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:iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3: Our son, Jakob Michel, arrived last Monday, April 24th. :iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3:
There are no words to describe how happy and grateful we are to finally hold him in our arms. We are just brimful with love for this precious little wonder.

You guys will understand that my online activities will still be reduced to a minimum. I will drop in here once in a while, but won't be very talkative. :D

Wishing you all a wonderful spring. See you around!
Hey everyone! :wave: How has 2017 been treating you so far?

It's been very busy for me, that's for sure. Sorry for not posting anything in a while and commenting now on stuff you guys submitted weeks or even months ago. Due to a failed Internet provider change, I didn't have a stable Internet connection for almost three months. :faint: Besides, there was and still is so much going on in my life that I do not have much time or patience to sit down and draw.

Baby's due date is in a few weeks and for both my hubby and me, the excitement level is rising – not so much as far as labor and delivery are concerned, but rather in terms of life with an infant. We are confident that we can handle it, but you know ... the anxieties of first-time parents. :D
Up to the present day, our little one is healthy (thank God!) and still loves to kick me and do somersaults. It delights and comforts me to feel him move, the liveliness being a sign for me that he's doing fine. On the other hand, however, my belly has become quite the burden. Chores, errands, walks – everything takes so much more time. Also, sitting for several hours in a bent-forward position has become almost impossible. Which is another reason for the lack of updates, even though I have so many unfinished works and many new ideas. I would like to get at least one or two drawings done before the baby arrives, but I can't promise anything.

Anyhow, I am trying to be a little more active from now on. :)
Much love to you guys! :heart:
  • Drinking: tea
I have been waiting for the appointment of my second ultrasound ever since I learned of my pregnancy.
Friends and relatives were already making bets, and most of them guessed it would be a girl. My gut feeling said "girl" as well. The only one assuming the opposite was my husband. :P

So Monday was the appointment and both of us were super-excited! And what can I say?
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...
...
Hubby was right. Our baby is a boy. Unmistakably. :lmao:
It's a healthy and pretty active little baby (quite the kicker :D), and we're very happy about it. Getting to know this was our early Christmas gift, so to speak.
Now we're looking forward to spending the holidays with our family and friends. No stress, no work, just quality time.

I hope you guys are doing well and enjoying the holiday season so far. :)
  • Drinking: tea
A few slots are still open. So if you want to participate, leave a comment here. Deadline: tomorrow.

I really missed the annual Christmas Card Exchange last year, so I decided to sound the bell for a new round! Actually, I have been looking forward to posting this entry for quite a few weeks now. :happybounce:
But before we can get started, let me resume the how-tos and rules.

:bulletgreen: What exactly is the Christmas Card Exchange and how does it work?
I started this way back in 2009 after seeing this tradition circulate on dA. It is a nice way to celebrate friendship and has since become something I look forward to every year.
Basically, you send a card to a person and get one in return. Figures, right? Yes, but since I like to actually hold something in my hands and see this as an opportunity to give a little gift myself, this is not about sending some digital season's greetings. It is about real cards.
I usually do mine with colored pencils. This is no necessity for you, but I would like to get something that shows your personal touch.

:bulletgreen: Are there any restrictions?
Yes.
* First of all (and I can not stress this enough): It's an exchange. It's not to get a free drawing just like that. You have to give something in return.
* If you are a friend of mine or if we are in regular contact here on dA, I will gladly add you to the list. If you watch me but (have) never talk(ed) to me (before), this exchange is not for you. I'm sorry.
* As I said above: You get a card from me, so I would like to get a card from you as well. Like, I get mail from you. This means we are exchanging addresses.
* Since my cards are handmade and I want to avoid them arriving too late, I'll have to set a deadline for those who want to participate. This will be on Wednesday, November 30th.
* Ten slots will be open.

:bulletgreen: What do I have to do?
* Drop me a comment or a note. I'll add you to the list if you are under the first ten people to respond.
* You'll have to note me with your address. After that, you will get mine in return.
* We both get our cards ready and send them out to each other. It would be great if you let me know once you mailed it. I'll do the same.
* Drop me a comment or note when your card arrived.

:bulletgreen: Can I ask for a certain motif?
Yes, as long as you allow me the same. :nod:

:bulletgreen: Are there any examples?
Yep. Christmas Cards - Examples by Merani

Any further questions? Just ask away. :)
Can't wait to get started. :woohoo:

The list:
1. :icondarkwingfan: I received card
2. :iconthe-real-vega777: she received card
3. :iconsplatterphoenix: she received card, I received card
4. :iconmslizcrackshell: I received card
5. :iconladyariaa: she received card, I received card
6. :icondisneypsycho: she received card, I received card
  • Drinking: tea
:iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3::iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3::iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3:
I can't begin to tell you how insanely happy, excited and thankful me and my husband are right now. This is the ray of hope we have been waiting for all throughout this troublesome year. And now it seems that it is finally coming to a good end. :aww:
  • Drinking: tea
It was time to move on and replace the last journal with a new, more lighthearted one.

I already did something like this four years ago and felt like doing it again. In case you don't remember or don't watch me that long (and because I'm lazy :D), here's what I wrote back then:

"[...]I'd like to know what kind of music inspires you to draw, write, craft, ... whatever you do artistically. Is there a certain band or singer you usually listen to, are there certain songs that help you get into a specific mood or imagine particular scenarios? Which musical genres do you turn to, and for which purpose?

I'd highly appreciate your input and am really excited to read your experiences! I'll also gladly share my own thoughts with you, so that I'm not the only one who benefits from this. :)"

As for myself, I enjoy songs from almost every genre. There are certain bands and/or singers that I call my favorites (see my deviantID/interests on my profile page), but I will gladly listen to everything as long as it inspires me. If it really grips me, I will end up playing it on repeat for hours.
What always works for me are movie scores and video game soundtracks - instrumental music doesn't distract me too much from drawing, yet helps me imagine things and also in terms of putting my mental images on paper. The same applies to Disney soundtracks, though I prefer songs of the older movies (1998 and earlier).

As the title implies, I think I will make this a long-term project. That means I will gradually add more details and keep updating this journal every once in a while. Sounds like a plan, eh?
And now it's your turn! :eager:
  • Drinking: tea
Just when we were beginning to feel better again ... This year is not giving us any rest, it seems.
Right now I can not think straight. I haven't quite realized it either, it just feels so darn unreal.
  • Drinking: water
So I got tagged by DeathByMarshmallows two years ago ... :D Now I finally had the time to do it.

 

RULES
1. - You must posts these rules.
2. - Each person has to share 10 things about them.
3. - Answer the 10 questions asked to you and invent 10 questions the people you tag will have to answer.
4. - Choose 10 [nope, only 5] people and put their icons on your journal.
5. - Go to their page to inform them they are tagged.
6. - Not something like " you are tagged if you read that".
7. - You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
8. - No tag-backs.
9. - You can’t say that you don't do tags.
10. - YOU MUST MAKE A JOURNAL ENTRY. NO COMMENTS. Unless you're commenting about the actual entry.


Ten Things About Me:

1. I love doing to-do lists. They are fun to write and I enjoy crossing out stuff once it‘s done even more. :P
2. If you are a long-time follower of me, you probably know that I love Sweden and have played with the thought of moving there one day. Well, I rejected that idea. I still love Sweden with all my heart and will always be a frequent Sweden traveler, but now my desired residence is Hamburg. It's one of my favorite places, my hubby might get a job there after finishing his PhD thesis and it's way closer to our home town - which is (probably) the main reason.
3. Squirrels distract me more than anything else. Whatever I do, if there's a squirrel jumping across the lawn or climbing up a tree, I can not (!!!) resist looking at it. You will often hear me squealing with glee as well, because I find them so utterly FLUFFY AND CUTE!
4. Next to dA, food blogs are the sites I surf the most and ever since I started reading them, I am also concerning myself with food and how it is produced a lot more than I used to. As a neat side effect, I have collected and tried out many interesting recipes and created some of my own. I think I might start my own blog someday.
5. My hubby is 33 hours older than me. His birthday is on July 12th, mine is on July 13th.
6. I am pretty good at imitating voices and sounds.
7. I eat pasta with a pastry fork – a quirk I adopted from my father, who thought that eating his favorite food like this, he would be able to enjoy it for a longer time (smaller bites, you know …).
8. When I was little, I was not the typical girl. Shiny things, horses, pink, princesses, ... I wasn't into all that, probably because I was heavily influenced by my brother and the two boys next door.
9. Another fun fact from my childhood: Up until I was 11 or 12 years old, I had recurring dreams of a toilet that wanted to attack me. Reason for this might be a commercial that was aired on German TV when I was in elementary school age that had a talking toilet in it. That must've impressed me deeply, in a negative way. When I was a small kid, I even was at a point where I didn't want to go to the bathroom alone. :lmao:
10. I never miss the annual fair in my home town. It's comparable to the Oktoberfest in Munich, yet smaller, without dirndls and lederhosen and with less drunk people. It's great fun going there and I always enjoy all the brightly colored lights, the rides and – most importantly – the smell of roasted almonds in the air. :love:



DeathByMarshmallows' Questions:
1. What super hero team would you join and why? (Ex. Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League....Justice Ducks)
The Ghostbusters. They don't need superpowers, just brains and friendship, to save the world.

2. Speaking of superheroes, what comic or cartoon character do you relate to and why?
Wow, that‘s a tough question. I seriously have no idea! What would you say? Is there a character I remind you of? Let me know! :)

3. What gaming platform do you prefer to play on and why?
Wii and SNES. The former because I have always been a Nintendo girl and like the fancy controller and the games (Donkey Kong Country Returns! :heart:), the latter for nostalgia reasons.

4. For the next 24 hours, you don't have access to social media, television or a phone. What do you do?
Depending on the weather, I would either go for a long walk and get inspired or curl up on my sofa with a good book.

5. If you could bring back any cancelled show, which would you pick and why?
Spaceship Sagittarius! Anybody remember that one? Look it up here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uch%C5%A…
Sadly, I don‘t remember much of the show, but the things I can recall have been present ever since I first watched it when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I desperately want to watch it again, but so far I haven‘t found anything apart from the German and Japanese intro and a few snippets from several episodes.

6. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas, definitely. The world seems to calm down for a bit and it's the best time to spend plenty of time with family and friends. Plus, I enjoy giving gifts to others and seeing their reaction.

7. What do you do when you get an artist's/writer's block?
I go for a walk or I just draw/write to create output. I also have two books that inspire you to draw/write through various little tasks you have to accomplish.

8. Who is your favorite author and why?
T.C. Boyle: I used to read his books a lot during my school years (some of them were part of the curriculum). His style just captures me.
Michael Ende: I grew up with his books and still love them with all my heart. Many of them are classics, yet their topics are still up-to-date.
Jonathan Safran Foer: His novel "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" turned my emotions topsy-turvy. You know that at the end of the book everything will go down the drain, yet you keep hoping for that positive turn of events. It was a very enthralling read for me.

9. Do you have any other talents?
Apart from the above mentioned voice imitating, I am a fairly good listener. As it is part of my job, I also always try to give advive when I can, but I've found that just listening often works even better.

10. What is your favorite theme park ride? If you haven't been to one, which theme park would you like to visit?
My favorite theme park ride is Colossos, a wooden roller coaster located in Heide Park Resort in Germany. However, my all-time favorite ride ever is called "Frisbee". It‘s like a pendulum with a rotating gondola. Great fun, but the one that used to frequent our fair for two decades got sold to a theme park in Dubai two years ago. :noes: There are others of that kind traveling around, luckily, but none of them comes close to the one I grew up with.


My Questions:
1. What makes you laugh?
2. Do you have any quirks?
3. What do you see when you look out of the window?
4. Which languages do you speak fluently?
5. What's your favorite food when you're sick?
6. If you had the chance to have any job you want, what would it be?
7. What's the craziest thing you've done so far?
8. If you had been born the opposite sex, what would your parents have named you?
9. Do you have a good luck charm?
10. What would you consider the best day of your life?



I tag: :iconthe-real-vega777: :iconvampire-sacrifice: :iconfredd8: :iconsplatterphoenix: :icondisneypsycho:

  • Drinking: water
... my neck hurts from drawing. :la:
But seriously. Folks! I am producing stuff! Mostly sketches at the moment, but I am determined to color and post them all. Among them are projects I have been wanting to do for many years, but so far they never turned out the way I wanted. And now everything is coming together on its own. That makes every artist happy, doesn't it? :D

In order to celebrate this and get some more inspiration, I'd like to hear your suggestions.
What would you like to see me draw? Post your idea here and if I like it, I will draw it. This is important, for it's not going to be a request thingy.
Okay? So, basically I am open to anything as long as it's PG-rated and not overly detailed.
Ready? I'm dying to see what you come up with. :eager:

Update: I'll be on vacation until the end of next week. :woohoo: As I'm only taking my pencil and sketchpad with me, I won't be able to color the sketches I've made lately. I'll do that when I get back. However, if you have any more suggestions, just throw them at me. :)
What have you been up to this summer?
  • Drinking: water
Sometimes life ends way too soon.
And sometimes life ends before it begins.

My hubby and me lost two beloved ones in three weeks' time. This is the most devastating experience we've ever had.
I'm showing a sign of life just to run away again. :D
Hubby and me are leaving for Canada tomorrow. :icondweebdanceplz: A dream is coming true ...

Wishing you all a great summer!
  • Drinking: orange juice
*dusts off journal*
Hello everyone! Do you remember me? ;)

It's been a long time. A way too long time. I've had very restricted internet access over the past month and have been very busy with sorting a few things out. In a nutshell: After successfully recovering from my tonsillectomy, equally successfully completing my training program (I am now a parent counselor and very proud of it :D) and spending a week in my hometown in order to make preparations for our church wedding next year (I bought my dress!!! :happybounce:), I had to learn upon my return that our basement apartment was mold-infested – due to insufficient insulation against rising moisture. My hubby (who was in Italy at that time) and me had to get out of there immediately. Luckily, we found another apartment in the neighborhood real soon and moved there. We had to disinfect all our belongings and throw away a few things (which we got replaced by our landlord), which was the worst part and had our nerves quite frayed. But now we are here in a newly renovated first floor apartment and are just happy that everything went by rather quickly in the end. And in order to relax a bit and clear our minds after all the stress, we went to Barcelona a little more than a week ago and spent a wonderful vacation in a lovely city, where it was still quite warm and sunny. :heart:

Aaaaand before you know it, Christmas is just a month away. That means it's time for another Christmas Card Exchange! :woohoo: This year, however, only 5 slots will be open. So hurry up and drop me a comment or note! :) You will then be added to the list. After that, I will ask for your address and you'll get mine in return. I'll then make a card for you and send it to you as soon as possible. Please don't forget to tell me when it's arrived! And since it's an exchange, I'd like to get a card in return.

Deadline for comments/notes is Sunday, December 7th. I'm looking forward to getting started! :eager:

The list:

1.) :iconindyhorizon:
2.) :icondisneypsycho:
     :iconmushud: (non-Christmas card)
3.) :iconsplatterphoenix:
4.) :iconladyariaa:
5.) :iconthe-real-vega777:
  • Drinking: tea
I'm still recovering from surgery and am literally sick of it already. :lmao: Sooo~ looking forward to finally jumping around and eating whatever I want again!
I'm still catching up with messages and obligations, such as the following quiz. The 10 questions meme is next up on the agenda. And a new deviation, definitely. I haven't updated in almost one year!! :noes:

I chose Eleanor for the quiz (surprise, surprise). In this one, however, she hasn't met Megavolt yet. ;)
Okay, here we go! (Oh, by the way: I was tagged by SplatterPhoenix.)

Rules:
1. You must choose only ONE of your OCs. Do it again if you wanna use another OC.
2. Your OC must answer every question as truthfully as possible.
3. Title the journal as "OC's Quiz".
4. When you're done, tag as many people as you want.
5. Have fun!!!
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1: Hi! What's your real name and nickname?

Dr. Eleanor Carolyn Johansson. A close friend of mine calls me Ellie, but other than that I don't have a nickname.

2: What's your gender?

Female.

3: Interesting... what's your current age?

I'm in my early thirties. Hey, it changes every year, so don't expect an exact answer. ;)

4: Uh huh. What's your favorite food?

Hardly anybody believes it, but: ice cream. It must be genetically determined. I also like any kind of seafood.

5: And your favorite drink?

Pretty much every kind of tea, no matter how exotic or unusual. And a glass of good wine every now and then.

6: Confession time! Who's your crush/lover?

:blush: Well, actually: my best friend from high school. I haven't seen him in a long time, he disappeared from the face of the earth many years ago. I would give anything to see him again ...

7: Aww! Have you two kissed yet?

No ... *sighs*

8: Classic question! What's your favorite color?

Green and dark blue.

9: Who's your favorite author?

Oh boy, I'd never be able to settle for just one.

10: Now what's your biggest fear?

Being completely alone with absolutely nobody to turn to.

11: *stifles a giggle* I'm not laughing *bursts out laughing* Sorry. Have an embarrassing experience in your past?

*raises an eyebrow*
Well yes, that one incident back in high school after the football match.
Thinking of it still gives me the shivers ... Let's talk about something different!

12: Any Siblings?

No, I'm an only child.

13: Almost, it's only twenty questions. Who's your hero?

Elmo, the above-mentioned best friend from high school. He was an outsider, just like me, and I always admired his enthusiasm. He kept doing what he wanted to do, what he believed in, not caring about the others and their opinions.

14: Okay, who is your worst enemy?

Crime and injustice. See #17.

15: What would you do if your hero and your worst enemy got together?

*chuckles* I don't worry about that. They don't go together at all.

16: Interesting... what would you do if you met your creator?

Well ... *looks up at the sky* I hope that's not gonna happen any time soon.

17: Okay, I'll contact them right now. Done! WAT Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?

You did *what*? Oh come on, don't be silly, you can't just ... Alright, forget it. Regarding your question: I'm a lawyer and very happy with my profession. What I'm wishing for, though, is to be a mother some day.

18: What's your worst nightmare?

I have this constantly recurring dream about my parents' house being flooded, with water running from the ceilings and walls. I haven't figured out yet what that's supposed to mean, but I'm sure it stands for something. I hope it's nothing bad.

19: What's your lifelong dream?

Up until I graduated from high school, all I wanted was to get a job that would enable me to help people: lawyer, doctor, teacher, ... Now that I've achieved that, my priorities have changed. Like I said, I desperately want to see Elmo again or at least want to know his whereabouts.

20: What would you do if your lifelong dream came true?

This might sound cheesy, but I'd finally feel ... complete again. The next step would be telling him what I feel, but that would cost me quite an effort.

21: Okay, where's your favorite place to relax?

Whenever there's a thunderstorm, I position my armchair in front of the window and watch what's happening outside. Nothing relaxes me more than that.

22: Favorite music?

80s pop and classical music. Kara, we need to sing karaoke again as soon as possible!

23: Do you have any friends?

Yes, a good handful. My dearest friends would be Annie, my former neighbor, who I used to babysit when I was a teenager, and Elmo. Kara and Helene are good friends as well. And a few workmates.

24: Last question! What do you spend most of your time doing?

Working. During the week, I hardly have time for myself. On the weekends, however, I spend most of my time reading, taking walks or meeting friends.

25: We're done! Now tag whoever you want. DO IT!

I tag :iconmegs83: :icondesert-lilly: :iconindyhorizon: :iconpimander1446:
  • Drinking: tea
I'm having my tonsils removed tomorrow. Nervousness alert!

Any experiences from you guys?

(Sorry I haven't responded to messages, deviations and journals lately. Super-busy is all I say. :( I'll get around to it soon, promise!)
  • Drinking: water
megs83 and SplatterPhoenix brought this meme to my attention. Awesome idea, so I'm doing it as well.

Here are the rules:
:bulletgreen: The first 10 people's avatar commenting in this journal, and the three deviations I like most from their gallery, will be put on the list below.
:bulletgreen: If you comment, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger (me) and three of my art on the first place.
:bulletgreen: The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!

1) :iconmegs83:
Megavolt Says by megs83 Quackerjack for Glitter234 by megs83 Leo Sketch by megs83
2) :iconsplatterphoenix:
The only one there ever was by SplatterPhoenix A Story with a Twist by SplatterPhoenix The Man in my Mirror by SplatterPhoenix
3) :iconanimatedtigergirl:
Firework's New Uniform by AnimatedTigerGirl The Elementals by AnimatedTigerGirl Hitting The Jackpot by AnimatedTigerGirl
4) :icondisneypsycho:
Eleanor by DisneyPsycho Bittersweet by DisneyPsycho Happy Halloween by DisneyPsycho
5) :iconladyariaa:
Trimmin' the Tree by LadyAriaa Drakes and Dragons by LadyAriaa Wet Nightmare by LadyAriaa
6) :iconthe-real-vega777:
31 Day Challenge: Day 28 by The-real-Vega777 OC Outfit Meme - Emmie by The-real-Vega777 Foreshadowing, anyone? by The-real-Vega777
7) :iconbing-klosby:
Bad habits by Bing-Klosby Jack and Sally by Bing-Klosby Mine... by Bing-Klosby
  • Listening to: Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  • Watching: the screen
  • Drinking: water
Germany won the FIFA World Cup! On my birthday! HAPPINESS OVERLOAD!!! :woohoo:
I have officially changed my last name. :D
A little more than two weeks ago, I said yes to my boyfriend of almost 10 years. We got married in our hometown and everything went surprisingly well, except for the sudden death of the car battery. :lmao: Luckily, it decided to bite the dust after lunch and not before the ceremony.

I feel different now, but I think it might take another year or so before I have fully realized it. Our church wedding is on June 20th, 2015, so there's still a lot for us to prepare and look forward to. :)

This also explains my inactivity over the past months; I'm sorry I haven't had the time to comment and/or reply on/to your submissions and comments earlier. Of course I hope to be more active from now on, but I don't want to feed you false hopes. Whenever I find the time, I will pop in here, but don't expect too much from me.

I hope everybody is doing well. :hug: See you around!
May 3rd, 2014. 9:30 am. :heart:
(Actually, it's "just" the civil wedding, the church wedding will take place in 2015. But man, I'm so excited!!! :woohoo:)

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a good start of the New Year. I know I did. :D
... Time for another Christmas card exchange! :happybounce: Gosh, you have no idea how much I've been looking forward to this.

Last chance! Deadline's tomorrow!

Here's how it works:
If you want to exchange cards with me, leave me a comment here or send me a note. Provided that you're under the first ten people to respond, I'll add you to my list and ask for your address (you'll get mine in return, of course). I'll start working on the cards as soon as possible and once I mailed them, I'll let you guys know so you can be sure they're on their way. Also, I'll drop you a note when your card has arrived.
That's basically it. If you have any questions, just ask. :)

Since you'll get a handmade card from me, I have to set a deadline for comments and notes, which will be Sunday, December 8th.

Are you ready? Let's get started! :D


1. :iconvampire-sacrifice: (she received card, I received card)
2. :iconladyariaa: (she received card, I received card)
3. :iconshychick: (she received card, I received card)
4. :iconlordnegaduck: (he received card, I received card)
5. :iconthe-real-vega777: (she received card, I received card)
6. :iconstephratte: (she received card, I received card)
7. :icondisneypsycho: (card sent)
8. :iconduckfiend: (waiting for address)
  • Reading: what I'm writing
  • Watching: the screen
My boyfriend of 9 years proposed to me today. :happybounce: I couldn't be any happier right now.
  • Reading: what I'm writing
  • Watching: the screen