Friday, April 4, 2014

Tulip Season







I know I said on wednesday that I was taking a break, but I just wanted to share with you these tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth fields. It only happens once a year and for a very short period of time

This is one of my favorite reasons to be living in this country and every year I eagerly wait for them, as you can see here and here.

So for now I do say my goodbye and wish you a wonderful, colorful spring,
Giova

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beauty in Everything







These are some of the things I found to be beautiful these past two weeks.
  • wilted flowers
  • dirt and roots
  • worn and wrinkled linen
  • pieces of hand dyed linen
  • a dry mandarin found under a chair
  • shadows
  • tulips falling apart
  • apple juice bottles
  • afternoon light
  • home grown daffodils

I guess it is true what they say; "Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them."

Lately I have been feeling the need for a break, and since my kids start a 2 weeks vacation from school, I'm going to join them in their free time, and try to disconnect.

So this is goodbye for now.

I wish you a good beginning into the month of april,
Giova

Monday, March 31, 2014

A handmade quote book

This week it is my sister's art show opening. I was supposed to be there in our hometown for this event, but unfortunately  I wasn't able to make it. So with my guilty feelings and the fact that I wanted to make it up and also reassure her that everything would turn out great, I decided to make her a little book.


For some reason (I don't know which), I was not going to show this little book here on the blog (so excuse the really poor quality of the pictures). Since I made this book for her, I have started making others, and found them quite addictive, that is why I decided to share them with you. 

All you need is love and well... paper, glue, and scissors, and a needle and thread to tie the whole thing together.  The quotes I found on Flow magazine, but you can just write them yourself.

For my sister's book I used mostly encouraging quotes, or ones that had to do with artists. And of course a picture of my kids (that was a no brainer).

 Just make it personal, and I'm sure the recipient will be as happy as you making it.

You can add as many pages as you like, mine are 2 pages folded, which makes 8 pages to decorate, which I found was the perfect amount. 

I hope you are inspired by this idea and decide to make some of your own.

The video from the top comes from my instagram, if you like to take a better look.

Have a great start of the week.
Giova

Friday, March 28, 2014

Looking for Inspiration #1

I have been thinking for a while about this series that my sister started. As a crafter I'm always looking for inspiration, not always finding it, but the process usually yields good results. As Ralph says; "Life is a journey, not a destination."

With this new series I will be looking for inspiration, and in the process maybe, hopefully I'll get to inspire you.


These are some of the things I'm usually looking for:

  • patterns-  like the above flower
  • blue skies - a rare occurrence in this country
  • paper - old and new
  • flowers - like these ones in my home, apart from making me happy, they fascinate me
  • the perfect poem
  • handkerchiefs
  • shells
  • old fabrics (preferably white)
  • the right words (I know this sounds vague, but usually the right words trigger something in me)



These are my go to places to find inspiration:

  • walks, either in nature or in the city
  • nice stores
  • blogs
  • magazines
  • books
  • pinterest
  • lists
  • alone time (if possible)
  • trips
  • the treasures I have in my home - like above
  • workshops
  • music


I think more than anything else, inspiration is being in the right state of mind. In my own experience lots of moods work, like for example; being sad, bored, or happy are really helpful to me. Being tired on the other hand or exhausted never helps me, in fact it is when I'm the least productive. This of course is no big news, especially to new parents.

The daffodils above, grew in my balcony. The whole process was completely inspiring and grounding. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of tulips I planted.

I hope you like this series, and I would really like it if you let me know what sort of things you expect to see here, or want me to share more of?

Have an amazing weekend,
Giova

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Magazine Roundup # 7

My only resolution for 2014 was to stop or at least reduce the magazine habit I created since my teenage years. I blame my father for this habit. But now that I've reached adulthood (if the 40's can be called that, haha) I have to take responsibility,  I guess.  I've been quite good actually, sticking only to what is absolutely necessary (again haha).

I started this series with the intention to share my love for magazines, the not so famous ones, the special ones (at least for me). Here they are, the two chosen ones for the last in the series. Good Company (US) and FUKT (Germany).

I'm glad I picked these two, because they seem to be the kind that will be around for a while. Actually, that is one of the things I like about good magazines, you want to keep them, just like books. They are helpful and the material is always relevant. This one has some recipes that I will hold on to, plus the photography is simply stunning.

This magazine looks like you've been snooping in someone's really cool journal. I had never seen this one before, and I'm glad I saw it. Inside it is page after page of amazing drawings. For inspiration is wonderful, I think.


Unfortunately due to economic reasons this is my last of this series. Magazines are getting more and more expensive (I do believe they are also getting better), but my wallet can't allow this anymore. We did have a talk the other day, and it informed me rather rudely, that this must STOP!!

All the other roundups are here, if you want to take a look.

On friday I will start a new series, a cheaper one (for me) and inspiring for you (I hope).

Have a lovely day,
Giova


Monday, March 24, 2014

Cherry Blossoms in the Amsterdam Forest

For a day (last week), thursday to be precise, it felt like finally spring had arrived. It was the first day of spring after all, and we decided to run and see if the cherry blossoms were in bloom.

It turns out very few trees were and lots of them were not. But because the sky was blue, it looked just perfect.

There are 400 cherry blossoms in the Amsterdamse Bos planted in a circular garden. For some minutes there, I actually felt in Japan. You can trick the mind quite easily I think.


Our first picnic of the year turned out to be a success and a favorite of my little one. It was truly a very magical day.



We went back yesterday. Another typical spring day with pouring rain, hail, wind, and then later in the day sun. It was grey at the time, and as you can see all the trees are now in bloom.

Unfortunately the blossoms only last for 10 days, so it looks like I'll be heading there every day. I will be posting more pictures here.

Have a beautiful day,
Giova

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Urban Jungle Bloggers

Today I joined a monthly series "urban jungle bloggers" organized by two people behind two very beautiful blogs; Igor and Judith. Their idea is to get some green into our homes and computer screens. Every month there is a different topic, and this edition is "Green Spring/Easter styling."

As I told you before, this turned out to be a week of first attempts. If you are wondering why this is a first attempt, let me tell you that, because this is a crafty blog, I rarely style things up. In fact, this is my first time doing this sort of thing. This is not how my house looks at all, but yes I do own all the things you see. The only things I bought were the chocolate eggs and bunnies (which by the way) are already in my son's and my stomach.

Pink Easter; This first plant is called Australian palm tree. I got my old handkerchiefs, all the pink books I could find and voilà!

Easter Brunch; This is how my table would look like if I actually prepared an easter brunch. Simple, and everyone would take home a succulent (my favorite plant).


Easter Break: Books, crochet project, warm tea, and obviously chocolate eggs. The tall succulent is my oldest plant (4 years). I do like her a lot!

It was really fun playing with things, eating chocolate eggs and letting my plants be the stars for the day.

Thank you Igor and Judith for such a wonderful series! I hope you check their Facebook page where you'll find what everyone else has come up with.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend (yes, no post tomorrow),
Giova
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