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Dear All... it is good to be back... sorry to be away for this long... we arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday and it has been quite hectic since... very happy to see my family again... and of course the grandma's are excited to see their grandson... today my husband and I are in Amsterdam celebrating the Queen's birthday, or actually her mother's birthday... big Dutch tradition... streets are crowded with people in orange outfits (our national color).... making music, selling old stuff from their attics and just having fun... to make sure we don't miss anything we checked in to Miauw Miauw suites at the corner of Keizersgracht and Hartestraat... basically in the heart of the action.... (will show you some beautiful Miauw pics on Bloesem...)...

To start off this new week (my new week at least...)...barkingbirdart... very distinct illustrations by Rebecca from Portland where she lives with her family, two cats and dog...

..BarkingBirdArt Shop..
..Rebecca's blog..

{ps. today is your last change to win this beautiful journal...click here to read more}

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Category: Poster and Prints

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#132 and going home...


Some of you probably already read on Bloesem that we will be going home (the Netherlands) today for a few weeks to visit our families and friends...and we're so excited...of course not so much looking forward to the 12-hour trip with our almost two-year old son, but we're hoping he will be a sleep most of the time..and of course I prepared some little gifts (i also wrapped some toys he has forgotten about), books and a new dvd to keep him busy...I'm going to end this fun week at B:Kids with a Scandinavian online shop, run and operated by Holly Hallberg... Huset just openend her online doors and you can find some of my favorite Scandinavinan brands and some labels are only available for US customers via their site...my absolute favorites are the bold colored clothes from Småfolk and the Danefae Erik the viking coin purse...have fun shopping and I will be bakc on Monday from a small city in the Netherlands called Oldenzaal...

..online shop..
..contact Holly..

ps. don't forget to leave a comment right here if you would like to win this beautiful journal...

ps. thank you Arounna for another amazing craft project this week!

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Zoet-stof...is a small Dutch label making lovely handmade textile products. Angelique Verstsappen is the creative women behind Zoet-Stof and she also runs a design studio, BuroSlim, which concentrates on concepts and identities...on the napkins above Angelique embroidered some sweet words to give a child comfort and warmth, very lovely! If you would like to order anything form her collection, best is to send her an email and let her know what you are interested in...

..Zoet-Stof website..
..Angelique's Blog..

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Category: Accessories

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Project #16

...drawing is today's topic for another lovely project from Arounna...this week she shows us how to extend a landscape by using an image from yourself or from a magazine...it's a perfect way for children to learn how to draw in a different way...of course you can also use another image and extend it...click here to see the full post...have fun!

..Special page where all Arounna’s craft projects are posted..

{ps. I received a very nice email from Laura, who told me about a craft swap she is organising...Crafts For Young Children Swap...if you would like to join in this swap, click here and you will find allthe information...}

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Poppytalk Handmade Market...is a monthly online street market curated by Jan from Poppytalk. Here you can buy excellent handmade gifts...yes gifts...this months market is completely dedicated to upcoming Mothers-day on May 11th!! Here are some picks I liked ... Mom poster by Lizard press ... A Good Little Bunny.. by Arete ... wooden family set by Love Monkey ... porcelain milk bottle by Alyssa Ettinger ...

..Handmade Market..

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#129 happy Earth day

Happy Earth Day... and to celebrate this special day Baby in a Blanket opened it's online doors today and wants to give you a 50% discount on their fabulous 'green' t-shirts until April 27, 08!!... I call their t-shirts 'green' because they are made of natural non-toxin organic cotton and printed with organic based ink...Desiree founded Baby in a Blanket and her primary objective is to reducing allergen exposure to children as well as protecting the earth...her collection includes beautiful blankets, accessories and clothing and are not only stylish, but also eco-friendly...{ps. Congratulations Desiree with your beautiful shop!}

..the shop..
..contact Baby in a Blanket..

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