Oct 23, 2014

cute and not so cute sketches


while i've been busy drawing realistic portraits these past months, usually under some type of pressure of meeting deadlines, i also enjoyed sketching a bit more on the messy side and trying out my new charcoal pencils.

my favorite is the one of my niece and nephew cuddling in the morning, so cute!



a bit less cute are the subjects of the last two sketches. actually, not cute at all. but they were still fun to draw. it's always refreshing to mix everything up a little and experiment with different subjects and mediums.

have a wonderful day, and thanks for visiting our ant hill!

Oct 21, 2014

musical windows: simple, diy window decoration








ever since we moved in here i have been on the lookout for window decoration that suits my taste. i could go with curtains, but haven't been able to decide which style. i like the clean look of the windows without anything around them. but especially in the winter months, even though we have hedges and trees in our front yard, i always feel i'd like something to screen the windows to feel more cozy, particularly during times of the day where the blinds are up but we still/already need to put on the lights.

i have this thing about old music sheets and old book pages. i love crafting projects that make creative use of them. and many of you know of my love of using dental floss in crafting. so here we go, seveal pages of music, old book pages, a punch and scissors, tape and dental floss. i love how it still lets plenty of light in and has a homemade but artsy feel to it!

Oct 17, 2014

an ocean apart :: 40/52 and 41/52 :: creek and growing on a tree

:: creek ::

sylvia:

simona:


:: growing on a tree ::

sylvia:

simona:


you can find a small explanation about the project here.
2 sisters, 2 photos, 1 theme.
wishing everybody a wonderful weekend full of outdoor moments!

Oct 16, 2014

working in the middle of it - sharing my workspace

(my work space)

(always on hand: coffee in my favourite mug)


(my view outside)

(my view if i sit on the kitchen side of the table)

(our studio)


i'm always interested in creative workspaces, especially of people who work/craft from home. of course, it depends a lot on the kind of work you do, but i am inspired by people carving out craft areas and work spaces in the midst of LIFE, i.e. working/playing/crafting whereever they may find the space.

i wear many different hats, and have many different jobs, among which are mothering, homemaking, blogging/marketing for artsy ants, as well as writing and editing jobs. i consider all the creative/crafty stuff that we do as playing. it's mainly for fun and mainly for me and my kids. if i think of it, i snap a few pictures of the process and the finished product, but it's the playing and crafting that remains my focus, never making a certain craft "blog-able". we do all our crafting at the dining table.

nonetheless, i do need a workspace, especially for my online editing, writing, photo editing, blogging and marketing work. i spend my days with my two little ones, and thus i have found a spot in which i work, either in the early mornings or later in the evening or sometimes even within the wonderful chaos of it all during the day!

most of the time, i sit here at the kitchen table. i make a point of keeping the space clear, and to have coffee and a snack nearby. we do not use this side of the kitchen table for anything else, unless we have a crowd over for dinner, then we use it as a buffet. apart from that, it is clear most of the time. i make a point of putting my laptop away whenever i am not working. what i love about that workspace is that i am in the middle of the house, surrounded by the people i love. i love looking out into the front yard and watching the birds there. it is a south facing window, so there is plenty of natural light. right now i enjoy looking at the sun catcher out of fall leaves that i made together with my son.

the other photo that you see is a peak into our music and sewing studio in the basement. at the moment it is primarily a music room, but i hope for more sewing and crafting to happen in here in the years to come! i love the thought of being able to leave unfinished sewing projects on a table and not having to clear everything in time for dinner.


i am joining WeWork with this post in their campaign "Show Us Your Work Space". WeWork is a co-working company that transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces so their members can focus on doing what they love. you can check their locations page here.
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