I have some very exciting news to share with you this week. I’ve been working on a new t-shirt design based on some of your suggestions and it is finally ready. Now you can show off the progression of your integration into (the often confusing) Dutch culture with the ‘Integration 75% Complete’ t-shirt (assuming that you are at 75% or there abouts).
There is a male (grey) and female v-neck (purple) version of this t-shirt which are both available through the webshop or by emailing email@example.com. They cost 19.50 each.
That’s right! I am back from my break and I am very excited to present the new Invading Holland redesign! It’s something I’ve been working on for quite a while and (although it took a lot longer than I expected) I am very pleased with the outcome.
The biggest part of the redesign is the webshop where you can now find all the Invading Holland T-Shirts (including a new one that will be available soon), badges and even the opportunity to get your very own Invading Holland style cartoon (something I’ve been doing behind the scenes for a little while now). The gallery has also been updated to show off more cartoons and the profile page has been rewritten.
Of course there is always the possibility that as you look around you might notice a few things not working as expected (I hope not but you never know) so if you spot any errors or have any other feedback I’d love to hear from you. There will be a few more minor updates coming later but all the big changes are done for now. I’m still looking for some more images to use in the webshop so if you have bought a t-shirt and would like to show off a bit just send me a photo of yourself wearing it. I’ll then include it in the next update.
Next week I will be returning to normal writing beginning with the story of my very Dutch summer holiday, a fight with a sun umbrella and how it led to my latest accident prone incident.
In the mean time; have a look around. I hope you like the new design.
It’s time once again for the annual Invading Holland summer break. Over the next few weeks I’ll be taking a short break from writing so I can rest, re-charge and catch up on a few things.
This is partly due to my day job becoming insanely busy at the moment (and requiring a lot of my focus) as we wrap up the latest project we have been working on for the past two years. It’s also so I can spend more of the time in-between with my family.
So what will happen here while I’m on my blogger vacation? Well, there will still be stuff to read. I’ll be digging through the archives for some of my personal favorite stories and re-posting them once a week for your enjoyment. Maybe you’d even like to suggest a few of your favorites in the comments.
And although I won’t be posting anything new there will still be lots of stuff happening in the background as I get things ready for the next big phase of the blog. I’m putting the finishing touches on an exciting new update that will go live when I am back. I’m really looking forward to showing you guys. I think I’ve teased you enough with it over the last few months… And just so you know it; it will still be possible to order t-shirts and badges while I am away.
So until I’m back; enjoy the weather and see you all again soon.
A few weeks ago friend, writer and fellow blogger VallyP asked me if I would like to make the cover for her latest book ‘How to Breed Sheep, Geese and English Eccentrics’. Being very excited about the idea of seeing some of my cartoons on a real book I naturally said yes and can now share the result with you:
“When Maisie Peterson leaves university without a job to go to, she decides to help her mother save her large and impractical country property in the wilds of rural Dorset. Ma is just a tad eccentric, though, and Maisie has no clue about farming. Her efforts are thwarted at quite a few turn by a flock of willful sheep, a dotty aunt, a charming but ineffective boyfriend and a swarthy, but highly desirable agricultural auctioneer.”
The even more exciting news is the book is now available for order. It can be ordered online from Lulu.com by clicking here. You can also purchase the ebook version from the same site by clicking here or from Amazon by clicking here or here.
And if you would like to have your own Invading Holland style cartoon or design just send me an email for more details at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have some very exciting news. So exciting in fact that it is taking all my focus and concentration to write coherent sentences instead of simply resorting to loud cheering noises while fist pumping the air (which I would still do if it was not for the fact that that would look very weird written down).
Basically the exciting news is this; Invading Holland has won. Thanks to your amazing help and support Invading Holland has won the Best European Blog category of the 2013 Bloggies. I owe each and every one of you a huge thank you.
If it was not for the fact that I am already married and a father I would say this is the happiest day of my life but I cannot say such things without getting into a lot of trouble. So instead lets agree that this achievement ranks somewhere below my wedding day and the birth of my daughter but much higher than the time I broke my ankle… And that I am extremely happy and honoured.
I was not the only Holland based expat blog to make it to the finals this year either. Also nominated were Like a Sponge and Nomad Mum. Proof that we are not just taking over Holland but the rest of Europe too.
In closing; if you are a long term reader, a short term reader or even a medium term reader; Thank You.
And if you are finding this blog for the first time… Hello. My name is Stuart, accident prone Englishman and self proclaimed King of Holland. Nice to meet you. Welcome to my strange little corner of the internet.