Book cover photo of Rupi Kaur's milk & honey

Book review: milk & honey by Rupi Kaur

I was never into poetry. I don’t think I’ve ever ready a poetry collection before this year. Look at me know, I just read my second poetry collection of the year. And I liked it. How can I not? Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey is raw. It’s soothing. And refreshing. It’s feminine and feminist. It’s also a book I’d love to give to friends. Or people with broken hearts.

It’s all BookTuber & author Jen Campbell’s fault I got interested into poetry. Not that it’s a bad thing. I read Ted Hughes’ Crow because of this, which was a five star read. It’s also on Jen’s Booktube channel I first heard about Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey. I can’t recall what she said about it, but the name of the book stuck in my head. It was on my wishlist for a couple of months and when SocialBookCo asked me if I wanted to review a book for them, I quickly picked this one from their list. So, now that we have established that I’m not a poetry buff and that, if you really are into poetry, my opinion isn’t worth much. But if you aren’t into poetry and want to test the waters, this one might be for you.

i’m losing parts of you like i lose eyelashes
unknowingly and everywhere

milk & honey wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. With its 200 pages it was already longer than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t read anything about the book beforehand, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover it’s about love. And about breaking up and piecing yourself back together afterwards. And about feminism. It’s a raw poetry collection, with poems like loose thoughts (don’t expect rhyme). Sometimes they’re soft, sometimes they lash out. Another nice surprise were the illustrations that are scattered through the book.

i don’t know why
i split myself open
for others knowing
sewing myself up
hurts this much

The collection consists of four parts: the first part is raw & hard, it’s called “the hurting”. It deals with earlier men in the author’s life. The second part, “the loving”, and the third part, “the breaking” read like you’re going through a relationship. While the second part is mostly sweet, the third part is painful. In the fourth part, “the healing” the poet talks about more than just healing your heart, but also about loving yourself. It sometimes felt a bit like reading motivational quotes on Pinterest, but in a less hollowed out way. I could also feel the fierceness and the anger in her poetry (through all four parts), which I really liked.

you deserve to be
completely found
in your surroundings
not lost within them

As I said in the beginning of this post: I really loved reading milk & honey. It was a very pleasant discovery. The content was so strong I won’t wait long before rereading. And if you’re looking for a gift for strong and/or heartbroken women in your life I wouldn’t hesitate giving milk & honey.

Sunday Scribbles

Sunday Scribbles, n°1

Hello & welcome to the first instalment of Sunday Scribbles. To be honest, I started writing this short after I wrote the blog post from last week. I didn’t wait for responses on that post, because I felt excited enough to start writing immediately. #win This week I’m talking about struggling with “the adult lifestyle”, finally having a tablet (and how I believe this will change my life) and a couple of my favourite things from the past week. Settle down, take a cup of coffee (or a beverage of your liking) and read on!

InkTober - day 1

Adulting (not adultery)

This is something everyone goes through, I’m sure, and I should just man up and get over this, but I’m a bit shocked by how difficult I find it to fit everything in, since I started working. I’m a creative person with tons of hobbies. I’m also, at my core, an introvert, who needs “down time” to function like a normal person. But since I started working full-time a couple of months ago I started cutting away hobbies.

I crash in front of my computer (or in the last weeks: on the couch, not caring about what’s on tv), I don’t cook any more (thank my lucky stars for the Boy, who took over graciously). I don’t care what I eat (frozen pizza will do), which is strange because I like cooking and I love making new dishes.

Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups; also: Post adolescence when the light in your eyes fades away and dies. (source: Urban Dictionary)

So yes, I’m struggling a bit here. I’d like to keep up the blog, work on new DIY’s and long interesting blog posts, spend 8 hours in art school every week, do half an hour of sports each day, eat healthy, do my part of the household tasks, cuddle my cats, take pictures for my blog and social media, actually edit the fucking video I made months ago, start filming often, do a 30 day challenge (and finish it for once). I’m not even thinking about the extra blog and side hustle I want to set up. (I’m actually giving myself heart palpitations by thinking about this all and writing this down).

I seriously don’t know how I can make this all work (please send tips & chocolate) and I feel a bit (just a teeny tiny enormous bit) overwhelmed. So I’m coping by coming home, ignoring my pc and take long relaxing baths. Which will have to do for the moment. Head space first, smaller goals and the rest will follow (I hope).


My tablet will change my life

Which is a big claim, but I hope it will, in some small ways. One of the things that bugged me for months, was my lack of reading other blogs. After a full day at work behind the pc, I don’t like to spend the rest of the evening sitting uncomfortably in front of my laptop, reading blogs. I don’t like consuming blogs on my phone (even though I can barely hold it in one hand, it’s too small for reading), so that stopped me from actually following up with my favourite bloggers. The same goes for watching YouTube on the go or whilst taking a bath. I also use my phone for writing down ideas on the go (in Evernote), but I don’t like it for writing longer texts or planning in new blog content.

After months of careful deliberation and getting stressed out because I got overwhelmed by the amount of options you have in tablets, I just picked one and ordered it. Sometimes I do things better when not actually thinking them through. And now I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which is so much lighter than I thought it would be and which already started changing some of my habits (if I commented on your blog the past week, thank my tablet).

InkTober - day 1

Thing I love this week

  • Among many other drawing challenges and festivals, it’s also InkTober this month. The concept is really simple: every day you make a drawing or a sketch, which has some inking. I got really excited and made a good start yesterday. All the sketches in this post are from my first day of InkTober. I’m a bit in love with the way all the black and white looks in my sketchbook. I decided to keep things really simple and start off by doing only patterns. Hopefully I can finally finish a 30 day challenge this time. 🙂
  •  This illustrated music video directed by Rozalina Burkova for Entrance. The illustrations and the music are a perfect match!
  • I absolutely love watching Anke Weckmann’s Sketchbook Time Lapse videos. The way she builds up her sketchbook pages, seemingly randomly and then going back to earlier sketches and adding details really is fascinating to me.

That’s all for this week! Did you read or watch anything this week you really loved? Let me know in the comments.

Sunday Scribbles

Sunday Scribbles

Hi there! And welcome to the first ever (and maybe the last) edition of Sunday Scribbles.

I’ve blogged for a long time (probably close to ten years). I used different platforms, different names, but my blog always was a lifestyle blog. Once upon I time, I filled my screen with musings about how all the girls at the bus station seemed to wear the same outfit. Or how a fat guy chose to sit on part of my lap, even though there was a free seat in front of me. Or even how you can commit “social suicide” by wearing socks in sandals. I once wrote a post about how the boys I fell in love with always had a girlfriend already. And then wrote a follow-up post about how that particular guy actually didn’t have a girlfriend, but he had now (and still has, although I still don’t call him by his name on this blog).

Those were very personal posts and, if you ask me, they were also quite humorous. Along the way I decided to put that part of my writing away and focus more on DIY’s, crafts, books,… because those are the things I actually like reading on other blogs.

Sunday Scribbles
The last year(s) I’ve been in this permanent state of “blog identity crisis”. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what the fuck I want from this blog, from this hobby. I like writing though, because I keep coming back to it and not writing this blogs always makes me feel miserable. But. There is always the “but”. I don’t get the same amount of joy from it that I used too. Especially when I think back to my original writing, which still brings a smile to my face (or rather, a dorky grin). I’m not sure I can get back to the way I wrote before, because I’m not the same person any more. In ten years a lot of things have happened, both good and bad, and sometimes I feel like I lost the “fun” part of me.

A lot has to do with insane amounts of fear and self-doubt. I often feel like I’m stagnating. That’s part of the reason I want to do my birthday lists every year (and it’s also part of the reason I fail miserably). Anyway, all this, quite depressing talk, leads me to this: I need to be more “me” on this blog. I want to stop pressuring myself in doing what seems to be needed to create a popular blog. I just need to write, and have fun (which is one of the things I was thinking about when I made my 28 in 28 list, so this post might’ve been a long time coming).

Sunday Scribbles

So, (reaching the point I wanted to make!) instead of publishing the “Last Week” posts, where I brush over my life lightly, I’m thinking about switching this up to “Sunday Scribbles”. I’d love to write in a more informal way about whatever, both good and bad, and maybe share some fun things I came across during the week (songs, videos, interesting tidbits). It’ll be a weekly newsletter, on the blog (because, yes, I’ve been thinking about starting a newsletter, but let’s face it, I’m not keeping up with this blog, so why would I want to put extra things on my plate?).

The question is, of course, would you guys actually like to read something like this? Let me know in the comments below (or on social media) and tell me what you think (or tell me to man up and get over myself 😉 ).

Image source: Unsplash; icon source: The Noun Project

Book review Creatief Handletteren en Meer
Books, Design & Illustration

Book review: Creatief Handletteren & Meer (give-away)

A while back I noticed the book Creatief Handletteren & Meer online. As I’m very interested in drawing and lettering, my interest was peeked. I asked the publisher if they would sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review and they did me one better. They sent me a copy to review and two extra copies to give away to my readers. Which is you! So without further ado, let me tell you about Creatief Handletteren & meer (available in English as Creative Lettering and Beyond).


Upon first opening Creatief Handletteren & meer

Creatief Handletteren & meer exists of four different parts, all written by different authors. Each author has her own lettering speciality to talk about. The first part is about traditional calligraphy, the second about illustrating letters. Next up is a chapter about chalk board letters and last is a chapter about creative lettering techniques. The difference in authors is really noticeable between each chapter, as they all have different materials they use and a different way to illustrate their chapter.

Having this many authors and subjects in a quite short book (144p) means every author only has a small space to talk about her subject. Some information also gets repeated by a couple of the authors, while they leave a lot of other information untouched. This makes this book a short and inspiring introduction to lettering, but don’t expect a lot of in dept information.


The book is translated from English (originally titled: Creative Lettering and Beyond). One thing that bugged me a bit in the Dutch translation, was the formal way it was translated. It made it difficult to distinguish the individual voices of the authors. I wouldn’t have mind a more loose and less formal translation. Luckily enough the illustrations make up for this. (I also don’t know whether the book is also written this way in the original English.)

Apart from lots of illustrations and pictures the book also has practice pages, where you can (you guessed it) practice your lettering. I really like that they added this. When you’re not yet fully equipped for lettering you don’t have to invest in paper, because the book is printed on high quality paper.

Lettering my own piece

My favourite part in the book was the second chapter, about creative lettering. It had a couple of inspiring techniques for lettering, which I was excited to try.

A Smooth Sea Never Made for A Skilled Driver - illustrated quote

A Smooth Sea Never Made for A Skilled Driver - illustrated quote

I also found some inspiration in the third part of the book, about lettering on chalkboard. I didn’t want to mess around with chalk though, but I created a black & white piece inspired by the look.

Never Judge a Book By Its Movie - hand lettered quote with a chalk on blackboard feeling

Win your own copy of Creatief Handletteren

BBNC was nice enough to sent me not one, but two copies of Creatief Handletteren & meer to give away. I’m giving one copy away on the blog, the other one is up for grabs on my Instagram account. If you want to double your chances, you can of course participate on both platforms. So, what do you need to do to win a copy of Creatief Handletteren & meer? Quite simple, go down to the comment section below and tell me what your favourite quote is. If you have a story about why that quote in particular is a favourite and you want to share it, please do! If you want to an extra chance to win a copy, head to my Instagram profile and participate in the give-away there too. Good luck everyone!

*give-away closed! Winners: Naomi (on the blog) & Winterlelie (on Instagram)*

This give-away is sponsored by BBNC publishers. All opinions stated in this article are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. The give-away is open to all residents of Belgium and the Netherlands. Give-away ends October 1st, 2016. Winner will be contacted by e-mail.