What BBF stands for

20 years ago I had a BFF. Her name was Aneta and she lived 20 kilometers away from my home. We would spend a weekends together frequently doing some crafting – crocheting handbags, making friendship bracelets, etc.

But over the years, the distance between us has expanded to 2.000 kilometers, but… she still comes to visit me! And when she comes… we end up crafting together again in my atelier.

This year we made something for her daughters – a toy using some leftover fabrics.  She was sooo happy.
…truly Best Friends Forever.

Little Princesses on the way

The Czech party in Belgium is expanding. Last year my three Czech-mates brought to the world three beautiful baby-girls – Rosie, Lucia,and Julie. Welcome girls! We were looking forward to meeting you and as a welcome present, we prepared the first diaper cake with a surprise – a monkey-buddy! I hope they will take care of you, girls.

Happily Ever After 2

2017 is a magical year! I’m not even able to count how many friends of mine got married this year. Many, believe me. I’m so happy I could attend many of these weddings and witness this important moment when two people seal their lives together. So much love in the air this year!

Happily Ever After

Two years ago I got an invitation to a wedding of my friends Ondra and Lenka. I was so disappointed when I realized that I could not make it and witness this precious moment. I felt I had to do something about it. And I did. I sent there some personalized pieces from marliatelier, so I could be there is some other was.

Congratulations Lenka and Ondra!


Oldies: How Everything Happened

It is that feeling when you surf in your old folders on your laptop and you discover very very old things… Like me today. I had to laugh when I saw these images. Here is my Funky Monkey Mania debut, my very first monkeys. It seems like yesterday when my sis Lucy showed us how to make sock monkeys. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, “Do you want to learn how to make sock monkeys?”, she asked.  And as I never say no, with one breath I replied: “Sure!” And that Sunday I discovered my new hobby – making literally monkey business.

It was also the beginning of our family tradition. And since then, whenever and wherever we reunion with my sisters Lucie and Ester, we make monkeys together. We inspire and encourage each other. We truly have so much fun together every time. 

Fashionable Toys

Do you know the feeling, when you stand in front of your closet, and you cannot decide on what to wear?  Well, you are not the only one. Look these guys below, can you imagine how much time they spent on choosing just the perfect outfit?

This was my first Christmas market in Belgium. It was 2013, when my friend Leen invited me to her cozy Christmas market she organizes every year. Leen basically calls her creative friends to bring their “art” and opens the doors of her house for one weekend. And because this event happens before Christmas, it is the perfect occasion to get some creative, unique and handmade presents. 

Leen is an expert in making pleasant homie atmosphere and welcoming people at her place.

Together with Fiona

Fiona Dalton must be a really cool funky lady. Despite the fact I actually haven’t met her, her great sense of humor is evident from her toys she had designed and published in her book “Wil je mijn vriendje zijn?” (“Hop Skip Jump”).
I liked her eco-cuddles so much that nothing could stop me to make some new friends myself. Here the are.

Unfortunately, not all of them, some of them got a new home before I managed to make a picture.

I will never ever start a blog!

I’m not this kind of person, I thought. Publishing things online and writing long blah-blah  blog posts? No, thanks.
…But after a few years… here I am. I just started my very own blog. But don’t worry, I’m still not planning to post any long bla-bla stuff. I rather aim to share here a lot of images and ideas coming out from my atelier – the marli atelier.

Welcome, and I hope you will enjoy it.

Cheers, on my this blog heading to the world!Vriendes van de koffer