I am leaving my job next week & I am very sorry to say goodbye to one of my co-workers. She is a very creative, fun-loving & caring girl and I wanted to surprise her. So I decided I’d give her the new M.I.A. album (Matangi), a Happinezz book (“I give you power”) & a siwak (natural toothbrush).
She was very happy about the presents! Since she is interested in Arabic culture and habits, I decided to wrap the presents up in Pepin Papers Arabesque gift wrapping paper (which you can read more about here) and embossed a simple craft sachet with an Arabic stamp. The labels read “For people who think” & “There is no creativity without freedom”.
Yesterday, I took a trip to the city of Leiden, to visit the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde. It’s a museum about people all around the world, their cultures, history & rituals. I had a wonderful time and will absolutely be going back someday when I have more time. It was a special Oriental Ladies Night, so there was a lot too see & do.
Gift shop I couldn’t skip the gift shop, where I noticed some gorgeous books. Amongst them was a soft cover book called “Arabesques”. It was a gift wrapping book with 12 large sheets, printed with Arabic designs. And they also carried another one with Turkish patterns! I had to buy it.
It is so gorgeous, I have been drooling over it all day! It is produced by a company named Pepin Papers, so I went online to see if they have more patterns & yep, they do!
I love all of the designs, they also make Indian, Japanese & Italian paper books, but also 1920’s design papers and lots, lots more! Go check out their website & fall in love just like I did.
Mahrez Landoulsi While browsing the gift shop, I also got 4 beautiful calligraphy postcards from Al-Andalusi (Mahrez Landoulsi), so I will be making some nice Arabic canvasses soon!