Monthly Archives: March 2012

here and there

Dutch people often ask me what the weather is like in Oregon and my response is that it is quite similar to Amsterdam. Four distinct seasons with a good dose of rain. Spring in Oregon tends to be unpredictable, while usually very pleasant in the Netherlands. Our weather here turns chaotic, cool, and rainy in the summer, while Oregon is more consistently warm and summery.

The difference between an Oregon spring and a Dutch spring were at there extremes yesterday. At my parents home in the valley, they had a blanket of snow. My mother sent me photos of the white landscape and I rode around Amsterdam with a light coat and sunglasses. I’ll take one Dutch spring and one Oregon summer please.

Snowy photo by my cute mother. Spring photos by me.

counting days

We have entered that phase of talking about days until the wedding. Five days until my dress is finished. Seven days until the first guests arrive. Sixteen days until we say I do! Our excitement is high and there is relatively little stress. Our aim the whole time has been to keep things simple and we can only hope that things continue smoothly through the big day.

Any tips on making it through the final days before a big event?

Sunset timelapse photo via

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Spotting the striped Ana Candles by Schoolhouse Electric (pictured above)
2. Watching a timelapse of the dyeing of the Chicago River
3. Reading the spring issue of Sweet Paul magazine
4. Watching the World Press Photo winning multimedia productions Afrikaner Blood, Half-Lives, and America’s Dead Sea
5. Admiring the design of Dutch Mountain by DeNieuweGeneratie (pictured below, images by John Lewis Marshall)
6. Learning about the health benefits of having a dog (it’s about time)
7. Adding another book, An Everlasting Meal, to my reading list

on the edge of spring

Yesterday was a perfect ‘first days of spring’ day. Warm in the sun, cool in the shade. Huddled with a book on a terrace wearing a thick scarf and sunglasses. You could almost see the flowers and plants stretching towards the sun. North America already has turned back its clocks, but Europe waits for two more weeks. Fourteen more days of waking up to the half-light of a spring morning.

Photo by marrren

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Listening to a mix by Mira while sitting on a sunny balcony with a Sunday morning coffee
2. Watching the story behind the famous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster
3. Seeing an illustration of the bird eggs of Australia by Amy Borrell (pictured above, via)
4. Watching Susan’s Cain TED talk on The Power of Introverts (via)
4. Seeing x-rays of flowers by Brendan Fitzpatrick (via)
5. Browsing the Voyager issue of Edits Quarterly, short narratives in film and photography (via)
6.Wanting to eat the Pantone Sweets by Emilie Griottes (pictured below, via)

a road trip in Italy

In one month, I will marry my best friend. In one month and one day, he and I will board a plane to Rome. I can’t wait to show Marcus the Eternal City, where I once had an apartment in Trastevere and spent my mornings visiting museums with my art history class and afternoons watching Italian films. Now I will be going with my husband, on our honeymoon. Excited? Yes.

After two days in Rome, we will head out on a road trip to the Amalfi Coast. National Geographic calls it the drive of a lifetime. I just hope it isn’t too terrifying. Taking the infamously curvy road is the only way to reach the hillside villas tucked along the coastline. Well, then. We shall begin with an adventure!

Photo 1 by marin, photo 2 by julia

printed in japan

I’m experiencing a renewed appreciation for the work of Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka after discovering a brochure from the 2007 ‘Printed in Japan’ exhibition at the temporary Stedelijk Museum.