Must see: rijksstudio

Experimenting with a new post format just highlighting some cool stuff we found around the interwebs. Very simple: just an image, a link and a few sentences description. Think of it as a curation of our pins. So here goes:

The rijksmuseum of Amsterdam just launched a website where you can download images of the works in their collection, high res and for free. According to the museum protecting copyright is difficult in this digital age and they’d rather see good reproductions of their work than bad ones, hence this amazing initiative. Now go create. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/rijksstudio

Rijksmuseum image

Enzo Mari Table

I have the best brother in law in the world. I should probably not put this in writing, he wìll use it against me. Sometimes though, you just have to say things like they are.

I hope you are now wondering what he’s done to deserve this title. Well, he built me a table. Not just any table, a full size (seats 6 to 8) Enzo Mari design, dining table. For those unfamiliar with Enzo Mari, as I was to be honest, Wikipedia tells us he is an Italian artist and furniture designer. One of the things he’s famous for is his book Autoprogettazione, a manual for constructing easy-to-assemble furniture. He explains how to build tables, chairs and even a bed with just a few tools and widely available materials.

So for my combined christmas, easter and birthday present for, euhm, about the next five years… he built me this tabe:

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - full view

He added his own inspiration to the design: on top of the basic construction he built a tabletop consisting of under parquet tiles (this is literally translated from the dutch ‘onderparket tegels’, I have no clue what the correct translation is!).

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - view of the table leg

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - table surface

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - table surface

The result is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks Filip!

Polished up

This is one of Annelies’s ideas, such a simple way to add some colour to some plain fake pearl earrings. I guess you could try it on any piece of jewellery with a light and even base colour when you get a bit tired of it. Just four steps are required to transform your plain white studs to new and brightly coloured accessories:

1. Gather your favourite nailpolish coloursIMG_6354

2. Stick your earrings on a cardboard surface: makes it easy to paint the earrings without them spinning around too much and without painting your nails. (Unless that is required off course, in which case, multitask away! And let me know how you get on)IMG_6352

3. Paint! I opted for plain colours, but the sky is the limit here. You can pick up some fun nailpolish painting tricks on here: http://thebeautydepartment.com/ Search for ‘nailed it’ (one of our favourite blogs!)IMG_6355

4. Let dry and wear them. Or put them in your jewellery box and take some pictures to show off. My absolute favourite are the neon pink ones.IMG_6361

That’s it! Let us know if you give it a try…

Paper air balloon mobile

Another one for our mobile series. Rather than using fabric or felt, this one is a bit more adventurous and uses paper craft. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for origami and the like: have a look at my pinterest board here for the work I’ve found inspiring so far.

So when I came across this tutorial to make the below paper air balloon on papermatrix, I didn’t have to think long to find someone to make one of these for.

The tutorial comes with a cutting file, which I assume you can use if you’ve got one of those fancy cutting machines. I forget the name. But since I didn’t have one of those machines I used plain old scissors. I have to say it’s probably preferable to have a fancy cutting machine (christmas present?), but in the end I got there!

IMG_6020I found it really satisfying to put the balloon together, it’s great to start seeing the pattern in your weaving, and once you get the hang of it it goes really fast. The gluing at the end is  a bit less fun, very fiddly…

But the end result is definitely worth it. Hope you think so too!
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Hot air balloon paper mobile

Welcome

Hello world!

Welcome to our brand new spot on the web. If you’ve come from Fabricstash: nice to see you again, as promised, nothing’s changed but the name. If you’re new here, hello and we hope you enjoy our blog, feel free to browse around and let us know if you have any questions.

Annelies & Stefanie

Stiel en Stijl en De Vitrine

I’m officially back in Belgium and next to pleasant activities involving a lot of paperwork such as getting my health insurance sorted, I’ve also found some time for more tedious tasks like visiting craft fairs. (very bad joke I know) Luck was on my side, not only was there one but two of these in the weeks after I’d moved. I’ve enjoyed visiting both Stiel en stijl in Kortbeek-Lo en De Vitrine in Brugge. Both fairs were in fabulous locations, but I especially marvelled at the old industrial location De Vitrine was at,
La Brugeoise.

But enough about the locations, what I’m sure your most interested in is the goodies displayed! Both fairs had a lot of stands in common, Belgium is only a small country after all, so I’ve listed some of the ones that caught my eye specifically:

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Stiel en Stijl

I’m in a great mood today, except for the fact that I’m working late and still in the office (I would probably not be working so late if I wasn’t ‘wasting my time’ writing a blog instead of working). The reason I’m exited is that I was just reading about an event called Stiel en Stijl on Elza D’s blog.
While I’ve heard about this event before, I haven’t been able to attend yet, it’s a bit far when you live in London. But since I’m moving to Belgium at the end of October – hereby I announce that I’m moving back to Belgium at the end of October – I’ll actually be able to go this year…

Stiel and Stijl is a collective from the area around Leuven in Belgium, they organise a once a year event to exhibit and sell handmade work. This year’s event also features the following:
– book signing session by the likes of Mme Zsazsa of ‘Allemaal rokjes’ fame
– live music
– workshops
More info here: http://www.stielenstijl.be/
This is off course exactly our cup of tea, and me and Annelies will be going, hope to see you there!

Surely this a valid proof to my London friends that I’m not completely crazy moving to Belgium??

Pink knitted cushion

A day later than promised but here’s the end result. I made this cushion as a housewarming gift for a friend. We didn’t actually get round to the housewarming, but I’m staying in their spare room at the moment (long story!), so that was an even better reason to give it. I love the bright colour and the pattern, although I do wish i’d knitted with a bit more tension, it’s a bit to loose for my liking.

I wanted to vary the pattern a bit from the previous cushion I made, so I made it a bit simpler. I was trying for squares but I love the woven effect I accidentally created.

What do you think? Nice gift?

Pretty in pink

I really need to get a good camera, taking pictures with my iPhone doesn’t look that great!