autumn is really here (and I have something to tell you)…
Posted in amsterdam, amsterdam: made by hand, pia's photos, recent work, yellow October 31st, 2009 by pia


It’s beautiful riding around this city on my bike feeling the chilly breeze against my face, leaves falling all around like it’s raining gold.



I thought it about time I tell you what I’ve been up to for the last 5 months. Have you been wondering? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, but I’ll tell you anyway…


I’m writing my second book. It’s the nextย  Made by Hand book and yes, it’s Amsterdam. I’m still working on it and at the moment I’m writing and editing images. Autumn is the perfect time to be writing – being tucked up inside mon petit bateau as the weather turns cold and damp.ย  Inside here it’s super cosy, and I spend my days making cups of tea and writing about the ateliers and boutiques I’ve chosen for the book. It sounds romantic no doubt, but of course there is alot happening behind-the-scenes. Writing books is intense work. But, the wonderful parts override the hard parts, and one of the best parts of this job is the excitement of discovering these special places and being able to share them with you. One of the difficult parts is keeping them secret for so long! But that will make the book unique and special which is always my goal. So, until I finish I may be a bit sporadic with my posts but oh, I really hope you’re gonna love what I am creating…



Amsterdam: Made by Hand will be released worldwide in April, 2010 by The Little Bookroom.

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  1. Gigi says

    What exciting news! I can’t wait until it’s out since I love my copy of your first book. As a writer who is working on a couple of projects right now, I completely hear you when you describe the writing process. So much of it for me involves forcing myself to sit down and write every day. I am easily distracted!!

    This was a lovely post. Thanks! xoxo

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  2. heather says

    Pia, that’s a gorgeous collection of photographs and a lovely post, today. Visiting your blog (daily), feels a little like popping round for a cup of tea – it’s a self employed designer’s life force. Thank you.

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  3. Liberty Post Editor says

    This book is most certainly an international best seller. Your keen eye, tenderness and talent will be showcased to the whole world. All of us (your blogging family) are so very proud of you. We know you have worked extremely hard and passionately and we wish you great success. Liberty Post xo

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  4. vanessa joie says

    How wonderful! And it will be out just in time for my birthday. I’m so glad you shared your news!

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  5. Leslie says

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to hold it my hands ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. colby ranae says

    BEAUTY beauty, Magical Beauty!

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  7. Shanon says

    Congratulations on the new book in process! =) I can’t wait to see it. You have a wonderful eye and put together magic.

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  8. amanda says

    Oh my goodness!
    How exciting!!
    I cannot wait to see it!
    Congratulations, Pia. You are such an inspiration.

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  9. C says

    Happy news! I’ll be looking forward to your special finds in Amsterdam and the lovely pictures that will no doubt accompany them. Sydney’s next? Bon weekend:)

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  10. Maartje says

    Oh Amsterdam, exciting! I live there so I’m really curious which places you’re going to visit. Good luck!

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  11. emma says

    That is so awesome! I’m definitely buying it when it comes out!

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  12. Angela Negro says

    I’m new to your blog and even I’m dying to read your book already! Fรฉlicitations on all the hard work! Ange

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  13. erin says

    such exciting news! loving your golden, golden leaves.

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  14. a-m says

    Pia, your life is a dream. You live in the momement and cherish the NOW. I love it! I can’t wait to your creation! A-M xx

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  15. katiecrackernuts says

    Well done missy. Set yourself those deadlines and keep going. You’ve done it once, you can do it again.

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  16. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    Wonderful and exciting news!
    Cant wait for it to come out:)
    Good luck with the remaining work.

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  17. Raina says

    How exciting! I have your first book and love it. I spend some cozy nights by the fireplace with a great glass of wine just looking at the beautiful photos. Cheers.

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  18. Maia says

    Stunning photos – I love the black and gold. And of course I’m thrilled you’re writing an Amsterdam version! Delightful!

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  19. beauty comma says

    congratulations pia! i thought maybe your new book would be about amsterdam ๐Ÿ˜‰ i’m sure it will be a huge success and really beautiful!

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  20. embrouillamini says

    This is wonderful news! I can’t wait to read it… ๐Ÿ™‚


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  21. chelsea says

    congrats, pia!! that’s so exciting!!

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  22. sammy says

    looking forward to the new book pia – and visiting Amsterdam with it when it’s out.

    sammy & glenn

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  23. Lisette says

    Love the black and gold pix of this post – very evocative of the greying of the weather in Amsterdam at this time of year.

    Looking forward to getting a copy of your book once it’s out. I once lived in Amsterdam, and still travel there frequently (a visit to celebrate Sinterklaas is up next) so I’m very curious about which ateliers you have included…

    Good luck with the rest of the writing!

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  24. The Anthology says

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

    Absolutely love your photographs — they’re so dreamy.

    * kelsey

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  25. Josephine says

    I suspected that’s what you were up to! Congratulations! Sending positive vibes for the rest of the writing and editing process! Looking forward to seeing the end result.

    Beautiful pics too!

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  26. Cynthia Morris says

    I just left Amsterdam last Thursday and I was relishing autumn there. On my last day I stood with my bike canalside and a shower of golden leaves came down on us. It was a magical time of year to be there and your pictures captured it!
    I can’t wait for your book to come out. It sounds great. I loved the shops and boutiques I visited and look forward to hearing about more!

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  27. ibb says

    That sounds great! I now have a beautiful excuse to travel to Paris, and next time to Amsterdam.
    Good luck and enjoy a lot. Looking fordward to hearing more about it!

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  28. Maria says

    I am so happy for these great news! I did enjoyed your first book Paris: Made by hand. And now I cant wait to order your brand-new book! I am sure that it will go so perfect as the first one. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Bonne chance!

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  29. vintage simple says

    Oh, I know I will be happy. You are such a source of inspiration, Pia..! Can’t wait to see your new book (of Amsterdam, no less – one of my favorite cities..!) and read yoru posts here, however sporadic they may be.


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  30. An says

    Woohooo! Congrats Pia! Can’t wait to see! xo

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  31. Paris Parfait says

    Hooray, you’ve officially announced it! Can’t wait to get a copy. And these photos are fantastic! xo

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  32. judith b says

    Dear Pia,
    I think we had all guessed, but that won’t make the wait any easier! It will be wonderful to return to Amsterdam and wander with your magical eye. I’ve got my faves in the Jordaan, but don’t know much at all about the other “quartiers'” made-by- hand potential, so can’t wait!
    Best of luck on the last leg of book 2, and now the bets are on for SYDNEY Made by Hand or perhaps something completely different for book 3???

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  33. pia says

    Your comments have helped me soar through another day of writing – I think finally revealing what I’ve been working on and getting your wonderful reactions is just the antidote I needed to my procrastination.

    THANK YOU!!!

    judith b – enore merci. I’d love to do Sydney indeed! But book 3 is already in the making, and yes, it’s something different entirely… perhaps you can guess that one too ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  34. Sophia Mar says

    Congratulations Pia! Can’t wait to see it!

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  35. nyla says

    Hip hip hurray!!! Another Book by Pia. You will establish a Made By Hand empire. I cannot wait to “meet” Amsterdam through your exquisite eye.

    Loooove the romantic autumn photos. They made me so wistful for a travel to Europe. [Sigh.]

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  36. Diane bronstein says

    I look forward to your new book… your photos always make me feel romantic and at peace… thanks Diane

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  37. Uncle Beefy says

    Taking a little break at work at the moment, Miss Pia. I was just receiving a book order and lo & behold your sweet little Parisian wonder is part of the mix! ๐Ÿ™‚ Everytime I check one in I get excited for you and feel a little connection from 1000’s of miles away. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Needless to say, I’m sure there are PLENTY of us excited about the Amsterdam book! Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing the news and good luck with the rest of the process. So proud of all that you’ve accomplished since I firts “met” you here in the blogosphere. You’re such an inspiration.

    Be well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  38. V says

    Pia! I can not wait! (though I still need to find a copy of your Paris book..) also your posts on Amsterdam helped me a lit while I was there a few weeks ago, I loved the botanical gardens and that green house! I have decided to pop back there for a long weekend before I go back to aus. xo v

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  39. rebekka says

    That 5th photo, the one with the tree in front of the buildings…geez! That’s so beautiful I would BUY it from you and frame it!

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  40. Kairi says

    Oh,aaah! I’m so happy for you Pia! I hope the book is out by the time I visit Amsterdam next spring.

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  41. Christina says

    I am so excited. I sell your first book in my little shop and it is so popular! I love love it! Best of luck!

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  42. Joan says


    So happy to hear your news of book #2. “Paris” is so divine– my copy is already dogeared, and it led me to one of my favorite adventures during a trip there in September– merci! merci! Pia! I can only anticipate something as luscious on Amsterdam. And since I have never been there and dearly want to go, maybe your book will be what leads me there at last. Just stick with it, and you’ll get there lickety split! Joan

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  43. Melissa says

    Wonderful news! I love having a Pia book to look forward to!

    November 11th, 2009 | #

  44. Royal Creme says

    Pia I am so thrilled, will it be ready for my return to Amsterdam next summer?

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