Monday, March 2, 2015

Modelling made with love collection

I found my bag with some hats and clothing I have made ( and forgotten about) 
I asked Mila if she wanted to try some stuff for me and I can take some photos of my products 
She said yes and picked a floral dress made from recycled cotton material and a pair of blue shorts that fitted perfect on top of her tights. Also a couple of different hats. 
and she thought it would look great if she could stand in my plastic IKEA box with left-over fabric bits and pieces. 

When I asked her if she could try something else for me and gave her some cute options she said

Models these days...
Although wasn't much better when she started her carrier...

Spring in the air

Here comes a little spring illustration I made a couple of years ago just to hurry things up a little. Here in Moscow you can feel the spring in the air and yes most of the snow has melted but still quit a lot of icy and ugly traces here and there. No sign of spring flowers yet that I have managed to spot anyways but I have limited places to find them at as I am not that close to nature where we live. I will check in Gorky park later this week. Feels good to leave February behind and I am welcoming March with open arms.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Recycling thoughts

We don't have any recycling options here in Moscow. It hurts me. It feels so wrong to just trow everything in one big garbage bag. Especially plastic and all these glass bottles and jars. When we first moved I saved bottles and jars in the kitchen hoping they would start recycle but pretty fast it ended up looking like a recycling station in my kitchen. So instead I have been thinking what I can remake in my creative corner not to let everything go waste. 

Here is one of my first experiments with glass milk bottles. Painted and decorated with washi tejp in different colors. Simple but pretty cute result. 

And serves pretty well as a vase 

Here is also some of my other ongoing recycling projects. Loren's well-used T-shirts transformed into new creations with fabric paint and will be decorating different sewing projects. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Watercolor fun and simplicity

I got a feeling to just let go of all plans and paint quick in watercolor using only two colors. I was also inspired by making patterns and match many different sketches together. This is the result of my playing. I put them with a washi tejp on the wall in my studio corner just so I could take pictures of them all together but I like them there and I have a hard time to take them down again. I might find some funky frames so I can put them on my wall permanently. 

Red Square

Here is some pictures from last weekend when we headed to Red Square. It was pretty busy as we arrived and the main street was closed of because of national holiday in Russia, Defender of the Fatherland. The holiday celebrates people who are or were serving the Russian armed force but also like a Russian version of Fathers-day. It was a lot of men in uniform waving flags on the streets and people watching them.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring in the air in Moscow

Yes today I could feel the spring in the air here in Moscow. I know that this normally happens in February and that you get terribly disappointed when the winter comes back as a boomerang. But hey lets nit be to negative about it and enjoy the spring signs instead. Me and Mila walk to Gorky park where we enjoyed the sun, coffee, danish smörrebröd, play ground and nice big puddle of water.  

New bag created

This weekend I made a new black and white fabric bag which I decorated with my illustrations I have painted on Loren's old T-shirt. I think it is great to recycle materials for my projects as much as I can. And in while dreaming of printing my own fabrics I am for the time being creating fabric illustrations with fabric paint which is also a lot of fun. Mila has already found great use of the bag or actually it is not a bag in her eyes but a swing for her cats.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New funky hats

I got inspired to create some new funky kids hats. Might be because of a little feeling of spring in the air even here in Moscow. And yes ready to change the woolen hats for something new and light asap. I mixed some colorful jersey fabric that I have in my now pretty big fabric collection. The black giraffe is a favorite as well as my turquoise circus fabric designed by great Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius. Also I am this season into grey tones and found this fabric with farm animals in Prague before we moved and like to mix it with something bright.

If you are interested in any of my funky hats on your funky kid just drop me a line. I make three different sizes ( 1 year, 2-4 year & 5-6 year) 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pattern doodling

Lately I am doing late night doodling while before bedtime. I am inspired by pattern design and the dream of being able to print my own fabrics in the future. I think I will color these but somehow I like them like this little more graphic and rough. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some pictures from Team Nikolovski Home

Here is some pictures from our Moscow home.
We live on Shabolovka street in a small complex of 4 pretty tall buildings. And everything you need you have in reach within these buildings. Small shop which we use more frequent then we would ever dream off, like an extra fridge. Yoga and kids studio which I am planning to utilize but still haven't. Hairdresser and beauty saloon. Dental cosmetic clinic and ski shop ( I know very random..)  We live in building 2. Our building has 20 floors and amazing view over Moscow center from the top, so I have seen on Instagram, we live pretty close to the ground and have a horrible view over a factory on one side and new very tall fancy colorful building complex on the other side which is still under construction.

Our dinner table next to the kitchen.
The built in art work window that I hated when we moved in I am slowly starting to not only get use to but actually like

I like our kitchen and especially this part with open cupboard where I can have colorful kitchen belongings. 

Living-room part where I have made a colorful collage frame wall on the theme destinations close to our heart mixed with some of my art work

Mila I think has the best room in the apartment with lots of windows. 

Master bedroom connects to great wardrobe, office and bathroom like an apartment in the apartment.

My favorite spot is of course my work space which I have decided to keep central and in connection to the kitchen and where the light is. I think me and Mila spend majority of our day here when we are inside. She also has a play corner here. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Moscow in bright February sunlight

And so came the most beautiful February day along, with the strongest and brightest winter sun
The feeling of being privileged came over me as I walked along Moscow river
Privileged to be able to experience and explore life in a city and country which I never even thought I would even visit. A city and country with a long history which is very unknown to me. 
Every place has something to offer I think and to be able to explore what Moscow has to offer good and bad is something I am enjoying more and more as time is passing and I am feeling more comfortable and home here. The sun helps of course! So maybe I will love Moscow by the time the summer comes. 

We live close to Gorky Park, Moscow's central park of culture and leisure, only 15 min walk from our apartment. During the winter you can find Russia and Europe's largest ice skating rink here, 59 000 Sq feet. Also great café's and fun play grounds for the kids. I can't wait to see the park in the spring as I believe the park is much more used during the summer season. You can read more here about Gorky Park

Me and Mila enjoyed the sun, the snow and watching babushka's feeding squirrels in the park yesterday. Warmed up in my for now favorite café, 8 Oz with coffee and soup. Mila fell a sleep after and I could stroll along the river looking at art stands outside the exhibition hall.