Villa ArenA Storefront Inspiration

Next month I will be presenting a storefront at Villa ArenA woonmall in Amsterdam, one of the largest interior malls in the Netherlands.

The idea behind the window display at Villa ArenA is that I show the costumer how to combine products from the 50 stores that are based in Villa ArenA. The window display will be there to inspire costumers not to shop at just one store but mixing it up instead.

Last week I went on a scouting hunt and it wasn't easy as there is so much to choose from and I have such little space. But in the end I got there. I'm going for a vintage/bohemian look with pastels and all natural materials like leather and cotton.

Want to keep track of what I'm doing? Check out my Pinterest mood board.

Images by Pinterest and posted in collaboration with Villa ArenA - all views are my own

Hello Weekend DIY Book

And just like that I wrote another book, three books in one year! And some of you may wonder where I have gone off to. I've been writing books as I love writing books, I really do. As a kid I loved making assignments like big ones about sheep, cats, Laura Ashley and one time about my childhood Chow Chow, Pascha. I even took the dog into the classroom to show how fabulous she was and where all her cute stuff sat. I miss Pascha ....

This book is about DIY's. It's divided in 4 categories and covers crochet, sewing, embroidery, painting, paper-craft and woodwork. The 52 DIY's (one for each weekend of the year) are all easy to make, functional and efficient. We basically use all of the DIY's in the book ourselves or I make them as presents. It's a cute book.

It's the second book in the "weekend" series and I can already tell you that there's going to be another one next year. And that's it as there's no such thing as Spider-man 4.

Hopefully later this year or early next year the books will be translated to different languages and to English. We are still working on that. It's not easy as a Dutch/Flemish author to be published in foreign languages. Yvestown in the Kitchen, my first book, is published in English and for sale in my own bookshop and on amazon.com

Weekend DIY Boek (Dutch) - hard cover - 144 pages - €16.95

The Yvestown Winter Fair - a few days after

It was bitterly cold but oh so cosy. With fairy lights and A Very Ally Christmas and Michael Bublé blasting out of the speakers. It was a quiet fair but the company was wonderful. And although we were all freezing cold we kept each other warm. Wrapped in blankets, snuggling up with hot chocolate.

I really love the invention of the hastag as it's such an organised way to see what's been going on. If you click on #yvestownwinterfair you'll get to enjoy all the photos made by the stall holders, visitors and me.

Eline's Doll house was present, beautifully equipped with lights and Christmas decorations. Eline was so lucky to be able to make this doll house assigned by her publishers.

Also Erika's doll shop made it's début.

It was a good day and it was definitely the last fair in this format as it takes too much from Bo and myself. It's hard work, not just on the day but the day before and the day after. I'm still cleaning, doing laundry and defrosting. I'll think of something new to do, I might even take it abroad - I'm not sure yet.

Please consider to shop small this Christmas, to promote small and independent shops and stay the hell out of Primark.

Below a gift guide of my favourite fair products.

1. Eline's Poppenhuis (in Dutch) 2. Wood & Wood x-mas tree and Waldorf Angel by Stella by Rosa 3. Tray by Miinti 4. PVC vase by Mauk 5. Dongri/Kiko by Mondaysmilk 6. Souvenirs de Paris Tea towel by Mikodesign 7. DIY tote bag by Mondaysmilk

The Day Before The Winter Fair

I'm just about awake, synchronizing the play list for tomorrow which is very important. My feet are killing me and I keep asking myself; "why on earth do I feel the need to host fairs?". We've single handedly build 4 party tents and equipped them all with fairy lights, it makes me feel so utterly giddy.

I LOVE CHRISTMAS.

There's not a single bone in my body that even slightly dislikes Christmas or anything that has do do with it. So I earn this fair. My painful fingers of all the plastic tying earn a Christmas fair. And you earn it to be here and join us tomorrow.

It will be cold so dress warmly. There's food, and a fire, lots of lovely people and fairy lights.

See you tomorrow.

The Yvestown Winter Fair Family Tree

We are all set and ready to go for our first ever Yvestown Winter Fair.

It's all going to be pretty magical with lots of fairy lights, lovely food, good company, workshops and lots of beautiful Christmas products. Part of my home will be open to soak up the Yvestown Christmas atmosphere and you are allowed to hang out with us all day.

Please dress warm.

To My Dearest Blog Readers

I have been away for a long time and for that I'm sorry. I have been on a journey. I have been trying to do this and to do that and to find a way in this chaos that's now called my job. I used to work about 10 jobs in a day and I have taken my time away to find a way to cut it down to one beautiful job.

I have found a way to make this what I do in something I love to do and for what I get paid for. I do my books, my blog and I host social gatherings. With those 3 things I will continue and I will not try to push myself into things I can not do on my own as it's just me. With the help of my  husband and the help of my best friend.

I've been struggling on my blog, you all have been there to witness. I've lost, literately, hundreds and thousands of readers through all my uncertainty and change. But that's life eh, you win some, you loose some.

It all dawned to me when I read this quote;

You are not a machine. You are not a brand. You are not expected to produce daily content that teams of 9-5ers are strategizing over for weeks, months, seasons. You can admit that you’re a little tired. Or that you need a breather. Or that you’re re-prioritizing. Or that you don’t know what’s next. It doesn’t make you ungrateful for the platform you’ve been given, and it doesn’t make you unprofessional. It makes you real. It makes you human. It makes you you.
— Erin Loechner - Design for Mankind

So what's next?

Just this and anything else that might come up. I'm not going to promise anything or give you a scoop on something that is not there. I'm going to be here for you, blogging whenever I have something to share, tell or show. I'm going to stop trying to be Super Woman because I pretty much suck at that job. I do however make a mean curry.

I know that commenting and engaging on blogs is out but I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for always reading x