Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Moving East

I came from Moscow to Vingåker, Sweden, in March
Spring came and my belly was growing
The builders came and finished great and necessary projects on our house
Baby Filip arrived in May like the brightest sunshine in our life
Summer and the light nights came
Or actually the summer never really came as it was raining and pretty cool all summer but great weather when having a small baby and a 2,5 year old who likes to ride
It was hard to adjust to our country life and it was even harder being a part with Loren working in Moscow and me and kids living in Sweden
We got used to and formed a very nice country life and spending a lot of time and bonding with grandparents
Seeing family members on regular basis
Blessed with not only reconnecting with old friends but also making new great friends
Although of course still very hard spending so much time being apart as a family
September came and offered great autumn weather and lots of chantarells and berries in the forrest
It feels so good that we have built such nice home base in Lundsätter
Our country home that we all came to feel very nice in not only me but also the kids

1 October me and Mila & Filip flew over to Moscow to create our second home and base there
We are excited to be together the whole family and to utilize our city base as much as we can
We are more positive this time around and hungry to make the most out of the privilege of having two homes on in the nature close to friends and family and one in a big city and everything that has to offer.

Our blue house

Our new very cute neighbourhood in Ivakino

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Illustration Family Portrait

I love these orders of family portraits. It is so challenging and fun to try to capture people and their personality in an illustration. This order I got from a friend to draw a friend of hers and to give the illustration as a present. I got some information and pictures to work from. In this case I had a lot of picture material on internet as well as she is one of Sweden's best dressage riders sucessfully representing Sweden in the last world championship, Jeanna Högberg . I sat up one evening and made this drawing and worked a lot with bright fun colors. I am happy with the result and hope that they also got happy with it. 

Funky hat in action

I got a lovely picture of very cute Doris wearing her new elephant hat I sent them last week. I love to see my products in action!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Funky elephant hats

 I love this cute elephant fabric in organic cotton. I have it in both pink and blue and it is great to combine with some cute colorful patterns. Here is some of my latest combinations. Also the fabric on the bib is organic jersey cotton from german company Lillestoff.

Baby presents Made with Love

Since I got my new cool sewing machine I have been creating a lot of hats & bibs in different shapes, fabric, pattern and colors. I have also widen my portfolio and are now making handy and of course colorful holders for pacifiers. Here is some of my latest creations and presents to new funky babies I know. I will take pictures of product I have for sale when I get a chance as I get a lot of questions of what I have.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Still around

Yes I am still around
I don't know just been busy with one million different things and now I don't know where to start..
I have so many new hats in cute fabrics that I have created and bibs but also illustrations to show you
Maybe tomorrow I will have time 
Yes lets aim for that 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sewing creations

I love my new babylock sewing machine and I am producing hats and bibs like never before. It is a totally revolutionary feeling working with this machine. As soon as I have some time over in the evenings I am creating some new creations for smaller babies inspired by Filip and for older kids inspired by Mila. I have bought some new fabrics but I am also using fabrics from clothing that I no longer can wear or are worn-out at places. It feels great to recycle fabric when I can at the moment I mainly use it as back part of bibs to make the soft for drooling babies. Here is some of my latest creations. I will get around to take pictures of what I have for sale if anyone would be interested. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ready for civilization..

We came to Lundsätter in March. It was cold and dark. Very dark out here in the forest. Quiet and fresh and I feel safe but sometimes little scared of the dark and the quietness. It got brighter and brighter by each week. By Midsummer it was more or less daylight around the clock. During the summer it feels right to be here in the nature even though of course hard not having Loren around all the time. Now it is darker and dark again. I can feel the autumn freshness in the air. And I feel it is time to move back to civilization. Tonight it hit me hard that I want to live with street lights and people around now when the summer has been and gone. Also missing being all together a lot making and enjoying dinners together, discuss the day, watch series or simply just share a boring Thursday together. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Insta Illustration Challenge

Last week I went all in in an illustration challenge on Instagram. The account is called @enkreativgrej2015 #enkreativgrejomdagen2015 and is inspiring creative souls with different topics or themes for each day. It was such fun small statements to create something from last week of August that I just couldn't resist to participate.

24/8 #SomeoneCouldGettItInTheEye
25/8 # What AboutMe!?
26/8 #SurelyThatIsOverdrawing!?
27/8 #NowYouAreJustMakingThingsUp
28/8 #WhatIfEverybody!
29/8 #CanYouImagineWhatPeopleThrowAway
30/8 #WeAlwaysHave...
31/8 #DontYouHaveAnythingMoreImportantToDo?!

Come on and follow me on Instagram @ccillustrator

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

IF: People

This weeks theme on Illustration Friday is PEOPLE
This illustration I made while sitting waiting for Mila & Loren at Skansen in Stockholm. It was a pretty nice day (only a few showers but considering Swedish summer been pretty poor that doesn't really count as bad anymore) I was sat close to a playground with a big wooden squirrel. Kids where climbing up and down. Kids are pretty fun to watch and very hard to illustrate because they are high and low and the noise level is hard to draw.. Kids are also people, right?!

Country girl

Mila is born in Prague and spend her baby time in parks, cafées and restaurants socializing with other city kids. So when we moved here to the deep Swedish forest this spring she was far from impressed with living close to nature. Not that she was scared or anything but simply just didn't know what to do. Me born in this forest tried to convince her that there is plenty of cool things to play without fancy playground toys. But she continue to long for the city life. At one point she very loud complained every time coming here that she wanted to be in Prague, Moscow, Stockholm or anywhere but here. Heart breaking. We have now been here for over 5 months and slowly but surely this city chick has turned into a real country girl. The other day I asked her " Do you want to go in to town and play in a park or go out in the forest to pick blueberries?" and as fast as she could she put on her rubber boots and said "picking blueberries!"

Friday, August 21, 2015

Birthday greetings

I am working in a few Happy birthday illustrations that I started a while ago and they are still waiting to be finalized. I had my birthday last week. A nice sunny August day. My dad was here and my granddad came out with a nice walnut cake. A neighbor and my uncle Nosse & Ulli also came for coffee. As a present from my parents I got a new cool sewing machine that can make overlock, my God this machine is taking my sewing to new hights!! Happy birthday to me and to my new sewing projects!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tapee in the house

Lately you find them everywhere.. In family living interior design magazines, creative blogs and on Pintrest. Super cute tapee's for kids in different trendy colors and patterns where the kids can play, hide or read. I have been thinking for a while how I best create one for Mila as I think it is pretty cool to have a little hideaway tent or maybe I just think they look pretty sweet and simply got inspired by all the glossy magazines and pictures.
The benefit with living in the forest is that the resources of good material for the tapee body is huge. Even more so this year as the farmer has cute down quiet a lot smaller birch around us and just left it. So one day I went out with my big secateurs and cut what I needed. I also involved my dad in the project to get help with the fastening the wood together and to make sure it wont collapse. A cute flower pattern cloth in pink, orange and green tones got used as a canvas. A little lamp installed and some cushions ( although I still need to work more on the base with more pillows or maybe a mattress) Mila's interest is not too impressed and not really playing in it but another family member loves it... Cat Levis loves to sleep in it ! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Berga kulturkapell

During our stay here in Vingåker, Sweden, we have found this great hideaway that we come back to over and over. Not far from our house is an old chapel which has been transformed into a beautiful cafe and art gallery. Here you can get great coffee and a home-baked cakes Different artists are exhibiting their work in this beautiful room. Also different events are held here such as yoga, Argentinian tango courses and concerts. The chapel was originally built in 1873 and not only used for for religious services but also a local meeting point for the people in the area for over hundred years.

I am so impressed of the people who saw the potential in this old building and was brave enough to create this cultural cafe far out in the Swedish countryside. We have been here quiet a few times this summer and it is always a lot of people. It is so great to have this close by when we feel like having a coffee and getting inspired by all the great art and the atmosphere.

Check it out: Berga Kulturkapell

This illustration is from the last time when we were there. Pappa Loren enjoying coffee with sleeping baby on the table while Mila having fun i the very cute play-corner.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sverige i vårt hjärta// Swedishness

Sometime ago I made some illustrations based on comments from a Facebook post about how we Swedes living aboard see Sweden and Swedishness when we come "home". This was published in the latest issue of a web-based magazine called SMUL ( svenska som modersmål utomlands) a magazine for parents living aboard with kids having Swedish as a mother tongue. Very nicely put together don't you think.

I also updated my webpage with all the orginal illustrations check it out here CCillustrator.com

IF: Grow

This weeks topic on Illustration Friday is GROW
My contribution is flowers growing at my mother's summer house. A couple of weeks ago I was watching Mila picking and eating wild strawberries and throwing stones in the lake and at the same time drawing flowers from the garden. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New hats

Finally I had chance to create a few baby hats of a very cute pattern i bought last week. Unfortunatly hats is very much needed this summer.. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stockholm weekend

As I am approaching Stockholm and city traffic I realize that I havnt left my village  in 5 months.. 5 months of only 1 traffic light and free parking spaces everywhere, easy life. Easy but pretty boring so se are ready for a city energy injektion this weekend. We are staying at my dads creative house in Nacka. Here is some of my colorful paintings on the walls.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rain rain go away part 2

I am recycling an illustration I made back in 2013 to illustrate mid July summer weather 2015... It is pretty grey and miserable weather. Lets put it this way I still have heating on inside... Come on now please rain rain go away!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rain rain go away!

We keep singing rain rain go away.. But it seems to have no effect here in Sweden. After a record cold, rainy and windy May and June I guess we were all hoping for some nice warm sunny weather. We northern people need to charge our batteries with some nice weather before the dark comes again. I can already notice that the dark is falling at night after some weeks of light nights around Midsummer. I guess still some time to hope for this amazing Swedish summer days though, don't think I have given up on you! So I continue singing rain rain go away!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Back to 1994

Sommartider hej hej sommartider!
Sometimes but only sometimes I wish it was 1994 again, I made a couple of illustrations on this topic sometime ago.
It was a warm and sunny summer
Me and my best friend was playing cards on the beach all day
Sweden playing good football and ending up third in the world cup and we were all signing "Digging for gold in the USA" and dreaming about football players

I was laying in the grass with my best friend dreaming about the future and making rather weird foretelling lists ( hundreds of them) and then in the evening we were doing the same but inside a small playhouse where we slept all summer

In the field I had a bunch of grass fat ponies to enjoy an evening canter with in the lush nature

Going to riding camp with other horse crazy girls is their anything better then that?

All good memories although I am not sure that I would want to be 14 for more then for one or two days again.