Go create!


nature inspired mixed media by AppleApricot


Hello my dear friends,

Do you have any idea how much time we use up with art-related things without making art ourselves? Be it the hours we spent on pinterest or instagram in search of inspiration, or watching how-to videos on youtube, visiting inspiring art blogs and spending hours scrolling through their wonderful articles and photos, or getting excited over an online art workshop (buying the thing and never get to finish or even start with it). Any idea?


forest mushrooms by AppleApricot


May be I even don't wanna know the answer for myself, because my goodness could I have used a big portion of that time to actually DO something with all that inspiration! Here's a great quote I found on the blog of Roben Marie Smith:

The potential to be an artist is there in each of us - consistent creation is what helps unleash all that possibility.


— Roben-Marie Smith



Read her awesome article about creating art consistently HERE.


leafs by AppleApricot


A great tip is to get offline more often and search for inspiration in other things than pinterest or instagram.

In my case, nature is my muse. I know that my soul gets more alive when wandering through a beautiful landscape and soaking in the majesty and paying attention to the small details.

What's yours?

Get out there, be inspired, and go create!

You already know what to do and how to do it.
Now do it.

(I'm so talking to myself here as well!)

Wishing you a beautiful day,

xx Wen


A happy heart


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


Hello my sweet friends,

Recently I was the happy receiver of some gorgeous art made by dear Dorthe of Den Lille Lade. I'm a big fan of her nature inspired work. She is a true mixed media artist. She makes both shabby romantic art and nature inspired art, in which she combines her nature finds like leafs and driftwood with paints, fabrics and laces, and other media. Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing her and it was really nice to learn more about her artful journey.


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


Last week a beautiful package of hers arrived. In this blogpost I'll share with you the nature inspired art book she made. The other gifts in the package I'll leave for another time.


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


When I opened this, I had no idea what to expect inside. Was it a wrap? A folded collage perhaps?

Untying the knot and lifting the lace on the outside brought me to this beautiful first page. A happy rose petal heart. "Oooh yippee!" I thought, it is something made with nature finds!


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


And then page after page, filled with nature's beauty unfolded. It turned out to be a gorgeous nature inspired fabric mixed media art book! With her beautiful stitching...


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


... leafs, birds, butterfly and feather images, paints...


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


... and of course the beautiful driftwood which holds it all together.


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


When I first started crafting, I came across Dorthe's blog Den Lille Lade and since then my work is greatly influenced by the inspiration I find in her work.

Thank you so much sweet Dorthe, for your gorgeous art book and gifts, your generosity and kind heart, and for the friendship we share!

Read more:

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There are more artists and dear blogfriends that have greatly influenced me and shared with me their talent, kindness, friendship, and generous hearts, and I truly hope to be able to share with you some more artist interviews in the future. But for now I wish you all a...


mixed media art book by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


... happy heart :)

Big hugs xx
Wen


The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye




The Isle of Skye was one of those names that were on my wish list of dream trips. Just the name alone sounds magical to me. When arriving I first had some kind of culture shock, or nature shock really. I knew beforehand that the landscape would be barren. We had visited Wales before and it can be quite barren there as well at some places. But I wasn't quite prepared for this empty land I was about to visit.




It took me a couple of days to feel at home there. But once that was settled, a feeling of magic hit me. This land is truly magical, mysterious, and wonderful.




One of the many days we were so fortunate to spend there, we went on a road trip to the Quiraing. A rocky terrain, with very distinctive features. If you google Isle of Skye, you will probably see more photos like these. It is one of the landmarks of Skye that is a must see for visitors.




Actually we didn't plan on going to the Quiraing. We passed it by accident, because the road that we we wanted to take instead was blocked for road work. But when we saw these stunning views, we were quite happy with this pleasant surprise!

And those sheep... I have a story or two to tell you about them as well. But that's for another time. As is the story about the pottery...

Hugs and sunny smiles,
xx Wen

(Ps: the little home on wheels is not ours, unfortunately...)


Trying some new things




Hello hello, summer holiday is almost over and we're back to normal. How has your summer been? Just before we went on a few weeks trip I had sent out a little package to dear Dorthe. I had been trying new things, expanding my horizon. Like macrame, knitting, and crocheting in thread size mini.

Like the tiny crochet flower above (see the difference with the white flower in a thread size that is commonly used in our days), with an old crochet hook in size mini. My goodness, that's hard! I'm in awe of the ladies of old that made tons of amazingly beautiful projects with hooks like this one...




I finished a fabric and lace booklet that I had been working on some time ago. It has little pockets to hold sweet messages and a tiny notebook.

On pinterest I had found a tutorial by Lia Griffith for macrame, something I had been wanting to try my hands on for a while now. The result is below. It's a tiny macrame, which can be used as a necklace hanger for example, like Lia does in her tutorial.




Also, I tried knitting, with some cotton yarn I had for crocheting. And from my first little test swatch I made a tiny pocket message booklet with an embroidered uplifting message on the inside. This little message can be carried with you in your pocket, or even used as a wrist cuff. The knitting feels so soft, so cuddly. I added a crocheted heart and an embroidered button on the outside.




You are loved. A good reminder I think. It's something we tend to forget, isn't it?

Well, this is it for today, dear friends.

Wishing you a wonderful new week ahead.

xx Wen