Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stamp Carving Week!

I have always loved stamps and how much fun they are both to make and use. But to be honest, I always found it very hard to make them. I have tried so many times. I thought the carving tools I had weren't good or the eraser was too soft, something was just not working.

So when I saw that Ishtar Olivera was having a whole week of stamp carving tutorials I just had to try one last time. You can see the result for yourself but I am really happy how it all turned out. I was having so much fun I even stamped on some of my architectural drawings and made wrapping paper. Isn't it pretty? Plus it's great for the environment!

If you have ever had any trouble making stamps I suggest you go take a look at Ishtar's blog. She has explained everything in details and if you follow the instructions you might end up with some really cute stamps by the end of the day. And it's so much fun!

Oh, and don't forget to show us the results! Have a great day, dear friends! xo

(Photos: Ishtar Olivera; Iva Yaneva)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Colours Week: Yellow!

Spring Colours Week is here! Come join, it's so much fun :)

Organized by poppytalk. Please visit their website and flickr group for more details.

Update: Okay, my mistake. Spring Colours Week actually starts next week. Sorry for the wrong information everyone!

(Photo: Iva Yaneva)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy Monday?!

Monday. The beginning of a new week. My goodness, I am so glad the weekend is over! Is that a strange thing to say or what?

The truth is I had a pretty intense weekend. No, nothing bad or crazy has happened (thank God!) I just had to work. A lot. I got a call on Thursday afternoon that I might have to travel the next day to check out a new construction site and take some measurements. The site was on the opposite side of the country which meant I had to get up at 5 am, travel by car for the next 5 hours, do the work as quickly as possible and get back by the end of the day. Needless to say I was tired and stressed as hell because I was the only person they sent, which meant I would be the only one responsible if something goes wrong. I also had to do all the technical drawings and send them the next day. So in short, I am really glad the couple of days of no sleep, no food (when I'm stressed I usually forget to eat) and 1000km in one day are behind me.

On the other hand though I had a pretty lovely, relaxing Sunday. Got some ice-cream, walk in the park and a couple of movies. We went to see Limitless which we really liked, so I definitely recommend it.

"The best things in life aren't things." - I love seeing this quote on my purse every time I am about to take some money out of it.

Oh, and because of all the lovely comments on my previous photos and my outfit I thought I'd share some more from this weekend. I was thinking I could do something like a regular post once a week, would anyone be interested in that?

(Photos: taken by my boyfriend)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inspiration: Packaging

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I am working on opening my very first Etsy shop and I have to say it is finally coming together. I have just a few things left to take care of, one of which is find envelopes to fit in my bigger prints. So I figured it was time to gather some inspiration for my favourite thing - packaging.

Things I would love to use: natural and recycled materials, craft paper, masking tape, doilies, ribbons, bakers twine. I do have a few ideas in my head including my huge amount of architectural drawings and blueprints that I no longer need. I would love to reuse them, maybe stamp on them?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring is here!

Spring is finally here! Well, at least according to the calendar but that's still something, right? It's pretty cold here but I know that it will soon start to get warmer and more and more flowers will start blooming. I cannot wait to see the beautiful morello-trees in bloom! What is your favourite thing about spring?

(Photo: Yves Schiepek)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Books Inspiration

People say "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Well, I totally do. Of course what's inside those pages is most important but I am one of those people willing to buy a book only because its cover looks pretty.

I was at the bookstore last week when I found a rather huge collection of Agatha Christie's books and I was very impressed with the design as they all had the same style but at the same time were very different from one another. My decision not to buy any more books until I've read the ones that I have on my nightstand kept me from buying (at least) one.

Deisgner of the covers is David Wardle and he had to come up with 40 (!) covers. Now that I call productivity! You might want to check out his other work because apparently his creativity is endless. I think my favourites would have to be "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Sparkling Cyanide". I haven't read any of Christie's books but I am guessing this will soon change thanks to Mr. Wardle. The books are published by HarperCollins.

(Photos: David Wardle via HarperCollins)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Waiting for Spring

We finally got a little sunshine this weekend. It was so warm and lovely, true heaven after the insane snow we've had last week. I was really starting to get impatient waiting for spring. I am one of those people who loves each season but I get bored with it so quickly I am always waiting for the next one to come. I am so lucky to be living in a place where I can experience all four seasons though, I cannot imagine not having snow for Christmas or not being able to sunbathe in the summer.

So while I was getting tired of wearing my warm sweaters all of the stores filled up with pretty floral dresses and bright colors. I had to figure out a way to deal with this. What I did was put on a pair of black tights, a warm cardigan, boots and throw on one of those cute dresses just to give me that spring feeling. You can see the result at the top (and a few more photos on my flickr) and let me know what you think.

So, if you are still waiting for spring to come I hope this post is the inspiration you need to at least bring a little colour to your everyday life.

(Photos: top: Iva Yaneva. the rest of the photos are mostly from please click on each one to be taken to its original source)

Monday, March 14, 2011

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