Thursday, 30 September 2010

In the mood for?

Maybe not yet, but here they are, the Liefgoed Christmas cards. Not on the Liefgoed site at this very moment, but for pre sale contact us via mail.

Trendy Camp Out

Architect Garrett Finney
via Swipelife


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

No pigs in space

We are animal lovers, got dogs, a cat, even chickens and occasionally a mouse , but pigs we don't have. Not that we don't like them, they're just to hard to keep in a city. Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz of Fehling & Peiz, designed lovely pigs for people like us to enjoy, play, sit, and look at.

photographed by Frederik Busch sorry, just have to share one great picture which is very appealing to me (not pig related).

Via Daily Tonic

Monday, 27 September 2010

Hot Chocolate

As autumn is coming here in Amsterdam, we are graving for some hot drinks to keep us warm & cozy in the absence of a fireplace. This one looks just like what we need. Although we haven't got any kahlua in the house, we'll find it. Recipe from the lovely Nigella Lawson.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Let's roll the dice

Excellent idea, we should do this every morning at breakfast. It's a bummer they are not for sale yet. DiceForChange a concept by Creative Heroes

This weeks favourite song

Abandoned by Scott Matthew, depending on the mood your in. If you want to listen some more!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Come & get some love

Tomorrow, Saturday 25 september, Liefgoed will be at the Craftymarkt, Oosterpark in Amsterdam. As this fair is all about love, come & get some for your belly at Liefgoed.


If I would have the choice of how I wanted my family & friends to be captured forever, I wouldn't go for a picture, a painting or a bronze. I would go for these excellent crayon carvings of Diem Chau. Can you imagine having your whole colored family & closest friends on your mantlepiece? And changing the front row, like: my favorite friend today is or: you'll need some extra attention today. That would be fun!


yes please!

Art & Nature

Spending this summer on the lovely Greek island Santorini we came across a great artist Yorgos Kypris. I love his work with metal, his vision on how we treat the world & it's beautiful nature (bad, very bad!). On top of, it he still has the enthusiasm of a child looking into the world with such eagerness to explore and create. So don't leave Santorini without visiting the Mati Art Gallery, the impressions will stay with you for a long time.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Don't want to!

I have to give my daughters room a thorough cleaning today and this is how I feel about it.

Photograph is by Richard Trusscot, such great photographer

wrapping up Sevilla

Wrapping up the order of a bunch of wrist key chains for a ladies year study club visiting Sevilla next week. All made of reused material.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Being a daughter

Being a daughter still having her father, this says it all. Father & daughter by Michael Dudok de Wit

More please

Friday, 17 September 2010


How we love our Iphones and although most of you would already know about the photography apps they offer, I didn't. Oh joy, what fun & being bound to home as my youngest is having pneumonia, a small story came out of it just shooting some pictures & getting them together.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


Reading the last edition of Flow Magazine, I fell for this extremely yummy dessert & cake calender, published by Snor filled with recipes of family, friends & acquaintances of the writers. Sorry to say it's in Dutch. If there's one on this page you really like, send us an email and we'll try to translate it for you.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Little treasures

It's always nice when people think of you when cleaning up their houses. And sometimes we get such lovely little treasures from people who have collected them for years, like this one. A little book of 4 pages as a card. This wasn't the only one, there was a box full amazing stuff and we got so excited unpacking them. Thank you Marietta!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

September wanna haves

It's the first time for us to make a list of wanna haves and we must say it was quite a search & decision making. Not that we don't have any wishes, we DO!, but usually we simply don't tell them. Now that we did, we can't stop. Another good thing, our birthdays are both in November, so it's fairly easy for other people now to see what we really want to have as a present....

  1. So sweet, this cute rabbit night lamp made of fine bone china. Who says it's only for children? By Nordic Child;
  2. More ceramic, lovely ear rings designed by Anne Black;
  3. Tiny mice living in a match-box, it's their home, their bed, kids can play with them for hours. By Maileg;  
  4. A leather journal by Renate Ikinger;
  5. Romantic & nostalgic hair pins by Paper and Ribbons;
  6. Don't know if you cycle a lot, we do, and wearing a skirt or a dress while doing that mostly ends up in showing your panties. But now there is the dress clip, for a cycling in a decent way. By Nomonro; 
  7. Cuff links We're not wearing them but my husband does, and being a writer they would suite him perfectly. By buttons by Lou Lou;
  8. My favorite jewelry designer, Nadine Kieft unfortunately this necklace is no longer available, but there is so much more I want from her;
  9. Bags, we always need bags. Preferably a XL basic style one, so all our stuff including laptop will fit in. This one will do nicely. By Hiddengem.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

At one of the houses

Today we celebrated Tiger's (cat of one of our neighbors) 20th anniversary on the street with loads of pancakes. At her age, Tiger herself didn't notice much of the sociability outside, but I'm sure she'll love the meals everybody gave as a present. Thank you Tiger for the excellent party!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

the love for Paris...

...London or New York! Twice a year, a special home decoration edition for kids by Ariadne comes out. Full of 'make it yourself stuff'. My absolute favorite of last edition is this huge print of the hand paper cut creation of Famille Summerbelle which has been magnified for wallpaper.

They have some nice Chinese - orientated decoration ideas as well, sorry to say it's in dutch.

Masters of Art

When being in meetings for several days, the urge of spending some time on your own is growing rapidly. So when I had some spare minutes I found this excellent documentary about wall art. How I wish we had more of them over here. If you have some spare minutes just watch these great artisans, it only takes 12 minutes.

via Rifle by The Ritual Project

Saturday, 4 September 2010

laptop sweater - laptop trui

As summer is ending and the leafs start to fall I found that my laptop, going in & out of the house needed some warm protection as well. So I picked out an old woolen sweater, washed it on 90 degrees making the material thick & strong and made him (or is it her?) a lovely vintage pink sweater.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The vintage look

Don't you just love the way old pictures look? I do, and if you're a photoshop user, this is an easy tutorial to get the effect. Just tried it on some of my summer Santorini pictures.

At last

It's been a long time since I had the time to surf around the web looking for inspiration. I've found some very nice things, but one I found extremely nice and that's the online magazine Maeve
some favorites articles

the operation beautiful, a great idea, not only for women but for everyone! Go post some anonymous compliments.
The Sexy Mother section about setting your mind and being surprised and last but not least a wonderful Webster section with nice shops & blogs, like I make stuff . I'm being inspired...
My photo
A brand born from the creative minds of two friends, Joyce & Monique. Sharing their imagination, using the old, mixing it with the new, creating a product which is sweet 'lief' & good 'goed'. Sweet in the sense you want it, good in the sense: good for the environment. This blog is about what inspires us, things we love & updates. Thanks for coming around. *********************************************************************** What else? Well Joyce is married, having two small childeren, and one large one, a cat, has her own palmistry practice. Hates cooking but realizes its a necessity having a family. Vegetarian. Loves Bali & can't wait to move there permanently. Monique has two dogs and two chicken who refuse to do their job. Works at a financial advising agency. Is dieing to come back to Amsterdam. Drives a very cool cabrio, adores the sun and long walks on the beach. Likes gardening (minus the worms). She does like cooking (that's why she picks the recipes). Loves Pearl Jam, but Joyce refuses to have that on the blog.