Thursday, March 12, 2009

Friday is my day: Swiedebie

Today we travel to Netherlands and meet Swee aka Swiedebie who makes super cute and fun sock monster plushies. She is so chatty and sweet girl that she already told everything about herself so let's peek to her Friday. And lucky Friday 13th to everybody :)

Holla Wolla!
I am Swee as everyone calls me here, and am in my prime 30s. I am happily married to the best man I know, Marcel, and we have a 2.5 year old daughter, Kirsten. Going back to the past, I used to work as a fashion+wedding designer. Today or should I say after my 3 years of marriage, my time per day is split to being a good 40% mommy, 20% housewife+gardener+telephone-operator (because the phone just keeps ringing!), 20% being a good+sometimes wacky wife, and last but not least being a 20% designer for my plushie label, Swiedebie. (*did i get my sums right, for I am bad in Maths?*)

I am very honoured to be featured in this coming "Friday Is My Day" for my dear EST friend, Heli. To my surprise on today's feature, it is Friday the 13th! Oh yah, my broken toe is still healing from the accident it had that occured exactly on the same Friday 13th last month. However, no more sulking, smiles on my face as always, I move on to better days ahead.

... ... ... Marcel was off to work. *zombified* Still in my dream-world, I sleep walked to pick my crying little one up from her bed, and carried her to the bathroom. I thought I dreamt a piano fell on my head, only to wake up realising Kirsten had given me a hard smack on my head. I placed her standing on the floor, and looked around the bathroom. It was day break! *Yawn*... time for me to change the little one's diaper and fed her glass of warm chocolate milk & egg. *Still yawning & slouching with a bed-head*

I would always have my breakfast right after Kirsten finished hers. While she was being fully amused and entertained by the morning Dora programme, I slipped off to the kitchen and made myself a nice breakfast set which I deserves after all the "hard" morning work. 2 eggs, a cuppa coffee (double caffeine dosage), a nice little mandarin orange, and of course to kick off the day - a nice little Snickers bar! While reading my Dutch newspaper (due to my insufficient Dutch vocabulary, I am only seeing the pictures and reading small articles). In addition, music is a MUST HAVE thing for a good day start!

My daughter was playing on her own & was chewing on her apple as brunch, I made a little time to read up a chapter on my book and quickly catch a glimpse of what were the updates in the EST thread. The usual morning greetings and seeing all the familiar and of course new names there made me smile (as always). Oh well, of course I did not miss out on checking up my Etsy shop, which was still as stagnant as ever. Man... where did all the clients go???

Time to check the fridge to find out what is missing from it! Hmmmm... We have rats in the house! Yes, those rats I mean are US! Stock replenishment time! I filled up my shopping list and, Kirsten and I dressed ourselves to go to the central for a nice little shopping! (*Yippppppeeee*)

Brrrrrr...! Windy and at the temperature of 5 degrees, Kirsten and I were trembling as we walk. However, the little one, being just like Mommy dearest, was doing her window shopping! Nice pinky sequined detailed shoes caught her eyes. I looked at it, and thought to myself, "EEeeeeekkks! I may like pink, but not to this extend of wearing blinks blinks all over my feet... Time give on my little one so good pink tips."

Lunch time!!! But no lunch for us yet as we were shopping with an empty stomach. LOL! My advice, never shop with an empty stomach... because you will end up buying more than you need. Look at little Kirsten, who was very helpful when it came to packing the groceries in my bag!

We gobbled our store-bought fresh bread like 2 hungry vultures, as we made our way to the Friday weekly market. I did my supply shopping at a few of my favourite stalls. Oh boy! What a delightful moment!!! I love shopping with my little one, because she can never warn me (for the time being for now, I guess...) to watch my budget the way my husband does.

Home at last! Unloaded the groceries and supplies, and the little one wanted to play in the garden. As we have lots of water that seperates my garden (with bridges over them) into 5 small ones, I locked the gate to one of the bridges to make sure my little one did not fall into the water. Somehow or somewhat, she has this super-rubbery body and squeezed herself through the little gap of my gate! Oh my golly wolly!!! I ran out in fear that she would fall into the water. Well, she landed herself right on the bridge, thank God! I looked at her, and she pointed to the duckies swimming along the bridge. How sweet... Then I gave her some bread crumbs to feed them. My... those ducks sure do look abd taste good in their roasted bodies. mmmMMmmm... yummy!

As Spring is showing it's little sign of life to my plants, I began to clean up the mess Winter had left for us. Worms slimed themselves everywhere too! Yucks & Whoops... I realised I wore the wrong coloured socks for today! Hahaaha... What a dope I am.

Off to rush inventing my new monster in my "lab". I had to get this done to be listed in my Etsy shop. Cut, stitch, cut, stitch, cut, stitch... & m little Effie's coming into place. (*give a mad scientist laugh*)

Effie was completed. The day got dark, and it was too late to take some shots of her for the listing. So, I did my text editing on my interview answers for a feature in a design magazine in Asia.

Before I headed to the kitchen to make dinner, Friday vacuuming time! I love having all those mean, ugly looking dirts all sucked up into this monstrous-machine! (*wicked grin*)

Oh my, it was getting really late... I 'didn't know what to cook for today! Off to my cuisine magazines and cookbooks for a search for a recipe that matched the ingredients I had. Voila, I found one, and zoomed off to the kitchen like a mad cook.

7.30pm - 8pm
After a satisfying meal, Kirsten asked for a nice bottle of warm chocolate milk. Aftershe got her pearly whites all brushed up, she was totally "konked" out on her own in her little bed. Then my husband and I will have our very own free time together by catching up with our daily happenings and of course snuggled up on the couch like 2 potatoes watching the TV.

A portrait photo of me who had a monstrous day! Looking tired here.

I wish my future days will be as nice as this. *Fingers crossed*


  1. hee heee lovely day ....
    beautiful smile Swee !!!

  2. another fun entry! thank you for letting us have a peek into Swee's world!

  3. What fun! Swee is like a human Snickers. Sweet and full of energy :)

  4. lovely day that you have swee:)

  5. beautiful swee! what a lovely peek into your day .. cute pic of you holding the duck ;) ha ha! i like the look of your day and life . .thanks for sharing both Heli and Swee :D

  6. Sweet Swee:) Such a beautiful girl also:) And her monsters are great!

  7. Thanks for featuring me, dearest Heli! It was great fun taking all those shots, especially in the market. Thank you, girls for all the sweet comment. Happy Fri 13th!

  8. Fridays are my most fun mornings when I get to peek into a fun life!

  9. Lovely to read about Swee. Great writing

  10. so lovely to meet you here Swiedie !!

  11. How nice to see your day Swee! Thanks a lot for sharing. I had to laugh at your "famous" Snickers bar, hehe!


  12. Ha, what a fun day you had! Do you always talk in yellow? I had a hard time reading it on the light blue background! LOL
    But I think it's yellow because you're such a sunshine and happy girl! :)
    Thanks for sharing your day, Swee!

  13. I always enjoy reading Heli's "Friday is my Day"
    Swee is very sweet person!!I really enjoy reading about her day!

  14. oooh Swie, if you look monstrous on that picture, how do you look then in 'normal' days, you are a beauty! and it was so fun to read your dairy!!!!

  15. Loved to read this journal! - lovely pictues btw -
    Thanks both of you

  16. :) SuperH, thanks for letting us to have a peek into swieś world :)

  17. What fun to read about your day Swee!!

  18. Yay Swee, it's so nice to see you. Love your little monsters :)