April 27, 2014

Kingsday Free Market Sale

Last Saturday was The Netherlands' first ever Kingsday! And, just as we did with the previous two Queensdays, we joined the free market in our hometown Vlaardingen. We had been working incredibly hard - making an enormous supply of jewelry (which explains why we haven't been very active on our blog recently...), designing and printing new cards*, and moving around all kinds of furniture to display our items properly. Add that up to the fact that we had to get up at 5 in the morning to find ourselves a nice spot, and you can understand it was quite an exhausting day ;) 

April 22, 2014

Food of the Future?

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were invited to a home-made dinner with his family and the idea was that all couples had to prepare one dish. We decided to prepare a chocolate fondue for dessert, but since we wanted to shock and impress a little bit, we wanted to add a special element instead of just fruits and cakes: ... locusts. 

April 17, 2014

Tea with a Story

Last Tuesday my two sisters and I went to a hotel with a view on the harbour river in our hometown to have a great high tea. They served a tower full of different kinds of sweet and savory treats like scones, sandwiches, brownies, small quiches and more. With that we could drink as much tea as we wanted. The tea is exactly the thing that I wanted to share with you, because we loved the way it was presented.

April 16, 2014

Personal - Etsy Pastel

Normally we present our inspirational quotes ('Words of Wisdom') on Wednesday, but today we feel like showing you something else, which is just as pretty to look at. In our last Friday's Fabulous Photos we showed you our love for pastel colours by a lovely photo collage. Because we were getting so happy about it, we also collected all our favourite pastel coloured items on Etsy and put them together in a new Treasury list. If this sweet and cheerful collection doesn't cause the spring fever...

If you want to see the pictures in better quality, or want to find the shops where they sell these items, you can click here.

Lisa & Ivanna

April 15, 2014

King's Day Bracelet!

As you may have noticed (especially if you live here in the Netherlands), it has been almost a year since Willem-Alexander was inaugurated as king. This does not only mean that we have a new monarch; it also means the end of Queensday, and the beginning of Kingsday!

Last year we celebrated the former Queen's birthday with our Queen For A Day bracelets and earrings. Of course we want to celebrate the King's birthday as well by the introduction of this unique handmade bracelet. This piece of jewelry is made of four glass beaded bracelets in the colours of the Dutch flag and banner, and a silver-coloured crown charm. This cute limited-edition bracelet is now for sale on our webshop! 

Especially for you guys we would like to offer this bracelet and the rest of our jewelry with a 10% discount! This discount lasts until Wednesday April 22nd. You can get 10% off if you fill in the following code with your order:


If you want to wear it on King's Day, make sure you order on time! :)

Lisa and Ivanna

PS: If you want to see us and our jewelry in real life, we will be joining the freemarket in Vlaardingen on April 26, as usual! ;)

April 11, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Photos - Pastel colors

We love pastel colors!! The sweet and soft tones are seen quite often nowadays in all kinds of fields; in home decorations, fashion (clothing as well as hair dye) and even in food. Pastel colors remind us of spring and give a calm and romantic feeling. We are really in the mood for buying some stuff in those colors in order to get the real springtime vibes. And about the macarons on the picture.. Ivanna is convinced that she's going to make them herself in the very near future. Lisa told her she tried it recently and that it's very difficult to make them, so unfortunately they didn't come out as planned, but still. We feel like a blog post is going to roll out of this idea, no matter what!

Lisa & Ivanna

April 9, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom - Dream your dreams

Last week I finished my internship at the veterinary clinic in Rotterdam. I got the chance to meet several veterinarians, and not only did I learn different techniques in veterinary practice, I also learned some lessons about life. My mentor motivated me everyday and showed me some insight in his career and his view on becoming professional, but also, becoming happy in life. Some of the things that he taught me are things that he tries to do himself everyday and got him to the position where he is now: the manager of five successful veterinary clinics. 

What he taught me was: Learn new things everyday and never stop developing yourself. Learn from your mistakes, evaluate and try to figure out what you can do better next time. This development may take years, you're not going to be perfect at your job instantly. And you can never be perfect, you can only do the best you can. Most important, is to always set your own goals. And of course, to do what you love.


April 8, 2014

Etsy Nautical

Ahoy sailor! We've made a collection of our favourite items on Etsy that relate to the theme 'Nautical'. We've included items that are for sale on webshops from all over the world. We think these items together look very adventurous and are perfect for the time of the year.

What do you think of this theme? Does it fit your style?

If you want to see the pictures in better quality, or want to find the shops where they sell these items, you can click here.

Lisa & Ivanna

April 6, 2014

Weekly Inspiration Post - Customer's Choice

Normally, in our Weekly Inspiration Posts, we show you combinations of jewelry that we put together ourselves because we think it would be a good idea for a set. However, we found that our customers are sometimes more inventive than we are. They order items that fit very well together, which gives us some inspiration as well!
Recently we got a message from a very sweet customer: she sent us some photos of the bracelets that she received from us after ordering in our webshop and showed us what they look like when she wears them! We think she ordered a very nice set; the two bracelets match very well and look very cheerful together.

If you want to show us and our followers your order sometime, let us know, and we will post the photos on our blog!:)

Lisa & Ivanna

April 1, 2014

Men's jewelry now online!

Last Sunday we proudly announced that we finished our men's jewelry collection. This was also the moment that we were going to start focussing on making all the item listings on Etsy, which is really a lot more work than you would think. In order to get a good view on the product for the customers, it is important to add a detailed description to all items. And of course, since this is why we wanted to make jewelry, describe our thoughts and ideas on the separate pieces by explaining the used symbols and adding matching quotes. You can imagine that this can take a while, but in the end this is what we want to do and what distinguishes us from commercial jewelry production. 
We also asked Lisa's boyfriend very nicely to pose with our freshly made jewelry so that we can show you what it looks like on someone. Below we created an impression of the whole collection. More close-up photo's and how-to-wear photo's, and of course all the unique items, can be found in our webshop

Lisa & Ivanna