Apparently wine wasn’t always like it is today. Of course, like everything, it is always developing. But recently I read something that got me thinking about wine. The author mentioned that in ancient times, wine had different ingredients. And with the thought of Jesus turning water into wine, it referred to wine actually being more like a divine elixir. I know it seems to some to be like that today as well 🙂 , but still …
I love that idea, don’t you? Hope we’ll find the magical ingredients again!
Anyway, I wanted to start today’s post with some new paintings with a wine theme (and got distracted). My latest one is a still life in a classic style: wine with grapes and cheese and a sunflower:
And then I also made another painting in a different style with champagne. This is a beautiful painting to celebrate love, great as a wedding gift or just to be in a happy mood. I chose a contemporary light grey as background color, which also makes it fit in most modern interiors. So bring on the bubbles:
It looks like I will be creating more art with a wine theme, but until then you can find more art with a wine theme in the art gallery
Are you planning a new kitchen or bathroom or do you want to add a new touch to your existing space? Today I am featuring some new tile ideas. With your choice of tiles you can completely change the atmosphere. I’ve created several collections of geometric tile designs, which you can combine to create a colorful and stylish outlook. You can find them on the website. But today I am showing some new designs that can be used as “one of a kind”. By surrounding them with uni-colored tiles you can create your own style. The first tile I would like to show you is a landscape design tile, featuring a mountain range with some trees at sunset. The blue colors are especially relaxing. Great to dream away while soaking in the bath 🙂
You don’t have to break the bank for these custom and ever so cute gifts: magnets! As I love to make them, I’ve added several new magnet designs for you to add your custom photos. With a baby photo they are wonderful as gift for the attendants of your baby shower or your grandparents. Or with a photo of your beloved pet, they can be a wonderful memory of how they were when they were little (kids too of course :-)). Or as wedding, anniversary or birthday keepsake, the list is endless! So I am sharing a few of the new designs here today.
Starting with an elegant magnet:
A gorgeous rose gold design with light sparkles. Beautiful for for instance a baby girl, or an engagement.
And then an elegant burgundy red design. I’ve added a dog photo as example, but needless to say, you can use any photo of your choice:
The last couple of months I have been exploring the ancient Goddesses, as you may have seen in a painting of the Goddess Freyja. I have found some interesting articles claiming that not only Freyja, but also Mary Magdalen are representing the same energy that is filed under the caption “Venus”. I found that a quite bold statement and at the same time a challenging concept. Are there really more gods? Or is there just one? In the Europe of the Middle Ages, people obviously thought quite differently about religion than we do now. And by that time the witch hunt (goddess hunt?) was fierce. No more Venus, no more black cats. In fact it is hard to find a black cat in Europe that doesn’t have any white hairs even today. If I psychically tune into Venus, she was so much more than just beauty and sensuality. All these goddesses, be it Bastet, Aphrodite, Venus or Freyja stand for wisdom and joy, together with the harmony between black and white or good and evil. The rise above the duality we are facing today. Also the black cat is not a dark entity, but rather a light being filled with love and wisdom. It’s this higher wisdom that was so much feared by the churches.
Anyway, I’ve attempted to create a painting of Venus, not in her usual nakedness, but as an innocent angel-like goddess in her divine purity. The cat Knor* stands for wisdom and sensuality, as she strokes the legs of Venus. The blackbird is singing in the tree as she watches them.
* The word “Knor” refers to the inner spirit or light being of felines
Today I am featuring new phone cases. Most people see their phone case at least once a day and the style and colors of the design impact how you feel. So I am starting with a colorful and cheerful original design, inspired by leaded or stained glass:
The last design I’m sharing today is a striped phone case with elegant rose gold bars. Beauty affects how we feel as well. Surrounding yourself with beauty is not at all superficial, but really enhances your feeling of well being:
Today I am featuring some of the new retirement party invitations. It does not matter whether you worked for an employer for a long or short time, or you just want to stop with your own business: it’s nice to mark a new phase in your life with a big party.
I’m starting with an elegant floral invitation for her. A gorgeous design with purple flowers on a lilac watercolor background:
And many people plan to travel more after they retire and what is more appropriate than to combine this with a vintage design of transportation vehicles? I am sharing one with an antique car here (of course in black :-)):
Today I am featuring some brand new birthday cards for wine and beer lovers who also love cats or dogs. Let’s start with the cats. There are two new cards with cats and they both wear glasses, and you guessed it already: sure you need your glasses (of wine). This is of course a wink to those of us of a certain age who need reading glasses 🙂
Today is #Caturday and my favorite day of the week 🙂
I’ve created several new paintings with cats,as they are always such a joy to make! So I hope you want to explore with me and add some joy to your heart. The first one shows two kitties on a jetty in a warm embrace. They are watching the sunset over the water together:
And I couldn’t resist this threesome on a swing at the beach, in the lovely colors of a warm setting sun:
The third painting I’d like to share today shows Knor as she is happy to see you after chatting with her friends the seagulls. So this is another painting with a jetty and also a water theme:
The color schemes of these three paintings fit nicely together, so you can also place them in each other’s vicinity or next to each other.
As promised, I’ve created many new business cards and today I’d like to share some of the new gift cards with you. They are all in regular business card or credit card size, which makes them very easy to safe for your clients. It’s a great way to get your happy customers to pass on the satisfaction with your products or services. To begin with, I’ve made a gift certificate for an Italian business and you’ll love that you can customize just about anything on this card. Add your own photo, choose your own background color and drag, rotate or delete the text background and/or Number One emblem:
Do you always keep the same business card and just order more if you run out? Or do you choose a different design once in a while? There is something to say for each of those options. If you keep the same business card, you create continuation and a recognizable brand. However, at times it is good to go for a new style and be refreshing, just like everything else in our world constantly changes …
Anyway, I’m in the process of creating a huge number of new business cards and will share some of them with you today.
I’m starting with a business card for a sweet bakery:
Or view more business cards for beauty professionals
And this travel inspired business card has space for 8(!) of your own photos (optional). Four on the front and four on the back, with an elegant silver grey background. Of course you can also customize this card for any other business!