Last weekend Marlous, Cristian, Anki and me took a little trip to Zeeland. A weekend spent chatting, laughing, eating, (thrift)shopping in Brugge and just relaxing by the sea.
I don’t really count blessings that often. But I’m very blessed to know these crazy, funny and sweet people (and even though you missed this trip,that includes you Iris!)
A funny thing when hanging out with other bloggers is everyone’s obsession with their phone and/or camera. We’re all just a bunch of weirdo’s…
A while ago I was talking to some fellow bloggers about the reason of blogging. It turned out that in a way, it was the same for all of us. Life can be a wee bit of an asshole sometimes and it is quite easy to get caught up in all the not so wonderful things in it. But one thing that really helps is looking for beauty around you. Even in the most mundane everyday events there are elements of beauty to be found.
Blogging sort of helps you become aware of this everyday beauty. It can make you look around and ‘see’ where beauty is hidden (because sometimes it is hidden pretty well). And this is the reason to keep blogging, so you don’t forget.
To be honest, I have forgotten this the last couple of months. Things haven’t been going very smoothly and both the Boyfriend and me brought home stress and anxiety. Add to this mix a pregnancy and a lot of exhaustion and you’ve got the perfect recipe for not blogging. For wanting to forget everything and just go to bed.
But I am going to try and stay true to my original attempt and look for the beauty that is there. And because I happen to know a lot of beauty is on its way to us this very minute.
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!