The Weasel decided to make a different blog – “Weasel with Pencils”, about creative stuff. Stuff created by the Weasel or stuff created by others and is inspiring the Weasel. The “Weasel with the cam” will continue to exist as well, as a blog dedicated to photography. The Weasel is very happy and grateful about each and everyone visiting and reading his blogs, any signs of appreciation and comments.
Like last year, the My Owl Barn blog is offering this year too a calendar not only for, but especially for the owls fanatics. The images are really beautiful and the drawings skilful and also cute. So, if you don’t have a 2012 calender yet or you don’t know what present to make, you can just pick the images, print and cut. The problem is, it’s a bit difficult to choose between so many nice drawings.
Germany, April 2011
When I read this DIY tutorial on Poppytalk Handmade blog I couldn’t resist not to try it for myself too. I’m a sucker for such brilliant ideas, very simple to make, yet with such cool results. Since it’s a very sunny, warm and with a bit of breeze day here, I took advantage of it and got myself busy. We have some textile paint, and I also had this bag made of cloth, especially for printing something on it. I didn’t have the sponge pad, so I spread the paint over the apple halfs using normal brushes. The patterns didn’t come up perfect, the parts which were not completely covered by paint I painted them myself, yet I still left on purpose some empty parts. It gives a grungy – self-made-stuff feeling, which I love. One of the sides I made with yellow apples, the other with green. The leavs I painted by hand, as well as the stems at the green apples. Wonder what other fruits would work well for this.
Kate Harper, from Kate Harper Blog, had this wonderfully generous initiative to feature on her site Christmas cards, and various artists and designers (including yours truly) send their creations for this year’s holidays. My Christmas card got picked for the “Editor Pick 2010” from all those so many beautiful designs created by such talented artists. For those interested, the card can be purchased from Der Kleine Weasel Shop.
An absolutely awesome freebie from My Owl Barn. Especially if you like owls, and I know many who do. The drawings are made by various artists (30, if I remember right), and the visitor can choose which drawing they want for which month. With some very few exceptions, or you end up like me,choosing for July the drawing on which said “February” (and was also Valentine’s Day themed). To get it, just click on the image.
I’m not a cooking fanatic, but sometimes I just feel the urge to spend some time preparing something and then enjoying it. I like the colors of fresh vegetables, just washed, with drops of water sparkling on them. On the other hand, for us there’s always this moment, in any give day, when the question “What are we eating today?” arises and from that point on starts a real struggle for coming up with ideas for what we should buy/cook/eat. So I guess, letting aside the beautiful (delicious) food pictures some of these blogs post, they can really be of good help. Personally, I always hated it trying to cook something from a cook book, because most of the times the result was a major fail. And if maybe the first time succeded, the second or the third time I was trying this receipt, it would fail. I prefer not the “official” and “published” cooks, but the receipts common people try out or come up with and then they share with the (internet) public. Also, in all these “official” cook books (well not all, but many) the things they present there and the ingredients are so exotic and rather complicated, some cannot even be found in shops. I started only recently into digging up cooking blogs on the net, but I got instantly sucked into it, letting my eyes “feast” on the food pictures.
I guess there are so many cooking blogs out there, that they needed their own search engine, at Food Blog Search. One blog that really got me into trying some of the receipts posted there is Smitten Kitchen. There are plenty of receipts like I want them: not very complicated, fit for a diet (or adjustable), and not very much time demanding. Another one blog, nicely written, interesting receipts and beautiful pictures, is The Wednesday Chef.
Nowadays there’s a rising interest in Japanese culture, I suspect as a result of all the kids grown up with Japanese cartoons and mangas and animes, kids who now turn into teen agers and young adults. But also I am a fan of Japanese culture (well, more the old one). Along with so many things, the Bento box is now a part of this culture too. What’s a Bento box? Well, did you see on the net these cute pictures of food? Oh, yeah, food can be also cute. Just Bento is a blog held by a Japanese woman now living in Europe. Here one can find many recipes and infos for preparing such a box – Bento boxes are some sort of Japanese lunch boxes. But as anything Japanese, they had to turn it into an art. I am not going to reveal more about it. And after so much food talk, I’ll end here by saying “Bon Apetit”.
One of my favorite ways to waste time on the net is to get into one of them design blogs and there to look what lists of blogs they have. I “spring” from there into another blog or three or twenty. Then, from each of those, to take another leap to the next five or thirty five. There are so many wonderful things on the net, eye-candy or to read… it’s hard to pick favorites, so I make lists.
When working on a project and need a nice color palette/scheme, guaranteed you’ll find one on Color Collective. They pull color schemes out from different artworks, pictures and what not , thus creating a wonderful resource for designers and not only.
Well, this is a website, but there’s also a blog, and both are worth spending some time browsing. Janet Hill caught my attention with the uniqueness (at least for me) of her paintings. We live in an era when, due to photography and video, painters don’t have to struggle anymore to make their paintings to reflect 1:1 the reality. Her paintings, though, in a style reminding the beginning of the 20th century painting style, present a mundane reality very refreshing and extraordinry through exactly it’s “ordinary”. It’s a woman’s reality, the woman’s universe, with he passion for shoes, fancy dresses, and small beautiful things. I think that, in time, in an era when people will have already colonized planets, her paintings will have the same documentational value as those from, for example, Dutch Golden Age, about the life of your usual, ordinary people. Well, in this case, woman.