Tuesday, March 25, 2014

at {mine}

At {mine} is a platform that let's you share photo's of your home with like minded people.  As they write on their blog:

"at{mine} is at{yours}. We are an online community for home and design lovers, where members do the sharing. "

On at mine you can upload photo's of your home (or the home you dream of). You can follow and like. If a tag was added you can also find out where a product was bought. The site is still in beta, there is not that much functionality yet. What I miss the most is a search function. If you click on the
"whats new" button you are presented with newly added photo's. 

The site has a beautiful design though, you can see that much thought is put into it. It surely has potential. I am thinking of people who like to share photo's of their home or a project and don't want to start blogging. 

I have 3 invitations left to join at {mine}. If you are interested send me an e-mail with your e-mail address (the contact button below the header) and I will send you an invitation.

Monday, March 3, 2014

{it's spring}

Last Saturday marked the start of meteorological spring. Nature around here is way ahead of that and I am keeping my fingers crossed there won't be any severe frost in the the months the come.

We didn't have winter weather what so ever. I haven't seen a single snow flake and to make it even more bizar, we had several lovely springlike days with sunshine and temperatures above 10 degrees Celcius. Yay!

Here are some photo's I made in our garden this weekend!

Our Salix

The first rose on our rosebush.



Crocus. I love the color pop.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Waterlogue is an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (needing IOS7) that turns your photo's into a stunning water color. It is as simple and as stunning as it can be. At € 2,69 (GBP 1.99, USD 2.99) the app is a bit pricey, but IMO it is worth it.

Colorful cups

Our favorite hotel in Lugano with Monte San Salvatore

An antique chair at Hotel Fischer Lugano

A selfie turned into a water color. Love it!
Turning a portrait into a water color is the hardest for the app. There aren't enough details in the water color, I think. I like the one of me. It is me even though there are lacking details. I made the photo a few months ago.

Unfortunately I can't use the app on my iPad as it needs IOS7 and I can't update my iPad to IOS7. They makers of the app are currently working on an OS X app, I will surely buy it.

All images: letempsjadisblog.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

{some thoughts...}

My blog.

I haven't been around a lot lately. I only blog when ever I feel like it and I found out something last month that really stopped me from blogging. I noticed I had/have a lot of visitors from Russia. Then I found out that they weren't real visitors, but that my blog was spammed, so called referrer spam.  Your site is being used to get a high search engine ranking for another site. And a high pagerank probably means.....cash (?).
There isn't much that can be done about it. I did notice however that Google Analytics seems to give a more realistic view of the number of visits to my blog.

The weather

We have had no winter at all. While parts of the world were hit by violent snow storms or raging rain fall we have had spring like weather on some day. I realize that neither of these types of weather are a good sign, but the absence of snow (so far) has made me very happy. Snow is very nice, but I hate to have to plow through it every day for a couple of months.
I just wonder what spring and summer will bring .... maybe snow ;-)


A while ago I pre-ordered a book I have been looking out for for some time. It is written by Yvonne Eijkenduijn of Yvestown. It is called "Yvestown in te keuken" (Yvestown in the kitchen), it contains delicious recipes and gorgeous interior shots by Yvonne. I will get a signed copy in the end of March.
Unfortunately for my non Dutch readers, it is written in Dutch. But I am sure it will be translated!
If you would like to buy the book, follow this link.

P.S. I hope you had a nice Valentines Day!

Photo: Yvestown.com

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

{to be a blogger}

"To be a blogger" was started recently by Esmee Scholte and Simone van den Berg. Both have a blog and were asked questions on how to start and maintain a blog by their readers. As they both gathered a lot of information about these topics over the years, they decided to start a blog about how to be a blogger together.

"To be a blogger" is in both Dutch and English, with topics like seo, monetization, copyright, templates, photography (I know Simone is an avid photographer), hosting etc. The platforms discussed are Wordpress and Blogger, but I have also seen posts about Typepad and the new Ghost.
There is also a forum.

I know Simone van den Berg. Not personally, we "met" during a workshop hosted by Decor8's Holly Becker, Blogging Your Way Bootcamp. Simone has 2 blogs. Her blog Simone's Kitchen, written in both Dutch and English, is about food, photography and her travels. Her second blog Scribbles and Notes (also in Dutch and English) is a lifestyle blog.

I did not find a link to Esmee's blog(s) on TBAB. I googled her, but as I am not sure I found the right Esmee I rather not post a link to the wrong blog.

Esmee's blog is named Es' Factory, go HERE to visit it. Thank you Simone for the link.

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