Monday, July 6, 2015

My 5 Favourite Blogs

I've been reading and writing blogs for a long time now. I've been on so many platforms like livejournal, deviantart, wordpress and now blogger and have been following other bloggers on here for a while as well. Over the years lots of them disappeared, or both them and I changed so much that I wasn't interested in following them anymore. ANYWAY, I thought it would be fun to make a list of blogs of which I read basically every single thing they post.

I was never the kind of girl to dream about her wedding. It was just never a priority to me. But thanks to Rock 'n Roll bride I started fantasizing about my wedding even before I met my boyfriend. Well, it's not even really about the wedding idea.. I mainly just love all the amazing photographs on there of off-beat weddings and people and to read about their stories. What can I see.. I just love seeing quirky people in love and having their 'happily ever after'. She also sometimes posts other things to inspire and/or motivate you and all in all it's just a great blog with good vibes all around!

Usually I'm not the biggest fan of 'daily outfit' fashion kind of blogs, but Ashley is the exception! She always has the greatest pin up inspired outfits and not to mention the greatest hair colours! All her colours and styles inspire me and make me smile every time. It's also great to watch her grow and develop as a woman. Going from one job to another, having a baby girl, balancing everything. She seems very genuine and down to earth. And I just want to own her entire wardrobe.

Just the layout of this blog will instantly make you smile (and have a cavity or two!). Sweetapolita makes the cutest and most beautiful, delicious looking cakes ever. Food is a huge inspiration for me creatively and her posts are sure the inspire me every time. I'm dying to get my hands on her brand new book, if even just to look at the pictures..

Cara's bright and colourful outfits always make me smile! Plus her banner has Hello Kitty and unicorns so you can't go wrong with that.. I love her pink and purple hair (I might be biased just a liiiiitle bit when it comes to that haha) her quirky style and pretty nail art. Again this girl seems very genuine and cool and that's what always attracts me to blogs. Plus she has a hot pink car. Enough Said.

This blog is from the awesome couple Jenny and Aaron and they have a super cute shop with all kinds of pastel coloured pastries to decorate your home. I always love their colour pallet with light pink and blue with a touch of black to even everything out. Jenny also posts the cutest little DIY and mixed media projects and always provides me with lots of creative inspiration! They also post some pretty delicious recipes every once in a while. After browsing through their blog looking for pictures to use for this post, I instantly feel like grabbing my craft supplies and create something deliciously cute!

Are you following any of these blogs? I'm kind of to lazy lately to look for new blogs to follow, so if you have any tips for me, please let me know!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pinspiration: tea, rainbow hair, food, pink and pin ups

Things that will always inspire me: tea, rainbow hair, food, pink and pin ups. Thank heavens for Pinterest where there's a huge never ending collection of eyecandy. I love browsing through my recent likes and pins for inspiration. And yes, most of them have something to do with the main inspirations I just mentioned! Anyway, here's a little collage of some pictures inspiring me right now...

Sources can be found here and here

The other day I was thinking how cool it would be to be able to change up the frames of your glasses without having to get a new pair. Then I came across the picture above. How awesome are those interchangeable cateye frames?? And see that doilie in the tea cup? It's actually made of sugar. So cute! I also have some serious hair envy thanks to those ladies, and would die to have an amazing pink tea pot and couch like that.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Currently Reading

Hi everyone! So I've always been a booklover. I have quite a nice collection back in the Netherlands, but unfortunately there are wayyy too many to move here in one go. However I did succeed in bringing out my boyfriend's inner book nerd so we're starting to create a nice little book collection ourselves here! We've been browsing the local bookstore and Kijiji on a regular basis and because of that I've been reading more than ever. I thought it would be fun to share some of my recent and current reads with you all.

Let's start with the three books that are on my 'to be read' list right now. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs I actually finished last night! I read the second book in the series 'Hollow City' before reading this one (because it was the only one they had at the store and I was too impatient). It was a great read that really teleports you to a completely different world. I do have to say that I liked the second book better. In the first book everything moves rather slow and not an aweful lot happens compared to the second one. The original vintage photographs in it are awesome though! 

The book in the middle is called 'Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times' by Emma Trevayne. We discovered it in the sale section and thought the cover looked really cool. It's a children's book, but I mostly read kid's and young adult books anyway because they're just that much more fun and relaxing to read :)'s All I know so far about this book is that it's about a fantastical steampunk London and I can't wait to start reading it!

And of course the third one is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I've already read all the books multiple times, but it's been a few years now and we fell in love with these new covers. We're slowly starting to collect them all. We already have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd book! This is definitely one of my favourite books (and movie) in the series and it's a lot of fun re-reading these books. Takes me back...

The next series is one we've been wanting to check out for a while now, so when we came across someone selling all of them for an amazing price we got them right away. The graphic novel series Locke and Key are in a bunch of top graphic novel lists and after reading them I surely understand why.
The story is written by one of my new favourite authors Joe Hill (Heartshaped Box, Horns..) and the amazing art is by Gabriel Rodriguez and it's basically about a family living in a haunted house that has a bunch of mysterious keys. It's the perfect mix of reality and fantasy, emotions and horror. If you're looking for a place to start when it comes to graphic novels, definitely pick up these babies.

What are you reading right now? Have you read or do you want to read anything from this list?

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Little Things: Brownies & Dinosaurs!

Since it's been a while, I thought I'd share an extra long list of little things that made me smile the past few weeks :) Hope you enjoy!

Finding strange hairy caterpillars in the garden  fresh fruit salads  freshly dyed hair  going to the movies with the boyfriend in the middle of the day  pizza with bbq base, chicken and red onion  getting sweet messages from people  getting the hang of victory rolls and other vintage hair styles  buying a bunch of (cosmic!) brownies and cookies to munch on - reading more books and browsing the bookstore together!  receiving updates from my dad's awesome bicycle adventures 
Seeing vehicles from 'The City of Gotham' downtown (because they're filming Suicide Squad here! Unfortunately we didn't spot Joker Jared Leto..)  drawing faces on balloons  tomatoes as big as my face  receiving a print of my art and other awesome goodies from Redbubble!  pink fake flowers at work  experimenting with pencil crayons again
Dreamland Tea  Going to a free Hollerado show downtown  Zorro the cat being silly  wrapping presents in dinosaurs  Jurassic World! 90's music videos spotting pretty coloured flowers in everyone's yard the smell of summer  laughing my butt off at 'Fail Videos'

What is making you smile? One of my number one tips to a more positive, happier life is making a gratitude list every day. It keeps you in the moment and reminds you to be happy now, rather than thinking you'll only be happy when you get that new car or a better job. It takes from practice, but it's totally worth it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bioshock design progress

About a year ago I started a design based on the game Bioshock. I finished the final sketch then, but was dreading doing the line work and colouring. Plus I didn't even have decent fineliners back then so I just kind of put it off. I got some great fineliners for my birthday though, so I had no more excuses!

First I did all the outlines and then slowly started colouring it. You can see some progress shots and finished product below. I'm not 100% pleased with it yet though. There's some details and colours I feel I need to add, but can't be bothered with right now. I quite like how it turned out though :) it was fun working on something I normally wouldn't do.

The idea is that eventually my boyfriend will get this design tattooed, but if he doesn't I wouldn't even mind because it was just a fun project to be working on! Hope you guys like it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Newness all around!

Hi guys!
Wow it's certainly been a long time. A little over a year to be exact. I guess I was just not inspired at all and had so many other things going on in my life that blogging on here was just moved to the backburner. I had more fun posting small and quick things on places like instagram or tumblr! But now I feel like I'm ready to get back into it. I miss sharing things like progress pictures of drawings, photo's of little things making me happy or just random pinterest inspiration. I feel like it's my purpose in life to bring some magic and happiness into people's everyday life, and this blog still seems like the perfect place for it!

So I changed my layout for a fresh new start! The banner is temporary until I feel inspired to design one myself. Talking about designing, I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I've been working on lately. Despite the radio silence here I did continue drawing (even got myself a little illustration job here!) and I've been trying to regularly post new designs in my Redbubble store.

There's just something strangely satisfying and exciting when you upload a design on there and immediately see it on all these different products. And of course it's even more exciting when somebody actually buys something! So far I've mainly sold stickers, but also a phone case and kid's shirts and it's so fun to think someone out there is walking around with your design :)
I also got 2 features so far on the website for the two designs below! Even though I mainly draw and design because it makes me happy, it's also a mayor motivation for me to see people appreciating and loving my work. Sometimes you can feel like you're just one illustrator in a sea of tons of other amazing artists. Getting featured definitely put a huge smile on my face and motivated me to keep designing!
I've also been working hard on my online portfolio. Uploading new work, making an easy navigatible website etc. You can check it out in the menu bar up there!

I'm think I'm going to leave it like this for now. Expect more frequent posting. Let's hope I can keep it up this time. Thank you for sticking around :)


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Insta-life lately

It's summer!! Life has been nothing short of summery lately I do have to admit to I mostly just stay in with the doors open and paint, draw, read and write! Weekends are mostly spend outside though with bbq's, apple cider, music and friends. Despite last week being a series of unfortunate events, this week so far has been nothing short of greatness :)

I'm obsessed with browsing Rebel Circus, especially the Fashion and Inspiration pages. Every single thing is right up my alley and gives me so much inspiration!
June 2nd was my boyfriend's birthday and I finally got to give him my presents! He got his hands on one of the presents before I could give it to him, because it got in the mail and he thought it was something else he ordered himself. It was a vinyl of The Epoxies (check them out!!). Luckily that wasn't all I got him! He was very pleased with the little painting I made (I was nervous about giving it to him since I wasn't super happy with it) and also very happy with the Bioshock artbook and 2 bioshock vinyl decals of Fink mfg.
Two bands I've been listening to non-stop are the HorrorPops and Mad Caddies! All their albums are amazing, but especially this song and this song have been stuck in my head all the time.
Lately my glasses have felt more like a burden than ever before, I just want to get contacts! It probably won't happen until after the summer, but I'm determined to get them eventually.
The tea I've been sipping on is Snow Geisha white tea from Teavana.. how appropiate for summer
Slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of vintage/pin up hairstyles. So nice to have my hair out of my face :)
Whenever I need to take my mind off of worries and negative thoughts, I watch videos Cherry Dollface's channel. I'd been following her for some time now, but only recently re-discovered her. So glad I did!
Have you ever had an Oh Henry! bar? Because they're amazing.
For some reason I'm obsessed with this fake cupcake. It's basically what I strive to be as a person
Coming across really old pictures you thought were lost forever is the most awesome (and slightly emberassing) thing ever.
Did you know pink spiders exist?
I hope you're having a great day. Go get a strawberry milkshake and enjoy the sun!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to deal with Anxiety

I was always the quiet, shy kid. I could spend hours playing by myself, crafting, drawing, going on 'adventures'. It wasn't considered as much of a big deal. As I grew older though, I felt more and more strange about me being so completely fine by myself and not feeling the need to talk and interact much. I felt an increasing pressure to be more outgoing which I think eventually really triggered my anxiety issues. In short: growing up sucks. As a little kid you can be as strange and unusual as you want and it's generally no big deal, but as an 'adult' things are expected of you, you have to act 'mature' and start caring more and more about what others think of you and your decisions. 

But I digress.. this post is all about tips and tricks on how to tackle anxiety that I've learned over the years through reading articles, watching youtubers with similar problems and personal experience. I hope they can be useful to some of you beautiful peopel!

1. Look around you!
Whenever an anxiety attack strikes me, I have the tendency to look down and turn into myself, but this will only make things worse! Instead, try to look up and just observe everything around you. Are your surroundings really that threatening? Listen to the music that is playing, look at the people that are really not looking at/judging you (trust me!) or feel the delightful sun on your face and just breathe. Maybe take a second to sit down and obeserve and then carry on. 

2. Pilates, Yoga and Meditation
Ever since I started doing these, I have definitely become more calm and aware of myself and my body. I've never been big on exercise, because it was always about competition and being better than someone else. With these practises however, it's all about your own journey and setting your own goals. Pilates and Yoga helped me better my posture and feel more confident and meditation helped me tackle anxiety attacks and stress in general. It can be as simple as just focusing on your breathing for a few minutes. Whenever everything gets a little too much for me, I just excuse myself and do some meditating in the washroom or whatever quiet place I can find. 
3. Tea!
Tea cleanses the body and the warmth relaxes it. There are a gazillion types of tea, each with their own special benefits. My favorite is plain green tea, but other great relaxing teas are chamomile, lavender, valerian or passionflower and if you have the luxury of a bath, then take a bath with your favorite bubbles while sipping your tea. Double the warmth!  
4. Know your patterns
Sometimes anxiety can just hit you out of nowhere, but you can probably also think of scenarios where an attack will be inevitable. Me for example, I get huge anxiety when I have to go out by myself, and usually spend about half an hour looking into the mirror to check if I look good enough for the outside world and saying encouraging things to myself. I also get anxiety when I have to make a phonecall or I have to pick up the phone,  or when I'm suddenly around a lot of people.
The trick is to find out these anxiety scenarios for yourself, think of what your brains does at that time, and turn those thoughts around. JUST DO IT is my 'mantra' right now, which includes not thinking too much and just jumping into whatever 'danger' is ahead. You will (most likely) survive ;)  
5. Talk
I've never been a big talker, especially not when it comes to all the thoughts swirling through my mind. I would just seclude myself and deal with it on my own. Since about a year though, I've been opening up more and told people about my anxiety issues and other troubles on my mind, and it's such a relief! Everyone is always very understanding and some even share their anxiety experiences with me which in turn makes me feel less alone and weird (and anyone who doesn't understand or thinks it's stupid doesn't deserve your time anyway). So whenever you're having an attack and whoever you're with looks at you questionly, just tell them what's up! Or go to a therapist, they're here to help you! 
6. Alter Ego
Think of your favorite kick ass lady from that one movie, or that awesome girl from youtube you watch every day, or the protagonist of the comic you just read and BE HER.Coming up with 'famous' alter ego's has helped me immensely. In case of emergency, I can just be a classy Dita von Teese, Caroline Wexler from Daydream Nation or Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Be anyone you want to be! 
7. Just live through it
Sometimes, there's just nothing you can do. That's just how it works. Those moments seem to last FOREVER, but really, it's only a few hours (if not less) of your entire lifetime (and what's a few hours in 100 years, right?). Good days are soon to come again, no worries :)

Do you have any tips for me? Please share!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bioshock tattoo progress

A little update on the progress of the Bioshock tattoo design I've been working on! It's been a lot (but fun) work so far, and I have quite a bit more ahead of me. At least the basic design is almost done, and my boyfriend is loving it so far!

Here's a look at my progress. I started with a rough sketch of where I wanted everything, and from there it was basically fine tuning all the elements that I thought were in the right place and adding stuff to fill it up and balance everything out. More than once the proportions were a disaster and I had to draw the same thing a few times over (The Songbird, Big Daddy and Little Sister for example..), but everything MUST be exactly right, especially since it's a tattoo design! You don't want to be walking around with a wonky looking character!

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And this is what it looks like right now! The paper got so dirty :P I have to work on some more details and then it's time for the linework, which I dread. I'm not the greatest at outlines and I'm still not sure how I'll transfer everything/what I will do the linework on. Kinda don't want to mess up the original.
On kind of a related note.. The other day we were playing around with paint with some friends and I started to freestyle paint a Murder of Crows tattoo on my boyfriend's arm! You can find it on the right in the tattoo design. I think it turned out pretty good :) and it made me all the more excited to (hopefully) see the actual tattoo on his arm someday!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How getting ice cream is the reason why I'm not here.

(find sources here)
Forever in love with pink, pretty lips and nails, words of wisdom, cuddles, food themed accessories and art...

Ever since I started living in Canada with my boyfriend, I feel like I really started to live my life. My evenings and weekends aren't spend sulking around in my room anymore. These days we go out and meet up with friends, go to concerts, have a bbq, have spontaneous soccer games or go and get ice cream! It's an amazing change which also really helped me to challenge and (mostly) overcome my anxiety issues, but it's not as good for my blog! I guess right now I just put my energy in so many other things that there's hardly any left for the internets D: I guess it's a good thing that I'm not a huge online personality so I won't get hate mail about being absent lately. Hopefully I can get my camera fixed/get a new one veryvery soon, since taking pictures always inspired me for blogposts. My phone camera just doesn't do it for me for some reason.. Anyway, I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things sometime soon!

I hope everyone is doing great and is excited that the sun is finally coming out more!! Or if you are in Australia, that it's cooling down a little bit? Now get out and enjoy life and keep looking at all the beautiful things surrounding you n.n