27 May, 2020

Lucky 7

Just a stroll down the street to get some fresh air. And suddenly, almost hiding in the bushes, a bunch of leafs catches my eyes.
Me: "Wait a bit, could that be..."
Mom: "You think you'll find it just like that?"
Me:"... a four-leaf clover?"

Fun fact: Well, I actually DO find them just like that. Not on everyday's basis, of course, but it does happen that I'd just stop and pluck one or two of the alleged lucky charms here and there – on my way from the supermarket, during a walk, while sitting in the sun, or literally in front of my apartment building. 
I'm not superstitious and don't believe that an additional spout means anything, but what I consider a mix of observation and coincidence often leads to funny interaction like this with friends and family.
Once home, the shamrock in question ended up in a tiny blue vase on the kitchen table. Because mom thought it would be prettier to have it on display  for a while.
Fast forward to another day and another short spring/summer walk:
Me: "Just a moment."
Mom: "You must be kidding, right? Well, I'm certainly not going anywhere until I find one myself!"

Turns out, a short while later mom, my little sister and I have found two four-leavers each. And of course it didn't look funny at all – three girls along the roadside just digging through the grass :)
And even though they were all withered before we brought them home, they quickly recovered once they were put into water. Plenty of new neighbours for the lone cloverleaf - and I certainly hope they'll get along just fine. 
A contribution to the Friday Flowerday at Holunderbluetchen.

16 May, 2020

May flowers

Lily of the valley, because nothing says "May" like the scent of those tiny white bells.
I've seen them at the flower market recently, but since we had plenty of them growing in front of our apartment building, I decided to sneak downstairs and get myself one of those. Oops :) 
Knowing that their scent can be quite strong and easily gets too heavy during the night, I only took a few stems, just enough to fill my little bubble vase. 
And since they were still going strong after days, I added a little marguerite which I found along the way on my morning walk. 
A contribution to the Friday Flowerday at Holunderbluetchen.

02 May, 2020

Rusalka inspired

After quite some time, here's a new project of mine, and by new I mean no recycling this time :)
Also, I decided to make a rather time consuming card, which I haven't done in a while. I'm not sure yet where it will end up eventually, but I can easily imagine it to be a birthday gift, an elegant masculine card, or maybe the crowning of a happy love story?
The prominent swirl is to introduce May's ATG theme at the Fadengrafik Challenge, I created it by using a pattern that I've pricked ages ago (ok, a little bit of recycling after all), sewing it with a metallic yarn and adding a couple of pearls in the end.
For the background, I used a shimmering paper with an irregular swirly pattern that came in a set of autumn/butterfly themed prints. 
However, this particular one reminds me of reflections on the water and as soon as I've seen it I thought I might use it in some Rusalka themed creation, but I never got to work. I actually glued the paper on the card base already (ok, more recycling here), but I lacked time, proper inspiration and else. 
Now, I thought about using it in combination with the shimmering swirl. What seems quite a contrast at first, to me looks like the spirit of Dvořák's cursed water nymph lamenting her faith by a secluded water source somewhere in the wild...
... Or maybe by a calm riverside with swans gently floating by?
A little contribution to the May collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
A little contribution to the collection of hand-stitching at made with Blümchen.

krafty chicks: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
creative moments: ATG
kreativtanten: wedding with pearls/rhinestones
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
path of positivity: style (I'd pick paper embroidery this time as I really like the technique a lot - it takes ages to get a card done, but it's like some kind of meditation to me and I think it also makes me think about the recipient b/c I'd only give a card like this out of my hands if I know they'll appreciate the work I put into it. On the other hand, having a plot behind what I create might be part of my style, too - sometimes my inspiration is obvious while it's very subtle at other times, but I'll always try to connect the details I use into a wholesome story)
pennys papertake: ATG
sketchy challenges: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
pinspirational ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG