Friday, January 30, 2009

Dots


As a child I became fascinated by the paintings of Aborginals. Aborginals are the first human inhabitants of Australia and they paint in a very special way with dots.




Today I want to show you my interpretation of it. The yellow stands for the energy of the world. Green and red are two different persons who communicate with each other. The yellow dot in the center is the little universal energy we all have.

This piece of work I made as a cover for my notebook because notebooks for me are all about communication. My interpretation doesn't come close to the beauty that the original work is holding but I do enjoy the softness and energy of my cover.



Next week will be a very special week because it will be all about Denmark and the beauty it holds.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elizabeth

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tuareg



Last summer we visited Valdemars Slot on the island TÃ¥singe. In this large manor are several musea and there I saw these symbols. They are called Tuareg crosses. Tuareg are nomadic people living in the North of Africa. The crosses are normally made in silver and handed down from father too son. They are worn to protect its owner. For me it was love at first sight, didn't have my notebook with me so on the back of a receipt I sketched them and wrote some additional information.




Last year we moved to a new home, unfortunately the previous owners were heavy smokers. And although the wardrobes were cleaned and painted they still smelled a little bit. So there was a need to make a pile of lavendel bags. So I took that old receipt and started. Now our wardrobes are protected and smell wonderful again.



Have a beautiful day.

Elizabeth

Friday, January 23, 2009

Listen to the wind 5


The last page, Grow. Just like with every other experience we have the possibility to grow, to learn.



Today's song is from Merle Haggard and is called Listening to the wind. Unfortunately I couldn't find the lyrics to the song. Instead I found a great quotation from Rumi.


"The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don't go back to sleep

You must ask what you really want
Don't go back to sleep

People are going back and forth
Across the doorsill where the worlds touch
The door is round and open
Don't go back to sleep."


Well this was my second book. I hope you enjoyed this part of my journey just as much as I did. I will leave you with a quote by former president of the U.S.A. Woodrow T. Wilson.

"We grow by our dreams."

That leaves me to say thank you for your time, have a great weekend and don't forget

DREAM


Elizabeth

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Listen to the wind 4


Today I would like to start with a quote of Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. "We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men."




If our door is open and we are conscious about receiving and/or sending messages, this gives us the opportunity to connect on a another level. By being aware of this process we can learn a lot because information is presented in a different way.



The song today is from ATB together with Heather Nova and is called Love will find you


I believe it's all inside you
All the answers
Strip it down and see the light come
Through the crowd
I believe it takes a moment
just to know it
listen to the wind

Let go of the fear
Let go of everything
Let go of it's realm
Love will find you

There you go you're down again
disbeliever
Hoping for a way to get through
desire
Everything in life is shown you
it's so easy
Listen to the wind

Let go of the fear
Let go of everything
Let go of it's realm
Love wil find you

I believe it's all inside you
all the answers
Strip it down and see the light come
Through the crowd
I believe it takes a moment
just to know it
listen to the wind

Let go of the fear
Let go of everything
Let go of it's realm
Love will find you

See you tomorrow with the last page of this book.


Elizabeth

PS Thanks Mary for you beautiful comment.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Listen to the wind 3



Today's page is called Dream because sometimes the connection will be made while your dreaming or daydreaming. It can be that you wake up and know something for sure but still you feel the need to verify anyway. Have you ever had the feeling you needed to make a phonecall to a specific person although you were just looking outside or watching your pet and didn't think about this person at all? These kind of indications, which are so easily overlooked, can be a message that is sent to you. The fun part is to listen and verify and be surprised how often it is correct.




Today's song is from Cat Stevens and is called The Wind.

I listen to the wind
to the wind of my soul
Where I'll end up well I think,
only God really knows
I've sat upon the setting sun
But never, never never never
I never wanted water once
No, never, never, never

I listen to my words but
they fall far below
I let my music take me where
my heart wants to go
I swam upon the devil's lake
But never, never never never
I'll never make the same mistake
No, never, never, never

Have a great day.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Listen to the wind 2



Today's page is Open door. Open door stands for being open, being receptive, being willing to listen with all your senses.



The "messages" are embroidered in a closed herringbone stitch together with a chain stitch.



The song for today is sung by Mississipian and written by C.J. Gareau, this is the link.

Listen to the wind
Baby can you hear my voice
Listen to the wind
Can you hear me whispering your name?
Listen to the wind
I know your heart can hear me
If you'll listen you'll hear me?

Listen to the wind
When you first see the sun rise
Listen to the wind
And at what it's telling you
Listen to the wind,
And you might just be surprised
At the message it has for you

Listen to the wind
As you work during the day
Listen to the wind
Feel it on your hands and face
Listen to the wind,
As it touches your every pore
And know that I'm there touching you

Bridge:
Wherever you are the wind will find you
It's got an important message to deliver

Listen to the wind
As you put your head on the pillow
Listen to the wind
When you're lost in your sweet dreams
Listen to the wind,
And there you'll discover
You'll know how much you mean to me

Listen to the wind
Baby just listen to the wind
And there you'll discover
You'll know how much you mean to me

Hope you enjoyed it. See you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Monday, January 19, 2009

Listen to the wind


This week you can read my latest book. The subject is listen to the wind which is a non-verbal communication and where you also don't see each other. It is like the communication that takes place between a mother and a baby where the mother instantly feels there is something wrong no matter where she is or what she is doing.



For this book I used the same format but the lettering is done in a double chainstitch unlike the Mystery book which is done in a stemstitch.



With every post I found some music with the same title as the subject of the book. I wanted to do this because I love music and it gives you a chance to hear the thoughts of others about this subject and maybe meet new musicians you never heard before. Unfortunately I'm not computersavvy enough to let is start when you read the post so here is the link. The song I choose is from Haley Westenra.


Lyrics

Time is a river that flows endlessly
And a life is a whisper, a kiss in a dream

Shadows dance behind the firelight
And all the spirits of the night remind us:
We are not alone

Tomorrow: a sun soon rising
And yesterday is there beside us
And it's never far away

If you listen to the wind you can hear me again
Even when I'm gone you can still hear the song
High up in the trees as it moves through the leaves
Listen to the wind, there's no end to my...

Love is forever a circle unbroken
The seasons keep changing; it always remains

Spring will melt the snows of winter
And the summer gives us days of light
So long till autumn makes them fade

Remember the sound of laughter
We ran together through the meadows
Still we thought our hearts could break

If you listen to the wind, you can hear me again
Even when I'm gone you can still hear the song
High up in the trees as it moves through the leaves
Listen to the wind and I'll send you my love

Listen to the wind where the sky meets the land
I'm not really gone I've been here all along
High up in the trees in the sound of the leaves
Listen to the wind there's no end to my...

Time is a river that flows to the sea
And a life is a whisper, a kiss in a dream.

Well I hope you liked the start of this week. Have a great monday.

Elizabeth

Friday, January 16, 2009

A little miracle

Courtesy of J. Caintercorp.com

Today's post has absolutely nothing to do with my creative journey but I'm still very proud of result so far. Let me explain. During the holidays we had some lychees to eat. My oldest son asked if we could grow a tree out of the seed. Well we could try, just like we tried to grow an appletree out of a seed and succeeded. And although I don't really believe we can grow a 30 metre high tropical tree in Danmark, we started our experiment.



Surprise, surprise. We really made a start in the midst of a cold winter. So maybe there is a chance after all!

Have a great weekend.

Elizabeth

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Envelope



Something totally new for me, an envelope made out of thick felt. This is an experiment and there is much to improve on but I like the idea. So I'm thinking about making a serie of different envelopes with different styles and topics. This envelope could become a model for valentine's day.



Some detail pictures.




The heart is made out of wood. I bought several of these hearts almost four years ago. That summer holiday we visited the island we now live on for the first time. I found them in a shop with all kind of really nice stuff. Although I never found a place to fit them in but now I'm very happy that I kept them.



Let me hear what you think of the idea.

Till tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tree of life



In the post of Celtic heart I already told you that I found the site of Cari Buziak. On her site there is also a colouring book and there I found the tree of life in a mandala.
In a drawer there was still a large woollen blanket waiting to be decorated and because I liked the tree a lot I made a similar one. Around my tree there are leafs that have fallen down. Each leaf has a message and the idea was that each message would be absorbed by the earth and given back when new leafs arrive. I'm longing for spring again and this is a little reminder for myself that the leafs will come back again, just have to be patient.




Some detailpictures so you can read the words on the leafs.



Have a great tuesday.

Elizabeth


Friday, January 9, 2009

Patched up heart



Today's post is a follow up. Yesterday I showed you celtic heart. While I was making the celtic heart the thread became the journey the heart makes in life. There where the woollen thread is tied down were the special events.

The heart starts as a perfect, pure and loving energy. During life we all have experiences who leave scars. But no matter how big the scar is we remember how it was and patch up our heart in our own special way with the love we hold for life.

This thought gave me the idea to make this patched up heart.




The other side of the heart and some detail pictures.






Have a great weekend. See you monday.

Elizabeth

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Celtic heart



Today I want to show you my interpretation of a celtic heart. This heart is made in the tradition of celtic knots. My interest in celtic knots started long ago but somehow I never managed to draw my own. Lucky me when I found the site of Cari Buziak She has a beautiful site with all kinds of celtic drawings.
So now I can draw one and that gave me the opportunity to put it in felt with wool.



Some detail pictures.




Well hope you liked it. Have a great day and hope to see you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Darcy


Happy 2009.

I'm so glad to return to Landanna, hope you are too.

Today I want to tell you something that happened during the holidays. On youtube I found the episodes of Pride and Prejudice, the adaptation of the BBC made in 1995. I had seen it before but I like the characters of miss Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle) and Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) a lot, so I decided to watch it again.

Again I got intriged by the thing Mr. Darcy was wearing on his waistbelt, just like last time. Therefore I decided to find out the name and the function of it. This took some time but I ended up at kannikskorner. After some research on their part Kathleen found out that it was a watch fob. A watch fob helps the owner to take his watch out a very small pocket, Mr. Darcy never did and there I didn't think of that possibility. But while Kathleen was researching, I designed one for myself with a variation of the herringbonestitch and called it a Darcy. So my Darcy was born because no watch is or will be attached to it.


This picture shows the details of the herringbonestitch. Well I hope you love Darcy as much as I do.

Have a great day!!!

Elizabeth