Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday is my day: Leen's

Hello friends! This time of the week arrived again :) Today we travel to Belgium and I am glad to present you Leen from Leen's!

Set of 4 greeting cards by Leen's

Hello, my name is Leen. Together with my partner Dieter, I live in a flat in Antwerp, a Belgian city. I hope you'll like to follow a day in my live.

My alarm clock rings. It’s difficult to get up, because it’s so cosy and warm in bed. I have this problem especially in autumn and winter, when it’s still dark in the morning and cold outside. When I finally get up, I start my day with a few yoga exercises. I take a shower and get dressed.

I have breakfast together with Dieter, who works at home on Fridays. I write in my “to do” notebook (it will be a busy day…) and I make my first cup of tea of the day.

Our living room is split in two parts. One of these parts is the studio where I work. It was a very busy week and I've made a big mess of my working table, so first thing to do: clean up!

I actually don’t like to clean up, but I’m always happy when the work is done. A clean desk makes it so much nicer to work. I reward myself by changing my inspiration board: a magnetic board filled with cards from artists whom I admire and some other stuff I like.

While I was hanging one card next to the other, the postman delivered a box with the holiday cards I've illustrated. I decide to start photographing them immediately. The earlier I can put them on Etsy, the better! It happens to be a tough job: the sun shines only every now and then, and most of the time there are big clouds that take away all the light. After a long time of trying and making a lot of failed pictures, I choose the best ones to place in my shop. I adapt the pictures a bit in Photoshop, and then I can finally make my listings on Etsy.

In 15 minutes I have an appointment with my sister in the city centre. I take my bike (my favourite means of transport) and I arrive just in time.

We have lunch together and we talk a lot about the things that keep us busy. My sister is a writer, and it’s so much fun to share our creative processes, encouraging each other and giving advice to one another! But of course, we do talk about many other things too.

We go to the shop, as we need both food for dinner. After shopping, we decide to have a coffee in one of those great coffee bars in our city (because we just can't stop talking ;-). Coffee bars are dangerous places for girls like us; we tend to spend hours and hours over there…

Back at home. I check my mailbox, make a post for my blog and start reading other blogs, a very inspiring but time-consuming activity. So I decide to get away from my computer and to do something with my hands. Making buttons from the fabric I designed a whole while ago seems to be a good idea.

Time flies and I need to start cooking for dinner. I’m going to make a dish from “de groene prinses”. She creates gorgeous vegetarian meals. Since the existence of this blog, it has been much easier for me to decide what to cook. Fortunately Dieter loves these meals too.

While Dieter is doing the dishes (lucky me!), I get back to work. I come to the conclusion that I haven't done pretty much of my to do list today. Ok, first I need to finish some commissioned jobs and then I will finally tackle the design for that tote bag. It’s going to be a long evening...

And for tomorrow: happy weekend everyone!

Thank you Leen! As for all of you lovely readers stay tunned for our next week's guest!
Until then, have a great weekend and be creative :)


  1. Thanks for a great interview, loved reading it. Her work is beautiful too, just placed an order :)

  2. Hi Leen, cute shop you have!
    I enjoyed reading about your day and you took lovely pictures also :)
    I hope you had a great weekend.

  3. Thank you so much for the nice comments!

  4. One day I will be there for coffee too ;-)