DIY Postcard Swap Winter 2014 – Sign Up time!

Swap Slogan: Create, connect & share

Do you feel like getting lots of yummy, handmade postcards in your inbox?

Then it’s time to sign up for iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap right now!

You will create ten (10) original handmade postcards, any style you like, and send them out to ten new friends! People that might live anywhere in the world, because this is an international swap. Then later this winter, hopefully before Christmas, you will receive 10 awesome mailbox surprises in the form of handmade postcards – from 10 other creative friends. The trip to and from the mail box will be full of anticipation and joy!

Doesn’t it sound a little bit like magic coming your way?

Sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap Winter 2014

It is easy and quick to sign up for this swap. In short, here is how it works:

1. Pay the 7 US$ fee here, using a credit card or your paypal account. [your paypal receipt is your confirmation]

2. Register your address and country in the sing-up-form – and that’s it! [if you're not redirected by paypal come back and fill out the form below the paypal button]

Pay and register here

You can sign up all the way until November 26th, so you have plenty of time to make your postcards!

3. Finish 10 handmade postcards and be ready to send them internationally or domestically during the last week of November 2014. Finish them the weekend 30 of November 2014 and then pop them in the mail after that.

If this is your first time please read through the rules & information and before asking, also read the FAQ!

You can also post your questions and comments below.

Once you’re signed up you can start making your postcards straight away! It would make me happy to have you join us. This is the fifth year (and the eight swap round!) I am arranging. It’s a bit late, because I was traveling in October, but I hope you’ll want to play!

iHanna Love! Note the Dates in your planner or add a digital reminder in your phone!

iHanna Love!Deadline to send postcards is last weekend of November 2014 (or no later than the following Monday).

iHanna Love!Happy creating!

I hope you’ll start making the cards straight away. I will send you your 10 swapper’s postal address to the e-mail you register in the form!

Are you ready? Pay and register here

Do you have a friend that needs to know about this, please invite them too!

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A Personal Abecedarium of iHanna – part 2

It doesn’t really matter what you make, it matters what you are thinking. And how one thought changes another. And noticing that. And making a whole out of it. A Oneness again.
Jude Hill


My personal abecedarium (or abecedary) continues [from A to K here]. Typically, abecedaries are an explanation of something in a way that is easy to remember. I thought perhaps this could be a fun way to introduce myself (and my blog) to new visitors and maybe reveal a thing or two to long-time readers. So I wrote an abecedarium about myself.

After K comes…

L is for List Writing
Finished List Journal Writing a list is a tool to become more creative, to organize your thoughts and your life, to plan ahead and categorize the good and the bad. A list can help you find clarity if you have a decision to make, want to set new goals or just document life in some way. Creating a list is almost always helpful in some way. I always write lists in my diary, and I enjoy creating this list/abecedarium. I hope you like it too. And the fact that my own blog archive is a huge list of interesting content makes me happy.
♥ More lists and List Writing

Week in the Life 2012 | Wayne's Coffee and TAST M is for Memory Keeping
I enjoy documenting my life in many different ways. To me “memory keeping” has always been a big part of my life. I enjoy journaling, photography, layout, design and creating self-published books and photo album books. Memory keeping also include blogging and sharing, the reason we’re here right now!
Category: Memory keeping

Notebooks I made N is for Notebooks
Call them blankies, notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, planners, idea collections, or anything you want… To me they are filled with potential, promise, white pages longing for my messy hand writing, doodles, ideas and diary collages. I love me a pretty notebook. It’s the best gift, because it keeps on giving…
♥ I call myself a Notebook Junkie

365 Collages in 2013 O is for Organization
Part of a Creative Life is trying to find a balance between messy creativity and organized bliss. In the need to hoard and the urge to use. In trying to create order but also closing your eyes to all the materials that pile up everywhere so that you can create in spite of it all. I try to organize my things so that I can find the right supply when inspiration strikes – and share a few ideas on how on the way. Yikes, what a task! But let’s do it!
Category: Organizing

DIY Postcards 2013 P is for Projects
I love sketching out and working within a personal project, setting the rules, finding the time, making it happen, launching the idea. I have done yearlong art projects, monthly projects, book projects, filling notebooks with a theme, and the Postcard Swap Project twice a year (coming up next, so start making postcards).
A list of a few of my Creative Projects
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A Postcard from Venice

The view from the hotel...

If you follow me on instagram or flickr you might have noticed that this week I spent a few days in Venice, Italy. And it was beyond word marvelous!

It’s been a few years since I was abroad last on a “real trip” like this, and I have longed to go somewhere, anywhere for quite a while. And finally I made it happen, and I think I am in love with this city, maybe even the country (there are so many more places in Italy that I dream of: that I have read about, seen in movies and want to visit).

Even in this kind of short trip you see so many amazing new things that it is hard to know where to start the storytelling of it all… And Venice was pure magic, like something out of a fairy tale or fantasy novel. Magical. Everywhere I turned I saw wabi-sabi beauty, green water roads and historic buildings. I mean: all the buses are boat buses, there are no cars – at all, and they serve delicious pasta everywhere! My kind of city, indeed.

I expected floods and rainy gray days, but got summer warmth and sunshine!

I took a gazillion photos. I drank a lot of water. I went on boat rides. I drank iced coffee and wrote in my journal.

I walked, and walked, and walked. Today I’m resting my feet.

I felt so at home in Venice. So calm and happy. Now I can not believe how and why I hesitated for so long to go? And as I am back at home I am reminding myself of this quote, by clever author Terry Pratchett:

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

I’ll do one or more Venice photo posts later on. For now let me just say this:

  • I love boat rides and canals so much
  • I didn’t want to go back home, and that is so unusual for me
  • My Postcard Swap is coming up next week – so start making postcards
  • Aperol spritz is my new favorite drink
  • Life is better when you have friendship and can laugh together – so hard that your stomach hurts
  • I bought myself one paper/craft thing in Italy: a pink Moleskine plain notebook, and that was enough for me
  • The photo above pictures the view from the hotel room, just above green water and bustling boat traffic – I ♥ that view!

What is your favorite city, and were should I go next? Hmm…

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Bright Yellow Fruit Salad

Bright Yellow Fruit Salad

I like yellow. Not mellow yellow, but the bright sunshiny kind. It’s irresistible! Like fruit salad. Also irresistible. Plus, easy to make. Just chop any fruit up, mix together in a bowl and eat. Summer desert, or winter thrill. And yellow fruit salads are extra yummy, don’t you think? Continue reading

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Arting in the Art Journal

Paint and vellum

When you work in book format, like an Art Journal, or any notebook, each page is a creation on its own. You can tear it out and frame it if you want to, but the point of it is not to display it. The point of it all, is the act of making it. Sometimes it is a lot about moving on from there to the next thing. Sometimes it is about finding enjoyment in what you just made.

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Knitted Neon Socks

Knitted Neon Socks

I am in love with neon colors, so when I spotted some neon yarn I bought it. This sock yarn has all of the neon colors: pink, orange, cerise, yellow & green – in the same ball of yarn.

I started knitting a pair of socks for myself in May, finished them this summer and now the threads have been bind too.

It’s autumn, and time to wear these beauties!

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Dear Photo Diary | the details of daily life

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris

Rolls of Pretty Papers

There are so much beauty everywhere. I was at a color workshop this morning where the teacher told us that “seeing is about knowing that the light comes in to the eye socket and bla-bla-blaaa…” I don’t think that is very interesting to think about. There is science and there is inner truth. Sometimes they are not the same.

What I believe: Seeing is about noticing what is worth noticing. Taking an interest in the details of daily life… There is so much happiness in seeing beauty. Like the rolls of paper in my paper collection.

And everywhere at home, I collect bits of pretty, bright, cute and interesting, often full of color and joy:

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Hello Acrylics, Hello painted grid

Acrylic paint and a glue stick

Hello Acrylics, welcome out to play. I wish we could have a rendez vous every day you and me, but alas, it’s not happening. Actually it’s happening way too seldom these days. I know where you are and I should make time, but then it doesn’t happen. A week after thinking I should make time today and I’m still scratching my head wondering where the time went? Tss.

I need to make a decision to be more active to become the artist I want to be. But now that we’re talking about it, I feel better. And paint has meet paper, so let’s share another spread from my journal with dear readers of the iHanna Blog.

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A Personal Abecedarium of iHanna

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.
Bell Hooks

P en lingontuva 2006

An abecedarium (or abecedary) is an inscription consisting of the letters of an alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically, abecedaria (or abecedaries) are an explanation of something in a way that is easy to remember. I thought perhaps one way to introduce myself to new visitors (and hopefully reveal a thing or two to current friends) would be to do an abecedarium about myself. Plus I always love to make lists, alphabetical or otherwise.

So let’s start from the beginning…

Daily Art Card 2008-12-28
A is for Art
A is for art, of course. After all always on my mind. The more I dive into art, both via painting and collage, the more I fall in love with it. I don’t have an artistic education or a degree, but I love making art, and I love how art makes me feel. How it makes me love the world more.
♥ A bit about why painting makes me happy

My little Book of Quotes B is for Books
I love all things books and text. I read novels all the time, I love to visit the library, order books from Amazon and I also review creative books on my blog. But the book form is also part of my art practice, as in filling notebooks, journaling, and binding my own books. I love the feeling of a overflowing Art Journal.
♥ Here are a few of the books I made

Make time for Creativity with the DIY Planner Printable pages + Instructions by iHanna C is for Creativity
Creativity is the feeling, action and process that encompasses almost all of the things I enjoy most. Creativity is almost a religion to me, my gospel of love. Creativity fills me up with happiness, in whatever form I find it. I wish to spread it to all corners of the world, and this blog is one of my vehicles. :-)
♥ I hope there will always be time for creativity

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Wool Owl Parade

Recycled Sweater Owl #1

In the beginning of this year I talked about the firstborn owl, and now it’s autumn again and the rest of the gang feel safe to come out of the forest to show of their gray wool feathers…

They’re all made out of felted sweaters, knitted in thick gray wool once upon a time. Hand sewn softies are the best. Plus, I love how their personality shines through.

Two wool owl friends

I enjoy planning them, sewing them and becoming their mama as I sew on the beak, eyes and wings…

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