While Christmas shopping I’ve seen lots of other nice and patient customers. But also some very… impatient* ones!
I met one shop assistant with a massive cold who needed to be at home in bed, but she powered through and was very nice (and sniffly).
So I’ve decided to be EXTRA nice to shop assistents this year. I hope I’m always friendly, but this week I went all out with smiles, “no worries, I’ll wrap it myself”s, “I don’t need a bag, thanks”s and “Merry Christmas!”s.
I’ve had student jobs in shops, but mainly cafés/food places and never in retail around Christmas. So I don’t know the struggle, but I still know that those friendly faces in the busy crowd means a lot!
Thrift your gifts
(OMG did I just make that rhyme for the first time ever? Probably not, But I love it)
Since I’m already telling you what to do in this post (don’t know why that’s my thing, apparently I get preachy around the holidays), here’s another thing:
Remember that secondhand or homemade things make great gifts! I talked about shopping a lot in this post, but in reality most of the places I’ve been Christmas shopping were thrift shops and the craft store. Trying to buy less new things has been a fun challenge to me.
Now I just have some (a lot) of DIY’ing to do. Actually writing this post in the middle of a giant, cute, creative mess of paper, fabric and other stuff 😀
Wrap your crap (yourself)
(yup, I rhymed again)
As a bonus for reading alllll the way through my babbling, here’s a video recommendation :
I went thrift shopping for a bit today. Not for clothes though, but I often buy my clothes second-hand. And when I got home, I remembered that I recently started drawing a new “series” to use some more pages in my Inktober 2019 sketchbook:
Preloved things ❤
I love finding quality products like wool sweaters or shirts from an unknown brand that I wouldn’t find in a store.
As I get older (31 who?), it means more and more to me to try to only buy sustainably. Which is very hard, and I fail again and again.
However, with clothes I find that it’s a win-win, really, since I love the hunt for something fun and unique in the thrift store and it’s a LOT better for the environment. Older clothes (which have made it to the store) are also often of a better quality than a lot of new stuff, I feel like.
Okay, you get it, I can’t recommend thrifting enough 😀 Especially for clothes, but I basically buy everything, kitchenware, pictureframes, furniture, you name it.
After a very busy and exciting work week, I got home yesterday afternoon, slept from 5 to 7 p.m. on the couch, woke up and drew this:
Which, I guess, represents how I was feeling. You know, kind of mlem, but also moo.
I think it also means my brain is now on Christmas mode! I’m now questioning what a deer has to do with Christmas. Or did I draw a reindeer? Definitely not a moose, they’re snouts are more horse-like. Yes, I had this discussion with my BF 😀
Snow = Christmas brain
Yesterday morning, I walked to the bus early in the morning, and it was snowing (halp!) very windy and pitch black. Later in the day, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful, sunny and chilly November day. A crazy change!
I think starting the day with a bit of snow and a bent umbrella (haaalp!) definitely activated those Christmas sensors in my brain. I woke up today thinking about gingerbread cookies and candles and gift ideas.
A cozy November evening a couple of weeks ago, I had an urge to sit on the floor and draw some doodles. So I did. The result was a lot of drawings – and I finally got around to editing this video with three of them:
I like doodling without sketching out what I’m drawing first. It means I don’t really know what I’m making until it’s finished.
For instance, I didn’t really know what activities I was going to have the three November people do until in the middle of drawing them.
Doodle body positivity
Sometimes the result isn’t fantastic and the proportions of some of the bodies and faces I draw turn out weird. But that’s part of the fun, I think. At least that’s what I tell myself while I edit these videos and rewatch the stuff I don’t like over and over 😀
The speed of the video is at 400 %. So it was a lot more calming to draw in normal speed than what it looks like. I had lots of thinking breaks. But those would probably be a bit boring to watch. However, I did make this video a bit longer than the other recent ones I’ve uploaded. Let me know if this format is fun to watch, or if you fell asleep half-way through.
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It’s getting colder and darker in Denmark at the moment. The perfect season for doodling some colourful Winter people:
I don’t mind the cold and the grey landscape so much, but the dark is starting to get to my brain a bit. Everytime I take a nap or go to bed at night, it goes “Oh well, time to hibernate for 6 months”.
So doodling helps me stay awake for a bit after dinner so I don’t go to bed at 8 p.m. 😀 And adding colour feels great.
I haven’t actually seen any of these Winter people IRL; they are drawn from imagination like most of my doodle people.
Except for the yellow wellies! I recently got similar ones myself, and they contribute to adding some colour to these grey days. I’ve even worn them out to eat because I like them so much.
I chose to put the designs on different products that I think fit the drawings best. I never make one design available on all of Redbubble’s products, but I take time to really think about what products make sense with each design.
The cat design is also available on different coloured backgrounds – like this red one:
I also thought the cats would look really cool on a water bottle or phone cover, so I also made those products available – check them out on Redbubble.
At first glance this message might look a bit shallow:
But when you look closer, it’s not so bad at all:
Sometimes people get mad at other people for using phones too much – and that might sometimes be true. But to me, the best thing about my phone is that it connects me with my family and friends daily – and with people I’ve never met IRL – like you guys.
Doodles and words and things
Adding text to my drawings is new to me. But I generally like art with a combination of words and doodles (is anyone surprised??).
I think adding a bit of text can make some doodles work better as product designs and give it an extra dimension, if you will. Like the one with the phone.
Let me know if you agree, or you’d prefer the drawings to stand alone in the future 🙂
Tag me if you buy something!
I love buying prints and products from other illustrators that I follow online or from smaller local shops. If you decide to buy any of my products to give to someone – or yourself – please tag me #wordsanddoodles – I’d love to see where my designs get a home!
Will I get my stuff before Christmas?
According to the Redbubble website, printing usually takes 1-3 business days. But the cool thing is that they only make the products after you order them. It means less waste, and I’m really happy about that aspect.
Read more about shipping and manufacturing on the Redbubble website. Where you can also check out many other very cool artists!