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Sunday Scribbles – first post of the year!

It’s evening. I’m in my sofa, eating blueberries from a beautiful blue bowl I bought on  the handmade market I was on a couple of weeks ago. I’ve tried to write a blog post for a couple of weeks and it looks like it’s finally going to happen. Welcome in a new edition of Sunday Scribbles.

I just realised that this is my first post of the year, instead of the last one, like I thought it was going to be. Let me start by wishing you a happy new year! Hopefully you had a blast on New Year’s Eve, ate a bit too much on New Year’s Day and are ready to kick 2017’s ass. I know I did/am.

December really tired me out. I spent a lot of time with family and with my physical therapist. I participated in a handmade market, for which I needed to make a set of Christmas cards. Trying different styles, spending ages doubting my abilities and then quickly trying to finish them every night after work was extremely tiring. I’m still recuperating a bit, but this exercise helped me remember I actually really like making things, creating designs,… So yes, next year I really want to start working for myself (side-hustle wise). Trying to figure out what my next steps are is overwhelming though.

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I didn’t spent much time on the Radical Self Love course I bought, although I feel like working on my self-esteem is key to actually really getting to my goals. Constantly feeling like I’m not good enough, I’m not ready or I’m falling short is getting old. Mark this as one of my New Year’s resolutions.

I did spent time on a different e-mail course: the Meststoffen voor je Blog (translating as “Fertilising your blog”) course by Kathleen. To be honest, I didn’t think I would learn much new about blogging during this course. And although there were no big surprises in the course, the way the information was presented (with lots of small to do’s and tasks) really made me think about this blog and my goals. I still have to go through a couple of lessons (again), but I think my blogging goals for 2017 will be a bit different from the ones from 2016.

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Things that made me happy

  • having a Christmas tree in the house, which smells so nice
  • finally doing something about my weight and my knee problems. It’s going slow, but I think I can already see some progress
  • spending a lot of evenings tired, but relaxed in the sofa
  • making lists for 2017
  • putting gifts together

Work in progress

I really really really want to put out a video before the 24th of January. I might not even edit it, because lowering the ridiculously high standards I have in  my head to basically zero might be the only way I’ll ever put anything out on video.

I have a nice DIY way to show off air plants in the making, I only need to make some nice pictures of the finished products, but with all the weekends full of festivities and the days being too dark so quickly I haven’t been able to finish it. Frustrating!

I’d also love to do one (or maybe two) blog posts about caring for houseplants and air plants.

Thing I enjoyed

  • my newfound love for blueberries. They’re so pricey and probably awful for my carbon food print, but they’re so delicious and perfect for late night snacking
  • Watching Arrival. Not your traditional science fiction movie and I really liked it. It’s one of my favourites from the last couple of years, a bit like District 9.
  • Watching the Harry Potter movies again and feeling all snug because of all the perfect Christmases in those movies
  • buying new brush pens

That’s it for this Sunday Scribbles. How have you been? Do you have new year’s resolutions?

(ps: All image are from Unsplash)

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Merry Handmade Christmas: DIY gifts & decorations

As much as I’d like to make a whole new bunch of DIY’s for this year’s Christmas, I don’t have time for this. No worries though, because I made a couple of christmas-y DIY’s in the past couple of years and when I went through my past DIY’s I realised a lot of them would make nice gifts!

Christmas decoration

DIY Christmas ornaments
I’m still very happy with these DIY Christmas tree ornaments I made last year. They’re currently up in the tree and are super easy to make. The only critique point I have is that I should’ve made more.

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My copper geometric photo (or Christmas cards) holders are also still one of my favourite DIY’s from last year. I leave a couple of them out all year, for putting up inspirational cards. When December gets here though, it’s time to get out the big guns and make festive groups of them. Another DIY that is super easy (and cheap).

If you’re in need for some Christmas decoration inspiration you should click the link and take a look at my inspiration from last year. I still love everything I’ve put together back then and looking back makes me itch to finish up decorating our house.

diy wooden poster frame
The handmade wooden poster frame isn’t a Christmas decoration per se, but if you put the right poster in it, it can be very Christmas-y. If you don’t have enough space for a Christmas tree you can create a large poster frame and pick up a Christmas tree print (such as the newest Zilverblauw print). The frame in combination with a lovely print would also make a nice Christmas present. If you’re looking for interesting prints you can always take a look at the Rijksmuseum archives. They have a very nice collection of botanical drawings (among other things) from old masters you can download and print.

DIY gifts


Giving personalised coffee mugs will make any coffee (or tea) love happy. And these mugs are very easy to make.

DIY Panda Pencil Case
The Panda pencil case is one of my favourite DIY’s I ever made. It looks exactly like I pictured it in my head and it’s soooo fluffy and cute. I use mine for pencils, but it’s big enough to be a make-up bag or a toiletry bag. There’s no need for these things to be boring!

DIY Jar Lamp
Another one of my favourite DIY’s are my handmade jar lamps. I still love how they look and they are used very often!

DIY Teacup Planter

If you want to give something small, cute and alive (but puppies are no option) you might consider these DIY Teacup planters. Ideal for anyone with a green thumb or who wants to cultivate one. Depending on the plants you pick these are very easy to care for (especially with succulents). And having plants in the house is the hippest thing you could do right now.

DIY Kussensloop // DIY Pillow Case
Sewing a couple of pillow cases and then personalizing them would also make for a nice gift, although you might want to know how your intended giftee’s house looks like.

Giving somebody a brand new tablet would make for an awesome gift, but giving them a handmade and personalized tablet cover surely is the next best thing.

If you’re not into DIY you might find some gift giving inspiration in last year’s list of 15 books you should gift. As I haven’t read much this year I’m not sure I’ll make a new one soon.

So, I think that’s enough diy gifts inspiration for one post. Did you ever gift or received a handmade present? What did you think of it?

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28 in 28 birthday list [update 4]

It’s been a couple of months since my last update on my 28 in 28 birthday list, so it’s high time for a new update. As the year is coming to its end it also means my time for completing this list is also almost over.

28 in 28 - get a tattoo

Get a tattoo

Sooooo, remember last time when I said I finally found an artist I really liked, but I had to wait until April 2017 before getting my tattoo? Well, that still applies. Butttt, I did already get myself a tattoo at a new tattoo studio that opened in Ghent, called Noir. I decided I wanted to make my “Harry Potter Fangirl” status official and got myself a Deathly Hallows tattoo. The tattoo guy did a wonderful job, he was very precise and took his time. I’m now looking even more forward to my second tattoo in April, because that design has been a very long time in the making.

28 films (19/28)

I’ve watched a couple of strange films in the past months, like Dead Ringers, The Machinist & The Addams Family. We also watched GATTACA, which I really liked. Most recently I’ve watched Before the Flood, Fantastic Beasts & where to find them and Dr. Strange. There’s still some films I’d like to see in theatres in December, so I might get to my 28 films after all.

28 in 28 - complete 2 sketchbooks

Fill a sketchbook every six months (2/2)

I don’t know how long it’s been since I discovered InkTober on Instagram, but I’ve wanted to participate for quite some time. This year I picked a small A6 notebook from my shelf and started drawing patterns in ink during the first week of InkTober. The second week I switched to witchy things and before I knew it, four weeks had passed and I finished my first InkTober. I’m basically in love with my InkTober sketchbook at the moment. One of the fun things about drawing in a smaller sized sketchbook is the way it seems to fill up more quickly. So I did not only finish InkTober in one month, I also started and finished a sketchbook in October!

Read lots of books

I wish I could tell you how awesome my reading goes, but alas, I’ve been in a reading slump for the past couple of months. I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish any of the book related points at this point. Even starting a reread of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hasn’t helped. #crisis

28 in 28 - going to museum night

Go to Museum Night

At the beginning of December I had my last chance to go to a Museum Night in Belgium. As it found place in my beloved hometown of Ghent I didn’t hesitate to go. We visited only one museum, because both the Boy and I aren’t capable of a lot of walking at the moment. We went to MIAT, a museum about industry, labour and textile. It’s a lovely museum and seeing the old weaving machines at work (the noise!) was pretty great. They were also printing 2017 calendars on an old printing press, so we got ourself a free calendar.

Mari Kondo the shit out of everything I have

I’m not sure Mari Kondo would approve of the way I’m cleaning and deciding what I want to keep, but my action to have more space and less stuff in my house was definitely triggered by reading her book. It did make it easier for me to say goodbye to things I don’t use and to deal with the fact I’ll probably never will.

So far we already did one trip to the container park and two to the second-hand shop. I also donated a bunch of things to the art school I go to, gave a giant stack of paper & supplies to my mother-in-law so my boyfriend’s nieces and nephews have things to doodle on for the years to come and I gave a way three entire volumes of VTWonen magazine. There’s still some room for improvement, but I’m pretty happy with how things are at the moment.

Nope to the nopest

With only one month left for finishing my 28 in 28 list I already know a lot of things won’t get finished, so why not list the ones I’m officially quitting on? 😉

  • Running 10k & doing 120 workouts. Both with the running and the workouts I had some issues with my knees. And now, after going through an MRI I’m getting physical therapy because I have some damage to my cartilage. It can’t heal, but hopefully it’ll become less painful. I wanted to run & do more workouts to lose some weight, but now my only option seems to be dieting. I’m not a big believer in diets (mainly in constant checking & the “ever after” part), so I’m on the lookout for something that fits me. I’m contemplating the 5 2 diet, because I need to punish myself only 2 days a week, which seems doable.
  • All the reading things. Not gonna happen. I’ve tried everything (eg Harry Potter) and it’s not working. I’m too busy with too many things to make time to get lost in another world. I do miss it though.
  • Go see and opera, ballet or musical. Fat chance that this is still going to happen. For one, these things are expensive. And they seem to sell out fairly quickly.
  • I’m also fairly sure I’m not going to finish the “follow 25 Skillshare lessons” one. I did watch quite some of them, but I never made any of the projects, so I can’t really say I “followed” them.

I still have high hopes for spending a technology free weekend, photographing at dawn and making a zine.
A lot can happen in a month!

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A Small Wishlist [6]

We popped up our Christmas tree this weekend, which can only mean it’s really almost Christmas! Every year I make myself a wishlist and this year is no different. Read on if you’re curious to find out what’s on my wishlist, and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own Christmas shopping.

I used to make wishlists quite often (just check the “wishlist” tag here on the blog). This year really was the first year I needed to think about this list. Since I started working I’ve bought a lot of the things that have been on my list for ages, so it felt a bit like starting fresh. As always there are lots of books on my list, but there’s other things too.

All things Harry Potter

After I saw the movie I immediately went and bought the hardcover version of the screenplay, so it shouldn’t surprise you there’s more Harry Potter (or rather Fantastic Beasts) to be found on my list. I loved the setting of the movie and I’m curious to find out more about this part of the Harry Potter universe.

Some of the things on my wishlist are books related to the Harry Potter universe. Pictured here are the covers of each of these books.

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition, 2. The Art of the Movie: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, 3. The Case of Beasts, 4. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault

For the love of plants

Is it strange to put plants on a wishlist? I’m almost ashamed of buying more plants, so for the couple of lovely special ones that are on my wishlist it would be awesome to get them as a gift.

On my wishlist are three different plants, which are pictured here and two books about plants/natural history.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig, 2. Medinilla Magnifica, 3. Wonders are Collectible, 4. Urban Jungle, 5. Calathea

Name something, it might be a hobby of mine

Sometimes I feel like I have too many hobby’s. Especially when I try to make a list of them. But I wouldn’t be able to cut some of them, in my mind they’re all part of “being creative” in whatever way I feel like. On the other hand, sometimes I feel like I’m really not creative at all. So I added some extra, creativity boosting, things on my wishlist.

The covers of "Your inner critic is a big jerk" and "1 page at a time", next to images of a GorillaPod camer stand, a light box for drawing and a lens hood

1. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk, 2. 1 Page at a Time,  3. Lens hood for Canon 50mm/18-55mm lenses, 4. GorillaPod for Smartphone/Compact Camera, 5. Huion Lightbox

Do you make a wishlist round Christmas time? Maybe you need to make one to share with present-hunting relatives? What’s the number one thing on your wishlist?