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Brooches during the war

On 4 May in the Netherlands we commemorate victims of war, and on 5 May we celebrate the fact that we live in freedom.I love the role brooches played in history. A few days ago I came across this blogpost on Modemuze. It is written by the junior conservator jewellery from Het Rijksmuseum. It explains about how brooches were being worn during the war. About the materials that was used. And of course the message the jewelry (secretly) sent. It shows multiple brooches from Marjan Unger, who donated her entire jewellery collection (lots of brooches) to […]

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The Argentinean World Cup Brooch

Did you notice the most fabulous thing about the match NED – ARG? No? Well, the coach and his advisors from the Argentinean soccer team all had a brooch pinned on their lapel! Cool! In fact, they always wear a small pin. But for this special match they attached a small ribbon in blue and white, the colors of the Argentinean flag. It might have been a pin and not an actual brooch… This is how coach Alejandro Sabella normally wears his pin. Did you notice the pin while watching the game yesterday?

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Broesj at Best Kept Secret Festival market!

Whoe! Best Kept Secret 2014 and Broesj were a perfect match. This weekend I went to Hilvarenbeek, together with Annelies. We were part of the Etsy market. So for three full days, we enjoyed music, very good food and spread the brooch-love. Setting up day 1! Preparing some Broesj-cards Our neighbors from WOW for you provided us with coffee in the cutest cup ever. Our view, we had a perfect view on the MainStage and the lovely booth from Ik stempel :-) Look! De Krantenkapper made a tattoo station. How awesome is this!? And tada! Here is […]

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BBB14: 3 tips to boost business

It was just a bit quiet around here on the blog. But today I had a Business Bites and Bubbles (seminar) day. I visited BBB14, organized by MamaMarketing. A whole day filled with workshops, seminars and meeting like-minded web shop entrepreneurs. It was great fun! I wore a bright brooch so people would recognize me. It was nice to see my friends again, meet new business ladies and learn new skills. To take immediate action, I thought: Let’s blog and not wait any longer until that perfect subject/idea/photo comes along. No, let’s make it happen! Top […]

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Swan Market XL: Coffee, meetings and some rain

Me and Linda behind our booths! :-)picture by Daphne from Kadolab Good: Going to Rotterdam by car (I go there a lot by train because of work. Going by car felt as such a luxury!). Meeting bloggers/instagrammers (saying hi to Cathy and Sophie!), finally fresh coffee, Kadolab helping me rearrange the booth, good bread, more coffee, sun in the morning, only in the afternoon some rain, finally time to catch up with my Kadolab friends. I finally met Sophie Sweet Vintage, so cool! Here she’s hiding behind her camera uhhh… capturing our booth :)) Less good: […]

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Paris, Je t’aime

Things I thought I never do in my live: Visit Paris in one day. Saturday I got out of bed before 6 a.m. (pfff) and took the Thalys to France. We went to do some research for an exhibition. But also enjoyed some shopping and parks. But Paris in one day: Crazy! 

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The 15 vintage brooches I found this weekend

You might have seen these when you follow broesj via Facebook, but nevertheless I love to share them. These are the brooches I found at the IJhallen this weekend. The IJhallen are two huge hangars that are the venue for a giant flea market, every month here in Amsterdam. A must-go! Everything is super expensive though, but if you dig deep and find some non-regular vendors its worth taking a look. I’ve payed way too much for the tourist brooches but I couldn’t resist. There was a whole hat (!) covered in them. I tried to […]

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A Day in Dordrecht

Na een succesvolle eerste roadtrip durfden we het weer aan. Dit maal stond Dordrecht op Het programma. A day in Dorecht… We is in dit geval de Mechelen-groep. Hoe Yvonne, Margriet, Annelies en ik bij elkaar zijn gekomen is een raadsel. Het begon hoogstwaarschijnlijk met een gezamenlijk Etsy uitje naar Rotterdam, waar wij vieren kwamen opdagen. Na een groots plan (‘Marta opzoeken in Frankrijk’) wat ietwat onuitvoerbaar was (5 uur in de auto) hadden we een lang weekend Mechelen geboekt. Best een experiment om 4 dagen weg te gaan met mensen die je nauwelijks kent. Gelukkig bleek al snel dat […]

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Few days before christmas…

We kennen elkaar sinds de middelbare school. Hoewel we in andere steden wonen, verschillende bezigheden hebben en druk zijn met onze ondernemingen, proberen we elkaar jaarlijks tegelijk te zien. Normaal doen we één of twee dagen België. Maar dit jaar lukte het om een midweek naar Duitsland te gaan én bezocht ik voor het eerst in mijn leven een kerstmarkt.

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Creasint 2013: A serious brooch addiction

Vorig jaar deed ik mee aan Creasint. Dat was zo leuk! Ik twijfelde geen moment en deed dit jaar weer mee. Ik kreeg ruim op tijd mijn enveloppe en legde hem keurig weg totdat het 6 december was. Om 20:00 was het zover: We mochten gaan openen! Dat was een waar feest. De prachtige strikken en cadeaupapier waren erg mooi! Allereerst vond ik een doe-het-zelf broche van Mijnes. Leuk! Nu kon ik eindelijk een echte Mijnes maken. Er staat op de broche ‘Ha-ha’. Ik moet hem nog maken… Toen opende ik het andere pakketje waar deze te […]