Mijn eerste marktje – Ghentmade – my first craft market

This Saturday I went to my first ever craft market: Ghentmade.  There were a lot of nice handmade things, being sold by all the crafters: babyclothes, jewellery, accessories, furniture, rugs, knitted and crocheted stuffed animals, clothes, …. If you want to know more, check out the Ghentmade facebookpage. The market took place @Volmolenstraat in Ghent. The street has been transformed into a traffic free area where lots of projects and events will take place during this summer. I was kind of nervous about going, because I didn’t have the time to actually make a lot of things! A lot happened these last weeks, some good moments, some rather difficult but I told myself I had to go to this market because it would be a great opportunity to see how other crafters go about setting up a craft booth and what kind of stuff they would be selling. So as it was my first time I didn’t have as much stuff as all the others but none the less I had a really good time and actually sold some upcycled items (jeej!). This is what the craft market looked like:

Zaterdag ben ik voor het eerst naar een ‘handmade’ -marktje afgezakt: Ghentmade.  Er werden een hele boel toffe spullen verkocht:  kinderkledij, juwelen, accessoires, meubelen, tapijten, brei- en haak werkjes, …. Ga zeker eens kijken op hun facebookpagina als je meer te weten wil komen. Het marktje ging door in de Volmolenstraat in Gent. Deze straat werd onlangs getransformeerd in een verkeersvrije zone. Gedurende de zomer zullen allerhande projecten en evenementen doorgaan in deze straat. Ik was een beetje nerveus want ik had niet zoveel tijd gehad om dingen te maken. Er is de laatste weken veel gebeurd, een mix van leuke momenten en andere moeilijker. Maar ik had mezelf ervan overtuigd dat het een goed moment zou zijn om te zien hoe andere creatievelingen hun plaatsje invulden en wat voor spullen zij zouden verkopen. Ik had dus niet veel mee maar het was een super leuke dag en ik heb zelfs enkele upcycled items verkocht (jeej!). Zo zag het marktje er ongeveer uit:

And this was my table:
En zo zag mijn tafeltje eruit:

My first customer EVER bought 3  handmade leather upcycled bows, 1 big one and 2 little ones. She decided on wearing one immediately! Cool right?
Mijn eerste klant OOIT kocht 3 handgemaakte upcycled strikjes, 1 grote en 2 kleintjes. Ze deed ze al meteen aan! Tof toch?

the upcycling fashionista - upcycled leather bow pin

the upcycling fashionista – upcycled leather bow pin

I made a lot of dinosaurus plates and containers. The plates didn’t sell that well, I can now see that they are actually not that usefull :p So I won’t be making them anymore. The containers were popular! Not difficult to make but cute to keep little things in.
Ik had een hele hoop dinosaurus borden en potjes gemaakt. De borden verkochten niet zo goed, ik denk dat ze niet zo handig zijn :p dus deze maak ik niet meer. De potjes waren wel een hit. Niet moeilijk te maken maar wel een toffe opbergoplossing voor kleine spulletjes.

I also loved making key chains  out of an old fur coat and a pair of jeans. I made 10 and sold 5 of them. Overall, I learned that I prefer making bags and accessories like pins and hair ties.  And I really think they would sell well. So I will continue to sew and create those out of recycled materials.  So next post: a new upcycled bag. Can’t wait to finish and show you!
Ik maakte ook met veel plezier sleutelhangers van een oude bonte jas en een jeans. In totaal maakte ik er 10 en verkocht er 5. Conclusie van de dag? Ik heb het gevoel dat ik liever tassen en accessoires zoals pins en haarrekkers maak. Ook denk ik dat deze goed zouden verkopen. Dus ik ga verder naaien en creëren, allemaal met gerecycleerde materialen. Mijn volgende berichtje: een nieuwe upcycled tas. Hopelijk is deze snel af en kan ik ze jullie tonen!

Ben je geïnteresseerd om iets te kopen? Laat het me weten!


DIY Memories Necklace

If you have some childhood treasures laying round and you don’t know what to do with them. Consider turning your  childhood  ‘jewellery’ into a one of a kind big memories necklace.

It’s super easy! Just take all your bits and bobs that you want to incorporate into the necklace. Choose your favorite parts and start threading the beads. If you don’t know what materials to use, they sell a lot of accessories for making jewellery @Veritas (clasps, special threads, elastics,…).

I’ve made one that is entirely made out of beads but you can make one with just a couple of beads.

Close the thread and you’re done! Now you can start to wear your memories from time to time!

I’ve got pieces of friendship bracelets that I got in high school (still know who gave them to me 🙂 ), beads of some beaten up old necklace that my grandma gave me, letter beads (from a type of necklace that was super popular in the 90’s) that my mom gave me,….

Let me know if you’ll be making one!


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Jewellery holder dinosaurs


I made some jewellery dishes, trays, holders,… I’m not sure what they’re called but I love them. I got to upcycle old dinosaurs, which actually means I played with the toys for about 5 minutes before even the slightest work got done 🙂 muhaha. Seriously, who doesn’t like dinosaurs???

So this is what I did to my collection of dinosaurs:



TADA my engagement ring 🙂

I gave the last one to my dear friend. She gave a smashing BBBQ (Birthday BBQ) and I thought it was perfect for her!

The other ones are going to be for sale during ‘Ghentmade’. ‘Ghentmade’ is a special event (in Ghent, no shit Sherlock) where you can buy all kinds of handmade treasures: jewellery, clothes, purses, art,…. Curious, go and check out their facebookpage and maybe I’ll see you there! 

Want to know how I made them?

Step 1: essentials

– dinosaurs

– old dishes

– spray paint

– gloves

– glue

Step 2: spray paint the dinosaurs (after playing with them)

Step 3: let the dinosaurs dry and glue them on the dishes

dinosaurus jewellery dish tray


Swapping Week @Charlatan Ghent

Watch the little video I made to see what I swapped!
Music: Vive La Fête – Ne touche pas

Lovely friends Lovely Upcycled Gifts – Grocery bag container

My significant other and me, we like to invite friends and family for dinners, drinks, BBQ’s, more food, drinks (Muhaha) and most of all some quality time together. We don’t like to admit it but we too are getting older, so in-between work, more work, conferences, more work and household shores there doesn’t seem to be much time left. Going clubbing, partying and pulling an all-nighter with friends, like I used to do when I was younger doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea any more. But now more than ever I realise that friends (and then I mean real friends) don’t come around so often. So you have to take care of the friends you’ve got and love. Without getting to sentimental about the necessity of a good friend, just remember to never take them for granted.

That is why from time to time when we get invited for dinner @friends I like to make them a personal gift. Like I did a while ago for S and T.

S has known my fiancé (yes, I’m getting married next year, really getting serious now hehe) since college. So they go back a long way. T is his girlfriend and she’s super sweet and a really nice person. They recently moved to an other apartment and I wanted to make something usefull. I made a bag to hold all their plastic grocery bags they have laying around the house (In Belgium we still get a lot of plastic grocery bags and especcially when you go shopping for clothes etc.). You put them in on top (there’s an opening) and you simply pull one out when you need one (on the bottom you have an other hole with an elastic).

I had a curtain that I once bought @Spullenhulp for 2,5 euros. And I made 5 (!) bags out of it!

I really hope she likes the gift! But she said she did like over 4 times so I guess she liked it 🙂

Et voila, some pictures. Sorry, they suck I know. They aren’t the best I’ve ever made but I had to hurry cause the bag was finished just in time.

Would you use this? Let me know and maybe I’ll make one for you!