on the kitchen table (& beyond)…
Posted in amsterdam: made by hand, behind the scenes June 15th, 2010 by pia

It’s Tuesday already! My weekend was quite a blur, it went by so fast and today, I do find myself quite exhausted once again. I know what you are going to say  – slow down, and don’t forget to breathe. I know, I know! And I am, I promise – Sunday I did get a moment or two to chill out, and Saturday I managed to squeeze in some much overdue yoga in between work. I loved reading all about your weekend plans in the previous post – you guys do the most fun things! It was wonderful to be able to live vicariously through you, it felt like you each popped into the (blog)house over the weekend like lovely neighbours do. Thank you for taking the time to let me know what you got up to.

This week I have two book launch events happening. The first one is a private book launch at The English Bookshop which I organised especially for the artisans and store owners featured in the book – a chance for all of them to meet and buy some books. I will be sure to take some photos of the event for you and post them right here in the (blog)house. The second event as you know is this Saturday’s wander. The wander is fully booked and I am so very excited – it is a great bunch of people that I am really looking forward to meeting and wandering with – for those who will not be able to participate on the wander there will be afternoon tea out in the courtyard of the boekhandel van Rossum at 4pm, so please meet me there for some tea and cake, it will be a lovely way to spend the afternoon. (below is a little sign I made for the shop customers)…

Right now, amongst a plethora of other things, I am making some pretty garlands for the van Rossum window display, would you like to take a peek at what I’ve made so far? Here you go…

I am using some of the left over materials from the American Book Center window. The peonies dotted around my home were the inspiration for the paper flowers. And Irene from van Rossum has made a super sweet canal house row. I will be going to the store tomorrow morning to put up the rest of the garlands so I’ll take some photos for you then so you can see.

And fyi, the window display I made for the American Book Center will be dismantled this Thursday (it’s been 3 weeks already 🙁 ) so if you live in Amsterdam, you have one more day to see it in all it’s glory.


PS I may just be slightly obsessed with the handmade yellow striped paper, I really cannot get enough of it (except I just went back to vlieger and it’s all gone! boo hoo)

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  1. Will says

    I love the yellow stripy paper too, Pia! If only I had seen this post before my post on yellow today had gone live, I would have loved to have included it! Ah well, great excuse for me to write and compile another yellow post!

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  2. Luis says

    Pia take care! I want to continue reading your post. Take a breth and be careful!

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  3. Charlotte says

    It all looks so lovely – here’s hoping for a London leg of the booktour soon.

    Or, even better, a London Made by Hand book!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xx

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  4. bambooska says

    I haven’t even finished your post, but I think I missed to tell you what was a typical day in my life is like in this southern hemisphere, so, inspired by that, I wrote this with lots of pictures: http://www.google.com.br/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=pão%20de%20queijo&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=pt-BR&tab=wi, hope you like it. I’m gonna finish your post now. 😉

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  5. bambooska says

    Oh, I have a shirt in white and yellow stripes that happens to be my favorite. Weird much? LOL

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  6. bambooska says

    PS: I sent another link instead. The correct one is this one: http://bambooska.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/typical-day/

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  7. hilde says

    The garlands for van Rossem look lovely. Next time when i bike past the shop on my way to my allotment garden i will have a good look at it. Looking forward to see you on the private launch on thursday.
    xx hilde

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  8. Michelle Brown says

    I LOVE the yellow paper! Especially since it is a dreary winters day here in Melbourne, Australia.

    AND I can’t believe you are doing pendants – I was just thinking over the weekend that I haven’t done any pendant shaped art for ages…. maybe you planted the idea in my brain in the first place!

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  9. linda dacey says

    It would have been nice to take a wander with you and other likeminded souls and then partake in afternoon tea; alas for me it is not possible, and so I wish you all a lovely afternoon and have a slice for me! and Pia try to get some sleep…

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  10. brownwyn says

    I love yellow stripes. And those paper flowers are lovely.

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