Gys in Utrecht

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Utrecht... I lived there for almost 10 years and still miss the city- that feels like a village- now and then. This weekend James had a little sleepover at his grandparents so M and I could have a (well deserved and much needed I can say) day out in Utrecht (and a long sleep in the next morning). 

We did some shopping, saw a movie and to top it of, we had dinner at Gys. Located at the Voorstraat (oh the Voorstraat, the street I once called -a noisy- home... But that's another story) the lovely people at Gys serve organic food for friendly prices (we payed only €45,- for a two course diner with drinks, including tip!). 

And boy was it gooooood! M had a lamb burger and I gado gado with bulgur, and both a yummy thai soup. It was all well prepaired, quick and very tasty.
The menu includes dishes for all tasts and serves both meat and vegetarian, vegan or even gluten free lovers.

You get the point: I totally recommend this place! 


(Photos from the Gys website, except the third one...Sorry for the blurry photo...I only had my phone with me)

The New XL Instant Comfort Pocket Box

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For a while now, as you know, I'm selling The Instant Comfort Pocket Box, a little treasure to lift your mood. I've been brooding on an XL version and can tell you that I've just added a new and extra big comfort box to the shop!
It holds a 3D illustrated image of an Amsterdam house with bright colorful flowers.
And, as an extra feature to this new creation, you can customize it with your own text!
For bigger and better cheering, hurray!

You can find the XL Instant Comfort Pocket Box in my Etsy Shop, Kim's Little Monsters.

Working on cards

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I got a very fun commission from brooklyn based company Enormous Champion. The task? To design 6 cards for various occasions.

These are some details - sorry, cannot show you the whole design as this is of course top secret ;-) - of the sketches and ideas I made so far. I hope the folks at Enormous Champion will like!

Let's have a colorful spring - Etsy finds

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With spring rushing in, I feel like color!
I snooped around Etsy and found lot's of fun, pretty and wonderful things to fit my needs.
For more info on where to shop these bright Etsy goodies, see teh Etsy Treasury I made here.

A movie for the Flow blog

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Today I'm finishing a small movie I'm making for the Flow Magazine Blog. It's all about what I'm working on at the moment and a fun technical add to my designs...
It will be posted at the Flow Blog in April, I'll keep you posted!

Above the film set ;-), a film still and a screen shot while editing

The Machinery, a peek behind the scenes

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You might have read here before that M is starting a lasercut business soon. Since last year we're working hard to get everything ready by april and I'd like to give you a little peek behind the scenes of The Machinery.

The laser machine has arrive a few weeks ago and now we're experimenting with all sorts of material to cut. Finetuning is key here as it is quite a thing to get the settings right to make the very best lasercut products out of every sort of material.

Apart from laser cutting, we are also able to engrave (see Louis Armstrong in the first picture) with this machine. A whole new world of design possibilities!

Inspiration and where to find it

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photo's by Marina Robel and Jessica Ulrich

Where to find inspiration? How does one keep going and what can boost your creative mind? I too have my difficult moments now and then and can find it hard to get the idea factory going.

Today I found a interesting blogpost on the Etsy blog about Etsy wholesale sellers who were invited to get inspirered by the treasures of the American Museum of Natural History.
Personaly I was pleasantly surprised by the 'spickeled egg pouch' by Etsy seller Jessica Ulrich of Kerstis. But there are more interesting translations: jewelry, papercuts and gem paintings.

Something for the weekend to think about: what inspires you, where can you find inspiration? Are there sources you didn't thought of or haven't tried before?

Simple toys to keep a one year old busy and new stock

I've set up a little play area for James with a few simple things. He's in that fase where he likes to put things in containers (and take them out again).
He can keep himself pretty busy with plastic and metal containers, lids, cards, wooden farm animals, keys, a waterbottle with clothes pins in it and a mini-muffin tray with pieces of paper and cardboard.

And while he's having fun, I'm making a new stock of Instant Comfort Pocket Boxes with the greyhound.
They're available in my Etsy shop!
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