February Calendar | Printable

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | February 2017

February is upon us already and you know what that means? We’re getting closer to spring! I’ve channeled my anticipation for spring into this months printable calendars, with a bit of a boho vibe going on too.

Why not pick your favourite, print it out and stand it on a clipboard on your desk like i’ve done or even add one to your mobile or tablet background. Whatever you decide to do, i’d love it if you shared some snaps with me over in Instagram @felicityandink

Check back each month for some new patterns, why not collect them all!

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | February 2017 | Feathers & Floral

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | February 2017 | Faded Feathersboo

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | February 2017 | Dreamcatcher

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Blueberry & Banana Smoothie Bowl | Recipe

Felicity & Ink | Blueberry & Banana Smoothie Bowl Recipe

I’ve been so good at sticking to clean eating since the start of the new year, it’s probably because i’ve been more adventurous with the meals and snacks i’ve been preparing. I have the Lean in 15 recipe books to thank mostly for that and because i’m learning to balance my meals and snacks better.

I’m enjoying cooking and inventing my own clean recipes so much at the moment, so I thought i’d start to share them on here. That way I won’t forget whatever I make up also.

Just to give you a bit of background,  i’ve been on a bit of a health mission which has resulted in a weight loss of 30lbs since this time last year, which i’m pretty proud of! Over the course of that year though I would try and deprive myself of any high carb/sugar treats I was craving, which would then result in me falling completely off track and going on a full on binge.

SO, i’m learning that moderation is the key to making this change in lifestyle maintainable. I’d say I have more of a savoury tooth than a sweet one but when I crave sweet it’s almost always dairy milk. Now i’m letting myself have whatever i’m craving, but in moderation. If I let myself have dairy milk every time I craved it, i would be eating it almost every day. So instead i’ve been creating my own little sweet treats that are healthier and take the craving away and thats how this deliciously refreshing smoothie bowl was created.

Enjoy!

SERVES 2
PREP TIME | 10 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 handful of blueberries
    (save a few for the topping)
  • 1 handful of blackberries
  • half a cup of ice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar / honey
  • 2tsp desiccated coconut
  • 2tsp chia seeds

METHOD

  1. Blend together the frozen bananas, blueberries, blackberries, ice and agave nectar until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into two bowls.
  3. Slice your fresh banana and chop the blueberries into halves.
  4. Top your smoothie bowl with the sliced fruit.
  5. Sprinkle one teaspoon of desiccated coconut and one teaspoon of chia seeds onto each bowl.
  6. Serve up and enjoy!
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Aurora | Illustration

Felicity and Ink - Aurora
aurora
noun
 a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky, especially near the northern or southern magnetic pole. The effect is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere. In northern and southern regions it is respectively called aurora borealis or Northern Lights and aurora australis or Southern Lights.

literary
the dawn.

Progress Shots

Felicity and Ink | Selcouth Illustration Work In Progress
Felicity and Ink | Selcouth Illustration Work In Progress
Felicity and Ink | Selcouth Illustration Work In Progress

Over on Instagram a few weeks ago, I challenged myself to create a new illustration with a 9 hour deadline. In those few short hours my newest piece Aurora was born!

The zebra, lamps and small mandala were all drawn, shaded and coloured with marker pens in that time. Whilst polishing up the image in photoshop after scanning I did add a previously drawn mandala and some watercolour textures to finish it off. So all in all the full piece probably took around 11 hours, not bad. It’s not as detailed as i’d usually go, but with the time taken, i’m quite pleased with it.

You may be wondering, why did I set myself such a short deadline? Well the reason is, I had been putting off creating a new piece for a while and this was my way of kickstarting my brain into putting pen to paper as I really do work better under pressure. Adding more colour to my work is something i’ve been experimenting more with lately too, so with having a deadline I was forced into thinking of new ways to add colour to my usual comfort zone of monochrome.

The idea behind this piece was another one that just popped into my mind as I started drawing. I have been watching a lot of programmes and YouTube videos about space at the minute too, so I think thats where the partial inspiration was drawn from. The lamps I guess, add an urban twist which probably comes with living in the city now. The combination of bright colours, lights and the way the watercolours have merged together, inspired the name Aurora.

I’d love to know what you think, let me know using the contact form in the menu bar or get in touch on Instagram!

Felicity and Ink - Aurora
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January | Vision Board

Felicity & Ink | January Vision Board | Banner

2017 is in full swing and a fresh year is a great time for a reset and a rethink of your goals and plans.

Now, i’m not one for new years resolutions, in past years I would have thought of one or two but experience tells me I won’t stick to them. To me one statement to work towards for a year is unrealistic and soon becomes daunting. Instead I prefer to break up any goals I have into monthly, weekly or daily ones to work towards something bigger.

So I have decided to start creating a monthly vision board to put together how i’m feeling, what my aim of the month is and what feels visually appealing to me at the time. Which in turn will hopefully help me create something new out of it afterwards. So lets start with January!


January, the month of new beginnings, fresh starts and new hopes.

This month for me, will be focused on my career and what I want out of it. I’m in a new city, so I want to take full advantage of that. It will also see the reboot of my health mission to lose the last of my unwanted weight and tone up.

What are your aims for January? Maybe try creating your own vision board, it doesn’t have to make sense to others, as long as it does to you. Putting one together is fun too, or is that just me?

Felicity & Ink | January Vision Board

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January Calendar | Printable

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | January 2017

Happy new year lovelies!

To get the new year off to a super organised and pretty start I have transformed my Filigree patterns into printable calendars, free for you to download below.

Why not pick your favourite, print it out and stand it on a clipboard on your desk like i’ve done or even add one to your mobile or tablet background. Whatever you decide to do, i’d love it if you shared some snaps with me over in Instagram @felicityandink

Check back each month for some new patterns, why not collect them all!

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | January 2017-1

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | January 2017-2

Felicity & Ink | Free Printable Calendar | January 2017-3

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