It seems this is the way it's going to be for a while, or at least while the holidays are in full swing: a post a week, or every two weeks... or even three!
Just typing it made me cringe... Has it really been 3 weeks since the las post!?
Anyway, this is me coming up for air. I'm very much still around! Only busier than normal. Since you're here, why not share some of the things that have kept me busy (and made me feel grateful) during these last weeks:
• While unpacking the last box in my studio, I found a headband I knitted back in 2011.
Some of you may remember I used to sell headbands on my Etsy shop, before I focused on paper solely. It's a very special headband: I was in high moods when I made it, it's chock-full of happy memories.
So I'm working on listing it, trying really hard not to keep it for myself... which I've done with 30% of my originally-intended-for-sale headbands.
• New project in the works.
It involves wood and paper (are they not my favorite things?) Preview coming soon.
• Check my little illustration over at Kanelstrand!
The picture above is but a fragment of the whole thing.
• I signed up for Candidly Clyde's annual Ornament Swap.
I (and a bunch of others) will be swapping holiday ornaments with a perfect stranger, via snail mail. Lovely idea, isn't it?
That's all for now, folks.
I'll be back with more news and some free pretties for you all, to atone for having been so... quiet. Follow me on Twitter and you'll be the first to hear about my end-of-the-year offerings!
Every day of this week has brought something good:
First, I found this forgotten girl in my sketchbook.
I appreciate the dedication & time past me put into making each line weighty...
Second: I found the time to explore that little alley by the canal. It's a quiet part of town, and you get to race the steady stream of leaves trapped within the current.
The alley had some great twigs & foliage to offer—the herbalist bag I've been carrying around was finally put to good use!
I brought home a handful of samples: some for propagating, some with an artistic purpose in mind...
I've been playing around with textures and backgrounds, a departure from my strict ink lines and papercuts. The leaves I collected are drying between book pages now, and will be added to the experiment in a few days.
My heart has been trying to embrace imperfection...
Today I let colors spill everywhere and accidental textures guide my hand. My current background music looped for hours before I noticed. Sometimes I forget how rejuvenating exercises like this can be... then I'm reminded.
It could be that it is my birthday today, and I want to shed my yearly coat and walk in leaps.
A week of contributions! Weird Amiga has been wandering, visiting friendly bloggers and leaving a little part of herself wherever she has been.
Take La Caseta de Paper, for instance.
Laura (the girl behind the blog) is celebrating Halloween by featuring creepy stories during the whole month of October. I've added my own story to this Countdown to Halloween in the form of an illustrated comic. Read it here!
It's a true story, and at some point I will have to write a post about my view on the events of that day...
Also, today I'm sharing these embroidery patterns over at Kanelstrand. I'm looking forward to spending time with them myself.
You will laugh: even the husband-fish said he wanted to try his hand at embroidering the hut! He's very adorable :)
You can find the original post & actual size patterns here.
Hope your week has been productive.
I wish you a grand weekend and lovely weather!