Monday, January 31, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it VIII

While working on the Courtship-series I found the most meaningful symbol to me. The symbol tells the story of two people who's energy is so compatitable that it forms almost a new circle. If they find each other, are ready to enter a relationship and grow together their energy forms a new whole circle.

Have an inspirational start of the week with a loving smile.

Added note: In the post Just because you can see the end result of this project and a video with the pieces of the serie to which this symbol belongs.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Frost bites

Have a lovely day with a warm smile.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Husband at the beach, me at home

 Eye candy from husband at the beach

and some almost at home sweets from me.

Have a gorgeous day with a sweet smile.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thoughts of .....

perfect boxes
matching colours
having control,
or so it is believed.

flow in sunshine
accepting the tides
just like little shells

listening with your soul
hearing every vibration
seeing the world with different a eye
and travelling to places you have never known.

Have a gorgeous day filled with a loving smile.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it VII

While I travelled around blogosphere searching for interesting courting rituals I saw the story of the oathing stone. An celtic oathing stone is a commitment ceremony. An oath or pledge was made while holding or touching the oath stone near water.

To symbolize this story I made a piece of purple felt which I crocheted around a stone. The felt- and the crochet-part each symbolize a person and they both are holding the stone which I found at my last trip to the beach.

Have a beautiful monday with a butterfly smile.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it VI

Today I have an update for you on my cloth poster of Courtship. The clothposter, for lack of a better word, is now ready for about 25%,  so rest assured there won't be 80+ updates as on Soul Food. Used two colours, blue and purple, and each has its own stitch. To see that in the picture is very difficult or just simply impossible. Have to remember to take a detailpictures so you are able to see that too.

He movie I picked for you today is called: Jane Austen Bookclub. (the sound at the start is awful but as soon as the movie begins, it becomes normal). This leaves me with one more thing to do and that is to give you another smile-quote. This one can be a source of inspiration a our new blog The sustainable life.

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.
Lee Mildon

Have a great weekend with lots of smiles to share.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it V

When I started this project I looked back upon the cards, loveletters and friendshiprings I got a long time ago and asked myself the question which tokens of affection were given. My good old friend Google helped me to get some answers and one of them you'll see today. 

The story I found on many sites  was that in Norway, when a girl came of age, her father let it be known that she was available for marriage. The girl would wear an empty sheath on her belt. If a suitor liked the girl, he would put a knife in the sheath, which the girl then wore as a sign that she was betrothed. Now this story may hold some truth but I'm not sure about it since not one of the many sites mentions the period when this custom was held. Still I made a sheath in my own way with some leather and wool since it tells a different kind of courtship.

Have a great day with a knowing smile.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it IV

The mystery of love, the endless source of inspiration for stories, movies, music and quotes. Today I have a small collection of quotes for you.

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones 

Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart.
Charles Dickens

I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. 
Roy Croft

The most difficult thing that you can do is to watch the person you love, love someone else. 

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. 
Sam Keen  

Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Have a great day with a smile filled with love.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it III

To Katie Dix handkerchiefs are our personal historybook. In the story of Shakespeare about Othello and Desdemona the handkerchief is a symbol love and marital fidelity. And I wanted to incorporate the symbols of hope, faith, love and my symbol of the start of a relationship.

The top of the handkerchief is made from the piece of silk I got from Karen, embroidered with silk thread and backed with white cotton. A silk hanky with its own story of friendship, love and life.

Have a lovely day and share a sweet smile.


Monday, January 17, 2011

A different start
Courtesy of Schumacher College

For as long as Julie and I know one another we sent each other links about creative ideas and sustainability. Last week, in the middle of another bombardement of links and video's of me, Julie suggested to start a joint-venture. Very quickly two other talented ladies joined our forces and almost within no-time we were on-line with our new blog called: A sustainable life.

Now it is time to invite you to visit us at our new place to catch some inspiration, some links, some gorgeous pictures or just to see what we are up to. And who knows you might want to join!!!!

Have a great start of your week with a knowing smile.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it II

While I was travelling around on the net I found this poster. It is not the first time I saw this type of poster. This time however it did give me the idea to take a small piece of cloth and embroider words associated with courtship on it. From time to time I will give you an update on the progress. Normally a project is accompanied by music, as most of you know, but this time it will be movies/series to strenghten the connection. The first movie is Emma, written by Jane Austen, with Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong, made in 1996 by the BBC. (This doesn't exclude music from the project!)

Thank you all for visiting and leaving your marks at Landanna and before I sign of for the weekend I want to give you another smile-quote:

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. 
author unknown

Have a great weekend filled with your hearts desires.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Courtship, for the love of it

A new project is slowly unfolding. The start happend to be an email of ms. Julie with the question if I considered to enter this exhibition. My first reaction was no. That is more or less my standard reaction after reading all the rules that need to be followed. Rules and me with regard to my creative work don't mix too well together. But somehow a seed was planted and a fortnight later I dreamt that courtship was a kind of play. The fact that I heard the word courtship in my dream was fascinating to me since it is more or less an old-fashioned word and not one I normally use. Since that day I have been reading old loveletters, poems, stories of courting rituals and the symbols. About strenght, vulnerability, sincerity and integrity, about the not knowing but hoping, about a recent medical discovery that the brain is partly stops working when one falls in love. As you probably know just reading doesn't get me anywhere and therefore I started a creative project with the name Courtship, for the love of it.

The two pictures you see are two collages I made in which the ice melts away around the heart and the vulnerable, coral heart is to be seen. A start is made, let's see were this road will take us.

Enjoy the smile of a stranger passing by.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another shell


Shells have a special place in my heart. My first embroidered shell appeared on Soul Food and it is a returning symbol. This particular shell I embroidered when I also made these two circles and helped me to cut the tie from Changing the landscape and start anew. Tomorrow I will tell you all about it.

Have a day filled with wonderful smiles.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Changing the landscape XVII

Today a picture for you of all the textile paintings made in the series Changing the landscape. Although some ideas are still hanging around I decided to stop with this project and move on. Before I do that I want to make a list of things I learned. I learned:

  • that sailing isn't so bad
  • having friends is a very good thing
  • that a life is built around a beliefsystem which can be altered by the strangest co-incidences
  • that the bayeux-stitch is a lot fun and very beautiful
  • that a project needs a red thread, which was helleristninger but in retrospect 7 different background colors wasn't the smartest thing to do.
  • that it is good to have a local library with a lot of historybooks
Time to say goodbye to Changing the landscape. I hope you enjoyed yourself and don't worry I already started a new serie.

Have a fantastic day with a joyous smile.


Monday, January 10, 2011


Yep, four needlebooks are living in our house. Since each has its own name, story and purpose I decided to tell you about these sweet necesities of life.

The oldest one is the Turtle, it is the large green one and the only one I made myself. More than eight years ago when I realized that embroidery was to stay in my life I chose to embroider the back of the turtle since the turtle and embroidery keep the same pace. The Turtle is used when I have a large project going because it is large enough to keep some threads that I will use later on.

This  little yellow one is Sweety. The name refers to Claudia, who made it as my gift of Jewels, the softness of the felt it is made of and the size ofcourse. Sweety is used almost daily. All my favorite needles are living there.

The third one is called Butterfly since a butterfly sewed on the top, this one I got from Julie when she visited me after the eye-incident. In this needlebook I keep my beautiful, special pins. My small pins I keep in a little box or on my pincushion.

The latest addition Soulmate arrived just before christmas as a special gift from a generous lady who doesn't want to be mentioned. Nevertheless I love the effort she made to make me this needlebook with such a beautiful symbol on it. The purpose of this on is to store the extra amount of needles, the just in case needlebook.

Are four needlebooks really necessary? No but it is good to have them since they reflect also the kindness and friendship that resides on the net.

Let's start our monday off with a smile of friendship.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Another display

During our christmas holiday I realized how many mandarines we eat. A whole stack of little wooden crates was waiting to be taken apart and used to make a fire outside during the summer. Than I got the idea to use one into a displaybox. Took some yarn I got at the thriftshop and started knitting.

The idea isn't new since I did it before with a strawberry cardboardbox, still I like this new place to keep my stones safe.

Thank you for visiting and you sweet comments and mails, hope you will have a great weekend filled with loving smiles.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Changing the landscape XVI

In the last week of december 2010 I showed you my embroidery doodles on wool. So far in this serie I used knitted woollen backgrounds and embroidered on cotton or linen. This time I turned the materials around and the effect ashtonished me when the I saw the doodles become a textile painting.

Hope they surprised you too.

Have a great day with some snow and a smile.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Changing the landscape XV

During the holidays I have been reading about Valhalla. Only when vikings died on the battlefield they were allowed to enter Valhalla and that was the greatest honour.

I guess this belief helped the vikings to remain in power for so long, they wanted to enter Valhalla and so they fought without any hesitation.

If we knew we couldn't fail, that a reward we longed for was waiting for us, what would we be doing right now?

Have a lovely day with a smile on your face.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New things to learn

For some time I am already struggling to make some decent pictures for you guys. And all my friends with camera have just one advice: Practice. Therefore I have signed up to Postcards to blogcamp and share at least one picture once a week. On my flickr-account I upload pictures that aren't directly related to my blog, you can take a look here.

Thank you Kristina, thank you Spud and thank you Julie for your inspiration and patience with me.

Let start the day of with a grateful smile.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Circle of life

Circle of life

you are my bridge

my connection

the energy

the map of co-incidences

each time

and I listen to your whispers willingly.

Have a great start of the first week of 2011 and remember, smile.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

A smile

A smile

A smile costs nothing
but gives much.
It enriches those who receive
without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it
sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich and mighty
that he can get along without it
and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.

Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged. borrowed or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone
until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours,
as none needs a smile so much
as he who has no more to give.

author unknown