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Redesigning My Blog Icons

Like any other four or five months, a few days ago I felt the urge of sprucing things up a bit in my blog. I didn't want to make any major change, so I decided to start off by cleaning up the sidebar.

If you've been around for a while, you may remember the icons I used to have in the sidebar under the 'navigation' tab. I drew them back in 2014 and still kind liked the handmade feel to them, but I was starting to feel like they were quite 'messy' and it was bothering me a little.


The line weight was different for almost every icon, and moreover, being all the same colour it was hard to read them at first glance (and also, let's not forget that the font I used was atrocious). Overall, I just thought I could do better than that.

For the new icons, I wanted to keep the same designs but make them cleaner by redrawing them completely in Illustrator.
The first and most obvious change is the colour palette. It went from a simple black and white design on a solid background to a 3 colours design on white.
There's no particular reason behind the colours I picked, besides being chosen to compliment my 'signature' pastel blue shade.


I decided to make a couple of changes as far as the categories go: I scrapped the 'review' category, which wasn't very pertinent anymore, and substituted it with a 'London' category, which is definitely more relevant now. The second change was to update the 'personal' category icon with something I think expresses it a little bit better.
I also changed the font with a new one I made using my handwriting.


For the same reasons, in addition to that, I decided to change my social icons to make everything flow better together, but in this case I kept the old hand-drawn logos and changed the background to a different shape, sticking to the new pastel palette.

What do you think? ☺ I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new designs!
Ζ’. xx

Introducing My New Collection of Notebooks

I'm so excited to finally release into the wild Etsy world, a new little product I've been had in the works for a while now: notebooks!
Personally, I'm someone who's constatly buying notebooks, as I like to keep many at a time - each for a different purpose - so it was only natural that it would have come a day when I'd finally design my own.

I wanted to keep the design quite simple but still have it to be eye catching, so I went for a colour block kind of style. Of course, me being me, I had to include flowers in the mix - bacause as you may know, I'm an hardcore flower fan!

The notebooks are available individually or in a set, and come in three different colours: cherry red, blue, and gold, and they all feature different flower designs.

I would love to hear what you think of them! β™₯
If you'd like to have a closer look, they're now up in my Etsy shop.

Ζ’. xx
P.S. Any notebook order before the end of the month will receive a cheeky freebie ☺

Workspace Wednesday: Sketchbook Update

Today I just wanted to share with you a couple illustrations I've one lately.

This one shows my go-to stationery supplies, although I somehow forgot to throw stickers in there, and if you know me, you'll know I love me some stickers. I'm thinking of turning this into a card, what do you think?

This one instead is the visual list I made when I was packing my carry-on bag for London; in the end I actually managed to fit way more stuff in there - mostly letter writing supplies and stationery, obviously ☺

Have you been drawing anything lately?

Ζ’, xo

Workspace Wednesday: Static Zine Cover Design

Among many other things, my friend Jess is on of the wonderful ladies behind Static Zine, a collective zine that in each issue discusses a different topic - from food to mental health, and now with the most recent issue, love.

I was very excited when last month she got in touch with me to see if I was interested in designing the cover for the February issue, and having loved all the past issues I own of the zine, of course I could only say yes!

Now that the issue is out, I wanted to share the design with you. I went with a pretty simple one, to be honest, but I like the final result. What do you think?

Also, if you want to get one, they're only $2, and while you're at it, you should definitely check the past issues as well - they're really cool!

Ζ’. x

Workspace Wednesday: strange girls

Although Halloween has been a few weeks ago now, I still wanted to share a few drawings I did inspired by some cool costumes I came across online.

It was mostly an excuse to practice coloring with my new markers than anything else as Halloween isn't really big here. Can you guess who's the gal dressed in black? β˜Ί Also, the poison bottle is available as stickers in my etsy shop!

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I hope you're having a great week!

Ζ’. x

Mini Desk Tour

Looking at other people's desks is one of my favourite thing! It' such a great way to get a feel of their personality, I think; for this reason, I quickly want to point out that my desk isn't always this tidy (and yes, this is tidy to me, ahem), just to make sure you don't forget that I usually live in chaos.

My desk is an old wooden one from Ikea, and it's pretty small considering that my computer fills almost half of it.

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On the left hand side, I've got another Ikea piece, this little wooden drawer unit that I customized with white paint and washi  tape.

I also removed two drawers from int because I find it more practical to store things I use frequently in way that I can easily pick them up and put them back without rummaging through the drawers. The two I removed, I now use as dividers in other storage unit that it's under my desk.

On the top of it, I've got a palmistry hand (I'm not really into palm reading, honestly, I just really liked the design), a pencil shaped money bank, an oversized decorative peg, and a monogrammed mug that holds way too many pens.

Above my computer I've got my inspiration board, which also displays lots of things that my penpals sent me throughout the years. Next to it, there's a banner I commissioned to Tania a while ago, and I love it so much! It really makes me in a good mood every time I get a glimpse of it ☺

Lastly, there's a shelf of randomness, which as the name suggests, it's home to a lot of random stuff. Besides books and an old Polarioid that stopped working many years ago, there are a few figurines - Edward Scissorhands, a Kokeshi doll, and Danbo -, some weird animal porcelain thingies that belonged to my grandma, and a pokΓ©mon toy. Like I said, random is the keyword to describe this mess!

I would really love to have a minimalistic space like those you see all over Pinterest, with a squeaky clean white desk, a potted plant, a pencil case and nothing more, but unfortunately that's not how I roll. I tried getting rid of all the unnecessary things, but it really felt unlike me, so I put everything back on again - I like it way more like this, even if it's not Pinterest-worthy!

What does your desk says about you? β˜Ί

Ζ’. x

P.S. have you spotted the pink cartoon poopy? :D


This was a post for my #DoMoreInOctober project! If you joined too, you can link your post below:

Handmade Stickers Obsession

The prompt for today is to share something I'm loving at the moment, and what I've chosen to write about, is my obsession for handmade stickers!

I love stickers, they're one of my favourite thing to use in my crafts; I actually make a point of decorating the cover of my sketchbooks with stickers every time I start using a new one, I don't know why but it make me happy to just look at it ☺

So, anyway, I had some adhesive sheets laying around, and decided to print a few of my illustrations, just for fun and to maybe use them as envelope decorations.

Little did I know that sticker making is addictive, and two days later, after hours spent cutting every single little drawing, I'm sitting here looking at over 100 stickers that I'm not even sure how and when I'll be able to actually use. I think they're really cute tho, so I will eventually find a way to make my effort worthy.

What are you enjoying doing at the moment?

Ζ’. x


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Workspace Wednesday: IG-spiration

If I'm on my phone, I'm probably browsing Instagram. It is, in fact, one of my favourite apps to use, not only for sharing my own photos but also to find inspiration when it's lacking. This past month I've worked on quite a few drawings based on beautiful pictures I've seen in my IG feed, and today I wanted to share some with you.

Reference picture by IG user:  @aalmadr

Reference picture by IG user: @aalmadr

Reference picture by IG user:  @paigepoppe

Reference picture by IG user: @paigepoppe

Reference picture by IG user:  @craftmakesmile

Reference picture by IG user: @craftmakesmile

Reference picture by IG user:  @cecicat

Reference picture by IG user: @cecicat

Reference picture by IG user:  @dinnisje

Reference picture by IG user: @dinnisje

I highly suggest you check out these ladies on IG, they all have very inspiring and creative feeds! 

Where do you look for inspiration when you need it? Whether it is for your art, mail, or in general, I'd love to know!

Ζ’. x