Have you ever started a project which seem amazing and crazy at the same time? Which gives you a great feeling at the thought of how it will turn out in the end, and at the same time makes you wonder if you’ve completely lost your mind?
Well… I started such a project. It was january of 2014 and I wanted to make something big. And geeky. So I turned the movie poster for the first Hobbit-movie into a cross stitch pattern. I wasn’t happy with the details though so I made it a bit bigger. And then a bit bigger. And then… By the time I was happy with the amount of details the pattern was… quite big. Very big. But I started and I am still working on it. I do quite a lot of cross stitching but I don’t think I’ll be done for a nother couple of years. I do take pictures of it from time to time though, both to show my friends and also to actually be able to see the progress. Even though I know the work is going forward I don’t really get a good perspective on how much I’ve done untill I look at the picture.
So for your amusement/amazement/horror… here are pictures of my work so far. I promise to continue updating you with the progress from time to time. 🙂
And yes, those are my feet. Gives you an idea of how big this is? 😉
And here are some wip-photos of Thorin, who is the last one I’ve made.
If you’ve ever made a craft project which seemed way too big or crazy or difficult I’d love to hear about it. Or if you have something really big you dream about doing but haven’t started yet. Please tell me! It would be so much fun to hear about and I would be reassured that I’m not as crazy as I feel. :p (I’m not, right?)
So I’ve been thinking about how often I see cats in Visby, though I’m not sure it there are a lot of them or if it’s the same once I see over and over. (One I know I see sometimes because it likes to lay on a bench outside one of the cafés in hopes of being petted by the visitors. He must love tourist season.) Anyway, I’ve also been thinking that it could be nice to try and capture the cats on photo and maybe do some kind of small project with the photos, or just photograph them because it’s nice and who doesn’t love a cute cat picture.
Today when I walked with my camera to photograph some of the ruins (I’ll show you those pictures another day when I haven’t been awake all night) I thought about the cats again and the possibility of taking their photos. And what do I see if not a cat?! Of course I had to take som photos of it and they turned out pretty good and now I feel like maybe it was a signt that my cat-idea is a good idea. I guess we’ll see what happends.
When I got home and looked at the photos I thought that one of them might look quite good in black and white so I tried that. And, wow, was I right! The picture was cute before but now I think it looks really great. Maybe another sign? 🙂
I don’t mean to sound like my life is terrible. It’s actually quite good if you ask me. But today I once again had some bad news. Or rather… some news. At first I felt sad but the more I thought about it the more I realised that I wasn’t as much sad as I was disapointed. And when I thought about it some more I realised that it didn’t have to be so bad news after all. It’s not what I would have wished for but I decided to make the best of it, see it as an opportunity rather than a letdown and a hindrance.
When life gives you lemons…
But lemon lemonade has never been my favourite. And I didn’t have any tequila at home. So what else to do with lemons? Then I remembered some diy-instructions I had found a couple of months ago when I was searching for new and adventurous things to do. I had bought things for it but they were still in the kitchen and I so far hadn’t tried the instructions. So I decided do to so.
When life gives you lemons… make body scrub!
Here are the things you need:
– 7 dl sugar
– 1 dl olive oil
– two lemons (zest from 2, juice from 1)
You also need a bowl, a spoon, a measuring cup and a jar or something similar to put the finished body scrub in.
First you but the sugar in the bowl. Add the olive oil and stir it together.
Zest both lemons and add it to the bowl. Then cut one of the lemons and add the juice. I was stupid enough to first cut and juice one of the lemons and had to try to zest the halfempty peel afterwards. Not very easy I can tell you.
Then you just stir it all together untill it is properly mixed. Very easy. 🙂
And then just put it in a jar untill you are going to use it. I tried my body scrub almost right away and it was… a new sensation. Just using it felt a bit strange. Just the thought of standing in the shower and rubbing yourself with sugar. Haha! But is smelled nice and now after the shower my skin feels very smooth and soft and nice. 🙂 I am definetly going to continue using and making this body scrub. It was easy and quite fun to make (though I had a little cut on my hand with stung very much when I got lemon juice in it), the ingredients doesn’t cost much and it feels like it’s probably healthier than regular soap.
The original recipe said to also put 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract in the scrub but I left that out this time because I was a bit affraid the sent of the vanilla would clash with the sent of the lemon. But I might try that next time. Maybe it will just make the body scrub even nicer. 🙂
Something happened today which made me very sad and upset. I wont talk about what it was because that isn’t really that important right now and I don’t want to burden others with it (especially when I feel it’s very easy to take the other persons side).
Needless to say I felt like curling up under my cover, eat ice cream, watch horror (for some reason I often feel like watching horror when I’m sad) and maybe cry a bit (more). But I talked to my mom and she said No.
“Take your camera with you and take a walk. Search for spring. Be amazed over what has happend since you looked for it the last time. Make a photo collage on a theme, maybe a colour or a shape or a size. I look forward to seeing it.”
I groaned a bit and said I didn’t feel like it. To leave the bed, get dressed and go OUTSIDE felt like to big of a task at that moment. But I did it anyway. I took my camera, my new telephoto lens and I went in search of birds. And it made me feel so much better. I would probably had felt better after some ice cream and murder too, but this way it went much faster and much less of the sadness was left (even though I’m still upset over what happened).
So thank you again, mom. (This is probably the fifth time and the third place I’ve thanked her). I really love you and I look forward to seeing you the day after tomorrow.
So Earth Hour has come and gone for this time. At least here in Sweden. It might not have gotten to you yet.
I cosied up at the kitchen table with my favourite blanket (so cosy!) and a couple of candles (too few. I love candles. I would have lit more if I had more candle holders here) and made two notebooks. One orange and one with orange and white squares. They are very simple and fast to make but I like them and I feel that they would be great to have in the kitchen drawer or in your bag or on your nightstand (where you can write down your dreams or all those great ideas which always seems to appear when it’s time to sleep and you don’t have time for them).
I think I will do more of these because they are fast and fun to make and practical to use. 🙂 I will probably emboss words on some of them too but since the heat pistol (is that what it’s called? I’m not sure. it sounds dangerous) needs electicity I couldn’t use it now. Plus the patterned one looks so nice without anyting else on it. Makes me think of an old kitchen towel or table cloth. 🙂
I also had some fun with a small piece of paper which turned itself into a spiral when it was cut from the rest of the paper. A paper spiral in the light of three candles. How something so simple can look so dramatic and quite artistic.
What did you do during Earth Hour? Or, if it hasn’t reached you yet, what do you plan to do? 🙂
Yes, I will start the new blog by talking about feeling bad. (Not a lot though. There is light at the end of the tunnel.)
But the truth is that the last months I have been feeling really horrible. A lot of crying, a lot of sleeping during the day and staying up during the night because seeing the light and sunshine made me feel worse, a lot of not doing anything at all, a lot of feeling disappointed in myself and what I do and don’t do. Also a lot of grieving for my grandfather who passed away in december.
But. BUT! I do feel better now. I was so affraid that I would stay in my depression and feared years of it (the last time lasted a couple of years) but I managed to get out of it before it, I guess, got a too tight hold of me. I have managed to send in one of my school asignments (too late but it’s in now), I have managed to draw a bit and I have tried to do a short workout every morning (I feel weak like a little leaf but at least I try).
After reading Sarah Shotts’ Love Letter to Adventure I now also really want to start having small adventures. Not every day but to try and do something new and/or exciting every week, however small it will be. It’s because of this I have added the words “and small adventures” to the top of the blog. So I have some place to write about those adventures. And I highly recommend reading Sarah’s Love Letter. I hope you will find it as inspiring as I did. And if you do you should come join us in the Venturers’ Treehouse. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun together.
I hope to see you there. 🙂