Monday Love: Late summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Love that litrtle poem above, since i still feel a bit dreamy and lazy on my first day back to work. Our little trips to Austria and the Netherlands were both amazing - will post about it soon. Meanwhile, i'm celebrating the colors of late summer on my terrasse: with a sweet new Melanin plate with titmouse and flowers i got from an artist friend. Yellow green and pink is one of my favorite combinations! Hope your week starts of on a lovely note, can't wait to meet you for a lil' chat very soon!

Photo: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Monday Love: Art journal

Smile for a while
While you do something you really love doing, even if that something is just "dolce far niente" sometimes. Some bits and pieces of an art-journal of mine. It is not as nicely done as others you can find in blogland, just a kind of work-book to keep track of my ideas and my progress. I have in mind to start a new one, while i still have time next week.

I'll be going on another little vacation, this time to Scheveningen, in the south of the Netherlands. just me and my old guy, to smell some ocean air and feel some sand beneath our feet, before a busy and hopefully colorful and autumn starts. 
Have a great week sweet friends, i'll soon be back and catch up with you!

Friday art: Macaroon prints

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
Matthew Arnold  

Weekend is almost here! I'm still half on vacation, sitting in the garden doing illustrations for a little carneval-book. These whimsical prints however, are by Lucilles kitchen - and can be bought on Etsy. I found them so sweet and inspiring with the handwriting on silver Ladurée print. Hope your August weekend is happy, golden and filled with summer fun!

Summer adventures

"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through." 
Jules Verne

 Meet Mr. Itzig, our cat. He loves to play hide and seek and he loves tuna-fish and he loves to be cudlled - a lot! Sometimes, i wonder, what he's up to when we are gone. It's always hard leaving him behind, since he's such a social little fellow and so much part of the family. Am here for a day and will come visit you later!

Photo: Robin Benito

Monday Love: A little time out

Some flower power to celebrate August

With this little elephant, i'm going on a little trip for some days, visiting my sisiter in Munich and then driving on to Austria for my dads 75th Birthday Party - with my whole family. I'm looking forward to seeing everybody, since we live quite far apart and not often have the chance to get together. 

Have a fabulous week dear friends, and see you again soon!

Photo: tumblr 
(so sorry, i always post name and link of photographers when i use their stuff, but in this case, can't find it anymore. If you made this lovely picture, please contact me and i'll put your name up!)

Friday Art: Meet Giselle

"One must act in painting as in life, directly."
Pablo Picasso

This black and yellow lady named "Giselle", is another example of collaborative art between me and my friend Andrea König, me doing the painting part, and her overlaying the whole picture with a mysterious cobweb of tiny silver dots and typographie in crayon. We've done quite a lot of work together over the years, and i've set up a special blog to showcase it. If you want to see more, you can do that here.

Have a most gorgeous weekend, filled with treats, fun and love -  and and let's make the best of summer! 

Painting: Martina Voigt Schmid, Andrea König

3 easy ways to jazz up your rooms

Some funky wallpaper solutions by Anthropologie, that may help to give your rooms individual style and artistic touches without too much effort. The first picture shows a whole mural, the second one a false bookcase and the third one a nostalgic clock - which one do you like best?