woensdag 27 juni 2012

500 places to take your kids before they grow up, part one

I love to travel.

Ever since I was a little girl, growing up on a small island in the Caribbean, I would read about all the places that are out there and that one day I would be able to visit (little did I know back then that having enough time and money is crucial to this plan).

I did some travelling myself, but by far not as much as I wanted. When I had the time, I lacked the money and when the money was there, guess what.... no time to! But on a whole I cannot complain.

Having two boys myself I see it as my task - as a mother - to teach them:

- To be confident and responsible adults.
- To be great cooks and cleaners (a fool-proof strategy in order to delay the arrival of the first daughter in law).
- To know who to call when they are in deep deep deep shit (that would be me).

and last but not least:

- To know that they are not alone in this world and that there is more to life then their own.

Taking my responsibility at heart I travel with them as much as I can and as much as the school board will allow me to.

Years ago I picked up this book by Frommers: 500 places to take your kids before they grow up. Inspired by this great book I decided to dedicate a few blog articles to some of the amazing tips in this book. For the coming four weeks I will be spending time highlighting one travel tip from each segment of the book that stole my heart and might do the same to you.

My first post will be in the category of great views. I will be dedicating it to the marvelous Irish Cliff's of Mohair.

Stay tuned (en start arranging enough time and money)!

vrijdag 22 juni 2012

Article about Travelher in East!

De zomereditie van East! Magazine heeft leuke aandacht besteed aan Travelher. East! is een reis glossy voor iedereen die gek is op Indonesie en de rest van Zuid-oost Azie. EAST! komt vier keer per jaar uit en staat boordenvol leuke reisreportages, achtergrondverhalen, mooie foto's en...... een stukje over Travelher!

donderdag 21 juni 2012

New kids collection!

I am really excited to tell you guys that I am working on a new kids travel collection. I am working really hard on the collection to have it ready by next week.

This kids collection will consist of a zipper pouch (for nintendo's, ipod's and other bits and pieces), a passport cover and a luggage tag. Be patient! It will be ready soon.......

Ik ben deze dagen aan het buffelen om mijn nieuwe kinder collectie af te krijgen.

* Moet jij voor je kinderen deze zomer ook een eigen paspoort aanvragen?
* Vraag je je af hoe je al die paspoorten uit elkaar gaat houden?

Iedereen heeft recht op een eigen paspoorthoesje!

De nieuwe kinder collectie bestaat een paspoorthoesje, een reistasje en een bijpassende koffer label. Het duurt nu niet lang meer.......

zondag 17 juni 2012

Tale of a menstrual secret

When I think about designing a new item (and this can be anywhere: in the shower, in heavy traffic, while picking up mu kids from school), this is often a process that cannot be interrupted.This is quite annoying to the ones around me, but in my head colors and functions work together in creating the perfect bag.

Anything can trigger this process. It can be a conversation with a neighbor, a specific color or in this particular case an advertisement for sanitary pads without even mentioning the words: period, menstrual cycle, blood, heavy flow, or even "drop dead all of you". The advertisement was all about nice clouds and being me all days of the month.

Ladies, this story is about your monthly discomfort. See? I did it. I did not mention it by it's true name, and again I am not doing it! Why is that? Why do we shy away from the one thing that makes special, defines our gender and the single true miracle of life?

Everybody works together in keeping this a secret. We are even ashamed of it and would prefer it if nobody knows when that part of the month arrives. But we know! And don't worry, everybody around you will too. Why? Because God decided that it is a bloody shame that we go around hiding the gift of life that - for those couple of days - he makes us cranky, unreasonable, unreliable, unpredictable, unstable, emotional, aggressive bitches.

Well WTF! I am being me all days of the month! Just a different me when I am having my period. If you have a problem with that, I will meet you outside after this!

But life plays funny tricks on us. It is said that women, living together tend to synchronize their menstrual cycles. I used to live in a house with 7 other female students and at some point we figgered out that 6 out of 8 were having their period in the exact same week. This - again - is the universe taking care of us. If we are going to be in the above mentioned state, we might as well turn at each other and get it over with. This - by the way - worked very well because we could bulk shop for chocolate bars.

But now back to the issue at hand.

I designed a travel pouch for sanitary pads. What I wanted to do is make a pouch with fake sanitary pad on the outside of the pad. But then I realized that the world is not ready for that - yet.

So to avoid further embarrassement I designed the fake sanitary pad on the inside of the pouch*. If you look at the closed pouch you will be thinking of clouds and being you all days of the months.

When you open it, reality will sink in, and you will be your own bitchy self again.


* I have two versions: A blue one and black version. Choose according to your mood.

maandag 4 juni 2012

New Japanese travel accessories

This series of travel wallets of world flags is actually a lot of fun. First I choose the flags and then I think about what materials I have in stock to make make a travel wallet or passport cover in a special way. Then I take it from there. Reading about the flags and how and when they were introduced is quite interesting. Some have been designed and introduced by governments in an orderly way while others just kind of appeared at some point.

The interesting thing about the Japanese flag is that it is believed that it was Emperor Mommu who used a flag representing the sun in his court as early as 701, and that this is the first recorded use of a sun-motif flag in Japan. This flag is officially called Nisshōki in Japanese, but is more commonly known as Hinomaru, "circle of the sun". Even though this flag was widely used it wasn't until 1999 that the legislation caught up with common practice.*

The Japanese flag is one of my personal favorites, not because it is easy to reproduce, but because it is the vivid example of the "less-is-more" philosophy. The Japanese flag is beautiful because it is simple!

I just finished a range of Japanese travel accessories. The travel wallet and passport cover I made of the striped vintage obi are absolutely fabulous. This fabric is so exquisite and sturdy that many things can be made out of it. I complemented the two with a "rising sun" passport cover made of raw silk and lined with Japanese upholstery cotton. I also used typical "fallas" fabric from Valencia, Spain in the Obi travel wallet. About these Spanish fabric I will tell you more next time. Stay tuned!

* source: wikipedia