Activities in January

In January I didn’t have as much time for my craft projects as I had wished for but still managed to squeeze in a couple of things. I’m still busy, trying to untangle my life which will at least take me into March.

Alas only space for fifteen projects but I’ve been working on more which I listed below this tracker. So it’s not only one but two stars for finished projects, more later.

In late December I found a pretty 2018 planner, a bargain at the local TKMaxx. Only two days before that I had made a draft for a project tracker – exactly like the one in the book (they call it goal tracker). Now I don’t have to use various journals anymore but got everything in one place (well, almost). Besides a bucket list and a to-do list it has also got a not-to-do list (love the idea) and a lot of stickers to use. As each month has got a different header colour I’m using a corresponding colour pencil to mark off the things I’ve accomplished (yes, I know – but it looks cool).

The A4 size planner is from the Orange Circle Studio, the design is called Midnight desert.

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Expanding universe

collage from original artwork by F. Ibañez

Sorry for the radio silence, my life has been exploding around me somehow. Regular services will be resumed after cleaning up.

 

Season’s Greetings

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my readers

Joyeux Noël – Bonne Année

Prettige Kerstdagen – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

God Jul – Gott nytt år

Frohe Weihnachten – Glückliches neues Jahr

Feliz Navidad – Feliz Año Nuevo

Bringing home the tree, design by Carole Manning

I can’t help it, it seems to me Mr. Snowy had one julglögg (Christmas punch) too many. 😜

I’m taking a short blogging break now. See you all next year!

Origami boxes

Today I’ve got a litle slide show for you. These are some of the origami boxes I made from various papers, including origami paper, my hand marbled paper, wrapping paper and newsprint. Others (not shown) were made of gift wrap or metal foil paper. Each lid and bottom is made of four identical elements which are then slipped into each other. And the inside is pretty too!

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Nylon flowers

Back in the 1980s these flowers were very popular in Germany. I don’t know if this was also in the case in other countries but you can find them on the internet even nowadays. I made lots of them, mainly for colleagues, and these are the only ones I kept. But I have a couple of supplies left which will be used in an experimental way.

Tree embroidery

A couple of years ago I went to a meeting of people who wanted to share their individual crafts with others. I met a lady who afterwards visited me at home and she brought this small embroidery as a gift. Alas, I have forgotten her name. I think I read it recently and thought it was on the back of this tree, but it must have been somewhere else.

Practicing embroidery with all those little bits of leftover threads is on my list for 2018.

Meet the Günnis (2)

Here come the rest of the gang. I wish I had more time to knit everyone from my long list into life.

Pankratz and Öko-Günni (Green Günni)

Monsieur Maurice and Günther vom Poggendorpe (Gunther of Frogtown)

Karl-Heinz Günthersen and Jule (aka SuperKnitter 😉 )

And last but not least, pictured at the First International Günni Meeting,

Jonas and Zachariah Aqvataq and the Elk Family (Black Elk, White Deer and Little Elk)

Alas, I’ve got no picture of the original “Günter” and his girlfriend, they got lost along the way as well as Ali ibn Abu al-Arab who was last seen trying to cross the Arabian desert on camelback.

Meet the Günnis (1)

Many, many years ago, around the early 1980s, I knitted a little doll which my brother named ‘Günter’. The following little dolls were all known as ‘Günnis’ from then on. There were Red Indian Günnis, Eskimo Günnis, a Beduin Günni and some ordinary ones. Alas, some of them got lost.

The first one of the new Günnis was SuperSecretary, a chubby superhero secretary. She existed as a drawing on my computer and came to life by knitting, just for fun and because I wanted to use up my leftover yarns. The next one was an ordinary one made after the image of my favourite actor David Tennant (meet him and his colleagues on the Davey Dolls page).

In the meantime, I have been creating some more of these little guys I’d like to introduce in no particular order.

SuperSecretary (aka SuperSec) and Tresor-Günni (Günni the safecracker [or peterman])

Prof. Dr. Günther Brinkmann and Günter Graf Dracula (Count GünterDracula)

Sven the street sweeper and Neander