visual weather report…
Posted in amsterdam, pia's photos November 27th, 2010 by pia

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TASK, New York…
Posted in amsterdam: made by hand, paris: made by hand November 24th, 2010 by pia

I got word the other day that a beautiful store called TASK in Brooklyn, New York is stocking my two books Paris: Made by Hand and Amsterdam: Made by Hand. Thank you TASK! They have a great online store too so be sure to check it out, you’ll find lots of gorgeous treasures.

If you know about a store that is stocking my books please let me know by either commenting on this post or sending me an email. I am still planning to put together a stockists page for my books and I really want to make sure that along with the big book stores,  all the little independent stores around the world are on there too.

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Posted in stores November 21st, 2010 by pia

oh my. I love this little house. Look at the detail…

It’s an architect’s model from the early 1930’s. I found it on the glorious website of Galerie Half (found via brydie brown – one of my current ‘blogs in the spotlight’ in the side bar). Looks like Galerie Half is located in Los Angeles – I can only imagine how gorgeous the store is if their website of wares is this divine. And as if the above house wasn’t already enough to make us weak at the knees, take a look at this one…

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Posted in amsterdam: made by hand, handmade November 18th, 2010 by pia

Leslie has just uploaded her latest creations onto her website.  I have been ‘in the know’ about these new pieces for some time and as you can imagine, I’ve been dying to show you. So here they are for you, in the (blog)house, making their debut into the big wide web world. First up are these stunning myriad necklaces which I am completely in love with, you can see why…

Each necklace tells its own story through the unique combination of time worn oil paintings exhibited on thick timber discs. Linked by natural cord, each disc can be turned to display a different part of a painting, allowing the wearer to create a multitude of variations that reflect their outfit du jour and current state of mind. Click here for more info and more images.

And then, as if they weren’t already enough to satisfy our Swarm cravings, there are these gorgeous motif necklaces

They are made from vintage brass stencils –  each stencil design has been made by hand and in this particular series, each design displays an exquisite leaf motif. There are only eight available in this series (actually seven, because one, um, is already sold to… me).

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Posted in amsterdam: made by hand, christmas ideas, handmade November 18th, 2010 by pia

The other day I was visiting Hilde at Atelier Tempel (page 153 in Amsterdam: Made by Hand) and saw these little egg cosies she had just made which I thought were utterly gorgeous. On top of each one there is a bird with the corresponding egg on the front. What a brilliant gift for the holiday season. Although they are not on Hilde’s website yet, you can email or call her to purchase them – her contact details are here.

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