Unbelievable what you can do with paper!

We celebrated our last Queen’s Day this year, as from now on it will be King’s Day. And although we didn’t venture as far into Amsterdam as normal, because of Vivien, we did enjoy the market in the neighborhood. And as usual we ended up finding some great stuff that we don’t need, like a vintage high chair which also converts into a small table and chair. Or a vintage wooden puzzle of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

But the best part of the day came to us…and that was seeing the new King and Queen pass by on a boat in front of our house.

Becoming a mother has been total craziness and absolutely amazing at the same time, and we’ve been blessed with friends and family coming by to meet our little one, or otherwise via Skype and snail mail, and showering us with beautiful gifts. I’ve hardly had a chance to document them all, let alone find time to sleep, and on a good day shower, but here is a small snapshot of some of the gifts.


Meet Vivien Valerie, a super baby model, who can’t wait to grow into her clothes and play with all her new toys.

Thank you everyone, we greatly appreciate it!

Get your nails done!

While out and about in Amsterdam, I came across Frédérique Olthuis, the official Nail artist for Maybelline, and doing nail art every Friday at the clothing store/coffee house/art gallery, Hutspot.

She works under the name Trash & Ready and you can find her here. So if you’re in town and looking for some crazy nail fun, head over to the Van Woustraat for a coffee and get your nails done!

 

Squirrel Baby Mobile!

Check out this cute mobile I made for the baby room!

It was quite simple and only required a few materials. The hardest part was deciding on what animals and colors to use, but in the end I used the same squirrel and acorn which I painted onto the baby dresser (previous post here) in an array of bluey greens.

Here’s how I did it.

Materials:
Small squares of felt
Embroidery floss
Embroidery hoop/I used a large metal ring
Ribbon (to cover hoop)



First, make a stencil and cut out the squirrel shapes from the felt. Then pin two felt pieces together with the embroidery floss running through.


Sew the two pieces together leaving a small section open so that you can stuff with poly fil. Then sew the opening closed.


You’re squirrel is done unless you want to add extra details. I glued a little stripe onto the tail in contrasting colors.


You can also add other elements to your mobile. I cut out an acorn shape and glued-on contrasting colors of the top. Then thread these through the embroidery floss.


Finally cover your hoop with ribbon or yarn.


String your creatures through until they are at the length you want and you’ve got yourself a cute little baby mobile. Yay!

I’ve been getting into the spirit of making homemade stuff before the baby comes and came across this site called Make it & Love it. She has a brilliant idea for making storage bins out of old containers like lotion bottles etc. Such a great idea, especially as our space is slowly shrinking with the new addition to the family coming.
Check out her site to see exactly how she makes these.

I’ve been getting into the spirit of making homemade stuff before the baby comes and came across this site called Make it & Love it. She has a brilliant idea for making storage bins out of old containers like lotion bottles etc. Such a great idea, especially as our space is slowly shrinking with the new addition to the family coming.

Check out her site to see exactly how she makes these.

A new Swedish brand is out, and I’ve slowly been seeing some items popping up around the shops in Amsterdam. The brand is Littlephant and absolutely adorable items for kids and the home. It all started with some children’s books illustrated by Camilla Lundsten that has grown into a whole product range. As with most things Scandinavian, I’ve totally fallen for this design and looking forward to seeing more of it around town.

Now isn’t this the best bassinet ever!?
As seen here.

The baby room is ready, and it’s been quite the task but o so fun trying to create a second bedroom in a 1 bedroom apartment and using all the wonderful gifts and homemade creations from family and friends.

Some of the great gifts include:

The knitted sweater hanging from the dresser from Cynthi
Owl music mobile from Ferm Living, given to us by Yori
The tiger poster and nesting dolls are gifts to ourselves, from OMM Design, picked up in Copenhagen and Stockholm this past year
Mustard party hat (on the pink owl) from the Shapiros
Zoo tummy time blanket from the Christensens
Crocheted blanket from Aunt Bonny
Vintage greeting card framed on the wall from my mom with other vintage cards of Amsterdam


Thanks everyone, it’s a room filled with love and lots of little animals. Can’t wait to put it all to use!

It’s been nothing but snow and freezing cold weather the past two weeks. Add being pregnant with the main form of transportation being the bike means it hasn’t been the easiest of times.
But despite the weather…this middle aged man never fails to amaze. Rain or shine (mostly rain and sometimes snow) the naked man, as he’s known in the neighborhood, is always out running with nothing but some shoes and shorts on. And on this particular day he dawns mittens and a hat.
It makes me think that I should stop my complaining about the cold and rainy Dutch weather if this guy manages to brave it every day in an almost naked state. 
Go Naked Man!

It’s been nothing but snow and freezing cold weather the past two weeks. Add being pregnant with the main form of transportation being the bike means it hasn’t been the easiest of times.

But despite the weather…this middle aged man never fails to amaze. Rain or shine (mostly rain and sometimes snow) the naked man, as he’s known in the neighborhood, is always out running with nothing but some shoes and shorts on. And on this particular day he dawns mittens and a hat.

It makes me think that I should stop my complaining about the cold and rainy Dutch weather if this guy manages to brave it every day in an almost naked state.

Go Naked Man!

Such pretty things from Acne.

Such pretty things from Acne.

This book just arrived in the mail, I guess it’s our first ‘baby’ book. It’s The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Sanna Annukka, whose Marimekko tea towels are framed in our bathroom and bedroom as posters, and who I have previously written about here. I love her work and absolutely love the illustrations in this book!

The baby room is in progress! Of course we only want the best for our little girl, that’s why we rescued this dresser from the side of the road and decided to give it a good paint job and second life.

I don’t want to spam my own blog with too much baby stuff but I’m really proud of how this turned out.

First, I drew and cut-out my own stencils from laminate paper and stuck them in place.
Secondly, I painted the dresser and painted over the stencils.
Lastly, after the paint had dried, I peeled away the laminate to reveal the original wood underneath and a little scene with squirrels and a jumping chipmunk.

And voilá! A cute little dresser/changing table

We had a lovely Christmas in Holland this year and looking forward to 2013 when we become a family of 3. Merry Christmas from the Pertijs’!