Sorry, it took 3 days, I completely forgot to give the answers for this. So here they are.
(for who has no clue what this is about: check my blogpost from last Friday)
Little Erik discovered the jewellery box in Christine’s dressing room.
Let’s make this a searching game. Who can find the
How to make your own wooden arrows. I do this regularly, since I break plenty with archery competitions, and buying custom made arrows becomes too expensive. Plus my arrows are unique and easy to find back in the woods. Little Erik is there to give all the arrows luck.
1.) Stuff you need. Shafts, feathers and points of course, but also nocks, paint, varnish, some wooden planks, brushes, newspapers, glue, a pencilsharpener, sandpaper, yarn, and, most important of all: a feather fletch gig.
2.) Sharpen both ends of the shafts. I make wooden arrows, in case you make, aluminium,- carbon.- or fiberglass arrows this isn’t necessary. The equipment looks like a normal pencilsharpener but it is especially for arrows only.
3.) Paint the shafts to your liking. I only paint the upper half and leave the lower half wood coloured.
4.) Varnish the shafts. All of it, so the painted part too. Make sure the shafts touch as little as possible while drying. Here I let mine rest vertical against the edge of a table, with lots of newspaper around them.
5.) Glue the nocks. Despite shooting traditional archery, with a wooden bow and wooden arrows, I use modern plastic nocks. It’s just easier. Plus mine are pink, so my arrows look neat and girly. Which is cool.
6.) Glue the points. Steel light weight points for me. The glue I use is called Dragon Spit, and really is as good as it sounds. It glues everything in zero seconds. Amazing stuff.
7.) Roughen the top of the shafts and the flat side of the feathers with sandpaper. This is important to give the glue more grip.
8.) And then the most fun part: glue the feathers! You can’t do this without the fletch gig, this is the most important equipment of all. One feather at a time, so depending on how many arrows you make, this can take a really long time. Each feather needs at least 15 mins. in the gig. 3feathers per arrows = 45.min.per arrow. This set took me 5 days.
9.) Mark the arrows (your name, number) and wrap some coloured yarn around the tips of the feathers. This isn’t necessary but it looks neat. It also reduces the chances of loose feathers a bit. I skipped this step for the set I’m making now, but on the photo are some old arrows from previous sets, where I used red and black yarn.
10.) Tadaaaaa! A new set of arrows for me. Let the games begin!
This photo was in our newspaper last week: the Paris Opera in 1944 during Paris’ liberation from the Germans by the English. 25th of August 1944 Paris was freed, which was greatly celebrated at the square in front of the Opera Garnier.
The article is only about what they liberated next after this (the rest of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands) and not mentioning Paris further, but I’m saving that photo. I wonder what happened with the opera during WOII? Did they continue to perform opera’s? Was the building greatly damaged?
Home is where the heart is.
Learning how the knit. With special doll-sized needles.
Bloopers. Hurray for the psychedelic panorama settings at my camera, I never need mushrooms.
This is my country. On a normal dull day it always seemed so ordinary to me. But I went to some unusual places and discovered it is beautiful. I live in a beautiful country.
More photo’s of the hiking trip through my own country. It’s very flat, so hiking is pretty easy here. God forgot to add mountains when he made my country. I love living here.
My country is famous for all it’s rain, but it was sunny today, so Little Erik was allowed to come out of the backpack. Look, we even went to the beach! That famous tulip-exhibition, Keukenhof, was closed though. No flowerparades this time of the year.
I do not always have the time and resources to travel far away. So I went on a hiking trip through my own country. Just walking for a few days. Little Erik was uncomfortably tucked away in the backpack, not much to his delight.
So: this is what my own country looks like. Neat huh?
Little Erik made a new friend.
Little Erik met a celebrity: the crow girl from that one you tube-film. The crow refused to sit on Erik’s shoulder too. The girl refused to pose with him. Still… was fun.
A day in Amsterdam should end with cheese and pancakes. Hurray for the Netherlands ^_^
These video’s are the lamest things ever on the whole of Tumblr. But Tumblr is already full of cool, amazing, superfun, smart, awesome stuff. So it can do with a bit more lameness. Therefore: here’s more of Little Erik at the Amsterdam Canal Parade. But there’s silly 80’s music in there, and you can’t hear music in photo’s. I promise I’ll post cool stuff again someday soon.
There’s not even much of Little Erik in this video. That’s the most lame of all. I’m going out making movies for this Little Erik blog and then forget to add Little Erik in it. Someone hit me. Please.
“We are family, I got all my sisters and me…." Who remembers that song, from that fabulous weird 70’s movie Priscilla, Queen of the desert? Oh, that was awesome! That’s how this day felt! Gay Pride Canal Parade in Amsterdam was just as weird and fun and awesome. Now back to more glitter and pink high heels and fake eyelashes….