Jenny Odell,How to do nothing; resisting the attention economy.

Watching and reading in November 2021

1.Yves Saint Laurent (Netflix) Sometimes it's hard to imagine how quickly our surroundings and trends change around us, and perhaps it's something we can only start to understand better (or at...

Leathercraft practice, glasses case in green and tan leather, hand stitched, learning at home, www.Fenne.be

Leathercraft practice: glasses case

Oh, it felt so good to be creating another little leathercraft project. There is something so calming yet exciting about the million steps to go from raw material to a...

Halloween craft with chestnuts, Inspired by The Chestnutman (Kastanjemannen), Autumn craft, Children's craft, painted with Posca markers, www.Fenne.be

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! I have to say, at first I had a very different plan for Halloween decoration/photographs, but after watching "The Chestnutman" (Kastanjemannen) on Netflix, all I could think about were...

Campfire waffles, outdoor cooking, Swedish waffles, cast iron, Dalarna, www.Fenne.be

Campfire waffles

100% autumn hygge. There is always something special about trying something for the first time, and this experiment, we wanted to share with friends. This beautiful and sunny autumn day seemed...

Furniture makeover with wood stain. Svensk möbler, architect drawers, vintage table. www.Fenne.be

Wood stain experiments

After testing the wild waters of furniture makeovers with my neon-experiment, I was both hungry for more and curious about another type of paint that I had read about. The...

Small pleasures #9: fresh walnuts. Count your blessings. Taste of autumn. www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #9: walnuts!

It's been years since I last had a chance to eat fresh walnuts and I missed it so much that already in August I had an important mission for my...

First frost, winter arriving in Sweden, Dalarna autumn, nature photography Sweden, Nordic nature blog, www.Fenne.be

First frost

Changes go fast here up north. Blink once and early autumn switches to winter, blink twice and it's pitch black at 3 pm. You can see it coming, those frosty moments...

Årsunda Vikingagård, Vikings, Sweden history, Gävle, Nordics, www.Fenne.be

Årsunda Vikingagård

In our road trip book, this location was mentioned as an attraction for children as, during the summer months, there are a lot of Viking-related activities like crafts and games...

Nordic home decor furniture makeover, neon acrylic paint, posca markers, vintage home, upcycling project, www.Fenne.be

Bookcase makeover

When I first found this old bookcase covered in dust in the closet, my first intention was a drastic and full makeover, but I found myself quite charmed by the...

Airbnb stuga cottage Orsa Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Cabincore book inspiration

It's getting colder outside and the short days can feel like an abrupt transition after a wonderful summer. Summer is the season of promise. Of the feeling of endlessness. Of...

Autumn leaf, autumn decoration, fall season, hygge, neon washi tape, www.Fenne.be

Welcome autumn

Some autumn favourites: - hot chocolate or ginger tea with honey - colourful leaves - misty mornings - getting out warm socks and sweaters - steamy stews - picking apples from the garden - and making apple...

October 4th, cinnamon buns day in Sweden and Finland. Cinnamon rolls with chocolate and blueberry jam recipe, taste of Scandinavia, www.Fenne.be

Taste of Sweden: Cinnamon buns day

In Sweden and Finland, the 4th of October celebrates the delicious fika buns with cinnamon and while you can buy these treats more or less everywhere, from Ikea shop to...

Swedish garden, Nordic gardening, planting flower bulbs for spring. www.Fenne.be

Planting bulbs for spring

Up north, spring arrives late and when we celebrate the end of winter during Valborg  (April 30th) there can still be snow covering the earth and all the colors have...

Sweden loppis find, neo Rococo sofa, old house, artist atelier, www.Fenne.be

Happy loppis find

It took me a while and a lot of listening to the character of my studio space to realize what I was looking for. I really wanted a sofa, but...

Serafina potatoes from Hedemora, countryside life, country living, Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Our favorite potatoes

Until Joeri brought home a bag of potatoes from the supermarket, I would argue that potatoes are potatoes and as long as they are on my plate, I'm happy. I...

Apples from our own garden, countryside lifestyle, cottagecore, cabincore, apple sauce, Swedish countryside, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #8

September arrived with a summery sun and a few delicious warm days to give some extra blush to the apples that are still ripening on the trees. A few sweet...

Rocky beach in Sweden, fossils, stone beach, resa i sverige, bilturer, Billudden Uppsala, www.Fenne.be

Fossil find!

A gentle layer of fluffy clouds covered the sky the entire day. It might look like autumn, but it was surprisingly warm, something we noticed after dressing way too warm...

Polishing beach pebbles

Raw (left side) vs polished (on the right side). Rough vs shiny. A few years ago, when visiting Denmark, I was obsessed with the many rocks one can find on the wonderful...

Making my own ink from blueberries from the Swedish forest, www.Fenne.be

Making ink from berries

We've had a wonderful summer with a lot of warm and sunny days and enough rain to keep the soil moist and this perfect mix overloads us...

Best and worst Scandinavian series

You might call me a Nordic-series-fan. I'm often drooling over the magnificent landscapes, and enjoying some strong or unusual characters and storylines. Once, the Nordic way of both filming and...

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building/ Thailändska Paviljongen, Jämtland, Sweden. www.Fenne.be

Thailändska Paviljongen

An unexpected sign on the side of the road caught our attention and made us incredibly curious.  Thailändska Paviljongen" it said and that's certainly not what one would expect somewhere...

Painting book, Mastering composition, photo Fenne.be

Reading & watching in July/August

De grote vertraging, (2021), Alicja Gescinska, Daan Heerma Van Voss, Christ Keulemans, Thijs Lijster, Floor Milikowski, Marja Pruis, Haroon Sheikh, Paul Verhaeghe. Verhaeghe P. (2020), Houd afstand raak me...

Fenne’s wishlist

-Pikesley, R: Landscape Painting. -The Art of Still Life: A Contemporary Guide to Classical Techniques, Composition, and Painting in Oil -The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting: Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees,...

Leather craft Sweden, small leather goods, craft practice, creative explorations, creative life, www.Fenne.be

Leathercraft practice: card wallet

Always curious, always learning. Since I found so much joy in crafting with leather, it was time to consider learning more seriously about techniques, leather, tools, and much more. At first,...

rock tumbling, polishing stones, lortone rock tumbler, blue slag stone, www.Fenne.be

Tumbling blue and green slag stone

Ever wondered what rocks and stones would look like if they would be all clean and smooth? Well, I'm that person who's often behind on walks, not only to take...

Watching/reading in June

Warm and sunny weather and endless summer days, perfect for getting lost in the world of books and reading undisturbed in a hammock. But we also keep a few movies...

Ecomuseum Bergslagen: Finngården Skifsen, Dalarna, Sweden, travel, www.Fenne.be

Ecomuseum Bergslagen: Finngården Skifsen

On an extremely lucky mosquito-free evening, a tiny village/project where they aim to build a Finn farm the way it could have looked in the 1750s. The location, which is...

Leatherwork, leathercraft practice, saddle stitch leather pencil case, www.Fenne.be

Leatherwork practice: pencil case

These blending sticks came in an annoying crackling bag + I had some stitching to practice, so I made a new case for them 🙂. Nice and flat to go...

Handmade leather memory card case, www.Fenne.be

Leather memory card case

On my desk, next to my computer, I had a small ceramic container in which I stored all the memory cards that were not in a camera at that time....

Watching in April: famous five

[caption id="attachment_4347" align="alignnone" width="500"] Illustration by Eileen Soper[/caption] In the last few months, I haven't watched much at all, but by doing some research for a project, I stumbled upon some...

Homemade vegan cheese with cashew nuts, Cashewbert, food photography, www.Fenne.be

Vegan cheese/Cashewbert

Eagerly, we've been waiting for these vegan creations to be ready for a first bite. The whole process takes a few weeks of turning, checking humidity, and things like that--...

10 things I miss about Belgium right now

It's been more than a year since we were able to visit our home country Belgium. By now, we certainly notice the Swedish influence creeping in (what size of drink...

Rawfood vegan raspberry cheesecake, Swedish summer fika, food photography with Fujifilm Xt4, www.Fenne.be

Vegan raspberry cheesecake

The sun was out, shining happily through our kitchen, and filling the air with spring joy. It inspired Joeri to already bring the taste of summer into our Fika. That...

Visiting old mines in Sweden, Dalarna, hiking in Sweden, local travel, Nordic nature, Nordic lifestyle, www.Fenne.be

Visiting old mines in Sweden

During the Easter weekend, we took a few days off together to go out and explore our area. Lately, we've been combining my fascination for history and mines/rocks with long...

30+ Nordic skincare routine, www.Fenne.be

A new skincare routine

A few years ago, during a cold Nordic winter, I was rather shocked when I saw myself in a photograph. Being a photographer, I am not that used to see...

Easter tree decor with origami cranes, golden eggs, and pink feathers, www.Fenne.be

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! Most years we dive into some delicious Belgian chocolates- we love the chocolate eggs from Leonidas! But this year, being far away from our home country, we've been...

Ammonite movie poster

Watching in March

1.Ammonite From the moment that I saw a short trailer, I knew I had to see this film that is loosely inspired by the life of British paleontologist Mary Anning, played...

Small pleasures #5, moments of gratitude, cleaning up rusty Swiss pocket knife, Sweden, rockhounding, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #6

Perhaps spring is sneaking into my life in ways beyond my choice, but I thought it was about time to clean up my rusty knife as it wasn't even suitable...

Inspired by Riverside by Agnes Obel, pattern design by Fenne Kustermans, available on Redbubble and Society6, www.Fenne.be

New pattern design: Riverside

Inspired by the beautiful song 'Riverside' by Agnes Obel, I designed this pattern. The interpretation of a song is always personal, but I wanted to capture this melody of the...

Small pleasures #5: cleaning leather shoes, shoe polish, caterpillar boots, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #5

These boots have been through a lot, but I try to keep them going and I find it super fun to brush off the dirt, moisturize the leather and bring...

Rockhounding Sweden, looking for quarts, crystals, beautiful stones, Dalarna, stone collecting, stone collector, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

The snow is gone for now and although I'm definitely not ready for a new warm season, this little break filled with sunlight feeds our souls. We had up to...

Selling artwork on Redbubble/Society6

Both Society6 and Redbubble are websites where visual creators can make an account to sell prints of their work. In this post, I'll be sharing my experience with both platforms...

Rockhounding Sweden, looking for quarts, crystals, beautiful stones, Dalarna, stone collecting, stone collector, www.Fenne.be

Crystals// Dalarna

A find from a while ago, but now trying to clean it up. If you're reading this and you have a good suggestion for me: I'm looking for a good book...

New design: Ammonite

They are caught in rocks, still for millions of years while the world had changed. However small they might be, their traces can still be found. Isn't that fascinating?   This pen drawing is...

ammonite fossil linocut print, printmaking testprint. www.Fenne.be

Wedsnesday wanderings; rock hounding

I've been a rock collector for as long as I can remember. As a child, I loved taking home pretty rocks, and I never outgrew that. You might find little...

Small pleasures, count your blessings, seeing things from a different perspective. www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #3

Catching a glimpse of another perspective. Flying in the air or hanging upside down on a swing. And sometimes when I'd like a different thought, I do a handstand against the...

Leathercraft, leatherwork, learning new skills, old Jack London book, Tusschen de wielen/ the Road, nature-inspired etch, leatherworking tools, dark academia, www.Fenne.be

Leather notebook case, first try

Curiosity and the hunger to learn something new led me to leatherwork. Every little project I pick up a bit more skills and a bit more understanding of the craft...

Small pleasures, count your blessings, happy dogs, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #2

Every single day, watching my dogs play brings me tremendous joy. It's easy to feel lighter and more joyful with them around. All with their own unique character, quirks, and...

Spark - kicksled on froze lakes in Sweden. Nature photography & experience, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

Nature keeps surprising us in ways we couldn't even imagine and we learn, adapt, and find joy in numerous ways. Minus twenty degrees Celsius made the lakes sing and roar...

Greene Robert, (2012), Mastery

Reading in February

1.Greene Robert, (2012), Mastery I've been really curious lately about the concepts and theories behind mastery and their effect on our lives. Often, mastery is seen as something from long-gone times,...

Raw food peanut butter cookies, sugarfree, foodie, slow living, www.Fenne.be

Rawfood peanut butter cookies

Especially in these times, anything and everything is a great reason to add a bit of celebration into your life. For Valentine, I've been crafting leather hearts for dog collars...

Fenne Kustermans, leather craft beginner, leather notebook cover, leather work, www.Fenne.be

Weekend project: leather notebook cover

Weekends are for making a mess in the sun, trying new things, and testing new ideas. And on these beautiful days, I've been working with leather in the energizing morning...

Small pleasures #1, snow crystals in winter sunlight. Nature photography, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #1

"So often, we exhaust ourselves and the planet in a search for very large pleasures- while all around us lies a wealth of small pleasures, which - if only we...

DIY natural soapmaking, learning new things, creative lifestyle, www.Fenne.be

Trying new things: soapmaking

Scents and textures have a big impact on our wellbeing, more than we realize. I've always been very sensitive to smells, colors, or weird textures (I just can't eat mushrooms)...

Wandering and walking in Dalarna Sweden, slow Nordic lifestyle, dog mom, nature photography. Vandra med hed, natur fotografi Sverige. www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

Rare days of sun enjoyed to the fullest. Feeling just enough of that light on our face to charge the clouded batteries. ...

Society6 artist, Nordic nature inspired IPad cover by Fenne Kustermans. www.Fenne.be

Nature inspired IPad cover

A new year, a new cover for my IPad, chosen to inspire and fuel future creations but also as a bridge between the analog and digital world that sometimes feel...

Fenne Kustermans, artist & photographer, night photography with Fujifilm xt4, Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Fujifilm night photography

How could I not think about this sooner? It's been ages since I last photographed the Swedish winter darkness. And dark it is. It is heavy and all around. It's...

Larsson Stieg, (2005), Män som hatar kvinnor, Norstedts.

Reading in January

1.Newport Cal,  (2016), Deep work, rules for focused success in a distracted world, Grand central publishing. 2. Larsson Stieg, (2005), Män som hatar kvinnor, Norstedts. (Swedish version of The girl with the...

Millenium, män som hatar kvinnor, The girl with the dragon tattoo, movie locations Sweden. Hedestad. Film trilogy, www.Fenne.be

In the footsteps of Blomkvist and Salander

The holidays are over, the light will return but winter is only getting started. A good time to explore a fun side project like visiting some movie locations. It’s not...

Fenne Kustermans, hiking in Sweden, naturkarta, Söderbärke/Fagersta. Nature photography, natur fotografi, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings, a muddy walk

So far, the most gloriously sunny day of December, with at least one minute of sunlight! :-) We squeezed this beautiful walk up the hills in between sunrise and sunset on...

Belgianized vegan Lussekatter, Swedish Fika, Fikabröd, Santa Lucia, December, jul, www.Fenne.be

Belgianized Lussekatter

Lussekatter/lussebulle/ Lucia saffron buns, Mostly eaten during the advent here in Sweden, especially on the 13th of December when Santa Lucia is celebrated. Girls in white dresses with red belts and...

Wednesday Wanderings, hiking and wandering in Dalarna Sweden. Early winter, snow and fog, moose trail, Border Collie, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

I wish I could share not only a few photographs of our walk but also the soft smell of pine trees in foggy air and the sound of our boots...

Movies that fuel my inspiration

1. The dreamers 2.On the road 3.The science of sleep 4.Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. 5. Coraline 6. Into the wild 7. Happy go lucky 8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 9. Lemony Snicket's A Series of...

Watching in November

1. All the bright places. 2. Sorjonen/Bordertown -The boys in the band. (2020, Netflix) ...

Wandering around in Sweden, hiking, photographing nature and soaking up inspirations for artwork. www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

Autumn is such a special season full of opportunities, especially to explore. When the heat moves away and leaves and grasses change colors, hidden paths are suddenly revealed. When we drove...

Fenne Kustermans, artist printmaker illustrator photographer, Dalarna Sweden/Antwerp Belgium, www.Fenne.be

First snow!

There is something quite magical about that first snow, a hint of nature's magic falling gently from the sky. It resonates to childhood joy and the opportunity to connect new...

October 4th, Kanelbullens dag Sverige, Cinnamon bun day Sweden, foodie, www.Fenne.be

Cinnamon bun day!

I hardly ever eat sugar, unless when there is something to celebrate. Since we haven't joined a party since Covid/March, this cinnamon buns day is something we just could not...

Fenne Kustermans, learning leather craft, leather camera strap, www.Fenne.be

Leather craft experiments

A few weeks ago, a new camera joined the pack. An unexpected mirrorless one with a bit of a vintage look that reminds me a bit of the old camera...

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