Waiting for Jasmina, Waiting for Henryk

I come from a BIG family. And I like it.
One of the reasons is that every good news or joy is multiplied by the number of the family members. Just like it was three years ago, when my brother announced we’ll be getting a new family member – a baby girl.

Believe me, we could not wait to meet her. And because we are a family, my mom and two of my sisters, we came up with the same idea – ‘let’s make the first friends (meaning handmade toys) for this little girl’. So we did. Lucy and Ester (my sisters) are the authors of the sock monkeys. My mom and I decided to make a doll.

It always amuses me to see how different styles we (my sisters and my mom) have. And to make it clear, from the first day Jasmina was born, these buddies guard her sleeping room.

August 2018 meant for our family time of  celebrations as my sisters, born in ‘-8’ year had (obviously) a round-figure birthday. But there is still one member to arrive in August 2018. At the moment we are all impatiently waiting for Henryk, the little brother of Jasmina. And as sewing and crafting is something we share with my sisters and mom, we thought to shorten this unbelievably slow going expecting time by preparing his bed.

I was impressed by my sister Ester, who was able to create a perfect baby nest based just on a pinterest picture.  I believe, Henryk will feel save and comfortable in this nice cosy thingy. In cooperation with my mom I contributed a baby bed bumper to this welcome project.

Henryk, it’s time to come! Your big family (counting already 16 members!) is waiting for you!

EsterExpecting Henryk


Happily Ever After

Two years ago I got an invitation to a wedding of my friends Ondra and Lenka. I was so disappointed when I realized that I could not make it and witness this precious moment. I felt I had to do something about it. And I did. I sent there some personalized pieces from marliatelier, so I could be there is some other was.

Congratulations Lenka and Ondra!


Fashionable Toys

Do you know the feeling, when you stand in front of your closet, and you cannot decide on what to wear?  Well, you are not the only one. Look these guys below, can you imagine how much time they spent on choosing just the perfect outfit?

This was my first Christmas market in Belgium. It was 2013, when my friend Leen invited me to her cozy Christmas market she organizes every year. Leen basically calls her creative friends to bring their “art” and opens the doors of her house for one weekend. And because this event happens before Christmas, it is the perfect occasion to get some creative, unique and handmade presents. 

Leen is an expert in making pleasant homie atmosphere and welcoming people at her place.

Together with Fiona

Fiona Dalton must be a really cool funky lady. Despite the fact I actually haven’t met her, her great sense of humor is evident from her toys she had designed and published in her book “Wil je mijn vriendje zijn?” (“Hop Skip Jump”).
I liked her eco-cuddles so much that nothing could stop me to make some new friends myself. Here the are.

Unfortunately, not all of them, some of them got a new home before I managed to make a picture.