Atelier pour enfants

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It is weekend and for us the two-week-May-holiday did start.
To make sure the kids won’t stay in all the time
on the Ipad/Iphone/Xbox,
we’ll try to find some distractions, haha!
However this means just for the (almost) 5-year-old…
The almost 13-year-old we can’t save anymore…
The digital world took over… Ok, luckily there is sports ; )

Well through Pinterest we’ve found out about
ATELIER POUR LES ENFANTS.
An incredibly inspiring blog
from two cool creative ladies,
Odile and Junko.
They give workshops just in France,
so luckily we can follow their blog,
to give us some wonderful inspiration.

The really COOL thing about this blog is,
besides the wonderful results of kids-art,
they give us an inside in their minds.
They show us their inspiration.
How cool is that!
So they teach us in a way about art…LOVE IT!

And as a daughter of an artist
(art painter, sculpturer, screen printer)
I can totally appreciate their brilliant taste of art!

So go and visit ATELIER POUR ENFANTS
and if you live in France visit their workshops
(we’re jealous already ; )!
And let the kids be
‘openminded creative’
for as long as they can!

And you as a parent, on the other hand,
will learn much more then you’ve ever expected…
About ART, DIY & quality time with the kids.
And in the end you will have a unique peace of art in your home.
Frame the one which makes you most happy! What a gift!

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

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All the images are from:
Atelier pour enfants

It’s that day again ; )

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What is it with Monday’s?
Is it the start of a new week?
Or did we loved the weekend so much…?
Or do we have a heavy duty week ahead of us…?

If you have a boring job, then we can imagine,
but if you love what you do…
Monday’s can just be a FRESH HAPPY START of the week!
Anyway, it’s up to you what you make out of it.

HAPPY MONDAY Y’ALL!

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Please don’t!

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This is a shout out to all of our COOL friends in the business.
COOL as in ‘the inside’…

They need some support!

In PUBLIC ENEMY‘s words:
“DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!’

It is something which comes up into our mind all the time lately.
Conversations with unique people, true influencers, artists, designers…
We talk about one thing… THE HYPE…

What’s cool and what’s not…
Actually, we don’t like ‘NOT’…
It feels negative and a waste of energy…

But for
THE MAKERS, THE MOVERS & THE SHAKERS
it can be very frustrating to see all the copying,
in the kids-branding-art-design-world.

Who’s hot or not (THE HYPE)
And all about followers.
Which comes from the commercial-side.
For us that is a bit of a shallow-thought…

There are so many incredibly talented artists,
designers, photographers, agents
& last but, for sure, not least, the mums.

Some people just started or don’t have a lot with social media.
That doesn’t say ‘anything’ about their talent. Or what they’re capable of.
Although we have to say that there are many many COOL people
with loads of followers who are truly talented… obviously!!!!
No doubt about that. For them it can be very annoying too!
They’ve started somewhere too… It’s hard work you know…

For those who run after all the hype’s
Just OPEN YOUR EYES, TAKE A GOOD LOOK,
EXPLORE A BIT…
you will find out there’s a beautiful true world…
Where creative people are human beings without a marketing machine.
They don’t want to shine, they don’t have a big ego.
They have loads of doubts…
but
they just want to create.

And you, you will find you, your true self.
That’s the best gift!
We don’t need an army of the same looking people (from the outside).
The world will be better with unique people.
Who will choose themselves and feel good about that!

So,
(NEW YOU),
support
THE MAKERS
THE MOVERS
AND THE SHAKERS!
They are the true inspiration.

Last but not least,
the moment of exploration starts with
this brilliant OLDSKOOL coolness
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HELLOOOOOHWEEN … BOO!

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Almost HALLOWEEN…

The dude can’t wait, for some reason….
(it’s not a tradition in our country)
So we’ve ordered a skeleton-costume…
#whyohwhy… : [

There is so much inspiration we’ve seen the last few weeks,
and we could have easily made something…
but #wedidnot
So…

At least we can share this with you,
just in case you’re still searching for
some ‘contemporary cool for the dudes’.

number one!
An AWESOME costume for halloween!
PAC-MAN… After the oldskool cool movie
#backtothefuture, we’re in the #oldskool #vibe…
from The Effortless Chic Blog,
Photography by Emily Morgan,
DIY by Kathlene Linehan.

number two!
A  skull-pompom. What a big contrast.
We’re not scared here,
so as big hero’s in the dark (NOT!)
we can use a few sweethearts from the always inspiring
MR. PRINTABLES.

number three!
This cool family, MINOR DE:TALES, nailed it!
It’s the perfect costume for us!
The william-wow-hoodie
from BangbangCPH,
Munsterkids pants
and the classic VANS
You only need some cool clothes
(so you can still wear it after this party)
and a skateboard (… only if you can ride it…).

And if you are #thelastminutetypeofparentlikeweare
here’s some help from last year.

BOO!

yes we can!

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The last few weeks we felt really uncomfortable
watching the sad images from around the Mediterranean.
All the refugees running from their awful heartbreaking situation.
Where they even try the most dangerous ways to get away.

First it just hits you, but you go on with your daily life.
Thinking about the refugees
and it makes you aware of how lucky you are!
But then you can’t let it go anymore,
seeing all the parents running with their kids.

And then the worst possible;
the images of drowned children.
It left the world in shock.
Thinking about their parents.
Their circumstances, that every minute counts…

We have to do something. YES WE CAN!

The citizens of Europe are standing up,
not waiting for the government to do something.
The time is ticking…

We avoid all the negativism of scared,
frustrated, cynical people.
The refugees with their kids can’t help it…
In the worst situation you can’t ever imagine,
it’s awful when people are aggressive and hostile.

We want to help, because it’s HUMAN!

And it feels awesome that we don’t wait and do nothing,
But joining great initiatives like this one;
BAG TO THE FUTURE

Something we can do with our kids.
To teach them, make them aware.
A small gesture,
but that will make the child in need
HAPPY for a while.
To give them something for themselves.

If you want a bigger change,
you can always support
by donating and signing
and joining
these wonderful initiatives,
which really saves lives
or make it at least saver!
SAVE THE CHILDREN
MOAS
ARTSEN ZONDER GRENZEN
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
WARCHILD

A VERY BIG THANK YOU!

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