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Sponsor Spotlight: Puka Puka


Puka Puka means "an object gently floating in space" and that is exactly what the owner of this lovely shop, Nina Still has created. Though these mobiles can be purchased for children, I like how they are also for adults because it adds playfulness to an adult life. You can find my picks here and here.


I love when an artist is more personal with their audience, and Nina Still does just that. She has an entire section on her website dedicated to what inspires her to create such lovely mobiles. Nina also allows you to be the artist with her custome mobile section. You can find my picks (pictured above) here and here.

..Puka Puka..

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Giveaway: a tote and zip pouch from Maptote


Welcome Maptote, we're happy you are doing a giveaway with us!

What you can win this week :: A beach tote and a zip pouch of your choosing from Maptote!

What you have to do :: leave a comment below telling us, what location would you like Maptote to do next?


This giveaway is open for entries until Tuesday 24 January. 

Maptote is the creation of Rachel Rheingold and Michael Berick, a married couple who wanted to make a reusable bag that wasn't only made in the US but could also represent your favorite place in the world!


GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED :: the winner is Michelle, congratulations!! 

*If you are interested in doing a giveaway with Bloesem, please contact Tiffany - tiffany.bloesem(at)gmail.com

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The Pillow Talk series by Swarm


Leslie, a dear friend of Pia Jane Bijkerk,  recently introduced her new line of pillows called The Pillow Talk series that she created for Anthropologie. As a collector of portraits – Leslie often wonders who is the person in the portrait? So stories were written at the back of each pillow as if they were revealing a small bit of their character.

The Pillow Talk series can be ordered directly through Anthropologie or through Swarm.

Thanks Pia for introducing Leslie to me. 




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Dutch design label SPOINQ


I always enjoy finding a new-to-me Dutch design label, this time it is Spoinq... and I especially LIKE their chairs...  hope you agree with me? The designer is Ruud Jan Kokke and he believes: "A project is only successful if an equilibrium is reached between material, form and use" ... 

It was this blog of Jan de Jong Interiors that I discovered Spoinq.  Nice little detail: the Spoinq chairs are manufactured in the Netherlands! 




All images are via Spoinq.

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Let's Get Personal in the Netherlands with Natascha Boel


Let's Get Personal with Natascha Boel  from Temps Perdu

D:: Dutch is... freshness, clarity and quality

U:: utterly important in my life is to know that everything is possible, even my craziest dreams!
And meanwhile I think about the beautiful quote from“the butterfly circus”: how harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. A lovely movie you can watch on youtube.


T:: tomorrow I want to live my life the way I do today.

C:: craft projects that I love best are (just for example with no intention to be complete) Ezecuchy, Martin O’Neill, Su Blackwell ….

H:: home means to me... a warm and comfortable coat in which I work and live with my loved ones.

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 H:: hobby, I always make time for...my friends and good food.

O:: outfit, my favorite thing to wear is … my warm darkbrown poncho which I bought in Venice (last summer when it was 35 degrees).


M:: magazines I love to read are... FLOW-magazine (of course!), GUP-magazine and FOAM-magazine.

E:: enjoy, I can't live without...making things look beautiful.


A previous post about Natascha Boel ... which will tell you more about her and her beautiful artistic cards.

..Natascha Boel
..Temps Perdu


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Monday's Quick Start : Monica Gonzales


Let's start the week with these cute illustrated characters by Monica Gonzales aka El Tocador ...

you can find her blog and shop right here and here...


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