Party Hard

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“Party hard” is what Miss Planet Fur wished us innocent creative souls at the start of 2013.

Boy, were we in for a surprise.


Intergalactic powers, she has.


Last week I was invited to no less then five openings and one lecture in two days time!

I slept through was too busy to visit the lecture (soooo sorry, Mr Van Gaasbeek…) and made it to three of the five openings.


First up:

Elle Aime!

Big wow factor. Big standard set for my own shop-in-the-making.
Elle Aime is dedicated to the crafty types among us.
The shop is filled with all kinds of craft materials as well as finished products (so much nice stuff…!).
Make sure you go there asap and do enter one of the workshops. You will have a great time for sure.


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Second stop:


MamaMarketing is THE Dutch platform for women that are starting their own webshop, although I can recommend it to anyone starting out as entrepeneur.
Their website is the place to go for advice on a number of subjects, including branding, SEO, etc.
The party I was invited to actually was a launchparty where the Mamamarketeers launched a productline, ranging from worksheets to workshops.
I can’t wait for their app to come out (soon!) which will also include a Quote Coach (love that)!
(you can read all about MamaMarketing in their mini magazine)


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Third up:

Fred & Guus!

Fred & Guus sell art by young designers (including yours truly) and also offer a stage for the most amazing vintage finds.
In a short timespan they have managed to make an important mark in the Utrecht art scene.
Their taste for art is impeccable.
As is their taste for great parties!
(Which they promise to throw once every month!)


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You can’t visit a party without gifts, don’t you agree?

So I decided to give everyone a Dutch Dwelling of their own city.

This meant designing two more Dutch houses: Rotterdam and Den Haag (also known als ‘s-Gravenhage).

They will be added to my Etsy shop shortly, for all of you Rotterdam and Den Haag lovers out there.

Tell me when you feel like your city has been left out and I will try to make some time to include it!


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Are you as curious as I am about the missed lecture by Mr Van Gaasbeek?

Watch Utrecht’s Creative Mornings channel at Vimeo. Very soon his video will be uploaded!

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:


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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!



Winterfeest Hooi & Stro, a collab by Snor and Urlaub!

Waiting for Urlaub to move into it’s new dynamic home, there has been a lot of tea-sipping with the upstairs neighbours: all time favourite publisher, Snor (check out the Soepkalender!). Of course, only a completely impulsive act could come of this.

Fortunately, in this case, we seem to be pretty good at being impulsive.


Check out the fabbest christmas fair Utrecht has to offer: Winterfeest Hooi & Stro!


More information here and at the 101 Woonideeen-blog!

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Would be great to see you there!