Friday, March 26, 2010

A helpful co-incidence and a fun surprise

Yesterday I already told you that I wasn't happy with my table. So I went to our local thriftshop, my favorite place when I am in need for something special. I looked around but I couldn't find a table but I did find this one. A plastic little stool.



The trouble was I already made a stool. Grabbed it from the shelve anyway and walked around with the question how can I turn this into a table and fasten it. Than this caught my eye.




Had no idea what it was, it looked like a kind of knitted ribbon to me and I found it very attractive for some reason. Walked around a little longer but no table. Therefore I just paid for my two finds, got home and looked at my two finds a little closer.




The ribbon turned out not to be a ribbon but something else although I have no idea how it is called. I found a way to fasten the stool to the shoebox. Now my tableproblem was solved.



A small table at the right height because I just glue a piece of styrofoam on the stool. First I have to make the ornaments for the table and sew them on the tablecloth in a way that the tablecloth will be sewed on the table.

You see a piece of cake if you get a little help.

Now this morning I took my little guys to school. At school they have the tradition that all children come together on fridaymorning and sing. Normally they sing Danish psalms but just before a vacation starts they make it a little more festive. A schoolband without a name will play. Last time the schoolband played some Deep Purple songs by which I heard by accident because we were late. This time I thought let's stick around. They started with some Danish song which didn't ring a bell to me. The second song sounded really familiar, it is called The summer of 69. I hear some laughter but I can't help it. For some mysterious reason I can't escape this guy called Bryan Adams.  And since this is my last post before my blogvacation we will have some music if you click here.

This shoebox-journey will continue on monday the 6th of April. In the meantime I will drink tea with friends, visit family and have a small vacation with my three men. Probably I will also make a gift or two and listen to some music.

Have a fabulous Easter holiday, a lot of sunshine and even more chocolate eggs while I am gone.

Elizabeth

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Update shoebox



This is gonna be the bed in the shoebox. Thanks to Karen I can give this shoebox-room a bed with lovely childlike bedding. The pipecleaners are there so I can attach the bed to the box, in case you are wondering.




This is the table with tablecloth and stool. I am not really satisfied with the height of the table so I have to see how I can change that.



This picture of the little stool gives you a sense on how small every piece of furniture is. What is left on my list is making some ornaments for on the table and the piece with the butterflies.

Have a lovely day and don't forget to smile. (A smile radiates the sunshine of the heart.)

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Excitment in giving

Yesterday while I was working on my shoebox, just holding my crochethook and the deep blue yarn, my mind wandered off to a place that showed me how much I love the work I do. Immediately an image came to mind and I had to make an art-journal page.



So my hook and yarn were shoved aside and the page in the picture was made right at that moment. A page which tells the story of sharing, giving away, reaching out with an open heart and receiving a heart that is filled with energy and happiness. The birth of a new symbol which might end up in Philosophy because it feels so right.

I want to thank everybody who stops by at Landanna and all the people who are courageous enough to leave a comment or write an email. Thank you so much for your time and inspirational thoughts.

Have a fantastic day and I hope to see you soon.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Progress

Yesterday I had so much energy that I started with some serious cleaning. Since I used most of the day for that work I made just a little progress on my shoebox-project. Last night I crocheted two baskets and made a painting for in the shoebox. The inspiration for my baskets was given by this lady with her basket.





Since there is a lot more on my to-do-list than just making my ideas in beautiful yarn I decided to try to finish all the different pieces of furniture this week and assemble the shoebox when I get back after the easter-holidays. You know what, that sounds like a plan!!!!

Have a wonderful day filled with joyous energy.

Elizabeth

Monday, March 22, 2010

Exciting news

Very exciting news arrived yesterday. Bee told me about Jean Baggott in a comment. I hear you thinking who is Jean Baggot. Well, she is the lovely lady who made The girl on the Wall. Why am I all excited? Because The girl on the Wall is a lifestory in embroidery, just like Soul Food. Ofcourse the design is totally different but the fact that someone else had the same idea, made the same effort and even wrote a book about it is totally thrilling for me. If you want to know all about Jean and her Girl on the Wall click here. On the site you can also find a video which I found very interesting, click here.





As you can see in the picture above I have more exciting news. After knitting allthrough the weekend as if my life depended on it, I finally can say the knitting for my shoebox project is done. This doesn't mean that the project is finished. No, there is still a lot of work to be done.


Yes, this is a picture of a paper handkerchief. It came to my rescue during the very, very early morninghours on saturday. Without a notebook or piece of paper beside my bed but luckily with a handkerchief and a pen I grabbed the chance to write down the ideas I dreamt about with regard to this project. Maybe one day I learn always to have some paper and pencils my bed. The list is extensive. So time to go to work.

Have a fabulous start of your week and I hope to see you soon.

Elizabeth

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring

 http://www.wholeblossoms.com/img/contenido/bulk-tulips.jpg

 Springs has finally arrived. 

Ofcourse spring can't start without tulips from Amsterdam

Tulips for everyone!!!!

Elizabeth

Friday, March 19, 2010

Philosophy in progress

Some weeks ago the parties of the dutch government decided that they couldn't work no longer together. That is news but not that special. What I noticed was the totally differently tone they started talking, harsh words said by all parties. Watching that made me think about human relationships and their communication. These thoughts and this incident are the seed for Philosophy. Philosophy is the title of a new book that I am embroidering.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shoebox in progress

Today I want to show you a totally new project I have been working on. Last week I saw an artproject with shoeboxes to raise money for Kids Company's work with vulnerable children in the UK. Liked the idea but noticed that there wasn't a shoebox with textile. Therefore I challenged myself to make a shoebox.



Did already some knitting but I am not finished yet. Some embroidery is finished. Still everything has to come together. Did you see the butterflies?

Have a day filled with wonder.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chairs but than differently III

As I promised yesterday, today I will show you my absolute favorite chair, the one that suits me fine.




It has beautiful details








The kind I like.





A chair just for me.

If you would like to see more chairs or tables, just click here and you will find even more chair-inspiration.

Have a fabulous day filled with your creativity.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chairs but than differently II

Yes, some more chairs today. Let's start with this one.

Financial crisis!!!!


Gentlemen's chair






Chair for a lady.




Kiss the world


Remember all!!!!


In what kind of chair would you like to sit? Tomorrow I will show you my favorite.

Have a lovely sunny day.

Elizabeth

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chairs but than differently

Today I have something completely different for you. Last week I saw an small exhibition in our library and today I want to share my pictures.

This chair is standing right in front of you when you walk in to the library. It is called the decay of mother earth. Can the children save it?


This chair is called the Writing chair, poetry makes the soul smile.


This one is really funny. It is called the Chair for the smoker and if you look closer you'll see a gasmask hanging at the back. Made a detailpicture, so you can see the cartoon.




The little chair on top is a little chair used while milking cows. The question asked with this one is:'Who is milking who?'

All these chairs are made by Bente Johansen. A few years back I visited her little butik and so can you if you click here. She has her own weavingstudio, makes her own jewellery, paintings and dolls. Tomorrow I will give you some more pictures.

Have a great start of the week and try to see things differently.

Elizabeth

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Connecting

Today I have two pages from my art-journal. Last monday Julie sent me this link just to start off the week totally inspired. 




So much of energy is scattered around, not really making a connection. On one hand that is a waist of effort but on the other hand when a connection is made I am bubbling with joy and celebrate the fact of feeling my existence.



And ofcourse sometimes the connection is made through music. Do you want to know what makes me bubble with joy these days? Surprise 1 and surprise 2 but be careful you can get addicted!!!!

Have a fantastic day.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Busy kids



While the kids are very busy at school, I am very busy with a running nose and a lovely fever.



While drinking tea with honey I scribble in my notebook. 



Someday I have to become really busy if I ever gonna materialize my bubbling joy.


Stay healthy with a smile.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In loving memory of

Yesterday, after 33 years of loyal service, the zipper of pencase broke. My pencase that took me through years of dayschool, nightschool, who travelled with me across Europe and to the States said goodbye.


What made this pencase so special to me?

This pin!!!!

The day I got this pencase I also found this pin. I pinned it on the end of the zipper with the thought that in the end, hopefully someday soon, we will stop fighting.

Throughout the years the meaning of that thought only grew and just last week it became my inspiration for a new embroidery book. 

There is one man who knows exactly what I mean, so click here and listen to the words of Bruce Springsteen in War.

Have a day filled with peace.

Elizabeth

Monday, March 8, 2010

What are they?

Are they like a suitcase dragged through life
or
are they the map to lead us into the future?


The boulders of courage to live
or
the hopes of living?




Have a fantastic start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, March 5, 2010

Butterfly


The first butterflies have arrived in my art-journal.




This morning a new site for folk-art/outsider art was introduced to me. Although I haven't read everything I want to share this article with you. The article is about Grandma Moses, she is one of my heroes, if you read the article you'll know why.

Have a lovely, sunny weekend filled with inspiration to create your own art.

Elizabeth

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Our bare legged mailman

Yes, our mailman doesn't believe in long pants. All through the winter he delivers our mail bare legged and yesterday he brought this lucky girl a very large envelope. Julie of Moments of perfect clarity opened her generous heart once again and sent me these beauties to celebrate the year of the butterfly.




As it so happend, on tuesday fnight I decided to make Julie's bean soup. Some of the ingredients and the spices I got at blogcamp together with the sweetest little creuset.




Thank you Julie for your beautiful and yummy gifts.

Have a lovely day with a lot of sunshine.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Permission



These two pages are about my roles in life, unwritten rules, changing times


and giving myself permission to do things differently.


Have a fantastic day with some sunshine.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The ship sailed in, finally....


This is the first textile painting I made after my eye-surgery. There was just one minor problem, I didn't like it.  The pattern in the knitted background wasn't at the right place, the background color didn't feel right and the knitted part felt too small.

This meant start over with the knitting.


I choose my favorite blue.


And this is the final result.

Now it looks ok to me. What is your opinion?

Have a nice day while sailing through the waters.

Elizabeth