New Stuff

I need to work and play. I can’t just think about the floods and disaster. For over a week I have been focused on danger from the water and on helping others, and even though those worries are still present, and helping continues, I also need to work. But equally important is to play and let go of all the worries.

My spring cleaning odyssey is getting close to summer, but a lot of work has been done! First of all, my studio expanded! πŸ™‚ My husband and I decided that we wanted a smaller bedroom and larger studio (for me) so we switched two rooms and man it is amazing! The bedroom is so warm and cozy now, and my studio is airy and less cluttered. I love it all! I will take photos one of these days, we just need to paint the walls first. But that change was a LOT of work! Moving and cleaning every little bottle and jar, finding new place for things to make everything organized, trying to make everything look neat and most of all reachable! I have to say, with the furniture that I have (I didn’t want to buy anything because this apartment is already full) I did a pretty good job. It took me ten days to finish both rooms, or to get close to that, but I am very pleased with how it all looks.

So, until I take those photos and show you the space, here are some of my latest creations.

A shawl made with scrap yarn that needed to be transformed into something beautiful. πŸ™‚

Shawl

Shawl

I used thick yarn, thin yarn, shimmery one, wool, cotton, all kinds of yarn! I love to experiment and this shawl turned out very nice!

Another one is also woven with different kinds of yarn, but this one is way more colorful.

Shawl

I also made an album for a customer who wanted it as a gift from the kids to their teacher, so she said it needs to have thirty blank pages, one for every child to do something on it. I had so much fun making this album. The only thing I knew I had to do is to put IV2 on the cover, but the rest was left to my imagination. So I thought a heart is a must because kinds love their teacher, then a bit of lined paper, a filmstrip frame because there will be photos inside, some crackle and some shimmer and glitter…

Album

It’s quite big, almost A4 size, but there had to be enough room for the children to draw and glue on. πŸ™‚

Album

Album

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The most important thing is that the customer loves it! Yay!Β  You just have to imagine more ribbon for the binding, because I didn’t want to tie it all now as it would get wrinkled, and also it needs to be all untied so that every child can have it’s own page to work on.

That’s it for now, even though I have more things to show you but they will have to wait. I don’t want to drown you in photos. πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

For Men

Here they are! I finally photographed the scarves, although not all of them. I don’t feel very inspired to photograph because the weather here is awful (well, it’s supposed to be that way in December, right? πŸ™‚ ) I haven’t seen the sun in quite some time. Thankfully, my husband has a good camera so the colors of scarves are pretty much as you see them in photos.

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I am happy with how they turned out. There are some dark ones, and more colorful ones. And there are some for older gentlemen, and some for younger ones. In these photos you can mostly see the colorful ones, but that’s ok. You know how brown and black look like. πŸ™‚

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I have about twelve more shawls and scarves to weave, but I’m starting to feel less stressed because I finished A LOT! This adventure started over two months ago, and when it ends, I think I’ll open a bottle of champagne. πŸ™‚ Well, it’s a good excuse for a nice drink, don’t you think?

Mostly Journal Pages

My journal(s) have been the best relaxation for me lately. In the evenings, especially while my husband was in Rome (for the whole month!), I used to turn on the TV just to listen to it, and then draw, doodle, or just cut interesting magazine pages. ( Although I don’t read magazines, my friends and family sometimes give me old ones to play with ).

Art Journal, Collage, painting and all that stuff is actually quite new to me. I started exploring these art forms about a year ago (even though I started scrapbooking a few years back, but that was a bit different), and in the beginning I had no idea what to do. Then slowly it became more clear to me what Art Journal is, and that there are no rules for how to do it. Which was liberating! I realized I could do what ever I wanted and it didn’t have to be pretty at all! I also realized that my old diaries were actually a bit “arty” as I liked to draw or glue things in them. And I am still learning. Oh, there is SO much to learn. But it is fun. And as I said, relaxing. And fun! lol! I know now that playing is very important. For me it’s the thing that makes me happy and makes me more brave to try new things, new techniques, makes me more confident. I even started showing my ugly journal pages here on my blog, which is a big step for me!

Weaving is and will always be my first and biggest love. But everything else I do enriches my life and even my weaving. So, here are my journal pages, some good and some horrible. πŸ™‚

Unfinished collage pages, exploring colors and patterns:

An unsuccessful page:

Strange “plants”:

I do have a shawl to show you also, but the photo is so bad, you won’t be able to see the real colors, only the texture and the pattern. It should be “every shade of green” shawl, but in the photo it looks almost brownish. It’s my bad camera. Yeah, blame the camera. πŸ™‚

I think it’s enough for one post, don’t you? πŸ™‚

One for Her and Two for Him

When I finish working on this huge order, I will post photos of all my shawls and scarves. But I just haven’t enough time now to photograph each and every one that comes off my loom. Here are these three though, which still need to be washed and ironed. πŸ™‚

 

I must say, if it was a bit hard to weave shawls for women I don’t know (don’t know what colors they like etc), imagine how it is with men’s scarves! I can’t go wild with colors and patterns, so I’ll just stick with neutrals. It will be interesting to see how many neutrals I can make that are still completely different. Hmmm…

This and That and I’m going to Rome!

When you get the chance to travel to one of your dream destinations, what else could be interesting? That’s probably the reason why I took only three photos of my shawls, even though I have a lot finished. I’ve been weaving like crazy, and my back is very painful, but hey, I should be in Rome in a couple of days, so I’ll have a much needed break. πŸ™‚

I’m sorry about the poor photos, but hubby went to Rome a week ago and took the good camera with him.

These shawls look much better than the photos show, they are very soft and warm, and the colors are much more vibrant.

So, the thing is that my husband is currently in Rome on business, and will be there till November 10th. And I got the chance to join him for ten days! I wish I could stay longer, but I have too much work to do. But ten days is great! I am thankful for the opportunity to see Rome. So, I made my self a journal (of course), although a bit in a hurry, but I like how it turned out.

I used different papers for the inside, envelopes, cereal boxes and scrap paper. So there is lots of room for writing, drawing, and pockets for all kinds of things.

I also wanted to show you an ATC I made for the swap at Blue Twig Studio. The theme was “Pink” in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Shawls and Pumpkins

Two more shawls are done, and now I only need to wash and iron them.

They were made with the same warp, but with different weft yarn so I got two different shawls. They are so soft and warm, and this twill is one of my favorite patterns, which all means I am very satisfied how they turned out.

Because my back gets painful with all this weaving going on, I like to relax on the couch and make some small things (of course I can’t just watch TV, that would be like a waste of time for me,lol!), so I crocheted these cute little pumpkins.

I stuffed them with leftover yarn, and added sequins and beads around the “stem” to add a bit of a sparkle. πŸ™‚ They are 3,5 and 2,5 inches wide and I LOVE them! I think I will make more to give to friends. What’s best about them is that they are fast and easy to make.

And here is another Journal page good enough to be shown publicly πŸ™‚

Have a great day! πŸ™‚

New Shawls

Here they are, as promised!

These came out perfect, but…The thing is, when I weave for people I don’t know (like in this case, 30 women that I’ve never met), the best way to do it is to weave simple designs, at least that’s my experience. There are ladies who like unusual garments, but more often they want something that “goes with everything”. And to tell you the truth, even though I understand that, at the same time I don’t. Because, for me, the best thing is to have a handwoven piece that stands out a bit. A piece that makes a plane outfit totally original and noticed. But, that’s me. When I weave pieces for the shop, I weave what my inspiration commands, and I like to use many different colors and textures. And people buy them. But now, with this order, I think it would be best to make these “neutral” shawls. At least there is much greater chance for ladies to like and wear them. That is the point, right?

Thank you Eliza!

I have been nominated a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Eliza at http://creativemetaphor.wordpress.com/ . Thank you Eliza! πŸ™‚

I hope I’m not rude or anything like that, but since there aren’t too many blogs that I follow and that I’m in contact with their writers (or should I say owners?) I will give you the link of my previous post about the Liebster Blog AwardΒ  where I nominated 15 blogs.The list would be pretty much the same now. I hope that is ok. πŸ™‚

But, there are still some questions to answer as a part of receiving this award, and the questions are a bit different that they were last time, so here they are:

1. What gets you out of bed every morning?

My dog,lol! I have to take him for a walk.

2. What is your favorite art form, whether to express or enjoy?

Music and textile art.

3. If you could have one dream come true, what would it be?

To have a successful art gallery in the center of Belgrade. πŸ™‚

4. List some random facts about you that you think are too uninteresting so you don’t normally share them on random facts lists.

I don’t like mannequins in shop windows, they look scary to me.

Eliza also added her own category: do one thing today just to be good to yourself without thinking of consequences or other people; do one thing *just for you*.

She also said to take photos and tell her about it if we wanted, but since my “just for me” thing today will be taking an afternoon nap, I don’t think I’ll be able to take a photo of my self,LOL!

I started following Eliza’s blog a few months ago, and I LOVE it! She is an amazing writer! I would put her blog on my list of fifteen nominees, but I think it’s against the rules. πŸ™‚ She blogs about her writing, but also about healthy food and crafts.

I hope I did this right, I get a bit confused with questions and rules. And I have so little time for having fun on the Internet lately. The good thing is that I have a huge order to finish until the second part of December. 30 shawls to weave! That means I have to weave a lot every single day. And it’s hard because I have problems with my back, which gets pretty painful after weaving for a long period of time, but I don’t care because I do what I love, and I’m going to make money out of it, so YAY! πŸ™‚

I will photograph these properly and show them to you in my next post.

Until then, here are photos of my new journal, a simple note book or how ever it’s called, which was plain and ugly but I decided to use it as my “glue book” and a diary.

I started writing a journal when I was ten years old, and after 15 years I decided to destroy them all. I now regret that decision, but what’s done is done. And since I discovered Art Journaling, the need to write on daily basis is coming to me again. Right now, I’m experimenting with all kinds of journals, sketchbooks etc, and it feels to me that it’s ok to have an Art Journal for painting and doing all those messy things, then a sketchbook for drawing and doodling, and also another journal for a “day journal”. And this one is probably going to be a mix of things – journal, junk journal, collage journal, but definitely a place where I can have fun and just glue to my hearts content. All in all, I have no idea what I’m doing and if that has anything to do with art, but the only important thing is that I’m having fun!

Also, a few unfinished pages from my sketchbook:

and it’s all for today! Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

 

A New Shawl

I finally took the photos of my newest shawl and added it to my Etsy shop. It’s beautiful, light, lacy all year round shawl, and I am really satisfied how it turned out. I just love that it could be worn with just about any outfit and in every season. And most importantly, this time my different yarns didn’t give me a headache. They behaved nicely both on the loom and after washing, so I am a happy weaver. πŸ™‚

Nice, isn’t it? Great for Spring or Summer nights, with a dress, on the beach…ok, now I’m just dreaming of a vacation (again),lol!

And also, as I promised, here is another mini I made:

Simple, but it’s cute. And instead of using a lot of paper, I used paint, stamps and stencils to decorate the pages, which is something I do often and I love that. It gives me the chance to play more. πŸ™‚

And that’s it for today. Next time I’ll show you another album, and maybe something else handwoven. Oh, so many ideas, so little time! I know you understand how I feel. πŸ™‚

And the winner is…

Hello friends! First I would like to thank you for your lovely comments on my Blogaversary post. They mean so much to me! You all made my first blogging year special and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I’ve put your names in my blue basket and closed my eyes…

The winner is…

Thank you for participating Carmina! Don’t forget to send me your address!

And thank you all once again! πŸ™‚

I also wanted to show you what I’m working on right now. I finished a couple of journals and added them to my Etsy shop, so it was time to weave! A dear friend of mine asked me to make her a poncho, and she wanted neutral colors, so here is how it looks on the loom:

It’s a simple pattern because she wanted it that way. I know you can’t really imagine how it’s going to look but I’ll show you when it’s done. I know it’s going to be really pretty. πŸ™‚

I also finished a spring/summer shawl, my favorite lace, again, and here is a peek until I am able to take a better photo of it.

This shawl is actually great for all seasons because it can be worn with a coat or jacket, but also with jeans, a dress, and because it’s mostly made with cotton it would be perfect for a summer night, maybe somewhere on the beach…ok, I need a vacation, that’s obvious. πŸ™‚

And of course, here are my new journals:

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚