the window display “in the making”, part five: the finishing touches…
Posted in amsterdam: made by hand, behind the scenes June 1st, 2010 by pia

Today is the day that Amsterdam: Made by Hand is officially on sale around the world – hooray! To celebrate it’s arrival, I will be assembling the window display this afternoon at the American Book Center.  Yesterday and late into the evening I was busy with all the  finishing touches  a.k.a “the 20% that takes 80% of the overall time”. It’s tedious but also a lot of fun. I was able to use lots of left over scraps of paper and ribbon…

…so my next post will be the finished display, wish me luck!

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  1. Christine says

    It looks beautiful – love the colours 🙂

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  2. Devi says

    It’s looking fabulous, Pia! Love all the details. Wish, I could see the window display with my own eyes. Crossing my fingers for you this afternoon (but I am sure, you will accomplish it excellence!).

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  3. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    Blowing lucky wishes from Norway:)
    I am so excited to see the end-result.

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  4. Will says

    I love this yellow hue. It’s fast becoming one of my favourite colours. P.S. Congrats on official launch day!

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  5. sammy & glenn says

    good luck with putting up your window display today pia – the little snippets you have shown us so far look lovely … can’t wait to see the finished display.

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  6. bonjour! says

    Good luck and well done Pia!! You deserve it 🙂

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  7. Sarah says

    It looks great! Can’t wait to see the finished diplay!

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  8. april & may says

    Looks great….I am so curious to see the final result…x

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  9. An says

    Good luck and congrats Pia! Wish I could be there in person! xo

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  10. kaylovesvintage says

    I will not look at the window before saturday….trying

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  11. shelley t says

    i can’t wait to see the completed window, i have found the steps leading to completion absolutely fascinating! congratulations on the book release, so excited to see that as well. good job, pia. keep creating. x

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  12. Sarah - Jane down the lane says

    Oh Pia, you shant need any luck as it looks so lovely alreadY! bRILLIANT IN FACT, cant wait to see it in situ! Good luck with the book launch, my copy is on order!!!!

    Sarah x

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  13. Uncle Beefy says

    Pia! I can’t wait to see the final product! I love all the colors and patterns that I’ve been seeing! And, in your capably creative hands, I think little “luck” is needed. So exciting!

    And, by the way, thanks for the “Blogs in the Spotlight” feature! I feel so honored and am most appreciative. 🙂

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  14. CrowNology says

    These photos make my heart sing and swing!

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  15. milinda says

    so exciting Pia! : )

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  16. Michelle says

    The pink and yellow are so vibrant and wonderful! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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  17. Ameesha Lee says

    Looks amazing so far!

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  18. wendy in the Land of The Long White Cloud.....NZ says

    what a wonderfully creative person you are it all looks amazing but then how would it not be with the wonderful books you have already created…..congratulations and enjoy every minute!!!

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  19. Christina Diaz says

    Good Luck! Can’t wait to see the final results!

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  20. Lucinda Keller says

    How magical! Can’t wait! Lovely images as well!

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  21. Leanne T says

    cant wait to see the next post! gorgeous colours by the way.

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  22. Prudence says

    Oh wow, this is looking very exciting. Those colours are magical. I can’t wait to see it. Kindest, Px

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  23. Hagar says

    Wow, looks amazing!!!
    can’t wait to see it on a few days

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  24. Luis says

    Cool! Here we usually say: mucha mierda! (good Luck!)

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  25. Irene says

    My copy arrived yesterday and again it is a real treasure. Can’t wait to explore my hometown Amsterdam through your eyes.
    Congratulations. You did a marvelous job with the book. It’s so cute.

    Unfortunately I have to work on saturday but I will have a look at the window display. I hope we have the same weather as last year!

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  26. linda dacey says

    What an energetic whirlwind of a woman you are; so much drive and creativity; how do you manage to do so much without collapsing? Good luck Pia

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  27. ingrid says

    Each day a treat to visit…a glimpse into a magical world. You are quite the star and I just know your beautifully vibrant window display will shine.

    I can hardly wait to amble the lanes of Amsterdam through your precious little book. It will certainly become an inspirational treasure like the last gorgeous creative ‘wanderings’ through Paris.

    So tomorrow I shall return, only to wish I could peer through the window in person…

    Ingrid x

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  28. byPera says

    Hi Pia,

    I saw the window display in real life today. And wow I loved it 🙂 How you can see bits and pieces of the book behind the windows of the canal houses, the happy bunting all across the shop window, and off course the flower painting on the window.

    Off course I bought the book 🙂 And your words make me feel very proud at my city. And thanks for the addresses I didn’t yet know of. I find the pictures stunning again, like they also were in Paris made by hand. This book makes a perfect gift for my crafty blog friends.

    Unfortunately I can’t make it Saturday to the bookshop, to get my purchase signed by you. But maybe, one day, I will just run into you in a cosy cafe or something, and then I can ask for your autograph 🙂

    xx Petra

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  29. kylie j says

    oh my goodness… you are AMAZING, can’t wait to see the window if these pictures are anything to go by I’m sure it will take our breaths away! xxx

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  30. Ariella says

    Everything turned out lovely! I really like the last minute decision on adding the origami boats.

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  31. Slimmo says

    I am sooo impressed by all that you’re doing Pia… looks fabulous! Well done! I love looking at your blog xxx

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