you are not photo shopped, the yellows and the reds were there! I captured them as I've seen them. I merely adjusted the horizon in some of the pictures. A lake always gives smart pictures and the tall trees give a cathedral like feeling.


Fall at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium
Fall at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium



Fall 2018, Swan at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium
Fal, Swan at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium


Fall at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium
Fall at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium


Some parts of the woods are very dense and some are very open like in the picture beneath.



Fall at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium
Fall at Zoete waters, Oud-Heverlee, Belgium


Does nature give us this strong colors, this exuberance of shades and tinges so we can get through the blandness and hardships of winter? as a memory to fall back on during the long and dark nights?


When admiring all this beauty, this stark colors I think: yes fall is my season but then comes spring to my mind with its tenderness, the soft hues and best of all: the knowing that winter is over. What is your favorite season and why? Tell us, please!

See you next week!



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fashionista, revamp and grade up your rain coat! Need napkin rings, here's how to make them! Find your feel good tree. A quote for you!

Fashionista, revamp!


In fact I am not a real fashionista. At the beginning of a season I go to the bookshop and take my time to choose some fashion magazines. When home, I choose a free half hour, make myself a coffee, sit in a comfortable chair, choose a magazine and brows through it without reading. I make a mental note of what I like and maybe I might get myself something new. Way back, when I was young, I was a consumer but now that I am 65, I' ve seen it all, everything comes back in a more modern, sleeker way.

I like the faux fur trend because it adds some splash and punch, gives an exotic touch to your outfit. I have a silk hand printed leopard scarf for some years that I treasure and wear it all the time now; gives my raincoat my white blouse a boost. But I wanted a new item, something small not a jacket or a coat. I was thinking of this yesterday while I had some errands to do; looking at the window displays nothing caught my eye or smiled to me and then it downed: I can revamp or upgrade my coat with a leopard belt!


LoveLea's faux fur leopard coat belt, back
LoveLea's faux fur leopard
 coat belt, back
LoveLea's faux fur leopard coat belt, front
LoveLea's faux fur leopard
coat belt, back












Thus I bought 50 cm of leopard jersey, cut off 12 cm lengthwise, made a tube out of it, turned the tube inside out and then, here comes the key point: I hate ugly going fabric belts and had no iron on stiffener. But! I found a very stiff band in my stock. I cut off 50 cm, introduced it into my tube and spaced it evenly to the right and left of the belts center. My new belt will stay nice and rigid at the back of my coat and I'll be able to knot my belt.



LoveLea's faux fur leopard coat belt, detail
LoveLea's faux fur leopard coat belt,
detail.

My rather plain coat looks a lot more interesting with it's new belt!


Napkin rings needed.


My sister in law can ask some intense questions as on my 65th birthday. Last weekend again; after the Lebbe-family commemoration in West-Vleteren I was seated next to her at lunch. She told me "about their decision not to use paper napkins any more but fabric napkins instead. But then you need something to identify who's napkins is who's! Napkin rings as in old times is perfect and maybe napkin rings is an item I could put on my to do list".

Back home her words kept repeating  in my head and a couple days ago I started the project. Now that I have my shelves, it is great to choose out leather: every tiny bit or big chunk of leather is at one place in boxes according to color or displayed on shelves. It so much nicer and quicker to work


I  decided to use a snap button to close the circle instead of studs. On choosing the leather for my sister-in-law, I went for bright colored leather and a bit of fancyness some fantasy as to not be boring.

















For my brother I choose firm and nice brown leather, in 2 shades and used a kauri shell to adorn. I made 2 for each so they would have a choice. If they don't like them, someone else will like or need my rings.



LoveLea's brown leather napkin ring, dark shade
LoveLea's brown leather
 napkin ring, dark shade
LoveLea's brown leather napkin ring, light shade
LoveLea's brown leather
napkin ring, light shade


Overuse of paper


Brings us to the problem of overusing paper. Since a couple of years, out of the blue all institutions that issues invoices are concerned about the number of trees that are cut down to provide us with paper, at the same time they continue shamelessly wrapping their products individually in plastic and carton. To me the real reason and their only concern is to cut down expenses and have the advantage of seeming politically correct but we, as a consumer, have to organize a new filing cabinet on our laptop or whatever digital device you use.

A feel good tree!

I was ironing this week and all sort of negative thoughts were going through my head. Really, it was just terrible and I was disgusted with myself. I know that negative thoughts are counterproductive and I know that I should change them into positive thoughts if you want to make your dreams happen. Of course I want my dreams come through but how to get rid of this black, ugly mood! Well, if you are in a mood like this, it is very hard to find a positive thought.

When pondering how I could feel happy now, immediately, I looked up from my ironing and saw the beautiful red beech tree behind our garden, already turning a deep and warm rusty color intensified by the evening sun. IMMEDIATELY I felt better, I felt happy: I was where I wanted to be: in a good mood!


Wow, what a revelation. I've read about this stuff and you can go on reading, as long as you don't apply consciously what you read and you won't get it and grow. That moment was a real shift to me, no it's more, it was a miracle. I GOT IT plain and simple. 

When negative thoughts are creeping in, I let them be because this thoughts give hints about what I should work on and then it's time to let them go before they become dominant. I have a look at my tree or bring the tree before my eyes and I am feeling better.  

So: whenever you have negative thoughts, look at something beautiful, it doesn't matter what, as long as you're moved by it and you'll feel a lot better. 

Your feel good tree could be as simple as a stone you keep in your pocket, a melody you call up in your head, a nice memory, a picture, anything.

And then, your negative thoughts shift to positive one's. Therefore, surround yourselve with beautiful things: they have to power to lift up your spirits, passively by just being there and actively when you direct your look at a beautiful object.

Quote

To end this post I have a very good quote for you. When reading Jen Mazer's Manifesting made easy..., I came across this sublime quote of Eleonara Roosevelt. I want to share this quote with you, it is so amazing and if we apply it, we can have a more interesting and fulfilling life; aren't we all into this goal?




Tell me if you did something to revamp or upgrade an old but treasured and beloved outfit. What did you do? how did you do it? I am curious!

That's all for this week. See you next week!




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