matchbox love

A while ago my friend Hilma gave me this matchbox booklet as a gift. I love the idea of a little book in a box and I’m inspired to make some of my own;))

These are made here in the Netherlands by MATCHBOOX and are usually a collaboration between writers and illustrators. Each one is put together by hand. The one above is without text and it was bought in a museum so maybe it’s from a different series. I can’t find it on the site. I ordered the one below from their web shop. It was written by Arthur Japin and illustrated by Nanne Meulendijks.

There is quite a large collection. Isn’t this a great way to exhibit them?

My most cherished matchboxes are these, my friend Maaike made them for my daughters in 1990, when Nina was born. They aren’t actually mine but I’m keeping them for the girls…

And this one, made by Nina when she was about 5 years old. A mother’s day gift for me! If I remember correctly, it’s a crab in there!

These are quite nice too! I got the one on the left from the flea market. The middel one was a gift from Lu. I can’t remember where the 3rd one came from. It must belong to one of my daughters.

My own matchbox design is this one: LITTLE BOX OF LOVE – filled with all kinds of hearts – available here.

And these ones: LITTLE BOX OF TREASURES  and LITLE BOX OF POSITIVITY- each one filled with different goodies – will be available soon…


home tour

My sister Julie and her family live in one of the loveliest homes I’ve ever seen. The house itself is beautiful and I love the way it’s furnished and decorated with lots of vintage (our showroom annex shop for alltheluckintheworld is also in her home) and personal things, making it a very cozy family home.

Here are a few detail pictures I took a while ago.

And a few of the shop…


goodbye louise

Artist Louise Bourgeois passed away earlier this week at age 98. I admired her and her work so much. Right until the very end, Louise was active as an artist. At 98! How great is that! Apparently her assistants came to her studio every day to work with her. It wasn’t until she was 70 that she received international recognition.

cell-1 1991

extreme tension

Louise Bougeois’ work is all auto-biografical and quite personal. A lot of it based on a youth trauma after finding out her father was having an affair with her teacher. She was 11 at the time.

self portrait 2009

Last year I saw some of her work at the Venice Biennale. It was a wall filled with framed blue pen drawings.

untitled (harry truman) 2009

The Insomnia Drawings are a series of drawings and sketches with poems and notes refering to her everyday life, which Louise made at night when she couldn’t sleep.

insomnia drawing #173

insomnia drawing #30

insomnia drawing #197

Her famous quote:

louise bourgeois

“Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.”
–Louise Bourgeois