March 13, 2011 § 7 Comments


Very busy week. Lots of social engagements, work & general stuff. What made it an even better week was that the sun made an appearance a few times. Yes. Please understand that here in the Netherlands during the winter, this is a very big deal. It was so astonishingly bright one morning, Little Man could not control his excitement. We were in the city center & we played tag with our shadows for almost 20 minutes. In the above picture he is admiring a little purple button with sparkles I bought him @ a fabric shop glimmer in the sun {!}

The blossom trees are starting to bud which is nice, too.


If you have a minute, please stop by this shop. All proceeds will be donated to a relief org in Japan. I have a few things up along with some really terrific artisans from around the EU. Thanks!



March 7, 2011 § 3 Comments


Yesterday was the Sunday Market in Amsterdam, but this time I shared a space with my baker friends {extraordinaire} Ken & Jur of American Baking Company. Also participating was our friend C; selling organic plants & cut flowers. Great crowds, good sales for all &….mojitos ;)

If you happen to be around the first Sunday of every month, we’ll be there so come by & say hello!

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October 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

Thankfully the weather has been relatively nice lately. No torrential rain for a while & for that I am grateful. The sun has been making an appearance somewhat frequently, Little Man & I credit our indoor glitter sun hanging in our front window for that ;)

Halloween is not really celebrated here, but every year expats from North American figure out ways to do so! Last year we went to a big party organized by IWCU. This year Little Man & I decorated our window with leaves, made a very long paper chain of red & orange for the dining room, picked out pumpkins & pomegranates for the table. He’s been a bit obsessed with a particular black & white striped shirt lately, transforming himself into a zebra {& trust me- he commits to a character}. I sewed up a tail & ears for him to wear but now apparently, he’s a cat. Today we will have a few of his little friends over to celebrate. I’m going to make veggie chili, peanut butter/chocolate covered cookies & my friends Ken & JurĀ  {bakers extraordinaire!} were sweet enough to gift us with some of their amazing cupcakes.

Last night I went out with some friends to Theater Kikker festival in town. It was a collection of various theater pieces- we saw the headliner performance: Thuiskomst. Strange to sit through a play that was originally written in English but translated & performed in Dutch- it was quite good but a little frustrating that one of the characters spoke crazy fast, so I missed chunks of what he was saying.

There was also a very tiny room where you could go for a private 3 minute performance by 2 women & it’s different for every person. It was so beautiful! {I am realizing that there is no way I can make that sentence not sound a little racy…}

Coming up in November MB’s husband will be visiting for a week {yay!}, I’m turning another year older, we are celebrating Thanksgiving vegetarian style, hosting Sinter Klaas at our house with Hans’ family, planning a trip to the states for mid December, I’m sewing like a madwoman for the market in Amsterdam December 12th, getting orders out & in between it all, continuing to shuffle never-ending paperwork for various things.

So there is a little catchup. Nothing earth-shattering, I’m afraid!

Enjoy the day…



October 22, 2010 § 3 Comments

OneVietnam: The flood in early October, 2010 caused 112 dead and 150,000 displaced families in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces in Vietnam. All infrastructures connecting to the region including roads, highway, and railroads are completely submerged making it very difficult to bring emergency supplies to the flood victims. There are many relief groups working to bring rice, fish sauce, and water to the victims. However, as the winter approaching, many of these families whose homes are severely damaged will be in need of blankets and warm clothings to survive the cold. Also, they will need mosquito nets as mosquitos grow rapidly in wet areas.

OneVietnam Network is hosting a Flood Relief Week to spread the message and connect Vietnamese around the world to help the flood victims.



October 20, 2010 § 8 Comments

Life over here has been *busy*.

But the good news is that everyone is healthy, happy & generally okay!

I will be selling at a fairly large market in Amsterdam come December 12th, so it’s been a mad dash to get ready.

Last weekend my dearest friend & I stole away to Antwerp for a few days. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world & we enjoyed every minute! Walk*Sit*Eat*Drink*Repeat…

{we went to the Stephen Jones exhibit at the MOMU- crazy cool}

{Madonna everywhere. Madonna plus graffiti: even better! bliss}

If you are interested in seeing more pics {& a few of me being kind of geeky} click here
Or just Madonna Hunt 2010


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