Saturday, February 19, 2011

This year it wasn't as much fun as I remembered

OWOH came and went and, as already stated, this year it wasn't as much fun as I remembered from the earlier years... I have already sent the winners their parcels and hopefully they'll arrive next week and the recipients drop me a line telling me they received their packages.

I won nothing, again. It's ok, there are hundreds of people participating and even though most people give more than one give-away, there isn't enough for all, and also, some especially lucky people win more than one. Nevertheless, I'm disappointed and sad, as always, when I don't win. It's kind of natural.

But I'm planning on a sort of a give-away on my own. It's fun to give :-) In my Homes4Her blog I'm having a 30 days of Ostara "happening" going on, preparing for Ostara (Spring Equinox) and I will be preparing ornaments, one every day. I'm thinking that might be a good thing to give away.
Or perhaps I'll have a swap. You send me something and I send you an ornament and something.
Or something. I haven't made up my mind yet.

I'm still sad about the Easter Basket I never got, and there are some other swap packages that never arrived, so I'm a bit suspicious about swaps and giveaways.
Also, I'm not feeling well, I'm really sad, tired, having spouts of anxiety, so I think I "deserve" something. It would have been nice to win something in the hundreds of OWOH give-aways. God obviously thinks I have already enough stuff, and then I really need to get on with GIVING ME things.
I made two Ostara bunnies, really cute, and I'm already thinking about giving them to my sister. Of course, she'd love them, but so would I. I just don't know what to do with them.
Also, I made a sculpture/art doll/something, and plan to give it to another sister of mine. She would appreciate it, but, again, so would I.

But... nothing really matters at the moment. I'm dragging myself from one day to another, doing things just to keep doing things, not because the things are interesting, fun, amusing, entertaining, meaningful, necessary... Perhaps I'll wait a little with the things I did, and decide whether to keep or give later.

Friday, February 18, 2011

OWOH 2011

I picked a random number and got 63, and  counted and counted and got different answers every time, and counted and counted, until I realized that that's random too :-D

The winner is Kelli from Book of Kells

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Welcome to my blog for 5th and last OWOH - One World, One Heart happening, where bloggers come together :-)

I was a bit worried that I wouldn't make it, because I posted last year's OWOH wins to the receivers only yesterday... No, don't worry, it won't take as long this year.:-D I made a promise that I would have the gift ready and also an envelope to post it in, before I gave myself a permission to participate. ;-)

I have not been well lately, so this blog hasn't been updated properly, but I do post every now and then, and every now and then I post more than other times. See this blog as a craft ezine, with links and ideas for different fiber crafts, from paper to wool.

I'm 42 in 2 months, married, childless but not petless. We have a dog (so if you don't want dog hair, don't participate in this drawing.)
I have been pottering with arts and crafts for as long as I remember. I do things with fiber; crochet, knit, sew, embroider, knot... I know how to weave, make lace and felt, and I can quickly learn any technique I don't already know :-D There aren't many of those...
The hardest thing to learn was spinning. I just couldn't get my head around how to fasten the fibers to the spindle :-D

So, my gift to you is this crocheted bag. It's small, the size of a pocket, about the size of a spread hand. 15 cm (6 inches) square, perhaps. The photo is rather good, I think it shows the color well. There is no zipper or button, nor a lining, but should be big enough to carry a wallet and keys or so.
I made it a couple of years ago, because I think it's cute, but haven't used it once. I hope you find a way to use it :-)


Now, how to get a chance to win this?
a) you have to have an active blog
b) you can live anywhere in the world
c) leave a comment

I will pick a random number from hat the 17th of February - that's a week from now - and inform in this blog who is the winner, and I will also contact the winner in mail if I can. Otherwise I will ask the winner to contact me with her/his address information, so that I can post this bag to you. So be prepared to visit this blog again 18th of February, so that you won't miss your prize.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

OWOH





I am not participating this year... at least, I have managed to keep my eager fingers from writing a give-away post so far, hopefully I'll manage the lasting 3 days as well.

But do go and visit the link list and all the wonderful, generous givers of this time :-) You might find something you like, and even win the lottery, and also, you WILL find tons of interesting blogs and people :-)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Coffee bags

In Finland they are making things of empty coffee bags. Coffee is sold in thick plastic bags.




When the bag is empty, it folds into a flat, square piece of tough plastic one can sew and do different things with. In Finland they have been making hot mats and bags.




Here's how to make a hot pad: Kirsti-mummon pannunalunen

The bag can be made by first cutting and sewing the bags into strips that are then woven like a chip or shingle basket (split basket?). In Finland they used to make a lot of different things of birch bark.
Another way of making the bag is by using the coffee bags as fabric and patching them together into a bag. The coffee bags are tough and durable enough to be sewn.
I live in Sweden and we don't drink coffee, so I have started looking at our dog's food bags with lusty eyes...
P.S: Frolic is a quite nice blog... ;-)