Last night I went to a croquis event at the local culture house.
It was the first time in ages that I have drawn a model. I used to do it a lot. I also used to model for it myself, and golly it was great for body feelings to stand naked in front of a crowd with notepads. I can totally recommend it.
Last night was fun. And hard. But I was reminded how much I love to draw ladies. They are awesome. Curves and edges all lovely. And I want to come again next time, unless we are drawing men. I am appearantly not comfortable looking at strange penises. Is it wrong to feel like that..? That men are not as fun to draw as women? Probably.
Unless it’s Alan.
I would really like to draw him! But I could kind of do that anytime, so it might be weird to bring him to a crowd of people to do it. It would be sharing the beauty though. Which is a good thing.
I was so lucky to get a Nikon D3300 as a present when I finished my masters a year ago. I have not used it a lot (iPhone glued to my hand instead) but today my Hungarian friend Rita asked me for some photos.
It was so much fun and I think she looks gorgeous and ever so cool in these shots.
Thanks Rita, for letting me post them here.
In December Jolina and I had a really cosy day where we painted on porcelain. It was mostly for some Christmas gifts, but I also made some Little pots for plants.
They have not been put to use before today, but as I was out groceryshopping I saw some nice little plants. I know nothing about botanics, so I just hope they won´t die too soon. Please stay green till spring comes.
– And no, I was not very original when drawing- a cute cat and a sleeping cloud, that was how far I went that day.. But I still like the motives, cute is always cute in my book.
I have been off from school and spending my time in the best possible way. With the girls – and with my sewing machine and fabrics. That is just the best me-time I can get. I have been making stuff for fun, but also a project that I wanted to participate in.
There is a huge national collection underway, to collect money to help children who are without mothers. It is a great cause to support, and a Danish craft magazine have made DIYs to homemade teddys, that can be donated to help the kiddies and help raise money. I have managed to make 4 little friends to send off later today.
I like doing things like these, even though it is just a little something, it still feels nice to be a part of something bigger. To show that perhaps if we all give a small contribution it will hopefully make a difference.
– And it is a good cause to support. I have no idea how hard it is to grow up without a mother, but my whole childhood it was the thing I feared the most. To loose my mum. Now being a mother myself, I cannot bear to think the hought of leaving my little girls. It easily turns into a horrible nightmare in my mind.
Happy new year to all! I hope you had a good one.
As in my last post, I have been thinking a lot about sustainability, buying less crap, being more mindful and generally greener (and more smug presumably..)
Alan and I have talked a lot about it all, and it feels great that we agree on so much of it. I can already feel that I am much more relaxed, that I DON’T have to go out and see what’s on in the sales in town or online. That I know that this or that cheap shirt won’t make me happier.
And that I actually have enough shirts to last me a lifetime.
Also it has made me realize – with an enormous amount of guilt, that I have enough of everything to last me a lifetime.
That also goes for fabric.
Therefore I have decided to start sorting it, knowing what I can turn into stuff for the girls, myself, others, or the house. And I hope to make some good DIYs to put on the blog, to inspire some of you to create something as well.
So watch this space – I have lots of things on my mind, and I hope to get back into crafty blogging.
It was great to do some sorting and cutting with Jolina. It reminds me of how big she is getting, and how much fun it is to be in the creative zone together. Even though it just meant that she was practicing cutting on the scraps. One day we will hopefully be sewing and crafting together all of us. Me and my girls.
Holiday wise the girls are both off from daycare and kindergarten still, and we are enjoying spending time with them. They have both grown a lot lately, and they can say and do so much more than just last week. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.
We try to be in the moment with them, and that is one of the resolutions for this year. To go offline for as much as possible for whatever part of the day we spend with them. Gadgets, Facebook and Instagram will always be there, but the girls will grow up so quickly. Sounds like a cliche..? It is a cliche, but its still true.
I was sick of myself checking new likes and updates every five minutes. Could the internet exist without me? Alan was much better at leaving his phone and being in the moment. I was rubbish. It was an addiction to me, and what an empty one. I realized it’s fine to go online in the evening, when I have time, when the girls are not asking me important questions and wanting me to take part of their game. In the evening when I have time, I can enjoy my favorite intstagrammers and bloggers as with a good magazine, and it turns into a lovely bit of me-time. And it’s great not to feel the guilt of having to check my screen – even when playing with the girls. Sounds smug..? Well, I am, because change feels awesome. I guess the internet can exist – even though there are less postings from me.
I choose happiness. Doing things that make me happy in the long run. It’s a new thing, cause I am used to very instant rewards. And I want to hope for the best in everything. I want to worry less by doing good things.
So much change is coming in 2014. What a great year it will be.
(And let’s hope the universe does not hit me with a bus for feeling this good for once..)
Over on one of my favourite inspirational blogs, Dos Family, Jenny and her husband have made a truly awesome project. The have turned Jenny’s cool photographs into a colouring book! It is amazing. Read about it and order it here. I have given myself – or the whole family I know it will be, one for Christmas. And I can’t wait to colour something else than pink Disney princesses!
Jolina and I had a really cozy day earlier this week. We did some porcelain-painting on pots, candleholders, little milk jugs and plates. Fun to do for a 4-year-old, and definitely also lots of fun for me.
After an hour in the oven the colors are made dishwashersafe – and then they should be ready to go as Christmas pressies.
Love doing stuff like this with Jolina!
I am spending the free hours in these last days before uni starts again drawing.
I have a secret project. A special story that I want to tell.
And the people in it are now suddenly coming to life on the white pages through my pencils.
I can’t wait to take them digital and really have some fun.
But for now it is great just using my hands again, creatimg my main characters and figuring out what they are going to look like. I have not been drawing for ages, and once it was something I couldn’t live without.
I want it to be part of my life again. And for now it is.
Yes, I have been crafty today. And I loved it!
The nursery and kindergarten was open today, holiday is not before Monday, and the kids were happy to go there, so I was happy stay at home alone and have fun with my sewing machine.
Ah, such good times we had.
I cut the fabric quite quickly from an old dress since I am not one for patterns, and I just made adjustments along the way. It’s not perfect but good enough for me. Great actually. I am so happy.
The spaceman fabric is from my trio to Gothenburg last year, from the amazing thriftshop Myrorna. I was ecstatic when I found it. The striped fabric is from a thriftshop in my local area and very retro.
Making stuff is something I need once in a while. It’s my kick. And today was just a super boost.