Halloween

Halloween is not normally celebrated in Denmark, but since most our kids watches a lot of US produced cartoons that holiday kind of sneaks up on us.  So in order to please our  kids (and moms, but don’t tell), a couple of moms in my neighborhood had arranged for the kids to go trick ‘r treating on Sunday. We had a blast making decorations, trick ‘r treat bags, and dressing up. The kids were so excited, and almost couldn’t wait for it to be time to grab those bags and go scare the neighborhood. After the bags had been filled with candy, we all got together at a friends house and had coffee, hot chocolate, buns and fruit. The kids played while the moms chatted – a huge success for all of us.

My trick 'r treat crew

Updating the blog all together

I’ve been meaning to upgrade my blog for a long time, but have been postponing it out of fear that I would run in to Mr. Murphy, for now it looks like this old blog is still working, and will continue to do so until I’m ready with the new one….but you never know

Doing nothing

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After a very long week with sick kids, I’m enjoying doing almost nothing at all today. Started the day shopping for Halloween costumes for the kidlets, and I now have the cutest pumpkin, a blood dripping Dracula, and a scary black ghost running through my house …pictures will follow later.
Since the kids were home sick most of the week I’m behind on almost eveything, but since I’m also drained I’m allowing myself to just be lazy today, reading, updating my phone, and now I’m off to the kitchen for a pumpkin pie spiced latte.

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Scary monsters and kid brothers.

Last week I thought I would give my watercolors a try, and was trying to figure out, what to draw. It was Saturday morning, the kids were playing in their room, when all of a sudden my daughter comes running screaming out of the room, her two brothers chasing after her. The boys were pretending to be monsters, and were eating all kinds of gross things. In reality they were eating fruit, but with a little help from their imagination those fruit pieces turned into slugs and other slimy creepy crawly things…..and from the sound of my daughter she didn’t seem to appreciate it.
And then I knew what I wanted to draw…
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A long week filled with kids and crafts

Week 42, the annual Autumn vacation in Denmark.
I had my 3 kids home all week, and we have been so busy, playing, crafting, making food, that I haven’t had time to draw at all. But it has been truly enjoyable to just relax and spend time with the kidlets.
Monday
My oldest son, Gabriel wanted to make chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and my daughter wanted to do “something with glue and paint” – so we ended up making cookies, and a Robot cookie jar from recycled cans and various found objects.

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Tuesday
The kids wanted more glue, the boys wanted monsters, and Sidsel wanted to make Noah’s Ark. Gabriel wanted in on the Ark deal, so he decided to make two of every monster he made. After Sidsel had worked very hard for a very long time on making the Ark look like it was made out of wood, she added a more modern take at the top, because “It’s more fun when it’s fast” so she turned in into a speed-boat. I love the way my kids think. My youngest wasn’t allowed to use the scissors, so he climbed down under the table with a couple of his brothers creations, and sat there quietly cutting them up.

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Wednesday
The morning was spend making robots out of used cans and found objects. After lunch we went outside for a couple of hours an enjoyed the lovely autumn weather. Back inside we made some apple lemon cinnamon muffins, and ate them while watching Nightmare before Christmas for the 3rd time this week.

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Thursday
Back to making cookies, this time we tried making gingerbread cookies from a recipe from my favorite food site 101 Cookbooks.

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Friday
Today was dedicated to all things spooky. We started out by making a haunted house, from some old boxes. The boys painted it black, including everything around, above and below them, while Sidsel made spooky looking shutters. Then various monsters, ghosts, spiders, snakes and bats saw the light of day, and finally everything got glued together.  The kids decided to watch Nightmare before Christmas …again… after lunch.  After that, we baked bread, and while waiting for them to be eatable, the kids played with the haunted house.

A great holiday, very exhausting, but we all had a great time.

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a few more showcase

Been busy lately illustrating for bloggers. It always amazes me how sweet people are in “blog-land” -sometimes I almost forget that it’s my job.

One of my returning clients, is Celine of Strawberryflavor . It’s always a pleasure working for her. Her designs are so colorful and happy, that getting new ideas is a breeze. She just started designing kids clothes again, which I’m sure many of her old customers are very excited about. Anyway she needed a new header, and a folder/tag to go with her dresses when when they are sent to the store.
Another colorful illustration job this week, actually last week, were for Christina at Rappedikke. She also designs clothing, but her designs are mostly for adults, there is some pretty yummy skirts in her shop.
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And the rest of my time, have been spent, dancing, running and cooking. Bought a hula hoop ring, and started to learn dancing with those things, so much fun. Especially after the brushes went away, when you start out hoop dancing, remember not to play for 1½h the first time, and if that fails, remember to have plenty of ice in the freezer, you’ll need it. But it’s a great workout, as long a you remember to take a break, and change direction of the hoop swirling.

Kitchen activities: it’s pumpkin season, so I made roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin/veggie pie, and I still have lots of pumpkin in my freezer, waiting for a good recipe for pumpkin ravioli. It’s also Apple season, so Apple sauce, Apple butter and a lot of other apple related eatable projects are on there way.

a short update

I know I should update this blog more often than I do. But it seems like I’m always either drawing something or running & dancing or trying out new recipes or experimenting with sourdough.
But I thought it might be time for an update of some of the things I have been illustrating lately.

I designed a tattoo for a friend.
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And before that, a header and footer for the amazingly creative and sweet Celine, at Strawerrylife. You should keep an eye out for her updates, because she has some very nice stuff coming up soon.

And I just finished another blog design for another sweet blogger, Anne at apfelstrudel. Her blog is filled with very beautiful homemade things, and is worth a visit too.
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And besides illustrating and designing I’ve become an vegetarian. For many reason, but absolutely much inspired by Heidi Swanson’s delicious recipes at 101Cookcooks After serving food for my family solely based on recipes from her website for a couple of weeks, I ordered her book last week, and it arrived the day before yesterday. It’s so inspiring, and the photos are lovely.

I stumbled upon some fresh figs on sale yesterday, and I just had to give her Fig spread a try. Adding black pepper to the sweet honey flavored figs made this spread very tasty.
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Summertime is for being lazy

and just doodle away without thinking to much

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Obama Inspired Art work

Tried my hands on some vector art in Illustrator, and did two portraits heavily inspired by the famous poster for Obama designed by artist Shepard Fairey. Had a great time working on them, although a very tedious job, which took hours.

My daughter:

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Me:

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Veteran Fair in Græsted


lots of cars, canons, and clowns with a twist of rockabilly – oodles of fun really.

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