Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simple and easy paper flowers

I love paper flowers, and lately they are everywhere and getting more and more elaborate by the minute. I have been a fan of Jodi Levine since she was the editor of Kids magazines (I still can't believe I threw mine out), do you remember them?  Have you seen this video of her?

Anyway, as much as I love the art of paper flower making, I think I will leave them to the experts. That doesn't mean I won't make for mother's day these very simple bouquet of paper flowers to be placed at each table setting. You can even get the kids to help you!


  What you'll need:

  • paper straws
  • tissue paper in your preferred colors
  • glue stick 
  • scissors

Simply cut petals in different shapes, and then glue them at the lower part of the petal.

Next, just place the petals one by one, and it is up to you whether you want to glue lots of petals or not. They look nice either way.

 Then just make little flowers using the left over petals and glue them to a place card. 

Just don't ask me what kind of flower they are supposed or pretend to be, because I have no idea!

I hope you are feeling crafty,
and see you on friday for a surprise snail mail giveaway.
Giova

P.S: I have the feeling you'll be seeing lots of flowers this month ;)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Natsuko Kitamura at the Japanese Culture Center in Amsterdam

The other day I was lucky enough to pass by and go in at the Japanese Culture Center.  This time (and only for a few days more) they have the amazing work of Natsuko Kitamura. The exhibition is called "OMIYAGE' which means souvenir in Japanese. After she spent one month here in Amsterdam this is what she "took back" from the city, and left it here for us to see. Very nice souvenirs, I must say!






I loved the way she got inspired by the most mundane objects and transformed them into beautiful things. And what is not to love about Ms. Bitter Ballen or Mr. Kroket??

If you are here in Amsterdam go take a look. A bread bag from the Albert Heijn never looked better!

't Japans Cultureel Centrum
Nieuwezijds Voorbrugwal 177

Happy monday,
Giova

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Blog turned 2


While I was away, the blog turned 2. As always I'm so grateful for the readers who follow, find the time to leave comments or send me the most amazing e-mails. So thank you so much for sticking around.

This blog was started as an experiment of sorts with my sister, and then continued as my outlet for all the things I have in my head (which are a lot).

I release here most of my ideas and thoughts, and I've truly enjoy making each and every one of those posts.

So here is a strawberry tart to mark the occasion, and I'm hoping for many more posts to come.

Again, thank you so much, and I hope you tune in next week for the "annual" snail mail giveaway.

HAPPY EASTER!
Giova

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
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