Thursday, December 19, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday's music



During the weekend I saw the movie Beatrix Potter and since I loved this song from the movie so much I felt it would be a lovely way to start the week.

Have a fun.

Elizabeth

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday's music

Today I have a video for you from an artist who had a big influence on my life and since I love listening to the wind, this one is right up my alley.




Have a fabulous week my friends.

Elizabeth

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday's music




Slowly winter is approaching, the days get colder
and the sky returns to its gorgeous blue.
My songbird roams the sky
and hope you'll hear:
her heartbeat that knocks on your door.

Have a wonderful week.

Elizabeth




Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday's music

Grateful I am that last week is gone. Yes this sounds strange but I've been unwell, listening to music was difficult and therefore I had to find another way to keep myself occupied. Luckily I had the best idea ever. I know Karen and her work already for some time and knew she had made video's over the years. Therefore I started watching/listening the video's of Karen and it was a fantastic experience to hear her talking so passionately about cloth and the ties that bind women together. Somehow it made me feel a bit better. So today the song to start the week off right is dedicated to Karen, a very small thank you but one given with all my heart.



Have a fantastic week my friends, I won't let you go!

Elizabeth

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday's music

Monday morning has arrived with some hoar-frost on the grass. Normally at the start of the week I serve you some music but this morning I decided to give you a story, a story for children which we all are at heart.


This story has been on my mind all weekend. As bloggers we share for the pleasure of sharing,  because of this friendships throughout the world are formed. We share our interests and knowledge,  sometimes we even give someone a different perspective, all of this without knowing who's life we touch. This last part can be difficult at times since we so love to hear stories about how someone's heart is touched. My answer to this is: Share some more and show how tasty a stone soup made by bloggers can be.

Have a wonderful start of your week.

Elizabeth



Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday's music

Another classic song to start our week. Since we all have habits that may not fit us anymore but are so in our system I have an song from Elvis.


Have fun while travelling on your path.

Elizabeth

Monday's music

On this stormy monday morning I want to give you some funky Candy to start the week of sweet.


Have a great start of your week filled with possibilities for you to grasp.

Elizabeth

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A journey with sunshine


Now it is time to show you the making of the background and a simple buttonhole stitch was the start.


My old crochet needle was taken out of its box and on my way I was again.


And after hours of pleasure the back is ready and soon this serie of posts too. Tomorrow one last picture for you.

Have a joyful day.

Elizabeth

Friday, October 25, 2013

A journey with sunshine


The first stage of Bayeux is done, time to move on.


The three little dots represent my two friends and myself who read a book together over the summer. The blue thread of the head I got from Julie as a token of friendship and it felt the best thread to use in this part.


And now the symbol is stitched and it is time to create the background.

See you again soon, enjoy your day.

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A journey with sunshine


The rest of the letter I wanted to do in the Bayeux-stitch but getting around the corners was a challenge. At first I wanted to weave around it but unfortunately I couldn't get it the way I envisioned it and so I opted for this solution.


Have a fantastic day!

Elizabeth

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A journey with sunshine

The next stage was to start to needle in the french knots. It is not the first time that I filled a part of a drawing with french knots so I knew what I got myself into.


And so I filled the two triangles and the six dots in the drawing with little green french knots.


In real time more than a few weeks passed but slowly it turned into something I really started to love.

Tomorrow I'll show you the next part.

Have a great day.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A journey with sunshine

Yesterday I gave you the start of the journey of my latest piece of embroidery. Today I will show you the next stage which meant holding my needle.


The start was stitch the outlining in black with the stemstitch.


Tomorrow I will continue this journey.

Have a lovely day.

Elizabeth

Monday, October 21, 2013

A journey with sunshine

Some of you might remember the journal I made for Naja's 50th birthday past April. When I browsed through the little booklet of Courtney Davis I also found the start of another journey. I have been thinking and working on it ever since and now it is finally ready. It is a small project but filled with meaning which can only be discovered during a journey, a journey of slow embroidery to capture the connection hidden in a single symbol.


This is the original copy with which I started, the letter S of the Lindisfarne alphabet.


First I drew and coloured some examples and decided for the colours green and blue.


After that it was time to find a piece of cloth, making the drawing and finding the colours I wanted to use.

Tomorrow I will continue this for you to read.

Have a great day while create your own ideas.

Elizabeth





Monday's music

The holidays are already history again, time to start anew. While browsing around to find a song I found this, liked it and so I share this one with you on this autumn monday morning.


Enjoy your start of this week!

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Feeding a Crocodile

Three weeks ago I started something new, yep. I started a beginners course on Skals Embroidery. Most of you probably have no idea what this term means but it is the Danish name of free stitch embroidery which is taught at Skals design og håndarbejdsskole.

The first time we met we were handed some leaflets with the explanation of eight different stitches and we could get started. Since I'm no beginner, I came prepared with cloth, drawings, thread and needles but this wasn't the case for everybody ofcourse.


I started with the heart in for me unusual colours. The reason behind this is that I use old drawings of my little boy and therefore chose to work in his colours instead of my own.


Here is the plan for this piece and besides the drawings I also want to put his name in it. Under super kanin is the heart which you can't see because of the paper. Not sure yet if I want to make a pillow or a textile painting from it, not that important in this stage of the process.

The reason I got involved in a beginners course was that I really wanted to meet people who loved to embroider. We are with 9 women, most of them know each other since they are together in a knitting circle in Sønderborg, who all like to work with their creativity and that's really lovely to experience. Ofcourse I do hope that enough of them stick with it and that there will be an advanced course but for now we just stitch away!

Have a wonderful day!

Elizabeth

Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's music

Last week I revisited the music of a man who made had the most impact on my life. Since I haven't posted any of his music for a long time I'm gonna make up for that today. Chose one of his new songs because taking a chance on the wind fits me fine.




Have a fabulous start of your week and do take a chance on the wind.
Enjoy your journey in the week to come.

Elizabeth



Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday's music

On this sunny monday morning I have a fun music video for you to start this week with. It is an old song originally from Bruce Springsteen but widely known by the performance of the Pointer Sisters.






Have a wonderful week filled with great surprises!

Elizabeth



Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday's music

Falling into autumn by Landanna

 
The weekend has come and gone again, monday morning has arrived which means we all are in need of some music to start the week of right. Today and oldie of Eric Clapton to celebrate the start of a new season later on this week. 





Have a fabulous week

Elizabeth

Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday's music

After a glorious weekend with lots of sunshine and being out and about monday morning has arrived and the rain is pouring down at the moment. Time to give you a song, a song about waiting, waiting for things to be bright, sunny, good again because we all know the rain might be around for a long time but it won't last forever.



Have a splendid start of your week which is filled with promises.

Elizabeth

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday's music

Today is a very special addition. Last week two men crossed my path and I liked them both. No they weren't eyecandy, their boyish good looks were already long gone but their spirit still soared in their thoughts. The first is a poem written by a man in geriatric institution which was found by a nurse after his death.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

And now a man who won a song writing competition at 96!



Have a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday's music

Time to start again with Monday's music because it is such a lovely way to start our monday morning. Today I have chosen a live version by a dutch artist of the song Have a little faith in me of John Hiatt.


Have a great start of your week and know that I have a lot of faith in you!

Elizabeth

Friday, August 16, 2013

Jeans belt


Some happy news today. As you can see the jeans belt is finished. Have incorporated as many shades of blue as possible, couldn't resist doing that. Just love how it turned out, it is another way of recycling denim but ofcourse one could very well use different material. The fact that it's handmade and useful are therefore the main ideas.

Hope you got some inspiration to work with material you like.

Elizabeth

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jeans belt

After the two little blankets I was ready to work with some blue fabric again and therefore I started with a new little jeans project


Yes, a jeans belt. A fun little project with two stitches but lots of different shades of blue. Just started but this is probably the most difficult part, therefore I think it will be ready very soon unless ofcourse I decide to embellish it heavily. Haven't decided yet! 

With what kinda projects are you filling these warm summerdays?

Elizabeth

Another blanket


At the end of June I showed you a blanket I made and told that I started a second little blanket. Today I can tell you that I finished it. Both are made from samples and the book I used this time made two holes in the fabric. I used these holes to run a filted woollen thread through, this resembles a running stitch which is also used besides the fly-stitch. The back is again made of black linen.


One corduroy samplebook is left, unfortunately it is small book which would give only a very small throw. So maybe I should think of something differently to do with this book. Do you have a good idea?

Have a wonderful day with your projects.

Elizabeth


Sweden

As you probably already guessed because of the previous post my annual summerholiday was spent in Sweden. This time in the area of Eksjø, Småland. This means no beach but a lot of really big lakes and countryside.



Three weeks of hiking, canoeing, swimming, visiting museums and driving around in the countryside. It was a lot to take in but luckily a lot of pictures were taken. If you want to see more more sunny pictures click here.

And what did you do during the summer?

Elizabeth

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Special quilt book

Special quilt book by Landanna

In January 2010 I went to the blogcamp Julie organized. This seems like ages ago but some memories never fade. Julie had found her Swedish copy of this book a few weeks before and showed it to me. She was especially keen to show me one of the quilts which had a resemblance to my project called Soul Food. Soul Food travelled with me to Sjælland and so parallels were made easily. 

During our annual holiday in Sweden I found my own English copy at the Husqvarna museum and I'm so happy with it. The stories of the women who made the quilts are really special and I love the historical perspective the author used. 

So if you ever run into this book at the library or in the shop I recommand you at least take a peak in it, I promise you won't regret it! 

Have a wonderful evening.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Music for the holidays

For this episode of music for the holiday I wrote a part of a conversation with titles of songs. I used only songs of Keith, so I hope you are a country fan!


Desiree, look outside the window, the Georgia woods are waiting.

Let's walk a country mile down the country road. We'll take apples and bananas and some country comfort  for you.

It might be raining on sunday despite this long hot summer and tonight you gonna fly. I know, I should be used to the pain, I'm a stupid boy behaving as a blue stranger. I know you'll think of me, still I'll be free falling anyway.

For the grace of god, let's have a little bit of everything, making memories of us before you're of rocking the free world. Many of my days go by without you, the hard way but now I'm standing right in front of you, a brand new man and I'm in.

Desiree, don't shut me out, Desiree?

Hope you liked my little play with songtitles!

Have a fantastic day!

Elizabeth


Monday, July 22, 2013

Vintage embroiderybook

Last week I came across an article in the NY-post which led to me finding a beautiful old embroidery book at the library.



The book starts with a beautiful poem by Li Po, a chinese poet of the T`ang dynasty.




So if you like to know more about this book, just find your local library and if you are in luck, you too can see these gorgeous patterns!

Have a lovely day

Elizabeth

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Music for the holidays


Another lady today but accompanied by an old time favorite of mine!

Have fun girls

Elizabeth


Monday, July 15, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Music for the holidays

And since ladies are leading during this summer I have a dutch artist for you. Her name is Anouk and the song I chose is called Nobody's wife .... a killer song if you ask me!



Have a great day!

Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Music for the holidays

The second edition of this serie is a song of Sheryl Crow called All I wanna do. Yes my dear friends again a female singer .... yes I do notice your complaints about the lack of female voices in my songchoice!



Have a fabulous day with a lot of fun!

Elizabeth

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Music for the holidays

Well my dear friends, since the summerholidays have started and time at the computer limited I thought of some fun with music. Today I start a small serie of songs just for you to enjoy while you're at work or enjoying yourself otherwise.

The first song is one of Anastacia called I ask of you.



Enjoy yourself!

Elizabeth

Friday, July 5, 2013

A little jeans project


This is a small project I recently finished. Have not really a name for it, one could call it a folder. There are five pockets, 3 which were a part of a pair of jeans and two made by me. Just a fun project but I don't have much to tell about it except that I'm happy with it!

Have a wonderful weekend with lots of sunshine.

Elizabeth

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday's music

 Today I have a song for you that feels special to me since it reminds me of a special friend.



Thank you Lizette for the friendship you gave me all those years.

A beautiful week to all of you!

Elizabeth

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday's music

Throughout the weekend I have been reading the book Play, how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul from Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan. And since it is a fun but also interesting book to read I felt like starting this week with a song that always makes me smile.


Have a happy week with lots of time to play!

Elizabeth

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Since the summer has started

After a cold spring, a wet summer has started and it is therefore that I felt like starting preparing for the freshness of autumn and the cold of winter.


This woollen throw is made of recycled samples of a furniture store with a simple running stitch. The back is of black linen and the pocket is for holding a pencil or a hook. Since there are more samples of a different fabric I started already on a second one!

This winter will be one of nice little blankets!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elizabeth

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday's music

Another week has started and monday has arrived.  The week needs to start with some music at least seen from my point of view. Today I serve you a song sang by the warm and wonderful voice of mr. Paul Carrack.


Hope you enjoyed it.
Have a lovely week with all the things that are on your calender!

Elizabeth

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday's music

Monday's has come and is already gone but just now I find time to sit down and enjoy your company. The music to start the week with is gonna be an old song, a song about wearing flowers in your hair .... did you guess already?




Have a peaceful week with lots of sunshine and flowers!

Elizabeth

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday's music

This week I like to share a piece of music that says thank you. This thank you note is dedicated to three special friends who always know when to knock on my door and sit down with me over a cup of tea.



Thank you Mrs. Crocodile, Sunshine and my dear Taurus sister!

Have a great start of your week with your friends.

Elizabeth

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Something old

Sometimes it is difficult to let go some old piece of clothing especially since it travelled to Bornholm, Germany, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands with you and lived in Denmark for a little over two years. It might be worn to rags with holes in it and a broken zipper but still it has a dear place in ones heart. At least this is how my big boy feels about his old red cardigan. Before he was ready to discard it as a piece of clothing, a new red cardigan had to be bought!




It is therefore I made him this little pillow, an instant hit with my thirteen year old teenager!

Do you have more ideas for recycling old clothes since I still have two sleeves to turn into something special?

Have a wonderful week.

Elizabeth

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday's music

Last saturday I went to a concert of Bryan Adams and so to start this week I decided to give you one of the songs he played live. If you ever get the chance to see him live, please do you won't regret it. He truly is a top-entertainer and so are his bandmates.


Have a fabulous week!

Elizabeth

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sharing

Yesterday I told you already that I planned to continue with my photo-projects. Well since Flickr has all kinds of problems I had no idea that the last picture of my 365-serie became my most viewed one.


My love for tulips isn't a secret and is therefore also one of the subjects I like to photograph.  This black and white picture of a tulip well beyond its prime is the most viewed one out of all the pictures I made during my first year, so far 1101 men and women stopped by to look at it. 

Today I share this milestone with you since it is special for me.

Have great day and a wonderful start of your weekend.

Elizabeth

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Connection in celtic knots


My new connection symbol in celtic knots is ready. It isn't perfect because I made the copy to small and therefore the empty space within a celtic knot sometimes disappear. Next time I either have to use even thinner thread or make it larger. But that's ok because it means the world to me since it is linked to the books Anam Cara of John O'Donhue and Letters to my son of Kent Nerburn. And so I don't mind working with it again.


Yesterday was my last day of my 365-days-project of taking a picture everyday. It was an awesome experience, learned tons and made some new friends. What more could I wish for? And so I decided to continue for another year because seeing the world through the camera makes me see the world also different, the intensity is differently and it gives me a chance to explore even more of what is beautiful and important to me.

And therefore my new years resolution is: To work with projects that bring joy to you and me even when it rains.

Have a fantastic thursday hopefully filled with lots of sunshine!

Elizabeth

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday's music


Just over a week ago it was my birthday and as a birthday present I got this marvellous book. One could say it is a cookbook but it is much more than that. It is very inspirational, lots of information but also a lot of freedom. The favorite music of the writer and chef of Fäviken  is Swedish folk music. It is therefore I have been browsing around in youtube-land and found this.


The song is called Födselsdagfesten, which means birthday party, so totally appropriate for a small afterparty!

Have a wonderful start of your week.

Elizabeth

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday's music

The last few days I spent in the capital of Denmark, my head is dizzy of all the impressions. Time to calm down a bit and find my own rhythm again. So today I have a ballad for you, one I like to sing despite the fact that singing is definitely not one of my talents.



Have a wonderful start of your week.

Elizabeth

Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday's music

A few moments ago I asked myself which song I would give to you on this monday morning. The answer was Many rivers to cross .... . No idea why since I haven't heard this song for ages, still I invite you to cross a river with me this morning.


Have a wonderful week filled with love and sunshine.

Elizabeth

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday's music

In a few weeks I will be attending a Bryan Adams concert and it is time to start preparing myself. Since I already know most of his songs by heart I have been listening and watching some different performances.



And since this song can't be embedded I give you the link since it is definitely word listening to.

Have a wonderful musical start of your week!

Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Update

Notebook by Landanna

Some weeks ago I showed you the start of the embroidery on paper and today I can finally show the notebook. On the notebook I glued some felt and the embroidery, to make sure that the inside also looks pretty I took two pages of an old book. These pages I glued first on thin cardboard and after that on the inside of the notebook. The red/white braided piece is meant to be a bookmark.


New start by Landanna

After the false start last week I decided to just hold my needle and embroider the symbol. So now you know what I will be doing the rest of the evening while Keith holds me company.

Enjoy your evening!

Elizabeth

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday's music

Since last week was a week with another act of violence against people unknown I hope to inspire you today.



 Let this week be a week of kindness.

Elizabeth

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Not such a good idea

Last week I told you about my Celtic inspiration and I have been tossing around with several ideas. Finally I thought I found a solution to my oh so pressing problem.

Not such a good idea by Landanna 

Found some textile paint hidden in my draw and I thought I: Yes! With a pen I copied the drawing on a piece of tablecloth cotton, after than I coloured the symbol and followed the instructions. 

Not such a good idea by Landanna

After that I happily took my needle with a thin black cotton thread and started working. Everything went fine until I had to move the hoop. Somehow the paint had spread and was no longer neatly within the lines of my drawing. :((

Therefore I offer you today two pictures filled with promise but unfortunately I have to start over again. Does anyone have an idea? 

Enjoy your day and I hold my fingers crossed that all goes well for your project.

Elizabeth

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday's music

Lots of promises were already made that the weather would become to feel like spring. Well, it is almost midnight this sunday and although it was a bit warmer, no sun but a bit of rain! So therefore I have a question:


Keeping my fingers crossed for this week!
 Have a marvellous one.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Celtic inspiration

Celtic inspiration by Landanna


Just before Easter I got an amazing gift which made me revisit my love for Celtic art again. So some books were ordered from the library, some are still on their way to my little peninsula but I already made a start. Last week I showed you some needlework on paper which is almost finished but than another idea popped in my head. Which meant drawing, patience and more drawing but now I can show you what I have been working on the last few days. Can you tell I'm a bit excited about it!


Symbol of connection in celtic knots by Landanna


This is the drawing, my connection symbol in Celtic knots. Well this is just a drawing, now I have to figure out how to embroider, paint or make it in another way more alive. Despite the fact that it isn't flawless I'm very happy with it and I look forward to the next part of this journey.

Hope you are just as excited about your own work. have fun!

Elizabeth

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday's music

Another week has started, another week with the teachers on strike and the kids home most of the time, another week which started with some snowflakes, another week with the treath of a new war, another week for Monday's music.




Let's make it a peaceful week so we can keep rockin' in a free world.

Elizabeth

Friday, April 5, 2013

Another week almost gone

Again a week is almost gone. A week with the most beautiful skies and sunshine, yes it seems that spring has finally taking root here on my little peninsula. A week also with no routine what so ever since teachers are on strike and therefore the kids are at home. Still I managed to start a little creative project and I read a bit more in Anam Cara, a book of Celtic wisdom from John O'Donohue.


Connection by Landanna

In 2011 I told you the meaning behind this symbol for me and the inspiration for it, original post. When I read the sentence in Anam Cara immediately came this textile painting to mind and so a picture with quote was made.

Embroidery on paper by Landanna

The project I started is another embroidery piece on paper. The aquarel paper first bathed in dark tea and left to dry again. The letter N of the Lindisfarne alphabet drawn on it, holes are made and after that it was time to hold my needle again. Hope this piece will be a part of a gift I have in mind for a friend who turns 50 in a few weeks.

Now it is time to get a move on again, so many things are on my to do-list, don't worry I'm enjoying myself big time.

Have a fabulous spring weekend with lots of sunshine.

Elizabeth




Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday's music

On this cold Easter monday I decided to give you some warm, cozy music. Heard this song oh so many times,  love to dance on it and it brings back so many memories of a very dear friend. So therefore I give you today Merle Haggard with My blue moon.



Thanks Piet for everything!

Enjoy your day!

Elizabeth

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday's music

The first monday of spring has arrived. Still snow, still icy winds, still gloves, hats and winterjackets. And so I decided to give you a song which is sung by a warm voice. You probably now it since it was in the movie Cars. Today Brad Paisley sings for you Find yourself.



Have a fabulous monday

Elizabeth

Friday, March 22, 2013

A gift



Two days ago I received an unexpected package of three books. I knew the titles of the books since they were already discussed in some lengths. Still holding them in my hands and finally get the chance to sit down and start reading is truly time well spend. Although I only read about 30 pages so far I'm totally taken by the Anam Cara, this might well be my new favorite one.

Thank you my dear Lisa for your generosity.

Have a great weekend.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Now what happend?

We learned five different techniques on how to combine embroidery with paper, stone and wood. The first technique was with a piece of driftwood for me. In the stash of Anne I found an embroidered leaf and that's how I felt, like a leaf in the wind, this song of Bryan came immediately to mind.

In our second piece we were asked to embroider on silkpaper and glue it in a picture. I embroidered my shell-symbol, wanted the shell totally to bland in while it listened to the wind. Our third assignment was to copy the lines of a picture on to a piece of paper and embroider them. I chose a cave with lots of earth-colours.
With the fourth technique i used my four circles, these were combined with watercoloured silkpaper, I had stitched the circles in blue and used blue and purple paint. The four different circles are symbols for four different persons who each have their own way in protecting themselves. While working on it I created the story of a family with a little baby. The baby had no walls, the boundaries of the mother were way down because she just had given birth and had opened herself totally up to receive her baby. I expressed this in using the faded purple. The father is only opened up partly since he had to still be out in the world and deal with all of it's demands. The fourth circle I placed a bit further away and this person is totally walled in although is softened by looking at the baby.
In the last technique we put a piece of embroidery totally in a a photograph. I made a smiley, like graffiti on a bridge.

Creative weekend by Landanna


It has been now two days since I came back home and still processing what happend. Let me tell you in short the thoughts that are now occupying my mind. While being there I told a couple of times how important it was to me that a piece contained a story and that just making something for the sake of making wasn't working for me. I know I can be such a piece of shit at times. And so while I was looking at the different pieces it dawned on me that with these 5 pieces I journalled my weekend. I truly felt like a leaf in the wind, no idea what I was doing or where I was going. I totally felt like the little animal living inside the shell wanting to hide but had to stay open to connect, to listen to the wind. I slowly emerged from my cave, the family wasn't a family, the three circles together were Anne, Helga and Julie and I was the one with the walls all around. Seeing myself like this isn't pleasant but I'm still very happy that I crossed this bridge.

And so another step of my journey is taken, one that felt more like a jump, can't wait for what is coming next. Oh how I love to create and face it, a communication beyond words.

Elizabeth




Anne, my kinda teacher

Some months ago Julie asked me if I wanted to do a course with her at Anne's place. Julie was over the moon of the work she had seen at an exhibition and loved the talk she had with Anne during the fall. Now I have to admit I am the worse student one can think of, not just for the teacher but also for myself. Let me explain myself a bit. Somehow there is always a war going on inside myself about conforming and being me, disliking of being told what to do although will do it gruntly anyway. But Julie kept asking and so I thought: "Let's just go and see it as a creative weekend. I know it is great to hang out with Julie so in that respect nothing can go wrong" And so my answer was: "Yes I come."


Three creative ladies by Landanna
(in the picture you see Anne, Julie and Helga)

But as with all courses one gets let's say a briefing about what to take and what kinda preparations are expected. I had plenty of time so it shouldn't be a problem. Still I managed to make a mountain to climb of it. One of the preparations was to make your own small embroidery-pieces. That doesn't sound too difficult for someone who is holding her needle every day, well? It was a monster and so I ended up with four embroidered circles and that was it! But in the meantime Lisa and Anneli put up with all the moan and groan while climbing that mountain, thanks girls!


Work of Anne Brodersen by Landanna
 ( detail pictures of work of Anne which she showed whenwe were all done!)

Luckily Anne is a very good teacher. Why? Well first of all she explains techniques very clear, she shows her example briefly but not more than that. And than she does something fascinating, she totally steps back in the most loving and supportive way. She just sat on her chair and looked to us working and helped those who were willing to be helped. The walls of my castle were way up and so I bowed my head and worked. It took me a fair amount of time before I could let go or at least a little bit of these walls and be part of the process. Julie and Helga had no problem or so it seemed and were happily engaging in their work while chatting in the meantime. Slowly I relaxed and came along for the ride, I'm really glad that Julie convinced me to go and that I gave myself permission to be just me and be enough. There are tons of possibilities with the techniques and I'm really looking forward using them in the future. 

And so a big thanks for Julie for the invite and the stay over at her house, thank you Helga for your kindness and being yourself but most of all thank you Anne for all that you taught me and creating an atmosphere in which I could let go. I had a fantastic weekend!

Elizabeth