Paris: Made By Hand, by Pia Jane Bijkerk…
Posted in books, paris, pia's photos April 30th, 2009 by piablog

Words cannot describe how I feel to be able to finally share this with you my dear readers. It has been a moment I have been waiting for for so long. And without warning, the news of its impending arrival was sprung upon me today in the most beautiful of ways – I received an email from the owner of a gorgeous boutique in California letting me know that she just received a stack of my books that she had on order and loved it so much that she had to email me to let me know. Thank you dear Michele, your email made my day.

So, without further ado, I want you all to know that my very first book is available in all good bookstores around the world right …now.

Wow. I can’t believe I can finally write that.

I promise I will show and tell more about the book very soon (you know I have so much to show + tell!!!) but for now, please click here to read all about it, and to purchase your copy.


oh dear. i’m not sure i can sleep now.

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  1. Melissa says

    Yay! I received my copy in the mail yesterday (I pre-ordered!) and read it in one sitting. It’s so lovely, Pia. I was actually just flipping through it for the second time before I saw your post. I’m planning a trip to Paris next spring, and I can’t wait to roam the streets with this in hand. Congrats to you!

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  2. Dumbo feather says

    Huge congrats Pia! it looks gorgeous. Do you know who’s stocking it in Australia/Sydney?

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  3. Annika says

    Hi Pia, congratulations on your book I purchased off Amazon a couple of weeks ago and received it last week – it is a beautiful book, the pictures and the writing. I hope you write many more.

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  4. L.J.T. says

    congratulations, I’m sure it will be lovely. Can’t wait to receive my copy.

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  5. georgina says

    Congrats Pia, just checked Powells our local bookstore and they have it in stock, tomorrow its mine.

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  6. Suzanne says

    oh my, how exciting for you!
    i’m off to order one right NOW! I am also planning a trip to paris next year, so this would be an excellent companion for me 🙂

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  7. Yoli says

    OMG!!!!! I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! Congratulations!!! How does one get an autographed copy?

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  8. Jennifer says

    congrats Pia! I just bought this for my mom for Mother’s Day. She will love it and I will have to get my own copy!

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  9. Stephanie says

    Oh pia! This is so amazingly exciting. First chance I get I’m running to the book shop to get your book. How exciting. Your very own book. Congratulations!

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  10. Amanda says

    I am so excited for you Pia, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    x Amanda

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  11. Judith says

    Congratulations! So well deserved for you and much anticipated on my end! I can’t wait to go out and get the book! Bravo!!!

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  12. shereen says

    congratulations, pia!! i just ordered a copy via amazon japan, it’ll take about two weeks to deliever!
    can’t wait, can’t wait…

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  13. Amanda says

    Oh Pia – I am kicking myself that I didn’t preorder this with Amazon some weeks back when I first found it. I’ve just ordered it now, and will wait agonisingly until it makes its way to New Zealand. Congratulations – you must be so excited. It looks just gorgeous!

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  14. nyla says

    Wooohooo! Just ordered my copy. It looks simply delightful – pure Pia! Revel in this moment. I don’t even *know* you, but I am so proud of you!!!

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  15. Estelle says

    Congrats on the book Pia, I will secure my copy asap!
    PS your mate Zoe’s anzacs looked bloody good and must have been a real treat, the only thing better is smelling them when they’re cooking in the oven.

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  16. chelsea says

    Congratulations, Pia! This book looks absolutely amazing!! You inspire me!

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  17. The Deco Detective says

    Pia, the book look absolutely lovely. Congratulations! It must be both a relief and very exciting to finally have it published. Hope you sell lots and lots of copies!

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  18. Pippa Rex says

    I feel myself getting fat just thinking about the smell of the anzac biscuits!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS PIA! You are one FABulous lady!

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  19. Zoë says

    Congrats Pia! What a lovely surprise. What good timing – you’ll have another excuse for a party on Queen’s Day :o) You’re an author. *WOW* I’m in awe.

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  20. Diana says

    Pia it looks FANTASTIC! Congratulations with this little treasure book. I know what’s going to be in my suitcase for my next (long overdue) visit to Paris!

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  21. Claire says

    Oohh it looks intriguing – always, always, up for finding new and quirky places to check out in Paris. And what an accomplishment for you! Promise you will take yourself out to celebrate today…x

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  22. ArtShades says

    Wow! I can feel your excitement. Congratulations! I’m off to find my own copy.

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  23. Amanda says

    Oh my goodness, Pia!
    This is wonderful!!
    Will I be able to buy it in Sydney, dear?

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  24. Amanda says

    oh and congratulations!!!

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  25. sofia says

    wow wow wow Congratulations Pia, this is such great news! I’m so happy for you, this book looks amazing, love the cover and the inside photos are beautiful.
    Plus, new great places for me to go on a hunt in a near future 😉

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  26. Yvette says

    I am so proud of you! You nailed it baby!
    Look at all the comments, so many! You must feel so rewarded already. Soon I will have my own copy and I’ll drop by to get it autographed, of course.
    all my love!
    xxx Y

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  27. alicia says

    It is gorgeous! Congratulations.
    I can’t wait to see it in person…

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  28. Karen Bettencourt says

    I have always loved your blog and just bought your book. I can’t wait to receive it. Keep up the good work!

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  29. nadia says

    Bravo pia!!! it looks incredible!

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  30. embrouillamini says

    Wow – I am heading straight to Amazon to purchase my copy! I only glanced quickly at the stills at The Little Bookroom as I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment of reading the actual book with a nice cup of tea 🙂

    I can’t wait to add this to my collection
    Catharine x

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  31. mindy says

    Congratulations!! Payday is tomorrow and I’ll be placing my order. 😉

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  32. Leslie says

    oh hooray, lovely pia…i raise a glass to you from here and cannot wait to get my very own copy 🙂 big love.

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  33. josephine says

    bravo, pia! so you and french boy have two reasons to celebrate: your book and queen’s day. hope you’re having too much fun 🙂

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  34. jana says

    Congratulations; very cool. I will definitely order one.

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  35. Marissa says

    Congratulations, Pia! You deserve all of this happiness, you’ve worked so hard for it 🙂 Enjoy!

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  36. pia says

    Thank you everyone!!! Wow, I am so so pleased to hear that you will all be ordering one or have already purchased a copy! Yay!!

    I’m so excited to be able to finally tell you all about it, i don’t even know where to start! this project has been such a big part of my life.

    and yes josephine, the city is PUMPING!! I’m rather too tired to be out partying with the rest of amsterdam, but French Boy and I did take a little wander around the streets earlier and nothing can describe the feeling of this city at this time!! It’s the most amazing buzz.

    Thank you again everyone! I do hope you like the book! I have really been keeping secret these amazing artists and boutiques in Paris for so long, so that when you get the book you will find many many places in there that you will have never heard about – I wanted to pack in as much inspiration as possible!!


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  37. jennifer says

    Yay, congrats Pia! Time for a book tour!

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  38. vic says

    congratulations!! this (and you!!) is so incredibly awesome. i am going to try and track it down this weekend.

    you are a star! xoxoxox

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  40. Anali says

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!! I’ll be on the lookout for it. : )

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  41. corine says

    waw I am so impressed. I can’t wait to buy this book and say ‘i knew her before she was famous.’

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  42. E says

    PIAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!


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  43. Diana says

    lovely cover! congratulations!!

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  44. cindy : quaint says

    congratulations, pia! it looks wonderful!

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  45. joslyn says

    so gorgeous. i’m so proud of you friend!
    blogged about it and will buy one asap.

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  46. cassandra says

    how amazingly exciting!!! such a huge accomplishment to FINISH a book… this one just moved to the top of my must-have list 😉

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  47. Liane says

    this looks like a wonderful book, pia! i just watched your little video on design for mankind and felt an immediate kinship:) i will order the book soon. thanks and congratulations.

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  48. Anna says

    I think this is my first comment here. congratulations! if the book is as beautiful and inspiring as your blog, I think we are in for a treat.

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  49. shelby says

    Congrats! That’s GREAT news!

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  50. theaxx says

    I want to second DumboFeather’s question.
    Yay & congrats!! Can’t wait to get my grubby hands on a copy of your visionariness!!



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  51. irene says

    Congratulations! I’m so impressed and of course very happy for you, a truly wonderful accomplishment which will make many people all over the world very happy when enjoy reading your book.
    Love from Kuala Lumpur!

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  52. Emily says

    Congratulations, a bit late, but congrats nonetheless. It looks gorgeous!

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  53. Margarita says

    I love your blog, I just made a link from ours to yours. I hope this is ok. Thanks.

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  54. jen laceda says

    I want this book! Hoping to see it in Canada soon!

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  55. KIM GRAY says

    CONGRATS PIA!!!! Sorry it’s taken sooo long! Looks amazing!! You must be so proud!

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