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WHY GEZELLIG?

The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Virtual Connections become Reality

by amanda on December 7, 2015

About a year ago, thanks to the power of Twitter, I stumbled upon a “little” magazine called “Uppercase“. Proudly the magazine comes out of Canada, and features completely original content. Did you hear what I just said? A magazine. With Completely. Original. Content. Like, a mere two pages of advertising at the very end. This is the real deal.

As you can imagine, reading one of these is like reading a book, and believe you me, I get pretty excited when one arrives in the mail.

The publisher, Janine Vangool, does a great job coming up with various projects that encourage readers to submit their own content to the magazine, which dedicates and celebrates the artisan, maker, and creative professional. Recently she asked for readers to sign up for a neato project: to get paired up with another reader, do a mini-interview with them, and then report your findings. I got hooked up with a cool lady named Wendy Brightbill, an artist out of the U.S., who, as the result of a brain injury, completely changed her artistic course and set herself up with the mission to paint with passion. She has done some really lovely work using plenty of colour, which is right up my alley!

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So (fingers crossed) should our stories be selected, they will be published in the next issue or so, and I will get to read Wendy’s (aka “A Girl and her Brush”) take on our little chat as well as her illustration. I did the same for her; you can see the result here. Originally I was going to do an official “logo” of her company name but things got a little out of hand, as you can see. Man, was that ever fun to do!

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UPDATE Jan 2016: We were published in issue 28! Finally got to see what Wendy wrote and drew, and it’s gorgeous 😉 See my instagram post about it below:

Holla!

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