Friday, 29 November 2013

Jen Collins' Little Friends

Illustrator turned ceramicist Jen Collins with some beautiful animals. Check out Jen's blog for he latest and greatest projects. I adore these animals. They'd go well with the ceramic lion I already have I found at a flea market. Lovely lovely, Jen!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Kranium

Acne JR – oh my. New discovery of awesomeness for my little Oscar. Pretty sure he'll be needing this; the Kranium chalkboard skull. What self respecting 3-week-old wouldn't be without one?! OK, maybe he can hold off on it for a little bit. Until he can hold a stick of chalk maybe. €77.91 from the Acne JR webshop. They have a nice Instagram feed also.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Recycled Christmas Tree

This year I'm forfeiting the normal Christmas tree chopping. No heading out in the cold and lugging a tree home on my bike and nearly killing myself half a dozen times in the process. No sad dry tree to lug out of the house come new year; a trail of pine needles in it's wake that somehow keep surfacing for the next 10 months. Nope, it's not happening. Fear not, I'm not giving up my tree! There's far too many decorations I can't wait to get out for that. What I am doing is renting a tree this year. Brilliant idea, and thank you, Sophie, for sharing. Huur Een Kerstboom (Rent A Christmas Tree), will deliver a tree to your door and collect it again in the New Year. Best part; the tree is living and will be replanted for next year. No senseless waste of tree life. Mine comes December 6th – the Christmas count-down is on!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Sea Urchins

Knit-tastic sea life by Patricia Brown in the form of these delicate sea urchin pillows. The subtle soft colours and textures are just sublime.

Friday, 22 November 2013

What A Mug

Bit of DIY craftiness for Friday. West Elm have been up to some ceramic mug make-over classes with Jen Ramos. Hop onto their blog to get the step-by-step guide. Looks like fun! Nice project for the weekend while we sit out the very chilly weather we're having right now.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Auto Aerobics

I'm just in awe of these incredible 3D rendered images of morphed cars by Chris Labrooy. Just brilliant. I wish they were real sculptures, I just adore them.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Lords And Ladies

Recently Edu and I have gotten into playing boardgames and cards. A nice break from the telly and easy entertainment when traveling, heavily pregnant, and now to do something together with our parents while they're all here – where the language issue (English : Catalan) suddenly vanishes. We've got a few packs of Spanish playing cards now – a bit different from the standard deck of cards – and I've loved learning some new card games. With many nights in now as we cosy in for our first winter as a family, here's another card came that I can't wait to play.
Lords and Ladies; the card game where the goal is to "build an aristocratic family's legacy through marriage, hiring servants, having children while crushing rivals with gossip and betrayal." Woohoo! That sounds fantastic!
But it gets even better. The game itself was designed by Jason Corace – a teacher and game maker – and his sister, well known to me already – the brilliant illustrator Jen Corace.
You can pre-order the game if you just can't wait for it to hit the stores for USD $30. To get a good idea about the game, watch the overview below. Oooh – I'm just too excited!! 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Blexbolex

I haven't got my hands on this beautiful new book yet – but I soon will. Another master work by French graphic artist Blexbolex. Ballad follows the format of his previous books Seasons and People. Ballad traces a child's perception of his surroundings as he walks home from school in a story that continually evolves. 280 pages of vibrant illustration tell the tale over seven chapters. Looking forward to adding this to my collection and even more to read it to Oscar.  

Monday, 18 November 2013

King And Queen

Loving the Gorman King and Queen bowl; a two-faced hand crafted bowl with wither black or white crown. I think I like the white best. Available from Gorman for AUS $299.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Snapping Snow

I'll let the pictures o the talking today; incredible micro-photography of snowflakes made with a home-made camera. The result is just beautiful. I never tire of looking at snowflakes. Full article here

Thursday, 14 November 2013

'Tis (Almost) The Season

Monday Edu came home with 100% new-mummy crowd pleasers; a stack of design, fashion, and trash magazines (of which until today I've managed to flick through a whole 20 pages...), and this beautiful mercury glass Christmas tree ornament for our first baby; stork holding a baby boy. I almost cried. For those who know me, I have a have quite an obsession with mercury glass ornaments. I first discovered mercury glass when living in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 2000. We didn't have them growing up in Australia (or not that I ever saw). There were a few antique shops in Northamption, and when I came across these ornaments for a mere $0.25 – $2 a piece, I couldn't resist. So began my love affair, and it's still going strong. Now I have a lot (a LOT), from pine cones, Santa's, snowmen, animals, birds, toys, robots, and basically anything else you can think of, as well as the classic round balls. If you're looking for beautiful ornaments; Fortnum and Mason in London have a lovely (though very expensive...) range, as do Liberty's of London (also not cheap). In Amsterdam; de Bijenkorf have a decent range, and home boutiques will stock them also. I cannot wait to get a tree and start decking out the house is all it's Christmas glory. Bring on the silly season!!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Golden

Today this is all I can offer you; gold strawberries. It's been a busy last few days adjusting to parenthood, these little beauties will have to suffice. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Ikea Textiles

So my friend Liv and I have fallen for this lovely bright pop-art looking table runner from Ikea; Tudi. I went online and they have a few fab new fabrics. Love the apple print Liamaria, and flower pattern Färgkulla. Nice one, Ikea.

Monday, 11 November 2013

My Little Man

He's here. Oscar Thorgal Pou arrived last Wednesday, 6th of November, Amsterdam. He decided to arrive before his due date (9th Nov) with a bit of drama; so we were instantly off to hospital to deal with a few complications, but in the end I could deliver naturally within 10 hours; with Oscar entering our world at 11.35pm. Since then it's been a sharp learning curve for the parents, though pretty good on the whole. 
He's a perfect little boy doing all those baby things; eating, sleeping, pooping well, and is quite the marksman; having peed on his Dad four times already. All in all, a very mellow little guy. In the beginning he just squeaked a lot (so incredibly adorable) and it was only after 48 hours we heard him cry. But he barely grizzles that much and is quickly remedied with a feed usually. I'm getting the hang of breast feeding (my boobs are gigantic; I look ridiculous), thanks to my Mum (a midwife, and lactation consultant specialist – hallelujah!). I'm being looked after by the kraamzorg, fed well by the grandparents, and especially well taken care of by Edu who has been just incredible; from  the entire labour to now; I'm yet to change a nappy – he is the change master. And the 'taco-wrap' master (swaddle-wrapping baby) and has patience beyond all, being at my beck and call, and always with a smile. So, I recovering well! 
I still cannot really believe we have a baby in the house. But we do. And he's delicious. Not sure how much blogging will happen next few days/weeks, but if it's quiet online you can probably bet it's the opposite offline. Thanks for all the lovely messages – we're all feeling a lot of love.
Lel & Edu & Oscar.