Weekly News 01-27-2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’m basking in cozyness, and it’s great. I’ve slowed down a bit and gave myself permission to be unproductive, tired, moody, and overlall imperfect. Well, surprise, surprise, I’m in a better mood, I’m more productive, and I feel so much less pressure. I’m not sure if it’s reverse psychology or just the great relief of letting go of perfectionism, but it’s been great!

I’m working hard on some Valentine’s day cards. I’m done with one of the cards I want to make, and I think it will appeal to all the enamoured witches and wizards out there. It was very interesting to dive in the wonderful world of flower symbolism and secret language once more. It’s always fun to infuse mundane life with a sprinkle of magic! 

I’m also preparing myself mentally to tackle this year’s book project. I’m not going to lie, it’s been very intimidating on a whole lot of different levels: it’s new, it’s personal, and it’s vulnerable, and I’m just having a hard time mustering my courage. So, I’ve been practising sketching people and scenes. It’s a whole new world from flowers, but it’s been interesting to draw people again and to have long sketching sessions. It feels like a treat!

One thing that really helps me come closer and closer to working on this project has been joining Fran on her Patreon. It’s crazy how this has been motivating: it feels like she is my artist friend. Listening to her podcast newsletters and watching her behind-the-scenes videos, I realized that she, an established illustrator, is going through the same creative difficulties as me. This has given me so much hope and encouragements. There is truly power in finding peers and sharing not only wins but also difficulties with others. So, stay tuned for more on this new book very, very soon!

Alright, dearests, that’s long enough for this week!

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I’ve put on my plastic surgeon hat this week and performed a small rhinoplasty on my water buffalo girl after my parents told me that it looked more like a moustache and less like a nose… that’s a tad embarrassing! But she’s all better now, so take a look!

The first Valentine’s day card is also up and ready!

Inspiration

What is January if not the perfect opportunity for some self-help?

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A small treat

Here’s my cozy January vlog! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Weekly News 01-20-2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week as been a roller coaster of  emotions! Self-doubt, my old friend, has been playing the usual tape in my head making me second guess my every decisions, criticizing my work and making me want to generally just run away, far, far away.

Of course this is not an option! So I tried to listen very hard to that little voice completely hidden by Self-Doubt, but who is also always there: Confidence. It’s not easy, but if you are going through something similar, hang in there and try to move forward, even if it’s with the speed of a geriatric tortoise. It’s also so important to take the time to acknowledge the good things that are being done instead of focusing on what is not so successful or yet to be done. Finally, I find that going back to the basics is always a good idea when in doubt. In my case, that means, practising, drawing and painting.

And if everything fails, there are always flowers!

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This week, I bring you a bit of my heritage with this cute Vietnamese scene featuring this year’s Lunar New Year zodiac sign: the Ox!

I also made some round bookmarks with the last mushroom paintings I painted. I really like this format: it’s adorable!

And I put some items on sale, so go take a look at the store!

Inspiration

Get ready for some DIY with this week’s book!

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A small treat

Grab your magnifying glasses and inspector trench coasts, this mystery needs to be solved!

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Weekly News 01-13-2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’m deep in admin work with inventory! It’s not the most exciting part of my job, but it is kind of nice to see how far I’ve come when seeing items from 2019. I’m not going to tell you that I’m super keyed up to count envelopes, but there is something calming in repetitive tasks… when they have a clear and limited space in time.

Still, I wanted to get ready for Imbolc, and prepared you something new!

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Imbolc is the ancient Gaelic celebration of Spring and dates to Neolithic times (about 12,000 years ago, very impressive!). It is February 1st, which is not exactly the beginning of Spring in Canada, but one thing we can start to observe is the lengthening of days. In any case, all occasions are good to celebrate!

I hope you’ll enjoy this grimoire page card I just added to the store!

Inspiration

Get inspired with a nicely illustrated biography!

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A small treat

The “Inscape” album by Alexandra Stréliski has been keeping me company all this week. It’s an easy listen and it is so pretty! Enjoy this live version by the composer herself!

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