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Something I finally tried last weekend: weaving a rag rug! An awesome local weaving studio had an open doors event, so I jumped at the chance. I think I’m hooked!

Something that grows really well in my garden this year? Zucchini! I tried two different kinds: Striato d’Italia and Costata Romanesco. Both worked great, and they’re a good combination since the former started giving fruits in July while the later is ready now.

Some great things I stumbled upon via twitter (I’m @by_marion) this week:

Something to eat?

Something about a bird named Malawi.

Some things about creative introverts. Well, I identify with every single point. Do you?

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Chez Soi, Une odyssée de l'espace domestique, by Mona Chollet

Something I’ve just finished reading. A good friend recommended it (thank you!), and I spent the first days of the year devouring it, shouting with enthusiasm at pretty much every page.

Something – plenty of things – to please the eyes, the hearts and the stomachs, on a beautiful blog I recently discovered through the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Something simple, but worth saying.

Something you can perhaps help me with: its seems that the image galleries on my illustration page don’t appear on some browsers/devices. If you’re unable to see them, I’d be very grateful if you could tell me.

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Christmas tree lightsSomething twinkling. ‘Tis the season!

Something I didn’t get to photograph but that I did gaze at last Monday: fantastic northern lights and many shooting stars, all evening long. Luckily, Jonna Jinton, a photographer and artist who lives in a tiny village further South was outside with her camera and took some wonderful pictures.

Something I enjoyed reading this week: Sarah Menkedick’s last piece over at Vela – the motherhood part is unknown to me, but the clumsiness part definitely isn’t. More generally, I love reading Vela. Don’t you?

Something I really admire: Sandra, whose blog Lili & Folks I have been following for quite some time, is making beautiful hand-dyed linen items with local materials in the Pyrenean mountains. It’s very inspiring to see how many steps of the production process she masters and how carefully she chooses the materials she works with. This is something I really want to go towards with my own work.

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some_things_12-11 Something to walk by while bringing in piles of freshly delivered firewood. I’m not complaining.

Some things about student life, and good advice on how to handle stress. Brought back a lot of memories. I agree wholeheartedly with point nr. 2!!!

Another thing that brought back memories about a totally different kind of stress: believe it or not, that’s actually what my phd thesis was all about!

Something colorful and delicate I could spend hours looking at: Anna Emilia Laitinen, one of my absolute favorite illustrators, has a brand new website.

Something to brighten up wintry salads. Yum! Reminded me of the beetroot story.

One last thing! I’m having a weekend sale over at Alpha Angle before putting the shop into hibernation during the holidays. 20% off all greeting cards with the code ALPHACARDS.

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Something comforting: snow, at last, and a lamp lit by the window.

Something Ine whispers “to her two-years-old. And also a little to [her]self: don’t be afraid”. Google translate won’t render her nice writing, but still, her words are worth reading.

Something thoughtful Milla wrote about what happened the past week. I think she has a pretty good point.

Something very interesting illustrator Akin Duzakin says about illustrating a children’s book called “Why am I here” (Hvorfor er jeg her) written by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen and how they wanted to create “a politically-charged picture book that might investigate the idea of ‘us’ versus ‘them’, the ‘others’ in society”. A link found through Jake Haye’s pinterest, another great place for those interested in illustration.

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Something thoughtful Sohini wrote about being a literature student — and that many students and researchers in other fields could also probably relate to.

Speaking of students and researchers, something hilarious and perfectly illustrative that @AcademicPain replied to my prompt. Tag them with an “academic pain”, and they’ll make a gif out of it.

Something super interesting about the process behind the cover of a children’s book, Wildwood, by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. I always love when artists share the behind-the-scenes like this. I should also mention that I found this link through Anja Øverbye’s pinterest which I warmly recommend to anyone interested in drawing , illustration and graphic novels. Anja is a talented Norwegian illustrator and graphic novelist, and also shares a lot of her own work and process on her blog.

A very interesting blog I discovered this week, and something unexpected that made me very happy. Thank you for your kind words, M!

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calendula // https://bymarion.wordpress.com Something that smells wonderful, picked in the garden and put to dry to make some good tea this winter.

raspberries // https://bymarion.wordpress.com Something to start the jam making season.

baltic sea // https://bymarion.wordpress.com Something not pictured: a fire lighted on the beach and hotdogs grilling. When North Sweden gives you a nice summer evening, go to the beach: checked.

zippered pouch // https://bymarion.wordpress.com Something that was actually easier than I thought. I had saved the zippers from a worm-out raincoat, and when I came across this post by Carmella, I decided to sew a zippered pouch, too. I had never sewn a zipper before, but the tutorial she links to was very clear and helpful. I recycled fabric from an old pant and an old shirt — some of which I also used a while ago to make pillow covers.

And something I’m happy about: one of my greeting card designs made it to the top 100 of the UNICEF greeting cards design contest at jovoto. Here is a watercolor version, and here are some pics behind the scenes.

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wild strawberriesSomething red. Didn’t I tell you I like red?

peonies Something blooming.

flowers on the doorstepSomething on the doorstep.

raspberry Something just ready.

familyAnd something good to remember.

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garden greensSomething picked in the garden, and immediately eaten.

flowerSomething orange growing all by itself in said garden.

And some things Lena replied to my questions.

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Something nice happened! Sohini, a writer whose blog I discovered a while ago through the Weekly Photo Challenge, nominated me for the Liebster Award. This award, given by bloggers to bloggers, is a way to celebrate the blogging community and get to know more people. Thank you, Sohini!

The rules:
  1. Write 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers, and notify them.
  4. Ask those you nominate 11 of your own questions.
Some Things About Me

1. When I was a kid, I attempted to write several novels. They all went like this: “Chapter 1”. Now I write blog posts, which perhaps sounds less ambitious, but I write. Which is what I wanted to do in the first place!

2. I studied physics because I wanted to study something based on rational reasoning. At the time I thought that rational reasoning only happened in natural sciences (and math, but I really suck at math).

3. I have since learned that this is far from true, and that rational reasoning also happens in social sciences or philosophy, for example.

4. I’m so glad I understand that now.

5. I always have to take a LOT of photos before I get one that looks more or less like what I want.

6. I’m often wondering what I should blame on my camera, and what I should blame on myself. Probably not so much on the camera, I’m afraid!

7. There are some art & craft tools I wish I had started using earlier: a rotary cutter, a self-healing cutting mat, and good watercolor paper, for example.

8. One day I will try to make a linocut print with a pasta machine. Yeah. Like that.

9. My desk is made from an old shipping pallet. It’s awesome.

10. Right now I’m reading East Of Eden, by John Steinbeck.

11. I like the color red.

Some Things Sohini Asked Me

1. When and why did you start blogging?
About two years ago, when I desperately needed a way to maintain my sanity while trying to decide whether to stay in academia or do something else with my life.

2. What is your favourite thing to do?
Do I really have to pick one? I can’t!

3. How long did it take you to come up with a name for your blog?
Hum, this is a little embarrassing, since my blog is pretty much named after me…

4. What is the best first line of a book you’ve ever read?
“Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow,” said Mrs Ramsay.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Right here, in a little red house in the North of Sweden.

6. Tell me a joke?
Knock, knock…

7. What is a talent or accomplishment of yours that you’re proud of?
I have a nice handwriting. I wish this made me a writer, but it’s not that simple, is it?

8. What is the best thing a person can say to you?
Interesting. I’m not sure how this is going to make me sound, but here goes: I completely agree with what Mia Wallace said to Vincent Vega that night at Jack Rabbit Slim’s: “that’s when you know you’ve found somebody really special: when you can shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably share a silence”.

9. What is the worst thing a person can say to you?
See my answer to the previous question, I guess 😉

10. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The power to give myself any superpower, if that’s possible. But otherwise, just the power to remain calm while untangling yarn when all I want to do is to finish knitting that F****** sock. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAArrrrrgh!

11. Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?
Ah! Here I’m having a dilemma between fussiness and greediness. I’d say chocolate & vanilla or vanilla & strawberry, but absolutely not chocolate & strawberry. Don’t ask me why.

Some Talented People I’m Nominating For The Award

Alisa at Sweet Afternoons
Anya at Stitch Scribble And Smile
Fabio at Highlighting The Good And The Beautiful Around Us
Katie at Scissors, Glue and Paper Happiness
Lena at I Picture This
Martin at Martin Karlsson
Penny at Penny’s Space
Sharon at Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Some Things I’d Like To Ask Them

1. How do you feel when you look at artwork you made/photos you took several years ago?

2. Will you make me discover another artist that inspires you?

3. Digital or paper-based?

4. Is there a tool you’re using to make art that you wish you had heard of earlier?

5. Any software you can’t do without?

6. If you happen to lack inspiration, where do you go to find some?

7. If you feel that something you’ve created is not good enough, how do you find ideas and motivation to make it better?

8. If you heard someone saying to an artist “why don’t you go get a real job ?”, how would you react?

9. If I say “physics”, what’s the first word that comes to your mind?

10. If I had to read one book, which one should it be?

11. What languages do you speak? read? understand?

 Thank you all for reading, and have a lovely weekend!


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