DIY Postcard Swap Spring 2015

Tired of never receiving any happy mail? then it's time to join iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap spring 2015! Join now!

If too are tired of only getting bills and junk mail in your inbox (not your e-mail inbox but your mail box), then it’s time to take action and do something about it. The first step is to make happy mail for others! I think it’s time you start sharing some of your creativity and make happy postcards to send out… Being creative and making postcards is half the fun, and then if you feel like joining my DIY Postcard Swap you will get 10 happy handmade postcards right back at ya! Double joy, right?

So it’s time to make awesome postcards together!

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Celebrating Life

Yes. I have to admit that after a long weekend of celebrations I am one year older. I’m happy to report I do not feel older but might have to admit that I am not as young as I used to be!

Pink birthday flowers photo by iHanna #carnations

I was thinking about how we keep celebrating our birthdays all through life. Are we happy that we are getting older, really? Why it stays such a happy occasion even when we don’t want to get any older? I guess it’s because it is a celebration of life. We are alive, and it is wonderful to be alive (most of the time)…. Continue reading

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5 Awesome Podcast Episodes about Creativity

5 Awesome Must-Listen-to Podcast Episodes on Creativity! link list by iHanna

Sometimes when I hear a great episode of a favorite podcast I want to remember to listen to it more than once. My favorite topic is creativity, as you might have guessed… Here are a few episodes I consider must-listen-to-good. I think you should check them out when you have the time.
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Happy Mail Day

Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.
Ted Levitt

Gifts from Jenny, photo by iHanna #ideanotebook

I sometimes get the prettiest things in the mail. It does not happen very often, but after Easter I have gotten several very nice surprises in my inbox. Things that totally brighten my day. Today I’ll show you a few of the things, because there was so much paper goodness that I think you need to see it too. Stationary, stickers, scrapbook and collage papers…

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Video Class Promo + Stitched Blog Hop

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. General George Patton

Today I am part of Alma Stoller’s Blog Hop for STITCHED 2015! Hi and Welcome to all new and old visitors, I hope you’ll stick around for a bit and leave me a comment below – maybe about what you like to sew – if you’re into sewing?

STITCH with LOVE bead embroidery for the STITCHED Blog Hop 2015, image by iHanna

I dabble in a little bit of everything, mostly what I call mixed media embroidery, which is kind of stitching on altered surfaces. I mix in a bit of everything, and that is what my class at STITCHED 2015 is all about too. Altering your fabric, using different threads and beads to decorate a surface and finally making a piece of tiny art! The final piece will end up becoming a ATC… Continue reading

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Dear Photo Diary | Easter Eye Candy

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

Easter Flowers

It is post Easter. I’ve finished my tiny Easter Egg (so small that it fitted in the palm of my hand), it wasn’t too hard because it only contained three pieces of chocolate candy. But I am not complaining about its size, because we had plenty of yummy food and drinks for everyone, plus big bowls of candy sitting around just waiting for ahem… me?

I’m no foodie as you know. My favorite thing about any holiday is the family meetings and to bring out the special decorations from storage. To change the living room up a bit, in a special way and for a special celebration. And Easter is awesome because it has lots of pretty decorations. This year it also brought the first sign of spring colors…

Easter Candy
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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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