some creative time

this past week was march break, which meant i had entire days to do things and have fun. aside from spending a lot of time playing games on my phone, browsing pinterest, and reading, i also found some time to be creative! i am definitely invigorated by creativity and by allowing the artistic part of me to just roam free.

it all started with this marker drawing of some houses across the street!

i am someone who loves drawing with pen and paper, but i often leave it just black (or blue) and white, because i’m afraid of what adding colour might do to the cleanliness of the drawing. this week i decided to whip out my 50 pack of markers…okay more like 47 because i lost a few after kingston through my lens. they’re nothing fancy, just a variety pack i bought at staples and i love them.

a tribute to one of my favourite places in the west end

on monday, i tagged along with kelvin’s family during their visit to toronto. at ikea, i picked up two black ribba frames to add a little something extra to our living room. i am really into drawing cities and streetscapes, so i thought “why not draw some of the awesome buildings on princess street?” it’s nice to live in kingston and to be able to showcase some of the spectacular heritage architecture in the city. i started off with just having two scenes, but as we were hanging them up, the spacing really warranted a third. here are a few snapshots!

the very first one i did, of james reid furniture
probably my favourite of the bunch (perhaps it’s the tilt) – the grand theatre!
this was the late addition: my rendition of a trio of buildings (luke’s gastronomy, three, and lululemon)

something funny to note – i practiced a very long time on my signature before i dared to do it on the actual drawings. i didn’t want to ruin them! in fact, i have a few pages full of signatures and different versions that i was contemplating.

here’s the final product

aside from all the sketches, i also fooled around with some origami. i made these little folded paper squares called menko, which was surprisingly easy! maybe i will do a video tutorial when i have time…

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a place to sit

finally, after a month of sitting on the floor or on my exercise ball, i have furniture in the living room! i am really happy with the kivik sofa we bought at ikea, as well as my new poang arm chair. the rug was on sale for 30, so we picked it up as well. i think it really pulls everything together. i am having some trouble smoothing it out though – it’s still very clear that the rug came rolled up. the coffee table is from kelvin’s house – our “antique piece” he likes to call it. we might stain it down the road.

as you can tell from the corner of the picture, the dining room is still very far from being finished. yes, that is a fold-up table, and yes, there are three stools. they have served me well thus far though!

a trip to IKEA

in anticipation of moving into my new house, the three of us (kelvin, his brother, and i) went on a little road trip today to ottawa to visit IKEA. growing up, i always loved flipping through the IKEA catalogues. now, i actually get to buy things there! and by buy things, i don’t just mean buying a set of sheets or a frame, but real furniture for my house! how exciting! i will probably post things up as we get them or as we figure out what our rooms should look like. for now, we have figured out our study and we have our eye on this combination for the living room. we would probably get it in black-brown with two large open bookshelves on either side (not the glass cabinets – we can’t afford glass!). and we would go with a smaller bench and wall mount (2 sections instead of 3).