I woke up way too early today, but I found some random things to do – and doodle for you guys 🙂
It’s 8 a.m. on Monday in Denmark right now, and I’ve been awake for hours. I know lots of people get up early everyday, but I’m a spoiled part-time worker/freelancer and didn’t even have to get up early, because I’m working from home today! Gah.
Tips for (fun?) early morning activities
I don’t often find myself with extra time in the morning and didn’t really know what to do with myself.
Yes, I watched a couple of YouTube videos. I made tea AND coffee and breakfast. And no, I didn’t feel the need to start working in the dead of night.
Instead I did these random things:
Repotting an orchid while really tired was a challenge, and I don’t know why I did it. Why does it have roots that act like green tentacles when you move the plant?!
I’ve (obviously) never had an orchid before, tips for keeping it alive are welcome!
Clipping my fingernails was more fun than the plant thing. Is it grossing people out to hear about my nails? I get uncomfortable the moment my nails are more than 0.5 mm long, so clipping time is happy time.
A round square
I haven’t finished the crochet tutorial yet, because then I started doodling! And blogging! Other possibly great morning activities.
I’m hoping my granny square becomes square. It’s very counterintuitive to crochet round and round with the goal of making a square. But there must be a trick, I’ll find out in a bit (if I don’t fall asleep).
100 followers on here!
Anyway, guys – I realised yesterday that there’s now 100 of you following along here on the blog.
That’s totally amazing, and I’m very grateful that you think my doodles and ramblings bring you some inspiration or entertainment or whatever you get from following. Thank you!
Cleaning out come crap drawers meant facing 3 previous versions of myself… So I doodled them!
Let’s be real, my BF cleaned out drawers. And I had fun looking at my old ID cards from uni/ work and not really helping clean.
I was also planning this (frankly quite narcissistic) drawing:
I almost fell into the trap of “OH NOOO MY HAIR – I look weird!” But let’s talk nicely about our present and past selves in 2020, guys! So, here are some observations:
11 years ago, before starting uni, I basically didn’t have hair, or eyebrows! 20-year-old me in the start of 2009 also didn’t know I needed glasses yet. That one probably looks the least like me now. But I did love the short hair.
Luckily there weren’t any photos in this pile of my inevitable mullet fase I went through afterwards to grow my hair out… I luckily have that in my passport photo, so only a few people need to see that…
Sorry, I got a BIT negative there! The mullet was fine, just not… great 😀
The me from 2013 had bangs (that always swooped a bit) and studied abroad in York. Good times!
The third picture from 2015 was taken at work on my first day at my first job after uni. Yay happy, sweaty me ❤
That last one is also the only one taken by a professional photographer. The other two are selfies. In 2009 they were still just called “more or less random photos you took of yourself”, I guess?
The first thing is a gift bag. I made it out of a green piece of fabric from the thrift shop. It might have been a napkin or something.
Sewing is fun!
The bonus of using used fabric is that it’s already hemmed! And hemming is like the least exciting bit about sewing, I think. Strongly in competition with measuring and cutting.
Ok yes I only really like going really fast on the sewing machine! Which is a small part of the process, but anyway!
For the gift bag I just sewed it into a simple bag and tied it with a red ribbon – for optimal Christmas vibes.
It’s a scrunchie
Turns out I had a harder time drawing a scrunchie than I did actually sewing it…
The doodle is a bit off, but IRL it’s a black/dark blue shiny fabric with tiny gold stars. Originally a shirt from the thrift shop.
All I had to do was to cut and sew it into a cylinder. *Hot tip: use a longer piece of fabric than you might think so the scrunchie can stretch out when you add the elastic. I might have made this mistake for my first try. I probably could have looked up a sewing tutorial before starting but I didn’t have the patience.
I put a piece of elastic band in the proper lenght in the fabric tube, sewed the hole and it was ready for my nieces incredibly thick and beautiful hair!
From scarf to cozy
The third thing in the drawing is a burgundy scarf that I machine-washed which made it into a thick felt. Not really om purpose, but it turned out great.
I cut and sewed it into two tea glass cozies for my mum. I looked for some inspo on Pinterest but I couldn’t really find anything, so I ended up with my own design. They have coloured felt balls as “buttons” and a tiny strap. I made this so it’s possible to adjust the size og the cozy later if it gets floppy and doesn’t sit snugly on the glass.
Sorry for the terrible tutorials, and thanks for reading all the way through 😀
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For Christmas 2019, I made a lot of small homemade gifts for my fam. I had so much fun and only got a tiny bit stressed trying to finish all of them in time 😆
Since I’m still trying to relax and get over my cold, I thought I’d draw some of the gifts I made and tell you how I made them. The holidays are over, but they’re not specifically Christmassy things, so maybe they can inspire someone to DIY something 🙂
Bears Vs Turtles
For my nephew I made a tic tac toe game, but it’s a bit unusual:
I got the idea to make a game when I found a pack of three extremely cute polar bear figurines in the craft store.
It took me a while (and some creative inspo from Pinterest) before I decided to make a small unique version of tic tac toe.
I then found the three small clay turtles in my local Fair Trade shop.
The last step was to paint the simple gold pattern with a porcelain pen on a blue tile.
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.