Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I feel so grateful

It was my 25th Birthday on May 28th and I feel so grateful to my wonderful friends and family for their endless support, love and laughter. I feel so fortunate and I want to share my gratitude. 
Also a thank you to all you readers, thank you for taking the time to follow my blog and keep in touch now and then via your comments and emails. It really means so much to me when I hear from you. I have already learned so much about myself from blogging and I look forward to continue to develop myself and my blog as time goes on. Also I look forward to learn more about my fellow bloggers, I promise to continue to share updates and pretty things and to learn from you and ultimately continue to inspire.
a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to me from my dear parents across the ocean.
I know that they would have loved to be here to celebrate with me.
yummy mojito recipe found [here]
wonderful friends

Friday, May 25, 2012

graduation project

I am happy to state that I am approaching the end of my final semester as a bachelor student. I would like to share a few snap shots and a short film about this final project that I have been keeping busy with the past weeks. I am so excited and hopeful for the future... before that happens tho I have some loose ends to tie up, a report to finish etc. etc. (I don't want to get too ahead of myself here) 
But overall, my attitude these days is that of relish. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

a bike trip in polaroids

I had such a good time this past weekend touring around the North of Holland. We stopped a few times along the way to snap the above polaroids. The purpose of the trip was to find the tulip fields, but unfortunately we were a bit late in the season to see them in full bloom. Regardless it was a lovely weekend and I am grateful that we were able to finally make it happen. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

planting a tulip

Yes, I know tulips are meant to be planted in late autumn in order to pop up in time for spring but I came across this little bulb on the weekend so I decided to plant it and see if it grows. Here's what I did:
1. find an old tin box (any container will do) I found this one at the second hand shop
2. poke some holes in the bottom to allow for water drainage
3. place the bulb roots downward and lightly pack soil around it leaving the top sticking out
4. water and place outside
It was a beautifully sunny day today (finally, it has been a long awaited spring over here in The Netherlands) perfect for a little bit of gardening. Much more to come!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

mother's day

This afternoon I went to make a 'Yogi Tea' - you know the brand of tea the has a sweet little message on each tea bag. Well when I opened this bag the message was 'a mother is as rich as a river'. I found it very suiting considering it's mothers day and all. So, to all you mothers out there I wish you a happy mothers day. And to my own mother, I'm missing you from across the ocean, I send you my love and positive energy today and always.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

a spotted deer

So, last week flew by for me! I've been keeping busy working on my final bachelor project, I only have about a month to go :) For those of you who are curious about what I've been up to with that, I will be sharing some photos of the project soon. I'm doing a jewellery piece and it's starting to come together nicely.
I was in Delft yesterday working in my supervisor's studio and on the train ride back I spotted this sweet deer in the field and I felt inspired to make a painting of her.
I'm off to the market now, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

things that make me smile: fresh fruit

Yesterday I went to the market and picked up a bucket of fresh 'hollandse' strawberries.
Fresh fruit and a big mug of coffee on a Sunday morning is my favourite ... the only thing missing this morning is sunshine. I hope you're having a good weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2012

a typewritten vlog post

I found this amazing antique typewriter for pennies at the second hand shop and guess what.. it works! 
I made up this video to share a small oath I made to my typewriter. 'Dear Typewriter' is my twist on a vlog I hope you enjoy it.

ps. any typewriter experts out there, can you please tell me what the function of this is:

pss. I also just wanted to share two of the things that I love about this typewriter:
(1.) It has a Dutch keyboard! Yes, it is not much different from the Canadian keyboard other than the fact that it has an 'ij' key :) The 'ij' is one of my favourite elements of the Dutch language (weirdo alert) I love Dutch words that contain the 'ij', I think these sort of weird fascinations come along with learning a new language. Or maybe it's just me.

(2.) In researching the model, I came across this advertisement. 
I love the slogan "New Post War Model" 
For me the poster creates an ambiance and a context for the typewriter.
 I hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

a dress for a doll: complete

Remember [this] post about my trip to the Gronengin Museum and my plans to submit a dress design inspired by Azzedine Ala├»a and Iris van Herpen? 
Well I have completed it and I just wanted to share some photos of the dress with you before I send it off this afternoon :)

I used spray glue to hold the hair in place and then I stitched in an accessory

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

wish list

Just some things that I've had my eye on lately...
love the minimalist graphic design of these Star Wars posters [source]
cute handmade Oxford shoes [source]
dreamy photo prints [source]
how fun would this analogue movie maker be [source]
this fun city guide for Berlin [source]
I love toms [source]