some new treasures in mon petit bateau…
Posted in artists, handmade, pia's photos May 29th, 2009 by piablog

Being so far away from my homeland can be hard sometimes. Sure, I love Holland. And I adore France. But I love my home country, with its dusty deserts, sparkling ocean,golden sands, and fabulous foliage. Not to mention my family and dear friends. My homeland inspires me tremendously, and I miss it.

So every now and then, it does me the world of good to receive little pieces from home, little memories, little handmade creations, little notes. It makes me feel less far away, and allows my wandering heart to play a little by my home shoreline, if only by imagination, triggered by these little mementos.

Yesterday, I received some very special creations from Australia that I have had my eye on for some time now…


when I first saw these pencils on the paperboat press blog, my heart sang. They say “fill your paper with the breathings of your heart”, by wordsworth. I can’t wait to start writing with one of them, I find myself calmed and nurtured just by the sight of them on my desk.

beautiful handmade tags, with perfectly handpicked quotes. They are smooth to the touch and they remind me of the glassy pacific ocean on a still and sunny day.


As soon as I opened the package I wanted to photograph them. So, on this sunny morning, that’s exactly what I’ve done. I thought they looked pretty on my window sill, with it’s watery background and shadow-happy light. I hope you like them.

I’d also like to make an official announcement here in the (blog)house that their creator, dear Kylie of paperboat press, has recently opened her online store! It is filled to the brim with her handmade goodies, ready to be shipped off all over the world, wherever you may be..

So, make yourself a cup of tea, and take a look around her beautiful online boutique. While you’re there, please check out her blog which I adore, her book of poetry published by murdoch books, and here’s a sneak peek into her studio too (I want to play in there!).

Thank you Kylie, for being such an inspiration, and for ‘bringing me home’. I can’t wait to meet you one day.


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  1. Ingrid says

    I too am rather smitten with Kylie’s beautiful work! I had the pleasure of meeting Kylie recently and she is a truly gorgeous lady. Ingrid

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  2. trupeach says

    all of these made me swoon – and the lovebrids in her shop are darling as well! thanks for sharing, pia. i’m off to read kylie’s blog now …

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  3. E says

    Those are so beautiful. The little tags! How adorable. And of course, the pencils. What a fantastic package to receive. I get homesick a lot too. But we’re lucky, because we get do get to visit :) and experience a whole new world at the same time.

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  4. Minnie says

    Hmmmm….how dreamy and inspiring. I’m especially enjoying the ceramic tags with that beautiful Gauguin quote. I can’t wait to see what else she has in her shop.

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  5. jen laceda says

    Lovely! Don’t you just love receiving a parcel and tearing it up to reveal little secret stuff in it? Great photos, too!

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  6. bronwyn says

    This is beautiful. The Gauguin quote is one of my favorites and I adore those pencils.

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  7. Amanda says

    Beautiful! I’m a huge fan of Kylie’s work, and she is truly lovely. I adore your styling too Pia, I’m glad that you can have a piece of home while living abroad.

    Have a great weekend. xx

    May 30th, 2009 | #

  8. Amanda says

    The ceramic tags are so beautiful and pure…Pia I can understand why you get homesick, we do live in the most wonderful country. However, your adventures in Holland and France sound absolutely amazing and I love reading about these places through your words.

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  9. nyla says

    Yet another great discovery. Those tags are darling.

    (And THANK YOU for the blog spotlight! You are too kind, Ms. Pia.)

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  10. madeleine brown says

    Yaaaaay Kylie! Go the Brisbane contingent! Pia, what wonderful taste you have!

    May 31st, 2009 | #

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