20 November 2014

WARM DRINKS Vol. 1 | GAELIC PUNCH

recipe found here
graphic designed by cocorrina

Don't know about you, but i'm already starting feeling festive. It's probably the first days that we feel cold with a sunny day and oh boy how much i've missed that! 

Seriously i already can't wait for those "trying to stay warm" nights by the Christmas tree. So i've picked a few warm drinks to share with you throughout the holiday season, that i can't wait for you to try. Looking forward to those quite nights, where it's just you, the drink and the cold outside. 

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In a heatproof bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar.
Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
Muddle again, add 8 ounces boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Strain into a warm heatproof bowl and stir in the whiskey.
Add the remaining 32 ounces of boiling water and garnish with the studded lemon slices and nutmeg.

and enjoy! 


19 November 2014

TFL 28: ΤΗΕ RIGHT TIME TO GO FREELANCING



This is a topic that has been written quite a lot by pretty much every freelance graphic designer. Although the answer is clear for most, i've been thinking my own story lately and realised that no one can tell you when the time is right. It completely depends on you. 

As i've mentioned on previous posts, i was quite lucky on how i started freelancing. I had no other option than to stay home due to my surgery four years ago, and basically it was either doing nothing, or push myself to experiment on at least that. 

I am not going to lie, things have been pretty tough. We've had some bad and stressful years, but having Theodore's support and trust in my skills and how much i wanted it definitely paid of. Only the past few months, in the whole four years, i can say that i finally can breathe. Feeling safe, having a good work flow and an income that i'm comfortable with. 

With that said, there are lots of ways you could take the leap. The first and most important thing in my opinion, is considering how you feel about it. I don't think there's a time that you will ever be ready. You just go for it and work things out along the way. But there's definitely a point where you feel more certain of your skills, aesthetics and style that boosts your confidence on your work. 

If you're already taking up freelance projects along with your full time job, a good time to take the leap would be when the number of new projects is getting steadier with each month. Having people that support you can make things a lot easier, as i already have figured out. Not only mentally, but physically as well. Of course there will be stressful months, but having someone to back you up, will make it a whole lot easier. 

Any way you take that decision, you have to be aware of all the positives and negatives. It's a process that will test you in all kinds of ways. Remember, it's always your hands to make it work. But even if it doesn't, it's a pretty darn experience that will make you stronger. After all, we have to experiment in order to see what fits us right? 



18 November 2014

PICK ME UP TUESDAY | WALLPAPERS

This was supposed to be a pick me up Monday post, which btw could be regular on this blog. I definitely need someone to remind me that i'm killing it on Mondays. But my Mondays tend to look pretty much chaotic since i tend to abandon completely everything on the weekends. 

Have been falling all over in love with watercolours lately. Although i do use my brush pretty much on every lettering i do, i've been missing some texture on minimal designs. Hope you like those ones! 

I've been receiving emails for custom dimensions per device i have missed, but since i won't be able to get the requires done, i think this time i covered pretty much every single device and dimensions i could. Be awesome, kill it and have the best week you can! 


14 November 2014

WHAT I WORE: GREEK DESIGNERS

Going with a completely different mood today than i'm used to. Same old spot, different time. With all that time changing, i got completely confused, and at 3pm my wall had already shadows. Which now i completely adore. 

Leather jackets and moody shadows, where made for each other. 

It's pretty much the first time i'm introducing Greek designs to WIW. And i couldn't be happier to share with you these talented artists. 

Golden cuff is by ZenDiaz, with whom i worked branding his shop that i shared earlier this week. It was love at first sight, minimal, bold and gold. I'm all over it. 

The lovely delicate bracelet is by Sparkling Wishes, the only bracelet i'll be wearing non stop. It's delicate and grey, what else could i ask for? This bracelet series comes in different shapes and symbolisms, and of course i would choose balance. 



And lastly, my now favourite clutch designed by my best friend. She's extremely talented, and you wouldn't even imagine what she can make. From clothes to bags to jewellery. But she doesn't seem to take my advice and open her own shop. She would kill it wouldn't she?! 



13 November 2014

SHAPER ART #2 | OBSERVANT TOTEM

Slow days are simply the best, and i value them even more just because i don't get to have them quite often. I worked on my shape skills a little bit more today. You know how i'm already obsessed with this style, and i hope i'll get to create a small totem series. 

Today i was thinking how essential it is for an artist / designer to be observant. Of the world around us, the details, the small things. From the small leaves, to how things work. Being observant means being inspired, creating more ideas, concepts, being open minded, open to new challenges, having a wider range of pretty much everything.

How about you? Which adjectives do you value mostly as a designer, blogger, person? I'd love to hear your words and get some ideas to illustrate my next totems. I know brave, kind, honest are on my to illustrate list. 


12 November 2014

THE FREELANCE LIFE 27 | STAY TRUE

I've been asked a lot on interviews what's my advice for new bloggers, and i could not stress more on how you should stay to who yourself. Having a blog, is like rediscovering who you are all over again. You think you know your aesthetics but you don't. Once you sit in front of your computer and have to write, or style a post, come up with a post, it's so easy to get distracted by what others do. 

Sometimes, in the process of seeking inspiration, you can get influenced by someone you truly admire, and that's only fair. Being strict, putting boundaries, takes its time. 

When i first started blogging, i was all about collaborations with anyone and everyone. Which i think is definitely something you should be open when you're at the beginning. Meeting people, creating connections, big yes to all. But your blog, is who you are. And you should cross the line on doing what you are comfortable with. 

Sometimes it's harder than you think, rejecting collaborations, or finding your own path. But who you are, and how you show it, is what makes your blog original, different from the others. We should embrace difference, show it, and not trying to blend in. What makes us different, makes us special. 


11 November 2014

NEW IN PORTFOLIO: ZENDIAZ CRAFTS LOGO

For a change i've been working on brands for guys lately, and i can't hide that i like those the most. Clean lines, a little bit more organic, and dark colours. The past week a friend who opened his jewellery shop on Etsy, and i wrapped up quickly his logo. 

It felt so easy for me to brand his shop. The elements where already there in his jewellery, the style, colours where all clear right away. Probably one of the easiest and effortless logos i've worked on. 

on etsy