We started with a farewell to the seaside and a move to (literally) the other side of the Country. We quickly got settled in our new rural home located about 75 minutes away from Amsterdam (which is considered a huge distance in The Netherlands only), and started on a home-improvement journey that will probably span most of the future decades.
2017 Was also the year we got official with Solidworks and upped our business game; we sold our 4000th Waterworks-set; had our lamps launched by Pols Potten; we reconsidered our entrepreneurial stategy (a couple of times) and updated our online appearance with a new website and a better use of online media. (did you notice?)
Well... we're not quite ready for 2018 yet!
We'll be taking a small break and get back to you in the 2nd week of next year.
Have a great Holiday period and awesome 2018. We'll see you soon!
After two weeks of exploring and frog-catching, our first day back in the office wasn't a very tranquil one: we had a workshop full of 4-8 year-olds who weren't about to sit down quietly.
We had loads of fun with Xam and his friends from daycare, and after a short introduction and tour (by Xam himself, of course) everyone got down to making puppets from scrapwood.
The children used sanding paper and got to drill holes with a pillar drill. Of course they got to use a hammer to nail their piece together, which involved only one case of thumb-tears, which were quickly dried.
Before nailing down the wooden pieces, we dyed them with natural colors that were sourced from the garden (alright.. and from the supermarket). We used blackberries, turmeric, coffee, onionskins, red beets and spinach.
We found out the wood was stained best by our blackberries, which made it a vibrant pink, and by the turmeric, which made for a bright yellow color. The beets were a bit of a disappointment, but it was a fun experiment.
Luckily we have a little playground and a trampoline to jump on while the kids were waiting for their dye to set.
At the end of the afternoon we got to wave goodbye to two wagonloads full of smiling kids holding on tightly to their self-made puppets.
What a great -yet exhausting- way to kick-off the new season. If we can take on these kids, we're ready for anything.
In Dutch we have a saying about something having 'feet in the earth', describing an endeavour that takes a lot of time and effort. Well, this move has a lot of feet in the earth. Slowly but steadily we're finally getting there.
We officially moved to our new country estate (yes) on March 1st, but are still driving back and forth to the seaside to gradually move all the contents of our old studio to the new location. We expect we need another week or so before we're completely back to business.