Monday, 30 April 2012

Juliana stamps - Queensday

Yiehaaaaa, today is april 30 ->>  Queensday (Koninginnedag).
The Dutch dress up in the most wonderful, extreme, awful, cute and ridiculous orange outfits and sell the junk from their attick on the free market. Or they buy other people's junk from the attick. Recycling, music and great atmosphere galore.

We celebrate Queen Beatrix's birthday, although she was born on januari 31st. Actually it is Juliana, the queen mum's, birthday. She was born on april 30. But it is a bit cold to sit in the park with your orange cupcakes in winter, isn't it.

A couple of years ago I bought the felt brooche with Juliana-stamp on the free market. Very nice idea. In a magazine I found the pictures of cushions with Queen Juliana stamp on it. They are made from linnen and the designer sisters who made them, got their inspiration from a stamp album.

Links (stamp cushions)
Pictures Koninginnedag Amsterdam (AT5)

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Su Blackwell - Paper Art

Two years ago I missed the Holland Papier Biennale in Rijswijk, a town close to The Hague in The Netherlands. I found a very short announcement about this year's dates: 4 september - 25 november. Of course I made a note in my agenda. The Papier Biennale shows the work of international paper artists. The website from the Biennale 2010 gives an impression of what to expect.

Browsing the web for more paper art I found some unbelievable pictures. Try googling 'paper art' for images and you won't believe your eyes. Well, I didn't. And as I like Alice in Wonderland, these art works of Su Blackwell cought my eye. How wonderful to be able to think of such an idea and to make it as well. Some people are so talented...

Holland Papier Biennale 2010
Su Blackwell

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Mail received week 15 & 16 - 2012

Nice post the last two weeks! The cats on top are from Germany, the illustration of black cat from France and the vintage lady from Belarus. Picadilly Circus is from London, the UK, the sheep with hat also from Germany. 'You are my dog' came all the way from Singapore and the cute kittens are from Taiwan. The snow landscape is from Poland and last but not least... the orange cat Dikkie Dik was sent by my niece Amber.

Amber's book of cats

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Suzanne Woolcott - Gorjuss

This postcard I discovered in Dublin, two years ago. It is so sweet and beautiful. Haven't seen it in Amsterdam yet. The illustrator is Scottisch artist Suzanne Woolcott. On her website it reads she specializes in digital illustration. On her blog it reads she does all the painting and scribling. It looks just gorgeous, which is also the title the the serie of these cute ladies: Gorjuss.

The Gorjuss-serie is a big hit in England: bags, puzzles, mugs, calendars. It is the simplicity of the creatures that I like. This painting is called 'I found my family in a book'. I will frame this postcard. It is too beautiful to keep in a box ;))

Gorjuss - The art of Suzanne Woolcott

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Amber's book of cats

My beautiful niece Amber (she is 8) likes to do arts & crafts as well. She loves to draw and paint and fold and stick paper together.

The other day she surprised me with a wonderful booklet with illustrations of cats. I am so impressed. Amber knows I like cats so she made it especially for me. In the end, she liked the booklet so much, she rather kept it for herself. 

Fair enough of course. It's never too early for Amber to start working on her portfolio. But I did make pictures. I have to tell her though, that is will be wise to sign her art.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Arts & Crafts in the Eastern weekend

Lovely brunch with lovely people on first Eastern day but no-no-noooooo visit to a Furniture Boulevard on second Eastern day. It rained nearly all day so I had a cosy arts & crafts day at home. Besides, I am way behind with my outgoing mail.

Making the collage postcards was so much fun. The ATC with egg took quiet a while to make, as did the grumpy creature. Two ATC's on the subject 'purple rose' finished, one to go. 

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Mail received week #14 - 2012

Woooooy, Father Christmas doing research in the univers is from Belarus, the seal is real Italian, from Sweden I received the whole world in blue and the good advice for Heute Ruhetag (= Today is resting day) was sent from Switserland.

The Eiffel Tower-ATC was beautifully wrapped, Australian Elisabeth II coin included. The other two ATC's are from the USA and have as subject 'Vintage with purple rose'. Uuuhhh, I still have to sent mine and it is past the deadline. Can't find purple roses, I will be doomed in swap-bot-world ;((

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Cat Snowball attacks postmen!

Okay, the article was published in The Sun but I couldn't help reading it. And I was smiling from ear to ear.

White cat Snowball scratches postmen at their fingers when they put the mail in the mailbox. Aaaaah, poor postmen. Snowball's human received an official letter from Royal Mail... which postman risked his fingers for that, hihi. Anyway, you can read the article yourself.

Ps: What about wearing gloves, dear postmen! Or washing your hands after eating Fish & Chips.
Ps2: The cat is my little ginger friend Troels. Don't want to be sued by The Sun for breaking copy right ;)

Article The Sun - Posties won't deliver to house over cat attack risk

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Artist Trading Cards - ATC's

Last december I joined After filling out your profile, you can join creative swaps.  I like the ATC's. First I didn't have a clue what ATC was. I thought the abbreviation stood for 'A Touristic Card', well... Luckily another Swapbotter gave me more information.

An ATC is a small card that measures 6 x 4 inches. It took me a while to figure out how much that is in Dutch money... uh sizes. An ATC has the same size as a playing card. This little card is the basis for  a small creative project. It can be collage, painting, scrapbooking, knitting, embroidery.... whatever. Use your imagination. The assignments and ATC's of others are inspiring. The quality differs, but that makes it interesting.

My favorites are the two on the first photo. The purple owl is from the USA, the child-ATC is from Finland. Zentangles and doodles are also a recurring subject.

Ps: ATC's are not for sale but only for trade.
Ps2: New English words learned through Swap-bot: flaker and flaking.  People who only receive but not send. Pfooooooyyy, not nice!

Artist Trading Cards ideas
Tussenpozen (Dutch)
ATC's Suus on Flickr

Monday, 2 April 2012

Post week #13 - 2012

Four postcards and one ATC this week. The one with the guy in blue jacket in front of the bicycle is my favorite. It's a card from France but the writer is German. The green landscape is from China as is the bicycle in the top, right. Riga, the capital of Latvia, was sent by Sandra. The ATC is from England, made by Georgina.

Now... there are 16 Postcrossing cards travelling now. So I expect a load of post next week :))