the private book launch…
Posted in amsterdam, amsterdam: made by hand June 18th, 2010 by pia

pretty flowers on my windowsill from Jolijn at Juffrouw Splinter – thank you Jolijn!

Last night at the very quaint English Bookshop we hosted a private book launch for the boutique owners & artisans featured in Amsterdam: Made by Hand. It was wonderful to see all the boutique owners and artisans meeting each other and enjoying themselves. Some of them had not yet seen the book so they were eager to leaf through it and find their work amongst the pages. The evening was a roaring success, thanks to Liesl and Karen from The English Bookshop who made sure everyone was looked after with books, nibbles and wine…

In one of my previous posts I said I’d take photos of the evening but I’m here to tell you that it’s quite clear now that if I ever say that again, you will know better to believe me. After the last few events, I’ve now realise that I am incapable of hosting a party and taking photos at the same time. However, French Boy does know better because I noticed he’d taken my camera out of my bag sometime during the event and was snapping photos – what a hero! Except it was my canon 400d and not the canon g10 so he had no idea what to do with the settings. Regardless, he managed to snap this fab shot above! All the other photos were too dark unfortunately but I think this one is terrific.  So a big thank you to French Boy for taking hold of the camera and snapping this lovely memory. And thank you to everyone who came along and bought lots of books! What an awesome bunch of people you are.


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  1. Will says

    That blue tie on tag is a pure delight!

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  2. Suzi says

    Very wise words indeed. It’s not easy to be the watcher and the watched. We can do it in our minds but as you say, in real life, it’s so much harder. Every star needs a personal photographer, and you sure are a star!!!

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  3. Malwina says

    Looks beautiful. I’m so much looking forward to tomorrow’s walk – just hoping that the weather gods will be friendly, it doesn’t look too great right now… See you then!

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  4. Monique Germon says

    Pia, it all looks very special . . .

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  5. Suzanne Miller says

    I have just discovered you, and only wish I had stumbled upon this blog sooner. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, and I can only hope that La Naranja gets into the next edition! Beautiful blog; such pleasing images. I can’t wait to see what you do next! Suzanne, co-owner, La Naranja

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  6. Ivette says

    Congrats Pia! I am sitting here with my cup of coffee and your new book! I’m so excited to look through it and discover all sorts of beautiful things! Thank you for doing it! xo

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  7. sammy & glenn says

    we know what you mean about finding time to take photos … sometimes at shows we just get too busy and too involved and then it’s over and we have forgotten to take any pictures. so far, with our summer shows, we have taken a few.

    all the book events sound like they are going well. we haven’t bought our copy yet, but we will.

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  8. kim says

    I am amazed everyday by the care, love and work you put into everything you do! How lucky will the wandering be to have such a wonderful keepsake from their adventure with you.
    You inspire us all. wish i lived in Amsterdam!

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  9. Annemarie Lidgard says

    this is weird as I have never left a message before or made contact on a blog site….but i live in kaikoura nz we live in the most crzy amazing and challenging place we are fully self sufficient, make our own power live sustainbly, life gets complicated because of this(yes we often yearn for the every day)..but we make the best coffee, do life and guests are are a constant in our lives….so you are my first regular blog that i read, I realise reading your blog which I love, that what goes on in our lives is creative and amazing too.(although you feed me into some other great places that I couldnt now about … just thanks for your lovely time, that slip into my day when its just mundane.

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  10. Brittany Noel says

    Wow, it’s finally out! I can’t believe it, Pia. How exciting. It looks like you guys all had an awesome night together. Can’t wait to see it myself!

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