Written by AnnaDenise on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 21:27
Remember this post where I got all green and sustainability-conscious-geeky? Yeah?
So I did actually get some herbs and got to sewing them and now my balcony looks all bio-friendly and stuff. Awesomeee....
I must admit, though, I have no idea what kind of herb this actually is in the crate there and why there's only one kind (I put in some basil there, too, I think, and something else but somehow it's not too enthusiastic about showing its face).
Meneertje seems to be enjoying the gallery of withering plants I have set up here. It has become his favorite pigeon-hating spot.
Alright, I'm off to enjoy my weekend of baby-kissing. Ashwin's sister and her beautiful newborn daughter Nina Nalu are coming by and I intend to become super-special-favorite auntie :-)
Have a great weekend!
Written by AnnaDenise on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 00:07
I am SO excited to tell you about this commission I did a few weeks back. A few months back, I was contacted by a very very talented singer / songwriter named Rachèl Louise, who found me through another client of mine (yeah, well, look at me all professional, with my clients and all. Also, I think she knows my brother).
We talked, things clicked, her music is amazing (I am now a huge fan) and I did a couple of mood boards for her to see if our ideas matched annndddd... yesterday Rachèl Louise presented her first ever EP 'Living in Holland'! Designed by me!
I seriously couldn't wait for the EP to arrive and not just because I designed it. Because Rachel is so talented and I can't get her songs out of my head. This girl is going to make it big, I am pretty sure of it (also, I am clairvoyant).
Congratulations Rachèl on this amazing achievement. You're a star and I am so grateful you picked me to design your first EP. Thank you so much.
You can buy Rachèl Louise's EP on her website, or directly through iTunes. You won't regret it, I promise.
(Oh and these are the moodboards/collages I made)
Written by AnnaDenise on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 21:23
Big news, folks!
I am honored and thrilled to let you know all about the Etsy Labs Art Journalling Workshop Julie Anne Verbeelen, creative director of Turtlewings, and I will be hosting on May 24th in Brussels! EEK! I am so excited!!!
During this workshop we will explore the basics of art journalling, methods of drawing, collaging and creating interesting backgrounds as well as give you hands-on, personal tips on how to improve your layouts and drawing!
The workshop is free, but there are just a limited number of seats available, so be sure to sign up on Facebook or email Marta Pakovska, community manager for Dutch Etsy. Also, Matt Stinchcomb, Etsy's European Director, will join us on the 24th to meet all of you!
Hope to see you there!!!
PS: For all you Dutch speakers out there, I've written guest posts for Dutch Handmade about Turtlewings and about Swishing (which I promise you'll be hearing more about asap, as of course I couldn't NOT get involved, haha).
Written by AnnaDenise on Friday, May 06, 2011 at 22:33
The glorious day has finally come when I can give you an update on what's happening in my Moly_X groups. It's been a quiet but interesting few months for Moly_X, as behind the scenes we're evaluating the workings of the exchanges and thinking of how to set up a website that will really add something to the experience for all of the exchangers. Of course the main issue with an exchange project like Moly_X is that books get lost and exchangers go quiet. Life happens, books get hoarded, frustrations arise. So far, we've been trying to be very hands-on with a small group of moderators and try to intervene whenever needed. We've tried to find a spokesperson in every group that keeps the members in check, but it's still difficult to completely overcome people dropping off the map.
So, of course, irony has it that while we were working on all of this (and slowly getting closer, yes), I kind of hoarded some of the books in my groups myself. Ugh. So, finally, last weekend, I finished the last book I still had to work on: Laura's book for Moly_X Group 13.
Laura had started the book with an 'Africa' theme and I wanted to continue with a Europe theme. Or actually, I must admit, the idea for this drawing started with the sheep. I was thinking of sheep because I'm kind of scared of them. The eyes are so... weird... (see here if you're a city girl like me and this is new to you too). I mean, what's with the horizontal pupil? Eek! Anyways, that's how it started and now the sheep look fine and the girl looks totally creepy.
Sorry if she gives you nightmares. She's kind of giving me bad dreams.
Have a great day!
Written by AnnaDenise on Monday, May 02, 2011 at 11:41
I'm not even going to try to come up with any kind of excuse. You guys already know this is how I spend most of my free time. You see right through me, you do.