New Blog Banner

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The lovely Tracy Collins from travel blog “Tracy’s Travels in Time” contacted me about a new banner for her blog. She wanted warm colours (she LOVES orange and so do I!) and a good mixture of different landmarks, which is one of my favourite things to draw.

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We also decided to turn all the different landmarks that I illustrated into individual icons. That way, she can always add fun little illustrations to her posts, to go alongside her photographs.

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Tracy has been EVERYWHERE! I always consider myself to be quite well travelled, until I talk to someone like Tracy who has really seen the world. It’s inspiring to say the least.

Follow Tracy’s adventures on her blog and also her facebook page.

And if you’re thinking about getting a new banner for your blog, I would be more than happy to assist. Check out my Etsy Shop for more details.

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Gingerbread town

I have been walking around Stockholm this summer. The city was warm, sweet and delicious. Here’s the evidence as seen through my eyes (and phone).

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I have been to Sweden quite a few times over the years (I have relatives and many friends over there), but it never gets old. The cute buildings, the pastel palette, the beautiful Swedes with their cool and impeccable sense of style, gorgeous design everywhere, the seafood, the fresh air coming from the islands… I could go on forever. Stockholm is a very interesting and very exciting city. Looking back, I actually think that one of the reasons why I loved Hamburg so much was because it reminded me of Stockholm. Either way, totally worth a visit. I recommend it!

Lots of love,

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A Victorian House and an Etsy shop!

A few days ago I started painting a little Victorian house.

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These houses are everywhere in England. They look so cute, with their red bricks, chimneys and tamed gardens… Bigger versions of doll houses, really. I never get tired of looking at them.

A few days after I completed this painting, I finally opened my first Etsy shop! I have been talking about it for a while and it’s finally happened! I can’t believe it has taken me such a long time to do this. I have loved Etsy for YEARS… It’s all done now and I am incredibly excited. To celebrate, I decided to list this piece for sale at a special price. It’s a one-off, watercolour original, signed by the artist (me!).

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I think it looks cute on a white frame, wouldn’t you agree? It’s the kind of “happy illustration” that I love producing. If you like it, you can purchase it here.

I have a couple of other things in the shop too, take a look! It’s still early days so bear with me. I am stocking up on A LOT of goodies!

Lots of love,

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Oh my God, is it June already? I can’t believe it. Slow down, 2014! You’re making me dizzy!

May was a beautiful month.

The ground looked like this:

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I saw the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London.

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I visited Chatsworth in Derbyshire. Or Pemberley for the Jane Austen fans out there. It was GORGEOUS, as I knew it would be. Mr. Darcy has exceedingly good taste. :0)

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And I did lots and lots of illustrations. I worked on a number of private commissions and I am currently working on my second children’s book. More about that soon, I promise.

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So long, May! So long, Spring. It was a pleasure.

Hello, June. Hello summer. Please come on in. Make yourself at home…

 

Goodbye 2013. It has been a pleasure.

Dear 2013,

You were so good to me that I am already missing you.

Best trip: the Sahara Desert. I still can’t believe I made it there.

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My Desert Taxi

Best book I read: After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I’m making my way through 1Q84 at the moment. Just need a few more days.

Best film I watched this year: Les petits mouchoirs. My favorite films of the year always seem to be French. – The Paperboy and Stoker come very closely behind though. I LOVE them. Oh, and Blue Jasmine, of course! How can I forget?

Best move: Living and working in Hamburg, Germany. It was one of the coolest places I have ever lived and I entirely recommend it. Not only is Hamburg gorgeous and efficient, it also has a creative and bohemian side that I love. Germany ROCKS.

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Most “Dream come true” moment: Watching The Rite of Spring at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Best bar: The Sofa Bar in Hamburg.

Best people I met: The amazing new friends I made in Germany. You know who you are!

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Present I found on my desk

Best exhibition: The Steve McCurry show at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

Most unexpected incident: A camel eating one of my socks in the Sahara. Yes, it happened.

Best breakfast: In this little balcony in Santorini. I can’t remember the food but the view…. ah, the view…

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Santorini, outside my window

Most fantastic news: Four of my friends are pregnant. FOUR.

Best purchase: A goose feather coat from Esprit. Not the most glamorous garment in the world but it has honestly saved my life in freezing-cold-minus-ten-degrees-covered-in-snow Germany.

Best architecture: St Basil’s Church in Moscow.

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Beautiful on pictures. Even better in reality.

Best series: Game of Thrones (though I did fall in love with Dexter a little bit too. Oh, and no, I haven’t seen Breaking Bad yet.)

Most rewarding experience EVER: Publishing a book.

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Book launch in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Goodbye 2013.

You were amazing. I had a great time.

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Happy in Hamburg

Lots of love.