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Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Lounge & Mini Market Pop Up

6 Dec

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Very excited to have MAKE team up with www.dikkelepel.nl for a Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Lounge & Mini Market Pop Up.

Bringing together a fun festive event with great friends, great food, drink, music and products. All details can be found on our facebook events page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/444700548920148/

But just to tease you or if you don’t make it to the events page, here are the menus and the bands that will delight all of your senses.

Festive Drinks Menu

Festive Food Menu

 

BANDS

 

We hope to see you on Sunday for some truly traditional festive fun!

Claire and Mirabai

xx

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Twitching for the Witching

26 Oct

So the dark hours are nearly descending upon us. No I am not talking about daylight saving, although that is coming very soon as well. I am talking about the spooking hours, as it is nearly Halloween. With many party celebrations starting this weekend, including the BAD ASS HALLOWEEN PARTY I am gathering inspiration for my costume and all things halloween.

So here are some quick links to parties and events this weekend.

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Friday Night Skate Zombie Special, Film Museum, Vondel Park, 26th October 2012, FREE

http://www.fridaynightskate.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/283014831723538/

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BOSS, From the old to the New, Paradiso, 26th October 2012, 12pm, 13.50Euros

http://www.paradiso.nl/web/Agenda-Item/Boss-35.htm

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Halloween Parade,Van Metro-station Rokin, 8pm, Saturday 27th October, 2012,  FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/482707935090228/

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BAD ASS HALLOWEEN PARTY, Barco, Saturday 26th October 2012, 9pm, 5 EUROS

https://www.facebook.com/events/159752207497994/?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Halloween Run, These zombies don’t walk, they RUN! Join Run2Day in their annual Halloween Run. Special flesh mob at the Odeon will take place midway during the run at 23:00pm, 27th October 2012, FREE

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DEAD FAMOUS, Odeon Theater, 27th October 2012, 10pm, Tickets 22 Euros
http://halloweenamsterdam.com/

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ABC’s FAMOUS HALLOWEEN PARTY, 10pm, Sat. Oct 27th 2012, SUGAR FACTORY, 20 EUROS

http://www.thealphabetclub.org/index.php?act=next-event

ImageThe End is Near Party , Saturday October 27th 2012 , Tickets 24.50 Euros

http://www.amsterdamhalloween.nl/

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The Freakiest Halloween Special Everrrr…, Amsterdam Beat Club, Paradiso, 11pm, 31st October 2012, 5 EUROS
http://www.amsterdambeatclub.nl/

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Halloween at Roest! Authentic American Halloween bash, 31st October 2012, 20:00pm * Entree € 5
http://amsterdamroest.nl/agenda.html

Bargain Junkie

12 Oct

My weakness – bargain hunting

I cannot help it, I just LOVE a good bargain. Selling, swapping, thrift-ing, car booting, second hand rummaging, street combing, or vintage seeking, what ever you call it, it is my weakness. A box of dusty vinyl under a pasting bench, surrounded by stuffed toys, smelly old man’s trousers, and some bad cut glass is my kryptonite. It makes me go weak at the knees.

To a quick trained eye and a short finger thumb rifle through some old record sleeves can lead to only a few Euros spent on some seriously delicious old skool tunes. Why bother so many may say with the likes of spotify, grooveshark, soundcloud and itunes your favourite tunes are easily downloaded from the comfort of your home or office. As a lover of all things music and media I also can spend many hours digitally thrift-ing, but records just simply evoke different emotions, I love listening to the sound of analogue, it feels richer, raw, in the moment and a trip often down memory lane. Of course all music reminisces with thoughts and memories from the past, whether it be digital or analogue. But records also take me on a journey as to when and where I found and discovered them or received them as a present.

Vinyl Junkie

The addiction however does not simply stop at the pleasure of listening to the hissing of a second hand Fats Domino record playing on a Saturday afternoon, my home and my heart are filled with second hand and vintage records, books, clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, furniture, kitchen and home ware, the list goes on. So I thought I would share my top tips to finding things that you will love and that probably several people have loved and cherished before. How to train your eye so you can also own wonderful items, with out making your home looking like Steptoe and Sons. Some may call it junk or hoarding. Some call it retro, vintage, recycled or simple second hand. I call it being a bargain junkie. After all great design lasts for many many years.

Steptoe and Son

Where to look for a bargain.

You will be surprised. Once you start you cannot stop, there are treasures everywhere. That would be a blog post in itself, so I will keep it brief. Look out for things on the street (especially on rubbish day) markets, new and old; permanent and temporary, second hand stores, vintage stores, charity shops, pop up stores, car boots and free-cycle online sites.

Flea Market Treasures

Have some idea in mind of the things you would like to source.

Maybe you are moving, or have recently moved, make a note of the types of items that you are looking for.  Or you would like new outfit for an event or a party, think about what you already have and what may go with an outfit to re-new it, a hat or scarf or some jewellery. Maybe you need a present for someone, keep in mind the things your friends have passions for. Having some idea in your head as to what to look for before hand is helpful in often being able to visually sift through a vast number of items.

Whatever your taste

Taste, it is personal, what is yours?

It is simple; you are you, so look for things that reflect you and your personality. For example my love is for 1960s mid century Modern classics or reproductions. I try and stick to this so that my home has a fairly unified feel. Maybe your taste is pin up 50’s, neon 80’s, hipster, punk or just more eclectic and that is fine, but be aware many items from different eras and styles can and will look like a junk shop if you are not careful.

Anything is vintage nowadays

Take your time.

Everyone is different at sourcing, for example flea markets can be very over whelming with so many stalls, people, noise, how and what to look at can seem like a daunting task to most people. It is also dependant on how much time you have. But do try and take your time and don’t rush. If it goes to someone else it is meant to be. But give yourself time to visit stores and markets to see what is on offer.

Lots of items can be over whelming

Get and over view.

At the flea markets I generally do a quick walk around all stalls spending no more than a few minutes quickly glancing over the items. This will give you an idea of the volume of items they have per stall, the type of items, quality of the items and the era. And then you can move on. Think of it like internet shopping, if you have something in mind that you want to purchase most people now go to price compare sites, or different online stores for different items. Use the same principle at the flea market. Get a good overview and see what is on offer and then you can go back and spend more time at the individual stalls that you liked the look of.

Don’t go crazy.

Choose items that you REALLY want and will compliment your home, your wardrobe your music collection. Otherwise they will stick out like a sore thumb, or you will never use them, wear them or admire them. They will just gather dust and or eventually end in a cupboard or back in the recycle/trash.

Leather is often a real bargain at the flea market – go on give it a sniff

Remember it is about a bargain.

Value is the hardest thing a lot of people cope with when coming to second hand or vintage goods. As individuals have a different value on certain items than others. There are therefore three approaches to this.

1.)Research before you go on a shopping adventure for the items that you are looking for. There are so many online sites now for second hand, hand made and vintage goods that if you have something in mind look it up online and compare costs and then you have a reasonable value in mind before going shopping.

2)Personal Budget is important, only take with you how much you expect to spend; this will limit impulsive spending, or spending over and above what you originally wanted to spend.

3.)Love – it happens – suddenly you are head over heels, there is no reasoning, no logic, it just happens. You find something you simply cannot live without (ok well you could but you refuse to) and you can therefore just spend what you want and you know it will be something that you will love for a very very long time to come, therefore the cost out weighs the true value, because you cannot put a value on love. Just buy it!

White or all white – you negotiate

The Art of Negotiation

Not all shops, markets and pop ups will let you negotiate. However I am a true believer that if you do not ask you do not get. Ultimately the absolute key to doing this well is to not offend. So always ask first how much an item is. Try not to look like you want it too much. And look at a couple of other items of interest (if there are some) at the same time. Go in with a counter offer, not too low and expect to meet somewhere in the middle. If they refuse to haggle you can either walk away and this may change the sellers mind and offer you the goods at a reasonable offer, or ask them if they will be prepared to lower the item if you buy more than one thing from them. Be warned and sorry my Dutch friends, (but you know it is true) the Dutch do not negotiate well or sometimes at all. Be prepared. But still try and always do it with a smile and a joke after all it is meant to be fun!

Trash or treasure?

Be realistic

You have to be realistic that some items you fall in love with will be better quality than others, and more and more people are getting wise to retro and vintage era pieces. Which means that the item will actually be priced at what it is worth because it is designer and the seller knows it. Or an item will be sold “as vintage” at a higher rate because it is a trend. So again be careful and only pay for something if you feel it is worth that amount.

Hand –made this means different things to different people, my rule is if it is made very well and is a good quality item, remember it is hand –made and has taken someone a lot of time and love to create it. Just because it is in a pop up store or a market doesn’t mean that it is cheap. Think about the energy someone would have spent on it and pay reasonably for it. Besides what seems a bit pricey could end up being a bargain as everyone has to start some where and often creative’s and start ups have to start putting their goods onto the market with as little over heads as possible so this means pops and flea markets. Your investment could be in tomorrows next on trend designer.

old, new, handmadeor just simply JUNK!

Transportation

Keep in mind how you will get your items home. Often especially at flea markets they do not have bubble wrap, paper or even bags. Take some carrier bags with you, even paper if you are looking for example some new wine glasses. Also it is much more environmentally friendly. If you are looking for items for a new home or re-decoration make sure you have transport to get it back to its new home. And also think about how long you want to shop for. Buying a larger item and then carrying it around for another hour or so is not much fun. Some shops or markets for a small deposit will keep your item until the end of the day, but ask.

Amazing flea market in Paris – But this citroen was not going to get us and our finds back to Amsterdam.

Companions

Shopping in general is not the love of ALL people. In fact my best friend James refuses to go shopping and would rather sit in the pub whilst I have an hour or two retail therapy but only if he is prepared, actually he is always prepared as he loves a good pint I’m also lucky that he understands that us girls have our shopping needs. Same for my husband, he does however love to shop and we can have the best day out, but he has to totally be in the mood and it is no fun for either of us if he is not and unwilling. If you do go with someone make sure they are also just as excited about a good rummage as you, and the right influence, bad choices and buys can totally come down to the advice of a friend with completely different taste and style to you. Dogs and children, well you can do it, but they get bored, tired and hungry. Just be prepared.

Yes my husband bought some mannequin hands – they now sit proudly on our book shelf

Nothing at all

Remember you do not have to buy anything at all. Go with your gut, if you really are not seeing anything at all that you want to purchase than DON’T. Bargain shopping is about the warm fuzzy feeling that you got something that you love for a really good deal. If you take something home that you regret it can ruin a whole afternoon or even a day of fun. Remember especially flea markets are vibrant places, you can also take home that you did some great people watching, there is often food and drink so you can have a bite to eat, go and hang out with friends, and even just talk and discuss some of the more weird and down right terrible items that were on offer. And you still get a GREAT day out.

I hope these tips help you to some fruitful pickings.

IJhallen Market, NDSM sometimes up to several hundres stalls

FLEA MARKET

This weekend I will be getting weak at the knees at the IjHallen Market in NDSM Warf. I thoroughly recommend this monthly flea market as one of the best in Amsterdam.

IJHALLEN Market

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October

NDSM Wharf

Adults entrance 4 Euros

Children 1.50euros

Dogs allowed

http://www.ijhallen.nl/

HAPPY BARGAIN HUNTING!

Bad Ass

4 Oct

The witching hour is coming………..

WHAT WILL YOU WHERE AND WHERE WILL YOU BE?

I have to say I am a little stumped this year as to what to make/throw together/wear! I am not even sure too many people got our outfits last year either. But they were fun. So if you need some inspiration on what to make or where to head this Halloween. Here are some of the photos from our costumes from last years BAD ASS HALLOWEEN PARTY!

PORNO PANDAS

Yes my poor husband got dragged into my costume making too. The concept was PORNO PANDAS. Basically the poor pandas are getting a bit of a bad deal, as in they are nearly extinct,  because they have trouble getting motivated for a bit of wink wink! So I decided to sex up the pandas with some red flashing nipples and lady garden and Man’s member, make them a bit more sophisticated in 1950’s dress wear and add some handcuffs for fun!

Get Making your costumes!

Halloween the crafting hour!

13 Oct

What a GREAT time of year to get creative. I love Halloween and find it quite self-indulgent to search for all the weird and wonderful out there and also the down right crafty!

So over the course of the next couple of weeks MAKE will bring to you all kinds of Halloween news and inspiration, just to get you in the mood for getting ready for the witching hour….wooooooo (ghost noise, even the dog is looking at me strange)

There is so much to choose from, costume making and inspirations, venues, decorations and interiors, food glorious food, makeup, film, comic books, art, music, the list could go on. All those things that make us want to get a freak on.

So to start here are some GREAT crafty ideas that are easy to copy or be inspired by for some spooky decorations to set the scene:

DECORATIONS:

DOILLY


I love a good doilly , dye it black, brown, purple or vintage grey and use as table decorations or string a few together all different sizes to make hanging bunting or light hangings. And your tables and rooms will be converted into a spooky cob webbed lair!

JAM JARS

Jam jars are great to use as you can recycle your old jars and simply fill with strange paper birds and insects, or fill with black pebbles and candles for some halloweenesque mood lighting. Or paint the outside of them to resemble pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls.

Pictures

Source some strange and wonderful portrait pictures old and new and adjust them to fit the scene, masked eyes, Cut out the eyes so people can stand behind and look through. Red and green eyes or add a ghostly figure in the background.

Images of friends and family but make them look like they are from another era! Just by photocopying to grey scale or black and white and add red eyes and fangs.

CONFETTI

Find and recycle old brown envelopes and black paper and draw or print on blackened silhouettes of trees and birds to make eery confetti for your spooky table.

WALL AND DOOR MOTIFFS

Using black card or black felt , cut out bat and spider shapes in the multitude and then place over doors and windows for a great entrance to a Halloween house of horrors.

KNITTED DECORATIONS

You don’t want a smelly pumpkin lying around and you want to have pumpkins that you can recycle and use year after year, well-knit some rather fabulous pumpkin patch that can be used year after year!

SIGNAGE

Want something a bit more contemporary and tounge in cheek or should I say bite on neck. Make some naughty slogans out of cardboard using some interesting fonts and teeth!

GET CRAFTY

And if you are not really sure where to start there is always a great crafty workshop to go to. Unfortunately this year due to recent return of my travels MAKE has sadly not had time to prepare any new workshops. But I thoroughly recommend this one……

Halloween Costume and Make Up Work shop
Excited about Halloween? So are we!! As part of the 2nd annual Amsterdam Halloween Festival, we’ve joined together a group of make-up artists, costumiers, hat makers and serious Halloween fanatics to offer you a HALLOWEEN CRAFT NIGHT.

Get inspiration for your Halloween masterpiece, learn a new skill or take your costume to the next level. Suitable for guys & ghouls.

Entrance is just 5 euros. There will be demos, workshops, and experts on-hand to advise or help with ideas for your costume. Some supplies will be available for purchase but bring items you’d like to work with.

HATS
Learn how to make a mini Lolita / gothic hat or gentleman’s top hat from scratch. Basic supplies (material, glue, feathers, accessories) are available, though feel free to bring along objects you would like to build onto the hat.

MAKE UP
Learn how to hide eyebrows and create a dramatic Diva or Victorian look, how to create a very gory zombie face and build your own custom eyelashes (using the most unexpected materials!).

COSTUMES
Build a petticoat, waistcoat or corset from scratch! Use fabric, plastic, recycled items, old clothes, to create or add to your Halloween costume.

Feel free to bring your costume, a photo or idea. Professional Halloween freaks will be on-hand to advise or help with inspiration.

The Halloween Workshop is made possible by Amsterdam Spook, Katie’s Craft Corner, Mirabai de Monchy, Leonie & Dorien Klooster.

And for those that seem to think De Nieuwe Anita is getting some hell of a pluggin’ well its cause it’s a cool place and there are some damn fine crafty and creative folk that get involved there and that’s what its all about!

But do not worry more inspiration, news and venues coming!

MAKE is ALIVE like Johnny Five!

11 Oct

Wowser’s where to start! Sincere apologies for being totally non-existent. It has been a very busy and fun packed year!

After blogging about “Balance” in life, unfortunately MAKE had to take a little break, but not from my heart. I’ve had a fantastic year of freelance work and travels and enjoying my family and friends, in general that thing called LIFE.

The personal balance.

Which, is a great way to rejuvenate the creative juices and to learn and to grow, self improve and to be inspired. So after some well-earned rest consisting of 3 months travels…. “The art of travel” to be blogged soon, I hope to bring some more blogging news and links that I hope will be of some interest to y’all…..

Stay Tooned!

MAKE

Claire’s Christmas Crafty Club and a whole lot of HO HO HO!!!

10 Dec

What happens when you put a selection of ladies together from the UK, Holland, Poland, Austrailia, South Africa, Texas and Slovakia with a bunch of glitter, glue, cards, paper, tinsel, wool, and fabric?

A HUGE amount of creativity!

Claire’s Christmas crafty club supplied a whole heap of crafty goodies, a warm cosy Amsterdam Apartment, some hot spicy mulled wine and some Christmas vinyl to a bunch of lovely ladies whom well and truly got in the Christmas Spirit to make traditional and not so traditional ( Zana’s knitted condom holder for a present to someone!) gifts and presents for their loved ones and friends.

Every year we see more and more mass produced gifts, decorations and cards, and the ever prescence of online social media also has meant in the last few years more and more people send cards via email. So crafty club brought back some good ol’ hand crafty traditions and there will be some lucky people out there getting very special , hand made, personally created cards and stockings. I suggest you all get inspired by these girls, you got time before Chritmas! Go on MAKE something, show someone you really did think of them , and MAKE them something special.

Here is some inspiration from the night!

GO ON! BE INSPIRED! MAKE A POM POM!!!

Thank you to Miss Kat, one of the ladies from WINK WINK whom made the fabulous mulled wine and also to Mirabai from Dikke Lepel for her gorgeous cup cakes. All the ladies were truly spoiled.

MAKE will  hopefully be running more workshops in the new year. Maybe starting with a Vaelntine’s Special end of January 2011! MAKE will also be available for any events, and tailored workshops, maybe for a birthday, a suprise, or just a girlie get together.

For more information email:

info@make-anything.com

In the meantime a very happy Christmas to the ladies………

Big Hug

Make

xx

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