Muizen Huis

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Last week was half term here in Amsterdam and the weather was f-f-f-freezing so we headed to the cosy central library to check out the wonderful ‘Muizen Huis’ (Mouse House) we have heard so much about. It really is fabulous with over 100 little rooms and so much attention to detail, I could look at it for hours!

The house was created by a Dutch lady called Karina Schaapman, who has lived a very interesting life so far, you’ll have to look up the details! She made the house, created stories and took photographs of the house to illustrate them. The stories follow the adventures of 2 small mice called Sam and Julia. The book has become a big hit, been translated many times and distributed all around the world, it will be available to buy in the UK from July 2013.

Karina has now donated her Muizen Huis to the Centrale Bibliotheek in Amsterdam, the brilliant new library near central station (lunch on the top floor at La Place with the stunning views over the city is not to be missed), now everyone can enjoy her wonderful creation, and I for one would like to say thank you!

Half-term maddness

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!).