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Three Day Quote Challenge. Day 1

I couldn’t resist this blogging challenge – not only because I was nominated by the Queen of Challenges – Olivia – but simply because I looove reading. And I already have a few favorite quotes in stock so that seemed like an easy one.)

When I think of my favorite quotes there’s one that immediately pops up in my head. I’ve read the book in russian and it actually took me ages on the Internet to find an actual sentence in english – but I did and it’s as marvelous as I remember it. Quite a sentence, you say! No, not just a sentence. Masterpiece.

Lucas could not help imagining this procession of walkers, all of them poor and battered, wearing old coats too small or too large for them, dragging children who could not or would not walk, all marching along Rivington Street, impelled by someone or something that pushed them steadily forward, slowly but inexorably, so it only seemed as if they moved of their own will; all of them walking on, past the houses and stables, past the taverns, past the works and into the river, where they would fall, one after another after another, and continue to walk, drowned but animate, on the bottom, until the street was finally empty and the people were all in the river, trudging along its silty bed, through its drifts of brown and sulfur, into its deeper darks, until they reached the ocean, this multitude of walkers, until they were nudged into open water where silver fish swam silently past, where the ocher of the river gave over to inky blue, where clouds floated on the surface, far, far above, and they were free, all of them, to drift away, their coats billowing like wings, their children flying effortlessly, a whole nation of the dead, dispersing, buoyant, faintly illuminated, spreading out like constellations into the blue immensity.

Michael Cunningham, “Specimen Days”

And it’s perfect.

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The Thing about the Thing for Things

First of all I have to tell you: I don’t learn from my mistakes.

Brain: “Let’s make something quick and easy, Zhe!”

Hands: “Of course! How about this strange thing to contain other strange things to put on the shelf with the previous strange things we’ve made? And let’s cover ourselves in glue and paint, yay!”

Whatever.

So i’ve decided to reuse my old hand cream jar. Here it is.

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Liebster Award, here’s Johnny!

I meant “Here I come!” – but that “Johnny”-thing sounded so dramatic, I couldn’t resist)) πŸ˜›

Recently I’ve been invited to take part in the blogging challenge called “Liebster Award” – a cool way for beginners *like me!* to declare themselves in the WordPress community and for all of us to get acquainted with interesting blogs all around the world. I was nominated by the charming Olivia – you need to check out her blog! Not because I just have to mention the person who nominated me, no – her journal is a real delight independently of that. A fan of coffee, books and stationery – she’s made her “Olive Garden” a super cozy place to hang out at! Therefore, don’t miss it πŸ™‚

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So, Liebster Award – what does it mean? It means I have to answer 10 questions Olivia came up with and then invent my own 10 questions for a few fellow bloggers to answer. Let the fun begin!

1 . How did receiving the Liebster Award make you feel?

It’s an award – seriously, AWARD – I felt great! πŸ™‚ Although that’s just an answer-question thing, but still – they named it right)) And now I have a badge – an award AND a badge! *dancing*

2. Why did you start blogging?

Three reasons: promotion, language practice and oh-my-life-is-so-boring-I-have-to-do-something!

3. What is your blogging inspiration?

Likes&comments – yeap, I’m that kind of person)) I like this feeling when I know that someone from the other corner of the world actually read my post) *or didn’t actually read it but still pressed “like” – that counts too)*

4 . What do you like to do when you have absolutely no other obligations?

Watch movies! I’m a big cinema-fan so a non-stop movie marathon is a perfect choice.)

5 . Who is your favorite fictional character?

That’s a tough one…) Remus Lupin, I guess.

6 . Which song would you choose as your life’s soundtrack?

Man, it gets harder and harder) How can I choose one song??) Let me think… Cat Power “The Greatest” – and I don’t know why) πŸ˜›

7 . What would you change about yourself if you could?

I’d get rid of my anxiety – it really exhausts me sometimes.

8 . What do you like about yourself?

My sense of humor) and… no, just that))

9 . What is the first thing on your bucket list?

Don’t really have it – not sure that there’s something out there I would hugely regret not doing… I’m boring) Visiting Iceland maybe?..

10 . Where is your happy place?

“My legacy” by Anastas Branica. *And if you haven’t read “Sitničarnica “Kod sreΔ‡ne ruke” by Goran PetroviΔ‡ you really should! Hope there’s english edition printed already*


Phew! Now it’s time for me to post my questions are here they are:

  1. How did you end up blogging? πŸ˜‰
  2. What inspires you to write posts?
  3. Do you see yourself still blogging in 3 years?
  4. Books or movies? Tom or Jerry? “Star Wars” or “The Lord of the Rings”?))
  5. What fictional character would you drink a cup of tea with?
  6. What period of history you would like to live in?
  7. What’s your ratio of virtual vs. real life?
  8. Where did you last travel to?
  9. Where do you want to travel in future?
  10. Describe your perfect morning.

I proudly nominate Kritika, Daniel, Amanda and Kevin to join me in this interesting challenge! Feel free to refuse but if you accept it I’ll eagerly wait for your answers and read them with great pleasure πŸ™‚ *and please leave a comment here whether you’re accepting the nomination or not*

Cheers!

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The Tale of Six Fails and One Win

It’s finally friday – I mean Fri-DIY! πŸ™‚ Guess you see now what I’ve decided to make my weekly feature – Do-It-Yourself project! Cute and useful out of old and needless – what can be better? Hey, people on Pinterest do that all the time!

Yeah, right.

When I was making handmade greeting cards I’d always worshiped the principle: Handmade Doesn’t Have to Be Neat! It’s not really important for lines to be straight – the soul and charm of the thing made with your hands is what important. That seemed just a principle then – but now I can see clearly: I’m just not capable of neatness. So welcome to the world of MESSY HANDMADE!))) You can Do It Yourself – but Do You Dare?! πŸ˜‰

However everything looked very promising from the start.

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Snowy Monday Announcement

One of the last challenges of my #blogging101 course was creating repeatable feature for my blog. Challenge accepted!

In fact it was accepted a long time ago: in every blog I’ve had I tried to do such a feature but – what a shame! – every time I failed. x_X I guess that my whole being just hates everything that is regular and obligatory)

However I decided to give it another try. And I already have 3 or 4 ideas for a couple of weeks to come – so fingers’ crossed πŸ™‚ But I won’t tell you what this feature will be – just wait till Friday and you’ll see!) Because that’s the day all the cool stuff happens, right? πŸ˜‰

PS: I don’t really like my posts without pictures – so lucky you!) I’ve recently had my monthly Commission Hell Days so you’re welcome to take a peak at the comics strip I’ve created)

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It was drawn for the Ukrainian children’s magazine “Posnayko” which I dearly love. β™₯ I’ve tried to capture all the stages of my work and however I eventually lost a couple but still you can see how “the magic is done” πŸ˜‰ hope you like it!

My Top-5 of inspiring children’s book illustrators

Responding to Daily Post’s Prompt “The Satisfaction of a List


What’s hiding under your bed? Slippers? Phone chargers? Monsters? Whatever that is, I can tell you for sure there’s no place for this stuff under my sofa… No, I’m not that neat and tidy. It’s just that all the space is filled with BOOKS.

Yeah, I know, some of you may faint after hearing of the way I store my treasures, but I have a reason for that.

I’ve been living in 2 cities at once for quite a while now – traveling constantly between my boyfriend and my parents’ places. My parents have a huge library and there’s simply no space for me to put my books on shelves. And there’s no point in buying a separate bookcase for me in my rental apartment in another city. So all my books are just hiding there in packages and waiting for Their Own Bookcase. *Guys, don’t loose hope, it’ll happen – someday!)*

The Daily Post prompted the idea of making a list – and I couldn’t ignore it. As long as I’m in my rental apartment now and don’t have access to my treasure chest, I’ve decided not to show the books themselves but to write about people behind them – artists in particular. Because wonderful illustrators are the main cause of my obsession with children’s books and they are definitely the reason I’m gonna sleep on a huge pile of paper instead of a comfy sofa any time soon.

So how about Top-5 of children’s book illustrators who inspire me the most?

1. Sven Nordqvist – my absolute hero and #1. I have all the “Pettson and Findus” books I could find in my native language and I can examine them for hours. When I think about the illustrator I want to be his name immediately pops in my head. That small hidden stories, dynamics, humor, that coziness and attention to detailsΒ  – well, he’s just the best for me.

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2. Inna Chernyak – my mentor, my colleague, my friend πŸ™‚ Awesome illustrator from my country – Ukraine – however she has illustrated lots of books in different languages printed in different countries so you could have seen them in bookstores nearby πŸ˜‰ I’m simply in love with her style and her funny characters!

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3. Emilia Dziubak – I don’t own her book yet but it’s just a matter of time πŸ˜‰ And I don’t even care which one! I want them all ^_^ The richness of colors, lots of cute characters, creative composition, humor and imagination – I can go on and on and on)

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4. Oliver Jeffers – a constant reminder that you don’t really have to paint like Michelangelo to create an awesome book.) Simple colors, simple style – everything seems simple, but… you just can’t resist the charm, can you? πŸ˜‰

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5. Β Chris Haughton – another great artist with “simple” style. However I guess that his love for bright and sometimes insane color combinations makes him stand out πŸ˜‰ Breathtaking plot, tension, suspense – I’m not joking, that books actually feel like drama movies!)) By the way, is it all right to dream of having a pink dog? πŸ˜‰

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So these are some of the people that actually make me wanna draw and create books. And some other people make me cook dinners so I guess I’ll sally forth the supermarket to get some food! And let’s just hope there will be no bookstores on my way πŸ™‚

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The Flare of Nostalgia and One Blue Giraffe

Meet Arnold – my crazy pet giraffe. Quite a low-maintenance pet, I gladly admit. πŸ˜‰ Small, silent and not picky in food – the perfect helper) But what does he help me with, you ask?

It’s been a couple of days since my last post so my day started anxiously: I need to write something, but what? Since my creative personal projects are still on New-Year-and-other-winter-holidays pause and my work commission’s still in progress – so nothing to show yet – I’ve decided to call to mind some of the things I’m already *and STILL!)* kinda proud of: my handmade stuff. πŸ™‚

Making handmade greeting cards has always been a dream and pleasure for me. Although I didn’t manage to develop this hobby into a high profitable business I still don’t loose hope to do it someday πŸ˜‰ *somewhere, over the rainbow…))* It’s not actual scrapbooking, it’s not very neat and tidy *ok, sometimes it’s just sloppy))* – but that was something I really tried to put my soul into – so I hope you can find a tiny sloppy bit of me in every card πŸ™‚

That’s just a quick glance on my handmade stuff – most of my cards can be found in my good old Livejournal – but it’s in ukrainian.) however, photos don’t need translation, I guess πŸ˜‰


 

Wait, so what’s up with Arnold? πŸ™‚ Does he hold the paper while I’m trying to cut in cleanly? Is he really good with color combinations? Can he tie perfect bows? Well, I can tell you how he helps me. He’s such a cute weirdo – he inspires me, everyday. But shhh, it’s a professional secret. πŸ˜‰