Monday, November 24, 2014

Every Day Life: 24:11.2014


One trait that I want to foster and grow in is being grateful. Collecting my Every Day Delights helps me do just this. So, here are some of my most favourite things from this few weeks. 


I've been spending some time Co-Working at Action House on Fridays. It's nice to have a set aside space, and time to blog or work on writing. 




Last weekend our band recorded 4 songs, we started at 8am and finished around 9pm. We recorded sound and video. Dominik (my husband) has written quite a few new folky tunes. We've recorded a new EP, so, look forward to more updates about that.

 
The chilly nights in Heidelberg are clear and beautiful.



My Gr. 11s made intaglio prints of everyday, ordinary objects...
Cacti are so easy to keep alive! I love them.
What have you been delighting in these past few weeks?

'Tis the season to be thankful isn't it!

Cheers,

Anna

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Take Time to Make: Painting

It does me good to take time for myself and to set aside time to be creative.

 These two abstract paintings are my most recent completed work. I painted the two pieces as a diptych for some good friends who recently got married. The paintings are done with acrylic paint. They were painted without taping the circle off, it was done free hand which took time and concentration.

The handwriting on the one canvas is a collection of emotions that one feels in marriage. Some of my favourites include "alive, frisky, and bliss."


When showing my students my paintings, one mentioned that I must have been inspired by Mark Rothko. *A proud moment for an art teacher, when a student can mention an artist studied from the previous year.  Though I didn't notice this, there is a very good chance I was inspired by Mark Rothko, at least subconsciously. I've always admired the way he blended from one colour to the next in his huge paintings.

Thanks for taking a peek at my recent artistic explorations.

I'll share some more sketches, and other works in progress soon.

Cheers,

Anna

Sunday, November 9, 2014

5 Tips to Avoid a Winter Funk


It's about this time of year in the northern hemisphere when the days get significantly shorter, and it seems too cold to go out. Growing up in Thailand, which had no winter, did not prepare me for the grey days of winter. If I don't watch out I easily fall into a winter funk. 

So here are a few tips to keep your spirits bright during the cold months. These tips are for me just as much as they are for you.

Resist the urge to hibernate! Find out what's happening in your town, go out with friends, visit cafes and coffee shops on your days off. Just getting out of the house on the weekends will help you stay engaged in your community and thinking about things beyond yourself.



Dress well. Those days in sweatpants and jeans are wonderful, but if there are too many of them they affect the spirit, and make me feel grimy. So, this winter we need to remember to keep looking good even when our outfits are covered with big coats.

Listen to new music. I know this may not seem like it will help, but being adventurous keeps life exciting! Even though we can't go on summer hikes or swimming in the lake, we can be adventurous with thing like our music. It's about time we bought some new records and favorited some new bands on Spotify. 

Count your blessings. Acknowledging things that are great in my life, things I am thankful for, always lifts my spirits. I like writing them down, talking about them with friends, or sharing them on instagram. Just thinking about all the lovely things in my life keep me in a positive mindset. 

Do more of what you love. Usually things you love to do, somehow get put on the back burner. Whether it is going for walks, baking, or reading. For me one of my most favourite things that I rarely do is, make things. So, this winter I am going to take time to make! 

pppssst... I'll share a bit of what I've been creating later this week...

What tips do you have to keep out of a funk?

Have a lovely funk-free day!

Cheers,

Anna

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Shop Window: Bartlett


Our trip to the USA ended in one of my home towns, Spokane, Washington. I got to see some beautiful friends there. The other thing I was super excited about experiencing in Spokane was The Bartlett



The Bartlett is a newish music venue owned by our friends Karli and Caleb, we couldn't wait to see/ hear a show at their location and to chill out and rack up a big tab at the bar (which was really hard! I gave out several rounds, had a few beers myself and couldn't even spend 100$). 

If we still lived in Spokane I'm sure I would have to have a category in our budget called Bartlett, because they have such great musicians, lovely drinks, snacks, not to mention the friendly staff.




If you are ever in Spokane,Wa, don't miss a show at the Bartlett, your eyes and ears will thank you.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

warm nights and hearts

As the weather gets chillier and chillier in Germany I can't help but miss the warm nights and hearts in the USA over the summer. We visited so many lovely friends and family while there it was so good for me. 

It had been 4 years since seeing some of my dearest of dears. Which is way too long!!! It was surreal to see so many familiar faces and to catch up right where we left off. Isn't it strange how it feels like time hadn't passed at all, but at the same time a lifetime went by?

Many friends put effort into making quality time with us while we were in their area. I am ever so grateful and hope that it is less than 4 years till I see you/them again.

Later this week I'll share my last post on the blog about our trip to the US and begin featuring things from adventures here.

Have a splendid evening. stay warm.

Cheers,

Anna

Friday, October 31, 2014

Every Day Delights: 31.10.2014


One trait that I want to foster and grow in is being grateful. Collecting my Every Day Delights helps me do just this. So, here are some of my most favourite things from this past month.  

Experimenting with new homemade hair product. I created a coconut oil hair spray to moisturise my dry curly hair. 
I was working on drawing skills with my grade 6 students, we drew and painted shells. My gr.8 students were working on pottery. Only a few of their pieces exploded in the kiln. :(


Julia came over an we worked on making a face cream together. 

I had the pleasure of hiking with my husband. 
/ Dressing in fall clothes is always a hard transition. 

Occasionally this month, I helped out at Action House, we moved into new rooms and there are a lot of renovations still to be done. 


I took a group of my visual arts juniors and seniors to Paris on a trip. They studied artworks and we discovered a few bits of the beautiful city. It was an inspiring trip for me an them alike.



What have you delighted in this past month?

cheers,

Anna

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Natural Ladies

You know about my recent obsession with natural beauty products and how I've been creating some and using many, well, this summer I joined in on a natural perfume making workshop. It was held at Moorea Seal's shop in Seattle.  My friend Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky lead the workshop.  

We all got a little guide book (pictured above), and we able to mix any number of essential oils to make our own signature perfume. 



 The scent I made turned out really sweet, with rosemary as my base. I wear it on days I want to feel warm and cozy. It's perfect for fall.


To read more about my natural journey click here.

Or to check Delightfully Tacky's natural living tips, read her blog here.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Cheers,

Anna

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shop Window Live: Moorea Seal


While in Seattle this summer I had the pleasure of visiting the lovely Moorea Seal and her shop.  She has such great taste. Her shop is wonderfully curated and has such thoughtful displays.

 Her brick and mortar shop has a delightful variety of products. She has stationary, wall art, clothing, bags, jewellery, candles, and many other treasures.



Moorea has been an online friend of mine for some time and it was great to finally meet her in person.

She is incredibly down to earth and such a go getter. She is an inspiration to me and thousands of others!

For those of you who don't live in Seattle, like me, we are in luck. She has a blog and an online shop at moorea-seal.com

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Cheers,

Anna

Up Next: Essentail oils workshop with Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky at Moorea Seal's shop in Seattle. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

as a small child

Our next stop was LA, California to visit our friend BenJamin. Jamin is one of my best friends from growing up in Thailand. The strange thing is that, I spent my first 7 years in southern California as a child. He lives now, where I was born and lived just before I met him in Thailand. 

While in LA, there were so many memories and familiar smells that came back to me from times living there as a small child. I almost felt like a child again, running into the ocean, playing in the sand, weaving the seaweed and drift-twigs.  


 I never realised that southern california did feel like a home to me. The smell of the salt and kelp on the beach was so familiar.



I knew the smell of eucalyptus trees and how their bark is so white.

I wanted to visit all the houses we lived in while in California, and to eat at my favourite Mexican restaurant, to visit my school and just to walk down memory lane, but we only had one short weekend in LA. 

We made new memories with good friends, which was just dandy! 

Then, we headed up north along the coast to be with more family and friends.

Back on the train.