It’s almost 2014. Officially the first week of 2014 today. That means that I can finally use my new diary. This year I’ve chosen the weekplanner of Flow Magazine (again). I’ve hesitated between Moleskine and Flow. I chose Flow because it’s almost the same as the Moleskine one I wanted, but with pretty pictures and frills. I don’t mind that the diary is big. I write a lot and I always carry a bigger handbag.
I think this is the best Flow diary so far. It is a weekly notebook, with on the left space for your diary appointments and on the right enough space to write, draw and droodle something. Especially handy for to do lists and my intention to blog regularly and finally promote my blog. The illustrations and all the paper extras are created by Aiko Fukawa, she’s a real genious when it comes to paper art. If you like to see more of her work, you can visit her website here.
Flow created a video for a better look of the 2014 diary. You can find it here.
I got a card from a postcrosser from Russia, and…. it’s a Choo Choo cat postcards. Woohoo! Though I stayed home the past few days because I’m feeling a bit under the weather, but because of this lovely card I’m feeling much better. So much that I got up behind the computer and blog about it.
I know I can buy all the Choo Choo cat postcards myself, but that’s not part of the fun. I really really appreciate it more if postcrossers from all around the world give me one, with a written message and a beautiful stamp. (Beautiful stamp is only optional, because I don’t collect stamps.)
So far I only have 5 Choo Choo cat postcards, 4 from direct swap and 1 just arrived, from a lovely 9-year old girl from Russia who loves dancing and singing. Girl, you just made me dancing and singing too with your card.
For those of you who’s not familiar with Choo Choo or Postcrossing, you can visit the websites For Choo Choo (created by Jetoy Design, click here). You can visit the website of Postcrossing here. Jump into my Postcrossing profile here.
“Do you mind if I take a picture of your 2 lovely dogs?” I asked the owner.
The owner smirked. “No, not at all. Please help yourself. Our dogs are used to it. Actually, they’re waiting for you to take that picture, so they can strike a pose.”
What a cuties, I thought, when I looked into their hopeful and curious eyes. And just when I about to take out my camera, they sat up right, with their nose in position, striking a pose. Can 2 dogs even get more adorable?
I have an addiction. An addiction in paper. I love stationary. I love patterns. I adore graphic designs. And illustrations are my guilty pleasure. I love everything that’s crafted with and from paper. I love crafting with paper, painting with paper and decorating with paper. So I was looking forward to get the ‘Book for paper lovers’ by Flow Magazine, a Flow special to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the magazine. And finally, they just delivered it. Thank you Mr. Postman! The result of the ‘book’ is amazing. There’s only very little text, but lots and lots of paper goodies. A pop-up illustration, writing papers and envelopes, postcards, stickers, diorama, halyard and other paper craft projects.
Clockwise: Helen Dardik, Studio Ping, artist unknown, (probably) Geertje Aalders
I am so happy to see that Helen Dardik contributed in this Flow special. She’s one of my favorite illustrators. Her artwork is amazing. Her colorful illustrations really brighten my day. You can visit her website here and her Etsy webshop here.
Posters to frame
DIY projects such as upcycling a matchbox
Even a lovely pop-up
DIY peepbox by Ruby Taylor
For those of you who are not familiar with Flow Magazine: it’s an inspiring and positively orientated magazine for paper lovers, full with beautiful illustrations and images from nowadays designers and artists from long time ago. The items published in the magazine can be summarized into 4 themes: ‘Feel Connected’, ‘Live Mindfully’, ‘Spoil Yourself’ and ‘Simplify Life’. And in each magazine there’s two or more small paper gifts, such as posters, postcards, notebook or calendar. 4 times a year they publish a Flow special with much more papergifts. You can visit the website here.
In the Netherlands it can be considered a sacrilege if you decorate your house with Christmas decoration before the typical Dutch festivities of ‘Sinterklaas’ is over. Traditionally, it’s only from 6th of December till (the very least) 6th of January. Basically: if you wave the saintly Sinterklaas goodbye on December 5, the day after you may decorate your house in Christmas style.
I broke with that tradition, since I don’t celebrate Sinterklaas (no small children in my life and no celebrations with friends this year). I have visited a Christmas country fair today and bought some pretty Christmas decorations. But I didn’t feel like keeping it in the attick until the 6th of December. So after the fair my house kinda looked like a winter wonderland. Ah well, not that extravaganza look, since it’s only a few items on the side-table and in my ‘branch tree’. But this year my PIL and I want to celebrate Christmas someplace else, I’m not going the whole nine yard with decorating. But it looks so pretty!!!
The Christmas country fair itself was amazing. It was in the garden of Castle ‘de Haar’ in Harmelen, a small village just 30 minutes of cycling from where I live. And of course we took the opportunity to visit the castle itself. It’s a shame taking photo’s inside the castle is not allowed, but I assure you: it sure is pretty. (Again that word ‘pretty’, for the lack of a better word, at least a word that I know of).
This will make a lovely and easy DIY for Christmas tables
Look at that little angel on the right, isn’t it cute?
I wish I have such a vintage sleigh, it will look lovely in my backyard.
I bought this beautiful centerpiece whenever I feel like having a minimalistic white and silver Christmas
Go classic. Red is still my favorite Christmas color.
It was such a lovely fall weather that I had to go out for a walk in the forest to practice my photographing skills. So I went to Amelisweerd, a forest near Utrecht, where I took some – imo – wonderful shots. The forest itself with all her inhabitants are so photogenic, so it was easy for me to shoot.
And after the forestwalk we ate some yummy pancakes in the pancake restaurant nearby.
As seen and pinned in pinterest, a beautiful wooden boat turned into a dreamy bed. I got the image from observando.net, but tbh I don’t know if he/she is the real source. If you are the real source, please inform me, so I can adjust.
And oh my gosh, this fourposter bed is so awesome. If I sleep in here, I kinda feel like a little woodnymph or Lady Galadriel, the forest elf from Lord of the Rings. This bed is called ‘Under the Apple Tree Canopy Bed’ by atilladesigns. A bit over my budget, but so lovely.
Sleeping in a hammock. Tried that once, in my teenage years, when I decorated my bedroom in a flower-shop theme, with a hammock instead of a bed. It can’t replace a real bed though, but ah… doesn’t it look lovely? I got this image via myscandinavianhome, photography by Pia Ulin, styling by Lotta Agaton.
Inspired by the ‘Being Blank photo diary’ of Birgitta de Vos, as seen in Happinez magazine 4, I took the liberty of taking pictures of only white things. What better way than to start at the national museum of – and the botanical garden in Utrecht, where the nature is in bloom. All things white, a wonderful white world. Suddenly I saw the world with different eyes. For the first time in my life I can’t wait to have a white winter. Thank you Birgitta, for the inspiration.
The pictures below are my own. For the Being Blank serie of Birgitta de Vos, you can visit her website here.
Last moodboard, clockwise:
Jan Schoonhoven, “R9 – 33” – 1969. Painted paper-maché on hardboard, Central Museum Utrecht.
Henry Moore, “Locking Piece” – 1971. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Tom Claassen, “Twee Heugemer Pony’s” – 2008 (2 Heugemer Pony’s). Kröller Muller museum