Thrifting in Sweden

Today let’s visit a Swedish Thrift Shop together, and take a look at what can be found on the shelves. I find vintage things beautiful, and full of inspiration. Sometimes they’re not that old, but still, they’re here on the shelves waiting for a new home…

So tempting, so very tempting.

Lets visit a Swedish Thrift Shop by iHanna #studioihanna

When I started this blog I used to do a lot more thrifting, and sharing my second hand “hauls” on the blog. These days I have lost a little bit of my eagerness to “collect”. But this past week my mom and I went to a couple of shops and I happened to have my big girl camera with me. So I thought I’d share a few views from inside a “Swedish Thrift Shop”.

Let’s go!

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365 Collages | Week 5 | International Women’s Day

Every 8th of March it’s International Women’s Day. It’s one of my favorite days, because it reminds me how far we’ve come – and that we still have a long way to go…

To commemorate this important day, all collages in this batch feature women writers from Sweden. I hope you have a super lovely day by treating yourself to some “me time”. Read a great book. Take a bubble bath. Or why not give yourself the gift of time to do something creative?

Wishing you a wonderful International Women's Day by Hanna Andersson aka iHanna #womensday #collage #8mars

I love reading and writing, as you might know, so to pick female authors from last century, was not hard. Also, at University I studied literature and came to know a few of these Swedish authors. My favorite is Selma Lagerlf. This lovely one:

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365 Collages | Week 4 | Will I be able to catch up?

I started making collages again after a month of doing almost nothing. And I have to ask: Will I be able to catch up? It’s week 10 already, this equals 2 months and 4 days. We’re on day 63 of 2018, and I’m sharing collages number 22 to 28 today, that I made this weekend. Not sure how and if I’ll be able to catch up and still enjoy the process of making collage. But we’ll see.

For now here’s week four of 365 Collages in 2018:

Traveling - Collage 22 by Hanna Andersson aka iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
Traveling, a collage by iHanna.

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Customized Note Pad for quick scribbles

Today I’ll share a quick tips on how to create a customized Note Pad Cover. You know the cheap kind that have ugly covers but are still great to use? Well, I like those too. But I do think everything that is not already handmade will be better if it’s personalized, altered, or customized in some way…

How to customize a cover for a paper pad tutorial

It is no secret that I love pretty notebooks a lot. But did you know that I also use a lot of wire-bound paper pads or note pads too? I love to take quick, scribbly notes without having to think about how they look, or how to sort it, or in what notebook I’m writing it in. That’s why I like to always have a paper pad or note pad close by.

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Kawaii Hearts | Making some Clay Jewelery

Kawaii Hearts with wings are coming into the air and flying straight for you! Who can resist these cuties? I ♥ them so.

Kawaii Hearts in clay - making jewelery - by iHanna

To continue with the heart theme, I wanted to share an easy and fun idea for making your own lovely jewelry using clay. I made these a while back, but it’s still February so I’m just going to continue with my favorite theme…

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The Embroidered Heart and the Fear of Failure

I love the beautiful symbol of love and its many pains; the heart. I’ve been obsessed with the heart shape for over a decade, and I am just now working on several different textile pieces for an exhibition I want to set up. I think I stopped working on my embroidered hearts last year so that I wouldn’t finish them – in fear of having to actually do something with them.

A while back I worked on even smaller hearts, on artist trading cards, ATC:s. As I have been looking at the photos, and also the pile of ATC hearts I’ve finished so far, I feel a lot of inspiration to keep going on this resting project. The work itself inspired me to continue.

Start of a Embroidered Heart by iHanna #embroidery #stitchwithheart

If you want to start stitching hearts on Artist Trading Cards yourself, you should sign up for the awesome Embroidery Workshop I announced this week. It is truly a work of heart…

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Embroidery Workshop | How to stitch a Heart – with LOVE

This weekend I sent out a Newsletter announcing that my darling embroidery workshop Stitch with Love, is up for grabs! I have been wanting to make a stand-alone workshop hosted by me, for a bit over a year now (or is it two years?), but for various reasons, I haven’t. Not until now.

I am super pumped to tell you a bit more about it today, because embroidery is one of my big passions. Yay!

Stitch With Love - Embroidery Workshop for beginners by @iHanna

If you want to get started with embroidery this mini-workshop is perfect for you! The Stitch With Love – an Online Embroidery Video Workshop For Beginners can be watched at your own leisure, any time. It’s a beginner level class for anyone curious about embroidery, but I do believe experienced embroiderers will also find new sparks of inspiration and some new ideas to try here. It’s simple, basic techniques, but SO full of ideas to explore!

Video promo I made for the workshop:

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Dear Photo Diary | Pink Polka Dots

Since I’m still not one hundred percent well after the flu, I haven’t made any new collages and feel way behind. I think I’m the only one not posting to the hashtag #365somethings2018 on Instagram, and I invented the thing! Gah! But I digress. I’m trying to go through older photos on the computer, and today I found a few pretty ones from a while back, when my desk was still pink polka dots that I wanted to share.

I think it means that I’m bringing back Dear Photo Diary, as a series of blog posts featuring creative, colorful and just awesome photographs from everyday life. Rather random, but bright and happy. And snapped by me of course, mostly with my big girl camera. ♥

Because, why not?

Dear Photo Diary

It took me years to learn to sit at my desk for more than two minutes at a time, to put up with the solitude and the terror of failure, and the godawful silence and the white paper.
Erica Jong

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Heart Collage Free Desktop Background

Sorry I have been MIA for almost two weeks. It’s because I got the flue. To make up for it I compiled a Colorful and Free Desktop Background, to spruce up your desktop background on the computer! Yay!

Share the LOVE - Download a free desktop background

Every day you live is a day for dreaming.
Every day is a day for adventuring.
And every day is for sharing with people you love,
because love’s all that lasts.
It’s the only thing we carry out of this world.
It connects us all, in the end.
Natalie Lloyd

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Keeping a Diary | Should you Keep it Private or Share it

Long before I started to blog I wrote weekly and sometimes daily, in a regular hard bound notebook and called it “a diary”. I have kept a diary for my entire life, and by this time in my life I know it is something I will not ever loose or stop doing. It is so ingrained in my to write in a diary that I can’t stop. It is not a daily habit, like eating breakfast or brushing my teeth (things I can’t not do), but it’s as much as part of my life as this blog, although a bit more secret…

On keeping a diary for yourself : Should you share your journal/diary or keep it private - blog post by iHanna #journaling

When it comes to Keeping a Diary and a blog at the same time, this is a question you must ask yourself: Should you Keep it Private or Share it with the online community?

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