It’s been a long time since i had some fun with illustrator and personal projects. I’ve been working mostly on Photoshop these days, illustrating and creating textures & patterns. So this quick one is simply good for the soul. I’ve wanted to do a palmistry line art for quite a while now, and since i couldn’t decide between astral and crystals and a strict palmistry design i mashed everything up into one.

Although i have no idea how palmistry works, i’m really intrigued to find out. Mostly because i’m fascinated by all the symbols and meanings. And since i love drawing hands, a second one might make its appearance to teach us how to read the future and past in our hands.

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Happy February everyone! My birthday month is here and i’m kinda terrified stepping into the big 28. Just writing it down feels so foreign to me and i suddenly feel older than ever. Still got some time left till i’m thirty, so i’ll cherish the final two years of the beautiful twenties.

I’ve been working on lot’s of “red” projects lately – this colour just makes me really happy! I’ve got two secret projects to share with you very soon, but until then i designed two valentine’s day wishing cards for you. Hope you write some love notes on them to your significant other, or your gals!

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Download here

Dimensions: 5×6 in

Love Card | Let’s Play a Game Card

* Personal Use Only

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I have a confession to make. The past months i’ve come to realise that i’ve grown into a summer type of person. Don’t know if it’s the pregnancy changing me, or simply making being pregnant during winter unbearable, but oh how i miss the sun on my skin and sand in my toes! White lace dresses, walking at the beach and siping a cold drink under the palm shades.

Can’t hide that i find myself being a little anxious about how things will change this summer with the baby. I keep telling myself that the baby will fit just fine in our routines and will love the way we live here. Megan from The Fresh Exchange wrote two incredible posts that have brought a new perspective and insight on motherhood and all the things i’m eager to learn. How We Run our business from home as parents & Motherhood 12 Lessons from the First Year are two must reads this week!

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling of being bombarded by your own brain. I think it’s something rather common in our era. All the things you want to do, everything you want to achieve and it all piles up to one unreachable mountain? I bet everyone’s brains these days are working in full speed. From our own personal anxieties, to the stressful changes in world, good and bad.

I find myself quite often drowning in my thoughts, to do lists and sometimes yes, my own negativity and self doubt. But this morning while Theo and i were laughing about something stupid in the car, i realised one great but simple thing, that made everything seem lighter. We don’t have to go through it all on our own. Shit happens every day and i dare you to name one person who doesn’t have his own burden to carry.

But we all have love in our lives and i can’t think anything greater than that. There’s nothing you can’t go through with if you’re being loved. It will give you the strength and optimism to go through with anything that burdens you.

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I’m not a Valentine’s Day type, but i have the need to dedicate my focus on love and spreading lots of it throughout the whole month. Then i can allow myself to crawl back to my little hole of misery every now and then 🙂 

 

Today’s scans are my favourite of them all. These roses had a satin feel and i couldn’t be happier that that’s exactly how they turned out here. You can right click save as iPhone and desktop wallpapers (the last pattern is on my screen right now and it feels so romantic!). Kindly remember, they’re meant for personal use as always.

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Well, i hope i made your screens look a little more pink today! It’s never too late to start preparing for Valentine’s Day and this week i’m updating my Hand Drawn Sticker Pack App with some more hearts and love notes. And while in the mood, i was eager to start working on the next illustration project. Flamingos always fascinated me with their bright colours, and i thought they’d be easy enough to draw. This ended up giving me a hard time to complete, as the feathers were so complicated.

I had to gather loads of reference photos for these beauties, but in real life they didn’t quite look as i imagined them. So i mixed up a few different types of flamingos into one, and i’m hoping nobody will notice.. With this one, i cannot wait to get my hands on Jason’s nursery prints! I feel like illustrating all kinds of animals and woodsy landscapes in order to match the mood we’re going for.

My main flamingo guy turned into several patterns, and without wanting to overwhelm you, here are 5 of my favourites to download as wallpapers. Enjoy!

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Download Here

(from top left, to right bottom)

Flamingo #1 | Flamingo #2 | Flamingo #3

Flamingo #4 | Flamingo #5

*Personal use only

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Can’t believe how quickly time flies, and here i am almost 26 weeks / almost 6 months pregnant. Feeling little baby kicking more and more, it makes this whole thing even more real. We get to understand when he sleeps and when he’s awake, when he likes music or when there’s too much noise for him to handle. I was never too mushy or had the baby fever, but oh boy this whole thing definitely makes my heart melt.

We have already ordered a crib and a dresser (and a few cute outfits) but we’ve yet to start decorating the nursery. In fact, we took a spontaneous trip today to the city to do some baby shopping. Long story short, we realised we’re not the spontaneous type of people and this whole trip has been a small disaster. BUT, setting everything aside and focusing on little Jason.

This isn’t much of a mood board, but rather a small illustration i did yesterday, with out little boy in mind. The theme of the nursery will be a mix of folk stories and woodland adventures. I love all things white, beige and neutral, with a mix of black and spots of colour. The illustration probably doesn’t have as much colour as i’m planning to add, but i think it sets up the mood nicely.

Now i’m off to buy some cute little wooden toys!

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2016 felt like it was the year of mezcal. It took the spotlight and held on tight. And I sure am thrilled. But, just because it appeared to be the shining star of 2016 doesn’t mean I’m letting it sneak away that easily. In fact, mezcal’s become my go-to all-weather spirit. It’s refreshing in the summer in some strange way (like tequila! So, mostly when paired with fresh fruit…), and warming in the winter thanks to its intense smoky flavor. Now add in a touch of sweetness and you’ve got me hooked

Sweet and spicy is a favorite duo that I’ll simple never tire of, and this Honey & Smoke cocktail is like a new, richer, take on that. Chipotle chocolate? Uhm, yes please. Grapefruit Jalapeño popsicles? I’m in. I think you get the picture.

– A post in collaboration with by Gabriella

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Honey & Smoke Recipe

 

Mezcal can be quite harsh, so pairing it with the honey simple syrup and lime juice help tame it the right amount. It doesn’t lose its flavor, but rather it’s enhanced with the slight sweetness of the honey. In fact, if you can get your hands on some floral or fruity honey, give it a go! I bet it’d be downright delicious.

What are some of your other favorite sweet & spicy, or dare I say smoky, snacks and cocktails?

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Ingredients

For the cocktail:

1 part honey simple syrup

2 parts mezcal

2 parts ginger beer

Juice from 1/2 lime

For the honey simple syrup:

1 part honey

1 part water

 

Instructions

 

Make the honey simple syrup:

Boil water and pour over honey. Whisk to combine.

Make the cocktail:

Combine simple syrup, mezcal, and lime juice in tumbler.

 Shake for 10 seconds.

Pour over ice and top with ginger beer.

Garnish with lime slice.

*Optional glass garnish: Salt rim of glass with Jalapeño salt or sea salt.

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