zaterdag 25 april 2015

Hotspots: Broei Utrecht

If you've read a couple of my latest Hotspots posts, you'l probably understand why I'm such a fan of the Oosterkade & Westerkade in Utrecht. Across Koffie Leute, which I wrote about here, you'll find Broei, a creative place where you can enjoy coffee, food, books & art! Every Sunday you can join gamenight with your friends where you can even bring your own favourite game!

Another thing which I think is really cool is their "Wall of Frame". An exhibition wall where you can find and buy the work of several talented artists like illustrators, photographers & graphic designers. How nice to pick out your favourite artwork while you're enjoying a cup of good coffee or a nice lunch! You can find a lot more creative & original events on the agenda of Broei like workshops, concerts and "La Table Longue" where all the tables are pushed together and you can enjoy dinner with the other guests.

Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 21 april 2015

Healthy & Homemade

My last Healthy & Homemade post was around Christmas so it's definitely time for a new recipe! This week we had artichokes & fresh spinach in our vegetable package. I've never prepared artichokes before but I found an original recipe for "Spinach Artichoke Quiche Cups" which I had to try...

This is what you'll need:

- 3 fresh artichokes
- a big bowl of spinach
- 3 eggs whisked
- 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 1 portion of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 crushed garlic cloves

First you have to prepare the artichokes by cutting off the stems & the tips of the leaves. Rub the bottom of the artichokes with half of a lemon. Place the artichokes in a pan of boiling water standing up and cook them for about 30 minutes. For this recipe you'll only need the heart of the artichokes. When they're ready you can remove the leaves and eat them while you're cooking if you like! 

Cut the hearts into small pieces and put it in a bowl together with all the other ingredients & mix them all up. Divide this mixture among the cups and place them in a 350 degrees preheated oven for 20 minutes. When your mini quiches are done, take them outside with a glass of whine and enjoy the sun!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

woensdag 15 april 2015

Etsy Love

I have some beautiful new Etsy favourites that I want to share with you! As you know I love greens and I love prints so for me this is the perfect combination. Add a little pastel & fresh whites and you're all set for this season! I just fell in love with this tropical green pillow case by Whitlock and Co and the pink one with cacti print by Confetti Riot would look great next to it! Take a look at these special items...

1. Tropical Pillow Case by Whitlock and Co
2. Cactus Print bu Polly Rowan
3. Cork & Wood Bowl by Melanie Abrantes
4. Pots & Plants Print by Studio Meez
5. Cactus Print Pillow Case by Confetti Riot
6. Handmade Mug by Studio Lorier
7. Ceramic & Wood Tray by Crave Studio
8. Screen Printed Pillow Case by Bubbles at the Head
9. Wall Hooks by Loop Design

dinsdag 7 april 2015

Hotspot Goede Vrijdag Utrecht

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the hotspots "Koffie Leute", "De Kledingbibliotheek" & "Urlaub" in Utrecht. Today I'd like to show you another hotspot in this interesting new neighborhood. Goede Vrijdag is based at this little bridge keeper's house which is completely transformed into a spectacular coffee bar. The guys at Koffie Leute advised me to pay a visit to this special place and I'm glad they did! Not only is this a 
remarkable location tot start a coffee bar, the interior is definitely original. 

The guys who started this coffee bar are graduates from art school and made almost everything themselves. I love the unpredictable mix of artifacts, greens, kitschy porcelain and art projects. Every two weeks there's a live performance at their cosy basement as well! When you're in Utrecht, go and check it out!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 30 maart 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Happy Green Easter!

When this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme was announced, I didn't immediately had an idea. So what do you do when you're not inspired? You go to the Thrift Shop! When I was browsing through the store, my eye fell on this glass egg planter, perfect! I also found a very hideous yellow flowerpot. But the longer I looked at it, the more I started to love it! I bought a couple of mini plants and placed them into the egg, not that easy I can tell you... But it worked out and I think this mini Easter garden looks great in my living room! Happy Green Easter everyone!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

vrijdag 27 maart 2015

DIY Pastel Easter Eggs

Easter is coming so I thought it would be nice to share this DIY with you guys! I think Easter is a great public holiday to get creative without making things complicated... Everybody can decorate eggs in their own way & there is so much inspiration to be found on Pinterest for instance! I made these cute Spring inspired pastel eggs with a water resistant marker, some fresh flowers, wool felt, lace ribbon & a couple of tiny fabric roses. The wooden egg-cups I bought at Dille & Kamille.

I used white eggs because they go great with pastels but off course you can use regular eggs as well! You can start with drawing some cute & simple faces on the eggs. If you mess up, just use another egg! After that you can cut several shapes from the wool felt. I made a little bow, a hat and scalloped tape to decorate the egg-cups. Now start dressing & decorating the eggs and egg-cups! For the "floral hair" I removed the top of two eggs and cleaned them, you can use them as a mini vase!

These pretty eggs will definitely brighten up you Easter breakfast or brunch! Enjoy!


Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 22 maart 2015

Thrift Shop

As you may know, I'm a pretty big fan of thrifting and find it extremely hard not to buy something when I find a nice piece... So even if I don't need it at all, I often convince myself I'll find a nice place or purpose for it! For this reason I try not to visit thrift shops every week! However, lately I've collected a couple of new treasures that I just couldn't resist taking home with me. I'm developing a new addiction: retro flowerpots.... I love the shapes & patterns they have! Then I also have my soft spot for ceramics, believe me I have enough teacups and teapots! But the two brown ones are just too damn cute right? 

The framed old school embroideries I found together with the little bedside table. I wonder which stories go with these pieces...

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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