Well, hello again!

It’s been quite a while since I wrote any posts for this blog. My personal life has had a bit of upheaval since publishing my last post in December of 2016.

Back when I wrote my last posts, my husband and I were still fighting a battle against my fertility problems (PCOS is no laughing matter!). After several years of trying to conceive, I finally found a local gynecologist with experience dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

In January of 2017, we discovered that I was finally pregnant. Our daughter joined our family in early September. Our princess was born several weeks early via emergency cesearian due to very slow growth. She only weighed 1.97 kilos (4 pounds 5 ounces) and she spent 17 days in the neonatal unit. She had to undergo surgery a few weeks after leaving the hospital and while she has managed to stay out of hospital ever since, her first year was quite exhausting for all of us.

Around her first birthday, I started working at a new English school in my area. Now that she’s two, I’m working around twenty hours per week as both a teacher and an academic coordinator for this fantastic little school.

I’ve been very gradually coming out of the baby bubble and am beginning to feel like myself again. I haven’t had much energy to devote to my creative endeavors, writing included, especially since we’re smack in the middle of moving house (we sign the purchase contract this Friday!).

There will be a few changes in this blog due to the fact that the energy and time which I have to devote to it are quite limited. For one thing, it is going to be almost entirely a home and lifestyle blog with very little energy devoted to the Etsy side of things. I still have all of my stock, so I may open the shop back up down the line, however for the time being, I don’t have the time to maintain and promote the shop much less travel to the post office (especially with the extremely inaccessible hours of the Belgian postal service.)

I have some bad news for my Francophone readers as well. When I was posting regularly before, my poor husband was doing all of the translations for me. After a while, I began to feel very guilty about asking him to translate all the time when he has quite a busy life of his own. While this may sound a bit silly, I had less and less desire to write, simply because I didn’t want to impose on his extremely limited free time. For this reason, I will no longer be asking him to manually translate each and every post, especially since services like Google Translate are providing automatic translation services of much better quality than when I started this blog.

Here’s what I CAN promise my readers:

  • I will try to work my way back up to 15 minutes of creativity every day
  • I will work to improve how I document my projects so that the posts will become easier to write
  • I will respond to comments and emails from my readers with no more than a few days of delay

The posts which you can expect to see in the next year will most likely fit into the following categories:

  • Things to do and see in Belgium
  • The adventures of raising a vivacious, bilingual two-nager
  • Homemaking and hospitality on a shoestring budget
  • Selling, buying and decorating a home in Belgium

If there is anything in particular which you would like to see, please send me a message so I know that there are living, breathing readers out there.

Thank you so very much for your patience whilst I work on coming back out of hibernation. I look forward to sharing more of my creations with you very soon.


Misty (the Queen of the Château)




First Steps in Bobbin Lace

In the spirit of ongoing learning and sharing of knowledge, I am going to design and create a Bobbin Lace course for those who’ve got no experience or knowledge of the art whatsoever.

My goal will be to follow MY lace teacher’s methodology and have each progressive assignment use no more than two new techniques. However, once you’ve put your first attempt at each assignment into your portfolio, I want to create patterns which can be recreated as something useful / decorative from the very first lesson.

Part of the course will include making your own beginner supplies.

I have five students lined up to test the lessons and help me perfect the class. Once I’m happy with the course, I will publish it on Skillshare to earn a small passive income. Skillshare is a fantastic site where you can study all kinds of creative classes and if you follow this link, you’ll be able to get your first three months of full access to thousands of classes for only $0.99 !

I’m working on perfecting the first lesson as we speak. Who’s in?

The very first handout, with a class description and materials list is available here:First Steps in Bobbin Lace – Introduction and Materials – EnglishIf you are interested in joining the waiting list so that I can let you know as soon as the course is available on Skillshare, please let me know !

Extrait de vanille fait maison

Read this blog post in English

J’adore faire de la pâtisserie. J’ai toujours aimé, j’aimerai toujours.

Dans l’ensemble, je suis très heureuse avec ce que je peux trouver en Belgique en ce qui concerne les ingrédients pour la pâtisserie. Il y a plein de magasins qui proposent une grande variété de farines et d’outils. Cependant, la Belgique me frustre un peu à cause d’une chose.

Les extraits.

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