I always like wrap-ups at the end of the month, especially posts where people show their favourites. So I thought I’d show you my favourites for February today!
Don’t expect fancy products or amazing new restaurants, nope, not this month. This was a month of being sick way too often and staying indoors a lot, which means I started to appreciate the small things.
I. Flowering orchids – My orchids all started budding in December and now they’re opening their first flowers! I always feel very accomplished when my plants start flowering or growing very well. Seeing them thriving makes me happy.
II. Frannerd – I discovered Frannerd by accident and I absolutely adore this YouTube channel by Chilean illustrator Fran Meneses. She currently lives in London and makes videos about her life as a freelance illustrator. I basically watched every video on her channel the past few days (except the ones that aren’t subtitled and are in Spanish) and I feel like a proper stalker now… Fran’s videos are full of energy and optimism and she makes me want to draw! (and this is the reason I illustrated this post, also, drawing an illustrator is stressful.)
III. Yoga with Adriene (merci, Kelly voor de tip) is another favourite of mine this month. Working out when you’ve been sick or feel poorly isn’t easy, but I’ve discovered I like yoga so much I even feel motivated when my tummy (really, isn’t there a more adult word for this in English? I feel five years old when I type “tummy” or “belly”) hurts. Adriene’s videos are perfect for a beginner like me and she isn’t to much in spiritual mumbo jumbo, which is nice.
IV. Black tea – I was never big on hot drinks. I never drink coffee and I only occasionally drank Jasmine or Apple Cinnamon Tea, but in February I discovered the Black Tea hiding in my cupboard and this has become a bit of an addiction. I’m also very bad at drinking enough water daily and making myself cup after cup of sweetened black tea really helps me get my daily dosage of liquids.
V. Being sick (and cold) a lot makes you appreciate blankets a lot. It also makes you very grateful for sleeping cats that keep you company when you feel like shit. So yes, I always like blankets, but this month they’re my favourites (cats are always my favourites!).
VI. I’ve got myself a new desk! We went to Ikea and I bought a new (high gloss) table top, a drawer unit and a trestle. After swapping the bookshelves in our hallway with those from the workspace and putting them on top or our other bookshelves I had enough space to put the extra desk up. I planned on combining the new table top with the new legs, but once home I decided my old table top would look far prettier with the new legs. Which it does! I’ve got two desks now: one for my computer (which hold my laptop, a second screen and my Wacom drawing tablet) and one for sketching / drawing / sewing. I love having so much table top space! And it’ll be far easier to make sewing projects again, because I don’t have to put away my laptop and screen every time I take out the sewing machine! Whoop!
Did you guys discover any new favourites in February? Or do you know where I can find more inspiring illustrator / drawing / yoga channels on YouTube?