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Welcome 'almost' February


You can find these lovelies here and here.

I absolutely love Valentine's Day, I think because of my tendencies to be cynical about anything too commercialized, this really surprises those that know me. I love the pink and reds, and even the tackiness that comes from this day of love. My love for Valentine's Day was born out of my love for my mother and the way she made this day special. To her it was a day to tell my brother and I how much she loved us. She would leave cards for us, candy, and at our school there was this flower program for Valentine's Day where you could send your friend's carnations - she always sent us some. It always made me feel so important, so loved to see her make that extra effort for a day that is usually reserved for couples.


You can find these here and here.


You can find these here and here.


You can find these delicious treats here and here.


You can find these here and here.


You can find these here and here.

Happy Valentine's Day shopping!

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Mom Story: Inés from LaCasita de Wendy


Inés Aguilar is the fabulous fashion designer behind LaCasita de Wendy - check out this gorgeous coat! She is our Mom Story guest this week, and her daughter Valentina is too adorable for words. Let's find out more about Inés, shall we...

This week's Mom Story with Inés Aguilar...

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Monday's quick Start: Gro company


The first month of this year is almost over and although for many of you winter is only starting I do hope you are in the mood for some spring and summer ideas to start this week with...

This beautiful company, GRO  from Denmark that I have fallen in LOVE with... Gro



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Some things I liked last week...


these lights for your kids room wall from Hartendief...


this Glider by Contexture...

these patchwork murals by TresTintas...


this DIY cardboard castle...


and this Turtle by Cory Grosser...

Let me wish you a very good weekend... have fun, enjoy, relax and refresh! See you back on Monday I hope! Irene xoxo


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The making of the Great Parade lamp


**guest post written by Hylkia from Hartendief

Last year I, founder of  Hartendief, asked paper cutting artist Geertje Aalders to design a silhouette for our shop with animals in it. We actually met via Twitter- and finally we met in person when we were both attending the Flavourites live fair in november.

For Hartendief I was looking for a happy and funny design with animals, and Geertje was inspired by my idea right away. Just a few key words were enough to set off a creative explosion in Geertjes work space! And within a few days the Great Parade was finished.


Geertje started sketching first, with white pencil on black paper.

After that she began cutting the animal shapes out of paper. I love the drumming crocodile and the elephant with the party hat! Geertje placed the original papercut in her room, where it shows off beautifully against the white wall.............. more >>>


After cutting the original, it was scanned into Illustrator and processed into a work file. A precise job, not every detail could be cut, so a few snips and snaps were made to make the design smooth enough to be cut by computer. The end result is a silhouette cut out by a CAD system in silver shade foil, which leads to a beautiful black and white silhouette when lighting the lamp at night.

Below is the Great Parade in the house of Marielle from House of Dots. She fell in love with the lamp and bought it for her son's room.


The Great Parade is available in many colors. To see more images of this cheerful lamp and all the other funky lamp designs from Hartendief just visit us right here.

If you can't get enough of Geertje's amazing papercutting art and you'd like to see more visit her web site here.

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Giveaway: Bug 2 Hug


Welcome Bug 2 Hug, we're happy you are doing a giveaway with us!

What you can win this week :: A polar cowl of your choice and a eco sweater made from selected, raw and not dyed wool.

What you have to do :: leave a comment below telling us, what are your favorite items at Bug 2 Hug?


This giveaway is open for entries until 1 February 2012.

Winner will be announced the following day.

Four mama's are behind the sweet little shop Bug 2 Bug, you can learn about them here.


GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED :: the winner is Jane, congratulations!! If you didn't win this giveaway, do not fret because another one is happening right now.

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

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