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

The Yvestown Winter Fair

Oh yes! One of my big dreams is coming true: a winter edition of the Yvestown Fair. The reason why there wasn't a fair planned and why this winter fair is on such short notice is that I thought we would be moved house by now. But it seems we are not moving at all as we can't find a better home. So I have to learn to live with the size of the house and the size of the garden.

I hope to see you again on Sunday the 30th of November in my garden. I'll be selling and signing my books and there will be lots to do like Christmas workshops by Avenue Lifestyle, MUSwerk, MaandagDaandag, Ellen Vesters en Wood & Wool Stool's daughter, Pippa.

Markets by Twinklebird, Eline Pellinkhof, Stella by Rosa, Wood & Wool Stool, ByPetra, Silly Old Suitcase, MondaysMilk and by miinti all in Christmas style.

There is room for another table or two. So if you'd like to join us and your style is a bit romantic/ Scandinavian/clean/fresh/modern and you have a lot of Christmas stock, send me an e-mail with a link to your online shop.

The Winner of The Leen Bakker Giveaway is ...

Hilde and she likes this candle best!

Will you please mail me your address Hilde so Leen Bakker can send the gift voucher your way and your spending can begin.

Thank you all for participating. This will probably be my last Blogtoday sponsored post as I'd like all my readers (worldwide) to participate in my giveaways. And I'm ready to be my own blog boss, as I used to be.

I'm working hard on the last features for the Yvestown Magazine. Hopefully I'll be able to publish it early next week.

Have a wonderful week xxx

A Leen Bakker Giveaway

For those of you who've never heard of Leen Bakker, let me introduce them to you. In 1928 Cornelis Bakker opened a soft furnishing shop in Rotterdam. Years later Cornelis son, Leen, turned his father's shop into a chain of stores selling affordable home wares and furniture. Nowadays  Leen Bakker counts 180 stores throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and the Dutch Antilles.

I have to admit that in the past I never really shopped at Leen Bakker as their products never really tickled me pink. But when I was told that Leen Bakker was about to change and get a fresh new look and with that fresh new products, I got really excited.

The new 101 woonideeën collection for Leen Bakker really caught my eye. I'm in love with all the red copper products. Especially the copper wire baskets are to die for and the cute copper candle holders.

I picked this tray and spray painted it in my favourite pink as I really love the red copper and pink combo. It looks warm, stylish but yet very playful. I mixed it with all sorts of Leen Bakker candle holders and one brown glass vase that sort of turns copper coloured through the reflection of the pink tray. Who knew that I was going to love this?

We always have a lot of blankets in the house as the house is old and the ceilings high, it gets pretty chilly here in winter days. The red copper wire baskets are not just for storing logs they work great for storing blankets too. This one is a proper big basket that now set home in the dining room so that our dinner guests can grab one for extra comfort and warmth - ah!

On top of the table are two really cute bubble glass vases I love. I don't really like plain glass vases as they can be so dull. The bubbles give that extra bit of depth.

I got a bit carried away with ordering those copper wire baskets. I use them now for lots of things. They look so good on white. The Jurre bench stands perfect in front of the radiator to warm my bum when the heating goes back on. I already know that once BooBoo gets the sight of the Jurre bench she's going to claim it hers. And why not decorate our radiators as we really need them in this climate? I don't mind a good radiator photo.

Look how happy my dining room looks with all these wonderful products. Thank you Leen Bakker for changing your look and for the beautiful new products.

The Giveaway

Please share your favourite new Leen Bakker product by leaving a comment before Monday October 13. I'll pick a random comment and the winner will win a €50 Leen Bakker gift voucher.

This giveaway is for Dutch and Belgian readers only! 

This post is sponsored by Leen Bakker in association with Blogtoday.

Snor Festival and Yvestown Market

Hi Guys, so sorry for the super long absence but I had to write yet another book in a very short period of 2 months. Trust me, it's nothing like Yvestown in de Keuken it's only 144 pages. But it's cute and it's about breakfasts, more about that soon.

Today I want to share some other exciting news with you instead. As I will be moving home (or not) in September I can't host a 2014 edition of the Yvestown Fair in my garden this year as it might not be my garden in September. Instead I'll be co-hosting the fair with my publishers Snor during their festival on September 21 in Vuren The Netherlands. So not only will there be great Snor things to do (workshops, music, food and books) there will also be an Yvestown Market for you to enjoy. It will be double the fun!

The list of this years marketeers:

You can read more about the fair on the website of my publishers. The new website will be launched on the first of September but for now you can visit their old site.

The Marigold Rug

There's a new rug in my home office. A really happy, large and soft rug ... made from hemp and all the way from Australia. Last week I posted a little teaser on Instagram just after that Holly from Decor8 picked it up and now  the Marigold flower weave rug from Armadillo is all I can think of. Good that my sister (the one with the restaurant, well my only one) is selling these babies, so she dropped one off yesterday.

You can buy them in her VB Shop. She currently ships to most EU destinations and to America but if your country is not in the list you can send her an e-mail at shop{@}villabloemenhof{.}com and she'll figure something out for you. The online shop is something she does next to her restaurant. As her restaurant is a living room restaurant, everything you sit on and eat off is for sale. If you are in The Netherlands (or travelling to The Netherlands)  I can highly recommend a visit to Villa Bloemenhof as the ambiance is lovely and the food just beautiful.

Go to the VB Shop and get 10% off the Marigold rug in both sizes using code YVESTOWN. Offer expires 26-06-2014

For people in The Netherlands and Belgium, you can also pay with ideal or bankoverschrijving just mail to shop{@}villabloemenhof{.}com

A Big Announcement - Yvestown Magazine

Last weekend at Blogtacular I've made the big announcement: I'm going to quit blogging on a regular basis and instead I'm going to turn my blog into an online magazine. I'll publish Yvestown Magazine 6 times a year giving you at least 200 pages full of all the stuff I love in life. There will be craft and crochet tutorials, travel reports, shopping tips, book and film reviews, peeks inside my personal life, gardening tips, recipes ... and lots more. Obviously there will be extra Easter and Christmas specials of the magazine.

I've made this decision as I feel quite limited with the amount of space I have for one single blog post. There are times when I have so much to share but so little space that I end up sharing nothing instead. I want to be able to give you features, to tell you stories and to give you more visual happiness.

The first issue of Yvestown Magazine will be published in autumn.  I'll continue my blog for now until I launch the first issue early October. I'm really excited and I can't wait to start working on the first issue.