i may or may not have…
Posted in amsterdam, personal February 28th, 2009 by piablog

…detoured into the art store today.

I may or may not have loaded up on the most amazing art supplies and spent the whole afternoon painting while the rain fell on the roof of le petit bateau.

and I may or may not have begun painting my first self-portrait in a long long time. which I may or may not show you in coming days.

For now I leave you with this fabulous quote…

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
William Wadsworth Longfellow

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bon weekend mes petits!

xx

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Posted in etsy favourites, handmade February 27th, 2009 by piablog

helpful cards for the tongue tied, created by Vancouver-based Field and Sea. There are 20 cards in each pack and among the messages are “You’re right, I’m wrong” (ooh how I’d like to receive that one), “Let’s go puddle jumping”, (perfect for this rainy day in Amsterdam), “I‘ve lost my way” (totally), and “I have lost the right words. Will these do?” (you read my mind!). The idea is to slip these little thoughts into pockets, between the pages of books, or beneath your sweetheart’s pillow.

I often find myself tongue-tied, so these would be perfect. But I also have times where my tongue won’t stop unraveling… any solutions for this predicament?

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Posted in artists, etsy favourites, handmade February 27th, 2009 by piablog

I am super excited to have just discovered that Joetta from Little Yellow Bird has opened an etsy store! I can’t believe I didn’t discover this piece of juicy news until now. The above photograph is one of the first images I ever saw on her gorgeous blog a year ago. It was love at first sight. Then I saw her embroidery work and my heart skipped several beats.. not in a row, more like… doo – doo — doodoodoo – doo – doo — doodoodoo — doo – doo…

Joetta describes her shop as “my life’s expression through thread, yarn, and the act of looking.” All her embroidery work are on vintage linen and are one of a kind. She also does custom work of embroidered portraits or text. oh wouldn’t one of Joetta’s pieces make the most beautiful gift for someone special? Or like, me?

Check out her store called Bird and Bear right here. Congrats Joetta!!

xx

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Posted in amsterdam, behind the scenes, food, recent work February 26th, 2009 by piablog

Some of you have told me how much you enjoy getting a glimpse behind the scenes when I am on a shoot. You’ll be pleased to know that I was able to take some snaps during the winter buffet shoot that I posted about the other day, and here they are…


how divine is that wooden board I borrowed from Julie and Odette’s antique store! Can I be in love with a piece of wood? ’cause I am.

For this shoot we set up camp in Yvette’s gorgeous lounge room. The light from her windows is rather glorious, and she had a lovely buffet table that I wanted to use. You can see I have claimed most of the space for my props (oops). Below is photographer Jeroen capturing the pineapple turnover cake which is basked in beautiful natural light…

…oh yeah and that’s me ironing! With a smile on my face of course. I’m smoothing out a tablecloth for the next shot while Yvette is busy in the kitchen, cooking up a storm…

And do you remember for the last behind the scenes post, we had a little helper named Marie. So where is she for this shoot? we called out to her many times but she was no where to be seen. Finally, we found her…

She refused to help! Obviously snuggling up was more what she has in mind for the day. But she soon realised we were having fun without her out in the lounge room so she came to join us in the end.


can you see marie snuggled up on her bed by the window? perhaps she is dreaming about treehouses…

And here are some snaps of my props laying about the place. In the basket are some pineapples that I decided I needed as props so I walked down to the grocery store with my shopping basket and bought some…

choices choices, what will I decide to use in the end…

Toward the end of the day we packed up and went over to our other location which was the house of Yvette’s friend Karlein, and with daughter’s Luna and Madelief we baked up some evening treats…

It was a super long day but super fun as always!

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Posted in behind the scenes February 26th, 2009 by piablog

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