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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!

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There's a new set of six postcards available in my shop! The postcards are printed on beautiful heavy recycled cardstock, which makes them not only suitable to send as postcards, but also perfect to use as small (framed) prints on your wall.

Most of these designs are also available as large posters, you can find them here.

 

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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 ;).

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The black swans poster that I showed you a little while ago is now, in a slightly altered version, available as a poster in my shop. You can find it here.

I thought I'd show you both the 'clean' images and the picture with the toy animal battleground just outside the cropped image. In fact it's quite a beautiful mess, isn't it? ;)

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Lots of new work in the pipeline... The first boxes of postcards arrived yesterday, and I expect some more real soon... I keep you posted! ;)

Oh and this is a new A3 sized polar bear poster, it's available here!

 

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Some lyrics of favorite songs leave such a strong impression that they seem to nestle in your head and stay there forever. I for example just can't ever climb on a table without hearing Cat Power's Lived in bars (We've lived in bars and danced on the tables...) in the back of my mind. Not that I ever dance on our table, but I do take pictures there ;).

Someone who does like to dance on our tables is Rosa, that is: when she's feeling well. But both girls have been sick on and off these last three or four weeks and all these nights of being awake and upset (Rosa and Julie) and comforting and changing beds (us) are starting to weigh upon all of us a bit. So Rosa stayed home from daycare today and we pottered around the house a bit together.

I've been working on many new things lately, including a whole new series of postcards, some posters and I hope I can get started on some new ceramics real soon too.

While a sick but relaxed Rosa watched Pippi Longstocking on tv I could even finish some orders...

So far one sick daughter has meant another healthy one...

... and then one or two days later it's been the other way around!

The next one who's going to climb on our tables is Julie, who enthusiastically started to climb and walk lately. A kid who's starting to walk, I still think it's one of the most beautiful things to witness! And often she's even singing while she walks... The sweetest thing!

(oh, and did I already mention that I've developed a card rack addiction lately...? They're everywhere around the house, even in the bathroom! ;))

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A new A3 size poster called The rabbits! It's available here.

My selection of A3 size posters has been growing a lot lately (and there's more to come!), somehow I was a bit done with the A4 size and felt the wish to move to something bigger ;).

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Lately Rosa has been challenging me with all these difficult how and why questions. Like why her knee bleeds when she falls, how it's possible that a refrigerator makes everything cold or why there's smoke coming from a kettle of boiling water. Turns out I hardly know the answers myself, let alone that I can come up with an explanation that makes sense to a three-year-old ;).

A challenge of a whole different kind is the 'draw me...' challenge: mama, could you draw me a dinosaur, a helicopter, a crane, a tractor, a cow, a dog...? And then it's funny to notice that though I see things like dogs and cranes almost every day, I often have no idea how to draw them in a proper way. So lately I've been practicing this 'drawing stuff I don't usually draw' thing, like cats... And now I can't stop making cat plates ;).

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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 ;))!

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About Ninainvorm

I'm Nina, ceramics designer, art/ craft/ design lover and mom of Rosa and Julie. This blog is about the things I make (you can find my online shop here) and the things I love (design, art, craft, interior, fashion, photography). You may have noticed a special emphasis on my two beautiful girls and everything children's design related!

There used to be a second blog on children's clothing, Coolkidsclothes, but it's currently sort of asleep and all the images have vanished temporarily, but I hope to revitalize it real soon.

Meanwhile, lovely children's clothing will be an important part of this blog here as well.

Want to get in touch? You can always send me an email through ik_ben_nina@hotmail.com.

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