How Do You Store Your Inspiration?

One of my recent finds

One of my recent finds

I’ve currently taken a break in crafting because I suddenly felt that I had to do what I should have done years ago. Go through the tons of everything in my place that’s made of paper – my personal papers, my collection of press clippings (which I already halved two years ago) and most of all, loads of little scraps of inspiration.

Getting my inspiration from everywhere and everything, the question is how to store this ‘everything’.

I admire people who are able to put everything away in scrapbooks. I love scrapbooks. The only problem is I’m afraid of keeping one (or more) myself. Sticking these little scraps onto the pages with a dab of glue feels so final. They will remain there while I love to rearrange things. It’s hard for me not to think about it and just do it.

How do keep your inspiration? Do you have a scrapbook, a project folder or do you prefer a shoebox?

Butterflies – Stage 6

Inachis io - (European) peacock

Inachis io – (European) peacock

Some of you have been eagerly waiting for this moment – the completed butterflies. Well, here they are – the first five of them. On the left I put the basic butterflies, on the right there are the completed ones. The stitched outlines, antennae and legs make quite a difference and seem to bring them to life.

European Peacock – Inachis io

Common/Chalkhill Blue – Polyommatus coridon

Camberwell Beauty/Mourning Cloak – Nymphalis antiopa

Holly Blue – Celastrina argiolus

Marbled White – Melanargia galathea

This is my project in a SAL. Avis in England and Claire in France are both working on Cirque des Cercles, and Gun from Sweden is working on her blue flowers while Kate from Australia is completing her wedding sampler. Take a look at their beautiful projects!

The Reef – August

Welcome to the next issue of The Reef, introducing one specimen from my secret reef located on the western shore of the Baltic Sea each month – as quantities last and new species are detected. :) Sorry, one day late, but real life got in the way.

Fibrae-minutae viridis-diversus julii
Green Tube Sponge

Fibrae-minutae viridis-diversus

Fibrae-minutae viridis-diversus julii

This small group of two tube sponges is between 15 and 19 cms high. Green tube sponges grow quickly once the larvae have found a place to settle and reach their adult size in less than an hour.

Exhibition – European Art Quilts VII


Back in May I went down to Neumünster where there was another fine exhibition at the museum Tuch & Technik (the textile museum). I took a couple of pictures, of which I’ll share some with you. As always, detail shots only because of copyright reasons.

Fenella Davies (UK) - Detritus Venice

Fenella Davies (UK) – Detritus Venice

Claudia Helmer (GER) - Alaska 1

Claudia Helmer (GER) – Alaska 1

Jane Lloyd (Northern Ireland, UK) - The Eye of the Storm

Jane Lloyd (Northern Ireland, UK) – The Eye of the Storm

Karin Østergaard (DK) - Creepy crawly

Karin Østergaard (DK) – Creepy crawly

Astrid Streng-Groenen (NED) - Information Overload

Astrid Streng-Groenen (NED) – Information Overload

Jana Sterbova (Czech Republic, CZ) - Rift

Jana Sterbova (Czech Republic, CZ) – Rift

Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst (NED) - 'Twist'

Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst (NED) – ‘Twist’

Monika von Hörde (GER) - Verbunden/Connected

Monika von Hörde (GER) – Verbunden/Connected

Butterflies – Stage 5


Today it’s a White Admiral (Limenitis camilla). Here’s link for you as I haven’t seen one around yet.

That was the last of fifteen basic patterns. Next time there will be the first five completed butterflies with outlines, antennae and legs. I have already begun stitching – it really makes a difference.

This is my project in a SAL. Avis in England and Claire in France are both working on Cirque des Cercles, and Gun from Sweden is working on her blue flowers while Kate from Australia is completing her wedding sampler. Feel free to pop over!

Just A Reminder …

This is for all those who still think they are allowed to pin my stuff to their Pinterest pinboards. You know who you are. And no, you’re not allowed to do so.

Just for your interest: I can see your pins popping up in my stats – they do not go unnoticed.

I’ve just filed another four copyright complaints.

I’d love to have used the time it took for my crafts. Thank you for having me to waste it on this kind of stuff instead.

(CAUTION! Sarcasm!)

Dream Catchers


My hometown, Kiel, Germany, is celebrating Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) every last complete week in June. Learn more about it here or pop over here for my personal impressions (English summaries at the end of each entry).

The special program for children on Spiellinie (Krusenkoppel) has a new motto every year. There are concerts and storytellers, a mud pool, craft projects, fabric dyeing, weaving and building things from wooden boards. This year’s motto is “Die Kinder des Manitu” (Children of Manitou). In other words, they’re playing Red Indians (without cowboys) – building buffalo from chicken wire and straw, hammering together wooden teepees, painting a wooden wall or weaving dream catchers.

I took some pictures on Saturday and more on Sunday and have put together a litte gallery of my shots for you. Do I need to mention that I’m inspired again? :)