Sunday, December 13, 2015

I'm Quitting

Because of various of reasons, I've decided to quit creating arts and crafts. 
Thanks to all who's supported me since I started, shared my passion or gone as far as buying my creations ♥ 

But it all ends here.
Soon I will be selling original works, prints left over and even my materials. What I cannot sell will be thrown out.
I'm aware many are gonna be sad to hear this - so am I. But I've already taken this decision.

The reason is because for some time now, I've realized art has created problems for me in my private life. Therefore I have chosen (all on my own) to eliminate this issue and continue with my life. 

After a lot of contemplation - I am now back and my commission book is open. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Interview with American-artist Karen Rankin

Tell us a bit about yourself – who are you, where are you from? 

Karen Rankin
I was born in Ft. Myers, Florida into a rather adventurous family.  
In 1954 my family and I (then only 6 years old), sailed on a freighter to South Africa where we spent over a year, and to which I attribute my love of travel, photography and wildlife. My mother was an artist who worked for Walt Disney during the days of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Mickey Mouse the Magician.
My father, a director, started the Little Theater in Ft. Myers and Daytona Beach, Florida.

While surrounded by art growing up, I leaned more toward adventure and photography.  I got married and my husband and I settled into a very establishment life, two cars in the garage, a home in the suburbs and good jobs. One day, I called my husband and asked him: "What ever happened to our dream of sailing around the world??"
To make a long story short, we saved up for a sailboat, quit our jobs and set sail on a 35 foot sailboat to Europe, spending a couple of years cruising the Med.
We ended up in St. Thomas in the Caribbean, where we discovered that one could actually make money doing what we loved and so a new career was born.  We ended up running large private motor yachts for almost 30 years going all over the world. We retired recently and moved to Marietta, Georgia where 
a new adventure was about to begin... The wonderful world of painting . 

"What ever happened to our dream of sailing around the world??"

What got you interested in art?  Have you taken any art classes?
Last summer we were visiting my older brother who had always dabbled in art.  It was the first time I saw him complete a painting from start to finish.
A light lit and I suddenly decided that I wanted to try to paint. At this point, I had never picked up a paintbrush, having been too busy gallivanting 
around the world.  I had no idea where to start, so I turned to YouTube to get the basics.  This is where I found Cinnamon Cooney, the art sherpa and subsequently her mother Ginger Cook. Through their YouTube-tutorials, I started painting in acrylic.
YouTube is a wealth of information for any and all mediums. I also have subscribed to and have taken a number of their courses.

What medium do you prefer to use?
Having started in Acrylic, I find it the easiest to use, although oil has its own pros and cons. While I love the look of watercolor, and have given it a try, it is not my medium of choice.

What is, in your opinion, the hardest thing in creating a “masterpiece”?
The hardest thing about a painting is knowing when to stop painting and call it finished.

Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art?  How did it go for you, and would you recommend others to try it?

After almost a year of painting in acrylic, I recently got the courage up to try oil.  I was amazed at what I was able to create and am so glad that I took the plunge and while I have much to learn it has definitely expanded my creativity. I would recommend trying all mediums to find what suits you best.

Do you remember one of the first things you created? What made it so memorable?
My first original painting was from a photograph that I took of an old woman in black walking along the street in a sleepy little town of Skradin, Croatia.  It was the first time that I felt that I had captured a moment of time on canvas.

Where/How do you gather inspiration for your works?
I look everywhere for inspiration but mostly from my travels and the thousands of photographs that I have taken over the years. But truly, once you start painting you see everything differently and all one has to do is open your eyes and you can find inspiration from everyday life all around you.

Do you have a favorite artist/s?  If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
Since I can remember I have been a fan of Henri Rousseau and really enjoy his jungle paintings. My favorite of his works is "The Sleeping Gypsy".
I am also a fan of
Salvador Dali. While I admire his surrealistic style,"The persistence of Memory", being one of the most famous, I am drawn to one of his first portraits, "Portrait of Lucia", in which I love the colors and depth that he captured even though he was only 14 when he painted it.

When in Mexico, I was fortunate to see a collection of Leonora Carrington who created the most fantastic dreamlike 
surrealistic paintings.  Of course, I love the old masters especially the early Flemish painters.  I take something from every artist that I see but really when one starts painting, you develop a style all your own. 

Ever had a commission that was really memorable or special to you?
I surprised a couple who had previously purchased a painting with a portrait of their King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. They were absolutely delighted and it made my day to see their reaction.

Where else can we find you in Social Medias?

ast and final – this is a great opportunity to share your 3 most special pieces and tell a bit more about them.

Cecil the Lion

I painted this as a memorial to Cecil the Lion who was killed by a Big Game Hunter in July 2015.  I created the accompanying video for a YouTube hashtag event featuring a group of YouTube-artists called the Creative Arts Collaboration .
This was a very emotional painting to paint as well as putting together the video.
This is an acrylic on a 24x30 canvas.

Watch on YouTube:

La Mujer Elegante
This Black and White acrylic painting is on a 16x20 canvas.  I created this as a tribute to the matriarch of my Colombian side of the family. 

Watch on YouTube:

The Boat

The inspiration for this painting came from spending months cruising the Greek Islands and seeing many of these wonderful fishing boats in the harbors.
Acrylic painting on a 16x20 canvas

Inspired by the Greek fishing boats in Mykonos, Greece. 
Watch on YouTube:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

LBA - Liebster Blog Award

I was nominated to the LBA - Liebster Blog Award - pretty much a tag for bloggers.
Thank you so much Karoinna ! :)

In the end of this post, I have tagged my 11 new nominees. 

What is LBA?
"Nomination for LBA (Liebster Award) is received from another blogger in recognition for "a job well done". 
It is awarded for blogs with fewer readers, so it gives the possibility of better recognition. (...) The nominees should answer the 11 questions received from the person who nominated you. 
Then you nominate 11 new blogs (you inform them about it) and give them 11 new questions. (...)"

• You can't nominate people who nominated you. 
• You have to notify the new nominees of the event, providing a link to your blog to these instructions. 
• You have to ask 11 questions set for bloggers only. 
• Nominate 11 different blogs. 

* * *
Karoinna's questions to me:

1. Why did you take up blogging?
I started back in 2012 I think, when I wanted to only blog about me and my art. But it slowly developed into doing more  than just art. It turned into a blog about me, my art and my life. 

2. Do you plan to do something connected with your blog theme for a living?
I don't know. My blog will probably remain as it is now - about me and some of my art and personal life. 

3. What's your hobby? (What made you get into it?)
My hobbies right now are/is traveling, doing arts&crafts, and living my life after my Bucket-list.

4. Do you have some inspirations, which help you making life decisions or function in a particular way?
Not really. I try living life according to this: 
"Treat others as best as you can, but don't get burnt three times in a row. People make mistakes, they are allowed a second chance in life. At the third strike you need to evaluate the situation if it's really worth it."

I'm pretty tired of being walked all over as a doormat, therefore I do 3 strikes and you're out. Because if someone makes a mistake, they have time to change and apologize - we're all humans.

5. Do you have a pet? If so, describe it and post a photo of it. 
If not, then describe your dream pet and post a photo.
No I personally don't have any pets. But my family have 2 black poodles, named Nelly and Tessa.
I've not met Tessa yet. 

6. Favorite motto/quote?
"You shall always try something new, as long as it doesn't harm someone else."
- Inaa Häggström

7. Describe yourself a little bit (it can be your appearance, traits, views...)
Well I am 5'4 (short), Swedish, dark blonde hair and 23 years old. I believe in living as kind as you can, and live it well before you can't.

8. Introduce the most important person/persons in your life!
Me and my best friend (my husband)

Me and my grandfather (who passed in ALZ 2006)

9. What's the worst thing you've managed to create? (meal, drawing, sculpture etc.)
I can't remember out of the blue at the moment sadly lols

10. What are your favorite books, movies, actors, bloggers, YouTubers?
Book: "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier
Movie: Tristan + Isolde,  The Day After Tomorrow, Tangled
Actor/s: Reese WitherspoonJohnny DeppRyan ReynoldsRyan GoslingMalin Åkerman
YouTubers: PewDiePieCutiePieMarziaCinnamonToastKenMo Mo O'BrienAdora BatBratNetty ScribbleLindsey StirlingMermaid MelissaHeather Traska, and more....

11. What makes you loving your life? 
I love my life because my husband's in it. He pulled me out of a dark place in 2012 when we met each other, and I can't thank him enough for being my best friend
I'm also very thankful for my family and my closest friends who pull me up when I'm down.

Also, I love that I have been blessed with opportunities in life that's given me the chance to start checking off my Life Bucket-list.
Flying an airplane, live in another country, etc...

* * *
I've tagged these bloggers to answer my 11 questions for the LBA:
• Artliis
• Falck Fleron
• PeekaBoo Vintage
• Handmade Dreams of Mine
• Clare Abbott Fine Art
• Chinelady's Lovely Life
• Art Is Autobiographical
• Hungry Caramella
• Odbicie Lustra
• Anna Warrington

Here's my 11 questions:

1. Why are you blogging?
2. What's your best quote in life?
3. If someone gave you $5000 - how would you spend the money?
4. Do you think people can change? (are you the same person as you were five years ago?)
5. If you were granted an autograph from anyone, who would it be?
6. What is something you have always wanted to try?
7. You have 3 plane tickets - where are you going? (add pics if you can)
8. What type of people are you afraid of?
9. Who's your favorite actor and what was his or her best role?
10. How do you think the world will look in 100 years? 
11. Who is your favorite artist or painter?

Thank you for making this far into the blogpost.
And I hope you enjoyed! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Artist vs. Artist-project - "Sweets"

Me and the Belgian artist Helena Smet did a project together called the Artist vs. Artist-project. Our theme was "Sweets". 

Here's my contribution:
"Pink Velvet"
Soft pastels on A5. Estimated time 5 hours. 

You can find Helena's contribution here: Lips of sugar

"Pink Velvet"

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

20 Facts About Me

1. I was born in Västerbotten, Sweden on the 2nd of June 1992

2. At the age of 17, 
I started with my arts and crafts as a hobby beside my studies

3. I've got Anxiety and light Depression
(some days I get severe anxiety attacks and need comfort and stability)

4. My favorite food is: Japanese and/or Thai

5. I love snailmail and postcards

6. At the age of 5 I almost set fire to a forest.
(Backstory: I was hanging out with the neighbors teenage daughter, and it was really cold outside. One of her friends was a smoker and had a lighter, and they wanted to warm me up by making a fire. However it was too windy that day and we couldn't make on. It was the first time I was ever really grounded for a week by my parents lol)

7. I'm obsessed with glass jars ♥

8. I love history
(Anything with podcasts, movies, series, and even books.)

9. I'm big into hairbows. Just like any kindergartener... just kidding! But seriously - I love my hairbows ♥
.... 'cus they're to purdy!!

10. I've flown a Cherokee-airplane
(see photos from me flying here: My First Flying! )

11.  I am afraid of driving a car. But I love Go-Karts

12. My favorite book is Girl With A Pearl Earring

13. I technically met my husband through Facebook summer 2012. And we only first met face-to-face a year later!

14. I've got one ankle tattoo and one nose piercing

My nose-piercing I got for my 23rd birthday present.

Me and my husband have a matching couple's tattoo

15. I've only once gotten an A - it was in High School on a report of Kristina of Sweden (the girl king)

16. I ♥ alpine skiing. Especially night skiing!

17. I had 2 heart surgeries when I was in High School.

18. I have two colors in my hair - red and dark blonde.

19. I rather watch YouTube-channels than watch TV. I am a fan of many YouTube-stars
(PewDiePie, CutiePieMarzia, Mo Mo O'Brien, Grav3yardgirl, CinnamonToastKen, Lindsey Stirling, MetroGnome, Netty Scribble, Adora BatBrat, Daz_Black, ERB, HeatherTraska, Katrin Berndt, and many more...)

20. I was grandpa's little girl growing up ♥

Me and my grandfather Lars-Olov (1993)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Anniversary and Moving-plans

So I don't really know what to say, except for giving a small update.

Recently me and my husband, applied for a Residence Permit to move to Sweden and we FINALLY can move on with our lives. Away from his family who turned their backs on us and shunned us out like outsiders.
And I just hope he can get it approved so we can move to Sweden and start over fresh and never look back.

On the 14th of July me and my husband celebrated 3 years together as a couple, and we had such a lovely time to celebrate it for the first time together as a couple.
Usually we have been celebrating through Skype.
So we made a reservation to our favorite Japanese restaurant DaRuMa  in Fort Myers, Florida. It was such a nice dinner and around desert we had our picture taken by the hostess and they printed it out for us at the restaurant as memory.
For our anniversary I gave Jordan a pair of rose-gold male earrings, and he gave me a necklace with 10K gold, with a gorgeous emerald and 2 small diamonds. I literally cried when I opened the little box ♥
I love this man more than anything on earth.

We are just now trying to sort out what's gonna be shipped to Sweden and what is going to be given away to Goodwill most likely. Because the cost of shipping would be too much. And most material things are replaceable anyways.

Emerald necklace in 10K gold and it has 2 tiny diamonds on it. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New blog - Becoming Inaa

I have created a new blog for those who has interest in reading deeply into who I am.
Here's a little preview for you all:

"This blog is dedicated to my new life and my past experiences. How I'm transforming and making my own journey from Lina to Inaa.
Follow my steps from the Swedish nobody from Västerbotten - to the Swedish hobby artist Inaa, who married her American dream man in Florida at 22 years of age. 

Join me, as I'm becoming the new me.

I still remember that comment one of my classmates from my Swedish High School told me: "I can just imagine seeing you as a housewife living in USA with your American husband". 
Of course I denied all this, how dared they tell me I'd be marrying an American when I was dating a British guy?
Then again I didn't realize how damn wrong I was, and how right they were..."

Link to new blog --> Becoming Inaa

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday - 21st May 2015

So nothing really exciting is going on right now, sadly.
Last weekend me and my husband spent the weekend in Tampa, Florida with some friends.

We were lucky enough to see the comedian Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy)! ♥

Otherwise I have just been spending my days at home.
Also been thinking about new projects I'm interested in doing. If anyone have any suggestions please let me know! :)

But until next time - sending ya'll a huge warm hello!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Birthday - Grandpa's little girl (poem)

Happy birthday. 
Today should've been your 70th birthday. 
Sending you a birthday wish to heaven...
I was 4 years old when you said your goodbyes. I still remember those days before you no longer were with us.
The stupid cancer took you away from your family and friends. And left a grieving hole in all of us who were left behind.
I wish you could've seen the goals and achievements I've made.
I wish you could have been there as I grew up, from child to woman...
See me graduate. Hear me talk about my first kiss.
I will tell you all about it when I see you again one day.
So once again, happy birthday morfar (grandpa) 
I am still your little girl.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Stop Fatshaming MYSELF!

Yesterday me and my husband went to a store that was closing, and had 50% off all their merchandise.
I found a new bathing suit and a new bikini. I haven't had a bathing suit for YEARS. So I was excited to finally find one for only $17 (originally $35)!

Last night while trying it on, I decided I am gonna change my life. I'm gonna stop fatshaming myself and make myself feel better about ME. 
My husband actually gets angry with me, and will get into an hectic discussion about how he's TIRED of hearing women fatshame themselves, and put themselves down for no reason - I married an angel ♥ 

I have already started a new diet (less sugar, no bread, no sodas or fizzy drinks and more water), I've bought new Omega3 capsules which I take daily, and every morning I wake up around 8.30 am to 9am and do some push-ups and squats to wake myself up properly. 

Already I feel more energized, happier, less depressed, and ready to take on the world!

One of my favorite quotes that I follow to the core

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Anyone who speak two languages or more should recognize some or all of these "problems".
(note that these are my own words and perception of being bilingual - Swedish born and speaking English as my 2nd language)

1. You constantly get free grammar checks from natives.

2. You mess up and you automatically feel terrible/embarrassed.

3. You pronounce stuff wrong almost daily.

4. It can take several minutes to figure out a sentence because you've lost a word or two.

5. There's always someone pointing out your "cute accent".

6. Arguing with someone in another language can take several minutes: 'cus you stumble on words when you're upset.

7. You get easily confused.

8. Someone else will be confused when you speak.

9. Repeating words/sentences.

10. You wish you could put subtitles on some people when they talk, so you'll understand what they say.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY - Your Own Spoon

Weekend Fun (18-19th April)

Hubby brought home some pretty seashells from work one day

Me and hubby went to Fort Myers Beach on Sunday

Got snailmail from Chineham, England and Copenhagen, Denmark ♥

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My First Flying!

So me and my husband are living with family friends, and we're fortunate enough to live in a smaller airpark with private owned airplanes and hangars in the backyard here in Fort Myers, Florida.

A few days back I was invited to both ride and actually fly the airplane - a so called "Cherokee"
I don't think I've ever had such bad hand sweat in my entire life haha!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Big Hairbows

Yesterday I got some hair-clips at the local store and managed to find (after some struggle) the hot glue gun and the glue that goes with it. 
I managed to make a total of 7 big hairclip bows, and I feel pretty proud of them.

I've noticed that it's a HUGE fashion here in USA for young girls to buy and wear hairbows. I personally own a few handcrafted myself by another creator named Winsome. 

They're the colors of: 
• Pink & White (x2)
• Brown & White (x3)
• Purple & White (x1)
• Gray & White (x1)

For orders, please contact:

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