Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Hazel proposal

Today has been a beautiful day here in Prague. Cold or actually freezing and clear sky and bright sun. Every time I walk over one of the bridges over-viewing  the river and Prague's beautiful facades. The impressive castle in one direction and Vyserad church in the other. And I get overwhelmed of its beauty and for each time I fall a little bit more in love with this magical place. Sunny and clear days like today make it even more beautiful and magical. Pretty often I take pictures of this view and the photo never make the view justice I guess it has to be seen live. 

Strange that I have picked this illustration with a girl inside on a rainy day you might think. This is an illustration I made before I went out today and is a proposal to a job for a children book about a little girl called Hazel. Many different illustrators can make a proposal and bid for the job. I thought the job sounded like a cool project, so fingers crossed. 

A helping hand

I am currently working hard with my kids clothing collection - Made with Love. Warm, colorful and funky hats, scarves, bibs and dresses are in the making. Check out my webpage to find out more CCillustrator
I which I had great and cute little helpers like these three that could give me a helping hand here and there.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Illustration Friday: Tail

This collage of my dogs is my contribution to this weeks theme Tail at Illustration Friday...

Cards in the making

I have decided to make cards of some of my illustrations. This time I have chosen to go with my dogs, cats and horse. The cards will be a little bigger so they can be used as small posters as well. Also a few bookmarks and also I am looking into making smaller tags for presents or a short note to someone you love. I am very very excited to see what they will look at.. I will have cards for sale and if you are interested you can send me a mail on Here is some of the illustrations that I am waiting for.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book lovers

Team Nikolovski LOVE books
Loren has a special and very passionate relationship with bookstores. He can spend hours in there. He tak great proud in buying, smelling and reading books 
I also love to buy, smell and read books 
Mila loves to eat books... When she thinks we are not watching ( well sometimes she doesn't really care whether we are watching or not) she uses her small little teeth and eats the corners of her books. Not just like a little bite and spits it out oh no no this little girl actually eats pieces of her books and she is very fast so we won't stop her. All her books and some of ours now have eaten corners. When will she stop with this and just enjoy to smell and read them like her parents??

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tags and labels will take my collection to greater heights

I have ordered labels/tags or what to call them for my sewing projects. I am very excited to see what they will look like and to place them on my creations. This is the design I have ordered . What do you think?

Where I will put them? Yeah I am producing cute and colorful dresses, bibs, scarves and hats for babies and kids. I will make a bigger presentation of my collection soon, but here is a little preview. If you are interested and want a closer preview do not hesitate to contact me.

Celebrating numbers

       Lets celebrate numbers with a nice cake
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Moster Fridas lampa

På nedervåningen hos morfar Sven-Hugo har det funnits en ståtligt lampa så länge jag kan minnas. Ja eller när jag var yngre lade jag väl kanske inte direkt märke till lampan, mer än att jag tyckte att det var lite festligt att tända och släcka lampan med hjälp av två små snören. Den stod där brevid den där röd/oranga fotöljen som det gick att snurra fort i och som i sin tur stod brevid en gammal spinnrock som det inte gick att sticka sig på som i Törnrosa. För några år sedan blev denna lampa min. Jag hintade nog ganska kraftigt till morfar att om han inte använder den så kanske kanske den skulle göra sig bättre hos mig. Den flyttades upp från källarplan till ett ljusare plan. Från Vingåker till Örebro och sedan vidare till Prag. Lampan var från början morfars moster Frida's lampa. Mäktigt på något sätt att den har fått lysa upp livet hos en gammal släkting som jag aldrig träffat och nu hos mig. Undra var och när hon köpte den..

Tyget på skärmen har jag låtit sitta sedan den flyttade till mig, men den luktar gammalt damm och är mer än redo att bytas ut. Jag har dragit mig lite för detta fakta då det känns lite som gravskändning att plocka bort detta välgjorda hantverk. Men jag har tagit tjuren vid hornen och bestämt mig för att det nu var dags. 

As long as I can remember this nice tall heavy lamp has always been downstairs at my granddad Sven-Hugo´s house. Well to be correct I am not sure that I actually really remember the lamp or paid attention to the lamp. More then it was there next to that fun red/orange chair which was fun to spin round and round in. Some years ago this lamp became mine after me suggesting to my granddad that the lamp probably would be happy to be the center of attention again, if he don't use it or need it. So the lamp moved from Vingåker to Örebro and on to Prague. Center of attention it is alright as the lamp is now our most important light source in our living-room. Originally the lamp belonged to my granddad's aunty Frida. I wonder where she got it from and when? It is a nice feeling to have a piece of my history here next to me lighting up our life.

The fabric on the lamp is old and more then ready to be replaced, it smells of dust and cream color has become yellow with the years. But I have kept putting it off as it feels wrong to tear down this well made handcrafted work from an old ancestor. However it had to be done and the other week I finally did it.

Det blev ett grövre tyg i grålila toner med skogstema som jag köpte för några år seda. Ett vitt lakarn fick bli undertyg. Det blev riktigt bra och jag känner att jag gjorde lampan rättvisa. Vill du ha tips på hur man klär om en lampa så är jag inte rätt person, jag har själv så ohyggligt svårt att läsa eller framförallt förstå instruktioner. Så jag höftar till det lite och det är mitt enda råd höfta och testa för glatta livet.

I choose a coarse linen fabric in grey/violet tones with a forest team on it. I think I bought it a few years ago thinking to use it for curtains but been stored in my pretty extensive fabric storage. Of an old white cotton sheet I made the under layer. I am happy with the result and it feel like I have made the lamp justice. If you want advice how to make your own lampshade you have come to the wrong place. I am crap in reading sewing instructions and I simple just try so my advice to you would be just try and try and it will I am sure you will make a great shade. It is not that hard just fun.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Our nightmare

Det har varit lite tyst och tomt här. Vi tappade fotfästet lite. Hamnade i en mardröm som jag nu hoppas att vi är på andra sidan av. Molnen har skingrat sig och nu känns det nästan som vanligt igen. Fast jag har men, jag känner på liten pannan och tar tempen stup i kvarten. Kollar ännu oftare att hon andas och vill ha henne ännu mer nära hela tiden. Jag är räddare än räddast för bassilusker och virus. Men herregud var har hänt tänker du. Det var hemskt och det värsta jag varit med om. En torsdagsmorgon vaknar av att Mila får en attack av något som sedan visar sig vara feberkramp (snällt ord för något så otäckt) ambulans till sjukhus och blev kvar där i en vecka. Infektion, feber, tester och antibiotika. Ledsen men modig baby. Ledsen, hjälplös och rädd pappa. Ledsen, hjälplös och rädd mamma. Allt ställs på sin spets och man inser hur skört allt är. Vi har fått fantastisk vård och fint stöd från alla håll. Mila mår bra igen och är piggare än piggast.

Its been a little quiet here for a while. We lost the grip and it felt like we were falling like in a nightmare. We are now on the other side of our nightmare and doing better and better each day. We can breath again. But we are more scared and got a reminder that everything is a little fragile. I am also feeling the small-ones forehead and taking her temperature every two minutes. What has happened I guess you are wondering. It was a horrible day, the worst day ever. A Thursday morning Mila got a serve seizure and got unconscious. Panic, helpless and more panic. Thank God my autopilot worked when I didn't know what to do. Ambulance to the hospital where we stayed for a week. Febrile, infection, tests and antibiotics. Brave baby. Pappa cried. Mamma cried. Scared and helpless. We got great care and we are so grateful for all the support we have got from everyone. Thank you. A few weeks has past and Mila is now feeling a lot better. She is as wild as ever and we are so happy and relieved and more humble to the fact that things can change so suddenly.