monthly makers

MONTHLY MAKERS RECYCLING / TOMORROW

So! The theme for Monthly Makers this month is Recycling (/Återbruk in Swedish) and I was really confused about what to make + really not inspired for the first two weeks so it’s been a rough one! I started to wrap some ugly boxes in wallpaper to make for some pretty storage, but I think the glue made them lose their shape so I can’t really put the lid back on now. :))) Which means I totally lost the motivation for that project!

So I started something new – something I had had as an idea since I learned what the theme was – to recycle an old picture. Like digitally. Because that’s my thing, as you may know. So I did! 

Recycled this picture of myself (hello!) from January last year. It’s a bit desaturated here for some reason (that was the file I found!) but you get the idea. 
I’ve also always liked how pixel sorting kind of looks like a dramatic waterfall sometimes, and wanted to use parts of it to create some kind of tears. I used this one, which is a version of an image I made a few days ago that I didn’t use! 
So I added some gradient maps and some regular gradients and dragged some pixels here and there, added a halo AND DONE.

I don’t know what I feel about it just yet. Like, I really want to try new things right now but I’m not sure if this feels entirely ~me~??? Hmhmhmmhm.


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For June the theme is RECYCLING and Beatrice is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/5 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.

everyday life, interiors & decor

snapdragons in the garden

We’ve been living in this house for almost two years (????????+++++++) and while the dreams for how this garden would look were grand it is taking a while to get there. But we’ve created a flowerbed with just perennials where we’ve planted a hydrangea and a clematis that’s going to be fill our thuja with gigantic blue flowers. We’re getting there! Just two days ago we went to get some more flowers, and I think I might have discovered my new favourite flower ever. Snapdragons/lejongap. I love the colours, they smell divine and they kind of remind me of lupins (which are beautiful but evil!!!!!!) and digitalis. I love both of those, but I think I prefer snapdragons. <3We also bought loads of basil and thyme so that we can use fresh herbs all summer. Sadly a few of the snapdragons broke on the way home, but I just brought them inside and put them in my favourite vase. SO CUTE. It’s good because now I can sit and plan stuff surrounded by the smell of flowers.

interiors & decor

dreams of a decorated home

My inspiration was replaced by some kind of infection/flu a few weeks ago and I just haven’t been very active with anything. What I have been doing, however, is playing The Sims 4. I’ve been a little bit obsessed, especially with downloading custom content and making my simmies pretty + decorate their homes. :)))) *low-key caring more about my sims life than my own for a while*

Okay, that last part isn’t completely true because I actually started getting annoyed that our house was so unfinished in comparison to my sims’ houses. I desperately wish it was as quick and easy to decorate in real life as it is in the sims (press shift and wallpaper an entire rooooooooooooooooooom <3). But I’m kind of motivated to work a little bit more on the home again! We’ve got quite a lot of wallpapering left to do (we wallpapered 4 rooms the summer we moved in and after that I’ve been like UGH WALLPAPERING NO WAY.)

But don’t think this means you’re gonna get pics of a finished and decorated library, because ya know I’ve been busy with infection and antibiotics and catching z’s. I have been Pinteresting like mad though, which is almost as productive. And I’ve found a loooooooot of pretty things online that I want to buy. Because that’s how it works! Buy new things -> wallpaper you’ve already bought will hang itself.

Bah, I’m rambling. LET’S JUST LOOK AT SOME PRETTIES! All the pictures are from the stores I’ve linked! 
I really love these Jacquard-blankets from Hemtex. And I’ve been digging pink lately (and the past week especially in interiors – hence the home / pink-board on Pinterest heh)
Mineral coasters from Stockholms Auktionsverk.

This vase from Indiska. I like it because it’s kind of dainty but it’s not as doomed in the paws of Lumos as many others vases. I think.These two brass peacock bookends. SO PRETTY. From Bukowskis.This watercan from Indiska as well. I don’t even need it, I just like the colour. :))) The mirror Quarts from Lagerhaus.
A magnifying glass that looks like it’s taken right out of Salazar Slytherin’s office. Only it’s gold, which doesn’t really make sense. You can find it on Stockholms Auktionsverk.

And that was about it for this time!
Smell ya later. <3

monthly makers, photography & digital art

Monthly Makers Fabric / Midnight


I was going to make something that wasn’t digital this time… I was going to paint, on an actual (fabric) canvas and try something new. And I did try it! It went horribly. Nothing turned out like I wanted it to and I left the paints so frustrated and mad that I actually decided to never paint again. Well, I might actually paint again. That was a bit of a heat of the moment-thing. But still, I needed some time to cool down so I wasn’t really going to pick up the brush again this month.

So I returned to my trusted computer, and started to brainstorm ideas on how to interpret the word “fabric” digitally. It wasn’t really obvious to me, but in a moment of utter hubris I decided I was going to draw flowing fabrics in Illustrator. As if I would’ve been able to do that…….. But I never got that far, because while I was looking for advice on how to draw fabric I came across this tutorial on how to make a satin texture in Photoshop. And it worked! I had to tweak the method a little bit as it didn’t really work on larger files and ended up with these weird lines and slight choppyness that I didn’t like. But I applied a few different kinds of blurs and stuff and it worked. I actually only generated this one piece of “satin” and used different parts of it for the finished images!
I applied some color to it and didn’t really know what to do with it at this point. (I think the image above is before I blurred it too because it looks a bit choppy still!) But I didn’t feel like it was a finished artwork yet! And then I remembered I had been meaning to draw different crystals for a while, and that they would look cool against the satin! So that’s what I did! The crystals are made in Illustrator with the pen tool and then just gradients added to each side! Pretty simple but still cool.

Added them to the satin and edited the images a little bit more (added noise and stuff like that) and then they were done! The Midnight Trio.


Midnight I. Midnight II. 
Midnight III.

And that was it for this time! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created on the theme “FABRIC”.


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For February the theme is FABRIC and Wilda is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/5 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.