tirsdag 26. august 2014

Tom Hanks'-ish!

Tom Hanks has always been around. Well, for as long as I can remember, anyway. But for some reason, I've always been like "that dude could be my uncle", and never really regarding him as handsome beyond the polite handsome description you would use about an..well, uncle, I suppose.

But then something happened. Because I got super into the TV show "30 Rock" during summer time, and in one episode, Tom Hanks is knitting a blanket (or doing something crafty with a blanket, at least), and after hanging up the phone, he sings "My Life" by Billy Joel, and I was like; "Well, hello there!". So, a man I originally did not find attractive does some crafts and all of a sudden he IS attractive to me? It's the Ryan Gosling thing all over again, although I DID find him VERY attractive from the get-go of course. But when I found out that he likes to knit..well, lord have mercy.

Anyway, what I was GOING to say, is that because of my new celebrity crush, I attempted to draw/paint Tom Hanks, and ended up with a man looking..somewhat (at least a little bit) like Tom Hanks. So, here it is, for your viewing pleasure:

Oh, and the episode is number 21 in season 5, for those interested.

mandag 25. august 2014

Inspiring #1

Whenever my creativity needs an extra boost, I put on some music that inspires me.
I often go for the more melancholic tunes, but my rule of thumb is that there is something good in every genre (so don't knock it 'till you've heard it).

Here are some of the tunes I love the most these days:

Emilie Nicolas - "Grown up"

Coldplay - "True Love"

Tove Lo - "Stay High"

Iggy Azalea - "Work"

torsdag 21. august 2014

Comforting and soft.

Ever since I was little, I found great comfort in stuffed animals and the cuddles they give. They were always there, through thick and thin, through disappointments and sadness, through triumphs and joyous times. Always there. And I love them for that. I'm forever greatful, in fact, which is why I started making my version of them at one point. Until one day when I became convinced I was too old to make stuff like that. "What will people think?". It made me so unhappy, of course, because making quirky things is a part of who I am, and an important part of what makes me happy. So, after a while, I said to myself:"me, you know what people will think? There goes a happy person!". So this is an ode to all the things that makes us happy, no matter if it is socially accepted or not (granted you don't hurt anyone else or yourself of course!!). Do your thing and be yourself and f*** the unnecessary bulls*** ! It's not only okay, but in fact it is required for you to be yourself at this point in time! So let's make like scruffy cuddle kitty, and stride with pride!

mandag 18. august 2014

Reminder #2.

One of my penpals, Pauline, sent me this great quote about what being an optimist means:

Remember that you're awesome, and try again!

fredag 15. august 2014

DIY, upcycling old t-shirts.

Heyoo sweets!

I don't like letting go of my clothes. But sometimes I really should. Like when old t-shirts have gotten that distinct and undeniably gross stank it acquires after years of having been worn and kept you warm and stylin' through thick and thin. It sucks balls, 'cause those t-shirts are a part of me. But I can't wear them. Thinking I should throw them away. Staring at that Pixies t-shirt that I love sooo much, which was the last shirt that the handsome, tattooed, sketchy looking guy at that festival had to sell, and I felt SO lucky when I got one - the last one! HELL IF I'M THROWING THIS OUT! But I want to wear it too. What to do, what to do.. I know! I will upcycle it! So I got to work:

First, I cut off the sleeves, like so:

Then I cut around the neckline of the t-shirt (this is optional, of course, I just like it better this way):

Did the same at the bottom of the t-shirt, like this:

And viola - this is the result:

 And I am super pleased, I love my old but new Pixies top!

That wraps up my super easy DIY tutorial that can help you save your fave t-shirts! Have fun cropping!

Ps: If you decide to try it out, I would love to see how it turned out. :)

High fiving my shadow self.

High fiving my shadow self on this friday. Accept all parts of yourself beautiful. 

torsdag 14. august 2014


Sometimes, I find myself in need of an emotional reminder. Okay, in all honesty, I need to remind myself of lots of stuff to do with emotional inner dealings every single day. There is just so much to remember to remember you know, and the ol' noggin can just seem too small to hold it all. Now, people have all kinds of ways to handle this, and I have many ways to handle it myself. But sometimes, the only thing that really does any good is to draw it all down. Big or small, messy or neat - whatev's! Do your thing and nevermindthebullocksthatisperfection!

Like these drawings for example, that have very clear messages:

Give up and walk away.

Or these more random ones, including a prompt to pursue some mental vacation time:

Do what ever works best for you!

The Skull Bank - the blog!

Hi there, and welcome to The Skull Bank's new blog! I'm so glad you decided to have a look.

It has been little over a year since I started my etsy shop, but the name "The Skull Bank" is new. The name I started out with was "Tiny Ox", because I'm born in the Taurus' starsign, love oxes and also you have to start somewhere, am I right?! 

But, it didn't feel quite right, in fact The Skull Bank seemed a much better fit, because:

1) I like to make skull art (amongst other things - just art in general), like drawings and pendants and so forth, and the thought was that it could be somewhat of a storage space for skulls of different kinds (and so many other things, of course).

2) It represents all the ideas, fantasies, (day)dreams and emotions that me and you and everyone else carry within ourselves in our own skull banks, so to speak (cheesy, but true, ha ha).

And that latter point is what made me want to start this blog; because all those things are what gets me creating in the first place; not to mention that it's fun and IS THE WHOLE POINT IN ITSELF!

So, with the help of a few magic wands:

I declare this blog's existence! Hurray!