Sunday is my favourite #4

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

It’s Monday, but I didn’t have energy to write my Sunday post yesterday. Because yesterday (and actually the previous few days already) was all about the secret mini birthday party for my Sister πŸ™‚ We’ve never organised a party before (well, I say party, but it actually was an afternoon tea for 5 πŸ™‚ ), and I do not usually bake either, but of course I had this crazy idea of a Harry Potter cake (because we’re huge fans..) of 3 different parts….. So my Mum helped. First I had to learn how to bake a nice sponge, and then we had to design 3 manageable layers to bake for me. So a few weeks ago when I was at home we tested it, we baked the whole massive cake πŸ™‚

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I didn’t want to use fondant for the cake, but I also had to try how I can colour fondant for Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, so I did and then I put it on the testcake – to not waste anything πŸ™‚

Inside… And the fillings:
Bottom cake – cottage cheese and peach and apricot jam
Purple bit – blackberry with double cream and yoghurt
Smallest cake – trifle cream

And this is the cake I baked on my own.. The bottom one became Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Monster book of Monsters is my favourite πŸ™‚ And the Advanced Potion cover is a biscuit what I learned to make at my previous job, but because I do not work there any more, my kind friend made it for me πŸ™‚

In the background: homemade Ferrero-s – they were supposed to be golden snitches, but it didn’t work as you can see on the picture below πŸ™‚ (also that golden paste tastes so bad, I didn’t want to ruin the bonbons πŸ™‚ )


the beans whilst drying – peanuts, cranberries and things like that, covered in marzipan I coloured with food colouring

That’s all my Sunday with all the sweets, I hope you found it interesting even though it has not much to do with illustration πŸ™‚

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is one of my favourite places ever. And I was lucky enough to have a chance to work for them on a commission for 2017 Christmas. So I fell in love with the place about 2 years ago, became a member, went there regularly to draw, and at some point got the confidence to get in touch with the head buyer of the shop who trusted me and gave me a chance. Meetings, sketches, design developing followed, and I ended up designing a card and a teatowel-design what they use now for ceramics and cards too. But let me show you pictures instead of me talking πŸ™‚

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.greetingcard.desk.72dpimy desk during work in progress

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.greetingcard.72dpione of the greeting card designs

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.robins.desk.72dpiworking on my other design, the robins

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.robins.teatowel.72dpiteatowel mockup

viktoria.rodek.robin.mug2and the first sample of the ceramics, my very own mug πŸ™‚

And yesterday I had a chance to visit the pottery where the mugs and bowls and jugs were being made..!! Thanks to my wonderful photographer friend Eva Nemeth for making it possible for me to visit the pottery,Β also for taking some pictures in your mesmerising style!!!!

And about the pottery – if you have a chance, visit them too, because it’s a whole package with gardens, a cafe and a shop, you can easily spend there half a day, so much to see! And everyone is really lovely, in the pottery, in the shop, in the cafe…! Aston Pottery is a highly recommended place for a relaxing afternoon πŸ™‚

viki_02in the workshop

viki_09so happy

viki_10the brushes they use to decorate every single piece by hand!

viki_13we were explained all the steps, it’s incredible

viki_12colour tests on plates – well, I adore even these….. πŸ™‚


So that’s the whole process from me discovering Kew Gardens until my range of Christmas products in their shop. I am still emotional, because that’s the dream – to work for places I love and to work with small businesses like this pottery, where everything is handmade.

Sunday is my favourite #3

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

Hi Everyone – I am wondering if anyone reads this blog at all actually..? Well, I decided to write it mainly because of myself, and it’s good for me to have this every Sunday to take care of, but if there would be readers also, I would make some tutorials, step by steps, so useful things too πŸ™‚

So please, if you’re around, let me know if you’d be interested in that kind of thing – if you want, you can even leave some things you’d like me to talk about!

But for now let’s get back to the normal Sunday post! I have skipped last Sunday, because I was at home in Hungary, and I didn’t feel like writing – and because this blog is made for fun, I did not want to force myself to write just because it was ‘Sunday-is-my-favourite-day’. But here I am today πŸ™‚
I have written a strict to-do-list for myself yesterday – that is important so I can make the most of my day, time limit is definitely useful for me, otherwise I keep checking what’s happening on Instagram for example.. πŸ™‚
So I got up at 4:30 – because as you know now, Sundays are my favourite, and I am the most active in the mornings, and I already had this list yay πŸ™‚ I think I’m actually going to write the blogpost based on my list with the timings – it might be useful for you as well!

4:30 – 5:00Β Coffee and Frannerd’s newest video.Β I love her videos, very easygoing, but very useful!

5:00 – 7:00 Adjusting some work as requested, then writing this post. Doing some research (bus timetable checking and things like that) and writing some emails.

viktoria.rodek.illustration.christmas.sundayismyfav3.01..jpgOne of my latest card-designs, part of my 2017 Christmas range, but I was told it’s not very christmassy, and I think I have to agree, so I changed it to a birthday card. I hope it will be christmassy enough together with the stickers I am going to print, so the whole collection with snowflakes and things like that will be better πŸ™‚

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast – washing up from yesterday before it, that’s why I need a whole hour.. oops.

8:00 – 9:00 Talking to my Mum and organising the flat – it’s always a mess by Sunday (ok, let’s be fair to my FiancΓ©, my stuff is a mess, he’s fine, but also he has a lot less stuff to keep organised in my defence πŸ™‚ )

9:00 – 12:00 Working on a commission (a label for jars of homemade goodies like jam, dried herbs – I love these things πŸ™‚ ) and developing my Christmas stickers.

12:00 – 13:00Β Talking to my Sister, lunch, little bit of reading (Harry Potter of course..).

13:00 – 14:00Β Relaxing time – mainly because early afternoon is my weakest time, I cannot function properly, so I am unable to work, I have to do either cleaning or relaxing. Usually even longer, but I always try to fix this problem with another cup of coffee πŸ™‚

14:00. Reviewing my to-do-list, trying to sort out when to finish my half-finished things. I’ve got still 6 hours to go, until my Love’s coming home from work, so I have to use these hours well.

experimenting with my new shiny golden acrylic paint πŸ™‚ (I know you cannot really tell it is shiny, but it is πŸ™‚ )

more indigo in my sketchbook. see the previous one here

18:00 – 19:00 Talking to a Friend and my Dad and organising a bit more – the flat is still a mess….. But during organising, I realised I want to bake a cake… So I did.. πŸ™‚ No photo though, because it’s getting too dark too soon.

19:00 – 20:00 Finishing this blogpost, uploading to my insta-stories.

20:00.Β Dinner and probably a bit more drawing.. πŸ™‚ And tomorrow – exciting day, stay tuned on my insta-page!

That’s it for today, I hope you’ve had a lovely Sunday, and if you liked my post, check my blog in a week as well! Also as I have written in the beginning, do let me know if you’d like some tutorials, tips, anything really πŸ™‚

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Sunday is my favourite #2

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

The most interesting, I said? Well, not this one unfortunately.. probably most of us (women in this case) know what period pain is. But I think the main problem with it is not just the unbearable pain itself, but that men cannot understand. (this might sound a bit feminist, but if you can get to the end, you’ll see it’s not even that. I’d just like everyone to be equally respected) And I can’t even complain, because my Love knows he has no idea how bad it could be, but he can imagine based on how I look like. But the men who do not appreciate their wives, the ones who think women worth less… just makes me fuming. Just because we are less strong physically, we are not able to lift up as much as men do (well, in general, you know what I mean), it doesn’t mean we are less strong people. Between the age of 15-60 we have to deal with monthly period pain, giving birth, menopause. And they all come with mood swings, spots, cravings etc. every single month. And they dare to say tampax and sanitary pad is a luxury product! Also that a person Β in general suffers from serious pain in twentysomething hours in a lifetime…! Must be all men coming up with these ideas..

I’m sorry about this post, this blog is about fun stuff, tips, illustration, but also about me, and this is me too. And do not get me wrong, I’m not saying, women are more than men either. I just hate when they think they are more than us. (however they all come from mothers, right..?)
No, there are as many good, worthy or useless, rude women as men. How much we worth does not depend on our gender, but how good persons we are.

Anyway! Let’s get back to business, shall we? πŸ™‚ So there was some fun stuff today too, don’t worry, I am quite a complainer (like all the Hungarians, it’s in our blood πŸ™‚ ), but I am trying to develop πŸ™‚ So even though I’m in pain, and I had to cancel the original plans (going to Columbia Road Flowers Market), I met my Sister for a coffee (where I didn’t have to move much πŸ™‚ ).

Our favourite place to go to Sunday mornings, when we don’t have any other plans is one of the Nordic Bakeries. It’s quiet early in the morning, they have lovely pastries, great coffee, and we need nothing more for our few hours chat with my Sister πŸ™‚

I also worked on some of my ideas, I’ll show you below, but not much, because I had to pack for travelling home. So next Sunday, post is coming from Hungary, probably with not much drawing and painting, but more cakes and dogs πŸ™‚

working on an indigo collection


wreath, text will be placed inside later


and a thank you card for someone who helped me getting my first proper, big commission

That’s it for today, I hope you’ve had a lovely Sunday, and if you liked my post, check my blog in a week as well! And if my plans are going well, soon there will be another series with some tutorials and tips. We’ll see.

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Sunday is my favourite #1

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

This Sunday, I woke up at 4:40, had a cup of coffee and a massive mug of water too (and a slice of chocolate.. πŸ™‚ ), and jumped straight into work. First I’ve read a couple of articles on Society6 and discovered there are backpacks available now yaaay πŸ™‚ Here is my very first one.

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And then started to write drafts for this blog. As it started to get lighter and my Boyfriend got up and left to work, I didn’t have to be quiet any more, so I put on sg to listen to (which is usually Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia.. don’t judge, I love these, and because I know them so well now, it’s easy to not pay attention, so to focus on what I do, but still having sg in the background πŸ™‚ ).
So yes, it got lighter, and I started working on a project what I need daylight for, not blogging πŸ™‚ I have some Christmas products for my Etsy shop in mind, I started painting stickers the other day, then went to my local printer, so now it’s time to develop the ideas.

Around noon my Sister came over, we had a couple of things on our to-do-list, but we had more fun – went to one of the farmer’s markets in London. A little bit about why I love farmer’s markets:

* the main reason is that if we buy things there, we are able to avoid using tons of packaging. When I come home from the normal weekly shopping, I take out all the fruit and vegetable of the bags, and I have a huge pile of rubbish, mainly plastic. The grapes are in even two, a box and a bag as well..! I know otherwise they would get squashed, but still it annoys me, so I had to find a solution.

* on the other hand usually they are a bit more expensive – but not always, not everything, not everywhere, and most of them are far more delicious. And it makes my soul happy to know I can reuse and reuse the paperbags and my fabricbags until they get damaged.

* dogs. I don’t think I have to explain for dog-lovers,Β just looking at them is pure happiness, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ and for non-dog-lovers: there are farmer’s markets where there aren’t many dogs, you just have to find the right one!

* cup of coffee. There is always a little artisan coffee stand, where you get smaller but wonderfully tasting coffee πŸ™‚

Then we worked on our project together: creating embroideries based on my patterns. It’ a huge project but we are very enthusiastic and very patient πŸ™‚

I also talked to my Mum and Dad on the phone, sent some emails, did a little bit of housework, had a lovely dinner (just fresh veggies and fruits from the market) and watched someΒ Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears πŸ™‚ That was it for today, I hope you’ve had a lovely Sunday too, do let me know if you’ve done sg fun or you have any suggestions, tips for the others and me!

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