Donnerstag, 10. April 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Take every chance!

Yes, at the moment I feel like I'm finally taking every chance and almost dropping every fear! I had some big chances and changes coming to me during the last months which needed a lot of courage! I was on TV for the first time in my life which really was a challenge because I'm quite shy (but I never wanted to say no to that opportunity because it felt right!), I was asked to participate in a book project (I will soon present this wonderful book here on my blog) and then I had the chance to open a new studio in a very beautiful quarter of Munich!

Certainly, the biggest chance and fear was to leave my wonderful siebenmachen group (but you can still find my work in their shop!) and start another beautiful project which had come to me when I was not really looking for such a big change! So suddenly there was a beautiful studio/shop in the heart of Munich for Anja Frida (a lovely colleague who is making beautiful jewellery) and me and it was simply impossible to say no to this opportunity!

Now we are in the middle of transforming our studio/shop into the space we have always dreamed of! Here is the vision board I made at the beginning of the year before I knew that this new place and cooperation was waiting for both of us:

You see, it's all already in there! This is truely amazing and so I continue to believe in the power of my visions and dreams! Let's see what will happen if I continue to take my chance and drop my fear...

PS.:  (a note for my local readers) Für alle Leser in und um München: Wenn du auch gerne unter meiner Anleitung dein persönliches Vision Board gestalten möchtest, dann schreibe an bea at demoi punkt de. Sobald das neue Atelier fertig eingerichtet ist, beginnen die neuen Inspirations- und Kreativkurse! Wenn du mir deine Mailadresse schreibst, informiere ich dich, wann es genau los geht!

PPS.: Hier ist die neue Adresse:

Frida's Schmuck


Demoiselle Libellule
  Kunst & Photographie

Herzogstraße 85
80796 München-Schwabing

Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Morning Routines

Do you have a special morning routine? Something that you do every morning like a ritual to prepare you for the day?

For some weeks now I've been following a beautiful morning routine: when I get up in the morning I almost immediately grab my notebook and a pencil (which are always lying near my bed) and I'm writing three pages. Without thinking too much, I just empty my head of all the random thoughts that are coming into my mind. After that I feel much more clearer and ready for the tasks of the day.

Of course, these morning pages, as many of you know, are not my invention but part of the inspiring book: "The Artist's way" ("Der Weg des Künstlers") by Julia Cameron. I have read it some years ago and now I rediscovered it and felt ready to really integrate this morning routine into my life.

Especially when there are so many things going on in your life, it's really helping to get all sorts of thoughts written down in the morning. It clears your mind and makes you more open for your creativity. I try not to judge what I write. Sometimes I fill the pages with big letters, sometimes I write a lot with tiny, almost unreadable letters. I just write, three pages, that's all and then I start the day with a  a glass of warm water, a shower, and all the preparations I have to make for my family. As I'm always the first to get up in the morning (which is quite hard for me because I am absolutely NOT a morning person) the house is still quite and it's a perfect moment for writing my three pages in complete solitude and stillness.

If you want to learn more about the morning pages you can find a short video by Julia Cameron speaking about them here.

So, do you have any particular morning routines? Do you meditate, make sports or read your newspaper first thing in the morning? Share your morning routine with me!

PS.: It's not my handwriting you can see in the photo but that of my French grand-father. He was a gourmet and collected interesting recipes in a notebook. I loved to use his handwriting for illustrating the morning pages (which could possibly be filled with recipes if that was the thing you had on your mind while writing them ;-).

Dienstag, 25. März 2014

Demoiselle Libellule featured on Servus TV!

Yesterday, I was on TV! This had really been a very special experience! Half a day long I had been filmed by a professional and very nice film team and now you can see the result over here on Servus TV! The part about my "nostalgic photography" starts after minute 13!

Donnerstag, 20. März 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Explore Your Creativity!

When I started blogging in 2008, I also started to explore my creativity. For some time the urge to create something had become stronger and when I discovered all the creative blogs this felt like a revelation! There were so many people out there sharing their drawings, needlework, patchwork, collages etc. and I felt sooo inspired.  I had always loved photography and making collages but I had never dared to really choose art or design as my profession or even considered it a real hobby.

I had never been encouraged or even encouraged myself to pursue my creative dreams and so they had been sleeping for some years. Once I gave myself permission to create I started with making textile collages for kids because I had two little kids and that seemed to be something easy to make. Slowly I moved on, making photos, blogging, buying a better camera, learning to work with photoshop and taking some e-courses that motivated me a lot. Finally, some years later, I had become an artist  and selling my photography and working in a studio with a group of creative people!

This was and is wonderful, but I still wanted to grow and to make real mixed media photographies using my photos and working on them with all kinds of techniques (I wanted to get my hands dirty with paint!!!). So this year I opened my heart, chose another very good e-course and actually started making mixed media works! The one you see above is the first one were I use my photography and acrylic colours and it's the first one that feels like I'm moving into the right direction. I'm enjoying this process of expanding my wings, moving on despite my fear and inner critics because I simply have to do it!

As I'm slowly moving on and sharing my story, I want to encourage you to do the same! 

Explore your creative dreams! Give them space and time to grow - slowly or fast but persistently! 

Donnerstag, 13. März 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Creating Atmosphere with Textures

With the help of textures the atmosphere of a photo can be completely changed and I like to use this effect a lot! Today I want to show you the transformation of one of my new photos which I have made last week in Zurich.

First I used a texture by les brumes (she is an artist who creates the most beautiful textures - I love all of them) and then I added a more experimental one I had made myself. There were many road works going on in the area where I lived in Zurich which was a bit annoying but I really liked the texture of one of the construction site containers. I took some quick snapshots and when I was working on the photo with the swans some days later this texture with the yellow borders suddenly came to my mind.

Interesting surfaces are really everywhere and perhaps you will also like to use them as beautiful textures for your photopraphy!

Some days ago I took a lot of photos of the old working table which is standing in the siebenmachen shop and studio. It is covered with stains of paint, coffee mugs and there is even some nail polish ;-) Perhaps one of these new textures will be used in one of my next photos very soon...

Inspiration is everywhere!

Donnerstag, 6. März 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Be Like a Kid!

Sometimes, the best we can do to find inspiration is to be like kids!


"Play is the most important element in discovering who you are." (Kerry Smith, "Living ou loud")

PS.: This week I gave myself permission to play and created these textures/backgrounds with acrylic colours and really had fun!


Donnerstag, 27. Februar 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Don't Forget the Simple Remedies

Yes, sometimes I forget the simple remedies that are really good and uplifting for me like going out for a walk. I need to walk without having any special reason or goal but to walk and perhaps to take photos. When I walk I feel free, I'm going at my own pace (not running to get somewhere just in time...), I can breath deeper and I begin to relax. My mind starts to wander in a very good way and I often have the clearest and most inspired thoughts when I'm out for a walk.

This week, beautiful Spring weather made me go out for a stroll in the neighborhood. It was so very good to enjoy the warm sunlight and the beauty of all the first signs of Spring that nature is offering right now! I just reread a very moving quote from Anne Frank's diary where she is talking about what nature means to her:

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. (...) I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."

What is your simple remedy that makes you feel better?

Montag, 24. Februar 2014

Mittwoch, 19. Februar 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Dream your Life

Do you also have a special word for this year? I have found one when I was not consciously thinking about it. It was there, in the morning, like a word - a leftover from a beautiful dream: "allowing". And yes, it felt so right. I want to be more allowing this year. Gentle and allowing with myself. I want to allow myself to dream big, allow myself to make mistakes, allow myself not to be perfect. I trust my intuition, I trust my heart and I know it's all working out.

And so I also allowed myself to get some guidance/mentoring by Andrea, an intuitive coach with a lovely soft voice and a charming Swiss accent. Her e-course and mentoring class was called "Was Dein Herz begehrt" ("What your heart is calling for") and I felt it was perfect for me. Now the class is almost over and I'm still in the middle of all the process of opening up my heart and being more allowing with myself but I can already recommend Andrea's work.

Foto: Andrea Hiltbrunner

Next month Andrea is starting another e-course which also sounds very inspiring: "Traumlabor - Entdecke das Wunder in dir" ("The dream lab - Discover the miracle inside of you"). This class is only available in German but Andrea also has a website with special offers in English.

For all my German readers I want to let Andrea present her new e-course (registration is open and today you will get an extra early bird bonus if you decide to participate!) with her own words:

"Wäre es nicht wundervoll, täglich aufzustehen und mit purer Lebensfreude den Tag anzupacken? In diesen inneren Fluss der Inspiration und Kreativität zu kommen? Abends mit einer warmen Erfüllung im Herzen in die Kissen zu sinken? Seit einigen Jahren begleite ich Menschen darin, ihre wahre Berufung zu erkennen, sowie den Weg einzuschlagen, der sie voll und ganz in ihr Herz bringt. Ich habe unzählige Frauen darin ermutigt, zu sich zu stehen, das zu tun, was ihnen leicht von der Hand geht. Ihre pure Stärke wieder zu entdecken, die sie in sich tragen.

Darf ich dir dabei helfen, deiner eigenen Lebensfreude enthusiastisch entgegen zu blicken? Ich habe dir eine kleine Anleitung zum Glücklichsein zusammengestellt!"

Andreas Anleitung zum Glücklichsein sowie alle genauen Infos zu ihrem E-Course findest du hier auf ihrer Seite. Ich bin froh, dass ich mir ihren "Herz-Kurs" gegönnt habe und genieße vor allem weiterhin ihre geführten Meditationen und die vielen praktischen Übungen, die mir helfen, mein Jahreswort "allowing" nicht nur zu träumen sondern auch zu leben!

I'm happy to have taken Andrea's "heart class" and I really enjoy here guided meditations and the many exercises I can use daily that help me not only to dream my word of the year "allowing" but to actually live it!

Dream you life and live your dream!

Donnerstag, 13. Februar 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Sewing Silk Stories

Did I tell you how I got all the wonderful sewing threads you can see from time to time in my photography? I found them when the premises of an old lady living in my neighborhood were getting cleared. It was sad to be there and witness it, but it was also like discovering a big treasure box. There were a million things gathered together that were telling stories of an interesting and long life. The old lady had been a collector (and also a seller) of beautiful fabrics (many with hand stitched motifs coming from the Netherlands), clothes (for babies and for adults) and all kind of pretty wares. But the thing that really made my heart leap for joy and emotion was a simple big plastic bag!

It was filled with the most beautifully colour coordinated sewing silk! The old lady had found the perfectly matching ones: Each little package was a treasure in itself and such a big yet simple source of inspiration.

I love to take some of these reels of sewing silk out of the bag, put them in a jar and of course I love to take photos of them! They are filled with the old lady's love, passion and patience who I have never met but who I still think of and honor simply by looking and treasuring her colour coordinated little packages of sewing silk.

Do you also have a simple yet precious treasure you really love? 

Montag, 3. Februar 2014

Nostalgic hats for modern ladies

Christine Kamlah is a milliner with a wonderful nostalgic style. She often uses vintage materials for her work and you can see that she loves the swing and rockn' roll era in her work!

I enjoyed making photos of her beautiful handcrafted hats and wanted to share them with you! It's so wonderful that nostalgic hats and bérets are back in style! You can find some of her hats at the siebenmachen shop and studio in Munich and of course, Christine would be pleased to create a unique hat for you on order!