Vof vof friends – it’s Nero here! I’m so happy to see you! Could you help me to let me know what’s ‘moving’? We are moving and I haven’t done that before so I’m a little bit worried what will happen? I got this suitcase and was told to pack my stuff?! There are now my toys and coocies, balls, my own first aid bag, brush, comb and nail cutter, my socks, leash and collars, I threw there also this little quilt I saw – I don’t think Teje would like to forget that. I was told that soon I shall sleep in a new bed in different house … I guess that’s ok, if Hanna, Nelli and my family are there with me.
Our dear Finnish friend, Mia invited us to join a Blog Hop. Mia is very talented fiber artist and she make beautiful and cute felted itemes, bags, pouches etc. with cute creations on them. Her lovely blog is ‘HANDMADE BY MIA’. Thank you so much Mia for your invitation! Now I leave Teje to tell you what she is doing …
1) What am I working on?
Til now I have been working mostly with quilting and sewing: quilts, pillows, bags, pouches etc. Also knitting and crochet: scrafs, jackets, shawls and lately also bracelets etc. This year I have started to make more jewelries with sea glass, gemstones and beads.
This spring and summer has been super busy because we have been fixing a shop in town for TRIKIMIA. It will be a workshop where we sell our handmade jewelries, gifts, decoration and some other seasonal things. That’s why my etsy-shops are also at the moment a little bit empty, because many things went to the ‘live’ shop. In spring there was suddenly very serious illness in our family which stopped our life for a while. Plus all that, summer is also busy time in our Holiday Apartments in ‘MAHERIDA’.
Quilts I make are my designs. I haven’t done any quilt by pattern but of course I get lots of inspiration and ideas from other quilters. Also amazing quilter WHO share their knoledge and tutorials helper me to learn quilting ‘by myshelf’. Designing quilts, pillows, bags etc. is always fun!
2) How does my work differ from others its genre?
This is difficult. I’m not sure if my work differs as there are so many very talented people who also make colourful and happy things. I love happy colours and that shows in my work. Often I try to make things ‘different’, but that’s quite difficult because … you know how many quilts has been sewn, how many bags has been designed … it’s just that if we didn’t see them, we can still enjoy the ‘aha’ experience when ‘inventing the wheel’!
Because I don’t have acces to quilt shops and shipping from US is an issue, I need to be even more creative. When I made this colour-wheele quilt, my fabric stash was very poor (still is, if you ask my opinion – compearing to some gorgeus fabric cabinets we see in some blogs) and I used what ever fabrics I found – always cotton to suit together but also re-cycled fabrics. Generally my store is very big because I save all kind of materials.
My husband is still sad about loosing some of his favourite shirts, but I declare that I use only shirts that he doesn’t use. They may have had an ‘accident’, wrong size or he just prefers to use other shirts. Here are two quilts made for our siesta nap. Nero and Hanna joined the ‘Pets on Quilts’ last year showing them.
Here are few of the ‘story pillow’ I have made. This is something I really love to do – to make patchwork pictures with a little story in my mind! Idea for the first story pillow came from a rescue cat ‘Stavros’ who moved to Finland and needed of course a suitcase with him.
‘Jumping Dog’ is Nero with his for ever favourite toy: Ball! Travelling Dog could be for two amazing dogs, Hani and Obi, that we had the joy to hold for a while before they moved also to Finland.
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
Simply, because I enjoy it so much – that’s me – if I don’t create, think about ideas, find inspiration, make plans, see colours, I’m not well. Other important thing to me are books – I have been reading always. Especially when I was young I wrote many kind of notebooks (enjoyed even making the school notes). For example I made big book with all the dog breeds. I collected photos of them and then wrote pages about each breed what ever info I found from the books.
I’m really happy I made the decision to start this blog. If you like to hear about the name, it was the helpful idea that made me start. One day I was swimming (then I often get good ideas) and the name came to my mind. I thought that if there was not enough to write about my sewings etc. Nero could help me writing about other things in garden etc. Now you see that Nero hasn’t had the word often, because of you, my fantastic readers: I have been so inspired to make lots of things all the time and always excited to share them with you!
Nero and Hanna (and Nelli-cat of course even she is shy to appear often) are very important part of my blog and they are always ready to help and play! When ever we have a give away, Nero picks the winners and Hanna is the secretary.
Even I’m very busy with all kind of works, I try to find some moments to make something just for fun. With no hurry to finish, without certain plan, something to do where ever I am … this time it’s a project with paper pieced hexagons. I’m waiting some solids to add between the flowers. This may become a table runner.
Did you pick any fur under the woods? Nero and Hanna like to stay in the shadow under the table …
4) How does my writing/creative process work?
Quite spontanly! I have way too many ideas all the time running in my mind. When I start new project, I may have some plans but often they change a lot during the process. My inspiration comes often from the colours! I use a lot of time just to pick the right scraps so that I’m happy with the colour combination. Then some other time it just happens in a minute like the ‘square in square’ block below. I had the pink square front of me and for some strange reason I had to add that lime corner. Then there were few solid strips … and it was done! So my ideas come often also from the scraps and their shapes.
Very seldom I plan all my work before I start – or my writing. I know for me it works best that way, when I just start and follow my instinct. During my days, I think a lot what to show and tell to you – about something I see, what I make or what my puppies do. When it’s time to write to my blog, I usually start to pick photos and the story appears around them.
This blog hop is to find and get to know new bloggers and their blogs. I have to say that it was difficult to choose who to invite to continue this blog hop. I’m lucky to have so many talented blogger friends with beautiful works and exciting blogs.
Today I like to intoruduce to you three very talented ladies:
Katherine from Canada and her blog: ‘SEW ME SOMETHING GOOD’. I love Katherine’s works and when I read her post and see what she has made, I say in my mind: ‘Yes! This is again so great idea! Gorgeus colours’! She really has fantastic ideas and uses beautiful, happy colours! She has a great eye for colours! Better you look by yourself – quilts with sunshine orange, purple, pink colours – pouches with adorable paper pieced details etc.
Dorien from Holland and her blog: ‘JUST-DO’. Dorien is a unique talent for crochet and knitting but she makes also many other things. For example I never forget one gorgeus coat she made. Also she shares in her blog bags, quilts, pillows etc. what she sews – always beautiful – even her sweet dog, Fleur, has the most beautiful patchwork bed! Dorien makes also wonderful crochet and knitting patterns.
Christine from Australia and her blog: ‘CHRISW DESIGNS’. Christine is a specialist for bags! She makes any kind of gorgeus bags! She creates fantastic details and uses always beautiful fabrics with lovely colours and prints. She is famous for her fantastic patterns! It’s always fun to help her finding names for new bag designs! Every Tuesday we can all join her party and share our bag projects.
So I think it’s time for me to check the garden not to forget any of my precious balls around and then continue the packing. Still need to pack my food, bowls, dessert sticks … and all the Nelli’s stuff (she is doesn’t show any interest for Packing) … of this moving is hard business! Did I forget something …
Thank you again Mia for inviting me! This was fun and also great opportunity to tell you why I have been so quiet lately. We are now in the last days of the moving, so next week we are out of the internet. That’s why I also send this post a little bit earlier. Next Blog Hop Day is Monday 18. of August – be sure to visit then Katherine, Dorien and Christine!
Hugs and kisses!