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Just scale down!

20140520-102242.jpgHi everybody! Today I’d like to show you what I did with one of the designs I made for my book. Originally I made it for a lampshade – really one of the bigger makes. So, that’s what I often do, when I like an aspect of a project very much but at that moment don’t have the time to do the whole thing: I just scale down. I take the part out of it that I like most and bring it in a new context that is easier to manage or takes less time.

So when it comes to my lampshade design it’s easy to do so. I just took one part of the drawing and stitched it on a small notebook. I always do things like that and I’d encourage you to do so. It opens up so much possibilities for creativity and brings crafts to a manageable level in you every day life. I always have a list with things I’d like to make and it’s piling up constantly. Some of the bigger ones stay there in this “o.k., when I got the time for it” thing. This is too bad – so now and then I decide to scale down instead of not making it. Every time I did it I was really happy with the result.

Nevertheless I have one big project going on for more than a year now and it takes a lot of patience to finish it: A beautiful and colourful Granny Square blanket. I’m more than halfway through and I work constantly on it. This too is something very satisfying because I literally feel time spent on making that blanket weaving in it. With that project in the background and all the the other small things I make every day I found the perfect balance.

I hope I could inspire you with my thoughts to scale things down before they never will be made. Have fun and happy moments!




notebook embroidery

This is my latest project in paper embroidery. For I always like to have small books for all kinds of purposes around me (Yes, I’m a notebook addict!), I recently discovered paper embroidery as a totally cute and personal way to vamp up my stationery.

For my new notebook I wanted to have something that makes me smile every time I take it at hand. I found it: The motif comes from Aimee Ray’s book “Doodle Stitching”, which is one of my favourite on embroidery so far. It’s full of inspiration and cuteness. Yay! Have a great Friday everybody and keep on crafting!