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Prien at the Swan Market Sunday 23th

21 maart 2014

The kick off of the 2014 Swan Market season starts with a swinging festival in the Fenixloods. This robust, typically Rotterdam location is the place to be this weekend. Since it is inside, a little bit of rain now and then doesn’t matter. There will be food and drinks and more important a lot of cool stuff. Looking for a nice present or something for yourself, don’t hesitate and visit the market. It’s for free! And there will be live performances as well.

Prien will attend the festival on Sunday. Where my stand will be, I don’t know yet, hopefully next to Papiermonsters 🙂
I will have the new Spring Collection with me and the new Retro Summer Series …
Hope to see you this Sunday! Enjoy your weekend!

Prien at the Swan Market



Feel Good Market

11 maart 2014

The place to be this weekend is the Feel Good Market in Eindhoven.

Once again Strijp S will be the decor of a vibrant and creative market. Despite the beautiful weather of recent days, it is still early in spring, so the market well be indoors. There will be live music, a lot of delicious food and even more handmade and unique stuff to see and buy.

Prien will join this edition of the Feel Good Market. There will be new series of notebooks and other stationery. So come and visit Prien’s market stall to see it yourself!

… just a few more days of hard work to get ready in time 🙂 … See you Sunday!!

Feel Good Market


24 februari 2014

Craft is the newest hottest thing in The Netherlands. A lot of Dutch Design, exhibitions such as Hand Made in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the event Meesterlijk in Amsterdam are examples of the new idea of craft, how to use it and how to value it. In recent years there has been an upgrading of the phenomenon craft. But what exactly is craft and who are the craftsman behind all these beautiful objects?

Vakpracht is a new Dutch website gathering all those craftsmen. At this site you can find craftsmen such as a soap boiler, an embroiderer and even a bookbinder 🙂
If you are looking for a specific product or genre, you can use Vakpracht to get in touch with the craftsman you are looking for. But connecting consumers with craftsmen is not the only purpose of this site, Vakpracht also supports craftsmen by sharing knowledge about doing business, giving workshops and by being a forum so craftsmen can share there knowledge, or ask questions at colleagues.

Want to know more about this practical site, take a look at You can subscribe yourself to the newsletter, or you can follow the blog at the homepage. Of course you can also find Vakpracht at several social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Since a few days Prien is also part of the Vakpracht community at … only in Dutch …



Flavourites Live Business

24 november 2013

Once a year it’s Flavourites Live time. This sparkling event in Amsterdam, powered by MamaMarketing, offers webshop owners a stage to show their products ‘live’. Located in the inspiring location ‘De Overkant‘ this event hostst a consumers fair and a b-to-b event with workshops, lectures and providers focussed on b-to-b-products.

Since the schedule was pretty full, the first lecture was already at 10 in the morning. That meant an early trip to Amsterdam, to the other site of the IJ by ferry. After a refreshing and hasty – yes I was late again – walk to ‘The Overkant’ the first lecture  from Carlotte Mos/Ocher was about to start. Luckily a bit later than scheduled 🙂 Carlotte told us a lot about branding. You are your brand! You and al your expressions. Ofcourse you know this stuff, and you heard it before, but she managed to tell these facts in such an inspiring way, supported by a beautiful designed presentation (you are your brand! 🙂 ), that it really had an impact on me. …I have a lot of work to do coming weeks …

This vibrant start was followed by lectures about Pinterest (with some usefull tips), SEO (more good tips!) and content strategy. One other lecture that stood out was about trends in e-commerce, media & social media by Lieke Lamb. She is a true performer and speaker. It is wonderful to listen to her. Well founded facts and opinions brought with humour. The most important things she had to say; focus on mobile, desktop computer use will be replaced by mobile applications.

A lot of input, together with the inspiration from the course Blogging Your Way from Decor8, my head is full with new ideas and stuff that I have to improve in my blog and on my site….

Flavourites Live Business



Decor8’s E-Course Blogging Your Way

4 november 2013

Last Friday the e-course Blogging Your Way from Decor8 started officially. We had to do some reading and update our profiles …. but today … we finally start the course .. I am very curious! As you might have noticed, sometimes I was a bit lazy with posting new blogs … but with the help of this course I am planning to give this blog a boost. There are so many ideas in my head …with some discipline and new guidelines they should result in an interesting and beautiful blog about bookbinding and everything that inspires me and hopefully you!



Swan Market Festival

28 september 2013

This weekend the Rotterdam Swan Market will be a two day festival in combination with the World Food Festival. So there will be even more food (and music) – also in the evening – than on a normal Swan Market. It’s not only about eating, but also about food knowledge; Stimulate your senses in the Future Food House and don’t forget to shop some nice products at the market afterwards 🙂
Due to other commitments Prien can only join the festival on Sunday. The weather forecast is excellent, so I hope to see you this Sunday!
Have a nice weekend!



The day after ‘Meet the Blogger Masterclass’

13 september 2013

Yesterday I joined the Meet the Blogger Masterclass styling & photograpy. It was a great day!
I learned a lot of new things, and some already known photography basics were refreshed. Ofcourse the best thing were the other bloggers and webshop owners. Talking with people who are interested in the same things as you are is always inspiring! I met a lot of new people and I have a lot of new blogs to follow 🙂

In the morning we had to fulfill a styling assignment. First we had to create an ‘Easy Winter’ moodboard using some magazines. This moodboard formed the basis of our styling set. They made it a bit more complicated by adding the demand that we had to use a nice warm winter hat of YAYA and item of HK Living.The nice hat was a present, so I am ready for a cold winter 🙂 Thank you YAYA!

Turning the moodboard  ideas into a good styling set was a strenuous but inspiring job. We were allowed to use everything that was exhibited at the Toonkamer. They have such beautifull furniture, so it was marvellous ‘to shop for your set’. The nice and practical beige paper bags I used are from Uashmama.
It was a great day! Good to have been there!
– for more information, see my previous blogpost –



Meet the Blogger Masterclass

11 september 2013

Tomorrow I will join the ‘Meet the Blogger Masterclass Photography & Styling‘ in Utrecht.

This one day masterclass  has a focus on photography and styling. ANOUKB of ANOUKB interiors and Wendy van Woudenberg of BeeldSTEIL Photography and Styling will teach us the secrets of styling, photography and blogging. I am very curious!

The workshop will be given in the inspiring Toonkamer in Utrecht. The Toonkamer use to be the Pastoe furniture factory. Nowadays the Toonkamer is a platform where more than 30 Dutch and international Interior design brands present their new collections.