the window display “in the making”, part four: THE MAKING…
Posted in amsterdam: made by hand, behind the scenes May 31st, 2010 by pia

On Saturday, this little boat was full of buzzing activity. My fabulous friend Rani came over to help make the window display and boy, did she work hard! 9 hours of cutting and pasting, I’m quite sure she never wants to see purple, yellow, pink, red and orange paper and ribbon ever again.  Needless to say I’m very grateful for her helping hand, there is no way I could have created this without her  (I’d certainly be a frantic mess right now instead of a relaxed mess!) – thank you Rani!

Above is “the bunting making ” station. Rani was busy assembling these gorgeous flags with wax paper and ribbon. Pretty, non?

And then came “the Amsterdam: Made by Hand book cover garland making” station. That’s one long sentence, and it’s one long garland!

We chose orange ribbon for the book cover garland as the book’s spine is orange and so we thought that would be rather fitting. Here I am below sketching and cutting the heavy duty cardboard cut outs.  It was pretty tough cardboard, I was kind of regretting such heavy duty stuff but then I really didn’t want the display falling all over the place in the window so, it was a little more labour intensive but hopefully worth it in the long run…

From top left, clockwise: moodboard and cardboard cut outs; French Boy chopping onions and garlic for one of his delectable dishes; me sketching.

But it was French Boy’s catering that stole the day’s events. Yes, he decided that would be his thing for the day, and cater he did! When Rani arrived at the boat he handed us each a plate of crepes which he’d just made, they were smothered with chocolate spread and we devoured them in a heartbeat – they were the perfect way to start the day! Then for lunch he made a delicious and healthy spicy tuna pasta with steamed green beans on the side. He brought us cups of tea throughout the afternoon, poured us an apéritif of cremant at around 6pm, and then his pièce de résistance was a boeuf carottes with boiled turnips and parsely. And then chocolate and strawberries for dessert!! It was quite a feast, and it made the day extra special and fun.


Thank you Rani and French Boy!!

Next up: adding the finishing touches.

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  1. Will says

    Wonderful, creative crafting AND amazing food. Well, me thinks this makes for a pretty good post! Looks like so much fun 🙂

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  2. Julie says

    can’t wait to see the result. Having a day full of creativity and a wonderfull lunch. Would love to spend the day the same way:-)

    May 31st, 2010 | #

  3. Leslie says

    Wow! I am exhausted just following your posts! I know all your hard work will produce beautiful results. Have fun!

    May 31st, 2010 | #

  4. Suzi says

    No better way to start the day than with a bit of chocolate to open your heart even further so we can see a tiny bit more of what’s inside :)) Pia, thanks again for sharing another step of the way. Good luck this week, remember to take a moment to pause and savour the delights of your own life that you just love to share with us. Enjoy!

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  5. Maria says

    You must be exhausted but happy – although the exhausted bit would explain “parsely”.
    Looks fab & yum.

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  6. katiecrackernuts says

    Oh Lordy, sounds gorgeous. I am unsure whether my partner knows I am alive right now. I think I could run through the house with my hair on fire and the current malaise would barely be stirred.

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  7. Leanne T says

    so exciting to see it all come together. the food sounds gourmet to say the least!!!

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  8. Karena says

    What a great project, love what you created!

    Art by Karena

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  9. hilde says

    Hi Pia, It looks so promising! I cant wait to see te actual window.
    See you next saturday at the launch.

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  10. BB says

    beautiful garlands!

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  11. pygmy says

    it looks and sounds like a great day, with wonderful food! Can’t wait to see the result!

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  12. Rani says

    An honourable mention! Wow! Right back at you Pia and French Boy, was really a pleasure…

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  13. Mandy says

    Wow, it’s really getting very exciting !!!

    June 1st, 2010 | #

  14. Masha says

    That looks amazing! I love the papers and can’t wait to see the finished window shop.

    June 2nd, 2010 | #

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