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Apr/11

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Merry go round

The Merry go round group is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world.
 This last friday of this month the theme is` Time management `
… well what to say about it… ifyou see the time and date  I posted this it will tell you probably enoug . hihihihi

No really time management is a tough job for me.. as it is for many more people. 

My part is to go out and have a (part time)  job and try to get some extra income with my feltingbusiness,  take care of the household , do nice things with my girls,  do the garden (=  hobby but still ) and much more.My agenda is the thing I always have with me, without it I’d be lost…  The days I work outside the house are always my days and I try to keep these evenings empty to check up my online things and create new felt… At the days I don’t have to go to work I am trying to plan to make new felted items. but now in the springtime the garden needs some attention too, or I have appointments.

I have a husband whom got a sickness which has made him unable to have a job, but he takes care of our children, goes to the supermarket everyday and does the cooking part. As his condition can change from week to week or even day to day. This makes it always hard to plan ahead… much is descided on the day itself as of how he feels

Now about time management I read a tweet last week which I remembered I just don’t know from whom it came from:  “men can better think a good minute about a problem so it is fixed in not time  than start right away and that will take you hours to solve…  ”

I must admit I am not stressing me out so much anymore… when it cannot be done today it will be tomorrow. A day has only 24 hours and although I have wished for many more hours it will never change…  So I do the things I can do with much more attention and consciousness and feel good about what I reached at the end of the day. Not focussed on the things I wanted to do too, but didn’t make and get frustrated about that fact. The ideas/ plans will be for a better point of time.  Life is to beautyfull to not be aware of it!!

And now I am off to bed!!

oh and if you want to read what the other merriers think of time management:

 Laura at Blue Terracotta -   http://blueterracotta.com/    

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/
Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com
Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com
Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

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Mar/11

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Merry go round

The Merry go round group is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world.
 This last friday of  March the theme is:
Introduce us to an artist whom you find inspiring or their work interesting.
 
I cannot recall a certain artist whom I am really inspired by. I love seeing works of other felters, but I think most inspiration comes from inside, nature around me and my kids…  Their spontanious approach and way of thinking gives me new ideas. 
TodayI made a boattour in the river `Maas`here in Maastricht and this evening I felted new candlelight holders in white and blue. I normally  not use blue, did it come from that blue-ish color of the water and skye??? Whom knows?
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viltalakim, Kim Nijsten, vilt, felt, wool
 
But when I have to say a name I’d say Andy goldsworthy, a landscape artist 
 see him work here: Rivers and tide
and Karl Blossfeld, a sculptor, amateur photographer and a professor at Berlin’s school of arts and crafts. I love his pictures of plants. see picture of his work here. ‘
Wonders what the other fellow merriers have for inspiration??? Please check their blogs see the right bar. 
 

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The Merry go round group is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world.
 This last friday of  February the theme is:
What is your top 10 favorite tools that you use in your art/craft? Wat is je top 5 van favoriete gereedschappen bij het maken van je creaties?
viltalakim, kimnijsten, vilt, felt, wool, wol

without light I'd probably couldn't work in the evenings...

 On NO 1:   

  • I have them always with me somtimes in a pocket and sometimes not…  ik heb ze altijd bij me, soms in een zak soms  los …..
  • I can never forget them…. ik kan ze mooit vergeten …..
  •  they can be dirty or very clean…  ze kunnen heel erg smerig zijn, maar ook erg schoon …..
  • they can be decorated ….  ze kunnen gedecoreerd worden …..
  • and sometimes might have blisters…. .. soms hebben ze blaren ……
  • and feel very sore …… en voelen ze beurs aan …..
  • but are also very strong … maar zijn ook sterk……

 

 You already know what I meant??? Weet je al wat ik bedoel???   I’ll tell you: Ik zal het je verklappen:   

 MY HANDS :)   mijn HANDEN :)       

  Without them I’d be lost …..   Zonder handen zou ik hulpeloos en radeloos zijn…    

NO 2.: my water “shower” ball  mijn water”douche” bal.  This ball makes it easier to wet the wool. I could have made a simular kind of thing with a plastic bottle with holes made in the lid, but I love this tool. Deze bal maakt dat  het natmaken van de gelegde wol veel sneller gaat dan enkel met de handen. Hiervoor in de plaats kun je ook van die kleine plastic flesjes gebruiken waar je dan gaatjes in de deksel maakt. Is echt een fijn gereedschap.   

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No3 : I think my 2 little fingercarders…. They are perfect for when I am working with raw wool. Each flock can be brushes wo it can felt easily. I got them as a present from my youngest sister :)   Ik denk dat ik hier mijn vingerkaarden neerzet. Ze zijn perfect voor het kammen van de ruwe ongewassen en ongekaardewol. In een paar bewegingen kan ik elke lok aan de achterkant even loskammen zodat het sneller vastvilt.    No4. The wooden window curtain. With this I can roll up my piece in and with little pressure by rolling to and fro… get a lot of aggitation so the wool shrinks more and more…  de houten stokjes raambedekking. Met deze rol kan ik het vilt nog steviger maken, met weinig kracht, door er heen en weer mee te rollen …..   

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NO5. Not at the picture but very usefull to me an old centrifuge I found at the street as garbage. It helps me get the felt dry faster.  Dit ding staat niet op de foto maar het is een oude centrifuge , gered van de schroothoop; stond langs de stoep. Het is super gemakkelijk nu mijn vilt sneller droog te krijgen…    

No 6. A doughroller from Sweden. All the small squares make the typical holes in the “Knackebröd”, but it also helps me in the felting proces for when my arms are too tired. Een deegroller uit Zweden… Al de kleine vierkantjes maken de typische gaatjes in de “Knackebröd”, maar helpen mij vooral in het viltproces als mijn armen geen kracht meer hebben of te moe zijn.    

No7. An antislip “rug” I use it to lay the wool upon. I make the wool wet,  cover it with another “rug” and turn the whole thing upside down very fast to prevent it from falling out.. I used to use bubble wrap for this, but these things are sometimes easier as you can wet the wool when it is placed upon the wool. This isn’t possible with bubblewrap. Een antislip badmat, die gebruik ik om de wol mee om te kunnen draaien. Dit doe ik door nog zo’n stuk over de natgemaakte wol te leggen en dan deze drie lagen in 1 keer heel snel om te draaien.. Ik gebruik hier ook vaak nog noppenfolie voor, maar het voordeel van deze antislipmat is dat  het water erdoorheen gaat, iets wat bij noppenfolie niet gebeurd.    NO 8. Bubblewrap, cardboard, plastic sheet, etc.. from these kind of materials I can cut a resist, cover it from both sides with wool and it becomes a 3D seamless piece of felt.  Noppenfolie, karton, plastic zak, etc van deze materialen knip ik een mal die ik dan van 2 kanten kan beleg met wol en vervilten zodat het een naadloos 3D “iets”wordt .      

No 9. The buckets under my table to catch all the dripping water… otherwise I’d have  a flood in my studio , which is fine in summer on my barefeet, but not in the other seasons :)   De emmers onder de tafel om al het aflopende water in op te vangen. Anders zou ik zo’n natte boel krijgen in mij atelier… iets dat ik helemaal niet erg vind in de zomer als ik op blote voeten loop, maar wel in de andere seizoenen :)      

NO10 I nearly forgot :  TOWELS!!!  to get my hands dry again before starting with a new layer of wool. With wet hands the wool sticks to my hand instead of laying down at the place I want..  Oh vergeet ik het bijna: HANDDOEKEN !!!!  deze heb ik echt nodig om mijn handen goed te drogen na het natmaken en voor ik weer een laag wol kan gaan leggen. Blijven mij handen nat, dan plakt de wol aan mijn hand i.p.v dat het gaat liggen op de plek waar ik dat wil.    My fellow merriers are writing about this topic too, maybee you want to read them too ? I can recommend it to you!!  Mijn mede merriers hebben ook over hun gereedschappen geschreven, wellicht wil je die ook lezen?  Ik kan het je van harte aanbevelen!!     

 Laura at Blue Terracotta -   http://blueterracotta.com/    

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com   

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com 
 
Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/
Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com
Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

 

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Hi all!! Hoi Allemaal!!
No I didn’t disappeared, or else, it was just I was way too occupied with the last things which needed to be done before we left for our vacation to Sweden and as I don’t have a laptop/ notebook  (jet) . I wasn’t able to connect the internet for 12 days…. But last night we came home and today it is the merry go round day: the last friday of the month.  Nee , ik ben niet verdwenen of zoiets, ik was gewoonweg te druk met het regelen van al die dingen die nog even moesten voor  onze vakantie naar Zweden. Ook was ik daar niet echt in de gelegenheid om te internetten aangezien ik geen laptop / notebook heb:(   Dus 12 lange dagen zonder internet. Ik heb het overleefd en vannacht zijn we terug gekomen perfect op tijd voor mijn merry go round post vandaag.
The Merry go round group is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 10 women from all over the world.
This last friday of December the theme is:
Collaboration project.
We descided to exchange some stuf we normally make/ use with someone else of the group. I got somethigns from Agathe  at Le Bar du Vent .  I got such lovely things from Agathe: some swarovski glass beads, some cute lace and some nice pendants.  I was very excited when I unpacked them.

supplies from Agathe

My months were really full with workshops and other stuff I needed to take care of so I descided to take everything along on my vacation to Sweden.  Yes they have even been taken along to Stockholm!!
After Stockholm we went back to my friend in the very south of Sweden and started felting there nearly every evening.  I first made a ring with a lovely crystal pedant…  and after that I felted things my friend needed… now that I am writing about this I realise I could have incorparated the lace into this ring. I simply forgot.
So on my next ring I will make I will add the lace :)
I really loved this collaboration project as I needed to thhink of something made with a material I never used before. I loved it!! The ring looks  delicate, compared to my other rings.  So thank you Agathe for sending these items!!!
wetfelting, wool,
Some of my felt I send to Fabienne at Easterya Jewellery Creations.. I cannot wait to go and read what she made with my stuff.
 Want to see what others got and made??? Hop over to their blogs please and leave a comment!!
Mariana at Florcita – http://florcita.eu/wordpress/
Sara at Crafts of Texture – http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/
Fabienne at Easterya Jewellery Creations – http://easterya.blogspot.com/
Ruth at Birdland- http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com/
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent – http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com/
Lily at Lily Pang Art and Design – http://lilypangart.blogspot.com/
Wendren at Wren Design – http://thewrendesign.com/

Mitsy at ArtMind – http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com/

Please note that we are spread around the globe so our post about this topic may not be the same to everyone….

Have a nice old years eve and new year celabration.

I am wishing you a happy healthy and most of all crafty 2011!!!!

 
 

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The Merry go round group is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 10 women from all over the world.
 This last friday of November the theme is:
“How to care for your art – information for buyers”
As You know I  make felt. Felt is made of wool. Wool has many great abilities;
  • It isulates warmth or cold
  • it does not attract dirt as of it’s natural lanoline oil on the wool.
  • it is 100% natural
  • it does not burn
  • Wool fibers are hygroscopic, meaning they can absorb moisture. Wool can absorb moisture almost one-third of its own weight.
  •  Wool is considered by the medical profession to be hypoallergenic.

So how to take good care of it?

What you can do is  take the felt outside and start beating upon it with a stick, so all the dust will fall out of the felt.

If you do want to wash the felt, just onlu do so when  the felt has become dirty. You use handwarm- cold water and mild wool detergent and just add the felt to this water. Just rub gently at the dirty spot, rinse all soap out and let dry in the shape you want. Easy as that.

A bigger problem as dirt are the moths……  They love to eat wool!! They love darkness too, so what really helps is you place your felt not in the dark (back of the closet), but in the light.  Lavander sachets are also a great way of preventing moths…..

Wanna see what advise the other merrier ladies have for their products??? Please pay them a visit too:

Alison at Tweed Delights – http://idreamoftweed.blogspot.com/
Mariana at Florcita – http://florcita.eu/wordpress/
Sara at Crafts of Texture – http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/
Fabienne at Easterya Jewellery Creations – http://easterya.blogspot.com/
Ruth at Birdland- http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com/
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent – http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com/
Lily at Lily Pang Art and Design – http://lilypangart.blogspot.com/
Wendren at Wren Design – http://thewrendesign.com/   

(Mitsy at ArtMind – http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com/ has a little break)

Please note that we are spread around the globe so our post about this topic may not be the same to everyone….

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