A potpourri of thankfulness

Yummy papers It’s quite overwhelming to be a blog keeper sometimes. Today many of my readers have told me in many different ways that they appreciate and get inspired by my actions online. It shows me that blogs are powerful and reach far and wide. They are digital and maybe too many, but a few touch our soul and our hearts. I’m thankful that I have this chance to write and share here. What would I do with myself otherwise?

Andrea of Superhero Journals recently wrote something that resonated with me. I could’ve written it myself if I had the knowledge to compose English sentences as beautiful as she does. She wrote:

“…I’ve always believed in storytelling. This is where we cultivate connection, compassion, empathy. This is where we can liberate ourselves from what holds us back, whether it is our shame, our fears, or our history. It is a space in which we can heal, forgive ourselves, and dream bigger. It is where we find hope. […]

…my commitment to you has always been about inspiration and liberation. I have always wanted to be a gift to the world; nothing makes me happier than that. It is in this spirit that I write each post. It is with an ear out for this that I share my stories.”


Thank You for being so darn kind and generous to me, it means so much! When you visit, read & comment I fuel up with energy to do more! Today I got a bit overwhelmed by your responses of the wedding photos – I was the one who got teary when I read them!

I thought I’d do a potpourri post today. Hang with me as I with this post want to send love to all and everyone who read this blog.

First I got this beautiful postcard in the mail this morning from Susan who wrote; “the obvious joy you have for your art is inspiring.” Thank you Susan!

Then Simone of Crafty Daisy told me that she’d given me a Brilliante award:

    Hanna from Sweden maintains a wonderful blog full of creative ideas and interesting observations. Most recently she?s been hard at work helping her friend organize her wedding complete with cake, favors, decorations, and wedding photography.

Though I had to answer that I didn’t do that much at the wedding except running around enjoying myself taking photos! :-)

Here are the photos I’ve “favorited” at flickr during July:

iHanna desktop background July 2008
Georges inspirations and colors! Yeah, I’ve been clicking around a lot, huh? I put together a collage of the favorites and made it onto a Desktop background that you can download and use as your own desktop. It’s huge but if you set your desktop image to “adjust to screen” then it will fit I think!

Click here to view it large, then you know what to do right? Click on the image with your left mouse button and chose “Use as background”. :-)

This is my inspiration board right now:

Inspiration board summer 2008
It needs some change. I’m going to take all this down tonight and re-style it. When a inspiration board is filled with to much it’s not possible to see it clearly I think. It goes stellar and boring. I don’t see it anymore and I don’t add new things. I need to clear it from time to time and take everything down to build up layers again and again and again. I love layers, like these layers in my Art Journal that I was working on yesterday:

Double spread
I took this photo before I wrote the text on the lines and the white space I painted in. It’s an altered book that I’m working in right now, the coffee table size books that I love. The pages are thick and sturdy, and this is a fold out spread already in the book! I was using these absolutely yummy patterned papers I bought from Kelly who was garanteeing that I’d love these papers and wrote These are bags chock full of various handmade, decorative and very artsy papers-NO garbage!. Grab-bags like these are the best, and this is the best one I’ve ever seen! Just look at all these yummy papers:

I love papers

I have a newfound love for Chinese prints! I have never owned papers as beautiful as these gold adorned flower prints on thin paper:

Yummy papers
I didn’t know papers like these existed and though there are only small pieces of them in the pack there is enough for me to want to use them right away. So I did. I brought out these and a big pile of scrapbooking papers that Sophie (aka Miss KoolAid) so kindly has sent me and played! Mom and I did a fun Paper Project and I will share what we did (and a tutorial I think) very soon (next week?)! I just can’t put all the photos I took at the table in this post today or we’ll sink! ;-)

I’ve been in Stockholm shopping this week too, and this is all “new yummy stuff”:

Shopping for happiness
Books: Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, pray, love and David Allen’s book Getting Things Done in Swedish soft covers! Big fat stamps, papers, Perlescent Liquid Acrylic (pink), two colors of clay, a white Gelly roll pen and a black favorite to write with (a Pilot G-tec-C4 size 0,4 mm bought at Kreatima) and yes, the coolest tooth paste tube ever – bought at Museeum of Modern art (Moderna museet) and designed by Karin Mannerst?l!

Pilot G-tec-c4
The Pilot G-TEC! I took this photo earlier this summer because I thought I’d tell you about this pen that I love so much. I like it because it writes very black and very thin lines and is so smooth to write with! It’s my friend Anna that told me about it in school, and at first I thought I couldn’t write with such a thin pen, but now I do it all the time in my diary. I had two that recently broke though they both had ink left so I just had to hunt for a new one.

Thanks again everyone!

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15 Responses to A potpourri of thankfulness

  1. MissKoolAid says:

    I can feel lots of love in this post! Love for and from your readers. You are one cool creative soul my dear and I hope that one day we’ll get a chance to meet in real life.

    Love love LOVE your journal spread! Those colours… yummy!

    Isn’t paper addicting??? I love the stuff!


  2. kelly says:

    :) I hope you like your grabbag!!! The Japanese papers are very expensive so I included smaller pieces of those (but that way I could give you more of them) in the bags. :)

    Thanks again!!!


  3. iHanna says:

    Sophie, I’m so glad you can feel the love and happiness I’m experiencing right now! Papers are so very adictive and I’m very grateful that you shared so much of your stash with me! Thanks again my dear! If you ever come to Sweden…

    Kelly, yes! I loved these papers and I know they are expensive, that’s why I’ve never owned any papers like these before! I’m so glad I splurged and I’m very thankful that you are sharing your stash like this! Thanks!

  4. Chris says:

    More beautiful stuff!
    I just tried to write to you through your ‘Contact Hanna’ form, but it won’t send for some reason.

    I just wanted to thank you for your thoughtful comment to me, and for all your inspiration.

  5. iHanna says:

    isn’t it me who should say thank you for all your lovely comments you send me? Anyway, the comment page is down because I got so much spam from it that I couldn’t keep up deleting in my inbox! I’ll fix it soon I hope! :-) Glad you came by and said hi!

  6. Laura says:

    Oh Hannah- your blog is so inspiring and honest – I am glad there has been an outpouring of appreciation to you.

    Your journal spread is lovely. I keep trying to make an artist journal myself – but I don’t journal :(

    But I am sure it will inspire me to some great feat of colorful layers!


  7. DinDin says:

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pages, insprations and creative energy with us!!
    Take Care~ :)

  8. Carol Weiler says:

    Wonderfully inspiring pages. I too bought a bag of Kelly’s papers and they are beautiful and fun-but I tend to be kind of a hoarder-but after seeing your pages I am inspired to use these treasures. Thans!

  9. Nice Blog Hanna! I am looking fo a pen like this to write on my journals too. Would anyone help me telling where i can buy these online. I always buy in amazon but they don’t have this item and also if they send to south America.


  10. iHanna says:

    Thanks for your comments!

    as you might have noticed I’m Swedish and have no idea where you could find Pilot pens online, but I don’t know if you’ve really made a proper search on amazon yet? I saw these there:
    Pilot G-Tec C-4 C4 Black Ultra Fine Pens 0.4mm (Pack of 12)!??

  11. Jocelyn says:

    I just wanted to let you know that a couple months ago, I found a huge old white picture frame. I absolutely couldn’t let it go, but I also had no idea what to do with it! And then I saw your pictures of your inspiration board, and decided to create my own!

    (I hope you can see that!)

    It’s filled with pictures I’ve clipped from magazines, photographs I’ve taken, postcards I’ve received and letters from friends. Maybe not strictly an inspiration board, but definitely one of my favorite projects!

    I read your blog everyday and it always inspires me to go off and start a new project, thank you!

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  13. Eko Hermiyanto says:

    I really thanks to the Internet very much. Because of it, I can read all wonderful life in a far far away of the place I live in.

    I do not know any form of art. But, when I feel sad, I always look to certain picture, photo, or some other artwork and I then feel much much better. In the time of happiness, when I see those works, I can feel a great enjoyment.

    Now, I have a project of my own. I want to start to draw and play with colors :D.

    I hope someday could write a blog displaying my future works too :)

  14. Eko Hermiyanto says:

    Well, continuing my previous comment. I have bought papers and several types of coloring tools. But, it is a great surprise for me because I only use it for a while, but, my wife started to draw directly when she saw the papers and color pencils. And she is still drawing everyday :D

    I did not know that my wife able to draw. Well, now, I am very happy because I have not only beautiful and great wife, but also an artistic wife(I do not know whether “artistic wife” is a perfect word to express my feeling or not, since my English is extremely bad.)

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