Month: August 2017

#FreebieFriday: The Blade Itself Quote And Bookmark

Hey guys, how are you doing?

Every once in a while I get inspired with the typography I see online and it drives me to create awesome quotes and other kinds of graphics. Seeking to inspire others and share my works, I offer these quotes as free printables. While these are my original creations, I would like to acknowledge that I use the works of other artists who offer their graphics and fonts either for free or not. Due credit is given below.

The Blade Itself Quote

For this Friday, it’s two freebies: a bookmark and a quote, both inspired by The Blade Itself, the first book of The First Law series written by Joe Abercrombie which I have reviewed yesterday.So be sure to check that out as well.

The Blade Itself Bookmark

By the way, this is for personal use only. I got the background from The First Law Wiki. No copyright infringement intended.

The-Blade-Itself-Quote.pdf (37 downloads)
The-Blade-Itself-Bookmark.pdf (42 downloads)

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#BookishThursday: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Hey guys! What have you been reading lately?

The Blade Itself book coverFor me, it’s The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. As what I have mentioned in the last #BookishThursday post, I wasn’t really a bit fan of fantasy. But ever since I started reading The Wheel Of Time series, I was hooked. I started researching for newer books that are within the same genre. And let me tell you, what I found OVERWHELMED me. There are a lot of crazy good books out there.

Of all the books I’ve found, though, The First Law series, was the one that intrigued me most. And thank the gods for my curiousity because this book – and the entire First Law series – is awesome.

In fact, reading the whole book was so much fun that it even felt like a game to me. Let me explain.

Joe Abercrombie has this knack for writing a lot of sub-stories. Totally random stuff in between serious milestones or important events in the book. For instance, about a guy falling down a boat, just before Glokta, metaphorically speaking, got pushed into the water himself.

Aside from that, there were also other enjoyable clues as you see each character develop into the next lead character. Example, you can see Luthar developing to West developing to Glokta developing to Logen, and so forth. Unlike other books I’ve read where authors would literally spoon feed everything to you, The Blade Itself would give you subtle hints of what’s going to happen and force you to use your brain and, as Logen always says, “to be realistic about these things.”

Needless to say, it was a thoroughly enjoying read. The writing was straight and direct to the point (which I like). And I also listened to the audiobook version. Well done, Pacey! Your “Glokta voice” stalks my dreams at night.

I have fallen in love with Sand dan Glokta, you see. So much so that there are times I find myself wondering in random moments, what would Glokta do if he was in my position. When you fall in love and relate to a character like that, it’s hard to put a book down and stop reading.

By the way, I am also at Goodreads and a (semi)active member of the book group, The Perks Of Being A Book Addict. Check out my profile to see my complete book lists.

Finally, be sure to come back this Friday for another #FreebieFriday! This week, it’s a free printable quote and bookmark in line with this book. See you then!

Here’s a quick sneak peek:

The Blade Itself Quote

The Blade Itself Bookmark

P.S. I got the background from The First Law WIki. No copyright infringement intended.

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#FreebieFriday: The Eye Of The World Quote And Bookmark

Hey guys, how are you doing?

Every once in a while I get inspired with the typography I see online and it drives me to create awesome quotes and other kinds of graphics. Seeking to inspire others and share my works, I offer these quotes as free printables. While these are my original creations, I would like to acknowledge that I use the works of other artists who offer their graphics and fonts either for free or not. Due credit is given below.

Eye Of The World Quote

For this Friday, I actually got two in store for you, both Eye Of the World-themed since I just posted my review for that yesterday. The art I used is by Darrell Sweet from the book’s cover itself. This is for personal use only and no copyright infringement intended.

Eye Of The World Bookmark

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Eye-Of-The-World-Bookmark.pdf (37 downloads)
Eye-Of-The-World-Quote.pdf (36 downloads)

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#BookishThursday: The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan

Hey guys! What have you been reading lately? Or rather…re-reading.

The Eye Of The World book coverFor me, it’s The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan. Ugh. I cannot even start how much this book has influenced my life: from my book choices, to my writing, and even to those short minutes in everyday life deciding on what I should do next.

I wasn’t really into fantasy, much more epic fantasy, to begin with. I am more of a self-help kinda girl. You know, living soulfully and stuff like that. It’s funny, now that I think about it, since my book choices before were all basically on how to search for the magic in real life.

Until my husband (then boyfriend) loaned his copy to me. Constantly nagging at me: “You’re a book lover? Then you have to read this!”. Eventually, I gave in. I was even a little defensive at first, reading the first chapter, telling myself, you’ll never like this..it’ll be straight on complicated fantasy later on and you’ll stop reading – This coming from a Harry Potter fan. I know, I was just being wool-headed, ridiculous, and stubborn.

But I didn’t stop reading. In fact, I have since re-read this book thrice along with the next two books in the series. It’s not that easy to find The Wheel of Time books in the Philippines, you see. So for the first three years of reading, I only had the first three books to read and reread. Currently, I am able to secure books 4-7 through various ways: a person selling books randomly on the street, eBay, BookDepository. I am still on the hunt for the others.

Not long after, I have started writing my own dystopian novel, Sinag. I did not really understand what my creative writing professor back in college meant when he said that a good book was carefully planned…until I read The Eye Of The World. For sure, other books can give you that “Oh, so that’s what’s meant to happen, I see it now” moment. But Jordan has a way to blow your mind away and make you say, “whoa, I did NOT see that coming, but now that I’ve thought about it, everything they did and every single decision they made had indeed led them to this (insert one of the many mind-blowing milestones of the series here). So now, that’s what I’m trying to do with my own novel.

And in fact, with my life. No kidding. I constantly find myself backtracking my decisions and all the little things I did in the past whenever a milestone happens!

Let me just take this opportunity to say, Robert, wherever you are, thank you. You don’t know how much your books have changed my life. My story is only one of the many stories of people whose lives had changed because of The Wheel Of Time. I hope you are happy where you are now, with your pipe and your Two Rivers tabac.

I mentioned above that my book choices were basically all about finding the magic in real life. Well, that is exactly what this book is all about – of the magic finding the lives of completely ordinary people, and completely changing them forever.

By the way, I am also at Goodreads and a (semi)active member of the book group, The Perks Of Being A Book Addict. Check out my profile to see my complete book lists.

Finally, be sure to come back this Friday for another #FreebieFriday! This week, I have TWO freebies: a bookmark and a quote, both in line with the book. See you then!

Here’s a quick sneak peek:

Eye Of The World Quote

Eye Of The World Bookmark

By the way, the art I used is by Darrell K. Sweet. No copyright infringement intended.

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#FreebieFriday: Big Magic Printable Quote

Hey guys, how are you doing?

Every once in a while I get inspired with the typography I see online and it drives me to create awesome quotes and other kinds of graphics. Seeking to inspire others and share my works, I offer these quotes as free printables. While these are my original creations, I would like to acknowledge that I use the works of other artists who offer their graphics and fonts either for free or not. Due credit is given below.

For this freebie, it’s a quote straight from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.I’ve actually written a review about it yesterday. Feel free to read that as well.

Artsy Nanay - Big Magic Quote

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Watercolor Graphic is designed by Freepik.
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#BookishThursday: Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

Hey guys! What have you been reading lately?

Big Magic book coverFor me, it’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Check out its Goodreads page for more information.

I was a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s earlier book, Eat, Pray, Love. Eating, spirituality, living soulfully while trotting across the globe. Ugh. If only I had the money to do all those! So when her book Big Magic was released, and I heard it was all about creativity? Of course I HAD To get my own copy.

Upon reading, I easily understood most of the negative stuff I’ve heard about the book. it certainly is not for everyone. It has this “New Age” vibe that a lot of people might get easily scared of or…you know, totally weirded out. I believe in the book though, and everything you might even refer to as kooky. With the genius. That ideas are sentient beings. In fact, I’ve already believed all these things even before reading the book so all I did was basically just say “yes, yes, yes!” the whole time I was reading it.

Needless to say, I enjoyed this book immensely. It teaches you that creativity can take on different forms, and that you don’t need to lead an exclusively artsy life to live creatively. Sometimes, all you really need is the courage to put a little more soulfulness into your life.

By the way, I am also at Goodreads and a (semi)active member of the book group, The Perks Of Being A Book Addict. Check out my profile to see my complete book lists.

Finally, be sure to come back this Friday for another #FreebieFriday! This week, it’s a free printable quote in line with this book. See you then!

Here’s a quick sneak peek:

Artsy Nanay - Big Magic Quote

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#SoulfulSunday: An Introduction To Visualization

Hey there, how are you guys doing? This Sunday marks the very first Soulful Sunday post ever. It’s part of my new regular series of posts. Every Sunday, I will be compiling all the posts about soulful living that I have posted on Instagram throughout the week.

As those who have followed me for quite a while on Insta would know, I used to be an admin of Wellthly in the past – a magazine on soulful and holistic living on Instagram. Alas, my schedule did not permit me to continue very long…but I wouldn’t let that keep me from posting soulful posts now, would it? So here we are…

For the first series of posts, I will be talking about Visualization, and later on, share easy yet powerful visualization exercises for you to try. Enjoy!

One of the most important things to first get comfortable with in the world of #soulfulliving is #visualization. It’s a wonderful power of the #mind, visualization, and you need to be able to trust it in some of the most crucial #meditationexercises I’ll be sharing with you.

IMAGINATION VS VISUALIZATION

This is probably one of the most challenging parts of visualization, and to be honest, I still struggle with it every once in a while. #Imagination, after all, is visualization’s twin brother. They both project images in your mind, but the main differences are 1. Imagination is ALMOST ENTIRELY your own mind’s projection, while effective visualization can project #mentalimages from external sources. Hence 2. You simply can’t “imagine” visualization away no matter how hard you try.

Quick tip: If you’re still not used to visualization, you can actually try to imagine it away. If it’s real, if it sticks, then it is simply not your imagination’s doing anymore. I have tried that trick a HUNDRED times before I got comfortable in trusting the #magic of #visualizing.

THE FRUIT
I can still remember the very first #visualization exercise my husband made me do like it was just yesterday. And now I’m going to share the experience with you today!
Close your eyes and picture your favorite #fruit floating in front of you. For me it was an #apple.
Try to be as detailed as you can. It is twirling in the air, spinning round and round. Then it stops. Pluck it from the air, hold it in your hand. Smell it. Its scent fills you. Now take a big juicy bite out of it. Relish the sound it makes. Make the taste swirl inside your mouth. You salivate. It’s delicious. You wipe its juice from the corners of your mouth. You take another look at it. It has a big bite on it now. Continue eating and looking at it as you go, until you finish yout fruit.

Congratulations! You’ve just finished your first #visualizationprompt. Now, excuse me as I help myself for a real slice of fruit…hehe. Judging on how effective your #exercise went, you might be craving for fruit right now too. I know I am!

THE FLAME AND THE VOID

#RobertJordan, pardon me for fan-girling, is one of the best #fantasy #authors of all time. In fact, his #TheWheelOfTime #bookseries is a good read if #magick and #soulfulliving interests you. He even has two potent #visualizationexercises in the series – both of which I will share with you today.

The first would be the #flame and the #void, used by #RandAlThor in the book whenever he wants to channel #saidin. The term for the male #magicalenergy in the #WOT world. Here’s how it’s done:

Close your eyes. #Visualize the #void, a vast empty and dark space. Then, in the middle of the void is a single flame. Allow me to quote Robert Jordan himself. “Concentrate on the single flame and feed all your passions into it – #fear, #hate, #anger – until your #mind becomes empty. Become one with the void.”

And that’s it. A bit more challenging than the first one I shared with you, right?

Finally, there’s…

THE FLOWER

As I’ve shared with you above, #Robert Jordan has two potent #visualizationprompts in #TheWheelOfTime series. I have already shared with you the first one, the #flameand the #void. For reference, that could be found in p.5 of the first book in the series,#TheEyeOfTheWorld. The second prompt, the one I’ll be sharing with you today may be found in the second book,#TheGreatHunt, p.207.

Here it goes. Again, I’ll be quoting#RobertJordan on this one.

“Close your eyes. Empty yourself. Empty your thoughts. There is only one thing in your #mind. The bud of a #flower. Only that. Only the bud. You can see it in every detail. You can smell it. You can feel it. Every vein of every leaf, every curve of every petal. You can feel the sap pulsing. Feel it. Know it. Be it. You and the bud are the same. You are one. You are the bud.”

Now it’s probably worth mentioning that the #flame and the #void is meant for men and the #flower is meant for women. Specifically for reaching out to#saidar, the female #magicalenergy in the #WOT world. But hey, there’s no discrimination of genders here. If you’re a dude and totally comfortable with this activity, then good for you. I for one, have done the flame and the void myself and have had no problems. And that’s it! By the way, I will be starting a new series of posts this week (on Instagram) – The Basics of #Meditation. Feel free to follow my Instagram account to never miss a post!

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  1. @chelseakauai. Other credits: @missholldoll and@lightroom.
  2. @mari.linni.
  3. @philipppscheidt
  4. @rusticbones

 

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#FreebieFriday: Free Printable For Your Guest Room!

Hey guys, how are you doing?

Every once in a while I get inspired with the typography I see online and it drives me to create awesome quotes and other kinds of graphics. Seeking to inspire others and share my works, I offer these quotes as free printables. While these are my original creations, I would like to acknowledge that I use the works of other artists who offer their graphics and fonts either for free or not. Due credit is given below.

For this Friday, I will share with you a cute little quote that you can print out and frame to put on your guest room side table. Notice the Big Hero 6 pun? That’s intended – and actually my husband’s idea. Because, as you know, we’re nerds and our home is a freaking nerd lab. Lol!

Artsy Nanay - Moving Quote

By the way, this freebie comes with a partner post that you might haven’t read yet, so be sure to check that out as well! It’s A Checklist For Moving Into A TOTALLY Unfurnished Home.

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Checklist For Moving Into A TOTALLY Unfurnished Home

I’m sweeping the dust from my blog after a terribly long time of posting today. The main reason (or, you know, my main alibi) for taking this long to post something new is because we’ve moved not just once, but twice this year.

And if that wasn’t crazy enough, we didn’t just move to a new city, we’ve moved to a new province. From Rizal to Baguio, and then back again. To those who are not from the Philippines, Baguio is a ten-hour bus ride from Manila. That’s also the main challenge for us: moving all our things via bus because we really don’t have enough budget to rent a moving truck. On top of all of that, we also have a baby, and Justin has recently undergone an appendectomy which means I had to do all the carrying.

Yikes.

But I survived, and here we are. We are currently back in Rizal until…God knows when. Hopefully for a few years, until we get a home of our own.

Anyway, one of the challenges that we have faced when we went to live in Baguio (aside from the fact that we didn’t know anyone – yes, it was supposed to be our “great adventure to the unknown”, more on this later), is that we didn’t have anything. We didn’t have plates. We didn’t have a mattress. We didn’t have LPG. We just had our clothes, our books, and our computer. That’s it. And we moved to a totally unfurnished home – just rooms, a toilet, and a sink. We didn’t even know which things to buy first. Suddenly, it’s not such a great adventure anymore, huh?

I did what any sane person would. Search the internet for a list, while trying not to freak out. Surprise! There was no list for my exact needs: which is moving to an entirely empty place, with a really tight budget. Hence, I’m going to write one now in the hopes that it will help someone in the future.Artsy Nanay - Unfurnished Home

Here is the most basic list of the things you need when moving to an empty home:

  1. Somewhere to sleep on. The most important thing is to have somewhere to sleep on. Some rentals come with bed frames and mattresses to boot, some don’t. Plus, it’s more hygienic to have your own mattress anyway. Don’t forget – pillows and blankets too. We made makeshift pillows from towels during the first few months. But since it was Baguio, we really needed some cozy blankets.
  2. Somewhere to cook on. If there’s no nearby place to get some grub, then you would need a cooking stove and an LPG tank. If that is too expensive for you right now, then buy an electric stove first. As for cookware, a basic frying pan and a cooking pot can already do a lot of things. We cooked rice and sterilized Agie’s bottles in the same pot for a couple of weeks until we were able to get a thicker pot specifically for cooking rice.
  3. Somewhere to eat on. A couple of plates, cutleries. The basic stuff. I was a bit choosy with things. I wanted wooden plates and ceramic rice bowls. And artsy gold cutleries. So we had to live on disposable wares for a week or two. No, I wasn’t able to find cheap gold spoons and forks. If you know where to find one, point me to the right direction, please?
  4. Somewhere to sit on and a surface to do stuff on. Good thing the place we moved to had a table. But no chairs. So we moved the bed out of the room, made a “day bed” arrangement out of it, pushed the table near the bed. Voila. A surface to put our desktop on while sitting comfortably on the bed. P.S. We ate on the bed. We folded the mattress every meal time and ate on the wooden bed. Having said that, it wasn’t a bed frame with metal slats. If it were, we would probably eat on the floor. We lead quite a bohemian lifestyle so putting a tapestry and pillows on the floor and eating dinner on that, is a-okay for us. But for those who are not okay with that, then you’d probably need a table and chairs.
  5. Cleaning Implements. If you’re cooking and eating already, then you’d need dishwashing liquid and a sponge. The toilet would need a good scrubbing, so that means a bleaching agent, soap, brushes, steel wool, a mop, some rags, a broom, and don’t forget, some pails and ladles. Honestly, I washed our clothes on the sink. You’d probably need a shower after all that cleaning so don’t forget your own hygienic needs: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
  6. FOOD! Finally, you’re going to need some food. Preferably those that don’t need any cooking, like bread. And if you don’t have a can opener yet, best stick with easy-to-open canned food. We didn’t have a fridge, so we didn’t have any perishables on hand. It also took a couple of days before we were able to find a good knife and a chopping board (my husband bought a really nice cleaver with a wooden handle, and a thick wooden chopping board with our family name carved on it).

After these staples, you can then slowly build on the nice and soulful things that make a house a home, like a comfy couch, a bookshelf, maybe? Different appliances suited for your family’s needs…We are not fond of watching too much television, you see, so having no television really wasn’t that big a deal.

In the end, even without these nice extras, you would already be able to live in your own house which you could call your own home, and isn’t that really what’s important?

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I am starting a new series every Friday called #FreebieFriday where I will share free printables like quotes, bookmarks, and probably more stuff in the future! So be sure to check that out. Here’s a preview for this week, in line with this home post:

Artsy Nanay - Moving Quote