i promised a GIVEAWAY, and what you'll get here today through to october 1st is the possibility to win a package of stationery, a section of what will be revealed in its entirety and on etsy on october 15th. 

i've selected some different items that might charm your heart, or indeed, postcards that you could then send away to someone, and my perpetual calendar that will be sold in my shop too. 

work table, semi clean!
i've been working non stop behind the scenes, and am getting truly excited to reopen. i've yet a good deal of chores to be executed, but i see the woods for the trees, which is commendable. ☻ 

a few booklets examples
right. what to do if you're interested? leave your name right here below in the 'notes' section, leave word on facebook, or on instagram. no complicated way whatsoever to claim your game. 

surprise! the winner gets a little extra... 
the competition will be open till sunday october 1st, 12 midnight (CET). i will announce the winner on monday, so at least one person out there will look forward to monday. as will i. good luck, ducks! ♥ 

to have and to hold

{mostly} postcards received through the years
sending and receiving postcards from abroad, gently reminding friend or fiend of an upcoming birthday, celebrating life...  greetings don't always have to travel rapidly or virtually. you can send them easy. ☺

why write, you wonder. well. a postcard sets you apart from the crowd. you need electricity nor battery to write longhand. hackers sure aren't interested in slow messaging, so no digital aggro.

framing one card for extra effect
collecting postcards through the years can actually be fun! whether you bring together your stash haphazardly, or frame a dear card and hang it to shine on its own... it will always be admired. and not just by you. 

porcelain lady in brussels' antiques shop, just last week
to be frank, i have long hesitated to commercially produce postcards. but i rather find writing or receiving a personal message adds a highlight to anybody's busy day. somebody out there took time and effort! 

working on my quotes for doily postcards... 

my favourite postcards bring a message. as a child i dreamt of producing words on t-shirts and selling them. today i come back to the core of the idea, but i am using paper for tees. {and doilies!}. more on that later.  

cutting up butterflies... aw... ☻
vintage paper scraps also take my fancy. that isn't new, but now i'm pushing those snippets round into a pleasing design and salable one-off greeting cards. here's a sneak peek and soon they will sit in my shop. 

showing off the folds. better images to follow
the same goes for the tiny booklets. folding and unfolding is a favourite occupational hazard of mine. i have tried long and hard for idea, artful design and function to meet up somewhere in the middle.

showing off the folds. better images to follow

one style of booklets opens up accordeon like, and reveals its contents while unfolding. {the other booklet style is bound in the middle by string and can be leafed through like a proper sized book.}  

showing off the cover

both booklets have a matching, reinforced cover. both are completely unique items, and consist of either blank pastel painted pages, or come theme illustrated on scrap vintage pages. 

not an actual commercially developed booklet. purely for showing 
a blank tiny booklet may hold your own private messaging after purchase, so it becomes the tiniest personal greetings card ever. to have and to hold, or to offer as a very original gift indeed to a loved one. 

it's a try-out!

an illustrated tiny booklet comes enscribed with either a poetic line, a saying, or even a personalized {short} message which you can commission me on. this way a memento becomes even more special.  

much more on postcards, greeting cards and tiny booklets in the weeks to come. next week: GIVEAWAY 

♥ enjoy the weekend and have a marvellous week ahead ♥

september, i love you though

ghent, hostel den draeck, coffee and cookies break with a mate
last sunday i was in Ghent for a lovely fleamarket on a site where emperor charles was born. i left as it got crowded, soaking up september sun and admiring, not buying, a variety of knick-knacks. 

local thrift shop 
on monday i took a head start on refurbishing my etsy shop and this time i took it seriously. i didn't notice the hours passing, so i got a whole lot of adjusting done. i'm halfway, and truly happy for it. 

loukoum, carnotstraat, antwerp - yes! we brought some home
wednesday i rearranged multiple kitchen cabinets that hadn't been organised straight after the renovation and consecutively i did a whole lot of cooking. yes, i'm finding my way around at last.

michael borremans, 'poppy', 2016 - gallery zeno x, antwerp, through to october 14th
friday my neighbour friend and me took the train up to antwerp, to go see michael borremans' latest work (before it disappears into private buyers' homes). my neighbour is also michael's niece. made it extra special. 

bracket fungus in park
and saturday finds me in the academy for lesson number two in humble pie. last week my powers of observation got somewhat clouded. this week i'm just gonna have fun, whatever comes. 

this post is dedicated to a longtime lost friend who was abruptly taken to elysian fields late last week. 
the news was devestating and still is. i'm sorry, anne. you will be missed. ♥ 

enjoy the weekend, dear reader. have a pleasant week ahead and take it easy.

doing it. simply by doing it.

last monday morning neighboorhood trot
monday morning i was tripping over dewy grass and watched planes high above my head performing their own little private sky regatta, quite a sight. despite clammy feet in soggy sandals the spectacle inspired me. 

studio one morning

back home, i put on a podcast and prepared my very last week of IG365. i felt a little queasy afterwards. another year of drawing and painting bliss, and now onto something new and awesome. well that's my aim. 

working all that stock back into etsy

i am (online shop) windowdressing again, blowing off the dust of my etsy space and wishing to revive it to a fortunate life. i've yet to (re)define and finetune what it is i will make. ha, yes. important, that.  
oh. started watching bake-off vlaanderen. got side tracked fast sketching the participants' faces ☻

i'm a bit of a bad ass at it, and your best procrastinator if ever one, hiding behind my love to categorize and catalogise, forever pushing actual making onto the back burners. that wants changing. 

sometimes aimlessly putting two and two together

however random my past illustrated narrative may have seemed, it did expose a chronicle of sorts to reignite myself, to show up, to make and open up already. that shop. simply. 

oh oh oh! my new space of residence on saturday mornings? the drawing academy in town
and so i trot. saturdays are for trotting. i'm happy to trot on in digital illustration land too. hoping to hone in on my skills. well, what else? .... have a beautiful weekend and an exciting week ahead. ♥