My Favorite Instagram Accounts

Good Morning!
It’s Friday and the weekend almost upon us. Yeah! And you probably spent a ton of time on Instagram on your weekends, right? Please say yes and tell me I am not the only one scrolling my hours away…

Anyway during my 100 day challenge I found a ton of new Instagram Accounts to follow and figured why not make a post about the people/accounts I most like, the ones that inspire and the ones that make me miss adventure.

  1. Denise Lomas – I am truly in love with Denise’s work. There is only one word describing her art for me: whimsical. I never understood why people would want to buy art but I would get a tiny piece of Denise in a heartbeat. It just makes me happy seeing it in my feed. And I am catching myself wondering how she manages to make those ink backgrounds. But see for yourself and follow her.
  1. Jen Lashek / willowmarkworks – Jen is another artist and painter. I love her delicate watery paintings of flowers and ferns. And she has gorgeous patterns too. And then it isn’t too bad that  it is mainly blues and pinks and she lives in Vancouver.
    https://www.instagram.com/willowmarkworks/
  2. Emily Mann / inkindigo – This is the third account with blues. And gold. Emily paints on paper with rich blue ink and golden pens. But she also makes clay ornaments and frames. I love looking at them.
  3. Alex Strohl – Beware of his account it my induce a huge wanderlust. Many of his pictures show the rough outdoor of the north west of the United States and I have lost my heart a bit there as you know. The beauty is just breathtaking.
  4. Jenny / Jenn Adores – When I look at Jenny’s pictures it is always calming my mind. Her pictures are white and clean and beautiful. I could never have such a great apartment/house but I adore (pun intended) looking at them. But maybe the best part are her hashtags. They are hilarious and tell the real story.
  5. I have this thing with floors – Well, I do too. So it’s fun to see what people find around this crazy planet.
  6. Elise Cripe | Gettoworkbook – I love lists. I love planning. And I love sneaking a peak into other peoples planers. And Elise developed this amazing book and shares lots of fun pictures in use. Even though I don’t own one (yet) it is inspiring to look at.
  7. Remy | ragdoodles – Some little fun in my feed. It just makes me smile and most the time it involves coffee. Can’t do anything wrong there…

Now it’s your turn. What is your favorite account to follow. Please let me know because you can never have enough inspiration and pretty pictures in your feed.

Happy scrolling,

Tobia

I submit this list to the Freutag and Fridays are for Friendships linkup.

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #22

Yeahh for the weekend. I really looked forward to this one. I need some couch time. The last week was so busy.

Hamburger Hafen

Lets see. It all started out with a trip to Hamburg for Blogst 2016. But first I spend 3 hours chatting away with a family friend before I made my way o the hotel.

It was my first Blogst conference and I wanted to go for the last years. 2016 I got lucky and managed to snag a ticket. And I was excited. And nervous. I don’t do really good in environments where I do not know a single soul. I tend to hide and read a book instead. That is what happened during the networking event Friday night. I showed up, I felt uncomfortable after a short while and so I disappeared and read in my room. But I was annoyed with myself because I did want to meet new people who share the love of blogging.

So next try on Saturday and I went down to breakfast even though I didn’t want to eat. And I met Dana who I already knew from a lettering workshop I attended in 2015. We ended up spending lot of time together and it was fun.

The conference itself was fun too. After my not so impressed experience in 2015 at Blogtacular I just had low expectations for the sessions. And being part of the online community (in my private and business life) I didn’t expect to be blown away with new knowledge. Still I learned a few things. But my main focus was to get back into the blogging habit, find new inspiration and meeting people. And I did talk to Lisa, Annalena, Nina, Sandra, Jessica, Julia and Sabine and a few others I am sure. Also I wanted to get a bit more insight on how cooperations work and how other bloggers are handling that.

So it was nice to have a few sponsors set up and getting to talk with them. I talked long with Schwartau. They also provided the most yummiest Gingerbread Cupcakes. Food and Beverages for pretty good in general. Lunch was mainly salad (sponsored by Bonduelle) and sandwiches which was fine by me but I didn’t get a sandwich the first day and didn’t have breakfast. Well I had a few cupcakes more. The plates and cups were sponsored by RICE and we could take ours at the end of the conference. I might keep my cup but will give my plate to my godchild for Christmas.

food at blogst 2016

My main focuses for the conference have a big check mark. Monday I sat down and wrote a blogpost, I also had a major inspiration overload and scribbled down lots of ideas. Wednesday I made an editorial calendar for the rest of the year and took a bunch of pictures. I am so motivated. I will not meet my years goal but I am (hopefully) back.

However this was only the weekend. I also spent a lot of time with my photography courses. I decided to sign up for a 9 months long class and a couple of special topic classes. One is low light photography where those pictures where taken.

low light photography

As you can see I have been busy. What have you been up too? I’ll  be heading over to Denise and Andrea to see how your week was. Will I meet you there?

Happy weekend

Tobia

MY 2015: THREE YEARS OF BLOGGING

I am loving those annual reviews. They make you remember what happened the last 365 days and more than once I have rediscovered memories buried so deep that I didn’t know they happened. I also love those tv shows and try watching at least one but lately they really suck.

Anyway, after year one and year two here comes my recap of blogging year number three.

3 years of blogging

I don’t feel I have had the greatest blogging experience this year. Maybe I was preoccupied or maybe I felt other things had more importance in life. I don’t know.

This year I have been writing 57 blog posts. I am a bit sad that it is less than last year (75) but I guess that’s life. August was the best months and the month I was staying home unemployed so I guess you know why. But February with my little wedding series was good too. And as always December ist strong. I have many more ideas and I am hoping I will break the trend and write more, show you more and inspire more.

I am so glad that people stop by and read my words. I know we all have lots going on so I am thankful that you spend a few minutes of your life to read my blog. A special thanks to my most loyal blog readers who also take the time to leave a comment. Thank you Elisa, San, Feliz and Selma. Every comment makes me happy. I am also grateful for all the pople following me on Twitter (230), Pinterest (263) and Bloglovin (38). When I registered for a the blog conference Blogtacular they wanted to know my instagram handle. Didn’t have it. Who has time for another social media account, right? Anyhow like 2 hours later I signed up and I have to say while Twitter was my favorite 2014 it was Instagram (89) this year.

my instagram

In 2015 most people looked for mood boards on my blog. But again my wreath ideas are really popular too. Also a lot of you wanted to read about missed chances and why it’s ok. And a few of you searched for Kermakakku. My favorite post this year was probably my recap of our trip to the arctic circle. The article I put the most thought into was about my personal style. I also participated in some of Bine’s Schreibzeit topics but didn’t get around to writing as many as I hoped for. New year, new chance…

I created a new page for all my Advent and Christmas related topics. This took me forever to do as I didn’t understand the set up of the plugin. Just when I was ready to leave it be I decided to search one more time for a plugin. Well this one was great and I set up the page in an hour or so. And also my Dawanda shop got his own page.

While I was quite creative this year I feel like I didn’t spend much time on my photography. I blame it on my camera. I am no longer happy with it and might need to save up for a new one.

This year was probably my hardest blogging year so far. I had a lot of ideas but no time or energy to realize them. Often times I thought I should post something. Remembering why I started though kept me sane and I didn’t stress when I had nothing to share or just didn’t feel like it.

I am excited for 2016 and looking forward what it will bring.

Happy end of the year to you,

Tobia

10 Things You should read while I am on the road

A long time I have talked about going to Blogtacular! It’s finally here! I’ll be in a room full of creative people.

And I’ve prepared something for you to spend your time while I am gone. Why don’t you read my 10 most favorite blog posts here on craftaliciousme?

 bridal boquet to necklace

DIY Craziness

♥ My idea of saving the world of dusted bridal flowers – make jewelry and wear it!

♥ No secret that I am the biggest X-mas addict around. In 2014 I had my DIY advent calendar. I think the star lantern is my fave. But then I love the magnet too.

Baking Away

♥ Read the story behind my love for blueberries and make yourself a yummy blueberry cheese cake.

♥ I love bread. Specially when its homemade. Here is my take on potato bread.

blueberry cream cheese cake

Photo Love

♥ I love browsing Berlin with my camera. I take you on a walk through this lovely garden.

♥ Always amazed what nature is throwing at us. When we look closely you can find the weirdest seeds!

 weird fall seed

Travelmania

♥ Just realizing I only have one travel post up. Crazy I’ve been to 20+ countries… But this is a great one: My honeymoon at the arctic circle.

snowy landscape at glass igloo

Living Life

♥ I am big fan of lists and I feel setting goals is important to not get lost in the everyday hustle. And specially New Years.

♥ It’s not all rainbows and unicorns so I struggled with job hunting in 2013 and wrote about it.

♥ Having a great drink and being relaxed is a wonderful. Even better with homemade lemonades. Pink Grapefruit is my fave.

homemade pink lemonade

Now you read and I better get going to the airport.

Happy reading,

Tobia

Bonus: I forgot my most favorite DIY!

10 Things getting ready for blog conferences :: Blogtacular 2015

Only a couple more weeks and I’ll be sitting with a bunch of creative people and chat and learn and laugh while being on the blogtacular conference.

The last conference I went to was so very last minute I couldn’t prepare at all. This time I am all in to get the most out of it. Here is my list – and yes I might take it a bit too serious but hey I did spend money to go.

Going-to-Blogtacular-200

1. Get excited

When I planned on going somewhere I couldn’t be more happy to have Elisa jump on the band wagon. Because getting excited together is just so much more fun. Hubby sure listens to my babble but he’s not going so obviously he doesn’t care that much. And doing a bit of planning together and pitching ideas and realizing over and over again: same idea! Yeah high five blogging friend! Is just exhilarating. Don’t know anyone yet? Go anyways! What do you think where Elisa and I met?

2. Who will be there

It’s always great to know who is attending. I started following all people I know will be there on bloglovin and Twitter. I set up a bloglovin file for blogtacular speakers, blogtacular attendees and blogtacular faves (like the blogs I really have a connection with). I also have Twitter lists for speakers and attendees. I try to primarily read blog posts of blogtacular attendees, try to comment and already build a connection. I am sometimes shy when I see someone I want to talk to. Already having a connection might help.

3. Make a list

After getting to know the people I start a tiny list of people I would really like to talk to. I don’t know if I will (dare) manage to meet all but at least I define it before. Otherwise I might be overwhelmed. My list includes name, blog name and Twitter handle (so I actually have a way to contact onsite.)

4. Elevator Speech

I have a hard time saying in two sentences what this blog is about. I started out with crafting and baking but I don’t think that covers it now. Looking at my categories it says most stuff is “Just Life” so is it a creative and delicious lifestyle blog? I need to figure it out before the conference. Help and feedback welcome!

5. Have a great picture

Load up a picture at Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/e.g. where people will recognize you. Like your face. I know, not a fan either but hey you wanna get to know people so they probably should recognize you, huh? And it should be the same on all platforms.

6. Equipment check

What will you need to bring?! I read of additional chargers (don’t have one) so I better pack a cable, camera (I need a new battery), I wanted to get a phone cover (better order soon √) and I need to figure out if a laptop is necessary. And I need to stock up of cute pens and maybe sew them a little pouch so they don’t get lost. I already have a fun notebook including notes from my first blogging conference.

7. Know your blog stats

Just in case you are meeting the most awesome company asking for a cooperation. A girl can dream, right?

business cards craftaliciousme

8. Get your business cards

For my last conference I was really last minute and handmade a few cards. I loved them but with the blog redesign I needed new ones. I ordered them right away so I am already set. But you should definitely have some and if only to collect creativity from other bloggers by exchanging.

9. Outfit

I usually don’t plan my outfits that much in advance and just go with what I feel like but I am all set for an outfit and try to gather and make the missing pieces. I am kinda running out of time though. But as you already know I am a color-coding person so my color palette for the trip is set to blues, whites and I think pinks.

10. Enjoy

Being all set leaves only one thing to do: ENJOY. Even though I’ve got my list of people I would like to meet and sponsors to introduce myself I will not force it. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t. I’d rather be open and go with the flow.

Now, who is going too?! And who has a few more good ideas or things to think of?! Let’s hear it!

How all this went down you’ll read here in June!

Happy planning, Tobia