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Some things I liked this week

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They look like stamps but these are actually adorable cookie stencils that can help jazz up your baked goods this Christmas.

Every picture on instagram is the same

Jeanine her new book!

More exciting than your average twine.

Holiday wrapping ideas we like too...

If you are in Singapore, cafes to visit this holiday season.

What are your holiday traditions?

We had a great week of posts featuring some true talents like the wrapping paper Jessica Nielsen designed for us that is free for anyone to download here.She also has a special design over on BKids.

Véronique's Word Catcher DIY could be a really personal Christmas gift

Or try try try ...

Christmas decoration inspiration at Beeldsteil.

Also an update of Bloesem LAB renovations.
Follow our instagram for more updates. We are so excited for the new year and the new studio space!

Expect another week of Christmas posts, inspirations and more to really soak in the Christmas cheer.
Ho Ho Ho! ~ Zara S.

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Free Christmas wrapping paper!

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Just like last year, we have teamed up with our friend and graphic designer Jessica Nielsen from the Netherlands once again, to create a range of downloadable Christmas wrapping paper to spread the Christmas cheer! 

We love the modern twist on Christmas wrapping, with her choice of brown and red instead of the usual red and green. But still keeping the iconic Christmas trees and other Christmas-y graphics to not stray too far from tradition. I mean Christmas is one of those times of the year that tradition really comes into play.

A gentle reminder to everyone to get all their shopping done as soon as possible, so you can avoid the mad rush on the last few days before Christmas. Also, if you like the wrapping paper, do download it and wrap you presents in it! It's almost like a Christmas present from Jessica and Bloesem to you... download pdf's after the break ...

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Bloesem Living | Free Download Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen

Download BROWN free Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen for Bloesem

Download RED free Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen for Bloesem

Jessica created one more pattern specifically for Bloesem Kids! We had a blast setting up the shoot with all the little toys. It really brought out the big kid in us. 

Sheng Yang a super talented photographer from Singapore was kind enough to help us with the shoot ... hopefully we will share you many more images by him in the future for Bloesem but in the meantime have a look at his online portfolio ... or have a look at his instagram blog ... very entertaining!

Other images by Zara.S

.. Jessica Nielsen
.. Jessica's Etsy shop

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DIY

Make a Word Catcher for a present

Bloesem Living | DIY WORD CATCHER

 Véronique has been a regular craft contributor for my other blog Bloesem Kids and every time I am thrilled to receive her DIY projects in my inbox. This lady lives in Africa where art materials are not the easiest to find but with simple tools and materials she teaches us how to create amazing things. Normally I only share the projects on BKids only but today I wanted to make sure you wouldn't miss this one. 

Think about some words you would like to give to a friend or family member this year for Christmas? 

 - How to Make a DIY Word Catcher -

 

 

.. Pichouline
.. All BKids Craft Projects

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Christmas at Beeldsteil

Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

So delighted to receive these photos taken by Wendy of the Dutch design blog, Beeldsteil, in her own home ... Wendy is showing us how she is decorating for the festivities this year... so let's start this Christmas week with this!

We love the subtlety of the decorations and ornaments. They fit so nicely in with the rest of her home's interior. Truly insipred by the Nordic countries ... and the current black and white themes we see flowing aroung the web ... we believe Wendy had added the exact amount of joy and cheer a home could even have all year round! hahahah ... 

A 180 degree flip from the va-va-voom out there kind of green, red and gold decorations we see so often. It's always inspiring to see the different themes and colors used in everyone's homes. You love some you hate some, and if you are lucky you find the one perfect for your style and your home!

For more on lifestyle, interior design and photography with a scandinavian touch, check out Beeldsteil.

What colors will be your Christmas decorations this year? 

(more pics after the break) Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit  Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

Bloesem Living | Home of Beeldsteil in Christmas spirit

 

All images by Wendy van Woudenberg

.. Beeld Steil 

 

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Win a copy of 'Little Prints'

Bloesem Living | Yellow Owl Workshop Book Giveaway

If you haven't already heard about the yellow owl workshop, then this is a great time to catch up! You also stand a chance to WIN a copy of the new book, Yellow Owl's Little Prints.

Christine Schmidt started her art career at a very young age and by sheer hardwork she had grown the Yellow Owl Workshop to what it is today! You can recognize her works for their sophistticated yet playful aesthetic. Ranging from rubber stamps to jewelry (she has a line of exquisite gold pendants), all the graphics you see are lively with bold colours and all are a 100% original artworks.

Her new book teaches a wide variety of techniques that could be used to do a number of crafts. The book also features original templates using Christine’s designs. The motifs can be used to make gift wraps, print on stationery or even blankets and clothes! You could seriously go wild with the creative possibilities this book will equip you with! This is a great present for anyone who is crafty, especially moms who like to do a lot of DIYs, you know who you guys are :)

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All you have to do to win is :

1) Pin the picture above to one of your pinterest boards  then leave the link in the comments below so we can have a look at your board!

Always great seeing more people on pinterest sharing amazing pictures.

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Giveaway ends 12 December 2013 and we will contact the lucky winner via email!

WINNER IS:  Katie

Bloesem Living | Yellow Owl Workshop Book Giveaway

Bloesem Living | Yellow Owl Workshop Book Giveaway

 

Bloesem Living | Yellow Owl Workshop Book Giveaway

Bloesem Living | Yellow Owl Workshop Book Giveaway

All images by Bloesem.

 

.. Yellow Owl's Little Prints 

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Out of the blue

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For those of us who do not live in the Netherlands (currently in my case), we can only enjoy the beauty of the Out of the Blue concept store through this pictures. If a pictures speaks a thousand words, then I'm betting all those words are positive and showering the store with compliments.

Together Marijn Damen & Renee Arns, the founders of the store, work closely with the labels they carry, because they believe having a close and honest connection with both their labels and clients is the foundation of a solid co-operation. Which also means a better shopping and working experience for everyone involved! I know how much bad service can ruin a great shopping experience, so this is great to hear.

With the industrial quality of the space, the wood furniture works perfectly! Giving the shop a perfect amount of cosiness for a customer to feel right at home. Doesn't the wood table and the candle stand remind you slightly of christmas and family dinners?

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On top of discovering this beautiful store, I had a wonderful surprise when i was looking through their list of designers on the website and saw Esther van der Sluis-Otten!
I know from our time living in Amsterdam and I did not even know about her delightful ceramic creations! I am so proud of her and overwhelmed by her gorgeous designs.

Another familiar piece I noticed was the Bubble vase on the table by Jorine oosterhoff who we met along with her husband, the duo also known as Buro jet in the thrid picture.

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Esther

 

.. Out of the Blue concept store 

.. Esther van der Sluis

 

 

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