Monday, February 8, 2016

Red - 52 Weeks of Creativity

  Red - a fitting theme for my recent MKAL (mystery knit along)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bitten by the Quiltingbug

For quite some time I have left quilting fall by the wayside, turning more to knitting, embroidery and lately spinning. A friend's struggle whether to join into a "block a day" group, which she decided against, but due to a joke I made (which obviously misfired) made her join another year long quiltproject, got me interested in quilts again and so I decided to join the same project.

The Splendid Sampler will start on Valentines Day 2016 and we will get two 6,5 inch blocks every week, ending up with 100 blocks in different techniques. Christmas and New Year will be time off.
Two blocks every week? Working full time? Painting, knitting, spinning, traveling, drawing, trying to eat healthier and aim for a 30 minute walk every day?
No problem. To quote Dr. Who: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to affect, but actually, from a non-liniear, non subjective point of view it is more like a big ball of wibbily wobbly timey wimey......stuff.
So, I'll take this big ball, let it wibble and wobble and hope I will not end up all "whiney"... All I have to to is decide which fabrics to use: the left over Dear Jane fabric (maybe I should finish all the boarder triangles first), the precious batics I hardly ever use (but with applique, that might not be such a good idea, as batic fabrics are quite hard to handsew) or the even more precious Northcot Silk "Stone" series I bough especially for the Baltimore Garden Quilt (a hummungous applique project, which I will probably not start before I win the lottery and can stop to work). Decissions, decissions....

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Memories - 52 Weeks of Creativity

 Memories are really important to me. They help me through difficult times and give hope.
 They also remind me, to treasure the time we have together, like the waterglasses I brought back from a painting trip to Toscana and which I use at every family dinner: remembering my trip but also every time I sit down with my family to celebrate, to share a meal, to laugh together, tease each other and share our lifes.
 And they also remind me of good friends, adventures shared and new adventures planned.
Let's create many more of those!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Animal - 52 Weeks of Creativity

 I am a knitter, and a spinner. So what other animal should I show?


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bloom - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Bloom, the first thought is always of flowers, blooms on a tree or my much loved orchids.
What is needed for blooms to form: seeds, nourishment, time...
Time was needed for these blooms to flourish too:

More than 20 years in the making, this was one of my first finishes 2016. Embroidery is something I feel the need to do now and again, but the urge is usually gone after some days or a week or two. So I got into the habit of having some season appropriate projects in my storage to get out, whenever I HAVE TO HAVE something to embroider. Finishing this decade old project felt so good even though it will not come to the honour it deserves until Chrismas 2016, that I immediately started looking for something else to finish and lo and behold: flowers as well, much simpler but heartwarmingly funny:

That was, when the analogy struck: My shelves are full of seeds, the only thing they are missing is time spent on them to nourish projects and bring them to bloom. Be it fabrics, wool, fibers, paint, beeds - everything waiting for the appropirate time.
OK, I think it is time to dive deep into my seed stash and bring them to bloom and not choke them under adding more seeds to be forgotten as soon as something else catches my eyes. Being creative with what is there and not with looking for more but also owning up to seeds that have dried up and will never bloom and getting rid of them.
And now I'm off, looking for hidden seeds on my bookshelves to see what treasures bloom there without me realizing it.

Friday, January 8, 2016

52 Weeks of Creativity

Welcome 2016, it's lovely to get to know you.

I am not big on new years resolutions, choosing a word for the year or things like that, though I know that they work for many people quite well. So for this year I have the intention to go through life more conciously, not just talk about healthy eating but hold myself responsible for actually doing it, planning out my menus, taking my homecooked lunch to the office and cut out sugar and mindless eating of cookies.

And I have also decided to join my friend Karin's 52 weeks of creativity challenge. While I had in mind that it would get me drawing more, already the first weeks theme "Music" got my mind working. Living in Vienna, growing up with the wonderfull tradition of starting the new year with a magnificent concert - and this year's New Years Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Mariss Jansons as conductor was especially good - there were many ideas like drawing a musical instrument, or attempting to draw the building of Musikverein, where the concert is held every year.

But while sitting at my spinning wheel, thinking about what music means to me and my life, I suddenly realised that there are many different kinds of music. And this one I love very much at the moment:
Looking forward to 51 more challenging weeks of fun!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Spinning and it's rewards

 Remember this?
 It turned into a shawl, a Nuvem.
 And this spinning project turned into my new hat, scarf and mitten set for this winter:
The last finished spinning projects are designated to become socks as Christmas presents for my mum:
 And the next project is under way already. Who knows, what it will become? The results will tell.