Working on...

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This (and next week) I'm working on a commission that I am very excited about. I have to draw pots and plants, succulents and garden stuff, my favorites!

For now some sketches that I've worked on today. More about it once it's finished and published (can't show too much at this stage)!

The houses of my village - Anne & Co

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It's been a while, but here's a new 'houses of my village edition'. This time not an actual house but our little village shop.

When I moved here three years ago, I seriously had to get used to not having a (big) supermarket nearby. In Utrecht I could forget something and just walk around the corner to the nearest supermarket but here... it takes about 15 minutes by car (I know I know, this must seem peanuts to those of you who live in bigger countries like America or Australia, but to dutch standards, this is far away).

As said though, we do have a cute little town store that stocks all basics and a little bit more. The owner (one of them) is originally from France and that's well represented in the shop. Not only can one find a decent collection of good wines (which I unfortunately cannot enjoy right now) but also a big variation of dried sausages (M is a big fan and consumer), chocolate, cheese and even organic/ eco food and products.
The shop also functions as the postoffice, dry cleaner's,  atm, and information point on everything going on in the village.

In the past three years I've got quite attached to this little store (and it's a one minute walk from my house), and do appreciate it even more than a having a nearby supermarket.

Working on... new postcards

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Inbetween other work and projects I'm trying to work on new postcards for the shop. All my other ones (except the greeting cards) have sold out so I figured it's time for some new designs.
These two are the first (sketches, colored versions come later)... I'm thinking about a third one, maybe the unicorn or a card with more than one animal... we'll see. I'll keep you posted!

New Magical Unicorn Comfort Box

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There's a cute (if I may say so myself) new instant comfort pocket box in the shop: a little magical unicorn!
She comes in two text variations 'I believe in you!' or 'everything is possible!'. If that will not bring some magic, I don't know what is ;-)
You can find both in Kim's Little Monsters Etsy shop.

And... thanks Pop-a-porter for coming up with the 'everything is possible' frase!

Blue ceramics

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A while ago I posted a picture on instagram of a little oil jug (top left picture) I was making at a ceramics course, with blue paintings on it.
I've always been a fan of white & blue ceramics, Chinese, Delft blue or any other type of blue, I love it! Our dinner plates/ bowls/ mugs/ etc. are all different but have one thing in common... they have some sort of white and blue pattern or paintings on them. This way, even though every piece is different, they still fit together.

Yesterday, I found an amazing new shop on Etsy, by Harriet, a dutch former illustrator who now dedicates her time to painting ceramic pieces. Her shop is called Harriet's Blue and White and there's a, interview with her on the Etsy blog, here.

top left picture: by me --- other pictures: by Harriet Damave
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