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Seven weeks and two days

April 8, 2014

And slowly life is starting to become a little normal again – I’ve even polished my nails!

Worldwide

January 18, 2014

The great thing about Etsy is that it’s a worldwide community. The parcels are sent literally to every corner of the Earth.

The most exotic destination I ever wrote on a package was Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia, for this ashtray:

But more recently, my items have gone far as well.

Houston, Texas

Imatra, Finland

Los Angeles, California

Southampton, UK

Calgary, Canada

Madrid, Spain

Christmas Hills, Australia

Retro baby

January 15, 2014

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The little one is well on its way now, which partly explains the silence here on the blog. Loads of things to do!

But here is a small preview of the nursery, which is London themed, based on the curtains.

“But they’re soldiers!” said a friend of mine, “What if it’s a girl?”
“Oh well, she’ll be a tough cookie and love the soldiers anyway.”

Of course, the poor thing hardly gets anything new… Above you see the old family cot, lovingly re-upholstered by my mother in law. The blanket was knitted by my grandmother, the sheet embroidered by my mother, both in 1980, when mum was expecting me.

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Mr Maggie used to have a student job at a printing company and the owner gave us this classic printer’s cabinet many years ago. It will now be used as changing table and storage.

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The wardrobe is another family heirloom; it used to be my great-grandmother’s. I’ve been using it to store my books for the past 20 years. The rocking chair has been in my mum’s possession since the 1960s.

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Small wooden couch which doubles as storage space. I believe my parents bought it in the early 70s for my dad’s waiting room (he was a dentist); I’ve known it all my life. The design Miffy lamp is new (!), a present from my parents. And of course the Ikea stuffed broccoli is new too; I don’t know how a child can live without a cuddly broccoli.

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The spacy Bloom high chair is a bit of a weird exception in our retro household, but Mr Maggie insisted; he loves the egg shape. Very design, and very expensive – so we bought ours second hand. Naturally.

Vintage gift

December 16, 2013

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A family friend decided she wanted to get rid of this wonderful Pastoe tea trolley – she still loved it, but just hadn’t the space anymore. So she gave it to us! What a lovely present!

It looks great in our living room, like it has always been there. For now, I filled it with some of the retro vases I bought last week, as well as a stainless steel coffee set we picked up on a flee market a few years ago. Mr Maggie immediately fell for it at the time, and now it can finally come out of the cupboard and be shown off.

Ah, and the wee Christmas tree, of course.

(we also have a real, and much bigger one. It was last year’s tree, which actually survived in our garden! How green!)

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Fat lava

December 13, 2013

Oh dear, many things are happening, but blogging doesn’t seem to be one of them… I’ll try and be good again from now on!

To start with, I purchased a big batch of fat lava vases this past weekend, through an internet advert. We had to drive to the other side of the country, but when we also found a big, cheap and well-stocked thrift shop, it was clear that the kilometers weren’t wasted.

Here’s the first bunch that was photographed, available in the shop from today!

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Alice

November 18, 2013

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My friends H. and A. gave me this wonderful pop-up version of Alice in Wonderland, by Harriet Castor and Zdenko Basic, for my birthday this weekend. What a way to turn 33!

 

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Mini Saturday

November 11, 2013

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This past weekend, we participated in a rally organized by the Dutch Mini Club. With 18 other contestants, we drove around my hometown of Alkmaar in a true scavenger hunt. Great fun, great weather (except when it started to rain and the windscreen wipers suddenly decided that this was the perfect moment to break down…) and a great drive! We became 11th; not too bad for first timers…

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Het afgelopen weekend hebben we meegedaan aan een puzzelrit van de Mini Club. Samen met 18 andere deelnemers gingen we op een speurtocht door Noord-Holland, in de omgeving van Alkmaar. Het was ontzettend leuk, het weer viel mee (behalve toen het ging regenen en de ruitenwissertjes besloten dat dit een mooi moment was om ermee op te houden) en we hebben een superleuke rit gehad. We werden elfde; niet gek als je voor het eerst aan zoiets mee doet…!

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And of course we brought our mascot

And of course we brought our mascot

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