Monday, August 21, 2017

small-shoulder-souk bag

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Two new small-shoulder-souk bags.

Especially for the upcoming Cool Crochet Workshop in Marrakech in October, I designed a small crochet project for the first day.
A cross-body bag in two different versions, made with Moroccan cotton and wool from the Medina. Small, but not too small, with a shoulder strap and fringes.

For each workshop, I try to design at least one new item and a new crochet technique.
It's always the trick to create a day project that can be done in a few hours.
Furthermore I like it when everyone has the possibility to add something personal to the design, besides the use of color.
These two shoulder bags I've made recently and I use them almost daily.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

cigale wall vase

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A new cigale wall vase.

This French vintage vase we found at Magasin Horaz in The Hague yesterday.

With the Echinecea from the garden, in Dutch we call it sun hat (zonnehoed), it looks gorgeous on the wall at my desk.

Friday, August 18, 2017

cotton circle crochet

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New in the shop.

Round multicolored handmade P I L L O W.

Two different sides, eight different bright summer colors.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

spicy colors on the carpet

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Spicy colors on the carpet.

Love this colorful wool, I've collected during my trips to Marrakech in the last years.

At the moment I'm working on a new harlequin project for the upcoming #coolcrochetworkshop in Marrakech in October...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

lloyd's library

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Browsing through an art book of Henri Matisse in the library at the Lloyd hotel in Amsterdam.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

a m s t e r d a m

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It's always a challenge to avoid the touristic places in Amsterdam.
This time we discovered some cool places in Amsterdam East.

We visited a friend who just moved in to her new house. What an amazing place.
The funny thing is I took a photo of her house the day before (I loved it so much and said I could live there!), without knowing it's her house.
Together we had coffee & cake at All The Luck In The World, owned by another friend of mine, Jane.

In the afternoon we went to De Hallen and had lunch at the Kanarie Club.
And at the end of the day we had a rest on the roof terrace of ZOKU for a drink with a view.

After walking 'the half marathon of Amsterdam', we went back to our divine attic room in the Lloyd Hotel to rest for a while and we decided not to walk anymore and had diner on the sunny terrace, located on the south side of the Lloyd building.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

amsterdam oost

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Three days in Amsterdam.

The beautiful hotel room with a swing (and bath) in the middle of the high attic room, was the biggest birthday surprise I could wish for...

We stayed for the 4th time at the Lloyd Hotel, but this definitely was the nicest room ever!
Great historical building and perfect location in East to avoid the busy tourist parts of Amsterdam.

We had lunch at Bar Botanique and walked around the neighborhood, visited my friend Jane in her shop All The Luck In The World, climbed to the roof of the Nemo building and discovered many new special places in the always surprising capital.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

rotterdam citywalk

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A photo report of the citywalk with our friends (Marieke, Marleen, Mick, Stefan and 'baby' Gandi) in Rotterdam last Sunday.

Slow start with coffee & chocolate cake in our 'Parisian' frontyard.
While we drove to Rotterdam, dark clouds appeared in front of us.
As soon as we arrived it started pooring. So we ran to shelter from the heavy rainstorm and had a drink at Aloha, not on the terrace as we planned...
After a while the heavy rain stopped and we decided to get started; citywalk with umbrella!
We crossed the river Maas via the Willemsbrug and walked accros the Noordereiland. (in the meantime our shoes were soaked!)
But hey, no complains about the weather guys.
We skipped the visit to Hotel New York and continued our walk via the Erasmus bridge to have lunch. When we arrived at Bazar, we even could sit outside on the terrace.
We had lentil soup (always) and lots of lovely food and after coffee we crossed the street to have a look at the cool vintage collection at Episode. I found an amazing kaftan dress from Thailand, didn't like the huge butterfly sleeves, but bought it anyway. Marleen found herself a cool nineties house blouse and the sun arrived!
En route to the Museumpark and the Maastunnel building. Along the quays of the Maas we walked back to the parking.
The 100 meter running track on the Maasboulevard was challenging. For me it was the first time to run in a kaftan and it was fun, but I didn't win... (despite the false start)

We had such a fun afternoon together!