#MonthlyMotivation : November

It's the start of November - and yup, I'm already counting down til Christmas!! The last few weeks I have spent between Iceland, Ireland and Scotland doing a little work and family travel. Ingimar and I were both working at an event in Dublin and neither of us had visited the city before so that was great fun.After that we flew over to Edinburgh to see my family and meet our new nephew, Aiden, who is obviously the cutest little bundle and I got lots of cuddles before jetting back to the wintery wonderland that is Reykjavik. 

So, as I count down to Christmas and prepare for this months at-home studio workshops, I am also busy finishing some big projects and bringing out a new collection of prints - including my first ever range of postcards. Woohoo

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YOUTUBE

The Wedding video is up and I love sharing it with you all. Ingimar has requested a Grooms Speech video so I might edit that soon and share too. Wedding stuff aside, I have a vlog to get up from Dublin and Edinburgh so will be spending all tomorrow editing away.

HOME

Most of the DIY projects are almost done and I pretty happy as the dark nights are really coming on and I will want to hibernate pretty soon. The bedroom is coming together and I just have a few finishing touches to do. The spare room has been pretty busy with sleepovers and guests so that's ace and the dining area is currently being used as my at-home studio so its fun to have a really creative space to work in.

TRAVEL

With our last trip of the year over, we are starting to settle in to our wee Reykjavik pad and the sleepy winter days. We have my Mum coming over to celebrate Christmas with us which I am really looking forward to and it will be our first Icelandic Christmas. This means I will be decorating and crafting away, baking and cooking, and of course filming and posting about it all.

And then there's vlogmas...

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But in the meantime, Ingimar has his lads weekend away to Brussels coming up and I have a Uni friend coming to visit.

Honeymoon planning is ongoing. We were set on Cuba, then Mexico and now Ingimar is considering a Safari in Africa. Will keep you posted…

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I had stepped up my Instagram game and was participating in #Inktober2017 sharing a drawing everyday for the month of October but with the work trip to Dublin, it all got a bit too much. I took a little break but am ready to get out and get posting again.  

Main to-do list:

HEALTH + EXERCISE (ROLLER DERBY)

Last month I took my Minimum Skills Test for Roller Derby and passed, this now means I can participate in the hitting part of practice which is more scary than exciting really. But in saying that I have been away from practice for the last two weeks.

As winter fast approaches us, the long dark nights don't make it easy to pick yourself up and get out to the gym or practice. I am going to make much more effort to get out everyday for a walk around the block, a weekly swim and hot tub at the local pool and try to get back to Roller Derby too. Though our sofa looks so inviting, especially now we have AppleTV. 


Layoutlines Lettering Workshops

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Introducing The Layoutlines Workshops

I'm opening the doors of my studio and inviting you to a series of casual, creative workshops from my home studio here in central Reykjavik. These workshops will be a great way to learn a new skill, with old or new friends, and take home your finished artwork. Self taught, I have developed my calligraphy and brush lettering style over the last 3 years and have created beautiful lettering for private clients for VIP events, wedding invites, commissions and print. 

Scroll down to click the link and book yourself on the workshops. All workshop include the essential materials to take away and practice until you’re a pro. Plus, there's tea and coffee, and often a scone too!! 

 

Learn Calligraphy and Brush Lettering in Reykjavik

Previously working as a Senior Lecturer, I have over 7 years experience teaching Design in higher education. I understand how to break down the learning process so you can easily pick up the skills and I can support you in developing your own style. On my workshops you'll quickly pick up hand lettering skills and confidence in calligraphy and brush lettering, and will have great fun doing it. 

 

So if you're in Reykjavik, come along, I can't wait to meet you.