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Update on my Xmas survival guide

2 years ago before Christmas I made myself not just a mental, but this very public promise to take things easy during the holidays. It was a sort of to-do list, a step-by-step guide to tackle things better, to keep... Continue Reading →

Pencil extenders

I hate lying. Lie, white lie, elaborate alternate realities or blinged out reality I dislike them all. And I should have added one more thing to the list: when an online store boasts a huge, exciting palette of products that... Continue Reading →

DIY holiday gift ideas

I believe that hand made gifts are very special. For me it means that someone thought long and hard about what the other person might desire and then spent precious time and effort to create that gift. And because of... Continue Reading →

Try this instead of an advent calendar this year

Advent calendars. Hmmmmm. So nice, so shiny. So expensive! It is that wonderful idea of consumerism which combines award winning and fan favorite of those 24 things that you really don't need in your life. Putting sarcasm aside for just... Continue Reading →

Tips to make a papier-mache hot air balloon

Each year I surprise Mr.AP with a hand crafted gift for Christmas. Judging from his reaction, the way his eyes sparkle and become all moist when he opens them, I believe these are the ones he treasures the most. I've... Continue Reading →

How to become the perfect spy

I've recently read John Le Carré's book A Perfect Spy. It is a strange book. Maybe the word haunting is closer to the truth. After finishing I spent days trying to figure out what I thought about it. And to... Continue Reading →

Good Goat!

This goat obsession of mine is getting out of hand. It has descended on me howling like a pack of wolves. Whenever I take out my sketchpad I feel my nerves on edge, my heart pounding to the rhythm of... Continue Reading →

Studio life

When I read the biography of an artist I often find that the studio they worked in is a subject of great importance, a chapter of its own. There will be pictures of the space, the easel, the brushes (if... Continue Reading →

Just sketching

I decided to take a few days off work last week. Just to relax, get my mind off projects and to stay away from Excel files for a while. Well, that later didn't really happen, but I kinda knew that... Continue Reading →

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