Always try New Things

Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?
Michelle Obama

This weekend I took a workshop that was arranged by my local embroidery group. The teacher was called Lotta Frost, and she has made some beautiful things in paper with stitching. We learned some new-to-us ways to stitch on paper, which was fun. You might have seen some of it in my stories on instagram if you follow me there.

Stitch with love Workshop

Learning new things is always invigorating to me, especially when you get to dive into topics you are already passionate about. And I love embroidery! Sewing on paper is something I have tried before a couple of times, but not like this. I look forward to explore it more, sewing on sturdier paper, which you do by poking the wholes before you start sewing, kind of making a path forward before you start walking on it.

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365 Collages | Week 46 | A Positive Conquest

Garden Cress - Collage no 315 by iHanna
Garden Cress, a collage by iHanna.

Week 46 feels like a positive conquest, won at the last hour. I hope you’re winning the week too. I’ve sent out all e-mails for the Postcard Swap. If you haven’t gotten your list, please contact me ASAP and I will re-send it.

Today I’ve attended a workshop on doing embroidery on paper, and finished this blog post, with seven new collages. I hope you like them!

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Last Chance Saloon

Hey there! Do you wanna join me at the Last Chance Saloon?

It’s not a sad place, I promise. It’s where you’ll jump in and make 10 postcards very quickly, and sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap before I close it for this time!

DIY Postcard | Give love as much as you can

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365 Collages | Week 45 | Target Practice

The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer. Eugene Delacroix

Collage therapy with iHanna
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Pink Happy Mail Opening

Life is tough, sometimes. You know what I mean, right?

This autumn has felt particularly harsh to me. First my bike got stolen from outside our house where it was locked, then a month after that I got my smart phone stolen. And I know things like this happens all the time, and it could be worse… but it’s never happened to me. Ever. And it happens right when we’re at an economic low in this household.

I’m not going to go into my personal struggles more than that right now, I just wanted you to know that the happy mail that this post is about came at the right moment. Loosing two of three of my most expensive items in such a short time (my most expensive is the computer I’m working on to support us) was a blow. Things like this can really get me down. Not just loosing worldly things, but thinking about the people who steal, and the world’s state in general, it all makes me so sad.

So endulge me.

Video: Opening pink happy mail from a blog fan

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365 Collages | Week 44 | Let it Fall

Another week, another batch of collages, very fall inspired. I wish I’d had time to enjoy the beauty of all the orange and yellow leaves of two weeks ago better. Now, after lots of wind and rain, they’ve mostly all been blown of the trees and we’re hunkering down for winter.

Leaving soon - Collage no 301 by iHanna #365somethings2018
Leaving soon, a collage by iHanna.

With that said, I did get some phone photos, and I’ve also made a few fall inspired collages, in the colors of October… So I say “let it fall”…. These collages will have to help me remember how beautiful it was, just a short while ago. Now, not so much. But it’s wonderful to be inside and to make art, and that at least, is a constant around here.

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. Wayne Dyer

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365 Collages | Week 43 | Monsters in the Closet

It’s week 43 of 52 weeks in 2018, and I’ve reached collage number 300 in my 365 Somethings. Today is day 299 of the year. After today there are 66 days remaining in this year, so that we (as happens most years) will land on the magic number 365 at the last day of the year. And what a ride it’s been so far, right?

I've Created 300 Collages /iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art

Not to brag or anything, but that is SOOO AWSOME! I’m so cool, I’m a winner, I am… oh, sorry. Never mind that outburst. Let’s continue.

I’m sure you can tell I’ve been diving head first into my own painted papers this time. It’s a box that has been on the shelf for a while, but this week it came out and I it was super fun re-discovering these gems, some painted recently, others a couple of years ago!

Here are my collages for this week, I so hope you like them!

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I’d rather be reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I define myself as a book lover, I can’t imagine life without a book by my side. I don’t just read how to-books about art and crafts (the kind that I mostly review here on my blog) but also novels, biographies, fantasy, YA, classics, fact books, kid’s lit, and more.

I just received the book I'd rather be reading

I use books as entertainment and for relaxation, but also as a tool to do research and learning new stuff. Shortly said, I love books. I wish you all could embrace book reading, but I know it’s not for everyone. Although I so hope that you at least now and then will give some books a try. Try reading a book you’ve been recommended, even though you might not (yet) define yourself as a book lover! It might just change your (reading) life…

Reading is actually good on sooo many levels…

Although it may see fairly out of style to pick up a traditional paperback book and delve into a daunting tale of perseverance or true crime, it is actually quite beneficial to your overall health. Trends and fads are all wonderful and have their time and place, but there is nothing that can take the place of feeling the pages of a book upon your fingers tips or falling off to sleep stepping into dreams inspired by the novel resting on your nightstand…

Quote from an article about Why Reading Paper Books is Better than reading on a screen.

Anyway, you probably already knew that reading is good for you. If you’re anything like me, and you already are a book reader, I think you’ll enjoy Anne Bogel’s new book titled I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life. Maybe you’ll even agree with this:

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365 Collages | Week 42 | Outside the Grid

The project #365somethings2018 continues, here and on instagram and on some blogs around the globe. I’m making collages, seven new each week this entire year. Here’s the first one this week:

My name is Abbott - Collage no 287 by iHanna in 2018 #365somethings2018
My name is Abbott, a collage by iHanna.

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn

The theme is a bit of a bird theme, it might have started last week with a few birds flying in and then spilling over here to week 42… I hope you like them all, of course.

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365 Collages | Week 41 | Halloween Colors

I’m working on ideas for my postcards in the DIY Postcard Swap autumn 2018 you’re invited too if you want to join us!) but because I don’t want to fall behind again, I’m posting seven new collages this week.

Stormy Sky - Collage no 280 by iHanna in 2018
Stormy Sky – Collage no 280 by iHanna.

I’m short on time, but here they are. Week 41, with some oranges and bits of black and white. They are, at least in my mind, a little taste of the Halloween colors…

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