The Wedding

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From top to bottom: photo 1, 3 and 4 by Bob Leistra - photo 2 by Rob Welling

Hello Hello, here I am writing to you as Mrs instead of Miss ;-). Friday the 25th of august Me and M got married!
It was a wonderful day, the weather was just perfect, sunny but not too warm. We aimed for a relaxed day with good food and I think we nailed it with the help of a few very dedicated professionals:

Imke Verhoef decorated the venue in the colors of our wedding invitation. She also made my bridal bouquet. I gave a some (very vage) instructions before which she translated magically into precisely what I hoped for.

We did not want a traditional wedding cake so we asked De Rivierkeuken to make us a cake buffet with a variation of cakes, pies and sweet bites. Because I don't eat sugar and we also had a (little) guest with a allergy for milk and nuts, Astrid from the Rivierkeuken made us a few cakes without. We got so many enthousiastic responses from our guests that the food was yummy (We're still enjoying some left over pieces, that are in our fridge).

For our (day) venue we choose Het Weeshuis. A beautiful old dutch building with coutyard garden, which was perfect for our small ceremony. The people at Het weeshuis made sure the day went smoothly and were very sweet. (And, something I had not thought of in advance but my dress color - blush pink- matched so well with the interious color - greenish blue - of the venue!).

Our photographer was the talented and ubercool Bob Leistra, a photographer / DJ who's a friend's daughters' boyfriend... do you still follow? ;-). I'm so pleased with the photo's he made (and, also important, he's such a sweetheart).

At night we had dinner at De Kruidfabriek. They have a small glass house which was reserved for our small party. Very Very tasteful dishes, wine and dessert (again, no sugar but very creative and gooood!).

My sister also worked her ass off as our 'best woman', and our parents and maid of honour all made our day with presentations, speeches and funny stuff.

After this joyful day me and M went to Arnhem for a mini-honeymoon at the Hotel Modez. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the reservation but they made it up the next day with a champagne breakfast.

What I enjoyed most was that everyone was so happy, warm and thoughtful to us, on this important day. So, what more can I say.... it was P E R F E C T!


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It's almost there... my wedding! On friday is the big day and we are busy busy busy with the last preps. I made my husband-to-be a bow tie (the toddler has a mini-version), ordered beautiful paper flowers to be mixed into my bridal bouquet and hair. The kids have cute outfits, our location stylist has made the prettiest decorations and... The Dress is in the house. We're almost ready!
See you next time as a married woman ;-)

Mini Drawing Spark #4

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Here we are again, it's Mini Drawing Spark #4!

This one is inspired by my favorite daily lunch, salades ;-). We're drawing veggie and fruit!
Wait, not only drawing, we're also taking a little side step to collage.

Go to your fridge for vegetable examples (or fruit of course). Empty fridge? No worries, just look for veggie pics on the web. Look closely at the shapes of your finds.
Cut those shapes out of (colored) paper and glue onto a sheet of heavy paper (I prefer 160 - 200 grams Academic drawing paper). You can make a still life, let the shapes overlap, choose whatever composition you like.

Now draw the vegetables / fruits onto the shapes using a fineliner or ink. It's totally okay if they do not match the paper shapes perfectly. I drew my kiwi and fennel a bit off on purpose, makes it look more dynamic and fun.


Kunst Klub [Art Club]

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I think I can say that the Kunst Klub [Art Club] I organised in our little village was a succes! You never know how many kids will join but all days had enough subscriptions, wednesday was even fully booked. All kids were between 4 and 7 so it was - age wise - a good group as well. I got enthousiastic feedback from both parents and kids, which of course is the most important of all!
Overall a great start with this first Kunst Klub.

So what did we do?
On monday we made our own flags/ wall decoration using fruit and veg stamps. The kids sewed, stamped, painted the flags and crafted tassels.

Wednesday was ice cream day. First drawing your fave ice cream, then making a big version out of paper and cardboard.

On friday the theme was 'wood'. The little artists made boats out of scrap wood. I also made them little ship journals which they filled with drawings of creatures and sights seen on their imaginative sea journey.

Because each lesson took 2.5 hours I also prepaired some side activities outdoors like: blowing super bubbles (I eventually used this recipe) and making a sidewalk chalk painting (recipe for the paint here, I used the much more food coloring though, about the double amount).

My personal favorites were making the boats and the big bubbles, so much fun! I'm now aiming for a weekly Kunst Klub and maybe a summer version again next year... I'll keep you posted!

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