I’m calling this new project Drawing Tiny Treasures. My intention is to fill the entire book with drawings of small things from my home. Those things that I have loved for years (and probably blogged about at some point in the past). Things that I maybe am not noticing as much any more. Or things that are new around here that I’m crushing on. Also, the idea is to document the things that might, or might not, be around in 10 or 20 years from now.
But most importantly, as with any project I start, there is a need to be creative. A longing to draw, not big landscapes or portraits of people, but small objects that will not pose a challenge I can’t take on.
A Lisa Larsson Cup. It’s where I keep the plastics straws, and a used drink umbrella.
On the left page I journaled a little about this thrifted cup, that I never use for coffee because it’s actually broken (but I can’t throw it away either because I love the illustrations).
Drawing Tiny Treasures started in January, and will be ongoing until the entire book is filled. I will let you know how it progresses. Remember how I showed you the cover of my Miss Kitten Heart Sketchbook last week? Well this is the very first two pages.
I really like them, and that is a surprise to me because I don’t think of myself as someone who draws or sketches… I don’t even think I can, but well, I might…
Do you have a specific sketchbook for drawing?
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
At a recent visit to a rather cute second hand shop (new to me) I found this blue cat. I adore the 1970-style and shape of it, and the flowers on the tummy are so cute. I decided to buy it as a gift, because blue is defiantly not my color. It is a kind of dark turquoise, so it could fit in my home (I love turquoise) but I think it’s meant for someone else… Continue reading
You know how much I love my DIY Calendar, right? And you might remember I made the 2014 calendar pages available as a digital download late last year. Having a real product really makes me happy!
It’s now updated with a bunch of extras (for list and project management), pages that you can include in your calendars different sections inside the planner.
You can get the extra pages here, and read about what’s included in that yummy download. Today what I wanted to share was some extremely awesome ways to use the calendar – by cool people who bought my calendar design!
Patty is one of many who bought the DIY Calendar pages from me. She is using a small binder that she has decorated herself. In a very inventive way she is leaving them with big borders so that she can collage the margins! I love how she designed her pages, so yummy!
Patty writes, in her post The DIY Planner of High Hopes:
iHanna made these pages for the particular size of planner she uses, but I made them work for me, I just didn’t trim them, easy peasy! Now, I have a bit of room to embellish and play!
Chris bought my DIY Calendar pages too, and sent me these awesome pictures of hers.
I have started a drawing project. Yay! A small, personal one that I am housing in this pink journal I got from my Swedish blog friend, Malin. I searched through my blog archive but couldn’t find anything about this journal – so maybe I haven’t shared it before? It’s cute, pink, and perfect for me and what I have in mind right now…
…and biting the sour apple.
I clumsily dropped my phone and the front glass shattered. It’s being repaired, but in the meantime I am having a bad case of iphone abstinence. As with everything this proves what I already knew: it’s not until you loose something that you notice how much you love it (or need it, depend upon it or use it).
I am not obsessed with my phone, but now that I don’t have it I understand how often I use it to distract my thoughts, to waste time or to check for messages! I especially miss taking phone photos and sharing my favorite ones straight away on instagram. But also taking a walk and having the endless possibility of podcast and radio shows via internet in my ears! But in a week or two I will get my phone back and everything will be back to normal. Except maybe, I’ll try not to waste as much time on it when I shouldn’t…
This week I kind of lost interest in blogging for a few days too, since I turned off comments for a while… I so love the comments I get, they’re like food to me… Maybe it shouldn’t be like that, but loosing the ability to get comments here felt horrible… Continue reading
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
I love scraps! Not only the paper scraps I use all the time, but fabric scraps too. I think I collect them. And pet them, but don’t tell anyone. I love how scraps let’s you mix and match something small into something new.
From a few of the many scraps I’ve sewn two scrappy pouches for myself, one pink and one green. Love them! Pink and green are my favorite colors!
Here’s a Before Page in my Kawaii Art Journal. This is what it looked like when I bound the book together. One painted page and one gray wall paper page to the right, decorated with some polka dot washi tape.
Hello to the first of March 2014. Nice to meat you! This month let’s March on, in spite of the IC! To me it seams that February went by like a lightning bolt. Swoosh!
I need to get my planner out and mark up those pages with the projects I want to work on, the things I need to do and the ideas I want to try. Otherwise, the days just passes and nothing gets done. Except watching old episodes of Friends! Love that TV-series! Here’s what inspires me right now:
Inspiration Mosaic of images collected on Flickr, February 2014. Click the image to view the original source or view mosaic big right here! Right click on the big image once it’s open in your browser and there you can, if you feel like it, choose Use as desktop background to set it as your inspiration starter for March.
That mean old Inner Critic
I have enjoyed your comments on my review of Quinn’s book Inner Hero Creative Art Journal this week.
Well, reading your comments was not all fun. I asked what your Inner Critics say to you, and wow! Some of the comments makes me worried, because your Inner Critics are so loud and mean! Just writing a few sentences of what I hear made me realize how strong the IC can be. We’ve got way way too much negative self-talk going on. Ann wrote a whole description of her IC and says: Continue reading
I have a big love for browns and earthy tones. Brown paper! Gingerbread cookies! The color of my hair! Coffee with milk! Yum!
And let’s not forget the Brown Quilt that I made myself. I still adore it, and use it almost every day! Also, I own at least two dark brown skirts and one brown t-shirt.
Well, I really like this color.
Though I never use brown when I paint acrylics. I don’t even think I have that on my palette… Color is funny like that. It can be lovely in one area but not so much in another. To me it’s lovely on fabric and in print, but I don’t want to paint with it and I don’t like dark wood furniture… But, I adore patterned paper in different brown hues!
The spread above is inside this pretty brown-ish Smart Journal that I made:
Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim.
I am drinking black coffee and reading your comments on the giveaway post. Last chance to enter the giveaway of Quinn’s new book Inner Hero Creative Art Journal, a how-to book about finding and defining your Inner Heroes. Last chance to enter now – I will pick a winner this weekend.