Life and such

I am in the middle of a huge baby boom.
More than a dozen babies are expected in my circle of friends this year.

Can you hear Joey Lawrence going “Whoa!”?

I guess that’s what being over 30 is all about (okay, maybe not about Joey going “whoa”…).




One birth announcement I received at the end of 2012 was so special, I just had to share.

Of course it was designed by a proud graphic designer dad:


birth announcement by ruigwerk


Speaking of life and such…

Many of you know by now I used to be a psychologist.
Some of my best memories of university include the first year classes ‘Theory of Personality’. We got to watch the Up Series!

Of course as a just out of high school student I was very happy about the video part.


But also this documentary was, and is, so incredibly fascinating.

The Up Series is a series of documentary films, directed by Michael Apted, that follows the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The documentary has had nine episodes spanning 56 years (one episode every seven years). The last one has just been released.

The series is in no way of scientifical value (of course the participants are also influenced by being portrayed) and most participants are very critical of the documentary.
That just makes it even more interesting.
So many facets there.

A must see!



New Year’s present

A couple of weeks ago I was part of organizing the Winterfeest Hooi & Stro and it was raining.
I am not talking about the fluish fluids that were coming out of my nose. No.
I am talking real acid water pouring down from the Dutch skies.
It seems the raining hasn’t stopped since (okay. today it stopped. but then we were walking around in our freaking t-shirts, because it was so hot! where did winter go?!)


It makes me frown like a grumpy old woman.


What if…
all this frowning will make me need plastic surgery in a couple of years?
I am a big opponent of plastic surgery.
Scheisse. What can we do?


It’s time for some cleansing of the karma.
Surely that should bring us a cold-sun-shining-on-snowy-cobled-streets-winter?!


At the Winterfeest I gave away coupons for a 5€ discount on a fantastic cookbook I worked on last year: De Groene Garde (the Green Whisk). Why not put these coupons on my blog too?
De Groene Garde is a Dutch cookbook on ‘honest food’ which offers you exactly 100 delicious recipes, divided over the seasons. It also offers 101 tips practical tips for buying, preparing and storing of seasonal and regional food, organic food and fair trade products, and last but not least background stories and interviews with Dutch sustainability experts.

All collaborators felt so proud when the book got voted best 2012 christmas gift for women by a Dutch tv show!

Please scroll down to download your own coupon! You can order a copy of the book signed by me by just sending me an e-mail:


groene garde cookbook sustainability cycle of rice ellen vesters illustrator graphic designer

coupon groene garde cookbook sustainability ellen vesters illustrator graphic designer


For some lovely pictures of Winterfeest Hooi & Stro, check out the gorgeous blogs of:

+ Zilverblauw

+ Enigheid


And now…let it snow let it snow let it snow!

(my man Mr Rockstar’s christmas project rocking a sold out Tivoli this christmas)