Showing Off

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Sunday I visited ShowUP with Anki and Marieke. This was the 4th edition of the  Home & Gift trade show. And it was just beautiful. The first thing you notice it the awesome venue at the westergasfabriek. I took some pictures of the ceiling with my iPhone and one of them ended up blurry, but I actually love it the most.

The great thing about Show UP was the mix of new talent with big brands which made for beautiful and creative stands. The other great thing was chatting with some amazing people behind all of these products.

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One of my favourite stands was the one with the dripping diamonds by De Krantenkapper. They also did beautiful things with jugs of water and gold leaf.

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Other favourites were &klevering‘s tea lights and the beautiful candles and posters of Mo Man Tai. Also the new line of Ferm Living was lovely and playful.

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This little mug and bowl set also stole my heart. It’s shrouded in mystery since I totally forgot to find out by what brand it is. But I’m sure we’ll be seeing that set around the internets!

 

Paint it Pink

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The great thing about old stuff is that they can be all shiny and new again with some paint. I found this old fruit bowl in a box on its way out to the thrift store. But some where on the internet I saw these painted wicker baskets (if I knew where, this part would have been a link). And I suddenly saw a whole new future for our almost discarded fruit bowl. Too bad I don’t actually want to put fruit in it anymore!

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1 year ago

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One year ago our little girl came into the world rather unexpected. And she has been a surprise ever since.
Before you have a child, you can’t really imagine the idea of creating a new person with a its very own character. When you have a second child, you can’t imagine it even being different from the first one.
Yet, she is so very different. I love discovering who this little girl is.
It’s so awesome to be part of her journey and watch her grow.

All Aboard the Memphis Train!

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For a while now I’ve been having a slightly big obsession with the Memphis group. Which you might have noticed when looking at my blog header. I have a real soft spot for the playfulness of the geometric shapes.

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When I found this little wooden train at the thrift shop, I knew I was going to paint it white with multiple coloured wheels. And then I got an even better idea. Memphis patterns! Now my only problem is that I like it so much that I’m not sure I want my destroyer baby playing with it.

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Birthday Treat #2

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A while ago Mini (who now officially is a Maxi) turned 5. And here in Holland that means handing out treats at school. This is what we made last year for his pre-school. This year we made popcorn with edible confetti to celebrate.

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We made popcorn for 30 kids. So that means some serious quantities.
Here’s what you need:
– 600 grams of popcorn (use ready made if you want to make everything in advance)
– 2 bars of white chocolate
– edible confetti 50 grams
– candy paper 15 pieces
– tooth picks 30 pieces
– 30 popcorn boxes (I got mine here)

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Here’s what you do:
– Cut out your shapes (we made the number 5 obviously) from the candy paper.
– Then melt the chocolate, I just used the mircowave but old fashioned au bain Marie is good too.
– Put a drop of chocolate on the back of your candy paper and place a toothpick on top.
– Let it dry (this takes some time) and this is how you get your topper.
– Make the popcorn or just open the bag.
– Divide the popcorn over the popcorn boxes.
– Drizzle the chocolate over the boxes.
– Than sprinkle the confetti over everything.
– Place the topper on each of your popcorn boxes and presto!

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Little Nursery, Little Girl

And of course, life easily gets in the way of blogging. Even if your resolved to change your ways. I guess I need a slow start!

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A while ago I took some pictures of Elfgirl’s room. Since the last time I photographed her room we’ve added the Hay Gym Hook for her little clothes. It took me a while to find something that didn’t take up a lot of space. And we can add as we go along. I think I’d love a wall full of them!

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Last year when we just started to put her room together, we hung a Moderna Museet Andy Warhol poster next to her bed. Now I’m thinking of taking it down and hanging a couple of prints instead. I love the Andy Warhol poster but it does limit your options on a tiny wall space! And Bat Girl has been standing on the ground for almost a year now and I’m thinking she’d like a chance up there.

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The blanket in her bed was knitted by my mother, who hates knitting large things because they take too long, but she made an exception for me.

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The Fear

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Time for a confession; I’ve had fear of failure for most of my life.

The biggest challenge in my past was undoubtedly Art School.
I loved being creative but then there is also the judging of your work…
I was so concerned with the reactions of my teachers that instead of following my own creativity and use their comments as guidelines, I tried to create something that met with their approval loosing my own ideas in the process. Which (ask any art school student) is a sure fire way to NOT get any.
Finally the fear of failure made me frieze up and literally nothing would come out of my hands. In the end I dropped out of art school and fled to the safety of the university.

But I did want to protect that creative part of myself by giving myself an outlet, a place where I could just focus on beauty and creativity, where I would be inspired. A place to document my own creative journey. This became my blog.

When I became pregnant for the second time last year, I felt so drained of everything that being creative was almost impossible. I just got it together long enough to do something with the nursery and than basically just took a really long nap.

Blogging was hard and it became harder and harder. This past year I’ve tried to breathe and reboot so many times. But I couldn’t keep it up.
Blogging became something I forced myself to do.
Obviously this didn’t work. How can you give anything when you feel like you have nothing to give?

I started to compare myself to others and felt inadequate.
Blogging became tied in with my fear of failure.
I felt I had let myself down in the worst way.
Maybe I had even been wrong about myself all along.
Maybe I wasn’t creative at all. Maybe I was just all talk and no game.
Blogging became just a confirmation of my own failure.
And being a mom for the second time, working and managing our lives were all great excuses of why I simply didn’t have the time to blog.
I even stopped reading other blogs.

Recently I started to think about what to do with this blog. Do I want to quit? Try again?  What?

Then I got the flu (usually not a good thing) en forced to stay in bed I visited Dos Family (one of my favourites) and suddenly it clicked.
I looked at all their crazy/lovely/beautiful/insane posts and I realized what Jenny and Isabelle were doing. They aren’t trying to become something else or show something that wasn’t there.
Jenny and Isabelle share their lives tidy or not, styled or not, trendy or not. They embrace who they are and share every quirky bit of it.

So why was I so concerned with failing? If I want to blog, I can!
There are no rules; there are no requirements only the ones I created in my head. Rules that I made by comparing myself to others.
But I’m not a professional blogger, I blog because I want to.
I blog, because I like to experiment and create.
And I can do it any way I want.

So I am done making up rules for myself, compare myself or censure myself.
Time for a fresh start and show a little more of me.

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