21 June 2016

Bye bye blog

Hi everyone,
I get the feeling that blogging will never a part of my daily schedule again so I think it's time to say goodbye to this site. If you have the time and energy blogging can be a great way of keeping a sort of journal/diary. And it can surely open some doors as well. If I choose to pick it up again one day, it will probably be on a new site linked to my official homepage. I'll let you know if that happens :)

In the meantime, you can still find me on:
Instagram @ulrikakestere
Facebook Ulrika Kestere Photography & Illustration
Homepage ulrikakestere.com

25 March 2016

Naturally dyed eggs, with cabbage and onion

I found a great tutorial over at danceypantsdisco on how to make these beautiful eggs.  I was especially interested in making the blue ones. If you want to know in detail how to make everything head over to her blog. I'll just give a quick explanation on how I did it.

 So what I used was red onion shells, yellow onion shells, red cabbage, beetroot, turmeric and various flowers/plants. Put each veggie/spice in a separate pot and boil it with water for about 20-30 minutes. When boiling the onion shells, use more shells than I show on the picture.

Wrap your flowers and plants tight to the egg with pantyhose fabric.

And then put the eggs in the cooled dye liquid and let it stand for about 8-10 hours. If you add vinegar to the dye it will give the egg a much stronger color. My dark blue eggs are with vinegar and the lighter blue are without. The pink-ish egg is from beetroot.

13 March 2016

29 January 2016

26 January 2016


It might not look like snowy Sweden but the windows were covered with ice and the snow was on the ground outside this green room. We seek heat in various places during winter, this is the warm greenhouses in Lunds botanical garden, otherwise we frequently go to the hot yoga studio or the sauna by the sea.

15 January 2016

New Homepage

Hi everyone!
I've switched from indexhibit to wordpress and updated my homepage.
I work on a very big screen so all the images look big when I view them, but I noticed that when zooming in on them on a laptop some nearly get smaller - remember then to click on the fullscreen mode in the top left corner of the preview mode.


04 January 2016

50% SALE on the 2016 Calendar

Hi! The new year has started so the calendars are now on a 50% Sale.
Get your copy here.


09 December 2015

29 November 2015

Free shipping

Celebrating 1st of Advent and the approach of 1st December with free shipping of my calendars! Get your copy HERE.

12 November 2015

04 November 2015

"Best of" Calendar – 2016

Hi Everyone!
I've put together my favorite illustrations from the 2013 and 2014 Calendar into a "best of" 2016 Calendar :) "4 cats on a boat" is the new contribution.

Get your copy HERE

26 October 2015

16 September 2015


Photos of my sister in the yoga hot room.

20 July 2015

Mira in top hat

So...this girl can get crazy. She sure didn't like sitting still for this shoot, so afterwards she had to flip out and kick a whole bunch of stuff down and make a mess and make me cray-zay.
I've almost put together the "studio-part" of our workroom... I just need a proper table I can shoot on as well. For this one I had to nip the tiny table we have on the balcony. The balcony which I can hardly use because Mira gets super suicidal in there and tries to flee out to the real world. And if I sit there by myself and lock her out, she screams on the other end. Oh cats...

07 June 2015

We've bought a kitten

Meet Mira, a sacred birman - lilac point :)