Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Flickr favorites

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey

1. growth, 2. Citrine Twig Ring , 3. RAD 11 "growth", 4. more twigs

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Monday, 30 May 2011

Monday moodboard - Recycling

All these items shown here are made of recycled materials: recycled paper, sea glass, vintage hand painted and hand embroidered linen,
a piece of a dress, a sample of a curtain, leftovers of what was used for napkins, or table clothes...


This week I took an online class by Mary Ann Moss for a Remains of the day journal:
"A Shabby Journal of Scraps is the antidote for all of those paper scraps that keep multiplying in your favorite scrap box and clogging up your artistic super highway."

This is a great recycle project! Yes, the best part of this class is that you already have everything you need in your studio to create your journal. The idea is to use your scraps, bits and pieces of things you've alraedy been hoarding, to make a journal you can later add writing and photos. Here is a sneek preview of my "blank" garden journal:

For more moodboards, please visit Staroftheeast's blog

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Music I love - Rumer

Rumer, real name is Sarah Joyce, was born in 1979 in Pakistan, where she spent the first years of her life.  As the youngest of seven children, she grew up in a  very musical family.  She got her first guitar from her brother Rob. On this guitar, she has not only taught herself to play, but later composed all the songs on her debut album "Season of My Soul"  herself.

Her first single "Slow" earned the praise of  music enthusiasts, but commercial success was even longer in coming. The breakthrough began in 2010, when Rumer was already 31 years old. As so often it began on the Internet where more and more music fans were aware of Rumer. She could close a deal  with Atlantic Records and released her self-composed debut album, "Seasons of my Soul. "

Friday, 27 May 2011

Remains of the day journal

REMAINS OF THE DAY – A Shabby Journal of Scraps is the antidote for all of those paper scraps that keep multiplying in your favorite scrap box and clogging up your artistic super highway.

In this process AND project oriented class we’ll be constructing a shabby but sturdy journal using all that paper you’ve been hoarding. I’ll show you how I built the kind of travel journals that my sister and I carried with us on our trip to Portugal this summer. Both of those were filled to capacity in 10 days and you’ll do the same with yours without ever leaving home! Instead of postcards, we’ll use photos from our daily lives. The book I make with you will be a completely different book than the ones pictured here, but with a similar structure and content.

Using simple art supplies like tape, staples, glue sticks, scissors, paper & fabric scraps, and your favorite inky pen we’ll set out on a recycled voyage of discovery. ORDINARY life never looked better than seen through the pages of this stitched up journal of scraps. Between these pages you’ll be recording the little days that are all too easily forgotten. The small activities between the bigger events of your life that get left behind.

The videos are fun and inspiring. The Pdf files are great too. The BEST part of this class is that you already have everything you need in your studio to create your journal. The idea is to use your scraps, bits and pieces of things you won't otherwise use, to make a journal you can later add writing and photos. there are flaps and pockets, lots of plates to tuck photos, notes or whatever you like.

I took a Mary Ann Moss class the other day and now I'm hooked. . I have made one ROD journal already. I decided to make 4 journals for every season in my garden and when they are finished I make the slip cover

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Wordless wednesday

Fish restaurant in Zanzibar

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Flickr favorites

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~Henry Ward Beecher

1. Grow "art journal", 2. Art Journal #1 Overview, 3. Art journals, 4. Art Journal January 2009

Still in the mood of art journaling, I made this mosaic.
Yesterday I bought this signature by bonnierose:

I can't wait to receive it and get started with my art journal.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Monday moodboard

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
~Albert Einstein


Inspired by tomorrow's Etsy lab in Brussels

                        image Dutchhandmade

For more Moodboard hop over to Staroftheeast's blog.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Music I love- boi akih

Boi akih ("princess Akih" in the language spoken on the Indonesian island of Haruku, part of the Moluccan archipelago) is primarily a duo. Monica Akihary sings in the language of her ancestors, from the Moluccan island Haruku (she also sings in Indonesian and english).
In the songs of Akihary and her partner Niels Brouwer you can hear influences from jazz, raga, flamenco, traditional Indonesian music, but also from African and classical music.
The duo is regularly extended, among others with the Balinese gamelan player I Made Subandi, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger and Indian Tabla player Sandip Batthacharya.

You can read more here about their cd "Lagu lagu" ('songs' in Indonesian).

Monica Akihary | Lagu Lagu | CD Baby

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Monica Akihary | Lagu Lagu | CD Baby

Monica Akihary | Lagu Lagu | CD Baby

Flickr favorites

I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.

~Totie Fields

1. ~I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks~, 2. 090701 Supposed to be on a diet?, 3. kellog's matador, 4. Two women running on the beach

Last year I stopped smoking and had 2 operations on my feet, wich made me pretty immobile for quite some time. I gained 10 kilo that year! Now I'm desperately trying to loose some weight...with little-or rather no-results ... sigh.
I guess I should try harder and change my life motto: "a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand " in a new mantra: "If it tastes good, spit it out."

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Monday moodboard

“How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown.”

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I collect goose-items. Here are a few I have/want in my collection.


Me and my goose 'Roosje'. (I'm teaching her to fly...)

...We had saved her from the butcher. She was the sweetest goose that you can imagine. At first she was afraid of water, but soon she learned to swim with her ​​friends, the geese from the neighbors, back in the stream. When we arrived in the garden, she came to meet us like a dog, "nuzzled" like a dog and tried to jump on our lap.
Often she went for a walk through the village with her pals. They became known and loved by the people in the village.
But one day we came home and there was no happy goose honking.

We searched for days, weeks, but she was gone. 
I still don't know what happened to her, but I like to think that it was time for her to fly to the sun.

next time I will make an all EST Moodboard again.
More Moodboards you can see at Staroftheeast's blog!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Flickr favorites

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

~ Helen Keller

1. una de les meves preferides, 2. Barcelona - Coroleu 077 c, 3. In The Shade, 4. Conservatory Door

For me there is nothing more mysterious than closed doors.

More flickr favorites at Artmind's blog.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Monday moodboard - Facebook friends

Without music life would be a mistake.
~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


One of my favorite facebook friends is Angela Correa. I met Angela years ago when she wanted to buy one of my necklaces. I saw on her profile that she was a singer and since I love to discover new music I suggested a swap for her new cd. She agreed and a few weeks later a package arrived with not one but 2 cds!! ...and I'm hooked ever since. Angela Correa is a lovely person and an amazing artist!!

Please check out the animation video on the Kickstarter page and help her and her band to release their new record!

"we have so much love,
but we need so much more"

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They’d keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with this idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them. And the catfish would keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. They keep you on your toes. They keep you guessin’. They keep you thinkin’. They keep you fresh. And I thank God for the catfish, because we would be dull and boring if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fin.
~Vince Pierce, from the movie Catfish

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without

A little reminder to be thoughtful about what we use and use up what we have, to recycle, upcycle and reclaim.
We are kinder to the earth when we do.

Here are a few vintage items or items made of/with vintage materials.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Flickr favorites

Rich and rare were the gems she wore,
And a bright gold ring on her hand she bore.
~Thomas Moore

When I think of shiny, I automatically think of...jewelry, ofcourse.

1. Sterling Tree Necklace, 2. Sterling Silver Rutilated Quartz Ring, 3. Earrings - sterling silver oval hoops with crocheted silver lace and red orange carnelian agates - Just Smile, 4. Sterling Silver Ginkgo Leaf Pendant

For more Flickr favorites, head over to Artmind's blog.