Ophelia turned 9 yesterday. We always try to celebrate her birthday in France as it is Bastille Day on 14th July with amazing fireworks in the evening! Ophelia has a passion for Japan (last year I made her a kimono for the Japanese theme birthday party she had at home with her friends). My friend Coco who lives in Tokyo kindly sent me a box full of girly Japanese little presents for her birthday (origami book, hair clips, pink rabbit mirror and other very cute little things). Ophelia was the happiest when she opened it all!
I made this number 9 cake for her few weeks ago when she threw a party with her school friends at home. The theme for the party was COLOURS so I decorated the cake with m&m's!
My husband Simon loves his bikes. He is, of course, a huge fan of the Tour de France. He was super excited to take our son Lucien (5 years old) to experience the Départ of the Tour in Utrecht. We live in Amsterdam so it was only a short train journey to get there. Lucien proudly came back with a bunch of water bottles that the riders gave him. (We had to take them all on holidays. He won't leave them behind!)
I have highlighted the journey of the Tour on our illustrated map of France for the all the bike lovers out there.X
Adeline Klam is a French designer who is passionate about Japan, origami paper and bright colours. She has the most beautiful shop in Paris in the 11th arrondissement where she sells a variety of colourful Japanese papers, fabrics, stationeries and books and also offers workshops to make beautiful paper flowers like these:
Father's Day is next Sunday 21st June. Why not send your dad something truly original, with one of our paper cut maps or hand screen prints.
We are currently offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders. We can happily send the parcel - GIFT WRAPPED - directly to your father with a personalised message (just leave your message in the box on the checkout page).
Erika Harberts, the designer of Mikodesign is a super mummy who has the most wonderful imagination. She creates the most imaginative and delicious breakfasts for her daughters Sofia and Mila. The latest was inspired by Sofia's birthday party theme Frida Kahlo. How sweet is her portrait and the cactus!
Erika surprised Esther and I when we launched our Vrienden Boek by making a breakfast inspired by the illustrations of the book.
Last time I met Erika she was telling me how much she loves Paris. She had the wonderful idea to create a blog dedicated to all her favourite addresses called Carnet de Paris.
Discover Erika's breakfasts images on her Instagram and visit her blog and Etsy shop to discover her beautiful prints and dolls on Mikodesign.
While walking Téo to sleep the other morning I passed Imps and Elfs store which is 5mn walk from my home. They have of course the most wonderful clothes for kids, but I just fell in love with the floorboards. I want the same in my home!
...Ophelia and Lucien are off school so we decided to visit The Oasis of Matisse exhibition at the Stedelijk museum. It is only a short bike ride from our home, so they took their pencils and notebooks and off we went.
It is the largest ever retrospective of work by Matisse to be shown in the Netherlands. The ground floor rooms features paintings, drawings and sculptures by Matisse alongside works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and others.
The top floor focuses on Matisse's monumental cutouts. The children loved this part best, I guess due to the strong colours and bold shapes that they can relate to.
Families with children can go in the Stedelijk's Family Lab where round tables with lots of colourful papers and scissors are displayed. Ophelia and Lucien were very excited to create cut-outs like Matisse and pin them on the wall!