guess by now it looks like I do nothing but stitching 24/7. Truth is
I do, but after I put out my pickpoint stuff and searched through my
patterns, I just can't stop. So many things I want to do, and so
little time :) And did I ever mention I love pickpoint cards? I do. A lot.
made it tonight, stitching with orange colours that float
into one another. As the pattern leaves an empty space in the middle
of the flower/star ornament, I'll probably place a sentiment there
once I'll need the card. To
complete the stitching, I added a few beige and silver pearls and
glued it to an orange background paper with poppies. Even though that
would be summer flowers, the orange of the card reminds me of
something that fits this time of year perfectly: Hokkaido pumpkin
soup with cream - one of the best things autumn has to offer, and definitely one of my favourites in the kitchen :)
though Christmas is still far away, I a Christmas card lately. I used
one of the stitched items I've done a while ago and put it on a
Christmas-patterned background paper. The swirl is stitched in brown tones that flow into each other, and decorated with red and champagne pearls. The card is pretty
simple, and not too "full", but I think it
doesn't even need much more addings.
I made a simple card with a new pickpoint pattern. As it reminds me
of butterflies, I stitched it with yellow yarn and decided to use a matching background paper with
daisies. To match the sketch at tuesdaymorningsketches, I added a
simple punched border, a few flowers and an inscription saying "Best
wishes". The soft pastel shades make sure the card can be used
for several different occasions.
not really into the Halloween hype and never really understood it. But,
as there are many Halloween-themed challenges running I thought I'd
give it a try. Instead of pumpkins, ghosts and black cats however, I
decided to use this seductive witch I found lately, and make a
Halloween card that would not look all too halloween-ish. For
the arrangement, I used the sketch that was given for October's
the card, I used the orange and black combination, but apart from that I decided to keep it
simple - patterned papers, a stitched swirl and a few pearls. In the end, I added a two-layered flower saying "trick or treat". I punched the lower layer from orange paper and painted the upper one with coloured pencils.
now see that the heart-shaped punch in the background is not quite as
visible as I thought it would be, but nevertheless I think the card
is not too bad. It could even be used as a simple male card
- I'm sure this sexy lady on the moon could put a spell on any guy
she meets ;)
started this 3D easel card a really long time ago, but didn't like
the outcome at first. Now, I decided to remodel it a little bit. It
remained an easel card with roses and stitched corners, but I changed
the bottom part from another (pretty huge) stitched ornament to a
simple sign saying "Happy birthday". The card looks a lot
easier now, and the roses are the only center of attention.
main motif with the flowers is a 5-layer piece that I printed and cut
out with nail scissors and stanley knife. I sure have too much time
on my own, I guess :) Or maybe I'm just too over-detailed? Anway I
never really liked those 3D stickers you buy and just glue to your
card, it doesn't seem handmade enough to me.
thought I would never come up with an idea for the current
cheerfulsketcheschallenge. Not that it's difficult (at least not like
last time), but I'm not quite good with multi-layer cards. I
thought I wouldn't come up with anything useful for the craftalnica
challenge either. Not that I have a problem with fund raising or
anything cancer-related, but it sometimes seems to me that every
October, everybody becomes obsessed with breasts. And when people push too much, I retreat.
And in October, people do push. All
of sudden, people feel an urge to write something about
breast cancer, which of course leads to a flood of semi-informative
articles and interviews everywhere - and every time I start reading,
I have to stop a couple of times and shake my head because I expect
journalists to do some research (their job, that is!) before
publishing doubtful or even false information. Don't even think
you've done something useful just because you wrote something about
breast cancer, no matter how untrue. On the opposite - you create an
unnecessary mystery about cancer and confuse people with
wrong/contradictory information. And of course, there are the bad, bad doctors and the bad pharmaceutic industry that kills us all. Seriously. Do you really think cancer survival rates in the last 50 years improved because of tea, sunshine and positive thoughts?
I may provoke a little more, it may even seem sexist or
discriminating to talk about "women with breast cancer" all
month long - in fact, about 1% of breast cancer patients are male and
the lifetime-risk for a man to be diagnosed is about 1 in 1000
according to www.breastcancer.org.
I may provoke even more, why does breast cancer awareness get so much
attention? OK, it is the leading type of cancer in women, affecting
about 1 in 8 women. But, there are far more tumours out there,
tumours that are much more difficult to discover as they have no
screening tests, and only cause symptoms when it's about too late.
Tumours that kill you within months, or even weeks after being
diagnosed. Why not a little more awareness for those? Because
they have nothing to do with boobs?
among the most common cancers, many are deadlier than breast cancer:
lung, liver, colorectal and stomach cancer take many more lives that
breast cancer according to the WHO, and yet I have the feeling they get way
cancer kills three times more people than breast cancer, why is lung
cancer awareness not as present as breast cancer awareness? Why would
it be considered unacceptably careless if a woman said "I don't
need mammography because it won't happen to me", and on the
other hand we don't mind someone saying the same thing while lighting
why scaring people of cancer anyway?
might be something that makes you see a doctor, but mostly, after
reading the usual stuff in the usual media, the thing that crosses my
mind is, "I wouldn't want to be a newly diagnosed patient or
someone currently fighting cancer, who comes across this depressing bullshit." Fact
is that cancer is the #1 cause of death in developed countries, and
#2 in developing countries. At the same time, another fact is that more and more
patients SURVIVE. The
drama that some try to create about (breast) cancer by linking it
with death is not only useless but also tasteless. How about
encouragement, optimism and support? Why write about cancer and say
that almost half of the patients die? Why not write that more than
half of them survive? Of course it depends on the type of tumour,
too, but looking at all cancers, by now overall survival beats
mortality. Most patients with breast cancer survive, too, especially
in the developed world.
well, it looks like my vicious side has the controls today :)
get me wrong, I'm all for a positive, optimistic attitude and
whatever will help one facing the fight, but it's good to keep in
mind that "awareness" and "fundraising" should
not be confused with self-promotion and making profit with things
coloured in pink. I
think Dr. Michele Berman sums up my pink dilemma pretty well, and the
world-saving video says it all ;)
here's the card I made tonight. As pink is not really my colour, I preferred light shades and lots of white. A few hearts and roses carry positive thoughts, while the center of the card remains the pink ribbon - symbol of the fight against breast cancer. The wish of the ladies at craftalnica is to give the cards away to Europa Donna Slovenia.
Now off to clean up the pink mess I made while choosing papers, ribbons and details :)
On the side note... Not that I have only bad things to say about cancer-related readings. Not at all. Last year, I came across a fantastic book by Siddharta Mukherjee: The Emperor of All Maladies.
In fact, it was so capturing that I read it within 2 days nights. Just the right amount of interesting facts and a positive message overall. Absolutely recommendable and worth reading. A big part of the book covers breast cancer, too. And not speaking English should be no excuse - it's also available in Slovene ;)
decided to use the last days of September to visit my little sister
in Salzburg, to try her delicious Japanese cuisine.
though we usually spend time at home, chatting and watching videos, I decided to make it a bit more
tourist-ish this time, with lots of walking, and of course taking
pictures. As the weather was nice, we went through the city center
with the cathedral and the Festspielhaus ...
... fought our way through crowds of tourists in
the Getreidegasse with its famous signboards, and the even more famous
house in which Mozart was born.
There are also many nicely decorated shop windows (with very "nice" prices, too ;))
didn't make it to the Mönchsberg or Kapuzinerberg to catch the
city's panorama from above, but, I had a walk through the Mirabell gardens,
which I usually pass by. You can meet all sorts of stone creatures there.
Many of the flowers are being prepared for winter already, while butterflies are enjoying the warm autumn sun on the remaining blossoms.
I also visited one of my crafting paradises, Self made, and was
surprised about the bill that came. Even after all this time I
can never understand how buying "just a few beads" can add
up so much in the end :) However my other crafting paradise, Bead Box, was still closed as I wanted to stop by one morning. It was
probably for the best, if not for me at least for my wallet :)
Then, it was time to head "home" to Ljubljana again. One last view of the beautiful Gastein valley.
and just a short note for the guys before I'm finished: just because
I'm a petite girl with blue eyes DOESN'T mean you have to stalk me
for my number for hours, or offer me money for anything. By NO means
you're allowed to touch me or to kiss me. Just keep your filthy hands
to yourself for God's sake!