Monday, 21 July 2014

Heatwave Hallen

What a glorious weekend we just had. A heatwave in Amsterdam took temperatures up to 34°, my weather app tells me. But hot and muggy as it was, there were things to be done. Ij Hallen was on, and thankfully inside the hangers where is was a bit cooler than outside, and this time I was shopping for the office. We've just moved into a newly renovated space – it's gorgeous – but needs some finishing touches still. Cue; flea market treasure hunting to the rescue! I'm not going to share the items I found here, but you'll have to wait for the big reveal down the track. Here are the few items that crossed my path I couldn't resist. Above: set of 36 screen-printed wooden tiles that tell a story in 6 parts. Just beautiful, and in mint condition. I doubt they've ever been used. So when the time comes to tell Oscar about picking cherries to make jam, or how flower is milled, I'll be all set. €6.
Quite unlike me, I bought some records. Totally suckered in by the covers. They're lovely though, and were only €1 a pop.
Lastly, two Russian ambulance cars, and a set of domino's I just really got for the box. €6, and €2 respectively. Very happy with my haul, thank goodness I had my Dad and Edu on hand to help me get all my work treasure home!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Miako Magic

Berlin has style in spades. And it also has Miako Gubler. A visual artist now focusing her attention on image-making and sculpture, Maiko has designed these gorgeous 3D printed bracelets. I really want one!!

Monday, 14 July 2014

An Eye On Brooklyn

Good morning and happy Monday. Wanted to share with you all these striking eye-motif ceramics by Demitria Chappo Ceramics of Brooklyn. Nice site, and even nicer Instagram feed

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Good Chemistry

This weekend just gone my little family and I were in Barcelona. We were there for Edu's cousin's wedding; a beautiful day in the hills of Catalunya. The bride looked stunning in a modern and very elegant gown. Lovely to be with the family and friends and share the joy as the kids played and the sun shone down on the happy couple. More good chemistry; the combination of Oscar and Iaia and Avi reunited again, and all the cousins together, and paella and my belly. Bonus find of the trip: a new discovery of yet another beautiful mid-century tiled mural in Barcelona. I can never get enough of them. I hope they're preserved and live happily ever after.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Puke, Lego, Time Management

Well, as you can see, work + baby + illness ≠ time for blogging. Last night we had exorcist-style vomiting from Oscar. Quite impressive. Poor little man. And then I was going to get blogging and instead got side-tracked looking for Lego and Duplo blocks online for the boy. If you're into Lego, there's an exhibition on called The Art of the Brick with some crazy Lego constructions. I haven't been, yet. It's on until the 14th of September, so there's still time.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sock It To Me

Walter van Bierendonck has a range of fun socks. Featuring birds, owls, flowers, bugs, and more. Available online - on sale now in you're in need of some fancy footwork.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Baby Craftiness

After a nice break I'm back at work! And work's been busy so I hence the radio silence last week. In the last few days of maternity leave and I'm trying to catch up on some craft projects. I thought I'd get a lot more little projects done, but the reality of having a little baby to run around after has me with very little free time to do much of anything else. Ah, well. What I did manage was to make a few extra little dribble bibs and feeding bibs. The dribble bibs I used a pattern from Made By Toya. They turned out ace. I used up a few fat quarter pieces of fabric up, a nice piece of Liberty's fabric (white with ships) so it was good to actually use up fabric instead of just hoarding it.
Next up, some much needed feeding bibs. We're on solids now; things are a little bit messy. These I made a pattern based on a bib I had that I liked.
Last but not least, harem pants! I had an old tee I could never bring myself to throw away and found it while sifting through my fabric stash. Featuring a jungle scene with tigers, leopards, and panthers. Perfect for the boy! Again, pattern via Made by Toya. The tee was just big enough for the pattern, thought the pants are a bit bigger than I expected. But he's only 7 months, so he can grown into them. And that's it for crafting for a while probably.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Woodrow's Wonderland

Welcome to the mythical world of Sophie Woodrow. Sophie creates these ceramic fellas from scratch. I just love all these incredible ghostly white creatures. They're sophisticated and elegant and look like they're straight out of a Japanese cult animation movie. Adore. And just look how adorable Sophie is herself as she talks about her work –

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


One from the vault today; as I discover that one of my favourite Australian designers, Marc Newson, has designed this beautiful rocking horse back in 2012 for Magis. For a mere £651 it could be mine... hmmm. Yeah. It's gorgeous, but I don't think Oscar will be rocking any time soon. He'll have to be content with his rabbit rocker.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Maryanne Moodie

This little lady puts new meaning into the phrase 'shaggadelic' with her beautiful textured wall hangings. Maryanne's moved her studio from Melbourne to New York and is weaving up a storm. You can follow her on Instagram and her products are available via her Etsy store.