It's hard to look away from Manuja Waldia's art. Awash in eye-catching colors, her work captures both the vitality and gentleness of ordinary life. Take Troublemakers, which features a vibrant gathering of women over tea—or A Fruity Bunch, a communal scene that delights the senses. When asked about the latter's creation, Waldia explained that she "wanted to create a picture of abundance, a safe space of leisure, enterprise, self and selfless care for the marginalized."
Nature’s gifts grow plentiful in the spring, and with its arrival, we’re invited to reconsider our favorite rituals. This idea is core to everything we do at Ordinary Habit. Our design-led products strengthen your relationship to play and connection all year round.
Marleigh Culver treats writing with reverence. While her journaling habit has fluctuated over time, it still inspires deep reflection. As she puts it: "A journal is a silent and receptive listener." With that said, seeing Culver's work on the page is an invitation to savor the present moment. Write between the lines, or sketch with abandon—Culver's art always creates space to slow down and take note.
Rachel Schwartzmann likes to move slowly, but that wasn’t always the case. After experiencing career burnout, Schwartzmann recalibrated her relationship with pace and launched Slow Stories—a podcast that explores slowing down in our digital world.
For this installment, of Sundays With we’re joined by Ana Jaren. Her images delight our senses, and make us smile upon first glance. We immediately got lost in all of the fun details when we first saw her work, and knew it would make a beautiful puzzle. Read on to see how Ana spends her Sundays.
For our next installment of our Sunday series, we’re joined by Carla Llanos, the artist behind our 500 piece puzzle, Hanging Out. We were drawn to this scene of friendship as soon as we saw it, with its calming colors and cozy vibes. Read on to see how she spends her Sundays resetting for the week.
When we first stumbled upon The Qi, we couldn’t help but wonder what these beautiful flowers would taste like when made into tea. We were delighted by their delicacy, and they quickly became something we made for ourselves in order to slow down and enjoy as an afternoon treat – a perfect companion to puzzle time. This fruity recipe using their tea is perfect now that the summer months are upon us.
Francesca Giacco's debut novel, Six Days in Rome, chronicles a woman at a crossroads. The book follows an artist named Emilia, whose arrival in Rome ultimately leads her on a journey far beyond the confines of the city. As she navigates heartbreak (new and old), readers join Emilia during ordinary moments that often serve as a backdrop to private ruminations about art, family, memory, love, and identity. This is particularly resonant in Emilia's encounters with John, an American expat she meets one day near Trastevere.