diy

set the table

In case you didn’t know already, I love throwing dinner parties and entertaining our guests. While the food is, of course, very important, so is the setting (in my opinion, at least). Over the years I’ve found myself opting for the safe side and use a couple of candles for the table setting. No big fuss, you know. This year, however, I tried to throw together what one could call a centerpiece.

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gift wrap ideas

These photos didn’t exactly turn out as I wanted them to (flash light can be a bitch at Christmas). Of course, I only made these at 1am the night before and took the photos right before we dashed off to my parents’ to celebrate Christmas Eve.
However, they should be able to give you an idea about this year’s gift wrapping and maybe they’ll inspire you on future gift wrapping joints.

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de vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

I finally got round to visit De Vitrine yesterday, a bi-annual fair set in the lovely decor of La Brugeoise in Bruges.

The event was started a couple of years ago by the brains behind Lola Life Lines, a hip & retro webshop, based in Bruges. The first edition had a mere 12 stands, but now hosts over 80 stands ranging from webshops to designers.

I think it’s safe to describe De Vitrine as a real-life Etsy fest mixed with a couple of gift webshops. It’s nice to be able to see and touch the things you usually browse online in real-life.

The best thing about the fair though is that the entrance is free and it’s probably the ideal spot for a business to get recognized.

If you want to take it in yourself: the spring edition of De Vitrine is set for March 22nd and 23rd, 2014.

mask it

mask it

mask it

mask it

mask it

What started out with purchasing a pack of MT masking tape on Etsy a long time ago, resulted in, well let’s be honest, an abundance of masking tapes. I even carry a roll in my handbag. You know… if I want to put something up on my wall at work.
That said, using masking tape to put things up on the wall, is just one of the many things I use these for. They are excellent to use in decorating and gift wrapping as well.
Just head over to Pinterest and I’m sure you’ll find an idea that suits you.
I won’t count the number of rolls I have so far, but I think you pretty much have an idea by looking at the photos (note: not all my rolls are included in the mason jar…).
I’m so happy that both IKEA and Hema started to carry these as well. Unfortunately, every time I go shopping, I stumble onto a roll I don’t have yet and you have one shot at to guess what happens next in that scenario…

(the masking tape rolls in the first two pictures were purchased at Byttebier, but I get most of them through Etsy, IKEA or Hema).

Show-up Shop Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

Earlier this summer we visited the show-up shop in Ghent hosted by none other than siblings Anne and Line of Baroness O. who did a collab with the talented Dagmara of Bureau Jacky.

Anne and Line are the brains behind Baroness O., both a blog and pop-up webshop. Pop-up as in the fact that they only offer twenty selected items. They carry these items in limited quantities, so when a product is sold-out it is simply replaced by a new product. Their webshop features the most beautiful design objects and you’ll surely agree with me that every visit is very tempting.

Dagmara of Bureau Jacky is a very talented lady whose work and approach I truly admire. She has the most rad concepts when it comes to promoting her services. It’s just one of the many reasons I’d hire her.

The idea behind the show-up shop was to let people see & touch the items the ladies of Baroness O. are selling in their webshop. After all, Belgian customers aren’t exactly the most fervent online shoppers.
For the people who were looking for a new logo or site design, it was the perfect opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Dagmara and exchange ideas. I think the threshold is rather low in this case.

From what I’ve heard Baroness O. is planning more of these events. I’ll be sure to post any news on the Coineanach Facebook page as it comes available.

(oh, and kudos to the ladies of Baroness O. for creating the best goodie bag ever (office supplies addict typing here)).

The art of gift wrapping

gift wrapping

gift wrapping

To me, wrapping gifts is equally fun as going out and buy them. However, I spent so much time on Pinterest over the holidays that I (maybe) had a bit too much inspiration to wrap my gifts. Eventually I made up my mind and used kraft paper combined with black twine (Ikea), festive ornaments and black and white, winter-themed, photo tags of our pet rabbits. Needless to say, everyone loved opening their gifts. My mom even liked these so much that she still has them on display.