27 November 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The good and the bad ones. All of them created the person i am today and wouldn't have it any other way. The happy times, the tears, i couldn't be happier and fulfilled than i am today. Thankful for all the small things, because those are that make the difference. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 


26 November 2014

TFL 29: START WITH INSPIRATION

edit by corina | original image by Weronika Kosinka

The past month, there's just so much that i've learnt as a freelancer designer. I've been always working on tight schedules, and proved myself that i can pull it of. But i had never found myself under really really tight schedules like i have now. 

At first it was all about work work work. Starting early, finishing late. Small breaks and back to work. Lots of coffee and junk food, and feeling completely dead by the end of the day. Until the day that i knew i had to work 16 hours came. 

That was the only day that i handled my schedule correctly. I woke up and took 30 minutes relaxing, coffee while browsing Pinterest, read blogs i follow. Gathering inspiration. Around 5, i took a couple of hours to watch Vampire Diaires (yes!), walk by the lake with Bella, have a shower and then having dinner. 

By the end of the day (night?) the only thing i felt was my ass hurting from sitting so many hours. If it was 8 in the morning, i would feel as fresh as i felt at 2am. There's nothing more refreshing and energising than starting your morning in a relaxed, calm way. And of course taking good breaks to recharge and gather some new inspiration. 

Any day, even the easier ones, will be go much smoother if you start relaxed, in the way you would on your perfect day. 


25 November 2014

GIVE THANKS

Can't believe it's time around already. Seriously now, just how fast the last year has gone by? So insane. Last Thanksgiving, i spent most of the day in the hospital with some bad stomach pains. This year, i'll be spending it working as usual. 

But there are so many things to be thankful for. Family, friends, work, the small things, the big things, all that i learned throughout the year, for the support and love i get. All of which i treasure and carry with me daily.

I know it's a bit early to be giving thanks, but wanted to share this wallpaper i did with you, to put you up in the thanksgiving spirit. #organisedneatly 


16:9 Screen : dark | light | natural
4:3 Screen : dark | light | natural


24 November 2014

AT THE MOMENT: IN THE CLOUDS

My last week, may have been all about work. 7am till 1am, yup insane i know. Leaving for vacation has been a bit more difficult than i could have imagined. Wrapping up all projects, scheduling posts for 20 days, Friday found me being a total zombie. 

But when the weekends are all about sleep, nights out and adventures with friends, they can get me going for weeks and weeks like that. 


On Sunday morning, we packed our things, wore warm clothes and headed for Mountain Ainos. It must be quite familiar to you by now, since it's my favourite place on the island. There was no snow this time, but the cold was as good to me. 

We hiked all the way to the top with our dogs, and simply enjoyed every second of it. Exactly as i wanted it all. The silence, standing above the clouds, the cold air on my face.

I would do everything to have all my Sundays look like that. It's all about creating time as i say to my husband. You'll never find the right moment to what you want, you have to create room for it. 


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!