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New York


{nope that is not me in the picture but jewlery designer Zelda from the Netherlands}

Let me start with some personal words about my trip to NY last August. The last time I was there was in August 2001 when we were getting ready to move back to Amsterdam.... yes, about a month or so before 9/11...in a way I felt lucky that I had experienced NY at its best...or had I...? Truly incredible how this city has rebounded after going through such a traumatic episode...NY remains one of the most fascinating places that I know...

Living in NY has changed my life ... it gave me confidence and I started believing in myself.

It all started when I got this idea to develop my own stationery line. After 1 year of learning the basic Adobe illutrator skills and with the help of an illustrator my first collection was born and was sold via some great department stores. But even more importantly, I finally knew then what I wanted to do in life...so I have a lot to thank NY for... my business blossomed and organically grew to the launch of Bloesem in 2006.........................................[READ MORE]


{cards from my own greeting cards collection back in 2002}

Back to NY ... and knowing how important this city has been for me ... a little heartbroken my husband and I left the city, always telling each other that one day we will come back ... almost 10 years later I finally dared to go back. In an impulsive response to one of Jurianne's tweets I replied .. 'shall I join you?' I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to go back to the city I've held so dear in my heart all these years.

It was Jurianne’s first time in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, we arrived in one of the not so nice neighborhoods somewhere in Brooklyn. Driving through Brooklyn it all looked so nice but we kept on driving and suddenly the whole atmosphere on the street started to change, when we arrived at the B&B that we booked on-line...I decided not to step out of the car and asked the cab driver what to do ... he only nodded his head ... (recall the movie Coming to America... I am sure Jurianne must have felt this way on her first visit to NY...)... so we headed back to the nicer parts of Brooklyn and found ourselves a room at a wonderful boutique hotel... super friendly personnel...so we decided to spend the night (we could not stay the entire week...) and perhaps look for something closer to the convention center the next day... 

After sending out an "emergency" email to blog friends and old friends, Joanna Goddard from A cup of Jo was the first to respond and offered her home to us while she was away for the weekend. Thank you so much Joanna for being so generous... and we received several other offers...it made me realize once more why I love this city and its people (and blogging...) so much...very welcoming and always ready to help...we ended up staying in an apartment of friends (who I met when they were living in KL...) at the upper east side for the entire week ... Thank you Hickey family, we cannot beging to tell you how grateful we are...you are the best!

After our little adventure in Brooklyn it was time to focus on the New York Gift Fair... after all that was why we came to NY in the first place. But not before Jurinanne and I visited the High Line. In one word: FANTASTIC! Also fun to see how the meatpacking district has changed enormously over the years. I remember only Pastis being there when it had just opened...

Eating genuine raw food in one of the many great restaurants you find in the city was a fantastic experience and changed my perspective on raw food completely...admittedly, I started out as a bit of a raw food sceptic.... but I am a convert now and even downloaded some raw food recipes since I came back to KL and felt how different you feel after eating this fresh and healthy food... 

Back to the NYGF...my plan was to meet people and discover new designs. And I think I managed these objectives reasonably well...:) 

Meeting people was easy given the fact that we came with Tuttobene, meaning 16 Dutch designers sharing one booth together ... too many interesting people to introduce to you in one single post so I will be sharing my new friends and their work in the following two weeks with you...



During the following week I will introduce you to some of the wonderful people and designers I met at the NYIGF. 

..Tuttobene booth designed by Jan Habraken



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Monday's quick start: Love Mae wrapping paper ideas by Marsh Golemac


I love collaborations and I am hoping to do more collaborations myself next year with creative people from around the globe.... and this project definitely gets me inspired. 

Marsha Golemac from 'Three Nations', who is a paper artist and crafter received a package from Love Mae, you know the label from Australia making awesome wall murals and other paper designs. The parcel was filled with beautiful wrapping paper from Love Mae and they told Marsha 'do what you love' ... that's what she did and see here the result .... paper wall hangings [one using a paper weaving technique], diamond shaped stackable totems, and a little cabin with some snow capped mountains. 




If you woud like to be creative with wrapping paper too ... use one of these great tutiroals on the Love Mae blog. Every month to share with you a project. I particularely liked the large flower blossoms ... 




..Marsha Golemac

..Love Mae 


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Happy Weekend and follow me on instagram

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I feel it has been a good week at Bloesem and BKids. Many beautiful pictures ... hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. I have also managed to finish a lot of work behind the scenes... but still working on my NY visit report though ... it always takes much longer to prepare these things than initially planned for, and I want to make sure I am not omitting any of  the good stuff from NY in the report…so something to look forward to next week…

But I have taken some snapshots from items I brought home from NY via my new addiction instragram. Such a wonderful tool to quickly show you what I have been up to...

From top to bottom, left to right: beautiful tray from studio Piano Nobili, 2013 linen calendar from Lotta Jansdotter for fog linen work, a Donna Wilson plate, MillerGoodman facemaker, paper flowers from Jurianne Matter, tray from fog linen work, fabric by Karen Barbe, beautiful thread from carta inc. and the city calendar from rifle paper & co... 

Next week, more and better pics from these items in my home.

Have a great weekend for those of you in Asia and further South…Down-Under…and hang in there for all of you in the EU and US…as the weekend is almost upon you too…I am sure it is well-deserved…

Hope to see you back on Monday and don't forget to enter the giveaway from Ink+Wit or this giveaway on BloesemKids: 2 posters from Paola Zakimi to win! 

And do follow me on instagram! ~irene xoxo

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Nämä is a new shop from Finland by Ruth Landesa

Nama finland

Ruth Landesa is an independent illustrator. She told me she that she lives in an inspiring small town by the coast in Southern Finland and how 'she loves making “smiling” illustrations. Ruth dreams of having her own brand of products for home decoration one day. 

I believe with her style and artistic talents this dream will soon come true. 

In the menatime Ruth has opened an online shop, called Nämä. Here you can find some true collectibales for a ceramic lover like me ... interesting vintage  cups from Arabia or Vaja. 

Nämä is about "these"((nämä) designs and crafts she loves and collects from craftsmen, makers, designers..., mixing in her own selection modern, traditional, new, recycled and crafted items. 

Nama finland arabia
Nama Nama-finland Finnish_wooden_basket      

Finland arabia

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Travel report: Budapest


Vacations are over and time for most of us to get back to work but isn't it nice to see where we all went too? Like Fenny from F to Fabulous who visited Budapest during the summer months. She has taken some beautiful pics for us and has written down her favorites spots in this beautiful Eastern European city.

You can read all about it right here in the Travel section from Bloesem.

If you would like to share a travel report with Bloesem too then please email me!

..Budapest by Fenny from F to Fabulous

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Giveaway: Letterpress Notecards by Ink + Wit


{Giveaway will run until September 19}

What you can win this week :: your choice of two lovely sets of letterpress notecards by Ink + Wit!

What you have to do :: Pin the image above to your pinterest board, and then leave a comment below with the url to your pin, so you can be entered to win! Bonus points if you tell us which illustration is your favorite?

About Ink + Wit :: Tara Hogan is the creator behind Ink + Wit, and her vision stems from understanding that everything is connected in our life. Ink + Wit grew out of her desire and passion to create conceptual, organic, elegant, and simple designs with an illustrative impression.

...Ink + Wit

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED :: Congrats to commenter (and pinner) Jing!

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