A christmas break and a present ...

It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!  It came without packages, boxes or bags!"... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!  "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"  

Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Lovelies, these days before christmas are so busy for me now, that i decided to take blog-break. But i will take time o visit each one of you. Thank you for such a great year of bloggy friendships and fun - you have made my each and every day nicer and brought so many smiles to my lips, even when times were tough. I'll be back with new ideas and a lot of exiting things lined up for you on the 7th. of January.

The cards above are my wishes for you and a little present They are my own design and you are free to print them for yourself or send them to friends and family if you wish to. If you use them on your blog, please link back to me.

Have a sparkly, delightful and cozy festive time with lots of LOVE -
see you son!

Artwork: Martina Voigt-Schmid

touches of lemon

When life gives you lemons and for some reason you can’t make lemonade, find a recipe for a lemon cake. The secret is to turn bitter into sweet and darkness into light. 

And anyhow, happiness is in the right mix, i think. A dose of lemon, or, at least some bright yellow color, adds instant brightmess and cheer - to a wall, a day, an outfit, a drink, a mood - especially in winter! 

Photos/paintings: 1, 3 Martina Voigt-Schmid, 2 Atlantic-Pacifik

Monday Love: Pinecone garland DIY

Happy new week flowers!
Hope you all had a delightful second of advent. It had snowed here and everything looked white and magical. Fitting top the winter atmosphere, i've created a little DIY for you, in case you're not yet finished decorating. Try this garland, made from pinecones, painted white, pink mini-pompoms and some nice ribbon.

Here's how:
You paint the pinecones white and let them dry
Tie them into a nice ribbon
and glue Mini-pompoms in between
At the ends, knot ribbon together so as to make a hanger

Idea and photos: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Peachy painting

Colors are the smiles of nature.
Leigh Hunt

How's your week going so far lovelies? I must say that i'm in a cocooning mode at the moment and try to spend as much time as possible at home - maybe i need that after a really strenuous year. 
I do some planning and recherche for a vegetarian cookbook for kids right now, which is nice because it's a fun project and i can do it on my own. Also, i'm getting back to my studio and try to fifnish some paintings i have started. 
The picture above is  a recent collage-painting, using bits of pretty paper a friend brought me from China. It' available as a print in my shop now.

Painting and photo: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Fashion & Art

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”  
Maya Angelou
Love these black and white stage designs by artist Ruben Toledo for Nordstrom. They are impressive examples, of how little is often needed, when an idea is really good. Ruben is well known for fabulous fashion-illustrations  no wonder, since he's married to internationally renowned fashion designer Isabel Toledo. 
So - if your week starts looking all black and white - that mustn't be a bad thing! Just start dancing and be bold and lighthanded with your paintbrush of imagination!