Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Welcome to my October Mood Board! I really love autumn. Here in London it was definitely a golden one. It’s still not super cold outside and we had quite a few sunny days with falling leaves from the trees. You got the picture!
So what have I been up to in October? I’m quite proud of myself that I managed to visit more art galleries and exhibitions this month. It was always on my list but I struggled to actually do it. For example, I went to the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and I visited the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. It takes place in many cities all over the world and is such an inspirational place. I wasn’t able to afford anything yet because I have some big plans which require me not to spend any money.
Yes, I have big plans for the new year and I will tell you all about it when decisions have been made. It’s going to be an exciting but also a scary time. Nevertheless, I love challenges! So stay tuned on my blog.
I’ve also been quite good this month with seeing friends. I do feel sometimes I don’t spend enough time with my friends but when you’re trying to fill your free time with lots of hobbies like blogging and designing then it can happen that friends are not priority number one. Sorry, my dear friends! But I would always make time for them if they need me. I’m actually worse with seeing my family which I wrote about it here. It’s definitely a priority next year to see my family more often than only once a year for Christmas.
I’m very much looking forward to Christmas. I’m a huge fan of German Christmas markets and I even fly home a little earlier in order to fully enjoy the Christmas market time. I’m still looking for beautiful Christmas markets in London and the whole UK if you have any recommendations.
What have you been up to in October?
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
The reason why I mentioned ‘secret DIY Xmas Gifts’ is because they are secret and I’m unable to reveal anything on my blog before Christmas. Don’t stop reading here though. I want to explain everything properly.
This year, instead of buying gifts for my family and friends I decided to make them all by myself. After all, this is a creative lifestyle blog and I need to show you that it’s worth coming by. I discovered that I read a lot about creativity but the ‘creating’ part is not enough in my life. So, I’m on a mission this Christmas! I have no idea what the result will look like, i.e. I can’t guarantee success but I can promise you a lot of fun, inspiration and behind-the-scenes footage.
As I mentioned above, I obviously can’t post anything about the gifts before Christmas on my blog because my family and friends are watching this space. I do have a solution though if you’re interested in what I’m creating. Subscribe to my email newsletter and I’ll send you regular updates of my creative chaos… ehm… I mean of my perfect DIY processes.
Of course, after Christmas I’ll post all DIY projects on my blog and I probably will also be able to tell you if my family liked it or if they were utterly disappointed. Fingers crossed it’s not the latter!
What are your plans for Christmas?
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
More than a month ago, I started The Letter Project on my blog. I haven’t written a letter since I was 10 years old so I was quite excited to try out if other people would join me in brining back the letter. I was overwhelmed by people who were interested in participating. We had 30 people who wanted to make a letter. I’m saying ‘make’ because look at the beautiful letters below.
Everyone put so much effort in their letters, I was so happy with every letter I discovered on Twitter and Instagram. A few people also sent me their photos via email so I hope I won’t spoil anything because I think not every letter arrived yet. Sorry, I couldn’t wait sharing the enormous creativity with you. I’m truly inspired by everyone.
I think The Letter Project is already a great success although there are still some letters on their way despite the deadline I set. I’m not a fan of deadlines – they remind me of work – but I thought people will wait for their letter forever and might never receive one if there is no end date. I think that’s something I learned from this project. Creating a letter takes time and effort. I’m really happy that everyone is so passionate about this project and I hope that I will be able to update you again saying that everyone has received their letter. Watch #foundsomepaper on Twitter and Instagram, I’m sure there will be more letters posted soon.
Would you be interested in participating in such a project?
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
It doesn’t happen often that I share something really personal about me but when my parents came to visit me a few weeks ago and my boyfriend captured this lovely photo I thought I want to share it with you and talk a little bit about the people we love.
Today in two months is Christmas – at least in Germany. I love celebrating Christmas with my family and I realised I haven’t seen them since last year at Christmas. That’s definitely not enough. One of my New Year’s resolution already is to spend more time with the people I love. Unfortunately, my sister didn’t have the time to visit me a couple of weeks ago so I will really see her only this year at Christmas, after one year of no hugs.
Don’t ask me how this happened but if you live in London life is unbelievably fast. I have to remind myself that there is more than work and going out to nice places. We never know how much time we have with our loved ones. So this is a reminder to myself and to all of you. See your family more often and spend some quality time with your friends. Enjoy the little moments and forget for a second that there’s a busy life out there. I forgot this a little bit over the year and I’m ready to make some changes.
Thanks for taking the time reading this blog post. Feel free to leave a comment below. I speak to you soon!
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
As you already know, I started organising creative networking events with ToandTO – which stands for Today and Tomorrow. After two busy months, we (say hello to Pam) finally opened up tickets for the first event: Sketchbooks Are Dead – Sketchbook Exhibition & Interactive Life Drawing.
It’s a very special event where you can explore the art of sketchbooks. The evening will be very cosy with some wonderful sponsors who make sure that you’ll leave this networking event with an amazing feeling of creativity. I don’t want to reveal too much but I think there are involved some bubbles, delicious snacks, a brand new sketchbook, pens, and a lot of like-minded people to meet. I’m a big fan of speed networking which should be part of each ToandTO event so we make sure you get the most out of our events.
If you’re interested in joining us on the 28th of October 2015 at the fantastic Hackney Downs Studios at 6:30 pm, sign up below. I’m looking forward to meeting you (or maybe seeing you again?)!
There is another brilliant event coming up in November, too. You might have read about the Bloggers Picnic I organised earlier this summer. We also created a cool video for the event. I love meeting new bloggers and catching up with familiar faces so therefore I’m proud to present to you a new kind of event with ToandTO: Creative Networking – Creative Bloggers meet Creative Freelancers.
The idea is to connect both for various reasons. A lot of creative freelancers, e.g. photographers, web designers, make-up artists, and so on, are thinking about starting a blog to boost their business and get the awareness they deserve but struggle to make it happen. Vice versa, there are bloggers out there who started a blog first and are now ready to make a living from freelancing. We thought both parties would benefit from each others’ knowledge and experience that we decided to organise a networking event for them.
Apart from our speed networking session where everyone gets the chance to meet one another, we also invited two bloggers and two creatives to talk about their experience and to give you tips on how to get started. As always, we want to create an absolute comfortable environment for you so expect a unique and unforgettable event with drinks and snacks and that extra bit.
If you’re interested in joining us on the 11th November 2015 at the wonderful Old Paradise Yard at 6:30 pm, sign up below.
Will you join us?
Monday, October 19th, 2015
How do you get to know a holiday destination? Yes, by flying over there and having the best time of your life. To give you a glimpse of what the destination Tenerife feels like Thomas Cook Airlines got creative and invited all sorts of bloggers to their evening full of creativity.
You probably wonder what creativity has to do with Tenerife but that’s why you have me. I’m going to tell you why this evening was very special and why I’m convinced Tenerife is a wonderful place to travel to.
The focus of the evening was the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which takes place every year around February and is the second most popular festival in the world after Rio. Did you know that? Yes, it’s all about partying, having fun and exploring the different cities in Tenerife. But a carnival that size also requires some serious creativity. That sounds so contradicting. Let’s scrap the seriousness!
So what was so creative that night in London and could you adapt it to your next holiday in Tenerife?
You can see it was such an inspiring evening. If Tenerife is just half as much fun as the evening was, there is no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try. Or have you been already?
Wouldn’t you agree that I could be the ideal festival advocate in Tenerife next year? *insertoddsmile*
PS: Photos were taken by the great photographer of the event whose name I don’t know. I call him Mr. Photographer. His pictures were much better than mine.
Saturday, October 17th, 2015
I met Alex at the London Graphic Centre bloggers event and we got an invitation to his mate’s Funhouse Magazine’s launch party. It was the first time I heard about this new magazine and I couldn’t resist to interview the founder Oliver. It’s a witty, quirky magazine (my words) and it’s probably unlike anything you’ve read before. Read through the interview and then head to the website to get the first issue of a rising star.
1. In a couple of sentences. What is the Funhouse Magazine?
FUNHOUSE is a new magazine of writing, comics and illustration. We wanted to create something that was respectful to the writing – giving the stories room to breathe – whilst also having a dark, naughty sense of humour too. It bridges the gap between lit magazine and zine, a magazine of playful contradictions and, essentially, work that is related to the body.
2. Why did you start the Funhouse Magazine?
I came up with the idea over a year ago. I wanted to make a magazine that had writing concerned with the body, about space, disasters, diseases, sex. A lot of magazines out there were either too general or too high brow.
But when Fran Marchesi came on board, the idea of the magazine changed in a lot of ways. She really helped to shape it, visually, and this gave us both a clearer structure to work to.
So the magazine is still very bodily, but we have other interests too. Fran was key to helping us outline a way to integrate our print and online content.
3. What is the biggest vision for your magazine?
Fran and I are working really hard to make not just the next issue but the next year a big success.
We are only working in small print runs and are learning from every magazine. We’re constantly adapting.
So in the future, yes, we’d love to release each issue as it comes. But, looking past that, we’re keen to publish individual chapbooks, and hopefully short novels in the next year or so.
We also have a podcast planned, interviewing writers from the magazine. It’s really exciting stuff and, again, is something that will help integrate all our platforms.
4. What’s your best advice for someone who wants to start their own thing?
Just do it. I spent so long planning things, talking with people about ideas. At one point, I felt that I was talking too much. So much theorising but not enough action.
Nothing will happen if you and your mates talk about your intentions about doing the magazine, or you talk about titles and how the website will look. It’s all bullshit. Get the ball rolling and just get it done. Be relentless.
In terms of paying for the magazine, we didn’t use funding. I just worked very hard for a long time. I didn’t spend money on alcohol or going out. You have to be quite driven and very ‘on it’.
I also recommend that you don’t try and do EVERYTHING yourself. Find the best people for the job and ask them. Never be afraid to ask.
5. Last but not least, how do you stay creative?
Well, as a writer and editor, I stay creative by reading. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is important to read – novels, poetry, magazines, newspapers, blogs, the good, the bad, the shit. Everything. Fran is the same. She is always reading, always watching. I think you need to be quite active in order to be creative. I don’t think creativity just comes to you. It’s not some god given gift. Work at it, read read read and watch, soak it up. You need to do, not pretend to do.
I really loved Oliver’s answers and I can’t wait to see how things develop for them next year. I wish them the best of luck!
What do you think about the magazine?
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
It’s been a long time I was tagged. So this is fun! The lovely Louise from The What Now Blog chose me to reveal 10 unusual things you don’t know about me. It’s one of the hardest things to think about myself and tell you some interesting things. I don’t consider myself a boring person but when it comes to talking about myself I struggle. So it took me quite a while to write these 10 unusual facts you don’t know about me and I hope you enjoy them.
Odd natural smile
Some people compliment my smile but it was hard work. I had to practice my smile in the mirror every day. If you catch me naturally you will see a very dumb smile I’m afraid. You think I should keep my natural smile, right?! But I’m telling you it’s everything but beautiful hahaha
TV series addict
I don’t watch TV anymore but I probably know everything about the drama series out there. It’s kind of a habit for me to come home, eat dinner and watch an episode of something. I just finished Bates Motel and I’m back on Downton Abbey. You?
Glorious career as a chicken
When I was about 10 years old I was dancing in a musical group back in Berlin. It was fun, especially because my teacher invented all the musicals herself with her husband. That means there were lots of unusual characters in those plays. The highlights of my dance career have been:
Can’t sleep without…
The Relax M app. Seriously, if you have any problems falling asleep try this app. I have conditioned myself to this app, i.e. I immediately fall asleep when listening to the different sounds. I remember I started with a campfire sound but I’ve already tried all of them. My secret favourite is Humming (for babies). Ops!
New Year’s Eve ritual
Since I met my boyfriend, every year we watch the whole day Star Wars films. It’s actually the day after, so the 1st day of the year. It started because I’ve never watched Star Wars before I met him and he’s a big fan. You can imagine how he reacted when he heard I’ve never watched a film. The more I watch it the more I like it.
The no-smartphone life
I didn’t have a smartphone till I was 26 years old!! None of my friends had one either so I didn’t feel the need to have one. As soon as I moved to London and started my internship I realised something was missing in my life though. Especially, after my boss passed by my desk and asked me what this is by pointing at my old-school mobile phone. You can’t imagine how embarrassed I felt. After all, I arrived in London so I needed to upgrade to a more modern life. Needless to say that I’m now addicted to my iPhone (as everyone else).
I’m a psychologist
No, not really… but I love giving advice and I read so many books about psychology and society (I mentioned this before somewhere on my blog) I could really be a psychologist. But I wouldn’t choose it as a job because I’m too sensitive. If people come to me with their problems I’d think these problems are mine, too. I get too much involved and I probably would be constantly sad. I wouldn’t be able to disconnect myself from other people’s problems. I still give great life advice ha
I have two sides in me. I can be super outgoing and self-confident, I walk up to people and start talking to them. I call myself a networking junkie. There was a time when I went to at least two events per week. On the other side, I can be such an introvert. I get shy all of a sudden and refuse to speak. All I want is being alone and sometimes I think I hate speaking to people. I haven’t killed anyone though.
One red-bull a day keeps the doctor…
Guilty as charged. It’s the sugar-free version though but I don’t think that makes it any better. Will you try convincing me to stop now?
Sushi vs. cheese
I wanted to write cheese wins but I’m a huge fan of sushi, too, and I could eat it every day. I should probably test it and eat both one whole day each. Oh, what a great challenge. I should totally do it! What do you think?
Is there anyone else who wants to reveal some unusual things about themselves?
Monday, October 12th, 2015
Last week, I visited the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Tasha from Graphique Fantastique invited me; she’s my new partner in (creative blogging) crime. We had the pleasure of listening to the artist’s story behind his artworks before we walked through the exhibition.
I said it was a pleasure but I have to admit it was also quite sad hearing about the existence of some pieces. Most of Ai Weiwei’s art was developed out of pain. He was and still is under constant observation by the Chinese government because he’s provocative and open-minded. What sometimes is self-evident for us – the freedom of speech – is (almost) a crime in China. He even went to prison and documented his experience in his artworks. Of course, he was forbidden to talk about what happened in prison but being Ai Weiwei he incorporated this experience immediately in his work.
Ai Weiwei – I really like his name, it’s so unique – is mainly an installation artist. The materials he uses have either a personal connection to him, are a symbol of his feelings or were found at antique markets and have their own story based on his home country China. How fascinating is it that you can see his bond to China so much in his artwork but it seems it’s his biggest enemy at the same time. I admire him for his bravery.
When I visited the Ai Weiwei exhibition I thought about a friend’s Facebook post. She has been told the below and I thought it’s something interesting to discuss. I want to know what you think about it.
Artistic people express feelings through everything they do (art, appearance, moves etc.), while creatives are out-of-the-box thinkers with innovative ideas.
I haven’t made up my mind if this is true but Ai Weiwei’s story behind his art inspired me to think more about this statement. What do you think?
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
I have started to share more content from other bloggers through a monthly blogroll. You can find last month’ blogs here. I just love reading other blogs and I think they deserve to be mentioned, no matter how big or small they are. This time I can even tell you a story to each blogger below. Enjoy!
No. 1 The Smell Of Roses
I met Anna from The Smell Of Roses at my bloggers picnic in August this year. She came with a beautiful flower headband and I quickly discovered what’s her passion. I’m so glad I met her and got the chance to explore her blog. Her blog is 100% dedicated to flowers. I find that unbelievably fascinating. I mean my blog is all about creativity and it’s a passion but devoting a whole blog just to flowers is simply wonderful. I read through her blog posts and it never gets boring. I even recently discovered her beautiful flower illustrations. Last but not least, Anna is also a great photographer. I just want to be surrounded by flowers when I read The Smell Of Roses.
No. 2 June Mango
The first time I discovered June Mango was on Facebook in the Being Boss group. Kali was asking for ‘significant others’ to put up their hands if they wanted to be featured on her blog. I thought that was a fantastic idea and I certainly put up my hand. In June, Kali published an interview with me. Check it out here! Ever since I love coming back to her blog. It’s a wonderful spiel of colours and there’s always a useful tip about design and other relevant topics. Every month, Kali creates a desktop and mobile calendar wallpaper design. Guess who has the latest version on her phone?!
No. 3 The Jealous Curator
You might have read about Danielle and The Jealous Curator on my blog already. I think she’s the reason why I started my blog. She was a great inspiration. Since I first discovered her I bought two of her books and I regularly listen to her podcast. The Jealous Curator showcases artists from all over the world. The blog is a library of contemporary artists and whenever I feel a little uninspired I just go to Danielle’s blog and get a dose of creativity. Her two books CREATIVE BLOCK and COLLAGE are brilliant. I don’t want to finish them because it feels like I would stop getting inspiration. I know it’s silly but it shows how good they are, right?! Go and get your daily dose of inspiration from The Jealous Curator!
Have you ever heard of the above blogs or are they new to you?