book “Mamã”

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A mum is so many things… And this beautiful book take us through motherhood in a simple and poetical way! Simple rhymes about love, motherhood and childhhod gorgeously illustrated in naif illustrations with intense vibrant colors (powerful reds, blues and yellows set the tone which refers us to south american popular art) – nature is very present – mother nature as being the constant element in this tender book (and in our lifes).
Not only a book but a series of paintings…
Also loved the slightly textured paper which enhances the wonderful colors of the illustrations.

Book ”Mum” written and illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson (publisher Kalandraka)

Who knows this book? What did you think of it?

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Uma mãe é tantas coisas… E este livro fantástico leva-nos através da maternidade de uma maneira tão simples e poética! Rimas simples sobre o amor, a maternidade e a infância, maravilhosamente ilustradas com desenhos naif, de cores intensas e vibrantes (vermelhos poderosos, azuis e amarelos dão o mote que nos remete para a arte popular da américa do sul) – os elementos naturais tão presentes – a mãe natureza como elemento constante neste livro cheio de ternura.
Não é apenas um livro, mas uma série de pinturas sobre o tema…
Também gostei muito do papel ligeiramente texturado que dá uma cor ainda mais especial às ilustrações.

Mais um livro recomendado pelo Plano Nacional de Leitura. E vencedor do “VI Prémio Internacional Compostela para álbuns ilustrados” em 2013.

O livro “Mamã”  foi escrito e ilustrado pela Mariana Ruiz Johnson (editora Kalandraka)

Quem conhece este livro? O que acharam?

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Spring is time for?… swallows and strawberries!

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Looking to all the small details before sending them to their new homes…
But there are a few swallows still on my shop here.
If you fancy a sweet red tasty strawberry I have a few on my shop ;)  – but these ones are just to play and hug!

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Sempre a olhar demoradamente para todos os detalhes antes de enviar as minhas peças para as suas novas casas…
Ainda estão algumas andorinhas aqui na minha loja.
E para quem gosta de morangos bem vermelhos e saborosos, também há alguns na minha loja ;) – mas estes são só para brincar e dar muitos abraços!

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Some things I liked…

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* Some things I really liked this week *
It’s that time of the year everything starts blooming, we start planting and all is colorful and green, nature is really having fun by these days… :) so naturally (for me nature is always an inspiration) I’m even more amazed by all nature inspired projects.
How not to love these amazing portraits by Gina from Willowday?

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And this delicate sweet vase by Vanessa Bean.

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Succulents look so much cuter in this koala wool planter by The Yarn Kitchen.

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There’s a bunny peeking through an enchanted forest…

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Did you know I’ve already listed another original watercolor, for photos, on my shop? I had shown this bunny cuttie on my Newsletter but if you missed it now it’s time to catch up ;)
This sweet bunny is peeking through an enchanted forest where he lives but he’s biggest wish is to find a new home to live! :)
If you like him he’s waiting for you here.
This was painted with watercolors in a 29,7×21 centimeters paper and the photo size should be 15×10 centimeters – but if you prefer a different paper size or photo or design just email me.

Meanwhile it’s almost Easter sooooo… eat lot’s of chocolate egs, play a lot, find the hidden bunnies ;) smile and enjoy these extra special days with your family and friends - enjoy!

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Não sei se já tinham visto a nova aguarela, para fotografias, que adicionei à loja? Já a tinha mostrado na minha Newsletter mas se por acaso não viram agora é a altura de ficarem a par ;)
Este doce coelho está a espreitar por entre as folhas da floresta encantada onde vive, mas o que ele queria mesmo mesmo era encontrar uma nova casa para morar! :)
Se gostaram dele por agora mora aqui.
Esta ilustração foi feita com aguarelas num papel de tamanho A4 para uma fotografia 15×10 centímetros – mas se preferem noutro formato ou outro desenho é só enviarem-me um email.

Entretanto a Páscoa está quase aí, portanto… comam muitos ovos de chocolate, muitas amêndoas (é só agora…), brinquem, procurem pelos coelhos escondidos por aí… ;) sorriam e aproveitam estes dias extra com a família e os amigos!

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This other watercolor I had shown you the first sketch – remember? - it’s finished and alredy flew to another home :)
But if you love birds and all nature things just email me and I’ll make one with your favorite colors and size.

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{ All About Playing } interview with Linda Dekkers

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Definition of play: engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose; engage in (a game or activity) for enjoyment; amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretence;

Since I make toys – and I’m a mother of a little one – I begin to grow more and more curious about playing. How children these days play, how parents interact and play with them, how can we play in a fun way with them, how playing can help children’s development…

For this interview I have the pleasure to introduce you to Linda and her family.

Please tell us a bit about you and your family.
We are a family of four with two boys. Jack (7) and Sam (6). We are Dutch and after a few years of New York City we have been living in Dubai for nearly 5 years now.

Best playground.
The beach!

On a free day, what is your family’s favorite activity?
Going to the beach and just letting the day take it’s course. My boys are always in the water. They love to swim and otherwise you will find them on a surf board. You will find me and my husband on the beach, under an umbrella with a take out coffee. We will sometimes be with a big group, other days it will be just the four of us. The beach is our happy place.

How do you play with your kids? With what kind of toys?
Since the kids are only one year apart, they have always played with each other. I love to let them do their own imaginary play which I sometimes initiate by building tents or playing soccer with them.

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FREEBIE { articulated paper toy bunny printable }

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Easter holidays are almost here, so – Let’s play?? :)
I made this watercolor bunny and turned him into an articulated paper toy – it’s super easy to make (you can make it too because I’m sharing the printable at hello Wonderful site)

Simply download the file here - then print it in your own printer with white paper + cut around the shapes + fold the ears + make small holes for the paper fasteners + join the several parts with the paper fasteners =  now it’s time to enjoy and play! You can also use it as Easter decoration or if you add a wooden skewer you’ll have a cake topper :)

Please remenber this file is for personal use only. Under no circumstances you can use it for commercial purposes (cannot be sold, or distributed or used in any other way). Please respect my work.
If you are kind enough to share about this post, don’t forget to credit and link back to my blog.

I would LOVE to see how you used my articulated bunny - send me photos * the most creative one will receive another little gift.

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As férias da Páscoa estão quase aí, por isso – Vamos brincar um pouco?? :)
Fiz este coelho em aguarela e transformei-o num boneco articulado de papel, super fácil de fazer (vocês também podem experimentar fazer um porque estou a partilhar o ficheiro no site hello Wonderful)

Só têm que fazer o download do ficheiro aqui - e depois imprimi-lo na vossa impressora em papel + recortar as formas + dobrar as orelhas + fazer pequenos buracos para as tachas + unir as diferentes partes com as tachas como se fossem articulações = agora é só brincar! Também pode ser usado como decoração de Páscoa ou se colarem por trás um espeto de madeira ficam com um topper para bolos :)

Por favor não se esqueçam que este ficheiro / ilustração é apenas para uso pessoal. Sob nenhuma circunstância pode ser usado para fins comerciais (não pode ser vendido, distribuído ou usado de nenhuma outra forma). Por favor, respeite o meu trabalho.
Se quiserem partilhar sobre este post, não se esqueçam de creditar e linkar para o meu blogue.

Gostava imenso de saber como usaram este boneco de papel articulado - enviem-me fotografias * a mais criativa receberá outra pequena oferta.

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bunnies, bunnies, bunnies hopping everywhere… :)

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Can you guess how many bunnies? :)
They are a few ;) but some already found new homes to live in so if you would like to spend Easter with one of these little cuties hurry an order one from here.

If you like bunnies but you can’t decide which play friend to choose from – do you know about my flip dolls? In one doll you’ll have two play friends because on one side there’s a bunny and (you flip it) on the other side there’s a dog.

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Conseguem adivinhar quantos coelhos são? :)
São muitos ;) mas alguns já encontraram uma nova casa para morar, por isso se querem passar a Páscoa com um destes coelhos basta encomendarem um daqui da loja.

Se não conseguem decidir entre um coelho ou outro animal… e que tal o meu boneco coelho / cão – no mesmo boneco tem um coelho e quando viram, do outro lado um cão :) – está disponível aqui na minha loja.

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watercolors for photos

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If you subscribed my Newsletter or you follow my Instagram account then you probably seen this new watercolors I’ve created, if not – you’re still in time to subscribe ;) you’ll only hear from me twice a month ;) and you will know about everything first hand. Anyway I’m going to tell you all about this new product I have.
Surely you have photos that are very special to you – when your baby was born, a special photo from one of his birthdays, or simply a photo that you really like because your little kiddos look super cute? We all have photos dear to us that we would love to showcase in a special way, right?!
(it can also be your photo, why not?…)

You choose the photo you want and I’ll make an watercolor to frame that special photo! So, all you have to do is email me and let me know what colors you like and the paper size you prefer* (or any other specification you have). I’ll make the watercolor, mail it to you and you just need to add your chosen photo.

I’ve already made one watercolor (and working on another) so if you like them these are available & ready to fly to your home!

What special photos are you keeping?

* At the moment I have three paper sizes, big: 16×12 inches (40,6×30,5 centimeters)  /  medium: A4 size  /  square: 9×9 inches (23×23 centimeters)
The rectangle in the middle it’s for a 5,9×3,9 inches (15×10 cm) photo

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Se já subscreveram a minha Newsletter ou me seguem no Instagram, então provavelmente já terão visto estas novas aguarelas, se ainda não, podem sempre subscrever a Newsletter aqui ;) – só me vão ouvir duas vezes por mês;) e assim são as primeiras a par das novidades. De qualquer forma, eu vou explicar tudo sobre porquê que estas aguarelas são diferentes.
Certamente, devem ter fotografias muito especiais – do vosso bebé, de festas de aniversário, ou uma foto que gostam mesmo simplesmente porque os miúdos estão super giros? Todos nós temos fotografias que adoramos e que gostaríamos de expor de forma especial, certo?!
(também pode ser uma fotografia sua, porque não?…)

Só tem de escolher a fotografia que eu faço a aguarela. Se quiserem podem enviar-me um email a escolher as cores / tonalidades da aguarela ou o tamanho do papel* (ou mais alguma outra especificação que tenha).
Eu pinto a aguarela, mando-a por correio para si e só terá de colar a sua fotografia preferida.

Uma aguarela já está pronta e disponível aqui (e já estou a trabalhar noutra no formato quadrado).

Que fotografias especiais é que neste momento guardam preciosamente?

* De momento tenho três formatos de papel disponíveis, grande: 40,6×30,5 centímetros  /  médio: A4 (29,7×21 cm)  /  quadrado: 23×23 cm
O rectângulo no meio é para uma foto com 15×10 cm

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book “A Charada da Bicharada”

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Another book that we love and lives with us for quite a few years – it was bought 10 years ago when it was published. The book is called ”A Charada da Bicharada” (don’t think it was translated to english…) and it’s filled with little poems with riddles about the characters, the text is fun with lot’s of rhythm and has amazing illustrations that also hide and reveal a little about the characters.

Book ”A Charada da Bicharada” written by Alice Vieira and ilustrated by Madalena Matoso (publisher Texto Editores)

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Outro livro favorito, que já mora cá em casa há uns bons anos – foi comprado há 10 anos, no ano aliás em que foi publicado. Adoramos o texto em forma de poemas que escondem enigmas que dão pistas sobre os personagens. O texto é divertido e com muito ritmo e as ilustrações fantásticas porque também elas escondem e revelam um pouco sobre o personagem animal a que se refere cada poema.
Aliás, o livro ganhou o Prémio Nacional de Ilustração em 2008 e muito merecido porque a criatividade destes desenhos com cores fortes e contrastantes, não deixa ninguém indiferente.
É também um livro recomendado pelo Plano Nacional de Leitura – e nós cá por casa também recomendamos ;) que descubram este livro!

O livro “A Charada da Bicharada”  foi escrito pela Alice Vieira e ilustrado pela Madalena Matoso (Texto Editores)

Quem conhece este livro? O que acharam?

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{ All About Playing } interview with Mie Rasmussen

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Definition of play: engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose; engage in (a game or activity) for enjoyment; amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretence;

Since I make toys – and I’m a mother of a little one – I begin to grow more and more curious about playing. How children these days play, how parents interact and play with them, how can we play in a fun way with them, how playing can help children’s development…

For this interview I have the pleasure to introduce you to Mie and her family.

Please tell us a bit about you and your family.
My name is Mie. I am a danish mother of three. Birk (10), Ines (7) and Fjor (5).  I am an occupational therapist who has specialised in Mental Health. My husband is an architect. I try to spend as much time as possible with my children as I believe that time is the best gift I can give them. My two oldest goes to school and my youngest kindergarten.

I strongly believe in raising creativity and curiosity in my children. I do my very best to focus on the process and see where it gets us. Play is a central part of that process – it’s the best way to learn, I believe. Therefore I am happy to share my perspectives with you.

Best playground.
Nature. For sure and as my kids gets older, I see how many benefits there are from exploring nature. It’s opened-ended space and my children get to use their imagination, body and instincts. So I rather take them outdoors to explore nature than visiting a playground.

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On a free day, what is your family’s favorite activity?
On a day free we would go for an outdoor trip, do a creative project or hang out with friends or family. We love to take it slow as we believe slowness make us more awake. Activities are often combined. So we may go outdoors, the children pick up stuff along the way and afterwards they create or play with what they have found. It adds such a sweet coherence between activities.

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