Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Wooden nesting dolls by Ingela P Arrhenius via Kidsdinge, wooden bird via Sissy Boy, softie via HEMA, vintage chair and blanket.
Last week I found a great surprise in the mail. Kerry from The Seventy Tree send me one of her beautiful 'Smile!' prints and two Dala horse cards. She wanted to thank me for sending her a little package with amongst others a VTwonen magazine in which her work was featured but which she never received from the publisher.

Top: Artwork by Hollie ChastainStanley Donwood, Sandra Juto. Number nine via VTwonen. Left chair via Yvestown. Below: Yellow balloon via PSikhouvanjou, postcards by Vincent van Gogh, Fiep Westendorp en Sanna Annukka. Tiny label by Bombina Studios. Framed bird card by Rural Pearl.
This gift really made my day and I immediately started to look for a nice place for the print. I first tried a spot on the chimney, but I thought there was enough artwork already. So I ended up making a whole arrangement in a nice corner of the living room, in stead of cleaning the house like I had planned. Know that feeling?
Actually I had intended to put up some small shelves there, but I like this so much, I'm not sure what to do with the shelves. I might still do that and frame Kerry's print later on, but for now I'm really happy with this corner.
Jeu de Paumes books via Yvestown and Juffrouw zonder Zorgen, vintage crocheting (haken) book via Ingthings, yellow notebook 'Smile' via Studio Stationary, white cup via Ikea.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Stamping away

I meant to make some hand stamped wrapping paper for a while, but it took some time to find white ink and Kraftpaper. The ink I found a year ago in Stockholm and I recently run into the paper. So when I was making a package for Kerry from The seventy tree, I had a good reason to finally try it. At first, the stamps weren't very visible, but when I added some water to the ink pad, this was the result. I think it looks quite good. 
White ink from Versacolor by Tsukineko, also available via PSikhouvanjou.
And since I had the stamping tools out anyway, I thought I could give another idea a try as well and so I made this stamped notebook. The idea was to make a symmetrical pattern, but I didn't have the time to draw lines first, so I just stamped away...And now I actually quite like the random pattern. I'm not sure what would be better. What do you think? Next time I'll make both, so I can compare. 

Friday, 19 August 2011

Nursery (2)

Daan is exactly like me (besides he cries much more than I do). He never wants to go to bed, he is always hungry and needs lots of attention. Which I love to give of course. But because of this, I can never find time to make some more pictures of his room, as I promised to some of you. So when there is the tiniest possibility of quickly taking some pictures, you have to take advantage of that, even if the weather is cloudy (little natural light), your baby is crying and the floor is dusty. Right?

So, this is it. The room still isn't 100% finished, but someday it will be. For sure. I'm so happy with the little cabinets and the hospital closet. And with the dresser, which I bought for nearly nothing on Marktplaats (Dutch Ebay). The colour is even better in real, it's painted in Soft Jade by Abbondanza Paint.

Lamp, medicine cabinet and yellow tin via Retroloekie, all other cupboards and rocking chair via Marktplaats, pillow via Lagerhaus, circus box (which is holding a very cute breakfast set) via MadebyGUP,  yellow fish via Een nieuw avontuur, blue fish (next to curtain) via Juffrouw zonder zorgen, yellow bin via Ikea, basket and stool via HEMA.  Miami green wall paint via Abbondanza Paint.