Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday Travel : Day Off

It's Thursday Travel and it's my day off. Actually it's a national day off. This is the last one for this year. It's Flag day, so no working for us today. I'm going to take a drive to anywhere and enjoy my day off. I decided to make it a long weekend, so tomorrow I'll be off work also. Such a breather!!! The shoot I was suppose to have last Sunday, was moved for tomorrow. I'm excited for that one. 

After a hectic midweek, with tensions from the JCI competition, which if you follow me on my social media sources, I didn't win. So I'm happy to take a break this weekend from work and all craziness and relax in the weekend.
This busted mini van is such a keeper. If I could exchange my car, I would so get one of these. It makes you want to take a road trip to anywhere. Get together some cool friends or just you and your love and hit the highway. 
This beauty is located at Rock Beach in the Pietermaai District

So, I'm going to leave it to that. Have a lovely day and I'll see you back here tomorrow.

Image taken by JenPen Creative Studio

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

JenPen Creative Studio services

Last week I had the opportunity to present my small business to a group of judges and to compete with others for the most creative entrepreneur on the island of Curacao. It was nerve racking the hours before, but eventually when it was my turn, I had my nerves under control.  So I wanted to share with you the presentation I did, so you could get an idea what JenPen Creative Studio stands for.

I started the presentation with the first sheet: INTERIOR DESIGN & MORE. With my background of architecture, I can do more that only interior design or decorating. The possibilities are vary broad to bring your ideas of expanding your home or office come true. Below are some examples of projects I've did in the past.

PHOTOGRAPHY was next on the list to present. I've always loved taking pictures of surroundings, people or whatever was standing infront of my lens. So that's why I also offer the service of photography for weddings and small events. But I'm ofcourse also available if you have projects that you need pictures for like upgrading your website or photos for a calendar. I've organized in the past also photo exposition with local photographers and that is just a blast to do. A new one is in the works. Hopefully all will go well that it can be presented next year to the audience.

Third in line of the presentation was my service for CORPORATE GIFTS. It's always nice to give a client you has brought a good business a thank you gift. Or the personnel you has worked very hard to accomplish your wishes. They also deserve a thank you. And that is why I provide this service with the possibility for giving something unique and that is made perhaps from recycling material or is handmade. For example those tree branches are from pine trees, so the space smelled like I was in a forest. 

And for the last slide I presented the blog to them. Like seriously, the blog has been an inspiration for me and all those who are reading it and share it with others. To get a closer look what the blog is all about, click here.

The organization posted the video business pitch we all did. When I saw myself I laughed so loud. I'm like doing a Stevie Wonder impression :0) . When I'm nervous I tend to close my eyes, so the information will come to my head. Did actually the same thing when I got married. When it was my turn to say my vows, I just closed my eyes while saying them. Okkk, that's off topic here. But check out the video below.

Wish me good luck for tonight and keep your fingers crossed. Maybe I'll be going with the big prize. It would be such a step for me and my business future. Will be back tomorrow with the news who the lucky winner was. Have you ever participate with a competition like this?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Weekend Action

It's Friday and I'm really ready for it. There isn't much relaxing, but the point of those days to yourself, is always a blessing. Will be having a photo shoot Sunday for a very cool website and I'm really looking forward for that. So for this Friday Weekend Action, go make things, because you......

So go be awesome. Have a lovely one!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Creative workspace with a showy black & white Rug

You know that having a rug in your working space is like the center of it all? A rug can separate spaces within a space. Like this is my desk area and that is my sitting area. So I chose a few awesome offices with black & white rugs. When you see these, you'll see that black & white goes well with actually everything. You can be very playful with the pattern of the rug.

The graphic contrast of black & white adds interest without overwhelming. #workmastered #whbmLove the wing chair as a desk chair! home office with exposed beams #polkadots #chevron #lanterns
A monochrome home with copper details

Don't be afraid to play with your wall color also. You can see the contrast between the two last images. The striped rug really pops out the floor, because of the dark-navy wall color and the pops of orange. In the last image everything is in a monochrome style that the rug below doesn't really pop, but it doesn't mean that it doesn't look great.

How about you? Do you have a rug in your working space?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Pin Inspiration : Minimalist Space

It's Monday and my energy pitch is on a very low point. That's why I choose this pin below. I just want to take a book and sit on that chair with my tea and start the week on a relax mode. I had a very stressed beginning of the weekend because of the competition I entered and thankfully I did well Saturday while presenting my small business. So I deserve a relaxed Monday morning, don't you think?

I really love the look of this space. The exposing brick wall gives the space such a personal touch. You would like to know the story behind it, right?! That little nook is genius for early mornings and late nights. Sitting there when the sun comes up or when the night falls in, would be such a beautiful place to come together. As seen on this image, you don't need a lot to enjoy your space.

Cozy Modern: 10 Minimalist Fireplaces | Apartment Therapy

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How was your weekend?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Weekend Action

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for me. I'm really excited, but at the same time I'm oh so nervous. I'll be presenting my little creative studio to a board of judges that are going to pick the most creative entrepreneur on the island of Curacao. 
Sometimes in life you have to take risks to accomplish something and I'm just going to jump with both hands and feet to make this thing happen. Even if I don't win, I gained more experience and met some wonderful people in the process.

So for this FWA, I'm going to tell you a secret:

stop procrastinating!

Don't you agree? It doesn't matter what you are planing to do, the point is to get started. Even if it is to clean your yard. So if you are planning a big task for the weekend, just start and you'll be satisfied with the outcome. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Recap Miami, Key West & Cozumel

As you know last week I took a trip with my husband and friends to Miami and we took a cruise that took us to Key West and then to Cozumel, Mexico. If you are following me on Instagram, you already got a peek of what or where we were. I'm going to be totally honest with you that I can't recall the names of shops or museums I've taken a picture of either locations. We stayed 2 weekends in Miami and visited South Beach, several malls and had a lot of down time. If you do a trip with friends, I recommend you take friends that don't mind doing NOT everything together. It doesn't put pressure to be together all the time. We relaxed when needed and did most of the dinners together. We had a blast.

When we arrived in Key West, we planned to rent some scooters and drive around. But for some weird reason, they didn't accept credit-cards to pay for the rental. None of us had enough cash on us to pay, so we split up and walked around the town. My husband and I sat on some stairs and were entertained and amazed by this local artist, who was making baskets and hats from palm tree leaves. It was totally awesome that I bought one. To bad it isn't green anymore. But it's still beautiful. If you are visiting an island or country, try to buy some from a local artist. Always a plus to support them. Some people just gave him money for his artwork without taking a basket or hat. Key West is beautiful and very clean (for the parts we saw). It's a bit expensive though.
The sky was so clear, I could see the moon. But it was very hot and not very windy, so we shorten the trip quickly by going back on the cruise ship. 

The weather at Cozumel was not so clear sky and lots of rain. There isn't  a lot to see, especially if it's raining. But we didn't discourage and we rented a jeep. Wasn't the best jeep, but it took us around the island. What I loved was that it was so green. It has been months that it really rained here on Curacao, so it was refreshing to see so much green all around.

We stopped at this ranch, Hacienda Antigua, where you can get a tour of how they make tequila. We didn't get a chance to do so as it rained. So we bought some guacamole and tacos and chilled for a few minutes, before we went our way again. The people were so friendly. We've already experienced their friendliness when we went to Cancun last January. I really liked their bathroom signs. I wanted to take it home with me and hang in our bathroom at home. So cute.

We were soaked when we got back on the ship. Thank god they have a little mall that you can walk through before entering the ship. So it made the walking distance between the mall and the ship (just) a bit shorter

Hope you guys loved the re-cap of my trip. For more Thursday Travel trips, click here.
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