diy // ‘come on in’ garland

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Come on in, darling! That’s a way to welcome your family and friends into your home.

After painting the hallway in a lilac-grey shade, I wanted to add a little special something  to make my guests feel welcome. It turned out to be a garland – no real surprise so far – with the text “come on in”. I love making different kinds of garlands from paper and this time I felt like trying a new technique: paper cutting.

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In order to make this garland you’ll need: golden cart board sheets (you can make 4 letters from 1 sheet), split pins, a pair of scissors, a pencil, a ruler, some nice thread, a round shaped object (I used a large roll of tape), a stanley knife, washi-tape. And (not included in the picture) a cutting mat or some other surface for cutting.

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The making process is slightly more difficult than other DIY ‘s on my blog, because of the cutting. Nevertheless, it is totally doable! Just give it a try and you’ll notice that it becomes easier along the way.

1: Use a round object to make circles on the back of the golden sheet of cart board. You need to draw 10 circles: 8 for the letters and 2 as word dividers.

2: Measure the circle and determine where you want the ends of the circles to be. The diameter of my round object (the tape) was 10 cm and I have made the ends between 8 cm and 9.5 cm. The wide of the ends is 3 cm and the height is 1.5 cm, as you can see in the picture.

3 & 4 & 5: Cut out all the circles and make the end of the ends (I hope this isn’t confusing) round.

6: Print out the letters of the text. My letters are in the font of Helvetica with seize 288. Cut the letters out roughly and stick them to the golden circles with washi-tape.

7: Now you are ready to cut! Be sure you’re using a cutting mat or something that is appropriate for cutting. Whenever your stanley knife is blunt, change the knife. It makes the cutting way more easy. I changed it about three times.

8: When you’ve cut the letter, remove the washi-tape and the print. When you have done this with all the 8 letters, the first part is finished!

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Once all the letters are ready, use the split pins to attach all the elements to each other.

9: Make a little cross cut in the ends of the garland.

10: Push a split pin through two letters…

11: … and open the split pin at the back of the garland.

12:  Attach a piece of thread to the beginning and end of the garland. Use something sharp, like a pair of scissors or a pen, to push the thread through the little cross cut.

Now you have a lovely garland to welcome all your friends into your house!

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Do you have a special something in your hallway to welcome your guests? And would you give this garland a try? I’m very curious how your versions will look like!

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easter // eggfest diy

 

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Cheer you easter breakfest up with some new funny little friends!

In my search for easy, fun and unique egg decoration, I came across some floral washi-tape and feathers. This is how my little friends are born!eggfest-suppliesWhat do you need to make these fellas? Eggs (if you care, please use free-range and organic ones), feathers in bright colors, a permanent marker, and washi-tape with a floral pattern. Once you have collected everything, you are just a couple of minutes away from the end result. The egg decoration is really easy to make and I suggest to have fun with it. You can, for example, draw faces on the eggs of people you know. Here are the steps I took to make the egg decoration. eggfestdiy1eggfestdiy3 eggfestdiy4

 

Step 1: use the permanent marker to draw the faces on the eggs

Step 2: make a headband with the washi-tape

Step 3: stick the feathers to the back of the head with the washi-tape and draw some hairs with the marker.

 

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quote // schiller and childish plays

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How often do I long back to my childhood! To those carefree days of endless play.

When people ask me when I was most happy in life, I always refer to myself as a ten-year-old. I had no worries, funny friends to play with and enough imagination to invent tons of games and stories. The best part in my “playing” memories is that I had a wonderful playground. Behind the street where I used to live, there was a piece of land from an old abbey. The building was burned down, closed for years and therefore abandoned. It had become a small forest with different sorts of vegetation and secret overgrown buildings. When I was ten, I played there almost daily and me and my friends imagined to have great adventures on that piece of land.

These thoughts of my childhood, came back as I read the quote of the German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller.

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.

In his letters in On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Schiller discusses the idea of ‘play’ extensively. The subjects of the letters is beauty, as it is a theory about aesthetics. Schiller states that beautiful things remind us of the fact that our mind fits the world.

In our relation to the world, we as human beings have two different drives, or instincts. The first drive is the Stoftrieb, the sensuous drive, which proceeds from the physical aspect of our being. The other drive is the Formtrieb, the formal drive, that is connected to our rational and moral nature. The mediation between reason and feeling comes about through our Spieltrieb, the play drive. For Schiller, childish play is an aesthetic impulse that helps us bridge the gap between our intellect and our feelings. Free play makes it possible to make a connection between our imagination and our understanding.

I do not know whether I ever made this connection when I was young – probably not.  But the world seemed like a simple happy place. I can’t go back in time (the playground actually doesn’t exist anymore thanks to some project developers) but the memories of childish plays remind me not to forget the ten-year-old in me. As do these words of Schiller.

 

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creative minds // my heart’s in the highlands

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Geniuses coming together more than often have perfection as a result. This is also the case in the astonishing piece of music of Arvo Pärt – My Heart’s in the Highlands. Every note of this musical masterpiece penetrates straight through the heart. It’s simply beautiful.

A collaboration between artists made this masterpiece possible: in it, the beautiful voice of the soprano Else Torp, the words of Burns‘ famous Scottish poem, Bowers‘ play of the organ, and Arvo Pärt come together in perfect harmony.

You’ve might have heard the tunes before.  The slowly repeating notes, the melancholiac melody. The song features as the soundtrack in Sorrentino’s last blockbuster “La Grande Belleza“. I’ve you haven’t seen the movie yet, please do. It’s not the story but the images that make La Grande Belleza absolutely worthwhile. And the music of course, it works together.

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surroundings // tefaf favourites

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Every year, I look forward visiting Tefaf in maastricht. As a girl who is born in this village in the south of the Netherlands, I feel somehow proud that maastricht is the host of such an amazing art fair. Tefaf is not just an art fair, its regarded as the world’s leading art fair! It hosts 275 galleries that bring about 100.000 works of art to the fair – varying from ancient finds to contemporary art. This and the 300.000 flowers with which the fair is decorated, make it totally worth to bring Tefaf a visit.

What is especially interesting about visiting an art fair, and in particular this fair, is that works of art displayed, are rarely visible in public. Many pieces circulate in private collections. Therefore, many of these work have never hung in museums.

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While strolling around the fair, I’ve made some photos of my favourite pieces. The quality of the pictures is a little crappy, since they are shot with my iphone, but I hope they still give an impression! See here my selection of pieces that I particularly liked.

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1 // Stand 416 Landau Fine Art, Inc.: Kees van Dongen

2 // Stand 112 Polak Works of Art: Indian Miniature Painting

3 // Stand 141 Hemmerle Jewellers: a beautiful selection

4 // Stand 302 Richard Green: Marc Chagall

5 // Stand 302 Richard Green: Claude Monet

6 // Stand 445 Paul Kasmin Gallery: Constantin Brancusi

7 // Stand 422 Cahn: Roman Earrings

8 // Stand ?: René Magritte

9 // Stand 412 Richard Nagy Ltd: Piet Mondriaan

10 // Stand 130 Epoque Fine Jewels: a selection among which a necklace of Lalique
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vintage // garde-robe treasures

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When you live in Amsterdam, you’ve got to love vintage. You can find beautiful vintage pieces everywhere! Here are some lovelies I’ve scored around the markets and shops of Amsterdam.

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I’ve scored these first two pieces at the Noordermarkt. The ‘butterfly’ shirt with the sequins is a big success for parties and the seventies dress is one of my favourite daily wears!

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The velvet red dress is from Phintage in the Ferdinand Bolstraat. This shop has beautiful ‘classic’ pieces, most of which are timeless. The fabric of this dress is amazing – rich and full of colour. I wish there would be an occasion every day to wear this!

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I’ve found this ‘Abba Goes Disco’ dress at the ijhallen in Amsterdam Noord. It’s a real eighties dress and likewise, well eighty-ish: nothing for wearing everyday but great for dressing-up!

Do you like to wear vintage?

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diy // pompoms

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Have you ever wondered how to make those lovely pompoms? Stop wondering: here is a fast, easy and cheap way to make them!

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howtopompomsHere is how it’s done!

1. Take 6 to 10 sheets of tissue paper. Cut the paper in a square form.

2 & 3. Fold the paper into an accordion style.

4. Knot a piece of string to the middle of the folded paper.

5. Cut around the edges of each side.

6. Open the folded paper and start to unfold every individual piece of tissue.

After you have opened all the tissue papers, the pompom is ready! You can mould it to give it the form you like. It is really that easy! See my result below.resultpompomsPompoms make wonderful party decoration! For my last birthday, I decorated the entire living room with white and blue pompoms. I combined the pompoms with little feathers and the result was enchanting. Which was great, since the party theme was ‘get lost in the enchanted forest’. Here some sneak peaks from the decoration during the day!pompomsdiy3 pompomsdiy2signature