Tuesday, August 14, 2018

hello :)

Well, hello lovelies! Anybody still there?

I can't believe it's been so long since I last popped into this place :( How are you all doing?

If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed last few months have been pretty busy and full of change for our family. The biggest thing, of course, has been our intercontinental move from the US to the Netherlands, eeek! And oh-my-goodness! What a change this has been. It's been wonderful in so many ways, while super challenging in some others. That's how things usually are though, aren't they? At least that's what I'm telling myself :)

We traveled a lot, visited many family members we haven't seen in years which was absolutely  wonderful, and now we're slowly adjusting to our new lives. The thing I probably love the most about Netherlands is the bike culture. We bike everywhere! Everywhere! To the grocery store, movies, doctor's office, ... even to Ikea! We actually don't even own a car at the moment because there's just no need for one. How crazy is that!

My new wheels and a tote bag I made using fabulous watermelon print purchased from Miss Matatabi on Etsy. Such a perfect summer tote.

I have, of course, been working on setting up my sewing space. It's tiny but will definitely do for now. I've been sewing up a storm so no complaints here :)

One of my favorite things to make these days are fun little scrappy coasters. They are perfect projects for trying new ideas as well as using up some favorite scraps. Plus, they are super handy to have around the house, too. I can totally see my coaster collection growing in the next few months.

You can see more of the projects I worked on over the past few months on my IG account, of course. Here's the link if you're interested: https://www.instagram.com/sotakhandmade/

Talk to you soon. Svetlana


  1. Hi! welcome back to blog land. I'm so happy to see you and your family settling into your new normal.

  2. Welcome back, you need some big baskets with strapes for your bikes.

  3. Good to see you back and here a little about what is going on in your life. Looking forward to seeing more projects.

  4. I just got back from a two-week trip to the Netherlands, and I am so jealous that you were living there. I love that place! And like you said, the bike culture is phenomenal! It was so incredible to see all the bicycle us out there. Parents carrying children on bikes, work commuters, etc. It was wonderful! What part of the Netherlands are you living in?

  5. Oh my goodness! I was worried that we'd lost you. I guess I'm going to have to learn how to follow folks on Instagram -- thanks for the link. I love your blog and am very happy that you're back. Have a great end of the summer in your new home.

  6. I was just thinking today that it had been a long time since we heard from you. I was hoping that you'd sign in again and let us know what you're up to in the Netherlands.

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  8. Hope you enjoy living in Holland - it's just over the water from me on the East Coast of Yorkshire - look for HULL on the map - a ferry travels between Hull & Rotterdam every day :)


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