Month: August 2013

Preparing Drawings to Post

Last Import-6, a photo by Birgit Deubner on Flickr. This process always takes much, much longer than I make allowances for. Cutting the mount card, finding the right photo corners (a 3 hour mission of cycling around the city yesterday was needed before I got lucky), then the packaging: Why does it take 60-80 minutes to wrap 4 packages? I really need to find a better way because this is eating into my making drawings time and I can’t imagine how I can keep on top of punctual postage if I was to offer all my drawings for sale at once.. It’s like keeping a box of ants and fleas under control. I have a new plan, which is to list half of my drawings from this still ongoing series on ebay and make the other half available on Etsy. It is a way of allowing people to buy ‘now’ instead of waiting for the ebay bids to conclude and at the same time will help me get feedback on Etsy, I hope. I really …

A post for anybody who is under pressure in life – about breathing

I saw this and thought of you and thought I share it here where other people can see it also. I find breathing with mindfulness and intention very difficult. In fact at times I even notice how I simply stop breathing and how I often don’t breathe with regular in and exhalations but how my I often hold my breath as I think, concentrate or daydream. My breath is also often shallow. But the very moment that I draw my attention to breathing I become quite fascinated by it and would like to spend more time learning breathing. I know it sounds strange, but just watch your own breath.. What have you noticed about your breath? Where do you breathe in to, the upper or middle chest? Your tummy? Does your back move slightly as you breathe. Where do you feel the expansions…? And that is just starting to take a moment to notice things.. Stop a second or a few and breath a little. I hear it’s good for you.

How I try and fix my neck pain

.. I just woke up this morning because I was in so much pain with my neck that I couldn’t sleep. I tried this yoga video, and while it didn’t fix the neckpain, it did help a bit. Remember: when you are in pain then the solution may require a few days of regular gentle practice. I think people often want there to be an immediate solution (very understandable from where I am at this morning) but immediate might be even harmful. Think of it this way: it took certain prolonged or repeat actions to cause you this injury or discomfort so therefor it makes sense that it will require some mindful changes to resolve it. What do you think? And do you have an immediate cure for my neck pain? (wink)

Time a Double Headed Beast … Penny Drawings Sale

Time a Double Headed Beast … Penny Drawings Sale, a photo by Birgit Deubner on Flickr. Today’s new listing for my project of Penny Drawing Sales in Ebay: You can buy all Penny Drawings in my Ebay Shop or in Etsy after the Ebay listing expires. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=251314363415&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_ssn=birgit_75&_ipg=25&rt=nc http://www.etsy.com/shop/over7seas

My new project: Penny Drawings Sale

one day everything will be just fine again !!, a photo by Birgit Deubner on Flickr. As promised yesterday on my blog ‘Surplus Possessions Sales” I have now started to list the first penny drawings on Ebay. In order to get going to a good start I went wild and listed a whole 17 of them. This means that you can buy original drawings for 1 penny to 17 pence on Ebay. The idea is that with each subsequent drawing that I list I will add a penny to the cost. I would love it if you took a look and let me know what you think. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/birgit_75/m.html?item=251313532590&ViewItem=&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 (I haven’t had time yet to make new listings over in Etsy, but you can drop by anyway and take a look at what is already there. Some real bargains, too! http://www.etsy.com/shop/over7seas)