A Knitted kind of Crazy

I canít understand why people are frightened of new ideas. Iím frightened of the old ones. John Cage

Crazy iHanna Scarf

I think spring is on the way. We’ve got daylight a lot longer now, the sun is out more and the Crocus in full bloom. But yesterday it was actually snowing (!) when I was out walking. That reminded me that I have a finished knitted project to share, one that I photographed earlier. It was one of the few days we’ve had a lot of snow this winter, so I best share it before summer I thought… And a finished knit! It does not happen often, so it’s something to celebrate.

I affectionately call this one the Crazy Scarf, because it is such a crazy mix of yarn qualities. I assembled them from my stash way back when, but forgot to finish the started project last winter… But now it’s done!

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The Writing Landscape

Art Journal Prompt: Draw an inside Map

I can get lost even when I have a map in hand, because I have no sense of direction. But maps fascinate me, and I’ve used a lot of vintage maps in my art. I especially like the metaphor of a map – it is a way to move from one place to the next, to find new meaning, to change location, to see new things, and even to explore ourselves. I love the language of the road map: treasure hunting, adventure seeking, discovering uncharted territory, traveling to new places while we always, and at the same time, have the means to find our way back home right there in our hands (or phones – I’m also a big fan of GPS maps). Going away is just as important as coming home to me.

I think traveling will also take you to new places within. We can also map out our own interior design in a way. To me this is very linked to personal journaling and self-discovery. By journaling we explore our own inner world, and by drawing a map of my own inner world, I see it more clearly. A while back I carefully mapped out where I am at with my word of the year: writing, mostly because it is a place where I need some guidance forward right now…

Hand-drawn map in my art journal
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Find what you Love and let it kill you

My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you.
Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness.
Let it kill you and let it devour your remains.
For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but itís much better to be killed by a lover.
Charles Bukowski

Just wanted to say hi but produced a rather lengthy blog post about life, death, starting things up and writing things down… Read or skip it, but know I’ll be back soon with more creative content, link update and a postcard swap for sure.

Snow day in March

My beloved pink boots, a thin icicle melting, the cold and always unexpected snow of March,
and an indoor summer bouquet.

I always have things to write about. My brain is full of wonderful topics in the color of the rainbow. They disturb everyday life and needs to be written down. Blogging, this awesome creative outlet, is always on my mind, and has been for the past decade! So when I take a break from blogging you must think something is terribly wrong… It was/is, and it isn’t. I’m fine. And I am sorry if some of you, my dear readers, have been worried about me. Thanks for asking about my health, leaving kind comments, and sending me e-mail reminders that I need to get back to my blog. You’re so right. I need to get back to sharing, not because some of you are waiting for a sign of life, but because this is such big, bold and beautiful part of wee life. It has always been a part of my life that makes me happy, and it continues to thrill me.

I am not sure I will continue for ever, but for now I am not quiting. This is not the time to end this blog, even though I haven’t posted for too many days. I do not like endings anyway, so let’s not think about that day… For now I need your company, I need to share my photography and artwork with you guys. Thanks for sticking with the blog and checking back for updates… Continue reading

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She’s a Bitch

When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.
Bette Davis

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Last week ended up a whole blank week around here. What? Nine days with no posts from me and my corner of the world. I’m not even sure when that happened last, maybe a few years ago? I usually try to post something, no matter what is going on in my life, because a blog needs content. And I am a content provider…
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Fuel up people!

iHanna Quote: Without coffee- No Good can Come

I am a coffee addict. How about you? What fuels your creativity?

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Awesome Supplies | Go Create Gouache

Trying out my tube Gouaches - awesome art supplies tried out by iHanna

I got a kit of gouache paint tubes from a friend. It’s my first try with gouaches since school, and it’s always fun to explore new paints. Gouache is similar to watercolors, but my watercolors are not in tubes, and the goaches are more dense and not as opaque.

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Valentines Day Love List

I LOVE Creating ART- love it!

I love creating art, craft, text, books – you name it. Here is a list of other things that is on my love list right now. Because, you know… love is in the air.

I love

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Art Journal Peek: Valentine Heart Doodles

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

It’s Valentine week
, I’m sure you noticed. Isn’t it awesome?

Row upon row of Heart

As usual I dive into the heart theme without hesitation. It’s my favorite symbolic holiday, even though I do not care much about the actual day itself. I am a sucker for romance and love, but what is a single girl to do? Doodle hearts, and dream on! Right?

The above heart rows started a while back at my friend’s house. I tried out all my red and pink watercolors, and made small and big hearts that finally covered the whole page. Then when everything was dry I filled each heart with some kind of design. Continue reading

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Right Snow

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you canít get them across, your ideas wonít get you anywhere.
Lee Iacocca

Rosehip in Winter
Snow  Trees

There is snow covering the ground and the dangerous icy patches, right now. I took my camera out for snow watching. Continue reading

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A Heart that Sparkles

We shouldn’t pay attention to whether our words have any influence, whether anyone listens to us.

The most important thing is to remain faithful to the beauty as long as we live; to love it so as not to worry about anything around us; to sing it a hymn even when the whole world is falling apart.

Nikolai Gogol

Red Wool Heart - pink side up

I got a little kit in the mail before Christmas. In it a pattern for a heart ornament, a piece of red felt and some white floss (and an embroidery needle)! What a simple, cute and lovely gift, right?

I decided not to do wool embroidery on the fabric, but go the iHanna style route and add glitter! So I sewed on sequins and stitched some with white metallic thread .

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