dinsdag 21 juli 2015

DIY Marble Dipped Photoholders


For Stek Magazine I made these DIY Photoholders with marble effect. They're great for little postcards, polaroids or business cards! Once you get the hang of it, this is a pretty easy & quick DIY project. 

This is what you need:

- Plaster
- A silicone ice cube tray
- Metal wire
- Plastic bowls
- Skewers
- Nailpolish
- Pliers & Wire cutter 


Step 1:
Make a little bowl with plaster by following the instructions on the packaging. Use a plastic bowl that you can throw away later. Put the plaster into a pouring cup and leave it for a couple of minutes. Pour the plaster into the ice cube tray & again leave it for a couple of minutes.

Step 2: 
In the meantime you can make the wire clips. Cut of a piece of wire at about 15 centimeters. Make a double circle or heart (or another shape you like) with the pliers so you'll get sort of a clip to hold a card or a picture. Prick the wire clips into the plaster cubes and leave it to dry. When the plaster is completely dry you can push the cubes carefully out of the tray. 

Step 3:
Pick out your favorite colors of nail polish. Put some hot water in a plastic bowl and pour a little bit of nail polish into the water. Keep the bottle close to the water, otherwise the nail polish will sink immediately to the bottom of the bowl. Now take a skewer and quickly stir the nail polish. Dip the plaster cube into the nail polish and take it out right away. Now leave it to dry upside down. If everything goes right, the nail polish creates kind of a marble effect!

Step 4:
When everything is completely dry, you're done! Collect your favorite (polaroid) pictures or postcards & place them into the wire clips. These Marble Dipped Photoholders are great on your desk or even in the kitchen with a little recipe!





Pictures by Marij Hessel

woensdag 15 juli 2015

Etsy Love

I found some beautiful products on Etsy which I want to share with you today... The thing that I love about Etsy is that a lot of the products are handmade and pretty unique! Things that are made with love by people from all over the world. This time I chose sort of a green, black and white oriented color scheme. 








1. Ceramic tray by LaMalconttenta
2. Greeting card by In Haus Press
3. Cactus Pouch by Amelie Mancini
4. Desk Lamp by ILIUI
5. Brass Geometric Ornament by Handmade Sam-Made
6. Linea Coasters by The Vintage Vogue Story
7. Marble & Brass Necklace by Deuce Fashion

donderdag 9 juli 2015

Hotspot KEET Rotterdam

Earlier this week I told you about the great day I had at the bloggers tour organized by Robine from Act Productions Blog. We started at the Swan Market and after that we took the subway to visit the beautiful new conceptstore KEET Rotterdam. KEET offers webshop owners, young entrepreneurs & cool labels a place to show & sell their products. In this light and open space, you can shop, work, eat, drink and join a workshop or other get-togethers! Here you can see which brands are represented at KEET, the collection changes regularly.

We had a very tasty lunch, made a lot of pictures, had some nice conversations and received even more goodies! The gifts just kept coming... Thanks Robine, KEET Rotterdam & Swan Market for a great day!! And thanks Owned By, Njummel, Riverstones, Carlijn Q, Simply Chocolate, BRUUT Wonen, Stockhome, Dist, Mieke de Been, Agroposta, Aan Tafel met Karin, Sprinkles Bakery, Potpori, Beton And More, Wishlist Material, Hola Pequeno, Burra Burra, Do it Yourselves, Vivo & ByKimShop for the lovely presents!

If you're curious about which presents were inside of my goodiebag, check out my Instagram account











Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 6 juli 2015

Social Influencers Tour at the Swan Market Rotterdam

This Sunday I visited the Swan Market in Rotterdam together with a group of very nice bloggers (Anneke, Lotte, Mariandel & Minou)! Robine from Act Productions invited me to join this tour organized by her lovely self! Later on we payed a visit to the new conceptstore KEET Rotterdam which I'll tell you more about later! The weather was great (or better said: pretty hot!) so we started with a drink. Very soon, Robine started spoiling us with amazing goodiebags and lots of gifts, she really outdone herself! She also carefully selected a present for each of us from her own shop Stockhome, so sweet!

We took a walk around the lovely market filled with great handmade products, delicious food & tasty drinks... Time flied! I took some pictures of a couple of my favorite stands like Koffiekever, Beton And More, Sprinkles BakeryMeesie. Later on this week I'll tell you more about our visit to Keet Rotterdam so stay tuned!









Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 30 juni 2015

Thrift Shop

This weekend I had to re energize from a busy workweek. The best way for me to relax is to pay a visit to the thrift shop... The timing was great because I found the most amazing retro vase the moment I entered the shop. When I asked for the price the employee told me I would take home something really special with me if I would buy it. He was right! I love the ethnic pattern and the shape! I think it's my new favorite thing...





Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 28 juni 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Make Your Plant Pop!

Plantcolorpop, again a fun and original theme Igor & Judith came up with for this month! This theme also made me realize that I hardly have any colored walls at home... A bit strange for a color lover like myself! Does this mean that our interior is in need for some changes? It's always good to have an excuse right? For now I used some colored paper in my favorite colors pink, mint & yellow. I love the way these beautiful plants pop combined with a colored background! I want to wish all the Urban Jungle Bloggers a nice summer break (and everyone else as well off course)!




zondag 21 juni 2015

My first Woven Wall Hanging!

For those who follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I did a hand weaving workshop together with two of my friends. The shop where the workshop was hold is called "Handmade Heaven" and is based in Amsterdam. The talented girl Nom, who gave us the workshop, teached us the basics of weaving and helped us to create our personal woven wall hanging. I must say it takes some time and patience but the result is worth it! You can use all kinds of different yarns, colours & patterns so when you get the hang of it, you can create the most beautiful weavings! Nom kept telling us "this is your first one so don't be to hard on yourself!". I think my first wall hanging turned out pretty cute and I decided to hang it in our guestroom. If you're interested in following a workshop like this, pay a visit to www.nomvolvankleur.nl!





Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 11 juni 2015

DIY Storage Jars

I use my glass storage jars every morning when I make my breakfast so I thought it would be nice to give them a touch of colour! It's way more fun to keep your food in glass jars because it looks much better than the packaging they originally came in. With this DIY you can update your own jars exactly the way you like them! I used my favourite colours green, ocher, pink & white.

This is what you'll need:

- Spray paint in the colours that you like
- Tape
- Tweezers or a needle
- Alphabet stickers
- Glass jars



Step 1: Completely tape the part of the jar that you don't want to paint. Give some extra pressure to the edges so the paint won't get underneath the tape.

Step 2: Use the alphabet stickers to create a word and carefully place them on the jar with the tweezers. 

Step 3: Start spraying! Use several layers of spray paint until the glass is completely covered. Don't use too much paint at once otherwise the paint starts dripping. Let the paint dry for about 30 minutes until it no longer sticks.

Step 4: Carefully remove the tape and use the tweezers (or a needle) to remove the stickers. And you're ready!






Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 8 juni 2015

Today's Crush: The Home of Paula and Pete Mills

Again I'm in love with an Australian home that I found through one of my favourite websites The Design Files! Those Aussies have a grate sense of taste don't they?! This family home is owned by illustrator Paula Mills and her husband Peter who's working as a lawyer. They live here together with their three daughters Lia, Rosie and Liberty. Their beautiful home is based in Warrandyte, a suburb of Melbourne, and is surrounded by nature!

It's such a fresh and colourful home with so many nice details that I like. The white base makes the colours pop out even more. I love the fact that it's not overstyled but it all fits together like an eclectic mix of personal treasures!










Pictures via The Design Files
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