Hello! Sorry for the distinct lack of new bloggage lately, all due to real life busy stuff getting in the way (rightly so) of virtual life busy stuff. Doll-face turned 6 a couple of weeks ago so I thought I’d do a show-and-tell of her Fairy Party, it was a lot of fun to do, I even enjoyed the cake making (usually I get very frustrated with my efforts and bow down to the higher cake skills of my other half). We played some old favorite party games such as pass-the-parcel but due to the terrible weather (no outside treasure hunts for us) we did Magic Wand making, which was a real hit!
I’ve just been reminded of a playlist I did for an interview on the rikrak studio blog about 2 years ago now – and what a playlist it is too – give it a listen if you fancy a dance or a jig about in your chair whilst you work – I have an eclectic, indie/rock/pop dance groove with old classics from Ike and Tina as well as new classics from the like of Dizzy Rascal/Ting Tings, there are links to each track on YouTube so it’s really easy (and addictive) to get into the groove – just what we need for these dark Winter days – fill your soul with sunshine and dance on! What are you listening to today?
This photo is of the Aurora village in Yellowknife, Canada, I would love to go and visit one day and dance under the stars and the northern lights.
I just found this (tiny) photo of Dolly’s old bedroom in Pembrokeshire, this is the very first teepee I made and where all this teepee madness stems from! She looks so little here, a cute little thing in beanie and wellie boots. There are lots more photos of past teepee designs on the Moozle Flickr pages. This design went on to be called ‘vintage flowers’ and has been featured in lots of kids design and interiors blogs.
Here are a couple more photos of Dolly’s old room while I’m at it!
My dear lovelies, it seems you wanted a little glimpse into a Moozle Xmas… well, a little late but here’s a peak, the tree is adorned with some home made goodies along with some gifted and found treasures collected over the years, notably a knitted Xmas pud from Jayne in Pembrokeshire, Japanese star and glitter birdies from Mech in London, funny pom pom from Janet in Paris, crochet bambi from Nadine, then in London now in bonny Scotand, – thanks girls, what lovely friends I have! You really can’t beat a knitted pink flamingo on your Xmas tree I always say. Ho ho ho.
A few pics from our walk around the lovely local Farmers Market here the Frankendael park a couple of Sundays ago, it really is very nice, especially in the Autumn when they light the bucket fires and the smells of the toasting nuts, mulled wine and and all the delicious food teats hang in the air. We always make a bee line for the chocolate brownies at the ABC stall, way too many delicious cakes on offer here! There were a lot of people sitting around drinking prosecco and eating fresh oysters! How lucky we are, I really count my blessings when I see this way of life here in Amsterdam, we are so privileged, we must enjoy every moment.
The colours of the cherry tree leaves outside are apartment are amazing right now – they take our breath away when we walk in the room, great for me to look at from my work desk as I am in sewing your Moozle teepee tents a lot right now – better get back to it!
I did an impromptu photo shoot with the kids during half term last week, just for fun really, while they are still young enough to let me dress them up! I was inspired by a photo shoot with a girl and balloons I had seen in the fabulous Babiekins magazine. Here’s a few of the results, it was the last warm day before this cold spell we currently have, and the little monkey’s would only keep still whilst eating! I wish I was a better photographer technically – I love taking photos, I’m so happy with my little models – thanks kids x
Dolly wears: Organic denim jeans style ‘Dolly’ by Howies. Purple pullover by Australian label GumBoots. Brown suede boots by British label Mini Boden, green pointelle top also by Mini Boden.
Dexie wears: Denim jacket by Baby Gap, Skeleton top (part of pj set) also by Baby Gap, jeans by Danish label Minymo, bright yellow wellies by Dutch brand Hema (so good they keep selling out!).
Here are a few of my pics from the Woonbeurs exhibition at Amsterdam Rai (on till Sunday the 30th Oct), it’s worth a visit if you are an interiors junkie like me, lots of popping neons at one of my fave Dutch design mags 101 Woonideeen‘s colourful stand above.
There’s a bit of a mixed bag in this montage above, the blue wall and the colourful hangers, cushions on a chair and the hat box on top of the armoire are from 101 Woonideeen’s stand again, the fab card rack lamp shade and over sized white chandelier were in the gorgeous VT Wonen stand, another of my Fave Dutch interiors mags. The geo woolens are from Seven Gauge Studios, a British label with a lovely collection of lambswool cushions.The fabricated dog walker was on the display for ljmcolour, a paint sepcialist. You can see more of my Woonbeurs pics on my Flickr pages.
I couldn’t get Dexie away from these big bunnies by Fatboy ! Never come between a boy and his bunny.
What do you do with the blank space where the fireplace should go? You cover the wall and the gaping hole of the flue with some rather lovely vintage and designer wallpaper picks that’s what!
Much better to look at now. I used wallpapers from some of my favorite’s, Josef Frank, Ferm Living,Designers Guild, Orla Kiely as well as some vintage pieces. I’m going to do a whole wall with larger, different sized pieces one day soon, just need to collect the right papers and find the right space. That was my Friday evening in, time well spent.
Have you heard of Decomyplace yet? it is an online community where people showcase their homes around the world. If you’d like a peak into the Moozle home in Amsterdam come and have a little look here.
Want to find a teepee tent like the one in this photo? Have a look here Moozle.
I finished this custom order for a play teepee with “blue flowers and red hearts” and wanted to photograph it quickly before packing, it is half term here so that ment a bit of bribery in the form of dress-up clothes followed by a trip to our new local ice-cream parlor Ijscuypje (via the post office of course). Little Dex had to endure being dressed up by big sis Dolly, hence his pink sequins, fairy wings and handbag, fortunately (or not, would have been cute I think) it was too hot for him to wear the outfit to the shop. The big cardboard play house was by product of our trip to Ikea last week…like we need any more play homes in this place!
The customer wanted matching bunting too, this isn’t a great shot of it, it has 10 flags in all with heart and flower ones either end but, doesn’t the room look pretty with all of the bunting still up from Dolly’s birthday last week? It went right to the other window, you can never have enough bunting. Fact.
Here’s a pic of the vintage Animals teepee tent I’ve been working on this week, the customer wanted some coordinating bunting to go with it saying GIRAFFES. You’ll have to have to check out the Flickr page to see the pics of Dexie looking non to happy about being told he couldn’t take his milk into the tent, poor chap!
I added the baby elephant since Mumba was born at Atris Zoo here in Amsterdam, last summer.
Ok, so I am pretty sure the bunting bug I caught last week is finally on it’s way out, I just couldn’t resist making this rather Dutch version for my friend’s new baby, I’m quite excited about giving it to her over coffee tomorrow morning. I can’t decide whether to list bunting on my Moozle and Etsy sites or not, maybe I’ll just make some special buntings to go with special teepee tents – you’d better email and hassle me if you want some!
The cat print is by Ingela P Arrhenius and the rabbit with the mustache is by Andrew Bannecker you can see these plus some other illustrative delights over on my Pinterest illustration board, there are some real gems on there so go and check it out.
I seem to have caught some kind of bunting bug this week – here’s some I made with some over runs of the printed teepee tent panels – would go great with the puddle grey teepee - if only they weren’t all sold out at the moment – doh!
The fab 1960′s wooden jigsaw puzzle board is for sale on Moozle here. The lovely boy and girl illustrations in the bottom left picture were gifts from my very talented friend, British illustrator Tracy Worral.
I made some bunting today inspired by the teepee tent design I finished yesterday. I’ve been meaning to make some bunting for ages and finally found some time today – about time! Here’s a pic of the teepee it goes with, you can buy it from my Etsy page, all in all a productive week!
How do you like the new project? I’ve been collecting old tapestries at flea markets whenever I see them and was recently given some that my Great Grandmother made, so finally I had enough for my pouffe project. I purposely didn’t cut into them so they can be easily unpicked and re-project’d at any time! The Bauble Lights are a new acquisition too.
Huge thanks today to the lovely Cynthia for allowing me (and my assistant/model Dexter) to take up a chunk of her day and use her stylish home as the location to shoot not one but two tents! Cynthia is a super slick interiors designer and renovation manager specialising in bathrooms and kitchens, it’s a shame I didn’t photograph the tents in her beautiful bathroom, but the bedrooms were pretty lovely too!
This new teepee tent design is up on the site now and I like how the photos came out (on such a dull rainy Amsterdam day too) and Nora’s cute room was the perfect location, thanks Nora! All those super props to use, and so in theme. You can see the rest of the photos here Flickr.