I came across this idea on Pinterest and after some detective work, I found it on Brooke's Grace and Light blog. I love this idea because it's so very simple and original. Kind of like paperclips, but prettier. Link: Paper Punch Garland Tutorial
This one is a little more complicated (eek! rulers!), but I think if you're a designer or artist, this awesome card holder made out of paint sample chips will really leave an impression with your fellow minglers. Bravo for DesignVerb! Link: Paint Chip Card Holders Tutorial
And finally... yeah. I know. This one looks exhausting to me too, but it's so so so pretty I might just consider quitting my job, buying a house (still need to work out the order/financial plan behind these two steps), and recreating this look in my bedroom. I am sure my boyfriend will be thrilled. Found on Design*Sponge (where else?). Link: DIY Idea: Paint Strip Wall Decoration
Alrighty! Enjoy your Monday! Hope it'll be a colorful day for you!
--- Comment »
I absolutely adore this apron. Feels like something so cool I could easily come across in my grandma's orange kitchen cupboards.
Great work, Jessica Nielsen! Links: Website | Blog | Shop Comment »
Is it a coincidence that the first thing my eye fell on today was a bunch of awesome mountain view pillow cases by Oh, Little Rabbit? I think not, my friend. A shaking, noisy bed it may be, but a mountain view I shall have. Links: Website | Etsy Shop
We need a new bedside lamp, and this amazing driftwood lamp from Anzfer Farms would be just perfect. Contemporary, yet very vacation-y (I need to stop making up words, it's obviously not my forte). Links: Website | Etsy Shop
Yes. A beautiful day IS coming. It so is. Really. Thank you Little Blue Day, for pointing this out to me by means of this beautiful print. Links: Website | Blog | Etsy Shop
I am not sure how comfortable this pretty pebble necklace by Jenny Hoople is to wear, but at least it might weigh me down a bit and stop the shaking. I am NOT allowed more coffee, no matter WHAT I say. Ok? Links: Website | Blog | Etsy Shop
I wish you all a very quiet, peaceful Monday, folks. I'm off to buy some ear plugs, tough cookie that I am.
--- Comment »
A. Heirloom, located in Brooklyn, New York, create these amazing cutting boards in the shape of countries and American states. They're really lovely and I'm seriously considering getting the California one, but this Italy cutting board is pretty awesome as well. Hmmm. Choices, choices. Link: Etsy Shop
This necklace would be the perfect gift for a good friend of mine who's quitting her job to go travel the world for nine months. I imagine she could draw out her route on this pretty necklace with a sharpie or something? Designed by Liz Kinnmark and Kegan Fisher. Links: Uncommon Goods Shop | Website Liz Kinnmark | Website Kegan Fisher
Now, this is the perfect thing to give people like me. No, not the kid. The pillow. A perfect gift for those who long to travel the world and move abroad, but don't get farther than Brussels (a one-and-a-half hour drive from where she was born). With this organic cotton pillow from Cath over at My Bearded Pigeon I can dream of moving to more exciting places... Links: Blog | Etsy Shop
I LOVE this. Drill Design created a whole series of paper, foldable (is that a word?), globes that you can get creative with (via Designboom), but this one is by far my favorite. You could color in all the countries you've visited, plot out a route, or just make it look very pretty and colorful! Hooray for planet earth! Link: Website Drill Design
Happy earth day, folks! How appropriate that I'm discussing airplane travel today, right? Well, that's me. Appropriate... Hmmm.
I'm off, folks, I need to tend to my organic herb and vegetable garden I've planted on my balcony (see, I try). Cheerio!
---- Comment »
So first off, who are you and where did the name come from?
We are Ivon van den Aker and Lieke van den Berge, the great minds behind Geek de Chique. We both live in Rotterdam, the loveliest concrete city of the Netherlands. When we are not realising our awesome ideas for Geek de Chique, we both work as graphic designers. Ivon currently works at an advertising agency, and Lieke works freelance from home. Geek de Chique is our little treasure. During our studies we got the idea to launch our own t-shirt line. There was just too much t-shirtcrap happening at that time and we wanted to add something more valuable. The name resulted from a brainstorm session over the Internet that resulted in some new new t-shirt ideas and eventually also our name. The name stands for who we are, computernerds with a sense of style.
What's the idea behind Geek de Chique and what's Geek de Musik?
Everything and anything we'd like to create or imagine, we create for Geek de Chique - it’s our own label. We produce everything from t-shirts, handmade scarfs, and bags, to postcards and calendars. The best ideas usually are inspired by very bad jokes or one-liners we love.
Geek de Musik is a project we started last August. We ourselves experienced how hard it was to finish school and get your name out there with only a small portfolio. So we wanted to help young graphic designers build a portfolio. Another problem we recognized was that young artists and musicians don't seem to spend any time or money on their visual identity. We figured these two groups could really help each other out. Musicians and artists could really use some great merchandise, designers need experience and some awesome projects to add to their portfolio
The project turned out a great success and since the beginning of January we are expanding and working with more kinds of creative talent now. We're looking for all kinds of creative people - illustrators, designers, stylists, photographers, you name it. Additionally, instead of just musicians we are now looking for young people with big ideas for projects or businesses. We help them find a creative person who can help build a visual identity for them.
Geek de Chique started as a webshop, did it not? How and why did you decide to open a pop up store?
Yes, Geek de Chique started as a webshop. During the Geek de Musik project we opened our first shop in Rotterdam. This pop up store was open for a month and everybody who bought something got a free ticket for the concert that some of the musicians gave at the end of the project. This first store was a great succes and we felt confident it was time for more. In our pop up store we don't just sell our own stuff, but we try to provide an offline podium for young designers. The store has turned out to be a great way to help them to promote and sell their products offline. It's very dangerous to work in such an inspiring shop, however, we just want to buy everything ourselves, haha! Everything is so beautiful!
And how do you go about selecting the artists who get to sell in your store?
For the launch we approached some designers who we loved, knew, or came across on the Internet. The products are sold in the store for just two consecutive months, so we are continuously searching for new artists and designers. Some designers do approach us now, and that's real fun! The products we eventually end up selecting for the shop must be unique, handmade or hand-designed, and affordable.
How does Geek de Musik work and how can Dutch musicians and designers get involved?
The first step is to find some musicians that are really serious about their career. Not a band that started just last week and is never gonna get to tomorrow. We sit down with them and together we try to find out what are the things they need the most. A website, logo, merchandise, demo-cover. The next step then is to look for a designer who fits best with the style of the musician. A match is born. We assist them in every step of the design process and help them realize perfect products.
What would be your tip for artists and young business owners who are just starting out?
You have to think outside the box, be unique and use everything that is around you to promote yourself. Don't just sit around and wait 'till it happens. You have to make the calls! Also, starting a business takes time, a lot of time, without payments. If you love what you do and believe in it, all pieces eventually do come together. Just never forget that you also need to make money, as you cannot live from charity. A lesson we still have to learn sometimes.
GIVEAWAY TIME!What are you offering my readers today? And what do they need to do?
Well, the summer is coming so we are giving away a great goodie bag with a nice summer t-shirt or tunique and some lovely little things from our store!
The only thing we want in return is that you have to leave a comment with a great joke or riddle we don’t know yet. The three jokes that make us fall of our chair get the awesome goodie bag! Remember: we like very bad corny jokes. (we’re still geeks!).
You can leave your jokes and riddles in the comment section of this blog post until the 25th of April, 2011. The winners will be notified personally.
Any last words?
It would be very nice to get the word out that we are still looking for all kinds of creative people to join us! They can all sign up at our website: www.geekdemusik.nl
Also, for those who live in The Netherlands, we've got a bunch of fun events coming up:
On April 30th you can find us at a very fun fair in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Liskwartier and on the 25th of June, we're at bazarbizar, a large creative fair in Rotterdam!
Thank you so much Ivon and Lieke for the great interview and AWESOME giveaway!!!
Links: Geek de Chique | Geek de Musik | Blog | Facebook
--- Comment »
Will & Kate: A Love Story tells the story of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton, of course. In the beautifully illustrated and interactive storybook, Prince William grows up from an ordinary little boy who always knew he'd grow up to be the king and meets Catherine, a very pretty small-town girl who used to dream of someday marrying a prince. They meet each other by chance one day and fall in love. And well... we all know how the story ends, don't we?
THE FUN'S IN THE DETAILSChildren can choose to have the story read to them by a charming British female narrator, or choose to read the book themselves. You move through the story by clicking the arrows back and forth in the bottom on the screen and there are enough distractions along the way to discover and play with - ancestors gasping, sheep bleating, birds chirping, fireworks popping - lovely. These interactive features are the highlight of the book, I'd say. They're incredibly witty and combined with the hilarious sound-effects and ambient background noises, they make for a very entertaining book. The application is very intuitive and it's quite easy to navigate and 'get' all the little jokes hidden within the pages.
A CONTEMPORARY FAIRYTALEThe illustrations in the book are really nicely done as well. The illustrations are done by British illustrator Adam Larkum and he chose to cleverly combine Quentin Blake-esque drawings of the characters with actual photographs of historical artworks, countryside landscapes, and landmarks. This makes for a fairytale story with a contemporary feel, which, let's be honest, is what Will and Kate's story represents, doesn't it?
WHERE'S THE DRAH-MAH? The only thing I was less impressed by in this adorable app, was the story. It feels kind of flimsy. It might be that I'm just the only person in the world who hasn't been completely blown away by this royal love story - but I would have liked to see more of a storytelling arch. There's no crisis. Little Prince William isn't unhappy with his fate to become a king and little Catherine isn't lonely. There's no moment of doubt before them getting married or mention of their famous breakup because of the pressures of living a life in the limelight. I'm missing a bit of drama here, which makes the story feel like Snow White without the evil Queen.
MORE PLEASE! Other than that - this is a delightful little app and very well suited for younger readers interested in the Prince and Princess getting married soon. The story is fun and happy, the drawings are lovely, and the interactive details had me laugh out loud (especially the talking paintings). Can't wait to try out Ink Robin's other book The Lollipop Lady Mystery. Great job, guys!
Links: Ink Robin's Website | 'Will & Kate' in the iTunes store
RELATED POST: Book/iPad App Review: Oliver Jeffers - 'The Heart and the Bottle' Comment »
Am loving this teepee shirt from LineaCarta in Berkeley, California. This would be the perfect shirt to take on a camping trip. If you should decide to go camping, that is (you fools!). Links: Website | Blog | Etsy Shop
Our cat Meneertje ('little Mister') sleeps in an igloo, but I am sure he would adore this teepee from ModCloth as well. It's so badass. Perhaps I should get this for his birthday in August (hey! celebrating cat birthdays is so ok). Link: ModCloth
How cute and modern is this necklace from ROUND Designs? Jewel maker Lila Rice who's based in Brooklyn, New York, really knows how to handcraft some very pretty necklaces, so be sure to check out her website. This teepee necklace has to be my favorite, though. Links: Website | Blog | Shop
Should you still want to go camping, though (despite my objections), please take this handprinted teepee tea towel from Indobay Inc. with you. You'll be the star of the dishwashing area. Links: Blog | Shop
And finally, the teepee that all started it. By Moozlehome, via DutchHandmade. Links: Blog | Etsy Shop
Enjoy your Wednesday and see you back here tomorrow!
♥ Anna Denise
--- Comment »