Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cookie loves panda bears

You know me love going to the zoo, right? Well in the Netherlands we have lots of zoos. One even more special than the other. One of me fave zoos is Ouwehands Dierenpark, because they have this amazing bearforest and polar bears and penguins, gorillas and African elephants and… panda bears! They live here since this Spring and are called Wu Wen (the girl) and Xing Ya (the boy). Ofcourse me went to visit them. It a while ago though, but me wanted to show you anyways. It was amazing. These bears are so beautiful!

The habitat looks amazing too, it like a huuuge Chinese palace with dragons and lanterns and stuff. Also there is a Chinese restaurant and a gift shop where we adopted our own Wu Wen and Berry bought a Panda bag. Cool huh!

Me hope to go and visit again soon! Me loved it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plushie Fashion Week 2017: The Cat Hat Collection

You know me have a best friend who makes all me clothes right? She also like to make scarfs and hats and Cookie pins for me friends on Instagram. You can read more about that in this months’ edition of Pet’s Mews - me friends totally surprised us with that article! Well, in September me very good and sweet friend Tipsy Cat Bose - editor in chief at Pet’s Mews – decided it was time to host the first annual #plushiefashionweek2017. Ofcourse Berry just had to enter. We entered #plushiefashionweekAW17 with a special Autumn/Winter collection inspired by… the island Texel. (pictures by Berry de Nijs)

You have seen me blog about our Summer Vacation on the island Texel last Friday right? Me told you about the little photoshoot we did at the beach with the cute little hats and scarfs. Well… that was for Plushie Fashion Week 2017! Berry had brought this little balls of cotton yarn with her on vacation and looking at the island, feeling the wind in her hair and me in me fur, smelling the salty ocean wind… she just knew what to make. The colours were perfect. And cotton is nice to wear when you go to the beach in Autumn or Winter. So… the idea for the collection was there… time to knit!

Berry decided to make Cat Hats. They are called like that, because when you wear the rectangular shaped hats, little cat ears will appear in the corners. Cute huh. She started with the Cat Hat for Frights, who really loved the pearly tones of the colours. After that she made a Cat Hat for Foxy Toffee, Bassie, Coral, little Cloudy and little Bamboo. Bassie and Frights both got tiny scarfs matching their hats. The cotton gave the collection a little fishermen’s net look. Also we gave the little hats names to match the colours. Cool huh. In the catalogue below you can find the names of all the hats. Me loved it. Me wished me had a hat head…

O yes… normally every piece of Fashion made by Berry that is no sweater is decorated with a crochet cookie… but due to lack of time and beige cotton yarn there are no cookies (yet) on these hats and scarfs…

Do you want to read more about the wonderful Plushie Fashion Week? Check the hashtags #plushiefashionweek2017, #plushiefashionweekSS17 and #plushiefashionweekAW17 on Instagram (just search for them, you will find everything there!) And we wrote a story for the Plushie Fashion Week 2017 Special of Pet’s Mews.

We also made a little catalogue. Hope you like it!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cookie loves Texel – vacation 2017

WHOA it been a while since me got the time to write some blogs! Berry is helping me planning it out, so no worries, me no have left yet. It been a while too since me has been on vacation. Me had a great time on Texel (again) this year. Me visited the seals at Ecomare again, but also for the first time went to Texel Zoo. If you are Dutch or can read Dutch, me want to recommend the articles me bestie Berry has written for her blog Writing Berries about our vacation on the island (just visit: too. Me gonna tell you about our great week on this Dutch island this week. Me hope you like it.

Me love the beach. It one of the best things to do at Texel. This year we also had a fun photoshoot at the beach, because Berry made some hats and scarfs for me little friends for Plushie Fashionweek. Me will tell more about that next week or so. But it was fun. Coral enjoyed some ocean time too, as did Mackenzie in his yellow swimming gear. Yes, also handmade. We had loads of fun that evening at the beach of Paal 21 near De Koog. Even though it was really windy and me unicorn floatie almost blew away.

But also me did some good. At another beach we helped cleaning up a bit. A lot of junk floods the oceans and beaches. So if you can and help a little bit out, nature will be very thankful!

This year we went to a lot of fun museums and stuff. Me visited the Juttersmuseum Flora at De Koog. That was fun and a bit sad. This museum has so much stuff in it that is found at the beaches of Texel. It was all washed ashore from the sea. Think about ropes, helmets, bikes, carparts, toothbrushes, some plushies and toys even! It was a googly eye-opener! They also had an expo about art made of flip flops, which was very cool. Just look at this amazing elephant! It was really confronting to see all that junk though...

Also we went to Kaap Skil in Oudeschild. This is a historic museum about the fishermen’s lives on Texel. There was a huge model with awesome ships – not to play with! – telling the history of the Reede of Texel (the armada of ships) in the basement of the museum. Outside there is a little village, with old fashioned homes, an outhouse and ofcourse a bakery! Nommy!

For the first time Berry and me visited Texel Zoo. A little zoo at Oosterend with loads of owls, butterflies, turtles, prairiedogs, meerkats, possums (yes! They looked so cute), little monkeys and loads of tropical birds. Me really loved it there. It not big, but there is lots to see. And it was very warm, because it was inside mostly. They also do birds of prey presentations, but we did not stick around for that.

Berry and me also visited ecomare, me have told you about it before right. Yes me did! Me told about this hospital for seals and seabirds two years ago as part of me vacation blogs: Vacation Blog part III – ecomare. Ofcourse we visited the seals this year. And there was a fun expo about the Wadden. Me really loved to talk to a seal!

All that traveling and going out surely gives a little monster a HUUUUGE appetite. Luckily we had gelato every day and me could have lots of nommy cakes and other goodies. So to conclude me story about the vacation, here are some om nom nommies to share… Like carrot cake me had at ecomare, apple pie and coffee from Den Burg and the very nommy Italian gelato from De Koog… oooo me want to go back! Me happy me have so much nommy pictures to enjoy all the good things me had on Texel! Me hope you like it all too!

O ofcourse me made loads of pictures that we no can show here right now, because me blog would be waaaay to long if me did. Me will make some collages soon. They will be uploaded to me Facebook page. So please go ahead and give me a like and you will see the collages real soon. Bye bye for now!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cookie at the Museum: ART Amsterdam/KunstRAI 2017

Okay, technically the KunstRAI or Amsterdam ART is no museum. It is an art fair where art collectors, companies and enthusiasts can meet gallery holders and get to experience and discover all kinds of arts. Berry went as an art enthusiast and for her blog (if you can read Dutch, you can find it at Writing Berries) and because me always go with her, me got to come too. And as you know, me love art! And there was so much to see!
(All pictures made by Berry de Nijs)

Me honest: me did no like everything. But there was lots me did like and even love. Me loved the woodcarvings of tigers and such (me no know the artist anymore, sorry). And me really loved the recycle art baboons! They are a little sad too though, because all the parts used to make them were found on the beach. All the recyle art was made by Gilles Cenazandotti. Me thought it was awesome.

Then we went to another gallery where we met up with this amazing Siamese teddy art by Jeanette Janssen. This bear represents that nog everybody is perfect and that being differen also means you are still cuddly and sweet. Well… me thinks that makes the teddies really awesome and perfect. Or pawfect.

Also at the fair we bumped into art that made me really happy: statues made by Marjolijn Mandersloot. She is AWESOME. The first time me discovered her art was at Beeldentuin Anningahof (a statuegarden). Me fell in love with her Grazzly bear. If you no remember, me wrote a fun blog about it. At ART Amsterdam me met up with a huge bunny, three white yeti’s (or gorilla’s) called Hunks, the little Apr├Ęs-ski piggy, a sweet bronze bear, a cheetah and black panther and… a hippo called Sleeping Bag. It kinda looked like me friends Jennie and Bubbles!

Well, that was me story about KunstRAI. Me hope you liked it. Next time me will tell you more about some awesome Zoo visits. Until next time. Bye bye for now!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cookie at the Keukenhof - part 3

Hello everybody! Here me is again with the third and last part about me visiting the Keukenhof. You must know, Keukenhof only opens 8 weeks per year in the springtime. The first time on March 21 was because Berry was invited for the opening of the season. The second time on April 11 we went for the opening of the orchid exhibit and the blessing of the flowers for the Vatican. And the third – and sadly last time this season – was on May 18. Berry took her nan and me took Bamboo to admire the flowers. Needless to say they were both in awe with the beauty of Keukenhof.

Berry made sure to take lots of pictures of our little flowerchild Bamboo and of me ofcourse. Bamboo especially loved the yellow and orange tulips. The yellow ones because they matched with his headband. And the orange ones well… because that is his fave colour. Me loved to see his happy face. Ofcourse we tried to see as much of the park as we could. We even went to see the music organ (draaiorgel) and fountain. It was great. And we saw a great expo about Dutch design too. Do you like our camping spot?

Also it was so great to see how different the park was looking at the almost end of the season! The first time there were no much tulips outside, but in the greenhouse it was tulip heaven. The second time it was tulip heaven everywhere in so many colours and the third time we saw all these black and purples and whites and such. It was great. And the greenhouse? It was empty! Well not really empty, but the tulips were gone. Now there were some garden inspiration sites. With nice benches, chairs and such. Also at the pavilion there was a Lily exhibit with framed lily compositions and more. It was amazing.

Bamboo and me had so much fun! We no can choose between the many many pictures we took. Me hope you love the ones we picked out this time. Next year the park will open again on March 22 until May 13. Me sure hope Berry will take us again!

Bye Bye for now!