Welcome!

Didn’t think I would launch another blog during the holiday season, did you? Crazy? Yep, you bet.

While there was a relief in not blogging these past several months, there were insidious side-effects… I stopped making things, because  there always seemed more “important” things to do. Like worrying and….worrying.

The less I made the less creative I felt.  And that applied to all areas of my life. It became quite clear that creativity is like a muscle, if not exercised, it becomes weak.

Solve any problem without creativity and it usually doesn’t get resolved.

Einstein said it best:
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

In other words, if something is not working, another way must be found.

This applies to situations and people, how to deal with work, health, food, parenting, liars and lovers. And, of course, art!

If there are any ideas, project and thoughts found here that you can use, all the better.

Welcome. Let’s be creative together.

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  1. soleoptere says:

    Whhhaaaooouuuu !!! Fantastique !!! Quelle bonne nouvelle !!! That’s so great !!! Thank you, love from Paris.

  2. strikkelise says:

    Welcome back!!! I’ll put your new feed into my reader.
    (on an indefinite hiatus myself)

  3. MumZieMe says:

    Wonderful to see you back..missed your creativity!!

  4. pine says:

    Wie schön! Bin zufällig heute auf deiner alten Seite gewesen, um meine Erinnerung an die Anleitung für die Papiersterne wieder aufzufrischen. Und nun gibts gleich neue dazu. Und überhaupt… freue mich sehr auf neue kreative Ideen von dir. Wünsche dir eine schöne Weihnachtszeit!

    Ulla

  5. nahtzugabe says:

    Ein verfrühtes Weihnachtsgeschenk, ich freue mich sehr!

    viele grüße!

  6. LeahW says:

    I’m so excited that you are back! I look forward to your creative ideas.

  7. Pascale says:

    I’m glad you’re back – I still had you in my reader.

    I’m going through a similar thing right now – I have been blogging for three years straight and have been thinking about quiting lately – but then I’m worried about the impact on my creative life – I think I need this little outlet of mine after all…

  8. MissKoolAid says:

    Oh how I’ve missed your blog these past months!

    I absolutely understand what you’ve been going through regarding creativity. In the past month and a half, I’ve blogged once. And created exactly 2 things. The less I blog about my creativity, the less I create. To see you back in the blogosphere is inspiring me to also get back to it.

    Looking forward to your new creations.

    Sophie

  9. lifeisbunt says:

    Great to read you again. I also needed time not to blog for several months. But I missed it. The days were all alike without blogging. Nothing was made, no photo was taken, nothing had been achieved that lasted. Love to see your new creations and get inspired as always.

  10. Evi says:

    Oooh lovely news…. I have just noticed that you are back!! Can’t wait to see what goodness you come up with after your bloggy break!

  11. JoAnn Coonrod says:

    Just found this today while searching for a spiral scarf pattern. Not sure if your pattern is still available or not, but would love to have it! If you have a minute would love to hear from you. THANKS

  12. Petra says:

    Hej! Schönes Wiedersehen!

  13. Sia says:

    I stumbled accross your blog when I was looking at pictures of old russian datja wood houses and to my surprise it felt like I was reading my own thoughts. My problem with being creative or not is that I often think it has to be a grand idea to count for anything, but then i came across this poem; Little moments make an hour; Little thoughts, a book; Little seeds, a tree or flower; Water-drops a brook; Little deeds of faith and love Link the earth to heaven above. I found it in Tim Walker pictures, a book about his creative process taking fashion / art photos. There also was the picture of a russian datja, which led me to your blog… There is something in the creative process that requires that you let go and it will get you where you need to go! And also – A stitch a day keeps the therapist away!

  14. Anna says:

    Evviva!!! Che bello ritrovarti!

  15. Mary says:

    Just discovered that you’re blogging again. Hurrah!! You’re one of my favourite bloggers. Thanks for returning to the blogosphere.

  16. surprise, surprise…. ich dachte schon immer : Wie lange hält sie es wohl “ohne” aus?!”
    Merry christmas from Barcelona

  17. Claudia says:

    Well! I was surprised when I found your new blog – more by coincidence (if there is such a thing). I had believed you really meant it when you decided to stop blogging and so of course I am immensely pleased to see you back again. Wonderful news and – if I may say so – WELCOME! Looking forward to hearing and reading from you again and wishing you a very good New Year!

  18. Claudia says:

    Wow!!!! You did it! You came back! Thanks for continuing to share your creativity with the world. I didn’t stop looking into your blog once in a while, and I’m startled to see what I hoped to see :-)

    Have a wonderful Year 2012!
    Best wishes,
    Claudia

  19. Guten Tag Kathrin,

    wie gehts denn so?

    Viele Grüße aus den Pleasure Hills / Germany

    Ulrich

  20. Diana says:

    made me laugh when you ponder the tunic dilemma. I gaze at my Japanese craft books in awe at the charming vignettes of the girls wearing cute lumpety-dumpety little things and looking absolutely adorable.
    So glad you are blogging again. Cheers

  21. Tera says:

    Hi I am so happy you are back. I just found you again yesterday, 2/21/12.
    Looking forward to your blog all over again. : )

  22. Susan says:

    Love all of your precious ideas. So soft and beautiful, yet powerful. Thanks for your inspiration!

  23. Angela Rout says:

    Hello! I am so glad to read your website and one all your stitching and inspirations. I was an avid follower back in the days of your first blog and am so happy to follow you now on this one. I want to send something to you via email – can you send me your email address?? I don’t see it anywhere on you site. Thank so much, and I look forward to reading more.

  24. Angela Rout says:

    Hello! I am so glad to read your website and one all your stitching and inspirations. I was an avid follower back in the days of your first blog and am so happy to follow you now on this one. I want to send something to you via email – can you send me your email address?? I don’t see it anywhere on you site. Thank so much, and I look forward to reading more.

  25. renee says:

    oh I forget too thank you Annekata too and finding the infor too buy her book your set makes me jump for glee also love soooooooooo much renee also when i buy will include your name too for helping us see her work by now renee

  26. Lynn D. says:

    I just came across this series of articles in Slate Magazine and though that you would enjoy them.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/life/permanent_record/features/2011/permanent_record/permanent_record_how_a_poor_new_york_girl_ended_up_designing_mamie_eisenhower_s_inaugural_gown_.html?wpisrc=obinsite
    It’s about a women’s trade school in Manhattan that mostly taught sewing arts.

  27. nicole says:

    so glad to have found you again! i am also having a blog-rest… major changes in our life… moving, re-orientating… but feeling the creative juices coming back and thinking about blogging again…
    glad the weekend is coming so i can catch up with your blog!!!
    liebe gruesse aus OZ :)

  28. John Rollow says:

    Kathryn, Hi — I just found your site. And a very weird experience. Teri Hansen, a new FB friend, put up a blog post recently titled “Are You Creative?” It included a link to your post in December. Which I went to. And watched the Tim Brown TED talk on creativity. A diversion from my planned work this morning, but I think I needed the “play time.”
    I am an architect, but retired from designing buildings, and looking for new ways to express my creativity (I think I still have some left). So I look into sites like yours, when I find them.
    In any case, I left a comment on that post. And WordPress rejected it – something like “This looks like duplicate content. You have already said this.” Never saw a comment like that before. I had left a comment on Teri’s blog — similar but far from identical.
    In any case, I enjoyed your posting Tim Brown and also your recent post on the flying crows tapestry.

    I’ll ocme back, and maybe not have more difficult stuff next time. I’ll look for youon Facebook — are you
    there?

  29. Marie-Josée says:

    “Creativity is like a muscle, if not exercised, it becomes weak”.

    So true! That’s exactly what I’m trying to do these days… create more, find new ways to do things, experiment… experiment!

    Your blog looks interesting. I will be coming back!

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