Crafting Abroad: Marianne

January 7, 2015Elena aka. Midsommarflicka

Hey guys! And Happy New Year! Of course our little interview-series will continue in 2015 and today I’d like to introduce you to Marianne, a blogger from the Netherlands.
And also, as a belated christmas-present I’d like to give you access to this little map, where there is a pin for every blogger who was portayed already here. If you click the individual pins you can ckeck out the interview-post and their blog!
But now, for Marianne and her answers! And be sure to check her Songbird blog!


In your own words, who are you and what do you do? Hi, I am Marianne otherwise known as Songbird. In my free time I blog about my home and my DY and crafting adventures on my blog Songbird. During office hours I work as a researcher at a University for Applied Science.

Where are you from? I am from the Netherlands. I live in the utmost Southern tip of my country in the region that is wedged in between Belgium and Germany and very close to France and Luxembourg too. So I have a lot of ‘abroad’ on my door step.


What is the nearest “big” city or district to you? Hmm, there are a lot of choices for this. I live in the beautiful old city of Maastricht, but that is a smallish town. The German cities of Aachen and Cologne are about 30 minutes and 60 minutes away. I can also drive to the Belgium cities of Antwerp and Brussels in about an hour. Amsterdam is three hours away and Paris only four.


What crafts do you like to do? Gosh, what crafts do I not like to do?
I guess I really love to work with fabric and thread, a love I inherited from my multi-talented mother. But a glue stick, paper scraps and vintage embellishments can take me straight to multi-media craft heaven. And than I have a special place in my heart for my power tools as well. Although I guess that would fall more in the category of DIY than craft.

What craft supplies do you have a difficult time finding in your area? I guess I can find most of the supplies I need or want, but often at a much higher price than my US crafting friends. We just don’t have that vast array of huge crafting stores over here. But that is all right. I usually like to ‘shop’ for my craft supplies in thrift stores and flea markets any way.


Are the costs reasonable or is crafting very expensive in your area? The costs could easily rake up if you always follow instructions to a tee and follow all the latest crafting trends. I am so not a trend follower, so all those speciality inks and paints and supplies are usually lost on me. For me the challenge is working with what I have and trying to come up with alternative ways to get the effect I want without breaking the bank.

Do you use the internet or mail order products from other areas for hard to find items? Yes! Not a lot, but sometimes I have an idea in my mind that won’t go away and then I will search high and low to find that one piece of material that I need to pull it off. Online shopping is usually the only way to find the missing bit of material.


They say that with recent popularity, crafting is a revolution of sorts. Is crafting huge where you’re from? Or is it the movement gaining momentum? I am not sure really. In my daily life I seem to be somewhat of the odd one out with my blogging and crafting and DIY hobby. But when I look at the ever growing supply of materials in all kinds of stores I think we bloggers have started a trend over here too.

Regionally, what type of crafts are popular? I really wouldn’t know. Is there such a thing as ‘ regionally” any more, in this crafting world? One pin on Pinterest travels the globe faster than any old bit of gossip could ever do. If anything I would say there is a crafting niche for everyone and every type of craft has it own circle of fans.

Are there any projects or genres that are specific to your region? :-) No I am sorry. I don’t think I could think of any ‘typically Dutch’ craft. But in the design world, Dutch design is definitely making a name for itself. And I think it could be defined as modern design with an environmental, recycle and repurpose touch.


Share with us your three favorite crafts/projects you’ve created! So many to choose from. So let’s stick to recent ones from 2014. I really like the five projects I did that were all inspired by and made from one very ugly thrifted lamp. You can find (links to) them all in the last post in that series.
In the summer I decided my life would no longer be complete with some ‘ vintage’ glass fishing balls. Those are next to impossible to find here, so I decided to make my own. In the Fall I updated a very old and very simple tool box that used to belong to my father in law. It was one of my favorite crafting projects because it was so easy and fast but the outcome looked great and I’ll use this tool box in my outdoor decorations for years to come.

And I know you only asked for my top three. But can I add one for the road? This project is my most pinned project ever and it has been ranking as one of my most popular posts on my blog since I published it.

Where can we find you? You can find me at Songbird where I share my love for decorating, crafting and my adventures in DIY.


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