This is a creative blog!

Jewelrydesign, Illustrations, Webbdesign and inspiration. and some other stuff.

My name is Sandra and I'm a self-employed jewelery designer and artist. I'm also a student, studying towards a degree in Information Architecture specialization Web Content Manager and Designer. Currently living in Stockholm/Sweden.

torsdag 31 oktober 2013

Is it black? Or is it white? Let's find another compromise

I read something today.
"For instance, if someone has an illness or are involuntarily childless or has some other unsolvable problem, do you actually mean that you should just run around and be happy anyway?"

And I thought; yes, you definitely should. 
You should be happy with the good things that you have. It's very unusual that nothing you have in your life is good. often we have lots of good things in out lives, but don't see them. cuz we are preoccupied with focusing on the bad stuff. or we don't acknowledge our ability to create, change and decide.
Really, what is the point of living if you don't run around and feel happy, making the absolute best of it?
It's ok to be sad, angry or feel unhappy at times. but you don't have to make it your normal state of mind. 

I've been through some real hard shit in my life (lots of us have) and I could easily have been sitting here just feeling sorry for myself, killing my spirit and myself. Only I decided to go the other way instead. But I know those who haven't..  and I so hope that they soon realize that they have a choice, before their entire life has passed by like a drawn out torment.

Blacknose and the golden apple

 Book cover in the making. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Still working on that book cover, and it's almost done!
Have been working on this for about 6 hours staight now and I feel that I'm stuck in the mud. the brain have to take a break from being creative..
So gonna do the finishing touches tomorrow along with assembling the project report. 

Did I hear pizza and south park?
Yes I did

onsdag 30 oktober 2013

Long silences filled with something I long to know something about

 Halloween P-A-R-T-Y !

At halloween I went as a "I-don't-know-what-with-a-nose".
I was supposed to be kind of a deer something, but the horns I made didn't come out well, so they went right in the trash.
Instead I made like a tiara/crown thing with feathers and tiny metal horns.
And also a lovely necklace which I have to photograph and post here!

I have jumped out of the rails a bit when it comes to focus and being effective. It feels like the clock has been spinning twice as fast as normal the last few days. But I'm confident I will jump back on soon.
I'm working on my book cover, working out, eating and sleeping.
Having my focus on eating right and working towards the body that can lift itself up with just one hand. some day, some day.

Gonna do some more work in adobe illustrator and drink some tea before I say goodbye to this day!

torsdag 24 oktober 2013

We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

Old illustration made in Illustrator, updater version made in Photoshop

I'm on my second cup of coffee.. planning my Halloween outfit!
It's gonna be a mixture of deer / faun / elf / forest creature. so I'm gonna make me a pair of horns, some clothes fit for a dark forest queen and do some makeup artwork on my face.
I hope I have the time to do some jewelry as well.. have a necklace and headpiece in mind :)
All this have to be ready for saturday nights halloween festivities.
Time optimist, yes I am.

I'm working on a cover for a children's book, for a school project.
And I have totally free hands. could there be a better assignment?
really have to get focused on that now.. the halloween outfit will have to wait 'till later.

tisdag 22 oktober 2013

Then I look at you, And the world's alright with me

Yaay, pastel pink has arrived!

A lovely pastel pink with just a little touch of lilac. I finally managed to get the right color.
Loves it!
Think I'll put together a little tutorial soon :)

Yesterday I had dinner out on the town. My brother was in Stockholm for work so we had a huge dinner at a great Indian restaurant (Guru).

Today I binge on coffee and work on a grafic and design project for school. Singing "Just one look at you, And I know it's gonna be, A lovely day, Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day"

måndag 21 oktober 2013

She's hanging all her hopes on the stars

It was still pitch black dark when I got out of bed today.
After letting the cats out for their morning-toilet in the shrubbery, I took some time to glance at the, almost full, moon while the coffeemaker was fulfilling its purpose.

I have this thing for staring out in space, trying to wrap my head around the fact that what I'm looking at is not only crazy (crazy!) far away, but that I'm also looking back in time. It's really hard to truly understand all of that.. to really feel it.
But more times than not, a feeling of vertigo arise for a short period of time. And in that fraction I can truly feel that I'm standing on this tiny planet, moving very fast in an enormously huge universe that's filled with all kinds of strange stuff. And compared to it all, I'm just a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of compressed matter. A tiny, tiny human. and for that second I feel the senselessness of taking life and yourself to serious. Because then you'll miss all of the wonders of this remarkable place.

And I toss my heavy backpack and smile.

lördag 19 oktober 2013

Do it for yourself

You can always count on life not letting you down.
not letting you melt in to a puddle.
if you are aware, observant, and attentive to self. 
the last week has been a little tug of war. I'm in a period of mental development and I look at everything with deeply examining eyes. it's healthy and quite fascinating, but also tiring.
But I have faith in me, I will grow in a positive way.
And I have faith in life, that it will always strive for balance.
When my head is filled with thoughts it always helps to write them all down. so I can see them clearly.


tisdag 15 oktober 2013

You and me be running up that hill

 Photoshop playaround

Listening to forgotten music, eating a huge breakfast and scrolling my tumblr. I love mornings. I love to pore the days first cup of coffee, of a total of two, in my ridiculously large coffee mug.
Dreaming of my future house in the countryside. with all of our animals, our creativity and our love and our life.

I'm still working on that pastel pink hair. in my quest I have learned that Loréal Pastel soft rose is no good. now I'm going for directions haircolor instead.
I think it will be really super pretty when I'm finally done :)

So.. I will go and pour me that firs cup of coffee now, and then I'll take a trip to the gym. morning workouts is arguably the best workouts.
Then I have lots of video lectures to watch and some intense studying to do for a few hours.
When I'm finished I plan on making some jewelry.

lördag 12 oktober 2013

Truth and Opinions are as Oil and Water

 Photoshop playaround

Really haven't done much at all today.
Feels like I just woke up. it seems like I'm moving slow compared to the outside world today.

Feel like creating something, but I don't feel inspired. at all.
That's the scary part of wanting to make your money by being an artist/designer. sometimes you just don't have the inspiration. and I never ever force myself to be creative, cuz it doesn't feel good and the outcome is never good.

I shall make me a cup of tea, conjure up food, light an incense and scribble down my thoughts and plans.
maybe it will free up some space for the creative inspiration to flow in.

torsdag 10 oktober 2013

Pastels on my mind

So.. yesterday I colored my hair pastel pink.
Or that was the intention anyway. but it seems like I had a little bit to dark blonde hair tone for it to work. it just got a bit darker with a few pink stripes :(
Oh, the sadness.
Now I don't know if I shall just carry on with letting my own hair color grow out, which I have been doing now for about 6 month, or if I shall bleach it all to a light blond shade and then go pastel pink.
It's leaning towards the last one.

Time for coffee and to watch some video lectures.
Have to let this hair stuff sink in a bit and try not to be super impulsive. 

onsdag 9 oktober 2013

Pastel Pink, coming your way

I'm so tired today, but content.
Gonna drink some more coffee, surf my tumblr for a little while, listen to some video lectures and then take a trip to the library.
and after all of this... I'm gonna dye my hair PASTEL PINK. YES! :)

måndag 7 oktober 2013

Take control

Today I decided to take a free day. 
Gonna work for just a couple of hours now, and then I'm going to the north of town to just hang out with a friend. we have a long hike planned for later.
There's not much that feels better than to have the power over your own life and your own time. it's a fact that should be obvious. why are people so afraid of being in control of their own time and their own lives?
You don't need someone else to tell you what do to in your day. or for 8 hours of it. which is like half of the time that you're awake. 
What do YOU wanna do with YOUR time?

Now there will be coffee. and speed working.
I hope I have time to make the finishing touches on the webshop and release it on to the magnificent internetz.

söndag 6 oktober 2013

Weekend with my homiez html, css n' PHP

 Some photoshop playaround. Photolayering

Last week I watched a documentary about GMO-food. (If you don't know what that is, you should really look it up)
The GMO-food is banned in most of Europe (THANK YOU!) and I always strive to eat clean and healthy food made from scratch, but I decided anyway to run a body detox wednesday-friday. Tried making a smoothie with spinach for the first time. It sounds deisgusting but it's acctually not! 
It doesn't taste spinach, as you would think it should. I mixed mine with bananas, kiwi and orange. All organically grown. Try it!

This weekend is 100% work weekend, and I love it!
Me and my jewelry webshop has had some what of a push and pull relationship. I have struggled with designing a website that I feel presents my jewelry in the right way. This weekend I got the inspiration to start working on a completely new webshop. Not just making adjustments and changes, but really starting over from scratch. It's turning out good.   

Listening to 70-80's electro music
gonna make something to eat then go out and buy some more coffee.
this is a wonderful day, feeling happy.
cuz I'm doing what I want to do. 
still thinking of that pastel pink hair. maybe it's time to just do it.

fredag 4 oktober 2013

Defy indifference, and the sun will shine for you again

Custom made silver plated necklace with a big rhodochrosite and a small opal

2 weeks ago 2 necklaces got stolen from the boutique where I have my jewelry for sale. It was kind'a sad that someone just went in and put them in their pocket. real sucky person :(
Unfortunately the theft was discovered first when a person ordered one of the necklaces through my webshop. fortunately we came to an arrangement that I would make a new custom made necklace for her. and I't turned out even more beautiful then the one that got stolen.. so.. I guess there is an upside to everything.

Today I'm finishing a course in "Basis for website development: background, disciplinary and methodological perspectives". On monday I will start a course in Graphic Arts. R-E-A-L-L-Y super looking forward to that one!

I can also let you in on the wonderful information that my new fall jacket and boots have arrived at the post office. It's just a bit of a pickle that I apparently asked them to send the package to the wrong part of town. 
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.