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Nativity Scene in Princenhage at night

post // Spending Christmas 2021 in Breda?

Since 2000 Stichting Kerststal Princenhage has built a life sized Nativity Scene every Christmas in the centre of Princenhage – a village in the city of Breda.

Saltpan before sunrise

post // It is going to be a good day

After arriving in Curaçao, the fun part of being out of sync with my daylight and nighttime schedule is to wake up at 5 in the morning. An hour before the sun rises.

Artwork of clourful plastic

post // How Elodie Heloise expresses her dismay at plastic pollution

Besides sharing her amazing stories, writer Elodie Heloise creates colourful assemblage artworks of collected plastic waste washed up on the beaches of Curaçao.

Dutch postcards Studio Noors

post // The artwork of Studio Noors shares a story of family ties and homeliness

Studio Noors is founded by Dutch designer and illustrator Noortje Nieuwkoop. Besides pretty postcards Studio Noors designs extraordinary crockery and T-shirts.

colourful postcards by G. de Waal

post // Postcards created by local artists in Curaçao

I love browsing in souvenir shops, looking for postcards and small artworks created by local artists. I found these postcards in the souvenir shop of Bloemhof.

Sunrise Salt pans

post // Sunrise in Curaçao, observing the skies in their full glory

One of the positive things about being jet lagged is that it offers a perfect opportunity to watch sunrise. A reward of awaking up early at Curaçao.

Great-grandmother

post // Portrait drawing challenge

I have made it my goal to create a portrait drawing every day. Therefore, I have chosen a small, early 20th century portrait of my great-grandmother.

post // Hiking in the hamlets The Rith and Lies near Breda

Thanks to the dark weather the views were amazing. The overwhelming skies reminded me of paintings of 17th century Dutch landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael.

Sketchbook daydream drawings

post // Daydreaming and drawing

From time to time I enjoy zoning out and let my mind wander freely. It is a perfect way to visualize dreams, goals, and ambitions I would like to achieve.

post // I just did my first 10k running event!

In 2016 I downloaded the app Start2Run with Evy Gruyaert. After 1,5 year running 2-3 times a week, I managed to complete the first lesson of the app :(

Postcards Zeeland

post // Postcards from Zeeland

Whenever I am travelling and visiting a new location or area, I love to look for postcards created by local artists. I enjoy buying these unique postcards.

moodboard Glamour of Paris

post // Paris and living in an imaginary glamorous world

When I was a little girl, I had this stunning image of Paris. Like a glamorous perfume advertisement. A lively city where every one was perfect, pretty and happy.

bouquet of flowers

post // A lovely surprise: a bouquet of flowers

Today this pretty display of nature’s abundance of colour was delivered with a card saying that I deserved flowers. It was sent by Curio.

Mai Dantsig painting Sunny Day

post // Painting Sunny Day by Mai Dantsig

I was starstrucked when I saw this painting. It had everything a good painting needs: bright colours, movement and a hardworking woman.

Drawing kenzo perfume bottle

post // A drawing a day

When I attended the Academy of Arts, my art teacher wasn’t too pleased with my drawings. He told me to improve my skills by making a drawing every day.

view office window curacao

post // The view from my office window

Lately, the view has become even more extra ordinary. In the garden of the neighbours across the street, a Wayaca tree has started to bloom exquisitely.