zaterdag 30 maart 2013

Pasen - Easter

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Wij zijn helemaal klaar voor de paaseitjes!
Veel zoek-, raap- en smikkelplezier!

We are ready for some good egg hunting, and wish you all the same!  Have a nice Easter!

vrijdag 29 maart 2013

Moodkids Magazine

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Wij houden van online magazines, wij houden van dieren én wij houden van feestjes. Reden genoeg om het nieuwste online magazine van Moodkids even onder jullie uw aandacht te brengen. 
Vrolijke DIY en food ideeën met als thema 'dieren', grappige feestknutsels, free downloads om van te smullen ... U kiest het maar uit. 
De favorieten van Villa Appelzee? Het verjaardagsfeestje voor de zebra en de fotosessie krokodil. Wij weten al wat gedaan voor het volgende feestje!


credits: just launched it's new online magazine. You can check it out here. 
This time the theme is Animals, so you can enjoy lots of animal related DIY and food ideas,  happy party crafts and some really nice free downloads. 
Our favorites are this little birthday party for the zebra, and the cardboard crocodile, meant to be used in photosessions. Our next party guests know what to expect! 

woensdag 27 maart 2013

In de boekskes - I made this!

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Ik weet niet hoe het voor doorwinterde stylisten is, maar ik voel me toch altijd een beetje gloeien van trots als iets wat ik gemaakt heb in de bladen verschijnt. En deze keer zelfs in twee tegelijk, hoe cool is dat?!
In het aprilnummer van Libelle Mama staat een hele paasproductie vol kleur.
credits: ontwerp en styling Villa Appelzee,
foto's  Karel Daems (crea) en  Dimitri Lowette (model)

credits: ontwerp en styling Villa Appelzee,
foto's Karel Daems (crea) en Dimitri Lowette (model)

credits: ontwerp en styling Villa Appelzee, foto's Karel Daems

En in de Wonen Special van Libelle (ook vers in de winkel) nog een keer drie ideeën met stoffen van Ikea. Wat heb ik toch een leuke job.
credits: ontwerp Villa Appelzee, foto Benno De Wilde
credits: ontwerp Villa Appelzee, foto's Dimitri Lowette (links) en Benno De Wilde (rechts)
Oh, en ik sta er zelf ook nog een keer in met een gepimpt krukje. Ik word nog beroemd!
credits: foto Dimitri Lowette

I still can't get used to my crafts being featured in a magazine! Makes me proud and happy every time all over again. You can imagine how I feel now Villa Appelzee is featured in two magazines  at the same time: colourful Easter ideas in Libelle Mama and crafts with textile from Ikea in Libelle Wonen Special Pretty amazing, or what?! 

dinsdag 19 maart 2013



Google Reader houdt er binnenkort mee op. Iedereen die Villa Appelzee daar volgde en dat graag zou blijven doen kan dat vanaf nu via Bloglovin.
Op zich geen onoverkomelijk probleem, je leeslijst overzetten is zo gebeurd en het ziet er verder prima uit, zo op het eerste zicht.

Iedereen dus graag deze kant op ...  Dank u!

Google Reader is about to quit, but you can still  Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
Just go over to the site and follow the instructions to change your feeds from Google Reader to Bloglovin  easily. Thank you for bothering!

maandag 18 maart 2013

Inaluxe Giveaway!!

Hier maken we niet te veel woorden aan vuil, alleen dit: rep u want het fantastische Inaluxe geeft één van zijn kleurrijke prints weg in een fantastische limited edition giveaway!
U hebt nog de tijd tot zondag om mee te doen op hun facebook.
Wie kan daar nu aan weerstaan?!!

Always wanted to have one of those lovely Inaluxe prints on your wall? Then hurry and check out their facebook where you can join a fantastic limited edition giveaway! Entries close on Sunday 24th March, winner is announced on Monday 25th. Exciting!!

vrijdag 15 maart 2013

Case study : 8 blogs that rock

Aan wie gewoon is om in het Nederlands te lezen: deze keer uit tijdsgebrek even alleen een Engelse versie van de post. Het is zo al lang genoeg me dunkt. En ik veronderstel dat het zo ook wel zal lukken, ik ken toch geen moeilijke woorden in het Engels. 

For the last two weeks  a lot of thinking, analysing and list making has been going on over here. 
I'm following the Blogging your Way BLOG BOSS ecourse by the inspiring  Decor8, which will hopefully lead to a better, more balanced and less chaotic blog (and bloglife). 
Holly Becker of Decor8, Irene Hoofs of Bloesem and Stefanie Luxat of Ohhh...  Mhhh... are the teachers, so you can imagine the tons of interesting information, helpful tips and eye opening advice I'm getting lately. Enough to realize how much can be done to improve. Right. So I have long, very long lists with things to do/to check/to remember and bit by bit you will see some changes here at Villa Appelzee. All your comments on the make over are more than welcome by the way.
The course runs for 4 weeks and every week we get homework. This week we had to make a case study on 8 blogs we like. A difficult choice, off course, and to avoid feeling guilty I skipped all blogs in Dutch (except one). 
So here is my list of 8 (in random order) very nice, inspiring, (not Belgian or Dutch) blogs: 

What's not to like about Carnets Parisiens? Her blog is fresh, modern and sweet, she's an amazing food photographer and stylist (and cook no doubt) and she combines lovely pictures with more personal texts. AND she made the beautiful online magazine Knot. 
One to watch and learn!

* Ko-Ko-Ko Kids

No, I don't speak or read Russian, but I keep checking out this blog (Google Translate helps a little) because of the fine ideas to make and to with the kids. Mostly the pictures speak for themselves and there are lots of them. Need inspiration for a fun day with the children? This is your blog!

This is one of the first blogs I discovered, years ago, and I was thrilled to find such a vast number of creative ideas, for free, for everybody to use. She shares her own crafty ideas, nice tutorials and free printables, but also shows you where to find more goodies on other blogs. It's a never ending source of creativity. 

This is also one of my all time favorites. I especially like the way she writes about lot's of different topics (DIY, interior, inspiration, other bloggers or artists) but still keeps an overall style and look to all the posts. I'm not sure how she does that. Maybe by keeping the background clean and empty, or by organising her categories very clear. Hmm, have a bit more case studying to do on this one! 

* My Poppet

This is a blog I recently discovered and I liked it right away. It is stuffed with nice and inspiring posts, looks great (inviting, happy and warm), is very well organised,  professionally made but not aloof. What was the word ... blogenvy? 

Ingthings is the only exception I make on my banning Dutch and Belgian blogs. This lady is so talented in finding beauty in everything, and in opening your eyes for it as well. Her pictures are sweet, her tutorials lovely, her style of writing is personal and friendly.
To me she is a great example of how staying true to yourself and your own style is the best thing to do. Check out her upcoming book as well!!

* Small Acorns

Amanda is one of my fellow students at the BYW course and scrolling down through the student blogroll I had to click on her blog Small Acorns. It's too bad her shop is literally on the other side of the world for me, otherwise I would have a new favorite spot. Luckily I can follow her blog which I like very much for the happy and warm atmosphere and bright colourfull pictures. Her writings always makes me laugh, AND we share a love for Dahlia's too. Feels a bit like a friend already!

Fifi is another fellow student from BYW, and her blog just blew my mind! She designs all kinds of wonderfull, colourfull paperwork for her own company and her blog is overwhelming with colour, inspiring pictures, and surprise give aways of her designs. Very nice! 


woensdag 6 maart 2013

Koffie - Coffee

Mijn keuken, mijn motto

My kitchen, my credo

vrijdag 1 maart 2013

Weg met de winterblues! - No more winter blues!

Hupakee, als die lente niet vanzelf komt, 
steken we hem een handje toe. 
Zo simpel is dat.

If spring doesn't come to us, we go to spring!

De grote bloem maakte ik ooit zelf uit een oud onderlijfje, de gekleurde bloem uit fimo is een cadeautje en het kleine blauwe bloemetje is gewoon een knoopje aan een veiligheidsspeld. 
Zo maken wij hier de lente. 

The big flower was made from an old t-shirt, the colourful one in fimo was a gift, and the cute little blue flower is actually a button on a safety pin. 
That's how we create spring around here!


Ook nood aan instant lente?  Een tutorial!

Also craving for some spring? A tutorial!