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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Atleast one reason to love Twitter

The other day I came across this article on the Guardian website. It is about Ivy Bean who is on Twitter. There wouldn't be anything spectacular about someone being on Twitter, of course. Except that she is 104 years old! Isn't that awesome?

But the thing about that article that really moved me is this: ' Before [being on Twitter], Bean says, "All I used to do was sit all day and fall asleep. I'd be miserable if I didn't do it." '

Isn't that cool? And, not only is it keeping her awake, but think of all the people she connects with through Twitter. More than 50,000 people are following her. I'll bet she, like a lot of elderly people, don't get *that* many visits, so being able to have conversations (even ones that are only 140 characters long!) with all these lovely people -even some celebs- must be quite special for her.

Imagine if all old people could have this opportunity (if they felt like it)! Maybe life would feel a little less lonely and surely, keeping people awake physically and mentally would be an added bonus.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

If at first you don't succeed...

I was going to show you those newly gocco printed tote bags, but light here has been terrible for taking nice pictures, so unfortunately that will have to wait... But it's okay, because I thought I'd share the process of the particular drawing that ended up as a gocco print. The images in this post show the progression towards the final (and accidental) print.

I've been wanting to do a 'character' print (instead of the floral or leafy things that I would normally gravitate towards) to challenge myself a bit and to try something new. But new can be (or atleast feel) difficult, hence the challenge.

It is so easy to do something that is familiar and "easy", switch on the autopilot so to speak. I don't often draw people or (cartoon) characters. I feel uncomfortable drawing humans because there is a certain expectation to make it look human. If that makes sense?

And so I often resort to drawing very simplified people, stick people, really, although maybe with a bit more flesh on them. But it feels like my lack of human skills (he he) holds me back from reaching A Result. Of course, it doesn't help when I don't know exactly what I'm looking for.

But I guess that's okay. I think sometimes not knowing can help you too, because then you are free to explore, to take whatever idea you stumble upon and run with it or discard it or just take a tiny detail from it.

At first, my doodles were going nowhere. Not very good. Not very happy with them. On the verge of throwing in the towel. But then it dawned on me that I did have have a basic idea. Because I had this vision of red print on fabric, I wanted to make a Red Ridinghood character. So I wrote down a 'check list' of things I associate with her.

And then I just got to work. Doodling, trying to incorporate those characteristics, but still nothing... Then, after looking at my inspiration board at a postcard I made a couple of years ago, I was inspired to go back to a previous page (the second from the top in this post) and take those 'ears' - not sure why, but that's Inspiration for ya!

And in this case I actually felt that... well, whatever it is. When things come together like they couldn't be any different. I was also struck by how much this felt like a Process. There may have been a few side steps, but there was definitely a Progression. But only because I kept at it.

And here she is. My Little Red Ridinghood. I am so pleased with her, so cute, exactly what I wanted, except I didn't know it. And even dearer to me because of the thoughts she inspired.

I think that in any creative undertaking it is important to remember that things aren't always easy. In fact, usually they are not easy, you have to go through 10, maybe 100 or 1,000 drawings (or whatever it is you make or do) to get to one that is good. To make sure I remember this for next time I feel stuck or unhappy with what I'm doing, I wrote this in my sketchbook next to miss Ridinghood: "You rarely get things right in the first shot."

And that's not a negative thing. It's just a fact. Like, most people have to practice a few times before they can drive a car, right? So it is important to keep at it, to work on your skills. Whether you (think you) have them or not. Everyone is creative, we just have to make sure we don't let ourselves get bogged down by not getting it right in the first attempt.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Home + HOME

He he he. I went to the google.dk just now and looky looky! Red and white and with the map of Denmark dressed in the flag. Seeing that just made me ridiculously gleeful. It is Grundlovsdag (=Constitution Day) in Denmark today.

It's also Father's Day (in DK), which I just realised that I had forgotten all about. Oops!

Today I watched 7 episodes of (season 5 of) West Wing. Man, I love that show. Most of the time I have no idea what they are talking about with the politics and all that. But it doesn't matter, just listening to people who sound smart is really nice. Also, all that talking means it's not strictly necessary to look at the screen all the time. Which is very good for crafting. ;-)

Speaking of watching stuff - I would recommend you go and watch HOME - an incredibly beautiful and very, very thought provoking film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. But be warned, it is over an hour long. But worth it. Watch it with your kids if you've got any. We don't, but I watched it with all the softies. (not really ;-) )

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Do you mind the rain?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A thought for you

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Friday, April 10, 2009

My heart belongs to Italy - please help

I think you know that I love Italy. If you didn't, well, I do. It is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been. It is a place that means a lot to me for countless reasons.

You must have heard of the earthquake that happened in the region of Abruzzo last week. Not only have hundreds of people died and been injured. But almost 30,000 people are now homeless. Either because their homes crumbled in the earthquake, or because it is still not safe to go back to their homes.

That is a lot of people. And the majority of them live in tents in conditions that are not ideal. In his wisdom, Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi likened their situation "a weekend of camping."

Well, I find that really, really...not cool. I do not have the means of Madonna, but maybe you can help me make a little bit of difference? Starting today, Friday April 10 and the next 2 weeks, 50% of the proceeds from all sales in my shops will be passed on to the Italian Red Cross.

I really hope that you will help me and spare what you can to help people who are in need at this time. In my shops you can find pretty things at just a few pounds/dollars and pretty things that cost a bit more.

You can find my shops here: Artfire and Etsy. If you write 'I love pizza' in the message to seller, I will send you an exclusive embroidery pattern because you are awesome.

Thank you. :-)

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Mean Oilily

Hey, I don't know if you have already heard about Dutch company Oilily copying the design of one of Rosa Pomar's softies. Why is it that large companies think they can just rip off independent designers like this? Please read the post and also send an email to Oilily asking them to stop this nefarious activity. There is an English version fo the post at the bottom and an English language wording for an email to send to Oilily.

Please send an email. Maybe you don't think that your one email will make a difference, but hopefully, if everyone send them an email it will get through to them. Can you imagine it? Thousands of emails flooding the Oilily corporation!

Please make a difference. For Rosa and for independents in general!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Imaginary popularity contest

(I was a bit on the fence whether to post this or not. I don't want to come across as whining; because I am not. I am just wondering why/if something like this has an effect on what I/we do... If that makes sense!?)

Look at that picture, see the number there where it says 'Crafty Blogs'? 90. It used to say 5. Or, atleast be in the 'top' ten of UK craft blogs (who have added their link to this thing). But in the past month or so, it has just gone down and down and down. Which is weird.

Not that I am particularly worried about numbers when it comes to my blogging - I only check my sitemeter stats to see where people come from and what links that lead them here. How many there are is not really that interesting to me.

I blog because I like it, because I can keep track of the things I make (and 'my peeps' back in Denmark can keep a track on me, haha!) and the things that interest me. If what I make and learn is of interest to others, well that is just a bonus. A much appreciated bonus! I am so grateful for the connections I have made through blogging. Awesome!

But then there's that number that keeps going down and down and down. And I am wondering what the heck is up with that? Is it something I did? Something I didn't do? WHY DOESN'T THE INTERNET LIKE ME ANYMORE!? ;-)

And that is just totally ridiculous. A fairly arbitrary number like that shouldn't have an effect on me and what I do. If I am writing my blog to be Popular, then I don't think I should be doing it at all. There isn't a lot of heart in trying to be popular. I am me, and I do this for me, first and foremost. I should really only worry about being popular with me.

Maybe I should just get rid of that button - it doesn't feel like it is contributing anything positive. And I know I am not the only one who has noted a significant change in their 'performance' according to it - so maybe it isn't doing its job properly? ;-)

What do you think? Do you sometimes fall prey to this imaginary popularity contest?

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Death becomes...

You might accuse me of going a bit overboard with the (almost) dead tulips.

You wouldn't be terribly wrong.

It's all good.

I encourage you to take pictures of your flowers, fresh AND almost dead.

It's a new perspective. Now they live on.

Things never stay the same, anyway.

If they did, then they would be dead.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Early bird or night owl..?

Why is it... that I feel most inspired and ready to make things late at night when, really, I should be going to bed (or be sleeping already!)

It is quite frustrating, really, because I feel this readyness in my mind to go go go. But I can't, and don't really want to, either. Because I also like getting up early and start the day before most of the world is awake. Ideally, I'd get up at half past six-ish and get straight on with doing stuff. But only rarely does that happen.

During the day... There are so many things to do and make.. so many ideas to chase after. But often there are things that need doing (you know, doing the dishes, cleaning, shopping etc), boring things. Which I procrastinate on. However, I do have just enough discipline in me to not allow myself to do the creative things before the "chores" are done with. So if I am procrastinating on those, I don't always get going on the creative stuff until it is too late and I have to start thinking about preparing dinner and such... it's a vicious circle, I guess.

I like the quiet at night when there are no distractions, the requirements of the day are gone. I also like the quiet and the freshness of the early morning. But I can't have both. Just not sure how to pick one over the other.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Please put on your lifevests and answer a few itty-bitty questions

What a shame I didn't go to London today, it is a (cold, but) beautiful day here. Fingers crossed it will be the same tomorrow.

Anyway.

I would like to pick your brains on something. If you don't mind! What with the new consumer protection act in the US and the fact that most of the things I make are kind of, mostly, aimed at kids, I have decided that, for the moment, Etsy is not for me. Which is why I've sorta shut down the shop. So, what to do now?

And this is where I want to ask you a few things: do you have an online shop (not Etsy) at Folksy or Dawanda (or elsewhere) or Big Cartel? What do you think of it? How is it working for you?

Also, as a customer (and here I'm assuming that you've tried buying from an online indie / crafty shop), does it matter what currency the prices are displayed in? Does it matter 'where' the shop is, i.e. stand-alone, Etsy, Dawanda (you name it).

And, how do you come across the items that you end up buying? Do you randomly search the internet? See it on other blogs? Do you search 'umbrella' sites like Etsy etc? Do you see them on Flickr? And what are the deciding factors that actually makes you hand over cash for indie / crafty items?

You can probably guess that I intend on opening shop again in some form. I do, I do! The last couple of months has really made me think hard about what I want to do, what I want my life to be like. And although I haven't got a big ol' master plan or anything, well, selling handmade loveliness is pretty high up there!

Previously, I think my shop has suffered from both my items being scattered in many different disciplines (because I love trying and learning new things!) and me not being very focused on it in general. But I want to take it seriously, I want to take ME seriously and work hard at creating something positive in the world.

So, I think I have narrowed my focus (that is not to say I won't expand eventally, hey!) to things I enjoy making, even for hours every day. Things I know I can make well, because that is very important to me, the quality. I have experienced buying things that didn't quite live up to the standard I was expecting, like a pretty print printed on very flimsy paper. But quality standards is probably a discussion for another post, eh?

For now, I hope you will/can help me by answering the questions above. Help me push the boat out - I'll do my very best to row it in the right direction!

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

The end is the beginning

Please imagine a pensive silence while I gather my thoughts...

At the staff briefing at work today we were told that, depending on what day we're working, tomorrow or Saturday will be our very last day. Everyone had thought that we would be coming in after the store was finally closed to take down fittings and such. But we're not. Which is a relief. It would only have been adding injury to insult.

Well, this message was received with silence as the finality of the whole thing sank in. A few tears were shed. But, despite how sad the whole thing is, there was also a sense of relief. Now we know when it will finally be over and we won't have to deal with what we've had to go through this past month. It seems like it has been a lot longer, to be honest!

It feels like a huge weight has been lifted, the stress of this whole process has gone. Of course, that will now be replaced with the pressure of the unknown. Not knowing when I'll get another job, and worries about money are sure to pop up as well.

I'm positive, though. Of course I'll get another job! But I won't mind a few unemployed weeks to recuperate and create.

So, tomorrow, Friday 2 January, is my last day. I won't have to get up early on Sunday. Yay!

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Big sigh

Picture from yesterday - we went to a Christmas fair... "Victorian Christmas Market". Nothing Victorian about it whatsoever. Quite disappointing. We did see these Morris dancers. Interesting. I'd show you a few more pictures, but I just can't be bothered. Heh. Too knackered.

Work was manic today. As was Friday. There's a 'up to 50% off' sale going on at work at the moment and that makes the shop VERY busy. Which is good. But also bad. Because there are people everywhere, some of them very rude and most of them really lazy. Why is it that when people go shopping they leave any kind of normal politeness at the door? Along with their ability to read price tags and put things back where they picked them up? I do not get it. It is so selfish.

Working in a shop means that I no longer have any kind of delusions about my fellow humans; most are rude, stupid and lazy. But we have to be polite and nice to everyone. Blech. Secretly we want to wring the neck of every one of them with their same question for the umpteeenth time. Gahh.

And the thing that I'm really getting fed up with is the variations on "so when do you close down?" We don't know. We don't know if we will close down. We know as much as everyone else. But thank you for your incessant reminding us that we might be out of a job soon.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Only for kids

Today on my lunch break I was making a Christmas card (show you picture tomorrow, when there is daylight!): cutting letters and pasting them onto the card. One of my colleagues said to me "would you like to work in a nursery?"

Meaning, I must assume, that only in a nursery is there use or reason to make your own Christmas cards.

How bizarre...

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Worrying. Hoping.

Oh man, people. I'm a bit (= quite a lot) worried at the moment. There's lots of rumours and stuff going on in the press about the place where I work. We, of course, don't know anything much about what is going on or what is going to happen. It is unlikely, but I may not even have a job by the end of the week (/month/year), depending on what happens or doesn't happen.

I'm updating my CV just in case. If only I could get a job where I could be making things or writing or taking pictures or just something... I would like to make a difference somehow, not just be shifting boxes and such.

Please keep your fingers crossed. And/or get me another job. I promise to bring homemade cake!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Now to fulfilling it

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

And now for something less amusing

I sometimes wonder if I'm crazy somehow..? - you can answer that question after reading this, I guess.

Today I was sitting in the lunch room at work and a few of the 'kids' were in there as well. And they were talking shit about one of the others. Really making fun of her in a very mean way. I suspect she is not everyone's favourite person (she's not a horrible person in any way) and, I admit, she can be a bit annoying, because she just doesn't always take note of what people are saying to her.

But.

That does not in any way justify talking about her the way they do! And it's not the only time, I've heard them do this. I've also heard a couple of them talking about how they would make her think that someone fancied her. Yet another time I heard someone being rude directly to her.

That's just not on. One thing is to not like someone, but being rude and laughing at someone you work with... that's just wrong! It's just generally wrong, in my opinion. It's the worst form of gossip. I hate gossip, in all forms, but this is just... I can't even describe how despicable I find it.

My profound dislike for gossiping (whether it be 'good' or bad gossip) probably makes me seem kinda of odd to people I work with, but I really don't care. I was telling Tony about this and his response was kinda disappointing, 'that's just work, that's what people do'. Maybe I did a poor job of explaining how mean these kids are... He was kind of indifferent to my indignation on this matter!

Anyway. It got me so pissed off that I actually went to the member of management who was at work today and told her that they were talking rubbish about this colleague. And I think she went and told them off, because a bit later I passed the lunch room and the door was closed.

Maybe I mettled in things that are not my business, but I felt like it should be my business. It's no different than bullying in schools and won't most adults (and kids!) agree that that is wrong? To be honest, I don't even give a flying fig if these jerks know that I 'told' on them. I really don't care if they get mad at me. They are despicable little rats. Maybe I should have just told them off myself, but hopefully letting management do it will have a greater impact.

So. Am I crazy? Is it crazy to think that you should treat people like you would like to be treated? That you shouldn't talk about people behind their back - and certainly not talk shit about them! That you shouldn't be mean to others. That although you can't get yourself to treat everyone like a friend, atleast you should treat them with a modicum of respect.

If that is crazy, please strap me in a straitjacket and lock me away!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lazy, good for nothing, jerk

Interesting read. It's a shame the rest of the world has no say in this matter which also impacts us.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Memories of questionable taste

I once had lots of horrible jewellery, lots of plastic things. Ick. I still have some plastic things, but they are from the 80s, so it can hardly be helped!

I thought it'd be fun to share some of my 'collection' of jewellery. Maybe you have one of your own? Of questionable taste perhaps?

These are most of my brooches. I won't bore you with a description of all of them (I don't remember exactly how I got them all, so it wouldn't even be possible!). Just one will suffice. And it is rather special to me. See that small one with the Danish flag and the Olympic rings in gold? When was the Olympic Games in South Korea?

Well, that year there was a drawing contest in countries around the world (for kids) and if your drawing was selected it would be sent to an exhibition in South Korea. Well, shiver me timbers, my drawing of the Emperor and his Nightingale was picked and I got a letter 'from' the Danish Queen who was the protector for this and that pin up there. How cool is that? It meant A LOT to me then - still does, i suppose, seeing as I've kept it all these years...

I love earrings! When I was younger I used to wear really rather big ones. The bigger the better, really. But interesting ones, not like the chavvy gold ones you see the kids with here in England. The copper and wood beads are from Prague, I got them on a school trip there in 1993. Man, that was a fun trip! And it was just after the fall of the Berlin wall and all that so everything was unbelievably cheap.

I rarely wear big earrings these days, but those copper ones do get out of the box from time to time. Same with the dangly ones next to them. Someone I went to school with had a pair like them and I was terribly envious. What joy when I got a pair myself! They make the most terrific dangling sound!

Talk about questionable taste! Look at these babies. Most of them are from the 80s. For some strange reason I have quite a few fishy earrings; and I don't even like fish! The mask on the left is one of my favourites. Unfortunately, I lost the other one, but I've still held on to this one for many, many years. It's just so pretty to me.

These are just random pendants and earrings. Most of them I don't remember how I got, but I lke them very much. I definitely have a fondness for the rocaille and often go for something along those lines. The rectangle with the blue circle used to be my mum's so that must be from the 60s or 70s. I should ask her about that...

It's fun to look at these things from time to time. There are so many memories locked up in them. Even the ones I don't think I can remember anything about, eventually something will surface. It's nice to have physical things that links you to who and where you were at other times of your life. I'm not someone who keeps my clothes for decades (well, apart from a few pieces). But jewellery is another matter.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Why me?

I don't know what it is about me that apparently attract strange people or strange behaviour. While I lived in Scotland for a little while, I had several encounters with odd peeps, most notably 2 drunk homeless guys (at least, they seemed homeless); they were nice enough, but none the less, when they asked what my name was and where I came from, I told them a fake name and that I came from Germany. And in the local McDonald's a crazy woman started asking me about the cardigan I was wearing. That much I understand at first. It took me a while to realise that she was asking me if I was from the Shetland Islands because of the sweater (a woolly grey number made by my grandma). Think crazy cat lady from the Simpsons and you sorta get an idea what she was like.

Fast forward to the present day. One day at work a guy came in and he was asking me about the all-purpose cloths we sell; which ones would I buy, the cheap ones or the cheap-cheap ones? I told him I'd just take the cheap-cheap ones (I doubt there's much difference anyway) and then he apparently got so elated he felt the need to give me a hug! I was like WTF!? And told him "EXCUSE ME! You don't just hug people!!!" He apologised profusely but that didn't make it any less WEIRD!

Last week, a colleague and I were putting some labels on shelves and this couple came over and was looking at something on some adjacent shelves. The man came over to us like he was going to look at 'our' shelves and naturally I moved out of the way (it is not my job to be in people's way, you understand), but then he moved over to where I was and I motioned to move again. And then he looked at me and said "don't worry, I'm just joshing ya" and then HE PUT HIS HANDS OVER MY EARS AND MUSSED UP MY HAIR!!! My colleague thought they were Tony's parents, but I think she quickly realised that they were nothing to do with me and said to me to go get the rest of our labels. I was completely gob-smacked and the rest of that day I felt really paranoid.

And today, another colleague brought over a customer who was looking for something on my department and of course I said I'd show him where it was. And then he bent towards me with his hand stretched out like he was going to take my hand and said "come on" like he was talking to a little kid. I was like "NO, you do NOT TAKE MY HAND!" So I started walking over to my department with him in tow and he seemed like he got distracted by some dvds on the way and I just said in the coldest way possible "this way, please". I showed him where the stuff was that he was looking for and then I just left him there. Yeah, we're supposed to stay with the customer until they have found what they are looking for or have clearly indicated that they need no further help. But that guy? Forgettaboutit.

People are weird. Really, really weird. You met any weirdos like that?

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Clothesline = poverty?

I don't know if you're familiar with the blog called The Simple Dollar. It's very interesting and has very good advice on being frugal and other economical stuff. Good stuff, usually. The author, Trent, has a lot of interesting points and ideas.

But this recent post just completely threw me. It's incredibly bizarre. To be honest, I've never heard such hogwash. He and his wife would like to have a clothesline to dry their clothes ( a financial and environmentally good idea!), but they have decided not to because "Clotheslines are one of those items that are often associated with poverty and the appearance of such items gives an impression of poverty in our neighborhood" and "it’s not exactly something that will help everyone’s property values (including our own.)"

This is just about the strangest (and silliest) reasoning I've ever read. And I'm really surprised that he (of all people) would come to this conclusion, he seems like a clever chap.

Show of hands: do you think clothes lines are a sign of poverty?

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Love yellow?!

A little while ago I ordered some more gocco supplies and today they arrived. Yay! They are not that interesting in themselves, but just look at these little extras that Leslie (from a little goodness on Etsy) sent along too. Japanese sweets! And I'm not completely sure, but I think the card might be gocco'ed...

But these little paper bags. They are just killing me, so so pretty. And it's weird, because I'm not really a yellow lover. What gives!? Preeeetty!

And speaking of that gocco, when am I ever going to actually use it?! I don't know. I really, really want to, but I think I'm scared that I'll mess it up and waste the bulbs (which you can only use once)! I don't like this kind of... fear. And I don't like being precious with my materials. They can't possibly be worth more unused than whatever work I do with them and the experience I gain from it. Even if I 'fail'. Maybe I just need to Get Over It and Give It A Go! Oi.

I told Tony that I HAVE TO use it before we go to Denmark at the end of this month. After all, it was a birthday present from my parents and I want to give them something I made with it. Feel free to bug me about it too. ;-)

Anyway, I love postal ephemera. Stamps of course, but not just. It's the whole thing, air mail stickers, customs declarations and what not.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

No foundation + Moebius

I made this bracelet last night. It is special in two ways: it has no foundation chain (!) and it is a Moebius strip. The no foundation chain business is quite handy because it means that the first row has the same tension as the rest of it. Whenever I've made a ripple blanket, the foundation chain is always tighter than the rest, which is quite annoying! And now that I've learnt to do the no foundation chain I'm considering frogging my blanket and redoing it. I must be mad! And the question I have to ask myself: am I that much of a perfectionist? Perhaps not. Heh.

Moebius strip, what the heck is that? It's a surface which only has one side and one edge. What? Yes, that is entirely possible! I've been seeing people making knit versions of it as a shrug, but only the other day did I stumble upon an explanation on how to do it with crochet. I probably could have twigged it myself if I had studied the knit patterns, but since I only have a very rudimentary knowledge of knitting, I might not. But the science geek in me is very happy to have found out how to do this. I might actually make a moebius shrug for myself for the wedding.

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I sometimes wonder exactly how young I look to other people. Rarely do people think I'm the age I am (32). Always younger. Which I suppose I should be happy about! But then again. This morning I was a bit early for work, so I sat in the lunch room and I was drawing in my sketchbook. As you do. And one of my colleagues asked me "are you just doodling?" I said yes and smiled and then she said "oh, I thought it might have been homework". I just smiled. Homework. Huh. I just couldn't get myself to say to her that I might be a wee bit old to be doing homework. She is really nice and she might get embarrassed in that very English way. You know what I mean. ;-)

Right-o, I'm off to cook dinner for my man when he comes home from his very taxing office job! And then we're off to Sainsbury's to buy a fan so we can feel a bit cooler in the flat. Cheerio!

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

"You like that song"



Sez Tony. And yes, I do like it. It's called "That's not my name" by The Ting Tings. The video is a bit odd. But then, aren't most music videos? ;-)

I've got lit candles in the window tonight. Danish peeps should know why. Did you remember, too?

It's a Bank Holiday tomorrow and for once I'm not working! So we both get a lie in. Yay! But unfortunately we are going to spring clean the flat. Like "this flat has never been this clean"! My suggestion. I must be mad. ;-)

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I don't understand

How can you do that to your own daughter? I don't understand it. It really upsets me. Whenever I hear something about it on telly or radio or stumble upon it on the internet, I start shaking. I have nightmares about it. I don't understand. It's just so wrong.

Monster...

I don't understand.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

In focus

They're predicting 1-1½ inch of snow for tomorrow - maybe we'll wake up to prettiness like this we had last year in January? We shall see...

It seems like everyone is blogging about goals and resolutions for the new year. Do you have a resolution? I don't. Not a specific resolution, anyway. It's more of a theme that I want this year to be all about: Focus. There's not enough focus in my life, self-imposed focus, I mean. I seem to be just sort of drifting along. And while that is not bad (and kind of zen, right?), I think I need to direct myself a bit more.

Last night I looked up 'focus' in my thesaurus and that gave me something to think about. Three words in the definition for 'focus' were underlined (meaning that they are also in that thesaurus), so I looked those words up too. The first one is 'centre' which gave such results as: middle, core, hub, kernel, midpoint, nucleus and pivot. The second is 'concentrate' and here the results are: be engrossed in, put one's mind to, focus one's attention on, bring to bear, cluster, converge, accumulate and congregate. The third one was 'heart' and yielded these: nature, character, disposition, soul, temperament, courage, fortitude, purpose, resolution, core and quintessence.

I think those are all strong words and I want to use them to keep myself focussed on finding more focus (cheesy...). Some of the words speak more strongly to me than others, not entirely sure what they are saying yet, though. It's something I need to think about.

Actually, saying I haven't got a proper resolution isn't true, I have this: not to turn into a bridezilla at any point between now and September/October! We'll see how well that turns out! ;-)

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Mosaic Monday, December 3

1. Chinese Ornament, 2. Cactusrojo waiting to grow up, 3. Anemone necklace, 4. all new NOMs, 5. Caderno Pardo, 6. Rose Hips, late autumn, 7. FROHE WEIHNACHTEN***, 8. feeling festive, 9. candy canes, 10. ~ Gingerbread Men Ornaments ~, 11. Only 18 More Shopping Days Till Christmas, 12. peppermints

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Hmmm... do you ever get comments on your blog and you wonder: what the heck is the point of that one? Like one I got recently, it went something like this: "what you've done is cool, but I think you're silly for doing it and I think you should have done so and so in stead".

Weird, huh?

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Changes

I'm feeling thoughtful tonight. This picture is taken in my morfar's (my mum's dad) bedroom a couple of years ago. Or, I should say former bedroom... Today my parents have helped him move to his new 'digs' in a retirement flat - or whatever you want to call it: he has his own bedroom and kitchen etc, but there's staff on hand to help. And he does need help these days. He used to be doing fine, but in the last year he's not been well at all. He needs to be somewhere where there's help close by.

It must be strange for him, though. He's lived in his house for probably sixty years, so this must be quite a change for him. He's always taken care of himself and his family (four kids). When my mormor died 20 years ago, he had to learn a whole lot of new things like using the washing machine, cooking and all those things. And he took care of it all. It's only in the last couple of years that things have become hard for him to do.

Of course it will be quite a change for the rest of us. My mum and her brothers will no longer be able to visit him in their childhood home ( it is to be sold), nor will we, the grandchildren, visit the house where we've spent countless holidays. I do hope I'll be able to go see the house one more time before it is sold.

I hope morfar will be ok and settle in his new home. It will be an easier life for him and by now (he's 92) he definitely deserves that. My other grandfather lives in a similar sort of place and he seems quite content with it.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Sweet Pea

I started a new crochet project yesterday. I've been meaning to do this for a while. It's the Sweet Pea shawl from the Happy Hooker. I'm using Løve Luna yarn - which I bought in Denmark. It's 50%cotton and 50% bamboo and it's so so so soft! I only got 4 skeins of it and I very much doubt it will be enough, so I think I may have to ask my mum to get some more for me. Nevermind that I won't be able to finish it until Christmas! ;-)

Yesterday I approached the person, but the person was 'busy' at the time and barely looked at me. And, I suspect, avoided me for the rest of the time, because the person didn't initiate any conversation later on. So for several hours I was constantly wondering and worrying when I'd have to talk to this person. The time never came. So now I'm wondering what the fuck that was all about?! But I'm not going to worry about it now. Maybe later, but not now. I will however, hang on to my feeling of 'what the fuck!?'

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Can't think of a title

A bunch of little guys which I'll put in the shop soon. And take some better pictures of them, naturally.

In a few hours it's time to face the music. So to speak. To say that I'm nervous would be an understatement. But I'm also feeling defiant. I am a good, decent person.

Have a lovely Sunday and please keep your fingers crossed for me. :-)

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Broken

I don't like using the word 'hate' about other people. I believe it's really bad karma. But you know, in some rare cases, that is the only way I can describe how I feel about a person. Today I've had a conversation with a person who made me feel like I'm trash, who put my character into question and pretty much called me a liar. And the person probably doesn't know what impact those words had. Our conversation was probably less than a bleep on the radar to that person.

I don't lie, I'm a nice person and certainly not trash. I know that. But I feel like something in me has broken. I don't know what or where, so I don't know how to mend it. I need to defend myself, but I can't. Not right now, anyway. I'm not good at confrontation; I can't keep calm, and end up sobbing like a baby. Is that lack of self control? I don't know. Maybe I'm overly sensitive?

This encounter has made me question a lot of things. Myself. Other people. And why I just don't seem to be able to deal with things like this. I think Tony has a hard time understanding my reaction - but I guess he's made of tougher stuff than me. Lucky him. He doesn't spend time blubbering and pondering the pointlessness of his current life. This is a part of me that I could do without. I think there has to be a change soon; today only underlines the exasperation I often feel, and I can't go on like this forever.

I don't know what change though. Maybe I have to change? Or my outer circumstances? Sometimes I think that I would be happier if we would to Denmark, but that's no guarantee; I just like to think that Denmark is much better than here. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Anyway, I can't even contemplate all the obstacles we'd had to deal with to move there. Regardless of unhappy I am right now. Or maybe because of it. I wouldn't demand that we make that move anyway. Uprooting is difficult and so it must be a joint decision. And in general life is ok here. Just not today. Today my spirit is broken.

I suppose I could have kept all this to myself, I prefer sending out a positive and happy vibe, but I am not always happy and positive. So why hide that side, even if it is hard to admit to not everything being rosy? Always keeping a happy façade can't be good? So now I'm telling the universe that today I'm not okay.

I'm sorry that this post is a bit of a downer, but hopefully I'll be back to my happy self again soon.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Second anniversary

Two years ago to this very day I moved to England! It's kinda strange to think about. In a way it seems I only just moved here, but it also feels like I've been here forever. So many things have happened in those two years, it seems impossible that it hasn't been longer!

When I moved here, Tony came over to Denmark with an empty suitcase and so I moved here with the content of two suitcases and one carry-on luggage. Of course, back then, I hadn't discovered this wonderful world of crafting, so there were less essentials! Although I did take the innards of my computer which we then reassembled in a new case!

Since then, I've hauled quite a few of my belongings - too many for Tony's liking I sometimes think. But that's probably mostly because I'm not exactly a tidy person. But I think I've mentioned that before! And he definitely knew that before I moved here! ;-)

It's been quite the learning curve, living in a different country. There are similarities between Denmark and England, but there are even more differences. For example, I have a pretty firm grasp of the English language, but that doesn't mean I understand everything. In fact, I feel like the more I know, the more clueless I sometimes feel!

I don't always understand the English humour, I don't always know what things are called and some things seem incredibly slow, stupid or just plain old-fashioned. At times I have felt like I was most decidedly going crazy; that I'd never fit in here - I still feel like that sometimes, although a lot less frequently!

Of course it's not always so easy for Tony to understand this, which I totally understand; he's not the one who's moved away from everything he knows as well as the back of his hand. And that's okay, as long as he puts up with the occasional tantrum and tears!

Which he does. Because he's such a great guy. And hugs and kisses go a long way to keep me sane. But if that doesn't help, there's always his muffins and brownies to fall back on, right!? And I'm still here, so he must be doing something right. Cause I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Tony. And as long as he isn't ready to move to Denmark (we have got to work on those communication skills!*), I'm here to stay.


*That's a quote, from a film. With Bruce Willis. And the Diva Plava Laguna.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

R.I.P. Ingmar Bergman

I hope I never get so old I get religious.

I think the world has lost a genius. But I guess at the ripe ol' age of 89 it's not that big a surprise. Sad, none the less.

Last year, when I was in Denmark in August, I actually watched a series of interviews with Ingmar Bergman, which was so interesting and so inspiring! It made me want to drop everything and start making stuff, right then and there. I recommend watching it if you get the chance!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

48 + 1 months

He's my love.
He's my best friend.
He encourages me, even when I drive him crazy.
He makes me laugh.
He tolerates my mess.
He has an opinion about many things I didn't even realise guys have an opinion about (and most probably don't, but he does!).
He makes muffins.
He writes poems.
He reads books at an astonishing rate - I'm sure one day the library will run out of books he hasn't read!
He loves Denmark.
He covers me with a blanket in the morning when I wake up cold.
He watches silly things on telly, but that just makes me smile, because that is how he is.
He records things off the telly for me.
He gets me the music I like.
He would probably go to the ends of the world for me if I asked him to, but I won't, 'cause I prefer to have him right here with me so I can hold his hand.
He makes me so, so happy every day, and more each day.


Love you, T.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Do things now...

Whenever I have to go to the shops, I pass this building, a pub called the Mess. And I'm absolutely in love with this wall. Blue patches of different colour, and when the sun is just right it is really stunning.

I've been meaning to take a picture of that wall for ages, but I guess it's just one of those things you don't get round to. A couple of weeks ago I passed it, but didn't have my camera with me. The light was really lovely, and I remember thinking to myself "oh, I better get that picture taken soon, or I might miss it. Maybe they'll paint the wall or something".

Well, a few days later Tony and I walked to the shops and when we got to the Mess, there was a police car and a fire engine outside it. At first we thought it was the old gym next to it, because that had a fire last year and maybe someone had decided to start another fire in there.

But it wasn't. It was the Mess. By the looks of it, the interior is pretty much completely gone. What a terrible shame! But I guess it's a lesson... you shouldn't put things off...

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Speechless

I was walking to the shop this afternoon and at one point I heard some kind of commotion behind me and I thought I heard the word "bum" and, would you believe it, then someone pretty much grabbed my arse!

The guy who did it, and his two friends, then passed me, snickering like little boys. But these were adults. I was gob smacked! I didn't know how to react; a million things went through my head. But I didn't do anything. Other than stare at their backs wishing car crashes and vicious werewolf attacks on them. Because, who knows, they might not have left it at that if I had said anything...

You know, I can't really sort of gather my thoughts on this... I thought it might be a good thing to express it like this (since I couldn't at the time), but I still don't know how to react to it.

I can't even begin to understand what would possess anyone to do such a thing. I know, this is by no means 'serious', but I still feel absolutely...violated.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Alien nation

Ack, sometimes I really feel like I'm an alien here in England. Today a customer came and asked me if we sell li-los (I don't know if that is how you spell it), and I had no idea what she was talking about. So I asked what that was and she said "you know, for lying on and jumping on at the beach".

That is a rather vague description and I still don't know what it is.

But the way she said it, like I must be incredibly stupid for not knowing what it was... oi, sometimes I feel like I really don't belong here at all and all I want to do is pack my bags and go back to Denmark.

*sigh*

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Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm tagged

The very creative Luci (and yes, I am still doing the TAST challenge..) has tagged me to tell all the world seven things it didn't already know about me. And after I'm done telling, I have to tag seven people to do the same.

Ok, seven things... can't be that hard, eh?!

1. I always assume that people don't think the same way I do, and I'm always surprised to discover when they do. Related to this is my utter distaste for people who assume that others think exactly like them.

2. Stripes (sometimes) drive me crazy. For some reason I'm compelled to count them, but I never can because they always seem to vibrate.

3. I hate tabloid magazines. I would never buy one, or read one. If there is one in front of me, for example in the lunch room at work, I have to turn it over, so the cover faces down. They are a horrible waste of paper. And an insult to people's intelligence.

4. I think I've taken many a wrong turn in my life, most of them away from being a creative and creating person. And it's quite difficult to admit that and stare... failure square in the eye. But it is ok, 'cause if I hadn't, I wouldn't have met Tony, and in a roundabout way he's helped me and encouraged me to be that creative person again. To be me, I guess. I *heart* him.

5. I'm not particularly good at numbers (which is my reason for not becoming an astronomer!!), but I'm fascinated with interesting numbers. Like the Fibonacci numbers. It's everywhere in nature, I'm so diggin' that!

6. My 'favourite' question is "why?". I'm always wondering about this and that. Especially, now that I'm living in England, I'm asking Tony a LOT of "why?" questions - it drives him crazy, 'cause usually he has no answer other than "because that's the way it is" or "that's the way we've always done it". But living here has also made me look at the things I do, the things that 'comes with' being Danish.

7. Somewhat related to #1; when I was younger, I used to think a lot about what people thought about me, particularly what bad things they might be thinking. I assumed that most of it was bad, or that they simply didn't like me. Now, I simply don't care. Thank goodness for getting older and wiser!

Right, I don't know how interesting that was. But being old and wise (har-har), I don't care!

The following are tagged, but under no obligation to participate (and I'm sorry if you've already done this; I'm too old to remember if you have) :
takinanap
kate
deknit
jenn
sia
Theresa
sunshine's creations

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tidying up and a winner

Today I finally got this done: just look at that tidy fabric drawer. Almost two hours of sorting and folding (oi, the folding!), but it was worth it, it looks so pretty now. Although, it probably won't last long...

Ok, I mentioned that I had picked a winner of the birthday give-away and it is: my friend Theresa, because of her email about her son who's been sick on his birthday for the past seven years. Fingers crossed that he won't be this year, and a prize to make it easier for 'mama. ;-)
And it's already in the mail - I hope you like it!

Thank you for the participation. :-)

And here are a couple of questions: why is there a need for toilet paper to be scented? On a similar note, why would you want coloured or printed toilet paper? These are things I wonder about...

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Hot cross buns and waffling

It's Easter and here in England that means time for hot cross buns. The fact that you can buy them in the shops since shortly after Christmas doesn't take away the enjoyment - although I can't imagine why you'd eat the buns before Easter?! Someone must do, since the shops sell them, right?

Anyway, I made these myself yesterday, and boy! are the home made version 100 times scrummier than the store bought kind! And they make the whole flat smell sooooo nice. These are already good reasons for making the buns.

But recently I've been thinking about traditions. Since I've moved to England, traditions have become more important to me. They are like a string of pearls that divides the year and ties me to Denmark and my history.

Which is probably why I make such an effort to make different things during the year, things that I used to do with my own family, like making Christmas cookies and marzipan, or baking fastelavnsboller before Lent. Some of these things I've actually never done alone before, my mum would usually do them and I'd be a mere recipient.

Now I do these things, and I feel more connected to them and why I/we do them at those times of year. Also because I sometimes feel I need to know more about them to explain them to T. I find it interesting how we do things quite automatically, these traditions. Only when we're "thrown out" of our own culture do we start to really see our own traditions. And discover that they do have meaning for us, other than simply going through the motions.

The meaning certain traditions have for us may be rooted in your religious reasons for celebrating (or whatever, usually there is some kind of celebration, with food!), the history of your country etc.

To me I think the most important part of keeping these traditions 'alive' although I live in a different country, is the memories I have of doing these things all my life, with my family. Continuing the traditions is a way of feeling connected with Denmark and my family and friends.

But then there are also new traditions. The English ones. I feel that, living here now, I must get to know them, perhaps to better understand the people here. Although I doubt I'll ever feel English! And we are two people here, so all sorts of things need to somehow amalgamate into... a third thing, perhaps..? I'm not sure, entirely.

Also, I want to take in the English traditions for T, because it shouldn't just be the Danish ones that are home made as it were. And that brings me back to the hot cross buns. They're English, but I'm not. Still, I can make them and enjoy them too.

However, I don't think I'll ever like tea!

Did this make any sense at all?

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Monday, March 26, 2007

My life in colour

My clothes used to be almost all black. Then I met T and now they are not. They are as bright as my life. Because of my sweetheart.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

In the Treasury

Weee! My brooches were in the Etsy Treasury today. Not sure if any of my stuff has been there before - and of course I only knew about it because cilene78, who picked it, sent me an Etsy conversation to let me know!

I'm not sure if having your stuff in the Treasury makes any difference, except that it makes ya feel noticed in some little way. And that is really nice!

Maybe we should all notice each other more?! Give compliments more, and not be afraid to receive them either!

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

So generous


It's almost time for Comic Relief (a.k.a. Red Nose Day) here in the UK and lots of companies are participating in this charity by donating some of the price of their goods. And that is great!

But then I saw this at Sainsbury's when we did our shopping on Saturday. Coke in special red bottles to symbolise the red noses. So far so good. Actually, not so good. I was really, really disappointed to see that they are only donating 3p from each (£1.46) bottle to the charity. That's what... 2%??

Ok, an enourmous amount of cokes are sold on any given day, but c'mon, fricking TWO percent?! You'd think Coca-Cola made enough money to donate at least 10 percent!

It sometimes makes me mad that you can somehow buy your way out of feeling guilty about not donating to [whatever] good cause, by buying something where a tiny percentage goes to charity. Like in this case with the cokes, there's two for £2.50, so not only are you getting a 'bargain', but you're donating to a charity.

But a pittance! It's like people are not really committing, taking a responsibility to change things, because they wouldn't be donating the 3p to the charity if they weren't buying the coke at the same time!

I don't know if that makes sense, my brain is a bit foggy at the moment, 'cause wouldn't you know it: I got a cold! So yesterday was a doing-as-little-as-possible day for both the boyfriend and I. Yep, he's not been back to work yet, we even went to the doctor on Monday to make sure it was just the flu. Our sense of time has been kinda screwed because he's been home this past week. Not that I'm complaining. I just wish it had been for a merrier reason.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

A year later...


Doodle softie
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Wow! I can't believe it's been a year since I made this little softie! Beelabel is her name. My very first one - and the start of all this crafting I've been doing.

And can you believe it?! She's completely hand sewn; I didn't even have a sewing machine when I made her. And I only had two colours of felt, so the eyes and "mouth" are embroidered. Of course, I didn't have any toy stuffing, so she's actually stuffed with cotton wool.

Still, she's perfect.

And boy, is she responsible for a lot of sewing, embroidering, hoarding(!) of fabric, a few sales of things I've made, and even my participation in a craft fair. But mostly, she's responsible for me being much more in contact with my creative, dare I say, spirit.

It's been a good year. Here's to more, even better!

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Embroidered iron

I made another embroidery based on a blind contour drawing. This time it's our iron -and not the kettle, but I am working on that one! - and I think it's turned out pretty cute. I like the pink on the white/pale blue background.

I just love making these pieces, it makes me think of appliances and the like in a new way. In a "what else can I turn into an embroidered picture" way. Every day life is a big inspiration for me. The simple things, you know?

Every day life isn't perfect and I like the things I make to reflect that; it's made by a human being and I think that's what gives art and craft life...

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Doing it in public

Do you craft (or draw, or something similar) in public? If you do, good for you!

If you don't, why not?

Today I was on the bus, waiting for it to take me home from work, and I wasn't really sure when it was departing, so I thought I'd do a bit of knitting, 'cause I had taken my newest knitting project with me in case I had some downtime.

Last year I doubt I would have done something like that, but now I don't really think about it.

Except that I was thinking about it. I was thinking why is it so hard to get over that barrier and just do it? How is knitting, for example, different from reading a book or a magazine in public? It's something you enjoy and it isn't a nuisance to anyone.

Are you (we) afraid of what other people might say when they see us doing something arty-farty like drawing or knitting? I've thought about that, and it's kinda silly. People don't care much about what other people are doing, generally, so they are not likely to even notice.

And even if they do notice, most people will mind their own business anyway. If they do come over to look at what you're doing, in all likelyhood they will do so because they do or make similar things and are genuinely interested in what you're doing. Nomatter what (their or) your skill level is.

If they say something, it will probably be something positive and encouraging. However, if they do say something negative, they are only strangers after all and their opinion doesn't count.

Well, that's my point of view, anyway. ;-)

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Maybe it's the late hour...

...but I'm thinking about maybe selling some of my (future) drawings.

Although it's hard for me to think of them as having a value. Cause they are just something I do for me. And why would anyone be interested in that? And they are not perfect; sometimes the lines are all over the place, paint flows together in ways it's not supposed to, at times (a lot of times!) the perspective is wonky.

But then again, I guess that's what makes a drawing, or other pieces of art, interesting. Gives them soul. Humans are flawed, of course the things we make must be too.

Maybe we can better relate to things that are imperfect?

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

My sewing machine is a power tool


My sewing machine is a power tool
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I was sewing and outside there were some chaps doing some kinda work with a power tool of some sort. It was very noisy. And I thought "but a sewing machine can be a bit noisy too".

Which lead to the thought "a sewing machine is a power tool too!".

And that had to be a t-shirt slogan!! So here it is! There's actually three different ones, PLUS you can pick the colour of the t-shirt yourself.

The green one is available here.

My sewing machine is a power tool

Available here.


My sewing machine is a power tool

Available here.

And speaking of sewing machines, look what T just sent me. Too cute. Teehee.
sewing smiley

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