Sunday, July 11, 2010


Spain won from Holland with 1-0. Time to leave the country, ha, ha!

I haven't been in our house in France for over a year, so there will be lots of things to do (cleaning, gardening, painting), friends to visit, wine to drink, lots of books to read and food to eat.
Have a great summer!


Saturday, July 10, 2010


Tomorrow is 'our' big day! Holland is playing in the finals against Spain. The last name of our Queen is 'Orange', the soccer team plays in orange, all the football fans are dressed and painted in orange. In Holland orange has a meaning. If I would wear an orange skirt without any reason, people would ask me if I had forgotten to change after the finals or after Queensday...
My sons (11 and 12 years old) went completely nuts when 'we' won the last match that brought us this far. Today my eldest son found a lucky bird (orange!!!) amongst a whole bunch of sweet, very special origami birds that recently flew in (I will tell you about them later). He put it in the soccer field behind our house and took this nice picture. I promissed to post it on my blog to bring good luck to 'our' boys in SA!

I haven't been a real soccer fan up untill now, but I must admit: the orange feever is a bit contagious... HUP HOLLAND HUP!

Monday, July 5, 2010

shop at envelop

It was again Irene from Bloesem who reveiled something new and exciting to me. Envelop is a fabric design goldmine! They sell household textiles designed by real pattern artists for a reasonable price. Next to that Envelop offers pattern designers a very easy way to have their fabrics produced and sold.
I bought this cushion cover with graphic hills, designed by the dutch Jessica Nielsen, who's beautiful work you can see on her own website too. It reminds me somehow of midcentury modern Finnish Marimekko-type textile. The pillow cover came today - in an Envelop of course - and I am really happy with it!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

in labour

Yesterday we started giving birth to my second series of angels.
I never got used to this part of my work, it is too exciting! When the first samples come out, it allways gives me the shivers. The reason is: I used to print in process (CMYK) colours. This process needs balancing the four colours, which is a hell of a job for my work. I have spent days and days next to the machines, trying to get the colours right. So stressful!
But this time it was different: I have worked with solid Pantone colours! It basically means that you choose colours in your chart and exactly that colours come out on the samples. No endless balancing, checking samples, being puzzled about too much black or blue in the red and the yellow. Solid colours mean: what you see is what you get. Hurray!
Ok, the process is more expensive, but it saves me 20 wrinkles, 35 stress nots and at least 1 migraine attack per new article... From now on: solid colours it will be!