Goodbye April, Hello May

April was quite a productive month. I’ve done a lot of designing this month and am about to open up my Etsy shop (probably next week). I have been stuck in a designers block these first months of the year. I am very happy I can finally do some decent designing again. I will show show you some of my work as soon as my shop opens.

April was also a month full of chocolate (oh Easter!) and a lot of running and cycling to stay healthy. Here are some of my favorite moments of April:

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The first weekend of april was spent in Rotterdam for Motel Mozaique, a festival with lots of good music, art and theatre. Our favorites were Ásgeir, Matthew & The Atlas, Kurt Vile, Angel Olsen, Moddi and Erlend Øye. We also visited a lot of great places like Bleij above, they have the most delicious icecream and pizza’s. Love the colours they used in their interior.

RotterdamErasmusbrug rotterdamThe Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam and a posing seagull.

bageltimelunchtimefluffy pancakesA lot of time was spend at the table enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinners. I love to sit at the table and talk, read and draw for hours in the weekends. I also folded my first paper crane and it turned out pretty nice (beyond my own expectation).

Staal haarlemstaal haarlem 2Visited STAAL in Haarlem for the first time.

easter breakfastWe had two big Easter brunches, one was with my parents, with way too much food.

grandma's poffertjesLast saturday we celebrated the first Kingsday in the Netherlands. We had a ritual at Queensday to eat Grandma’s poffertjes (they are like tiny pancakes and very Dutch) so we continued with this ritual on this first Kingsday.

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We found this old Atak Inka at an antique market and fell in love with it. We took it home and we’ll take it with us soon on a small holiday trip to a yet unknown place.

KOKO Coffee & Design

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Nothing is better than drinking a great cup of coffee while looking at amazing things. KOKO Coffee & Design is one of those places where you can fall in love with almost everything you see, a place where you feel at home right away. The design products and fashion are carefully selected by the two owners Karlijn and Caroline. They sell clothes, jewelry, bags, sunglasses, wallets, home products, shoes, art and coffee. They have new stuff in almost every week which makes every visit unique.

Karlijn and Caroline have selected a great collection of clothes in which they combine Scandinavian basics with Dutch design. Every two months they have a new expo in the store showing the work of a young and aspiring artist. At the moment they exhibit the lovely illustrations painted by La Nonette Illustration.

And then there is the coffee! The coffee at KOKO is roasted by the roasters of the Antwerp Caffènation and is being served in dark red cups.

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They always have a lovely bicycle from a designer for sale. This one is a real beauty!
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The work of La Nonette Illustration is amazing and is made by the talented Dutch Manon Nanette Bijkerk. You can check out more of her work here.
koko cornercappucinokoko bordYou can visit KOKO at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 145 in Amsterdam where this cute bearded dude is waiting for you.

 

Happy Easter

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I am a profound lover of having breakfast in the morning, that’s also one of the reasons I love Easter so much. My parents came over this year for a big Easter brunch at our place. We enjoyed some croissants, bagels, fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, fresh strawberries, eggs, a suger loaf and of course some chocolate. We were absolutely stuffed after all the food but we burned it all down with a lovely walk in the woods afterwards.  DSC00002DSC00004DSC00014DSC00012DSC00010DSC00008DSC00013

Goodbye March, Hello April

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This March was one of the best months ever. We got so many early spring days which made me insanely happy.

Here are some of my favorite moments taken with Instagram in March

strand huisEarly in March we biked to the beach and I wondered how awesome it must be to wake up everyday in this house we passed in the dunes.

portraitVisited a new place just around the corner, called Portrait, a concept store and a very nice place to spend some time.

icecreamEnjoyed my first icecream of 2014, strawberry and raspberry for the win!
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Had the most delicious cappuccino’s at Vinnies Deli and Coffee Bru, both in Amsterdam.

scrabble Played scrabble on a sunday afternoon and actually won!

amsterdamSoaked up a lot of sunshine while wandering the streets of Amsterdam

tram Took the ferry and visited the NDSM werf in Amsterdam where I stumbled upon this beautiful old streetcar. There is actually someone living in this!
outside Sat in the garden, a lot.

It was a great month and I’m looking forward to april!

Have a good weekend

The weather will be great this weekend so I will spend most of my time outside, soaking up all the sunlight. What are your plans for this weekend?

Hope you all have a good start of the weekend, enjoy every minute of it!

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Growth

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Since we moved into our apartment in Haarlem I’ve gotten very interested in plants and how to keep them alive. I always thought I was very bad at caring for plants, but it seems that I’m not! So far I’m doing a good job because not one of them is showing any signs of death. Yes, I am a little proud of that.

Besides buying plants, I wanted to grow some plants myself. I started saving my avocado pits to grow some avocado plants and planted some herb seeds like chives and basil. It’s so lovely to see them grow by the day. The herbs are growing so incredibly fast that it won’t be long before we can use them for dinner. The avocado pits are all splitting open this week which means they will finally start to grow. It took them around three weeks to show any signs of life and I have been refreshing their water on daily basis.

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My love for maps

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If I should tell you one thing about me, you should know that I love traveling the world. Seeing new places, getting to know new cultures and meet interesting people, I simply can’t get enough of it. There are so many beautiful places I would like to visit one day that I often daydream about it (drooling at pictures on Pinterest as well). As a profound lover of travel I’m always on the look-out for some pretty looking maps. This week my eye fell on several foldout maps of big cities. These maps are foldout guides made by different designers from all over the world for Herb Lester. For example there are maps of Copenhagen, Berlin, London and New York. Have a look at Herb Lester for the complete collection.

In december ’12/january ’13 I was in New York. The first 10 days of the trip were spend in Park Slope, a great neighbourhood in Brooklyn which happens to be full of hipsters. It was there and then that I started to develop a deep love for Brooklyn. When I saw the Herb Lester fold out map of Brooklyn, designed by the New York based Two Arms Inc., I knew that was the one that I had to bring home.

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Weekend Scenes

Saturday I’ve done completely nothing! I wasn’t lazy though but I just spend the day reading the Book Thief, working on a new sketch of a bearded man and just enjoying a day of rest. Most of the weekends are filled with all kinds of fun stuff and I really enjoy those things but sometimes when the weekend is over, I have the feeling that time totally passed me by. Staying inside this saturday has been a good choice and it felt refreshing, like my battery is recharged.

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Yesterday Rene and I went to Amsterdam to visit the Neighbour Food Market (remember this post from last month?). The theme was Le Jardin, which means the garden in French. The market was held at an other location at the Westergasfabriek as the last time. Besides food there were a lot of stands that sold products for the garden; from books to plants to seeds. We didn’t like the location as much as the other one, it was quite small and there were too many people so I didn’t get a chance to take some nice photo’s like last time. We do enjoyed a nice piece of lemon cheesecake and after that a slice of a Portugese vegan quiche.
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After we had some food we went to the Espressofabriek (Gosschalklaan 7) for a cup of coffee. Their cups are so lovely!

coffee espressofabriekWe did some shopping on the Haarlemmerdijk and the Haarlemmerstraat. Finally visited Concrete Matter (Haarlemmerdijk 127), a gift shop for men where I fell in love with this deer.

concrete matterWhen we were back in Haarlem we treated ourselves to some ice cream at tante Saar (Spaarne 42). It actually was my first ice cream of 2014! Can’t believe it has been such a long time since I ate ice cream.. especially since I’m quite of an addict. I even ate strawberry ice cream for breakfast last summer.

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How did you spend your weekend?

Portrait, a concept store in Haarlem

Portrait 1This afternoon I visited a new spot in town; Portrait (Haarlem, raamvest 29a). Portrait is a concept store where you can shop for amazing design items, work or just have a coffee. They are situated in an old building in the city center that once was used as a horse stable. Thanks to a big renovation of the whole building, I have to say, it looks pretty amazing! I had a cappuccino and Rene had a latte macchiato and we shared a brownie together. The coffee was great, too bad they didn’t have latte art (yet?!) and we got some tiny Tony’s chocolates on the side (they scored some serious points with that). Lovely spot to hang out and get some work done. I guess I will be hanging out here a lot, especially since it’s yet another lovely spot just around the corner of our house.

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A Pretty Little Thing Called Life

DSC00021Today is another pretty, feels-like-summer day containing lots of sunlight and deep blue skies. The garden is coming to life and reveals her prettiness, like the flowers above. Can’t be too long before these daffodils (under) will bloom.

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Inside this pretty azalea that I got from my mom is showing off her pretty pink flowers:

DSC00028I had a lovely lunch today featuring bread with some homemade avocado spread, boiled eggs and green onions. Delicious! This weekend I started reading the Book Thief, I want to read it before I’m going to see the movie later this month. I heard a lot of good things about the book on Instagram today so I can’t wait to start reading again later today.

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