Last friday I joined Iris for the opening of the wonderful Urlaub Illustration and Concept Store. What an inspiring place! Ellen did such a great job putting it all together. There was so much to see (and buy). I really love to see products that were made with such attention and care. And of course there were lovely people to chat to and eat with. A great evening! Of course I couldn’t resist buying something for our future baby girl. I also couldn’t resist leaving Ellen a little message about her shop with a funny little man on a chalkboard.
I love clicking around on the internet and looking at all of the impeccably styled homes. It’s really inspiring looking at all of the beautiful images. But what I really like is when bloggers not just show their own interiors but also sneak in a peak of their every day cluttered lives. I just love to look at the mess in otherwise awesomely styled houses, it’s like looking at celebrities without make-up. Also, I think mess can be beautiful too.
So today mess around the house, in various degrees.
Last week I joined a few of my fellow bloggers for a lovely lunch at Piet Hein Eek. We had such a good time just hanging, talking and eating while around us there the hustle and bustle of the Dutch Design Week was going on.
Eventually we did get up of our lazy butts and wandered around Piet Hein Eeks amazing store.
Then we took a look at Terratorium where I saw beautifully styled rooms and pretty corners. I especially loved the work of Tessa Koot and Lisa Klappe.
At Kiki and Joost’s place I could have walked around for hours, so much beautiful stuff to look at! I especially liked Kiki van Eijk’s Sewing Box Cabinet. Which was a sort of XL version of a grandma’s sewing box. I love it when an old idea is given a new form. Check out this little video clip to see the Cabinet in action.
Finally we visited Yksi which isn’t just an amazing store but they also had a little exhibition of their own called MIX’D where I saw beautiful porcelain deserts by Lenneke Wispelwey.
Eindhoven is such an inspiring place to be especially during the Dutch Design Week. I wish I could just wander around there for the entire week. So much great concepts and beauty is hard to resist!
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Tagged Dutch Design Week, Kiki en Joost, Kiki van Eijk, Lenneke Wispelwey, Lisa Klappe, MIX'D, Piet Hein Eek, Sewing Box Cabinet, Terratorium, Tessa Koot, Yksi
I’ve been wanting to change my header for like ever. I wanted something new and fresh. But of course it is taking me forever to finally finish and be happy with the result. This means my impatient self and my detail oriented self are butting heads again! So we decided on a compromise…. A temporary header! This should shut my impatient (and frankly quite whiny) self up for a while so I can work on the real thing a bit longer….
Catching my breath from a super fun day at the Yvestown Fair. I attended as part of a super-elite-helper-team together with Casper, Iris and Philomeen. It was such a good day! Yvonne as the mastermind behind the whole fair organized everything so well and every detail was totally up to the Yvestown standard. Next year is going to be even more amazing!
I made lemonade, poured coffee and sliced (but didn’t try!) some delicious looking cakes. (here you can find me on the job)
It was a totally bizarre experience making coffee and tea and rummaging through the cupboards of Yvonne’s kitchen. I’ve seen pictures of Yvonne’s kitchen a million times, I think by now it has got a reputation of its own! And there I was looking for filters and filling the sugar bowl all the while thinking how weird it is that I’m actually doing such mundane things in this ‘almost famous’ kitchen! Philomeen felt the same way and like a total tourist asked my to take her picture with the kitchen!
Of course there was also lots of meeting and chatting with other bloggers. The day ended with a lovely dinner in the garden where I laughed so hard I almost peed in my pants….
…the Yvestown Fair!
I’m really excited to see the amazing event that Yvonne has pulled off.
Hope to see you all there!
Today a visit to the Textile Museum in Tilburg with Philomeen and Marlous. The textile lab made my hands itch, gimme some of that wool and let me make stuff! Or rather, let me mess around experiment in the lab and I’ll probably end up destroying a couple of those machines.
Besides from all the fancy machines it’s great to meet like minded people. I had a lot of fun chatting it up with Philomeen and Marlous. And here’s what you get when you visit a museum with 2 other bloggers, 3 in a row…
I stumbled upon something on the internet, and just laughed my socks off. Okay, it may be a little academic/nerdy/brainy but it’s also completely hilarious/funny/witty. I give you…. (imagine a drum roll here)….Feminist Ryan Gosling
According to some internet sources I’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere because I didn’t know about this phenomenon until now. But I’m just gonna go ahead and call that rock the Netherlands.
What did you say? You didn’t hear about it either? Sssshhhh…. I swear I won’t tell! Here’s what you need to know before you share this with all of your friends:
Feminist Ryan Gosling was created by Danielle Henderson and meant as a study aid to keep up with the insane amount of theoretics that come with Gender and Women’ studies graduate degree. The whole thing started after she watched a Ryan Gosling movie and saw some of the original Hey Girl memes. She thought it would be funny to mix the dry theoretics with some lighthearted internet fun. And now it’s such a success that there is even a book coming out!
Sweet Philomeen gave me the Liebster Blog Award (definitely check her blog to see who else she nominated!)
I really appreciate the gesture since last year, I was pretty pressed for time on more than one occasion. And the thought of just quitting with the whole blogging-thing did enter my mind, also on more than one occasion . This award feels like a great encouragement to continue. Thanks Phil, the only thing that sucks about this award is that I can’t return the favour!
According to the Rules I’m supposed to:
Thank the Giver and place a link to her/his blog (check!)
Select 5 blogs with less then 200 followers to pass on the award.
Leave a comment on each of those blogs about getting the Liebster award.
And hope they pass on the award themselves!
Selecting just 5 blogs, is of course a crime because there is so much great stuff out there. The hardest bit was finding out how many followers a some of these blogs have! So hopefully nobody will be insulted but just honored! Here’s my list:
I love her graphic design work and reading about her life.
A real life friend, whom I admire for trying to start her career as an independent artist.
Sara Pirat and Her Adventures – She takes the most beautiful photographs!
She gives you a great look into her life and taste through pictures.
I haven’t been reading her blog long, but I think it’s a great blog by a girl who is still pretty young!
Well everybody, have fun with it!
I believe it’s allowed to wish people a happy new year on the 2nd of january isn’t it? So better late then never:I’m a little late with my wishes because yesterday I really wasn’t up to blogging. As I preferred to spend my time sleeping. I still had a bit of a hangover from all the Tiki Death Punch the boyfriend made. It was totally worth it though we had great fun!
I don’t usually do new years resolutions mainly because I’m terrible at keeping them. But this year I do have one. And to give you a little hint: it has nothing to do with me cleaning more often This year I do want to be a little more aware of all the good things around me.
2011 was a pretty though year for me. Balancing the whole studying, working and mother-thing was quite rough at times. And if I hadn’t completely underestimated the whole thing, I probably wouldn’t even have started on my Master. In 2012 all I have to do is write my final thesis (and yes, I’m totally underestimating that too). See? I’m counting blessings already So in 2012 I wish for you all, what I wish for myself: time to enjoy the good things!
Of course 2011 wasn’t all bad, many good things happened for me. I started blogging, we moved to a new house, Mini keeps growing and surprising me daily, I met lovely new people and I learned so much! So in light of my new year’s resolution, a little recap of the beautiful things in 2011: