Guest Blogger

{guest post: happy in red}

Thank you so much Ms Vanessa for the opportunity to guest blog here at Nighty Trifty Things.
Let’s get properly introduced here (yes mom, I’ve remembered my manners!). My name is Esther, also known as Happy in Red.
I am living in Utrecht, a wonderful and very old city, slap bang in the centre of The Netherlands. I grew up in the South of Holland, near the Belgian boarder, but moved to Utrecht after I got my degree in journalism. Even though my roots are back down south, my heart definitely belongs to Utrecht.
Also, here I met my love and we recently got married!
Wonderful city, right? (And the newly weds aren’t bad either…)
I’ve been working as a journalist and web editor for quite a number of years now and I love it. Writing is the most wonderful thing to do and every day I feel privileged that I was able to make a profession out of this. I love writing in the broadest sense of the word and that’s how I also got introduced to blogging.
Earlier this year I got slightly annoyed with how shopping streets are starting to look the same in every city. And I thought how much fun it would be to be able to make or restyle your own clothes or to recycle old or thrifted stuff. So that we don’t end up all looking alike. So I did something about it! I learned how to crochet, took sewing classes and I felt like sharing my experiences!
And this is how Happy in Red was born: a combination of my love for writing and making stuff.

What I love to do best is make bags. I have a serious bag addiction and now I know how to sew them. Which sounds dangerous, but it isn’t. It’s a great way of making people an original gift. I just love to use lovely new and thrifted fabrics to make brand new bags. These two are rather new creations of mine, aren’t they cute?

Crochet pumpkins
I love to crochet (it’s very calming!) and since it’s really autumn now I thought it’d be nice to have some nice fall ornaments in my house. And therefore I crocheted some pumpkins. Cute aren’t they! You can make them yourself as I’ve written out the pattern.
Jam, jam, jam
Just like my your lovely host I love to cook! This autumn has been very generous, fruit-wise! I had so much fruit laying around and after having baked pies, muffins and cakes, I still had so much fruit laying around. And since I would hate to see it go to waste I made some jam! Apple-strawberrie jam, so fresh and sweet! I highly recommend it you know! So check out my recipe for jam!
Thank you for reading about my projects and I hope to welcome you on my blog sometime!
Esther (aka: Happy in Red)

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    Saturday October 29th, 2011 at 05:16 PM

    very cute ideas!tahnks for sharing!
    Nati from Brazil

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    Sunday October 30th, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Cute pumpkins! Home made things can be so much better than store bought. That’s why I love your blog :)

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    Seaweed and Raine
    Tuesday November 1st, 2011 at 04:48 AM

    Sing it sister! Why should we all look like little clones. December last year I looked at the summer cataloges here for some of the high end department stores and said to my husband “I hope I am seriously OUT of fashion this season!” Thanks for sharing your pattern and recipe! :)I look forward to giving it a go!

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