GETAWAYS – HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS (72)

Geschreven op 1 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

Every week we feature a fun getaway on our blog. Selected and approved by Flow. Hotel, campsite, B&B or some other great place to spend a night away, or a weekend, or a bit longer. Always special, always in the Netherlands or Belgium (or slightly further afield now and again).

This week: Bed & Breakfast Basalt aan See in Stavoren (Friesland)

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Owner Renske has stylishly decorated her B&B to look like a little beach cabin, with lovely old scrap wood, finds from the sea and crockery from her own work shop. There’s a lovely deckchair to lounge in and when you open your window you can hear the waves. And through the trees you can see the sail boats on the IJsselmeer.

What’s for breakfast?
You can make a reservation with or without breakfast. The room has its own kitchen and the supermarket is within walking distance. Breakfast at Renske’s consists of yoghurt and seasonal fruit (some of it from her own garden), tomato, cucumber, different kinds of rolls and toppings.

Our tip
Having a lovely stroll along the sea wall and the old harbor, watching the ships at the new lock and lounging on a terrace afterwards. Or have a dip into the Ijsselmeer. There are lots of old villages around, such as Hindeloopen and Workum (must see: the Jopie Huisman Museum, Huisman was a Frisian painter).

Good food
The Scottish whisky restaurant De Koebrug (‘the cow bridge’, http://dekoebrug.nl/): wonderfully pure food, with a glass of whisky for dessert.

Nice to know
Stavoren is kind of where Friesland has its ‘land’s end’. A spit of land surrounded by water. This is why it has such wonderful northern lights.

Price per room for 2 people: € 79 including breakfast and € 64 without.

www.benbbasaltaansee.nl

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SATURDAY MARKET (190) : PIPAPIEP

Geschreven op 30 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Like little sculptures, every little detail of which is equally important, that’s how Esty Gertzman approaches making her jewelry.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“Originally I’m from Israel and I currently live in Amsterdam with my husband and my son. I came to Amsterdam to attend the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Art School in Amsterdam) and I graduated as a sculptor. Then I got to work as a visual artist. Currently I’m mainly making pieces of jewelry, which to me are little sculptures. Other than that, our house is filled with furniture and stuff from the fifties and sixties, and lots of knickknacks as well. I read a lot, I like to go to the movies and exhibitions.”

When and why did you start Pipapiep?
“About six years ago I started making felted figurines, monsters and strange creatures. Via internet I found out that there’s a whole movement around old fashioned techniques such as knitting, crocheting and felting. A lot of them offered their work up for sale via Etsy so I decided to open my own little shop as well. The name is a creation of my son’s, it’s the combination of the names of his two hamsters, Pipa and Piep.”

Do you meet any special people running a web shop?
“An elderly gentleman bought one of my crocheted necklace and he told me he felt men should be allowed to wear that kind of stuff as well. I couldn’t agree more, I feel everybody should wear whatever they like and not let themselves be dictated to by fashion or convention. And one of my little monsters played a part in a commercial for Albert Heijn (big Dutch supermarket chain). That was a wonderful experience – also because my creation was on TV.”

Pipapiep.etsy.com

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GUEST BLOG – KIM WELLING (1/4)

Geschreven op 27 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Once upon a time Kim Welling used to work as a fashion designer, but she soon found out that she enjoyed making prints so much more. She went to Art School to study illustration and nowadays she works as a freelance illustrator from her home in Ilpendam, a small village above Amsterdam. Apart from ‘flat’ work Kim also makes lots of 3D illustrations, such as panorama boxes, check out Kimwelling.blogspot.com for more of her work.

Hi everybody,

I am so honored and chuffed to be the one to write the guest blog this month! Quite exciting as well, because I’m not sure I have anything interesting to say… Well, I hope I do and I’m going do my best.

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I’ve been brooding on my first post… What can I write that will describe who I am and what I do, how can I give you a look into my illustration work and my life? I decided a good way would be by showing you a selection of my sketch pads, drawings, thoughts and collages.

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Ever since I went to Art School (2004) I’ve been keeping these sketch pads, and (luckily!) I’ve kept them all. Some years I was sketching more actively than others, and I’ve been through several different creative phases (collage, text, collecting things and thoughts). Over the years it’s turned into a real collection. I usually don’t share a lot of these on my own blog, but I thought this would be a great time to take a take a leaf from one of my (sketch) books…

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The great thing about a sketch pad is that you get to capture moments in whatever way you want. Which is totally different from a picture, even though it’s also a good rendition of something. To a drawing, you can add those things that, to you, define the atmosphere, the mood or an idea. And all this without it having to lead to anything, wonderful!

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Because I do a lot of work on assignment, it’s such a relief to be able to do something that doesn’t have to be ‘good’, simply an expression of something I want to make right at that moment, just for me. I can really feel the urge to draw something without any performance pressure (yep, even after seven years as a freelancer I still suffer from that) or because I need to express my feelings or simply because I want to mess around with paint a bit.

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Next week I’ll tell you a little more about how I work!

Kim Welling

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SATURDAY MARKET (190) : PIPAPIEP

Geschreven op 23 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Like little sculptures, every little detail of which is equally important, that’s how Esty Gertzman approaches making her jewelry.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“Originally I’m from Israel and I currently live in Amsterdam with my husband and my son. I came to Amsterdam to attend the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Art School in Amsterdam) and I graduated as a sculptor. Then I got to work as a visual artist. Currently I’m mainly making pieces of jewelry, which to me are little sculptures. Other than that, our house is filled with furniture and stuff from the fifties and sixties, and lots of knickknacks as well. I read a lot, I like to go to the movies and exhibitions.”

When and why did you start Pipapiep?
“About six years ago I started making felted figurines, monsters and strange creatures. Via internet I found out that there’s a whole movement around old fashioned techniques such as knitting, crocheting and felting. A lot of them offered their work up for sale via Etsy so I decided to open my own little shop as well. The name is a creation of my son’s, it’s the combination of the names of his two hamsters, Pipa and Piep.”

Do you meet any special people running a web shop?
“An elderly gentleman bought one of my crocheted necklace and he told me he felt men should be allowed to wear that kind of stuff as well. I couldn’t agree more, I feel everybody should wear whatever they like and not let themselves be dictated to by fashion or convention. And one of my little monsters played a part in a commercial for Albert Heijn (big Dutch supermarket chain). That was a wonderful experience – also because my creation was on TV.”

Pipapiep.etsy.com

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GUEST BLOG – JET VAN DER GRAAF (5/5)

Geschreven op 20 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Jet van der Graaf (in her daily life she’s a designer at a magazine) has a dream: traveling the world in an old camper with her boyfriend and her two sons. The nineties camper van has been purchased and work continues day and night to pimp the in- and the outside. Over the next few weeks Jet will share her tips, doubts, decisions and moments of bliss with us. You can also follow her on her blog  Nomadfamily.nl

It’s a wrap!

We’ve finished our camper van! In the end it’s been painted red and it has bunting all around the top… Everybody’s happy!

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Yay, time to celebrate! It was Michiel’s birthday, the sun was shining and we have discovered such a great campsite. All the ingredients in abundance for celebrating the beginning of summer with friends and family. We’re going to our favorite campsite: De Lievelinge (‘the sweetheart’).

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The tastiest morsels are brought along and our friend illustrator Wouter Gresnigt together with our two kids adds a cheery birthday illustration to our camper van’s door.

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All day long we’re eating, drinking, laughing, swimming and having a great time… and in the end a few of us sit around the campfire until very late, looking back on a wonderful day, with wonderful people in a wonderful place.

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A promise of all the great things yet to come this summer and for the rest of our No-Mad Family adventures…. Because life is just the greatest party, so remember to always put up the bunting!

Have a great summer!
Wave!

Jet

(ps you can keep following us on Nomadfamily.nl!)

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GETAWAYS – HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS

Geschreven op 18 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Every week we feature a fun getaway on our blog. Selected by and approved of Flow. A hotel, campsite, B&B or some other great place to spend a night away, or a weekend, or a bit longer. Always special, always in the Netherlands or Belgium (or slightly further afield now and again).

This week: ABCyou Bed & Breakfast in Valencia (Spanje)

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What’s so great about this place?
This B&B is right smack in the middle of Valencia and that makes it the ideal base to explore the city. Run by Wouter and Daphne, a young Dutch couple who swapped Utrecht for the sunny south. Their ABCyou bed & Breakfast is a special place where as a guest you are made to feel very welcome. Their authentic house has 12 rooms, all of them a little different:  a mixture of traditional tile floors and hip details. Start your day with a lovely breakfast and end your day with a drink in the courtyard garden.

What’s for breakfast?
During the week the locals use the breakfast room as a coffee bar as well. Every day you’ll be presented with a full breakfast with a new twist. Fresh fruit from the local Rufaza market, home baked goodies and freshly ground coffee.

Our tip
Discover the up and coming area of Rufaza, just around the corner from ABCyou!

Great food
Our personal favorite is the Canalla Bistro (www.canallabistro.com) by star chef Ricard Camarena at the end of the street. The bistro and his Michelin-star-restaurant share a kitchen and you can certainly taste that. Be sure to book a table.

Nice to know
Visit Valencia on the last Wednesday of August during the annual Tomatina (tomato fights).

Price per night: starts from  € 39 per room, excluding breakfast. If you book via ABCyou’s own website, there’ll be a bottle of cava waiting for you upon arrival.

www.abcyou.es

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SATURDAY MARKET (189) : IMAKIN

Geschreven op 16 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

When you occasionally feel like doing a spot of DIY, the DIY-kits made by Jinske Verpalen from Utrecht could be just the ticket: all the satisfaction of homemade, but without having to fork out for a whole load of paint, fabric or other materials.  

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Why did you start a web shop and how do you like running it?
“I started my web shop because there just weren’t that many DIY-kits available for adults. As I got such a great response to my idea I took the plunge. Running a web shop to me means freedom: if I’m feeling inspired late at night, I can simply get going immediately. And if I’d rather go and have lunch with a friend during the day, I can.”

What do you enjoy making the most yourself?
“In my spare time I am always working on some creative project, from sewing to revamping furniture. My favorite thing is to work on my house. Among other things I have a growing wall of art, I just keep adding more and more (vintage) frames with art, pictures, illustrations and quotes. I also have handmade pillows, lampshades, and handmade furniture to add a bit of personality to my house.”

Did you teach yourself new handicrafts to be able to open this shop?
“I’ve learned how to knit and crochet. Took me quite a few long nights on the couch to practise. I am currently learning how to tackle some more complex projects (sneak preview: a knitted sweater). I would also like to learn how to screen print, to be able to print on paper and fabrics. And one day I’d like to open an IMAKIN-shop where you can buy the DIY-kits, but also take in a workshop and do some cozy DIY over tea and cakes.”

Imakin-store.com

 

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GUEST BLOG – JET VAN DER GRAAF (4/5)

Geschreven op 13 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Jet van der Graaf (in her daily life she’s a designer at a magazine) has a dream: traveling the world in an old camper with her boyfriend and her two sons. The nineties camper van has been purchased and work continues day and night to pimp the in- and the outside. Over the next few weeks Jet will share her tips, doubts, decisions and moments of bliss with us. You can also follow her on her blog  Nomadfamily.nl

Party on wheels
The inside of the camper is really almost finished. We only need to fix the floor and we’ll just leave it ‘open’ so the inside can ‘grow’ and become more personal by all the things we will come across on our travels.
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But then there’s the outside… The original factory exterior doesn’t go with the interior at all. Time to go for some rigorous plans! And we didn’t go about that lightly. The basic color, are we going for bright or pastels? Fact is that our little camper van doesn’t have any retro shapes, so pastel colors make no sense.

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We need the color to make up for the not-so-sexy-shape.  Orange maybe? Hmm, too ‘soccer-y’. The remainder of the black board paint?… Too ‘doomy’, so let’s not.

And then we decided that all our vans – both now and in the future – will be red. We started out with a red and white VW old timer van after all. And we always loved the color, so this one will be red as well. And as it probably won’t be our last camper van, we’re already promising to make the future ones red as well. Great, this color-choice-stress-moment has been dealt with.

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But…. shall we go for a hippie painting or just let the kids have a go with paint? And are we using foil or paint? Luckily we can photoshop together some previews. In the end, the Orla Kiely pattern doesn’t make the cut. We really like the Orla Kiely wallpaper inside the bus, but it mustn’t get too much, too ‘slick’. Let’s keep it a bit ‘loose’, a bit more flower power.

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So shall we add flowers… Or is that too jolly… Bunting maybe? In the end we got ourselves a real ‘party on wheels’, painted in a good quality acrylic high gloss paint. The result? You’ll just have to wait until next week to see in the final No-Mad Family blog.

A summery salute,

Jet

 

 

 

 

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