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Hidden Memories March 28, 2011

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Today, I came across this beautiful work by Dutch stylist & jewelry designer Miranda van Dijk and I love it. If I got that correctly: the brooches are all made of old pictures that the artist has found in grandparents attic printed on cotton fabrics. Looking at her work, I felt nostalgic (but a nice kind of nostalgia, not the gloomy kind) and it reminded me of some old unfinished project from art school (if one day I can turn all those unfinished projects into something, I promise I’ll share). You can see more of her work here and it’s available to buy here.

I’ve been struggling a bit with this blog lately, mainly because I’m busy getting back into doing things myself and also because I’m never too sure how I want this blog to be. Sometime I’d like to get more personal and tell you all about things that actually matters (as much as I love shoes and jewelery, I have a little more depth you know). But today I’ve decided that this is my blog and I can do what I want with it. So hopefully you’ll stick around for a while. So this was it, my first attempt to be more “me” here.


Help Japan March 14, 2011

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Buying one of these prints = donating money to a good cause

Top left poster designed by Max Erdenberger can be purchased here.

Bottom left photography can be purchased here.

And the last poster by Rob Dobi can be found here.

You can also donate here.

This is all for today because everything else seems pointless.


Handmade porcelain jewlery from Goldenink February 21, 2011

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Dear Husband, look at those pretty rings and bracelets (see how I’m also subtly trying to assess if husband is reading blog)… and it’s really good we don’t do Valentine’s day in our house because you can find tones of other reasons to surprise me (I’ll totally fake the surprise I promise).

Sorry for that little digression now, but it’s important to get your point across sometimes.

I don’t wear bracelets very often (something about the fact that they just keep getting in the way when I’m working on my computer), but I absolutely adore those blue ones. Katherine Wheeler and  Abby Seymour are two artists and together they create pieces that are hand crafted, painted and fired in their own kiln. They don’t do mass production and this I really like. (found via bloesem)


Amanda Wachob Tattoo March 11, 2010

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Like many people I often think about getting a tattoo, but will probably never get one done. One reason is that I’d be debating for ever with myself about what I should get. Does it have to be meaningful? Should I first take one of those test that decides for you if it’s right or not to get one? But now I’ve discovers Amanda’s work and it has changed my perception of tattoos. I just had no idea you could get tattoos like this… well again I know nothing about tattoos.  Now I guess I just need to get over my fear of needles and my very low threshold to pain.


Pacing The Panic Room December 5, 2009

You might have seen those pictures before, but just in case… Ryan Marshall’s blog : Pacing The Panic Room documents his life with his wife, stepson Little Buddy and their new baby Tessa Tangerine. I had started to follow the blog when she was pregnant and was amazed/tiny bit jealous by the pictures he has taken of her. We did take pictures while I was pregnant but let’s face it: first I looked nothing like her and well… the pictures weren’t so good (sorry honey).  I like the way Ryan writes about things, he’s kind and honest. Enjoy the reading: Pacing The Panic Room


Earth Brooch September 14, 2009

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Select your favourite place on earth and wear a custom piece of jewelery based on the topographic landscape. I really like the idea and if it wasn’t for the price I’ll get like 3 of them… yeah I haven’t been able to make a decision, so as usual I’m going for the easy way: I want them all!


Vanity Ring September 6, 2009

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Ooh this is just so wrong, I think I’d love to have one of those (I didn’t specify if I’d be wearing it). This is the way it works: It shows the number of Google hits you get, when you search for the name of the person who wears it (more info about the project here). Yes, I admit, I’ve googled my name in the past (okay, okay that was just last month)… and I frequently google names of people I know (yes, my friends, I’ve googled all of you and what I found wasn’t so pretty)!


Loving crochet September 2, 2009

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I need, I want to meet Shannon Gerard. For tonight she’s my new idol, my new goddess. I had such a blast earlier today when I came across her work: The Boobs & Dinks Early Detection Kits. It’s not only cute and funny, it’s also very helpful. These plush crocheted penises have little lumps sewn inside that can be found by following instructions in the accompanying booklets. The booklets also teach you how to perform monthly self-examinations of your own precious privates! Shannon Gerard writes and draws, makes artist’s books about hope, faith and human frailty, she’s creating those hilarious crocheted plush sculptures… and she also teaches courses in print media and nano-publishing at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She just sounds like the type of girl you’d want to be spend time with, who wouldn’t love to get crocheted plush sculpture on his birthday? Have a look around on her website: shannongerard.org


Art Patch July 30, 2009

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If I had one of those patches on my clothes when I was in primary school, I could have been an outcast (yep those didn’t make you very popular in my schoolyard)… but an outcast with style. I didn’t know anything about art at that time though (not that I would know much about art today) and I would have probably just screamed at my mum for trying to make me wear something like this!


Pocket Carnival July 28, 2009

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I was looking at those cute drawings by Penny Eager this morning and they made me smile. There’s something about this rabbit that just puts me in a good mood. Make sure to have a look at her Etsy shop and her blog.