Monday, January 31, 2011

New arrival: Trays!

When I am quiet it is usually good news. Working on new products is intensive but oh so inspiring. My latest product is a collection of trays, handmade in Scandinavia from birch wood. We have started with 3 designs:

"In Bloom Pink", a round tray (31 cm)

"Delft Blue Teapot",  a small rectangular tray (27x20cm)

"In Bloom Green", a medium round tray (38cm)
All three designs are available through my webstore @ and soon through selected (web)stores. "In Bloom Green" is also available as a tray table sizes (49cm and 65cm). If you are interested drop send me an email as they are not available through the webstore yet. We are currently selecting more designs to add to the collection. I would love to know which of my designs/paintings you would like to see on a tray!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

In to the Neon

new pillow design 
White Allium (oil on canvas)
Teapot (oil and goldleaf on canvas)

Dark winters make me long for even brighter colours and what could possibly be brighter than neon tones. I have been playing with it lately and I love it so much that in addition to a range of paintings I am also turning some of the designs into pillows! Wishing you all a beautiful weekend x

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Working around the Clock!

 Work in Progress @ The Studio

 Working @ Home

I must be one of the most boring bloggers around currently. The frequency of my postings is down and if I do post it is about my work mostly. No time to sit down to search and write about the less obvious. I have come at the stage that I moved one of my larger easels back from the studio to my appartment to so I can paint evenings...My kids are thrilled as they were missing the action and I have to admit I am happy too as I am less tempted to spend the whole evening behind my Mac!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Coming up next: High Tea

Just wanted to share a new series with you "High Tea" available soon as boxed notecards with 5 fabulous recipes (in Dutch and English version) by culinary journalist-author Lise Goeman Borgesius. A small tray (20x27cm) will complement the series. Handmade in Scandinavia out of birchwood. Keep you posted!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My thoughts are with Brisbane

Holland 1953
Brisbane 2011

Yesterday when I came back from a whole day of client visits I switched on the news and saw the images of a flooded Brisbane. The Dutch have been fighting the water for ages, with the worst flooding disaster in 1953. Anna Spiro's shop Black&Spiro is in Brisbane, so are Ivy&Piper's Melanie and Elizabeth! My thoughts are with Brisbane.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award and 7 things you may not know about me!

Well all I can say is that receiving the Stylish Blogger Award from Pam of Red Ticking is a most flattering start of the week. Seattle based Pam is not only a fabulous colleague blogger but also the driving force behind the Red Ticking retail store.
I have to admit I was not familiar with this award and it comes with certain rules when you receive it:

thank and link back to the person who awarded you
share 7 things about yourself
award 10 great bloggers that you have RECENTLY discovered
contact those bloggers and tell them about the award
So here are 7 things you may not know about me:

1. Skiing is my favourite sport. I just love racing down the slopes, the steeper the better.
2. I never wear foundation.
3. I can' resist temptation.
4. I still cuddle with my parents.
5. When I was a teenager I had lunch with Dame Joan Sutherland.
6. I bite my nails (sometimes)
7. I will never retire!

And then on to the more difficult task: to award 10 great bloggers I recently discovered....Oh no... choices to be made. There are so many great bloggers out there. So here I go reluctantly and I apologize for not choosing others!
oh and uhhh I have bended the rules a bit, I did not only pick blogs I just discovered as I also have included a few bloggers that I have known for a longer time and cherish!

A Tranquil Townhouse

A Space for Inspiration
Ada and Darcy
Flourish Design and Style
Lanalou Style

Scandinavian Chique 
The Decorista

Urban Stems

Sunday, January 9, 2011

From my bookshelves: Plan B by Sabine Leenhouts

 Journalist Sabine Leenhouts proudly on the cover of her first book

a peek at the 12 page interview

 my Sunday reading spot

Friday I found a package on the doormat. It was from Bruna publishers. Inside was the book "Plan B" by driven, charming Dutch journalist Sabine Leenhouts. For her book she interviewed 20 people who radically changed their careers (and lives), sometimes forced, sometimes voluntary. Giving an insight on how they (finally) got to follow their own heart, THEIR passion, in stead those of others. With the book Sabine wants to share that nothing is impossible and inspire people to dare to chase their own dreams.
I had a wonderful, inspiring afternoon with Sabine when she interviewed me and I feel honoured to be part of her book.

The book can be ordered through (available in Dutch only). With 20 illustrated portraits by talented artist Lisette de Zoete.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 - New beginnings

Well it is here: 2011! I have a great feeling about this year as there is still so much more to do, to learn, to gain and to lose :)), especially after enjoying the Austrian cuisine which is not particulary known for its lightness.

2011 has in any event begun well for my designs. As of today a selection of my pillow collection is sold in Norway through trend setting webstore HVIIT.

I wish you will a fruitful year. Follow your path with passion. Be persistant and patient. PERSEVERANCE is key. Always remember:

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Franklin Roosevelt


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