Today marks week 38 for my -not so little anymore- belly and you can only imagine the anticipation level we’ve reached. Everything is ready, everyone prepared and any time now, we’ll be holding our little guy.

At the same time, although i should normally feel like slowing down, quite the opposite my mind is scheming and planning the next steps. The past few years in my freelancing and business building career, one i’ve learnt is that you can literally achieve anything you put your mind onto. No exceptions. All you need is hard work, a plan, determination and passion.

If we start talking about dreams, oh i have so many of them! I only wish i could clone myself and start working on each and every project i have in my mind. From the silk scarves we talked about the other day, to a summer inspired clothing / swimwear line, wallpaper design, textiles, homeware..don’t get me started. Were i’m loosing my thoughts entirely, is where do you stop? How do you choose which one is the right one to pursue especially when you have so many of them?

I guess just having them, is a great start for motivation isn’t it?

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Exactly a year ago, we were living the dream while visiting Santorini for three days. Exactly two years ago, we were travelling to Berlin and Paris for a conference and my collaboration line with Pimkie. Oh how time flies by!

This is the first year we haven’t travelled anywhere, because well, more exciting things are coming! I was looking back at some memories for the past 7 years with Theo and i literally broke down to tears. We truly looked like babies in 2010.

Then i found these shots i hadn’t shared here. A little minimal and abstract and thought i’d show them to you. Although our trip to Santorini was chaotic – a photoshoot for our shop in just two days. But other than that, the few moments we had to ourselves without panicking were simply out of this world.

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WHAT I REMEMBER FROM SANTORINI

I’m not going to lie, we spent tons of money in these two/three days. But boy was it worth it! We were lucky enough to visit in April, where it wasn’t as chaotic as in the middle of summer. If you want to experience a dream like paradise this is it. The moment you step your foot and look at that view, you’ll probably get the feeling you’re flying.

At the same time, the white and pastel houses make this place even more unreal. I vividly remember not believe my eyes and being aware of all that space surrounding me. Feeling exposed and at the same time surrounded all that endless blue. Looking outside our room’s window you’d think we were looking at a postcard – and we were.

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Inspiration

If you’re looking for inspiration, this is the place to be. Every step is simply picture perfect. From the architecture, to the minimalism, the colours and forms. Even the colour of the earth and oh that magical sunset.

I thought Santorini was overrated, but looking back now i have so many dreamy things to remember. That magical sunset we sat in our warm jacuzzi and watched the flaming sun dive in the sea, with a glass of white wine. If it could get any better, right after it all the lights lit on and right below us all the little houses looked like flying fireflies.

I bet you all are already planning or might have planned  your vacation. For us, it will be vacation on our island, but probably not same as the previous years. Hope i spread some wanderlust and inspiration to you all! A little something to get us through the week.

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It’s been a long long week, full of working hours and new pretty colourful projects i’m working. You may have spotted the illustration i did for Apartment Therapy and you’ll definitely be seeing it on their Instagram stories quite often.

We’re already in Athens were things are a bit more hectic and crazy, but enjoying every bit of it so far. Did this quick lettering today in between projects to remind you that you’re pretty! I’ve been feeling so crappy most of my pregnancy until i obviously realised that beauty came from within and not fro whether i wear fancy clothes and have my makeup on.

*Said the girl who has been wearing pjs 24/7 for the past 8 months*

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I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes, trying to put my thoughts into words but it’s just not going to happen. How can someone describe the feeling that they’re only four weeks away from bring a baby to this world? It feels so big and at the same time so unreal. It’s so unreal that i almost sometimes forget that i’m pregnant and feel that our lives will go on as they are.

Maternity shots are not a thing here – i even had to convince Theo to take a few shots of for that reason. We don’t intend to have a second baby for lots of reasons, and although i could go on with my iPhone shots here and there, i really wanted to look like i didn’t just wake up for once. So i got my hair did and put on some makeup and thank god for the weather i was able to walk barefoot on the sand. Looking at these pictures i feel a little self conscious, but i’ve shared raw and unfiltered posts for the past years, so why stop now?

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Honestly, i’m in a great place right now. Pregnancy finally feels like i imagined it to be – happy, glowy and exciting. Most of the day i feel so blessed and special. Jason already shows us his character which makes me silently “aw” the whole time. He loves kicking me on my ribs, he generally loves moving, but thank you little guy for sleeping whenever i sleep. He calms down when daddy puts his hand on my belly and we loves listening to the Harry Potter theme (of course he’s my son). We’ve seen him having his little foot on his ear and we’ve already seen him suck his thumb.

 

We’re soon leaving our tiny piece of land to spend a month in Athens so we can be close to the hospital just in case. Although i hate being away from home and our furry family, getting ready, doing all the final shopping and being close to family makes this experience even more special. I don’t think i can even imagine how birth is going to feel, but i couldn’t be more lucky having everyone i love with me and most of all having the most loving, caring partner i could ever ask for.

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Vintage tropical patterns, white linen, white lace, woven shoes, bags, straw hats.. that’s pretty much everything that has been on my mind lately. I’ve literally have fallen in love with my Pinterest all over again the past couple of months and the dream girl on my Wear & Styled boards.

Psst.. i may be toying with the idea of creating silk scarves -you know the ones that you can wear as tops too- and i may have been practising on some woven beach bags. When i can’t find what i like, you know me.. i’m all about making it myself. So who knows, maybe one day i’ll launch a few different things on my shop at last!

This tropical piece was an experiment of colour play and vintage mood. A pattern i would love to wear as a scarf maybe? So far it sits on my desktop and i’m sharing it with you as well!

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The sun is still up in the sky, the birds are singing and i’m sitting by the pool with my laptop. There was an idea of creating a line art totem (which i haven’t done in ages), but everything is so alluring and inviting me to join in. So something simpler will do. I quickly snug a shot of our lilies (those curves!) and just feeling blessed that it’s Friday again.

Here are few fun things and exciting things i’d love to share with you on this beautiful day! This morning i shared a bit of Jason’s nursery progress on my Instagram stories. We still got a lot of things to do (such as putting up the artworks + carpet) but you can definitely get a feel of what’s going on. So many special details that we all put our hand in creating.

You might have noticed that my style has changed quite a lot the past year. More fun, more colours, more pink, more illustrating. I don’t quite know how i feel about it, as i always had a much moodier black & gold style, but so far i’m rolling with it. I’m even currently working with two dream brands (that you all love) based on that very same style. On the same note, Sonix released another case i lettered for them “The Future is Female” – gotta love the motivation! And lastly, another really exciting and familiar feeling, seeing your name as an illustrator on Amazon. An interesting project that i can’t wait to tell you all about – for now you can preorder!

Hope y’all enjoy the weekend and crossing my fingers it’s sunny too!

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Oh boy! Can’t believe it’s a bit over a week since i last posted here. Believe me if you want, but every day i wake up racing with time in order to make it to writing a post or doing something for the blog. The past week showed me just how much more effort everything needs when your life is under so many changes. Which is why, i thought it was high time i shared this creativity post i’ve been keeping in my notes for over 6 months now!

I’ve shared a lot of Freelance Life creativity posts in the past (1,2,3,4) as this is one of my favourite topics. How can it not be? Having a creative lifestyle, all you ever want is to be more creative, original or never lose your spark. As years go by, i’ve gathered a lot of interesting information here and there and i’m sharing basically everything i know and do in this creativity post.

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It all starts with the stimulation of divergent thinking. Simply put, generating many different ideas about a concept. To me, it’s thinking without boundaries, unlocking your mind and simply thinking outside the box our routine has put us in. In order to wake up your divergent thinking, you need to practise and practise and then practise some more. Here is my quick and very simple guide to make yourself more creative.

01. Do something creative daily

This one may sound silly to begin with, but it’s the simplest rule. The more creative you the more creativity you produce. Allow yourself to brainstorm on a daily basis and create something new. Whether that’s drawing, decorating, writing a song or a poem you name it!

 

02. Try something new every day

It could be something big or something small. From trying out a new food or spice, to listening to a different genre of music, or simply changing your route home or daily walk. Be open to new experiences – the more experiences you have, the more creative you’ll become.

 

03. Mess up your daily routine

This one is my favourite and always work like magic when i need to refresh myself. So let’s say your morning routine includes getting up from the bed, drinking coffee while going through Pinterest and then having a shower. Why not having a shower first while turning on the volume to some uplifting music and then having a cup of coffee on the balcony? It could be something simple but will make the day feel a lot more special and exciting.

 

04. Exercise one divergent thinking every day

Here is where you need to invest some time in order to move to the next level. There are quire a lot of different exercises to make yourself more creative, all super simple and super fun. Here are four of my very favourites.

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THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND TEST

 

You might have caught me talking about this one on posts a few years ago. “Sometimes i believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast”. No wonder Alice in Wonderland was so creatively bonkers! Lewis Carroll had it right. In order to unlock your brain, you need to start thinking differently. So why not six impossible things every day? You’ll find yourself inventing more and more odd things as days go by! The “What If” exercise is along the same lines.

You can take a step further and give more examples of that one impossible thing. For example.. “What if… our feet had wheels?” – 1. We would never be late on our dates. 2. We would be covered in bruises 3. Showering in a bath would be painful 4. Pedicures would dry faster 5. Walks on beaches would be more fun 6. We would take dancing to a whole new level

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Alternate Uses Test

 

Another easy and favourite one! My favourite thing about these tests is that you can do them anywhere and as many times in a day as you want. In this test, you are asked to list as many possible uses for a common item. You can either set a timer and count as many as you can, or set a limit of lets say find 10 different uses as fast as you can. As countdowns stress the hell out of me, i do the second one.

Try to think outside of the normal way you would use this item. For example: How else would you use a newspaper (reading it obviously doesn’t count as an answer).

1. Make a confetti out of it 2. Make a crane origami 3. Warp a bouquet of flowers 4. Make a basket with some glue 5. Newspaper bunting 6. Recycle 7. Basket balls 8. Make a cone and put pop corn in it 9. Give a box full of newspaper to my cat 10. Clean the window glass with it (our grandmas used to do that)

The Torrance Test of creative thinking

 

And for last, the one and ultimate creativity test. It’s a test of creativity that with simple shape tests of divergent thinking scores you for fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration. The basic idea here is to complete simple shapes and visualise beyond the expected. Have someone or yourself, draw one two or three shapes or lines on a piece of paper. On that paper, use these shapes to draw something that comes in your mind out of these shapes.

Try to think the unexpected and create a story with your drawings instead of drawing simple shapes and ideas. A triangle, could be a part of a hilltop where skiers are skiing, or the roof of a cabin on a snowy mountain. You can either use the shapes as they are, combine them in a picture or complete partial pictures.

Focus on the fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration.

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