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From curtain to skirt

18 maart 2015

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During the years, I have been collecting tons of vintage fabrics. However, I only ever posessed the most basic sewing skills, so they just sat there on the shelf, gathering dust and becoming even more vintage than they already were.

But since the beginning of this year I have started sewing lessons, so finally I can make something else than just cushion covers.

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The first few projects were trousers, a dress and a jacket for the little one, but now it’s finally my turn. I’m going to make myself a skirt, and will probably use an old curtain with a groovy 70s print. Now let’s see what my sewing teacher will say about that…

Watch this space for the results!

Leo doesn't really care which fabric I choose, as long as he's allowed to sleep on it occasionally...

Leo doesn’t really care which fabric I choose, as long as he’s allowed to sleep on it occasionally…

Spectacular

11 maart 2015

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I started wearing glasses when I was 3 years old, switched to contacts when I was 13 (I thought everything would change without the glasses – it didn’t, awkardeness at 13 is just inavoidable) and went back to the specs at 16. I really learned to appreciate them in my early 20s and now wear them proudly; all six pairs.

I sometimes pick them up on a flea market or in a thrift store, never paying more then € 2,50. Cheap prescription lenses only cost €30 and my optician is always wildly enthousiastic – they hardly ever get to handle vintage frames.

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All in all, it’s a nice little hobby. Mr Maggie and I have a small dream (one of many) of selling vintage spectacles from an old campervan on bright, sunny summer days, wearing cute vintage dresses (me, not Mr Maggie) – but that’s for another time…

I picked these up just a few weeks ago and still have to fit the right lenses in. I'm still thinking they might be a bit much - they remind me of Harry Potter's Professor Trelawney - but I'll give them a chance.

I picked these up just a few weeks ago and still have to fit the right lenses in. I’m still thinking they might be a bit much – they remind me of Harry Potter’s Professor Trelawney – but I’ll give them a chance.

Winter Winkel

25 november 2014
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Photos: Lianne Blomsma Fotografie

 

Het Ka-ching Collectief heeft voor het tweede jaar op rij de Winter Winkel geopend! Het was weer hard werken, maar we zijn supertrots op het resultaat. Maggie Again staat in de winkel met vloervazen, typemachines en de nieuwe lijn draaischijftelefoons, volledig gerestaureerd en geschikt gemaakt voor alle moderne telefoonverbindingen.

Leuk als je een keer langs komt!

De Winter Winkel is geopend van 5 november t/m 24 december 2014

Winter Winkel
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 121
Amsterdam
Open wo t/m zo, 12 – 18 uur

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The Ka-ching Collectief has opened a pop-up shop again! Hard work, but we’re very proud of it. I am selling vases, typewriters and rotary telephones, which are a new addition to the Maggie Again emporium. They’re fully cleaned and restored, and electronically modified to work on all modern telephone systems.

So if you find yourself in Amsterdam, come and pay us a visit!

Opened until December 24
Winter Winkel
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 121
Amsterdam
Wed – Sun 12 – 18 hr

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The launch party was great!

The launch party was great!

Het Ka-ching Collectief: Barbara, Annabel, Babette et moi

Het Ka-ching Collectief: Barbara, Annabel, Babette et moi

 

 

Home sweet home

13 oktober 2014

Altijd al eens naar binnen willen gluren? Ons huis staat centraal in de binnenkijker van Allihoppa!

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Our home is featured on the lovely blog Allihoppa.nl!

 

Photos: Annelies Vermeulen – Allihoppa

Ah, life

4 september 2014

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As you can see, things have been quiet around here. And they probably will be for the next couple of weeks! I’m trying to find my footing in my new life as a parent, and am still unsure about where to go. Don’t get me wrong, life is very good! But I need to think, focus and get my creative juices flowing again. 

In the meantime, here are some new items that are available (or will be available soon) in the Maggie Again shop!

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This Old Thing

4 juli 2014

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Channel Four (which is not usually available here in the Netherlands, but thanks to our trusty satellite dish I watch it all the time) has a great new program about vintage clothes: This Old Thing.

In it, Dawn O’Porter talks about the history of fashion, helps people find a great vintage outfit and shows how a vintage item can be altered to fit life in 2014.

The item I like best every week is when an old piece of clothing from the wardrobe of a mother or grandmother is altered to fit the candidate. What a lovely idea to be able to wear this and make it fashionable again!

I’ve done the same thing. When a very good family friend died about six years ago, I inherited a white, floral 1980s evening dress. And when I got married a year later, it was altered to make me a wonderful wedding dress.

I’m not a fan of what others consider to be ‘normal’ bridal gowns; just a matter of taste, I’m afraid. So it was great to be able to wear a truly one of a kind dress, and also to feel that my dear auntie was still at my wedding, in a way.

Oh, and I still think my purple boots were the coolest wedding shoes ever!

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And a few more shots from our desparately serious photoshoot:

 

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Etsy Craft Party 2014: Photos

19 mei 2014

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This tin, which I’ve known all my life, has always had the same use: it’s filled to the brim with old photographs from my mother’s family. I already put a lot of them in albums about ten years ago, but of course I never finished the task, and in the meantime a lot more photos, also from my dad’s side of the family have been added to the pile. Only old ones, mind, the ‘new’ ones that we’ve made ourselves have a (much bigger) storage box to themselves…

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In dit oude blik zitten al sinds jaar en dag stapels losse foto’s uit mijn moeders familie. Een groot deel heb ik ooit, in een plotselinge ijverige bui, in albums geplakt, maar toen was ik nog niet eens op de helft… En in de tussentijd zijn er nog veel meer foto’s bijgekomen, ook uit mijn vaders familie. Allen de echte oude, trouwens, de meer recente foto’s vullen een nog veel grotere kist… 

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But what to do with it all? There are many pictures of people unknown to me or anybody else (I always think that’s a bit sad – these people have led a whole life, filled with adventures, friends and family, and now they’re completely forgotten) and I should throw them away. On the other hand: many are still fun to look at, because of the composition, the fashion or the subjects in general – there is one hanging on my wall of three women having a good laugh, sometime in the 1920s. No idea who they are, but I love it!

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Maar wat moet je ermee? Van heel veel foto’s weten we niet wie er op staan (altijd wat treurig – deze mensen hebben een heel leven geleefd, gevuld met vrienden en familie, en zijn nu helemaal vergeten) en eigenlijk zou ik ze weg moeten gooien. Maar veel zijn nog zo leuk om naar te kijken en geven vaak een prachtig tijdsbeeld weer. Ik heb er een aan de muur hangen uit de jaren twintig van drie dames die hartelijk lachen – geen idee wie het zijn, maar hij is zo leuk! 

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All this brings us to the theme of the 2014 Etsy Craft Party: Altering photographs.

On June 7, the Ka-ching Collectief organizes a Craft Party in Amsterdam, just like last year, and it’s going to be great again. Annelies from Allihoppa will teach a workshop in embroidering on photographs, and Miranda from PuurAnders is going to make flowers out of them. We’re also planning on bringing our Polaroid cameras and the Instabox from SayKaas will be there to immediately print our Instagram pictures.

Hopefully the Craft Party, a worldwide event, will give a new life to many of these lovely old pictures!

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Dit alles brengt ons bij het thema van de Etsy Craft Party 2014: Altering photographs.

Het Ka-ching Collectief organiseert op 7 juni een Craft Party, bij Open Coop in Amsterdam Noord. Hopelijk wordt het weer net zo’n succes als vorig jaar! Er is een inloopworkshop borduren op foto’s, gegeven door Annelies van Allihoppa, en eentje waarin er van oude foto’s bloemen worden gemaakt, gegeven door Miranda van PuurAnders. Verder nemen we onze Polaroidcamera’s mee en worden de Instagramfoto’s van die dag direct geprint door de Instabox van SayKaas.

De Etsy Craft Party is voor iedereen toegankelijk, dus kom ook langs! 

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My mum in 1972 and me in 1982

 

My maternal grandfather (far right) in the 1920s and my paternal grandmother (1st row, second from left), also in the 1920s, in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)

My maternal grandfather (far right) in the 1920s and my paternal grandmother (1st row, second from left), also in the 1920s, in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)

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