Walk on the Pretty Side

Hidden Garden

A week later, I’m finally starting to feel a bit more human after that awful cold. Still not completely better, but I finally felt well enough to get out and wander around a bit. Plus, I was getting a bit stir crazy.

Today, I decided to go check out Pipoos, which is an arts and crafts store nearby. They didn’t have what I was looking for (linoleum for carving and making prints), but they did have quite a lot of other stuff, so it’s good to know where it is. Since that little visit didn’t take that long and I didn’t feel like going home yet, I decided to go wandering. I ended up over at the Oudegracht again and decided to see what was around. I know there are some art supply stores there, I just don’t know where. I didn’t find them today, either.

I did find a nice kitchen store called Dille en Kamille. It’s sort of like Williams-Sonoma. A fun shop to wander around in, and I ended up buying a wine stopper for sparkling wine, since the one we currently have is a bit cheap and flimsy. I also got to go into a store that G and I had window-shopped a couple of weeks ago (it had been closed at the time). It’s basically a Marimekko shop — lots of the fabrics and various tablewear items in some of the famous Unikko floral prints, among others. I saw some kitchen tins in the yellow/green print that would be handy and pretty for our own kitchen. I might go back and get them.

The photo at the top is some sort of garden patio area of what looks to be quite a nice restaurant. The hidden nature of it, along with the simple purple color accents and the bamboo, really piqued my interest. I don’t even know what street I was on, although I could probably find it again — hopefully! I’d like to go there some evening.

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