I've been spending way too many hours inside lately. In the middle of the city noise, my mind is escaping to the country, to wild forests and abandoned places. Looking out of my kitchen window I ignore the concrete jungle and focus on the trees. It is all there when you know where to look.
woensdag 9 juli 2014
I've found a new way of decluttering: replacing! Slow but steady I have been replacing all kind of things in my house. Like trading five mall fitting trousers for one expensive jeans. It is not as cheap as purging but certainly as effective for attaining a more simple & happy living environment.
Lately I have been searching through my photo collection. Since photography has been one of my main interests since I was a young teen I do have a LOT of pictures. Most of them are hidden in ugly unfinished albums or boxes. There are memories in there that definitely deserve to be seen.
So..I have been rephotographing them and putting them through instagram filters. Sounds time consuming but it was actually a really fun job to do, as long as you don't fall in the trap of wanting to make a perfect timeline of your life, but only choose those who speak to you or represent a certain memory the best.
I have been using printic (this is NOT sponsored, just an example ) because they make it possible to print directly from your phone. What I love best about them is that the prints come in a box of fifty photos, so that you are forced to choose only the best. It makes looking at your photos a way better experience. And all the ugly albums and boxes can be stored out of sight. Sweet & simple!
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maandag 30 juni 2014
A little less fun today; Fighting a nasty laryngitis. To sore to eat properly, but my mind is cooking up some new ideas already.
(This is a recipe for healthy scones)
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donderdag 26 juni 2014
2. Really stop hiding your gift(s) and start sharing..
(Gift was this weeks 'corner view' topic)
Ps. thank you all for your encouraging words on my previous post!
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woensdag 18 juni 2014
The amount of stuff that can happen in five years is ridiculous. Life surprised me with waves of happiness and tragedy. Experiences that helped me grow into the person I am today. I am thankfull, but also a bit melancholic when I look back. When confronted with hard times, like my dad getting really sick again (thank God he is doing much better now) I slipped into survival mode, such a useful mechanism, but it didn't leave much room for playfull creativity. Now the survival mode is no longer usefull, which makes me wonder: where will I be five years from now? I believe the answer to that question is not as randomn as it may feel at times, but lies in my daily routine (as I have learned from J. Maxwell, T.Foy and my own experience). Two years ago I felt overwhelmed by my schedule, my stuff and my plans. Simplifying my life a little every day completely changed that. I find comfort and courage in that fact. I already know I will grow in certain areas because I made a habit of educating myself a little every day in the subjects that matter to me. I don't know what life will bring, I only know I will continue to make every day count.
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woensdag 4 juni 2014
I thought there weren't many collections left after my big declutter campaign, but I was wrong. These however make me smile and everything that makes me smile can stay :).But for the most I am collecting time in stead of stuff. The most valuable thing of all.
(Collections was this weeks theme for 'corner view')
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dinsdag 13 mei 2014
Making room for new things, litteraly and mentally. It feels good, but also a bit funny. Letting go of stuff, but also of a few wrong concepts I had about myself and exchanging them for new, better, broader ones.
(1. Trying new techniques, pencil over painting, I like the depth it adds 2.Lilly of the Vally 3. Enjoying the simple moments)
woensdag 30 april 2014
There is a different sound going on for who is willing to listen. It's a quiet sound, an undercurrent. It is drifting away from over-yelling, over-spending, over-consuming, but although it speaks softer, it is more clear, it consumes less but enjoyes more. I have got my ears wide open.
woensdag 16 april 2014
My declutter-journey (getting rid of 50 items per week in 2013 and 20 per week in 2014 untill no longer needed-and that will be soon) is finally starting to show in my home and I could'nt feel happier! Today I cleared out my big table (for dining, painting, and storage) it feels so good to see clear space again. To me that is something worth celebrating.
Something else worth celebrating is a collaborative I am working on with my all-things-creative loving sister, which will be about celebrating holidays, milestones, and everything else worth celebrating in a simple but sweet d.i.y. way.
There was a big threatening cloud blocking our view in the passed year (when one family member has to go through chemo therapy every one is affected as we soon dicovered) Learning to live life day by day and finding something to celebrate in every day was a real life saver for us.
Find something, anything, worth celebrating today. I promise it will make you feel a little (or a lot ;)) better!
woensdag 9 april 2014
Its one of the contradictions of our time, that despite of all the modern technique (which I am gratefull for) it somehow seems to fail to make our lives simple. I still cant figure out why living more simple is such a complex task. Fortunately we do have the luxury of free time more than ever before. Spending my free time on a place like this is very rejuvenating and makers me one happy camper!
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woensdag 2 april 2014
It's a funny thing really, inspiration.. Although I gained insight in how I can stay inspired, it's still largely a mystery to me how inspiration comes and goes and maybe it is better that way. Slowing down is always a big one for me. But the biggest lesson for me has been accepting there is a time for everything. Times of overflowing ideas and times of organising and conserving. The challenge is to trust inspiration will return, it always does.
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woensdag 19 maart 2014
* my sister migrated last week
** paraphrasing Pooh
1. Drawing while talking with my sister about her then upcoming move
2. Birthday portrait a few weeks ago
3. Thank God for Skype!
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woensdag 26 februari 2014
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donderdag 20 februari 2014
woensdag 19 februari 2014
A trip to my sweet friends, feels like a trip to the past. At the same time it fuels my dreams for the future: living a big life in a small and simple place.
1 & 3. I have build up my illustration as a collage, I like the freedom it gives to experiment.
2. Photo made during a pittoresk walk. Something like this maybe? How small is too small?
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woensdag 12 februari 2014
Going slow takes courage in my experience, but if we're in a hurry all the time we miss the best things in life. I try to regularly remind myself: Don't forget to smell, to taste, to daydream, to dance in the rain. Don't forget to live.
maandag 10 februari 2014
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woensdag 5 februari 2014
dinsdag 21 januari 2014
zaterdag 18 januari 2014
(1. Love the illustration on the front 2. Soo happy with this wooden pine apple bowl 3. No coffee like saturday morning coffee)
Ps. Thank you for your comments on my illustration!
woensdag 15 januari 2014
maandag 13 januari 2014
woensdag 8 januari 2014
Resolution #2:every week day in 2014 I will spend (at least) 20 minutes to educate myself.
I really believe that learning new things every day is one of the easiest ways to stay inspired. My 'curriculum' will contain: learning more about photography, the technical side of illustration, cooking skills, how children play, living with less, Creativity in general, Books about Faith, about imagination etcetera..can't wait
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