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!
Friday, 29 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
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
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
Patricia Brown in the form of these delicate sea urchin pillows. The subtle soft colours and textures are just sublime.
Friday, 22 November 2013
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
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
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!
game maker – and his sister, well known to me already – the brilliant illustrator Jen Corace.
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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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
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.
Lel & Edu & Oscar.