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woensdag 1 juli 2015

Een uiltje knappen / Taking forty winks

‘Een uiltje knappen’ is een Nederlands spreekwoord en omdat ik gek ben op woordspelingen vond ik het wel een toepasselijke titel voor mijn blog post, die gaat over een zomerpauze en een miniatuur steenuiltje.

I love playing with words, but sometimes it doesn’t work for a proper translation in a foreign language. The Dutch proverb ‘Een uiltje knappen’ does mean ( if literally translated into English:taking some little naps for a short time, just like an owl) the same like the English proverb 'to take forty winks', at least that's what Google say.... But unfortunately in the English version the word ‘owl’ is missing and that’s exactly where this blog post is about: a summer break and a miniature little owl.

De kleur van een blond korenveld tegen die strakblauwe zomerlucht, zó prachtig!! 
The color of a blonde wheatfield against the blue summer sky, simply beautiful!!

Aardappelveld in volle bloei / A potato field in full bloom

Vanmorgen heel vroeg ben ik op mijn fiets geklommen en heb een laatste ritje door de mooie streek, waar ik mag wonen,  gemaakt. Tegelijk heb ik voor mijn blog nog wat foto’s gemaakt, omdat ik de schoonheid van het landschap hier met jullie wilde delen. Zoals altijd, heb ik er erg van genoten om buiten in de mooie natuur te zijn :D!!
Een ‘laatste’ ritje omdat ik vanwege mijn gezondheid de komende dagen binnen zal moeten blijven i.v.m. de hittegolf, die hier aan de gang is. Pffff, wie verzint er nou zoiets ;)?!

Early this morning I went outdoors and made a last bike trip through the beautiful region, where I’m so lucky to live in. At the same time I’ve taken some pictures for this blog post, because I wanted to share with you the beauty of the landscaping. As always I’ve enjoyed it very much of being outdoors in the free nature :D!!

A ‘last’ ride because, due to my health, I have to stay indoors for the coming days, because of a heat wave we have here, in The Netherlands. Phew, who invents such a thing ;)?!

Oké, terug naar mijn mini steenuiltje van bijna 2 cm groot van top tot teen. Ik heb voor het eerst geprobeerd een uiltje van Fimo-klei te maken. Zoals je kunt zien heb ik voor de pootjes heel dun gedraaid ijzerdraad gebruikt.

Okay, back to my little owl, which is nearly 2 cm high from top to toe. I’ve tried to sculpt a little owl of Fimo clay, it’s a first attempt. As you can see I’ve used very thin twisted wire for its paws.

Na het bakken waren de ogen stukken minder fel dan voorheen, jammer, maar je kunt ze gelukkig nog wél zien :D! Het schilderen heb ik gedaan met acrylverf en cocktailprikkertje, wat een gepriegel was dat!

After baking the yellow eyes were much less bright then before, such a pity, but you can still see them :D! I’ve painted this little owl with acrylic paint and a cocktail stick, phew, what a fiddling job!

Hier zit hij op een paaltje langs de wei, speurend naar prooi……..
Here he sits on a pole along the meadow, searching for prey…….

…….er zijn zelfs uiltjes, die houden van verstoppertje spelen ;O!
……there even are little owls, who love playing hide and seek ;O!

Ik ga óók even een ‘uiltje knappen’, oftewel een rustpauze nemen van bloggen, even wat inspiratie en nieuwe ideeën opdoen. Maar jullie zullen me zo af en toe wel in de blogwereld zien verschijnen, als ik iets gemaakt heb, of een beetje puf/energie heb om te bloggen, oké?!
Ik wens jullie allen een heerlijke en vrolijke zomer toe, tot ziens :D!!

I’m also taking a summer break of blogging for getting new inspiration and new ideas. Now and than you’ll see me in the blog world, or when I have something new in miniature to share, or for leaving you a comment, if I've just got a bit of energy, okay?!
I wish you all a lovely and cheerful summer, see you :D!!


36 opmerkingen:

17-17 zei

Ilona, your 2cm owl is cute! don't you want do second in white?
(I really like the owl at an early stage :-)
thank you for sharing pictures, beautiful landscapes.
Have a nice week!

Tatiana zei

О, какой прекрасный пейзаж! Спасибо за чудесные фотографии!
Сейчас жара невыносима! Берегите себя.
Ваша сова очень милая. Хотя... Она очень опасна для вашего курятника.
Было бы замечательно, если бы совы охотились за кротами! :) :) :)
Хорошей недели!

Lovejoy Bears zei

Hello Ilona,
I adore your owl, he's wonderful!! I've always wanted to make an owl and you have inspired me :) I also have to stay indoors with the heat wave so maybe I can use the time to make an owl :)
Thank you for the beautiful photos of your landscape. You live in such a special place.
I hope you have a lovely summer break and that you get lots of ideas and inspiration. I will look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations!! Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

Winkel's Crazy Ideas zei

Such a sweet little owl, I can just emagine all the work that must have gone into making him! Funny about different expressions and how some are difficult to translate. In Norwegian we say: "å ta en høneblund" - directly translated it means: to take a hen-nap :). Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, wish you a lovely Summer. I have had to retreat indoors too now, 32 degrees is more than I can manage. Blessings, Pam in Norway

Pepper zei

Hello IIona, thank you for sharing the pictures of your local area and the little owl. Both are very beautiful. I hope you don't have to stay in the house too long and that the heat wave passes soon. Enjoy your break =0)I will look forward to seeing you again =0)

les mains calmes zei

Coucou Ilona,
Chouette ta chouette! (encore un jeu de mot...)Merci pour les belles photos de paysage. Ici, les blés sont coupés. Il fait très chaud mais, il y a de l'air (le vent d'autan)
Reposes toi bien et distraits toi en faisant des miniatures...
Bisous, Dominique

miniacollection zei

I wonder what you can't make in miniature. Your owl is amazing.

Drora's minimundo zei

I love your little owl. What a perfectly wonderful piece!
Thank you so much for your beautiful landscape photos. I hope you'll stay
indoor and take care of yourself.
Hugs, Drora

Plushpussycat zei

Hi Ilona, Your little owl is adorable! Great work, as always. I'm glad you're taking a nice summer break. The blog world slows down dramatically this time of year, and as you mentioned, it's a good time to get inspiration for future projects. Stay cool! xo Jennifer

BiWuBär zei

What a beautiful little owl... how I admire you for achieving such a result with a first try! ;O) Hope there are many owls to follow as there are so many variations of them - in German we call some of those little owls "Kauz" which is also used as an expression for a strange, unusual man. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your area with us - you live in a beautiful part of the world. And now stay cool during the heatwave and enjoy your summer break - I'm already looking forward to see your next post!

Birgit (who is already finding herself in complete darkness... covering all windows during the day is the only way to fight the heat under my roof... *sigh* Not my weather... for sure not...)

shannonc60 zei

Your owl is so amazing Ilona! What are your plans for him/her? Love the photo of the little owl taking shelter under the bicycle seat! Thanks for showing, and I hope it's not too hot for you. (I love the heat!)

Isabel Ruiz zei

El buho es encantador Que disfrutes del verano.

Daydreamer zei

Hi Ilona! Your tiny Owl is Awesome!!! I love that you made his eyes look so real! I am sorry you will have to stay inside in the summer... but maybe there will be more time for minis? I hope you feel better and the heat doesn't wear you out! I guess Blogland is going to be very empty now.... but somehow I think I will still be telling my Tall Tales!

Susan@minicrochetmad zei

Oh Ilona, my heart goes out to you enduring a heatwave, I hate heat too,. Be careful of your health. Once again you amaze with your talent, the little owl is magnificent!

elizabeth s zei

Hello Ilona! What a wise old owl you have made! A truly Magnificent work! :D I not only love the looks of him, but also the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
We are experiencing a massive heat wave here too and there is no escape. For me it is too hot to take a nap or even 40 winks.
Personally I don't care a "Hoot" for weather this hot, but then what can you do EXCEPT.... make MORE OWLS! :D

Unknown zei

What a wonderful bird you've made and the hard work you've been doing on all your lovely creations certainly deserves a break!

Relax in the cool and enjoy the down time, I am sure your new owl friend likes the cool of the night as well!

See you later on :)

Rosethé zei

c'est un très bel hibou !
Ilona tu es devenue la championne du modelage ;)
Je sors très, très tôt le matin afin de profiter de la fraîcheur !
Merci pour les jolies photos !
Bises. Joce zei

Delizioso il gufetto bravissima Ilona! Un abbraccio!

Joc zei

La chouette est réussie et peinte très délicatement.
Et le poteau vieilli avec son fil de fer lui convient parfaitement.

thea zei

Hallo Ilona, ja je woordspelingen zijn mij ondertussen ook wel bekend.
Leuk altijd.
Mooie landschappen blijf je altijd geven. Jammer dat je vanwege je gezondheid binnen moet blijven. Al moet ik eerlijk zijn. Ik hoef het niet en ben ook binnen. Alles dicht...... en nog is het warm.
Trakteer je ons nog wel op mooie mini's deze dagen?
Groetjes Thea

jean-claude zei

Bonjour Ilona,
votre chouette est extraordinaire, bravo, bravo, bravo!!

Giac zei

Hallo Ilona,
Uw uil is de beste mini-uil die ik ooit heb gezien. Het is fantastisch. Prachtige work.Enjoy uw zomer en ik zal wachten op uw terugkeer.
Grote knuffel,

Maria Ireland zei

Hi Ilona your little owl is gorgeous I love him/her. Your work is always stunning. I got to see and pet a baby owl a few days ago. They are gorgeous birds this ones eyes were deep orange I felt very lucky to be so close to one. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Stay cool and take care.
Hugs Maria

Christel zei

Dear Ilona, your work is so incredible, and lifelike! I love this tiny owl, My daughters favorite animal! I have sent the eyes out today, although I doubt you need ANY help from me, it will be nice to see what you do with these. Have a wonderful weekend, and get some rest...forty of them teehee xoxo Christel

Mini Southern Millworks zei

Ok Ilona that Owl looks too real for my eyes ....

Unknown zei

Hay Ilona, je zit vast nog binnen alhoewel het vandaag nog lekker is.
Wandel elke morgen zo rond 6/7 uur met de honden dan is het zalig.
Whow wat is je uiltje mooi!!! En die kleuren super!
Fimo is niet echt mijn ding vind dat zo klus pfff haha maar al doende leert men he :-)
Rustige dag toegewenst groetjes Karin
(oh psss tis nu gelukt je blog toe te voegen dus hoef niks meer te missen :-) )

Unknown zei

Hello Illona!

As usual, your owl is wonderful. I especially loved the picture with the owl hiding under the bike seat...that was clever and gave me a chuckle.

You are so very fortunate to live where you live. The countryside around you is magnificent. This old "city" country boy really loved those photos.

I do hope to see you around of course, but hope you enjoy the blogging break, and are healthy and happy in between times!


Fabiola zei

Your little owl is adorable!
Happy summer!

Unknown zei

I love owls and this is a cute owl. Well done Ilona!! As a first try you did a great job!! The place where you live looks like a very peaceful place.....except for the heatwave!!! I hope it refreshes soon!! Enjoy your time off!! Hugs!!

Nono zei

Jouw uil is prachtig Ilona! Jammer dat hij achter het fiets verborgen is...
Dank U ook voor de mooie foto's.
Ik wens jij eenzeer mooi maar niet te marm zomer!
Groetjes van Noëlle

niela zei

Wow ilona. Your works are amazing. Owl is georgous. These tiny paws. These all pots on its back make it very realistic and pretty. I AM JUST AMAZED.

Fabulously Small zei

prachtige uil Ilona! en ik wens je een hele fijne zomer en blog/miniatuurvakantie, geniet ervan en hopelijk werkt het weer een beetje mee voor je en blijft de ellendige hooikoorts op een afstand ;)

Sanne zei

Hello Ilona! What a lovely little owl! Oh, I love birds and I just have to try make some of my own. But I'm sure I cannot make them half so realistic looking as this one. Amazing. Hope the heat will be gone soon. We haven't had any warm days in July yet... Hugs Sanne

Marisa Minilys-Miniatures zei

Cute owl!! Happy Summer, a hug, Marisa

carmen zei

ese buho es genial!

Hannah zei

Have a great summer break!!
You seem to live in a beautiful region, and with the heatwave, I almost want to move there ;) But I hope you didn't got too warm, I wish you nice weather that you like =)
Your owl is so cute! You make such great detailed things!