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Monday, January 14, 2019

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2019 - LIVING CORAL

A warm and joyful welcome to 2019 to all of you. I hope, you had a great start and made your plans for the new year already. I decided to be brave this year and I truly want to open new doors in design experiences. On my list of goals is silkscreenprinting and I truly want to learn to pour china. And I desperately want to travel a lot. I started this one right away and made a trip with family and friends to Austria. We spent a week in K√§rnten and some of us went skiing up in the mountains. We also had a great time ice-scating on a nearby lake. There wasn´t much snow because the snow clouds got stuck in the alps between Germany and Austria and couldn´t pass the high mountains. It heavily started snowing there for days and unfortunately that was our way back home. We packed our cars with blankets and enough food and drinks and slowly started rolling north with lots of other families. It took us 14 hours to arrive back home (normally it takes 6,5 hours) and we were right on time. After we left, things became worse and the german army had to come for help.

I missed some interesting things while I was gone so I truly need an update with this one. Pantone picked it´s color of the year 2019.  Uhh yeah. This time it is "Living Coral" and even if I don´t have coral clothes in my wardrobe I think it´s a nice color to be around with.

https://mashable.com/article/pantone-color-of-the-year-2019/?europe=true
Pantone explains "Living Coral" as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. It embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. It is a nurturing color that appears in our naturla surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color".

 So, Living Coral is on the start and now we only have to wait until the first shops sell clothes and accessories in that color. I love, when this happens and still I am also kind of suprised when this influence starts to happen.

Have a happy, living coral day,

Saturday, December 1, 2018

SAFE THE HEDGEHOGS

Yesterday evening, while watching TV, I finished a family of hedgehogs out of pine cones, felt, beads and yarn for a special reason. During this hot and long summer in Europe the hedgehogs don´t find enough food to survive hibernation. Especially the little ones are in danger because they their fat tissue is still too thin.


I tried to feed the hedgehogs in my garden with catfood the last couple of days but the only one who happily gained fat was our tomcat (who already has surplus weight). Anyway, the DIY-Hedgehogs are simply done and they are a cute reminder of helping our little prickly friends surviving winter.
So this is how they are done.

For one hedgehog you need:
- 1 pine cone the size you want
- a piece of grey felt
- three black beads
- grey threads
- a hot glue gun

First, you cut a cone out of the felt the size it fits your pine cone. Glue it to a cone with your glue gun.
Sew eyes onto the felt with thread and glue a nose on, using the glue gun once more. Glue the felt on the pine cone. Done.

I used different sizes of pine cones with different sizes of felt cones to create my hedgehog family.
They look very neat together, don´t you agree.
XxOoXx,

LAVENDER OIL

A couple of days ago I made lavender oil and used dried lavender blossoms from my own garden. The entire kitchen smelled just wonderful while getting this project done and I felt very soothing and calm which is a side effect of lavender. I´ll use this oil as base of making cosmetic products as christmas presents and soon they´ll be made and shown on my blog here. I want to make a lavender ointment for ladies and a chili-pain-remover oinment for gentlemen.


The lavender oil base is very easily done.

You just need:
- 500 ml oil (I used thistle oil but olive oil or avocado oil are also perfect)
- 200 g dried lavender blossoms
- a wooden spoon
- a glass bottle with lid (don´t use plastics. It´s colour can change)
- a pot

Rub the lavender blossoms between the palms of your hands to free the aromatic oil. Fill the blossoms into the bottle. Warm the oil and pour it into the bottle with the blossoms until the blossoms are all covered with oil. Stir the oil/blossom mix with a wooden spoon and make sure, both parts are wonderfully combined. Close the bottle and keep it in a warm place but not in direct sunlight for about 3-4 weeks. Sift the oil to separate the blossoms and pour the remaining oil into a clean bottle and keep it until you need it for further steps. The blossoms are not needed any longer.
As soon as the oil smells intesive like lavender I´ll start making the ointments.
Bye for now,

Saturday, November 24, 2018

DIY - PAPER LANTERNS & FELT ACORNS

The rainy weather makes me want to stay in my creative room forever. I did some experimenting with parchment paper and also with felt and produced three different sized paper lanterns and several felt acorns. I like the look of both so I combined them in a decoration object.



And this is how you can make the lanterns and acorns yourself:

1. The paper lanterns:

You need:
- three sheets of parchment paper
- a black finliner pencil
- roll-on adhesive
- three tea candles

First you cut the parchment paper the size you want the lanterns to be. After that you draw different motifs on the paper. Then you glue roll-on adhesive on one end and glue the end parts together. Give them a nice place to be and put tea candles into the centre. It´s as easy as that.

2. The felt acorns:

You need:
- the top part/hat of acorns. It´s called cupule
- felt wool (colours of your choice) - I picked grey and brown shades
- warm, soapy water
- vinegar
- liquid glue

To make on felt acorn you take a cupule and look at it´s size. Then you take a string of felt wool and roll it into a ball. Dunk the dry ball into the soapy water and drain it. Get it out of the water. Then start rolling the ball over and over again until it get´s into some sort of oval shape. The longer you roll, the firmer it gets. If the ball is still too small for the cupule, add some more strings, dip it into the water and roll again until you reach a rather tight oval that fits your cupule.
Wash the oval under cold water to remove all soapy su
ds. Mix vinegar with water (1:1) and dip the oval into the mix. This makes the wool connect even firmer so your products stays combined. Rinse again with plain water. Let your oval ball sit on a piece of paper for 1-2 days until it´s completely dry.
(Meanwhile you can start to make more felt balls in different colours). After your ball is dry, you take it, the cupule and liquid glue. You pour some glue into the cupule and press the oval ball into it. Hold it together for a couple of minutes until the glue starts doing it´s job. Done.

Have fun trying,

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

ANIMAL ALLIES

A couple of days ago this truly amazing and artsy animal allies oracle cards set arrived at my place. Jessica Swift, a wonderful artist from Portland, USA made these and I couldn´t wait to order my deck of cards from her. I love Jessicas designs and the fact, that she brings a deeper level of spirituality into her artwork. She is very inspiring to me because she lets her inner light shine bright to the outside for others to see. You can find more of her wall art, stationery, phone cases or this magical set of cards here https://www.jessicaswift.com/


In the shamanistic world animal totems are spirits in animal characters and they offer wise and gentle guidance on life´s journey.

Of course I had to open my new purchase right away. First I admired all these animals Jessica had painted with so much passion and love. After that I took my time and "felt" the cards. That means I looked at the energy each animal reveals. The deck is such a beautiful and spiritual piece of art.

There are multiple ways to use this deck. I love to mix the cards first. Then I stack them up in a neat, unsorted pile with the pictures down so I can´t see the. Then I center myself and pick a card out of the pile my inner intuition wants. After that I look at the cards, feel it´s energy and read in the guidance that comes with the deck the meaning of the card.

First of all my inner self picked the dragonfly. In short version the dragonfly stands for illusion and change. Things are not always as they appear, so it´s important to find out what to change or transform in life. This fits totally (of course) into my actual situation because I had just started to feel the need of spending more fueling time on things I truly love like going to art museums or exhibitions. So it´s time to step into action because with the help of the cards I am clear now about the things I want to change.

My plan is to pick a card each day to get a clearer vision about my inner self. And of course I´ll love to show the cards to my clients I work with in my coaching lessons. They might like the spiritual guidance, too.
Have a wonderful day doing all the things you love to do with passion.

Friday, November 16, 2018

MANTRA - SOUNDS INTO SILENCE

A couple of days ago I watched the movie "Mantra - Sounds into silence". It is a documentary about the music of chanting, that focuses on people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together. It´s not about religion but spirituality and also about people reconnecting with their true selves and meanings in life.


I learned that mantras are a very old tradition in India. It is becoming more and more popular throughout the world because of its uplifting and healing effects and the westerners discovered it with the Yoga classes that came in Vogue. The singing is called Kirtan and the audience plays a vital role in the music. The musician "calls" and the audience responses to this. Kirtan became so popular that several artists have won Grammies. Here is the link to the Mantra-Trailer.


Throughout the movie I enjoyed the touching voices of wonderful musicians. They talked about how they came to this music and to the practice of Kirtan and how it transformerd their lives over the years, too. I loved the singing and timbre of Krishna Das, an american singer https://krishnadas.com/


The most effect on me had the pure and golden voice of Snatam Kaur http://www.snatamkaur.com/ and I found this wonderful song of her. It is an Irish blessing  and the lyrics say: "May the longtime sun shine upon you. All love surround you. And the pure light withing you guide your way on"


I went to a Mantra-Concert maybe ten years ago, which was happening in a friends garden. Many people came by and gathered around Vincenco, the singer. He started singing and the audience followed him with their voices. It felt different to anything I experienced before, especially because of the indian phrases that were used while singing but I liked the zen-like atmosphere of the evening.
Have you ever experienced Mantra-singing before? I´d be happy to read about your opinion of it.
Lots of love,

DON´T CHANGE SO PEOPLE WILL LIKE YOU

Very often we try to fit in. Either at school or in our daily jobs, with your spouses and friends. We try to fit in because we want to feel loved. Doing this we hide our real selves and we also lose our authenticity. And even worse we attract people who act the same way.
Mock-up source: www.picsnaper.com
If we dare to show our truly unique personality then we start to attract people who will love our real inner light. And this can happen if we honestly start to love ourselves at first. So let´s hug yourself and start to grow the seed of self love from deep inside your heart.
You are immeasurably loved.
XxOoXx,