I decided to write a post not to tell you to use this time to be productive or learn a new skill, to workout or read or DIY and redo your wardrobe, but just to try to stay sane. If I read yet another piece of advice on how to spend the time at home, I swear to God… This is not a normal time, we are, yet again, witnessing a big moment in history. And it is scary. And we do not all cope with it easily.
Some days I am paralyzed with fear and worry about the future, about my family and friends, my work as a freelancer, I worry about my brands, and how will corona virus affect the economy and world in the years to come, and some days I am happy and creative and optimistic. I read a book on my balcony and sunbath with my cat with a big glass of ice coffee. This month was an emotional rollercoaster and I just came to terms that it is normal.
How are you spending these days in quarantine? How are you feeling? What brings you joy? For me, it is a solitary walk I take on my way to the grocery store when I bring my camera with me and capture the spring on empty streets of Belgrade. Or a beautiful sunset or the most beautiful golden hour light in our apartment. Little things I do usually take for granted. Another cliche that turns out to be so true, I know. The hardest thing for me is being patient and waiting and I am still learning to let go of all the things I can’t change and just stay still until the storm passes. And then I will rebuild parts of my life if necessary. I guess the change is good, it helps you grow, although you might not be aware you need to.
One of my nye resolutions (or as would my sister described it, a list of demands from myself to myself) was to write more, and generally be more creative without second-guessing my actions, and ideas, as I tend to do it a lot, and it seems it is gotten much worst with time, even more, influenced with social media.
I tend to spend hours editing photos for Instagram or my blog, even tho I do it for the pure pleasure, just because I love everything to be aesthetically pleasing. I’m well aware that nobody but myself care if my insta squares match or not. Lately, I’m trying to post photos just as they are, not edited, just to push myself to get out of my comfort zone and to push my imagination in other direction, the one I wouldn’t normally take.
Hence, here’s a blog post written in approximately 10 minutes, with photos from the test roll I took on my new Olympus Mju II and surprisingly, didn’t edit at all, except the size correction on a few of them.
For anyone reading this, thank you that you’re still here, let me know what do you think about the photos, and let me know if you have some tactics to bust your creativity.
Summer in Serbia quite unexpectedly lasted till few days ago, I actually sunbathed on my balcony in October (perks of being a freelancer), so I almost forgot that we have less than two months until the beginning of the new year?!
Anyway, I was going through my to-do list for my Etsy store, and one of the things I had to do was to make new calendars for 2020 and decided to make something fun and colorful because, well, who doesn’t love cute stationery? I ended up making these calendars that I like so much (occasionally I fell in love with my own work, bare with me), that I thought it would be a great idea to share them for free with anyone who still follows me here.
If you would like to purchase a matching planner and to-do list, here’s a link to that exact listing
P.S. They are currently on sale. Let me know what you think about these, would you like me to make more of this kind of materials and instant download posts in general, and if you end up using them, feel free to tag me on Instagram.
Hi guys! Remember me? Let’s all (when I say all, I think on my sister, maybe a few friends, ’cause at this point, I doubt that anyone I do not know in real life visit this page), pretend that it hasn’t been 8 months from my last post here. I honestly don’t know what happened, but I’ll blame it on my horoscope.
Was it a busy few months? Yes, and no. But, we’ll talk about it on another occasion (you see, I’m already promising a new blog post, WHO IS THIS GIRL?), this time I am here to talk about the best bag I ever owned.
Anyway, look at this beauty, in the loveliest shade of mustard yellow, big enough to pack everything I might need + my camera, handmade of the most gorgeous Italian leather and with navy blue satin lining and enough pockets (we all know that is important). I instantly fell in love with its strict, business-like form and unexpected color combo.
My dear friends Branka & Vesna make these amazing handbags, so if you ‘re interested, go and check them out here @nicolovesso and I promise you will fall in love with their work just as I did. Oh, and I forgot, look at their stunning packaging!
I really love the fact that in this day and age, small brands can grow their business much easier, as they are often better quality than some established names. I do believe that is important to show support to your local creatives, as one of them myself, I can tell you that that in everything you create with your own hands goes so much love & passion & hard work. What are your favorite small brands? Let me know in comments 🙂
This is going to be a short post, I just wanted hope you have merry everything and you’re happy always!
Merry everything and happy always!
To celebrate the ending of 2018, and the beginning of 2019, I would like to give you this beautiful printable calendar and planner for January, to start the year as organized and well rested after all the holiday cheer (and food and drinks).
I still love the feeling of a fresh start every calendar year, although I do know that it is a bit silly, and although my life would still be a beautiful mess it was on the last day of December, the first morning of the new year smells like hope, and even if I’m often way too cynical for my own good, I am deep down an incurable optimist.
So, on that note, I share this planner with you and let’s make 2019 memorable!
It’s already November and honestly, I can’t wait for 2018 to be over. I know, I seem like a broken record, always talking about the same thing, but I can’t avoid it, and I hope my rants can help to any other creative soul fighting the same battle. In this age of fast internet and even faster trends in every aspect of life, in an age of Instagram, when everywhere around you can see other people living f̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ their best life, other artists being creative in ways you would want to, but you are just not getting there, it is so easy to demotivate yourself and beat yourself down.
This whole year I felt overwhelmed like I never felt before, with everyday life, work, etc. My creativity, something that was always a big part of my identity, seemed to be fleeting. I never had that feeling before and I must admit it scared a shit out of me. And somewhere along the way, I let go and stopped trying to find enough time for my soul to grow. It was so easy to do it, I didn’t even realize and it was already two months since I snapped any photos with my camera. You see, our new apartment has the most beautiful light early in the morning and the whole summer I wanted to do a photo shoot with it, but never got around to actually do it. I had a few ideas on my mind, but I would always find an excuse not to do it. I wasn’t lazy, I just was burned out.
Until yesterday actually. And let me tell you, getting up before 7 even if I didn’t feel like doing it and taking these product photos for my jewelry brand, playing around with the camera and later editing them, was the most fun I had in a while. The rush I get of creating, seeing my idea becoming reality, adrenaline, and serotonin pumping through my blood, almost feel like the long-forgotten magic of the first kiss. Because art, in every form, it is my first love. I think I might end up framing some of these so I don’t ever forget it again.