I was a little girl when my interest in watercolour was first sparked. My parents gave me a tiny watercolour box for my birthday, I think when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I still have it and I have to admit that it hasn’t been used a lot… And I also still have some sheets of watercolour paper that I got at the same time! Continue reading …
Well, not entirely true, I found about 4… I was really looking forward to hunting for some amazing shells, but they were almost absent where we were staying. But there was something way better than seashells; amazing multi-coloured pebbles and tiny stones in soft pastel shades. A beach combers’ fantasy come true. I turned into a magpie and couldn’t stop searching and collecting them. There were also quite a few small heart shaped stones. Swoon!
The summer is almost over here, but we’ll be going to the sea in a little while!! I love spending time near the sea in the late summer, the weather is not so blisteringly hot, and everything is so mellow and golden. To get me in the mood I collected some lovely items in this sea side inspired treasury. We’re going to Greece by car, and we’ll be meeting family there. Sanna will love spending time with her grandparents. Can’t wait!!
We had some lovely guests; they came in the night and stayed over, all 14 of them. They were a bit noisy but it wasn’t too bad. They stayed till nine in the morning when the rising sun painted them lightly with gold.
Seeing these storks is a sure sign that summer is nearly over and autumn is almost here. They are migrating south again, where it will be warmer. Each year, this change brings me a pensive mood. A time for reflection and time of peace but also memories and thoughts of ‘that was another year again’.
As always my little girl was very good at snapping me from my musings, bringing me right back to the now again; she was most fascinated by the droppings of the storks, that were white, thick and drooping from their resting places 🙂 Yes, storks also have to go! So much for romance and poetry 🙂
I thought it would be fun to start interviewing some illustrators and crafters regularly. I see so much beautiful work on my journeys on the internet! Everyone has their own unique style, way of working, and places where they get their inspiration. I thought it would be useful to ask them for a few tips too, which you and I might find useful for our own work and businesses.
I strongly believe this, if you can’t do anything practical right now, just spend a few minutes each day imagining what it would be like if you were living your dream life and doing your dream job. This will bring you lots of joy and excitement, and this is the kind of vibe you need for real things to start happening! Go for it!
This lovely balloon image is by Jiunn Kang Too, CC BY-SA 2.0.
We’re very lucky because we are staying in a little beach house for a week! It is a wonderful place, very cozy with a small kitchen, bunk beds, a generous sofa in the living room and even a small shower. And most importantly; the beach, the sea and all that sand right at our doorstep. It has been decorated in a lovely beach house style by Ellen, who is so kind to let us stay there.
Finally going to the Netherlands again to see family and friends, so looking forward to it! It has been very hectic here getting ready, preparing gifts and keeping up with the garden work. Now is the time to plant everything, and we have been working like mad to get everything planted and sown before we leave!
Apple blossoms must be my favourite; the pink with the white is just gorgeous. Especially with the early morning light, this tree catches some of the first morning sun beams. You have to enjoy it while you can, because each year it’s over so quickly. Luckily next year it will happen again…