There's a new series of breakfast plates in the shop. All plates are different and they are being sold individually, but all together they mix & match perfectly!
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A lot of new plates are available in the shop! Most of these are identical plates (with different illustrations of course!) that can be combined perfectly for a breakfast or diner set, and on request I can make more of each. Or different ones... a lot of possibilities! For a change I haven't worked with vintage plates this time, so it's quite a new thing for me as well, working with those large piles of identical white plates ;). Some of the plates shown here have already sold, but if you like something similar, just let me know!
And so weeks flew by without a single post on this blog... Wish I could say I've been working on a real big project or something, but I haven't ;). Been working on lots of small ones though, like many custom orders and some new designs. And there was a nice photoshoot, that required lots and lots of tidying up, in particular in my studio. So everything looked organized again here, at least for a day or two.
But mainly I've been focusing on stuff away from the computer, like reading lots of books in bath, spending as much time as possible in the garden, and on creating some new healthy food habits. So now I spend half of my time in the kitchen preparing all kinds of good food... But please don't expect this blog to turn into some sort of food blog, there are already so many good ones and I've never been particularly good at nor interested in taking pictures of what I cook (I just always find it so hard to imagine that people can find the time and energy to style and take pictures of their meals, I always just want to eat them immediately ;)).
About a year ago we slightly impulsively bought ourselves a house. And I must say we're quite happy we did. Living here has been much fun and very comfortable, and sometimes it's hard to imagine what living in our previous apartment was like. Two kids, second and third floor, lots of stairs, no elevator! How did we do that? But of course we managed, and I'm sure it would still have been possible to live there in a more or less convenient way today. But this is much better!
However lately we've also been confronted with this other side of 'being homeowners'. And I must say I've started to revalue renting ;). Sometimes it seems like every other day something breaks down or needs maintenance. A leaking water boiler, a broken tap, a door that doesn't close properly anymore, a door lock that's broken, a leaking radiator, a toilet cistern that keeps flushing for hours... Things keep being added to the list, sometimes on a daily basis.
The house wasn't in very bad condition or anything when we bought it, and we thought we'd done most of the necessary maintenance before we moved in last summer. But apparently there has been some more deferred maintenance, and well maybe this maintenance thing is just some sort of ongoing task for the rest of your non-renting life. What I realize mainly is that when you're renting (from a good landlord) it's all so easy: just one phonecall with your complaint and they take care of it. But now often I even have to figure out first what kind of complaint I actually have and what kind of repairman could be the right person to solve it...
And I know that this is all 'investing in your own property' and all that, but it's just such a bummer to see such large amounts of money flood to all kinds of service men... Honestly I just want to spend hundreds of Euros on all kinds of frivolous interior items and not on new toilet flushing systems and boiler repairs! ;)
Ah well, I think if we keep going at this pace we'll have replaced the complete house by the end of this year ;).
The tableware that we use on a daily basis here isn't all that special: in fact it's a rather eclectic mix of mismatched vintage plates, cups and bowls. When I buy piles of vintage plates for the shop, there are often some with small flaws among them that end up in our own home collection. So that 'daily stash' isn't exactly the kind of tableware that I'd use for a festive diner.
Somehow we never use the ceramics that I make at home. Must have something to do with the fact that most things end up in the shop, but I guess it's also true that you develop a certain familiarity with the things you make yourself that can quickly turn into boredom if you surround yourself with it too much. Let's say it's about keeping work and private life separate ;).
So when I wanted some nice new plates that would fit special occasions a bit better than our current mishmash, I turned towards my all times favorite Marimekko. But the thing with Marimekko is that I always like so many of their things, and my budget only allows me to buy a few, so I can never really decide. And then I thought: isn't it silly that I can make something for myself but never do it? So just like that I made a set of four diner plates for myself, or well, for us... Let's hope it'll survive my household (in particular my 'throwing-things-in-the-dishwasher-goes-faster' man ;))!
You may have noticed, but I'm not that good with 'seasonal things'. You know, when it's Christmas and there's red and green and snowflakes and reindeers everywhere, I just can't help but want blue, pink and yellow, and rainbows and sunshine and flamingos and tropical fish and things like that. It must be my inner adolescent, but each time the whole world turns into one direction I just want to go the other way. Oh well, and I've never liked that Christmas red and green combination, that too.
I've noticed it more often, that I seem to be missing this 'it's-that-time-of-the-year' radar. I never think about designing Christmas cards in September, so that I can have them in the shop by November. I never manage to do big shop updates just before the gift/holiday season gets started, but I always come up with a whole bunch of new things by the start of January (you see ;)). I don't do Valentine's specials or Autumn leaves collections. Somehow I just always miss out on that kind of things.
So I guess it can't be called a surprise that about a month ago I got very much inspired by mushrooms, and started working on a colorful mushroom collection. And then it dawned on me: you're too late with your mushrooms, they're an Autumn thing and Winter is already around the corner! And then it dawned on me that I really don't care about that seasonal kind of thing, and that there must be more people like me out there, so I hope you don't mind either...
So: lots of new things in the shop, with the images of Autumn and the colors of Spring ;).
My name is Nina, I'm a ceramics and paperwares designer and mom of Rosa and Julie. This blog is about making, living, liking, loving and so much more!
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