Thursday, December 13, 2018

marvelous marrakech - 7 days in marrakech

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Marvelous Marrakech! Seven days in Marrakech with a distinctive workshop program.

Explore Marrakech every day in a different way. We have combined new places and topics with the best from our programs from previous years.

What's new about the Marrakech travel workshops program? We have a different theme every day, to explore the authentic Marrakech in a special and unique way.

Off the beaten tracks with workshops and exciting adventures while discovering Marrakech and surroundings. Where everyone else goes to the right we go to the left. By showing you the real Marrakech, your visit to the Red City will be a much more precious experience!

Price € 777,00 per person (excl. tourist tax € 2,25 pppn)

The price is based on a shared twin bedroom and excluding flight tickets.

- transfer from airport Marrakech to Riad Chambres d'Amis (v.v.)
- shared twin bedroom (6 nights) including breakfast in Chambres d'amis.
- 2 dinners & 5 lunches (drinks are not included)
- 5 workshops

Buying wool, cotton and yarns in the souk. Moroccan craft class in the open on the colourful Place des Epices, where Aisha will teach you different characteristic Moroccan craft techniques (materials are included). After lunch we will continue the Moroccan craft class with Aisha and practice different crochet and embroidery techniques in The Secret Garden. (Needless to say, I will give a crochet class aswell.) At the end of the afternoon we will visit the Carpet auction in the souk, an unforgettable and colorful experience.

During the workshop we will visit and explore all kinds of gardens in and around Marrakech; an Arabic garden, a botanical garden, secret city gardens, hidden courtyards, an art garden, museum gardens and vegetable- and herb gardens.

Street photography in the medina. Learn how to anticipate the moment, to identify locations with suitable subjects and develop confidence in photographing on the street. Learn to select and frame a moving subject and explore colour to create impact. A visit and lunch at Maison de la Photographie.

Vegetable shopping in the Medina and souk. Cooking class by Moroccan women under the banana trees at Chambres d'Amis. Early home cooked lunch on the rooftop terrace. In the afternoon a bicycle tour to discover the beauty of Marrakech in the most fun way. Together with a young, native tour guide, you will discover the mysteries of Marrakech. On the bicycle we bring you beyond the tourist districts to show you the hidden jewels of Marrakech that usually remain secret to visitors!

A trip to a Berber village in the country side with a lunch at Berberlodge. We will visit an atelier where you can buy carpets directly from the Berber women, who make the carpets, so they will earn more money with their crafts, instead of the carpet dealers.

Halfway the week we have planned a day off! We can suggest a visit to the luxurious Beldi Club, a visit to Jardin Majorelle or you can use the day for shopping in the souk (optionally with personal shopper). This week is a real treat for travellers, who would like to discover the real and authentic Marrakech. An adventurous journey, you can make on your own, while you will be 'pampered' and only have to enjoy and relax.

arrival: Wednesday 10th of April 2019 - leaving: Tuesday 16th of April 2019

Arrival : Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 leaving : Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Both workshops will start with a welcome dinner on the rooftop of Chambres d'Amis at 7PM on Wednesday. For early arrivals Chambres d'Amis can offer you a small program on the first day.

If you would like to join one of the workshops, please send an e-mail
I will send you an application form and more information about the travel workshop.

The Marrakech travel workshops 2019 are a collaboration with Ank van der Pluijm, my friend and owner of hotel CHAMBRES D'AMIS, oasis in the Medina of Marrakech and our wonderful green 'basecamp' during the workshops week. You will, of course, be overloaded with impressions in Marrakesh, and Hotel Chambres d’Amis will be your quiet home to return to. Our street Derb Moulay Abdelkader is located in a very quiet and safe residential area, and very easy to find.

It's always possible to book extra nights, before or after the workshop (

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

let's stay inside

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In my atelier, the very first woodwoolstool, I've made in 2007 standing next to a steel vintage stool. They are both blue and dressed. The vintage bed end coverlets serve as curtains. An embroidered postcard from Marrakech in a handmade scrapwood photo frame and the disco ball popped up between the Christmas decorations. A glance in the bamboo sunburst mirror.

In the living room the Hare Family and paper Christmas stars are lined up. And although it's freezing outside, the bougainvillea in the kitchen window sill is in bloom for the umpteenth time...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

two new tweed yarn pairs

fingerless mittens

For the ones that can't crochet, I've made two pairs of fingerless mittens in tweed yarn.
One pair in dusty pink & black and the other pair in dark green & dusty pink.
You can find them in my Etsy shop.

If you rather want to make the mittens yourself, you can also find the fingerless mittens crochet pattern in my Etsy shop. It's available a DUTCH and ENGLISH version.

A fast, fun and easy crochet project.
They are very practical, warm and unisex.
Moreover, it's an excellent handmade December gift.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

december mood

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Little by little it's starting to get Christmassy in here with copper wire string lights and december decorations.

(not the best photos, taken with my phone and besides it's the crappy light season)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

sustainable & eco friendly evergreen

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Do you fancy one of the three sustainable x-mas trees?

You can order them in my ETSY SHOP and you will definitely have it in time for Christmas.

The utterly cute hare family that I bought years ago at Anthropologie also has made its appearance from the attic.

They are my traditional models on the recycled x-mas trees.

If you want an unique and eco friendly Christmas tree that lasts for years and takes up little space, you have 3 pieces to choose from.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

kop van zuid

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Kop van Zuid - Rotterdam

Coffee at Food Hallen. Lunch at Fenix Food Factory.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

fingerless mittens - crochet pattern

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The fingerless mittens crochet pattern in my ETSY SHOP is now available a DUTCH and ENGLISH version.

A fast, fun and easy crochet project.
They are very practical, warm and unisex.
Moreover, it's an excellent handmade December gift.

Monday, December 3, 2018

hello december

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And all of a sudden it's December...

It's beanie season.

I brought a new beanie collection for you from Marrakech last October.

Striped, uni or with a harlequin pattern, all unique, unisex and one size. The soft and warm beanies are very comfortable to wear.

Would you like to wear a beanie this season? Or maybe surprise someone else with an original December gift?

Just have a look in my ETSY SHOP and choose your favorite one! The colorful moroccan beanies are all handmade in moroccan crochet style by Aisha.

Below a portrait of Aisha I took in April. She's the sweetest and every day working on her handmade pieces on Place des Epices. It would be cool if you support her by purchasing an original handmade gift for yourself or someone else.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

handmade pillow sale

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Handmade pillow sale in my Etsy shop.

All pillows are unique and handmade by me
Size 30 x 50 cm
Including inner pillow

Now € 49,00