Saturday, January 21, 2012

spring 2 years ago

That's funny, I just stumbled apon a photo of my own living room on Pinterest! The source was rather strange (a website about cosmetics? huh?)...

The photo originally comes from a series of pictures I took as a part of a feature on Bloesem blogs two years ago. To keep it exclusive for Bloesem I never posted any of the photo's on my own blog. But I think it is ok by now to show some of them.

A lot of the decoration has changed, the basis is the same. My house is so small that there are only a few options for the sofa, the table and the cupboard...

Friday, January 20, 2012

one of a kind - iPhone case

When I blogged about the Leese Design iPhone cases (see blogpost here) last month I hoped my husband would read it. In the post I wrote that I would like to have a black one for my birthday ;-)
Well, he read it and made this small wish come true (thanks honey!), together with my dear, dear, talented friend Bjørke, she made the beautiful embroidery specially for me. How cool is that?

Don't you think it looks gorgeous: the graphic tree, the lovely birdies, the great pastels in the black background...aaaahhhh!

Thanks B (who is in Berlin at the moment), you are so sweet!

ps1: Just found a cross-stitch case in NL online at Lux Case
ps2: You can find other beautiful handmade stuff by Bjørke in her shop Bybjor!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

fase 1 - vase 1

No, this is not my latest find from the thrift store! This vase is actually handmade by me in ceramics class and is one of my first pieces ever.
It looks very mid-century modern, it must be the shape, the colours and of course the shellac technique.

Shellac is a natural varnish that has been used by man for ages. You 'paint' with shellac on dry clay. Your 'shellac design' will resist on your object. After you have washed away a layer of clay with a sponge, the shellac parts will pop-out. The non-varnished parts get a real nice sturdy surface, a concrete look. The shellac itself burns out in the firing.

Just imagine, this is one of thousands of ceramic techniques to be explored. I am dreaming of a sabbatical...

Sunday, January 8, 2012


It was rather silent on Guusje's blog for a long time. She told me she was 'busy behind the scenes'... What did she mean by that, what was she up to?
On the 19th of December she opened the curtains and reveiled a collection of wonderful wallpapers in her brandnew shop called Breekwater!
Well Guusje, I understand your blog-silence, you have been Working with a capital W! Congratulations and good luck with your new company!
By the way: the tree pattern wallpaper is my absolute favorite...