Geschreven op 2 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Ellen De Ly’s shop and web shop are her personal play ground, a marvelous place where the past isn’t quite past at all.

170714_Saturday_Market_ PASSI PASSÉ Who is the woman behind Passi Passé?
“I have two kids, two dogs, four cats and a horse and I’m married to Niko, a soccer journalist. I love music, fine arts, cooking, reading and collecting things. And I love my big garden. My ‘proper’ job is as a translator and a copywriter, but two years ago I took the plunge and started working full time in the shop and the web shop. I’ve been obsessed with all things old ever since I was a little girl: old movies, old music, old furniture. Someone I knew had to sell her flower shop in the village five years ago… At first I also sold plants next to gifts and vintage knickknacks, but it soon became obvious that I don’t have much of a green thumb..”

What kind of shop is Passi Passé?
“Passi Passé derives from the French: le passé n’est pas si passé que ça. Which means something like: the past isn’t quite past. It’s my personal playground: I get to look for and buy as many vintage items as I want. And the occasional curiosity as well, I do pick some of those up occasionally :-).”

Did you start your web shop right away as well?
“I started a web shop pretty quickly so I could attract clients from outside the village. At the same time I got into the whole web shop fairs and market scene. That really helped getting the shop noticed quickly. I also got to know the owners of other web shops. These days my shop is a concept store where other specialized web shops and creatives can temporarily hire space. They get a place where people can actually see their stuff and I get to offer my clients a lot of new things more often. I’ve been profiting from the product knowledge and the specialization of my tenants. I’ve been doing it like this for the past two years and it really works for me. Truly a win-win situation.”

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Geschreven op 30 July 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

And then you find yourself staring down a big, brown hole…

…Which is the interior of the camper van you’ve just bought. And if, like me, you haven’t been blessed with pots and pots of patience, you can easily loose heart at moments such as these. How can we ever turn this into something? Where do we even start?

Luckily Michiel simply got started: the best way to tackle ‘big obstacle’-fears. Ripping out the stuff that needs to go, getting all the grease off and putting a first coat of paint on everything that needs painting… Which is pretty much everything! So if you walk into the camper halfway through all of these demolitions it can kinda freak you out, aaaaaaaaaargh!

We got some advice from a real painting pro, which is why we opted for a high quality base coat and water based two-component lacquer. A lacquer so strong it can actually handle my family of men on these few square meters ;-)


We’re turning the alcove, the double sleeping area above the cabin, into the boys’ room.  And to give the camper van that homey feeling we’re painting it the same light blue color as the kids’ room in our apartment. It makes it feel bigger and it’s a nice fresh color for this relatively small space. I’ve painted grass and stuck on some stickers depicting woodland creatures all around, just above the mattress… A little of the outside inside. Our eldest son Roemer was very taken with his new diggs and is proudly showing off his new bed to his friends!

3.We’re also sowing herbs in two ‘hanging balcony bins’, the kind we can easily hang out of our camper’s kitchen window (only when we’re stationary, obviously ;-). Roemer especially enjoys sowing and growing stuff and it’s a great, playful, way to increase his involvement in this project. In a while he’ll be able to make his own pesto on the road. Personally I put a lot of stock in healthy eating hea;thy and organic food, and getting our own mobile herb garden makes it easier for me to keep track of that…

4.And I imagine that once we’re on the road, and the kids are tucked away asleep in their forest beds, Michiel and I will just linger outside under a balmy, starry sky, nice and romantic at our picnic table! So I needed to tackle that as well ;-)

Luckily there are scores of cute types of oilcloth to cover the table and the seats. Very easy to do with a staple gun and, oh lucky me, very fast results. Candle (or moon) light, an olive or two, glass of cava… I am completely over the moon with my camper van plan again.

Summery greetings,

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Geschreven op 28 July 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).

Huis Aan de Lot (‘House on the Lot’) in La Gazailles (France)

Lekkerweg_beeld_66_HuisAandeLot_FrankrijkWhat’s so great about this place?
The relaxed atmosphere at the little estate will put you in a holiday mood from the moment you set foot on the property. And that’s exactly what Dutch owners Jan and Anja Verheijen intended. You can have a nice, restful sleep in the  Chambre d’Hôtes, the Little House on the Lot or in one of the Safari Lodge tents. The rooms in the house have been decorated in a attractively quiet and stylish way. Each room has its own style and colors. The little house is also super cute, with its own lovely terrace. But you can also opt to sit with the other guests at the pool as well.

What’s for breakfast?
Early in the morning, the ‘boulanger’ comes down the drive with crunchy fresh baguettes, croissants and other goodies. Inside the coffee’s on the boil and on the breakfast terrace there’s a Dutch newspaper, ready for your perusal. Just let the kitchen know how you like your eggs in the morning and in the mean time you can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet, which changes every day. Fresh fruit, yoghurt and cheese from the local cheesemonger, wonderfully French!

Our tip
Take a boat ride along the river Lot or visit some of the beautiful castles. Or spend a fun day in Bordeaux.

Good food
‘Do as the French do’ and treat yourself to a leasurely lunch in the village restaurant ‘Le Commerce’ in Castelmoron sur Lot.

Nice to know
Guest rooms start from € 65,- per night for 2 people, excluding breakfast. There are several options for the Table d’Hôtes. You can rent the little house for € 875,- per week (suitable for 4 ). Safari tents start at € 670,- per week (suitable for 4).

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Geschreven op 26 July 2014 door Flowmagazine

Simply everything they like, that’s what Janneke van der Heijden and Daan Vergouw, make and sell, hence the name.

120714_SaturdayMarket_ALL THINGS WE LIKEJanneke and Daan, who are the women behind this shop?
Janneke: “We went to art school together, started our own designer label in 2012 and we’ve been friends for over 10 years.  I live in Utrecht with my son Finn (1) and boyfriends Laurens – another designer and illustrator – and Miep the cat.

Laurens also designs for All Things We Like. For instance, he made the great illustrations of pirates and monsters on our children’s clothes line and the animals of the Bamboo Zoo. Daan lives really close with boyfriend Martijn. Apart from working for our shop she also works for another company  in marketing and PR. Laurens and I also work on graphic and web design assignments as “Studio Katapult” (‘Studio Slingshot’).”

Why do you use a 3D printer?
We really enjoy experimenting with the latest techniques, colors and materials. So it’s always very exciting to see whether it will work! We like to skirt the edge of what is possible. A lot of our designs need to be adapted because they’re too fine or the material isn’t strong enough.

That’s why some of our designs take some time, but we do end up with the best results. This week our new collection of 3D necklaces will be ready, with summery pineapples and strawberries and little thunder clouds.”

What are your plans for the future of your label?
“We keep getting increasingly busy, we are in quite a few shops already and we’re featured in magazines on a regular basis. That offers us the opportunity to expand and design new collections. Other than that, Daan is experimenting with ceramics and Laurens and I with screen printing. Follow us on Facebook, so you can witness our latest experiments and designs!”


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Geschreven op 23 July 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

Let’s go wild and explore the world!

Preferably for at least a couple of months -  that is the dream we are working towards. ‘We’ are me, Jet van der Graaf, boyfriend Michiel and our sons Roemer and Rein. The four of us live happily in an uber cozy little apartment in Den Bosch.

In my every day life I love working as a designer and Michiel is a passionate (extremely talented!) web programmer… But as soon as the days start to get longer than the nights, we are hit with an  extreme case of ‘wanderlust’… We want to go out and explore…. freedom and good cheer underneath the stars! And that’s how we started the No-MadFamily lifestyle&travelblog. Because we’re definitely not going for your bog standard box on wheels or a camping rag, no way, we are all about a customized traveling palace! Which is why we opted to buy a real camper van from the early nineties… as it turns out that wasn’t exactly the heyday of camper design… so we’ve got ourselves a little ‘project’ ;-)


Everything simply had to go: the brown ‘wooden’ interior with the gray – you can’t see the stains, yikes – mottled pillows, the gray curtains, the ‘bathroom’ with ‘marbled Dynasty-look’ -walls, and the vinyl floor. We’d also like to do ‘something’ to the outside; a little more cheer and fun on the road never hurt anyone after all. Before we’ll embark on our long trip – we are planning to go in about another four years so our kids will be old enough to collect some fond memories – we’ll first be taking it out for lots of short trips, enjoying summer holidays and visiting fun festivals.

So that’s our first big deadline right away, the camper van really needs to be ready before July! So making mood boards, late night web shop adventures, trailing the flea markets and fabric research are pretty much an every day occurrence here. And seriously, it’s all just so much fun!


This month you can get your fill of our glamping progress in my guest blogs… and trust me, even though it may look incredibly ‘un-glamping’ at the moment, it’ll all work out in the end, it’s going to be awesomeness personified!


Summery greetings,





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Geschreven op 19 July 2014 door Flowmagazine

Marieke Jacobs easily stretches a piece of leather on a last – she prefers it to sewing a dress from fabric. Leather is her chosen material for making al her gorgeous accessories.


Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“I am mother to Maan, a cheery two-and-half-year-old, and I’m married to Albert, a teacher of art history and a sculptor. We live together in the city of Groningen. We have our work shop in a converted garage at the back of our garden. We share a love of art, flea markets and good food, Our house is a hodgepodge of second hand finds and a little bit of new stuff. I love dresses, cooking and working with my hands.”

How did you start working with leather?
“I first got a degree in architectural design at the School of the Arts in Utrecht. Then I went to the Academy of Architecture, but I dropped out because I wanted to work ‘smaller’ and stay closer to who I am. I fell in love with leather’s versatility and character when I took a three year course in artisanal shoemaking. What an absolute joy that was! Even now I am fantasizing about a new course or training. In a perfect world I would be studying non-stop.”

And why did you open an Etsy shop?
“I was already making little wallets and bags from leather for personal use, but people near me also started to get interested. A friend told me about Etsy some four years ago and it seemed a great place to explore to see whether it’d be a good fit for me. It’s a wonderful platform. You don’t need to make any large investments and you still have worldwide reach. I like it even better the more time I spend there.”

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Geschreven op 16 July 2014 door Flowmagazine

Each Wednesday we feature a guest blogger on This month we yield the floor to illustrator Suzy Ultman. Suzy is from the US, but used to live in Amsterdam for years. She recenly came back for a visit and she popped around to our editorial office in Hoofddorp. She’s working on illustrations for our new Book for Paper Lovers (due to appear in the middle of November). Have a look at her work on



This spring, I began a new adventure – I got married!

Before the ceremonies could begin, I needed to design invitations, table settings, cake decorations… the whole wedding works. This event was an opportunity to use all of my paper and craft talents! My partner and I both enjoy being part of the creative process, so dreaming-up the wedding vibe was a team effort from start to finish. We penned a long to-do list, met once a week over date night, and set off planning a festive, love filled celebration.

The invitation was the first step. Choosing foxes as the bride and groom characters was inspired directly from our backyard. About two years ago, we had a sweet, mischievous, red fox visit our yard for the first time. An entire family has since moved into the neighborhood, and we keep track of their comings and goings. The remaining invitation icons – sun, moon, lighthouse, ship, hot air balloon, etc – all tell mini stories that have special meaning to us.


For the table settings, I went back to my shrinky dink roots. I baked small charms containing each guest’s name with a corresponding boy or girl fox. The charms were attached to napkins and then placed on top of hand-made menus.


I also created the cake toppers from shrinky dinks (note: you can order your very own from my etsy site). The shrinky dink material allowed me to play with the topper’s shape and illustration content, while maintaining a clean, modern look. Finally, there were love-struck candles, flag-topped cupcakes, modern ivy banners, and even tulips, a nod to my adopted homeland of Holland. It was a beautiful day!


As my guest blogging duties wrap-up today, a very special thanks to my new friends at Flow for giving me the time and space to post my work and thoughts. This experience was another new adventure for me! Cheers to all my fellow paper lovers and goodbye for now,


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Geschreven op 12 July 2014 door Flowmagazine

The paper dolls and all those posters in Janneke van Houtum’s shop Liefs van Maantje (‘Love from little moon’)… Aren’t they just wonderful? After realizing she’d rather start following her heart she started this web shop. And it’s a good thing she did.

280614_SaturdayMarket_Liefs van Maantje

Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
“I’m 33 years old, I live in Eindhoven, I’m married and the mother of sons Raave (5) and Midas (3).

Apart from the shop I also work part time in child care as an educational assistant. I started the shop back in November of last year. I had gotten to a turning point in my life. I wanted to follow my heart and my passion more. I came to this conclusion after a difficult year in which my batteries, partly due to a slow working thyroid, were completely depleted.  The ideas for this shop had been there for a while and in the summer of 2013 I finally sat down to develop them. And ‘Liefs van Maantje’ was the result.”

 What has been your hardest web shop experience so far?
“When the web shop went online, after all those months of preparation. And then I simply had to sit and wait for the first visitor to show up, and the first order.

Luckily I managed to make a bit of a name for myself via Instagram and I got mentioned on several popular blogs and so things gradually started to pick up. Making a name for yourself is hard, it takes a lot of your time.”

And the nicest?
“My first market as ‘Liefs van Maantje’! I had a stall at the FeelGood Market in Eindhoven. I thought it was ever so exciting as I really had to get out of my comfort zone, but it became a triumph! I never expected to enjoy it this much. I got immediate feedback on my products and it was great to meet people I only knew via Instagram and clients in person. I definitely want to do more of these!”

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