Gina Germ bio: Gina is entirely fascinated by animals –biology, behavior, ecology and history– and they provide the primary inspiration for her work, which includes observational sketches, commentary and portraiture. A self-taught artist, she has been painting for almost ten years, and drawing since she can remember. She works in acrylic, ink and spray paint.
Gina lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three year old son, and two kitties. She spends her days doing design and production on 4-color books, calendars, and marketing materials, and her evenings (after her son goes to bed) working in her coveted basement studio.
Jenny Karlsson has a great shop full of one of a kind bags and accessories. From the wintery photography, to the carefully selected fabrics, I dare you not to purchase something from her.
Bio: I’m a Swedish lass who loves to create things.
I like to laugh and to feel and to find wisdom. I love trees and plants and birds and nature in general.
I have always been making things, and now a days it’s more of a necessity in life for me.
I easily get stuck in shops selling fabrics, yarns and beads. As well as vintage & second hand shops…
I like old things.
Jenny Karlsson Design makes handmade accessories with the aim for ‘feeling before fashion’ and individuality, uniqueness & quality is very important. I make each bag & item from scratch, I never use a pattern, except the ones I keep in my head. :) Each handbag is unique and marked with an embroidered number.
Bags range from $35 – $65, and if you see one you like you’d better grab it, because they’re all one of a kind.
Last week I wrote about how much I love winter and how excited I was about the coming season. Well, scratch that. As you may have seen, the UK has been hit by snow this week, which may not seem like a big deal, but as we’re always completely unprepared for bad weather, it has of course sent the country into turmoil. I’m trying to maintain my enthusiasm for winter though, so this week’s column is dedicated to the beautiful, unexpected and disruptive phenomenon that is snow.
It started while I was at work at my day job. Most people wouldn’t have noticed the flakes as there was about a mile between each one, but I have a spidey-sense about snow. It was pretty exciting, particularly as it’s quite unusual for us to get snow in November. My excitement was short-lived however, as not only did the snow not settle, but it stopped altogether.
Over the next few days, I watched enviously as the news reported huge snowstorms everywhere in the UK except for my region. So, imagine my delight when I opened the curtains one morning to see a white blanket covering the street! I immediately wrapped up to walk to work, hiking socks, boots and all and gleefully, if awkwardly, made my way to work.
The snow-related exhilaration lasted about two days. That’s just long enough to nearly fall about 70 times, stand in the freezing cold sweeping a foot of the stuff off my car, try to clear the windscreen while driving only for the liquid to freeze solid, and spend the night shivering because the winter duvet is at the dry cleaners.
Like I mentioned, the UK was totally unprepared for the snow, just like earlier this year when the same thing happened. The disruption has been bad, though I’m sure that people living in places where snow is more frequent are laughing at us right now! We do like a good drama in the UK and the snow sure has delivered.
Over the weekend, the snow has melted into grubby slush, which is not quite as appealing as its beautiful predecessor. I’m not sure whether it’s due to snow again or not, but to be honest I could do with a bit of a break! Still, I’ve got my fingers crossed for a white Christmas…and this year I think it might just happen.
I’m still laughing at the attitude of this ring. Buy it and become a happy Dr. Seuss character for the rest of your days. By Amos Tauby Adornment.
February. The shortest month of the year is also one of the most eventful and emotional. There’s anticipation—will the groundhog see his shadow? Who will win the superbowl? There’s a celebration of love, leadership, and history. There’s carnival revelry and reflection. And this February, there’s the Olympics—evoking pride, spreading excitement and awe and, maybe best of all, inspiring. (Wall quotes from Its Written On The Wall help keep the inspiration alive.)
I love the Olympics. When I was 10 years old, I liked the summer Olympics, in awe of the gymnasts. Back-flipping on narrow beams. Flying through the air. The pressure, the dedication, the incredible disappointment one tiny slip-up caused, and conversely the amazing elation of a perfect performance. I lost interest a little over the years, but fell in love again four years ago, when the Olympics were in Turino. I obsessively watched the coverage from Italy. The skiing, the skating, the snowboarding—amazed at what these athletes could accomplish. It takes an amazing amount of self-discipline to compete at such a level. I, myself, can’t make it to the gym most days, because it’s cold. What a weak excuse! (Maybe, if I had this workout towel from Words To Sweat By in my gym bag, I’d be more motivated.)
Going for gold is what the Olympic athletes do. They compete to win. they are the best of the best, and if they win, and come out on top they’re awarded the gold medal. Maybe if I awarded myself a token of appreciation every now and then, I could motivate. (This necklace from Second Sister Jewelry, titled Olympic, might help.)
Sit down, watch the Olympics and marvel at what we all can do. The possibilities are endless.