January 29, 2014

on small steps & the effect on growing


I know, I know, falling in love with Instagram comes a bit like an old fashioned fondness, as: "Hey, only now?". Kind of outdated, baby. Yes, I did jump on it pretty late, but for me it just stands for another step to getting closer. Getting closer to conquer all those technical construction sites, closer to shapen my online presence and to make myself seen, as I want to be seen. And, last but not least, closer to getting rid of all those so not productive compromises around the Fishbowl. Finally, I have a new phone. And within twentyfour hours I have managed to understand that pretty little thing quite well. A dose of pride attached. A Smartphone, that actually works and not one, that causes more problems and costs, than anything else. So, to celebrate all the fresh air and the clear sight surrounding me, from now on, you can come a little closer on @fishbowlcollection. Can't wait to meet you there. And next, one off the list, more to go. A little snowman in between.





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January 26, 2014

queen of colors


Still covered in silence and the perfectly matching work to do, still freezing out there, even on some of our windows, and still a lover for soup, to not let Winter touch me too firm. Yes, it looks pretty, but it bites and I would rather change that season for a bag of lollies. Stay warm, dears, and do not leave the house without a proper coat.








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January 24, 2014

soaked up days


I am still in the middle of all this designing and creating. Actually, the whole Fishbowl is. Including a rather bored Emma. We still spend our days (and partly nights) with our heads lost within fresh profile texts, with taking pictures of my work, with cooking and shooting for the husband and with screaming at the ceilings of our offices, because one or the other thing doesn't work out the way we had planned it. Of course. And in between, Winter has moved to Berlin with us almost not noticing.

I am not in love with this whole website creating process, as missing my brushes and pens becomes slowly a bit painful. On the other hand, I do like challenges. And as this is the first time, we are in this fully on our own, it is exciting too. Before we had decided how to create our sites, designer in or no designer involved, there has been as lot of time spent in the kitchen. We had quite some discussions on what the pros and the cons would be. Last time my website was made entirely by a designer, which was totally fine too. I love working with capable people. Except from the facts, that it was my first site ever and I was pretty unaware of a lot of points, and that the budget was pretty low. So we had to make a lot of compromises, which resulted in a beautiful site, but a not flexibel one. There were no possibilities to exchange pictures, to showcase new work, to include the blog or my online shops. Within a short time, it became very clear, there was no way I could maintenance this baby for myself. Unfortunately the designer wasn't available either. Therefor, going with some kind of predesigned template, that leaves enough space to individualize it to our needs, was the decision that looked most tempting in the end. I am still not sure about the result of this journey and usually, I would rather go with a professional, but I guess we'll have to wait and see for the outcome.

Before jumping right back into the website bubble, I wish you a wonderful weekend though. See you on Monday, with another round of the Queen of Colors.





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January 20, 2014

queen of colors


I had a bit of a shy, or rather, a hidden week in the Fishbowl. You might have felt it even around here; I was hardly around. The husband and I are in the delight of website designing. And oh, what a tricky beast those are. But after being on our lists for at least two years, we have finally grabbed the bull by its horns and started. Right now, it is the site for ART.FLAVOUR, all cooking, recipes and booking forms, we're working on. By tomorrow, in case no further twists turn up, we will dive into mine. I can't wait for the moment, when questions about my homepage do not cause any more blushing on my face, because I am ashamed that it is so incredibly outdated. Other than that, I do miss my brushes, but first things first. I wish you a productive and inspiring week. If the view outside your windows in similar nasty to ours, forget about the weather and drink a lot of spicy tea.







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January 15, 2014

calendar sale


To start 2014 with something nice; I am having a Sale over at the Takeaway-Art-Shop. If you haven't got the Tiny Fishbowl Calendar yet, this is your chance to get it. Take a look into my little shop. And thank you, for all your kindness and the orders so far. You have made the end of last year very special.









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January 13, 2014

queen of colors


Still doing things slightly different over here; different than last year, maybe different at all. I don't know, if I can stick to this, but for the first twelve days I wasn't too bad. It is not like me getting up, thinking:"Yeah, difference it is." More like some kind of rememberance and the sour taste of dislike, guiding into new directions. What didn't feel good last year, why should there be the repeating of an unloved song during the new one? So far, I went to some very good events and unknown places, there is still a lot of sleep, and the wardrobe is completely ripped off all things, that didn't make me feel gorgeous. Walking into our bedroom and having such clear sight now, feels so good. On top, for some of the pieces been thrown out, for me rather unsual colors have moved in. Some yellow even. And there is something else I have found out over the last weeks; every little thing you'll change, opens the door to another new thing. Like playing Dominoes reversed. You put one stone up and another follows. To another adventurous week of setting tiny stones.




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January 09, 2014

into details


The festive flowers around the Fishbowl are slowly fading and as always, I am keeping them as long as possible. I just adore this fragile state between full blooming and gone. Such a beauty lies in there. Other than that, the days have been good to me. Everything is still in full concentration on the small and the tiny. Today, I have finally finished a photo job for a friend. The first, quite challenging, dog training was conquered with a smile. Before the bigger plans are fully sketched out, it feels good to focus on The little Things. Like a Blogfriend of mine recently wrote; the small steps make up for the biggest changes. I think she is so right. Oh, if you're curiously jumping over to her blog, stay for a while. It is an extraordinary read. Plus, her pictures come close to traveling yourself.








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January 06, 2014

queen of colors


Today I seem to suffer from a bit of a reality blow. Nothing drastic has happened, but I am still feeling rather blurry, somewhere between the Old and the New, than being prepared to seriously start of with another year. This morning hit me with a loud Hello, while I was still sorting out ideas and making imaginary lists. I was still thinking about friendship, about families and about lifes, that I haven't lived so far. No way, I had planned to actually touch brushes or to write other emails, than the last Happy New Year greetings. Holy Canneloni, it is a big difference to only fantasize about big moves and about adventurous things ahead. All so inspiring. So exciting without the risks. To understand, that Now is the time to start, is far less romantic. It can bite you in your butt. Badly. So, the first coffee of this week, saw me with some tears and with the urgent need to hide under the table. Well, maybe not that hysterical, but quite close to it. A few hours on, I haven't grown wings yet, but the old brain has gotten some sense into my actions and my breathing is back to healthy. Almost. The fresh year and my self are getting to know each other, on a slowed down note. Not that this is something, I haven't experienced before. Nor is it an exclusive motion to the Fishbowl. We're probably all in the same boat. But like everything else; things we haven't practiced for a while, need a reminder. And the last change of years was twelve month ago. No one to blame here, I guess. So, for this first proper week of January, I wish you a smooth transformation from lingering around, to getting busy. And if you'll get the impression, you might overrun yourself, use those brakes. As, the race is long.








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January 02, 2014

on creating memories



Welcome New Year; you have started of so fine. With a lot of dishes though, but I don't mind at all. As it also started with good coffee, with another glass of Champagne and with taking the time for a chat, with reading late at night and with a passion for life. And for love. We couldn't have asked for anything more. This change of years will transform itself into one of the good memories. Thank you.









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