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DUTCH APPLE PIE WITH ALMOND PASTE A TWIST ON THE DUTCH CLASSIC. This is a twist to the classic Dutch Apple Pie ‘appeltaart‘. It contains almond paste and in the dough we added almond flakes, this provides it with a surprise element. I love all types of apple pies. The Dutch ‘appeltaart‘ with a crumbled crust is probably my favourite because I love the spiced crumbled topping. We recently had our housewarming party and this apple pie was one of…

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NORTH POLE MEETS SOUTH POLE A FREE PRINTABLE FOR A BIRTHDAY CARD OR INVITATION Hey there! Just one more day and it’s weekend! Time sure does go fast when you’re busy! Are you at all effected by the darker days? I do, and consequently I find myself going to bed early, insanely early! On the flip-side it is kind of cozy –though we seriously need to get the lighting done in the new house. It’s one of those things that…

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creative market top picks, photoshop + more, resources for your website, visual design

Design 101: Photoshop Basics

Design 101: Adobe Photoshop Basics Take control of your blogs style   I’m a self taught Photoshop user. I have found it to be one of the best tools I own. I am not a professional, but an enthusiast. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or two and would like to share them with you. This post is for people who already have a sense of how Photoshop works. Working with layers + Groups Most of us have have…

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a fab fête, creative, diy, foodie, interior, kids

easter brunch for the kids // styling tips

a creative mess [.nl]

Styling tips for an Easter brunch with kids. These tips can be applied to any party / event with children. Decorating and styling a table for kids, whether for a birthday or holiday, in this case Easter is always fun. Bright colors and a lot of cuteness. Again I teamed up with my daughter Cierra, owner of Bloesem Photography for this project. We decided to go with a white background and table so that the colors would really pop. It…

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a fab fête, creative, diy

marbling your easter decorations with nail polish

Marbling your Easter decorations with nail polish In this post we’ll show you how to use nail polish to marble your Easter eggs and other Easter decor. We’ve seen so many amazing marbled projects on Pinterest and on some of our favorite blogs and we had to try it ourselves. Marbling objects is really easy and the within minutes you have an amazing transformation. Cierra went to work with these eggs and candles. We’re so happy with how they’ve turned…

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a fab fête, creative, diy

make colorful feathers decorations using washi-tape

Make colorful feathers decorations using washi-tape Who says washi-tape is dead? There are so many fun things you can do with washi-tape (and other decorative types of tape), one of the things you could make are colorful feathers decorations using washi-tape. There are so many colors and prints available that no matter what your style is there is bound to be a tape that you can use in some way in your interior or in your creative projects. For the…

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a fab fête, diy, diy, entertaining

botanical inspired easter brunch buffet

Botanical inspired Easter brunch buffet styling tips I teamed up again with my daughter Cierra, >owner of Bloesem Photography. What a fun time we had working out the concepts I had for Easter. Today I’m publishing the ‘Botanical’inspired shoot. Using mostly greens and neutral colors, with white as the background we created a bright yet subtle palette for this Easter dessert / buffet table. This idea could easily be used for Mother’s Day as well. There are many d.i.y. elements in…

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favorites, interior, people + places, products


EVENT // HEMA NETHERLANDS PRESS DAY 2016 Press event in Amsterdam Today I attended the HEMA press day in Amsterdam. I was expecting to see cute, fun and creative products and that’s what I saw. Fun colours, textures and products. For HEMA fans like my daughter, Cierra there were also monochrome home accessories. The HEMA collection is versatile; a little something for everyone. But when the invitation was for the Spring + Summer collection I thought of Easter and COLORS.…

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Engaged NL for the trendy new bride

EngagedNL for creative lovers &  young at heart Engaged Nl is a unique wedding event for creative lovers & the young at heart. I attended the event with my daughter, Cierra. This was our second visit, we attended two years ago out of pure curiosity and now we attended for networking. Cierra started her photography business earlier this year and specializes in Lifestyle Photography which of course includes weddings. She spoke with some photographers and graphic designers while I, being her…

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