Stricken kann süchtig machen

The label of this yarn that I bought Friday says: Stricken kann süchtig machen! And if you’re a knitter you understand, even if you don’t speak German…

Candy for crafters...

Knitting can be addictive. Very addictive. And isn’t autumn all about cozying up indoors with a yummy ball of wool and turning it into something wearable? I think so. I think that’s the reason autumn was invented. So we could all roll up under handmade quilts, watch a movie without needing blinds for the windows – and just make stuff. Mmm! Oh, and put those knitted socks to use too.

The yarn is called Zauberball 100, by Schoppel. It’s ombre in purplish, pinks and browns 100 % virgin wool. I was convinced by knitting friends (who recently opened a yarn shop of all things!) to knit a skirt, though I doubt the usefulness, the prettiness and the idea of a knitted skirt. Who wears that? With what, and when anyway?
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Art Journal Peek | Unapologetic

Christlike communications are expressed in tones of love rather than loudness. They are intended to be helpful rather than hurtful. They tend to bind us together rather than to drive us apart. They tend to build rather than to belittle.
L. Lionel Kendrick

Art Journal Detail: Pink Face

More naked than I dare to be in the world, this comes out on the page.

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Staring at the blank page before you…

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Natasha Bedingfield

Art Journal: Ending unplanned

Thanks for all your good thoughts, smiles, and love, posted in correspondence to my previous rather gloomy post. It’s still raining here, but only outside my dirty windows.

I’ll be back soon, maybe even tomorrow, with another unplanned post… Hopefully with more energy and loads of sunshine.

Oh. Still love the unwritten lyrics:
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A Tiny Step Forward Collage

Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to say
I’ll go ahead and say them anyway
Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits…
It’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard out here for a bitch
Lilly Allen

Collage: A Tiny Step Forward

A Tiny Step Forward, collage by iHanna. Available here.

Sometimes it’s hard to hear all the advice on how to make your life better. Hard.

Just start, they say. Just move. Just try something. Simply take one step forward. Make small changes. Smile even though your’re sad…

The sky just opened up here, and the rain is falling heavy and hard outside my window. The sound is almost intrusive. I think it feels appropriate for the mood I have been in this week. Gloomy-like. I have lots of things to share, but couldn’t get myself to feel inspired to write about them.

This collage, this post, this. It’s my tiny step forward, next week I’ll take another one.

Collage for me can always be a forward motion, a steppingstone, though sometimes I rather not move.

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Endpapers, Frogs and a Pocket

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Art Journal Detail: Label with dates

I went back to my diamond stitched journal to add end-papers. The endpapers are the pages that consist of a double-size sheet folded, with one half pasted against an inside cover, and the other serving as the first free page (I glued that to the book block already sewed into the book. I usually use a thinn mulberry paper as endpaper, but that’s when they’re bound with the book block already. This time I took a piece of this awesome vintage green medallion wallpaper. I have a whole roll of this, and I love it. So I think it turned out nicely.

Art Journal Detail: End-papers and frog

I have a folder of animal images clipped from magazines, probably when I was 14 years old or so… I have image hoarder issues, I know. I thought I should at least find room for a few of my frogs. I love frogs.

Welcome to this journal friend

The first page is also made of wallpaper, a white one with a white pattern (that you can’t see in the image). I added another frog to it too. I can’t use these whole-page-images in my collages, because they’re too big. But for a page like this – perfect! The other side of the spread holds a quote and and felt flower with a sticker back:

Art Journal Detail: Felt flower
Art Journal Detail: Lightness that holds you up
Lightness holds me.

There is also a transparent pocket that I sewed in prior to binding the book. And you know how much I love to add pockets to journals and notebooks. I consider it a must-have.

Transparent pocket

Endpapers, frogs and a Pocket – adding in and enjoying the process.

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Willpower | One Little Word Update

My word of the year is willpower, and it’s a perfect word for me. I love reading about how the brain works, so today I thought I’d share a few links to articles that has inspired me with my word. I’m also taking Ali Edward’s class One little word where each first of the month you get a new prompt of something to craft, write or think about relating to your word. I haven’t done all the exercises yet. I’m working in a A5 ring binder format, but also added some of the printables to my DIY Calendar, as a reminder:

DIY Calendar: One Little Word

I was recommended to check out The Willpower Instinct, by professor Kelly McGonigal, and it’s a favorite read of the year. Maybe I should write a review of it, it’s so yummy!? In it she writes about how the brain works, why some things are so difficult to do and others not, and in each chapter she gives you ideas to try out. She also challenges the reader to pick a small challenge, like creating a daily meditation practice, and keep at it and notice where and when it’s easy and when resistence and procrastination comes up… I love that challenge, and with the Insight Timer app, I am still at it.


Viljestyrka is willpower in Swedish. Embroidery by my mom made in January – for my word of the year 2014. Love it, thanks mom!

Interesting reads on Willpower

Why Successful Habits Are About Structure, Not Effort
The number one driver of whether a habit change is a success or not is how big the initial goal is. Everyone, if they’re consistent, will eventually achieve something massive. But the people that end up failing are the people trying to achieve overnight success… Continue reading

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Binder Transformation

Ring Binder Transformation/Altering

I love finding office supplies at the thrift store! Sometimes I’ll find postcards or a pile of unused notecards, but not often. I love all kinds of vintage paper finds, but thrifting them doesn’t happen that often around here. Though sometimes I’ll score a few sturdy ring binders. And I love me some ring binders! Like this green cardboard one, with a cute label. I think it’s nice, but it could be even nicer with a bit of transformation… So I set to work to transform it into something a bit more “me”, though still green. Continue reading

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Inspiration in Envelopes

Mini Owl

One of my dear blog fans, Jenny, sent me a care package filled with lovely paper and craft stuff. You know the kind, where every time you look inside the envelope something cuter than before comes out?

I feel so happy to have received all this, to the point of almost being embarrassed. Am I worthy of all this love? But let’s forget the feeling for now, and take a look!

Overview of what Jenny sent me

I do not wish to make you jealous, but this is too good not to share with you guys. Because I know you are into this stuff too. I wanted to show you the pretty papers I got, the big owl stamp and the cutest tiny-tiny owl erasers…
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Spotted Photo Theme: My Favorite Color

Pink windflower
Pink is my color

It’s time a September’s post with a spotted photo theme! Something that occur in all our photographs are colors (if you’re not shooting black-and-white). We all adore colors, am I right? But maybe you have a favorite color that you often spot in your photos?

Go look through some of your recent photos and see if you can spot one color that sticks out among your photos and group them together. The color can be an accent in the whole, or maybe you’ll pick the most monochromatic photos you can find. I did a bit of both.

What themes do you spot in your photographs? Join the fun: Spotted Photo Theme - inspired by iHanna at Wanna join me? New to my prompt “Spotted Photo Theme”? Then read my Introduction to the Spotted Photo Theme Idea, and feel free to post the link to your Spotted Photo Theme of the month below in the comments. Use my theme, or tweak it to fit what you have photographed. Link back to me by text or using the spotted theme-button, thank you for helping me spread the word.

Sculpture in Umeå

Jacob Dahlgren’s “Constructing a New World” in Umeå. My favorite sculpture ever.

My favorite color is pink…

Surprise! I love pink as many of you already know, so I spot this color in many of the photos I’ve taken through the years. This summer I’ve even had a pink mission, so I tried not to share more pink flowers in this post. Also I have shared a lot of pink on this blog, from the magnolia tree, to geraniums, dying, knitted sweaters, a kanzashi, notebooks, fabric beads, dymo labels and lots of other pink crafts, items and things. So today I’m not sharing my creations and home, but pink stuff spotted (mostly) outside, when I’ve been out and about. I hope you approve…

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Dragonfly Collages

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong

Collage: Dragon Fly I

Collage: Dragonfly I, by iHanna. Availible here.

I finally cut a few new squares, smaller than before, for collage. They are about 12,5 x 12,5 centimeters (4.9 x 4.9 inches). This is the first in the series of collages I started. Calling it Dragonfly I because it seams fitting.

Can you spot the dragonfly?

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