Saying No to Survival Mode

What do you do when you’re running behind schedule? Run faster?

Since I started rolling with the Small Product Lab, ideas keep flowing, take on shape, expand…just wonderful! I love this creative energy and I want to do everything at once.

Of course I can’t. I can have – and I do have – several larger and smaller projects in progress, so I always got something that fits my current circumstances and mood and keeps me from getting into a rut. But it’s not possible to do two things at the same time and give them my full attention.

So the usual questions are Continue reading

Embracing Imperfection (1)

I just finished writing (on my other blog) a rather long post Embracing Imperfection – Getting stressed or getting things done? about my Small Product Lab experience.

So for today I just want to give a short update: All went well, eventually, and on time – except for the fact that only now, more than a week later, I’m still catching up with writing about it…

My Small Product (the original idea was to write a small 20plus-page eBook) Five Steps to Getting Started with Word Art stubbornly resisted all cutting and grew into a full-fledged set of Guidebook, Workbook and Templates book, with over 70 pages. You can imagine that I had to cut the time from other tasks.

Anyway, it’s done and available, and in the meantime I sent a one-page wordart printable to my newsletter subscribers (who get a small freebie three times a month). Here it is – free for you, too:

word art: embrace imperfection

Click on the image to get this footprint in two sizes and different colours. (via Gumroad)

Enjoy, and have a great day!


Show Your Work and Share Your Progress

It’s already Day 4 of the Small Product Lab course! Today’s assignment is to … well, you read the title of this post.

What we did in the meantime: Decided on our first Small Product, outlined it, gave it a name/title, created a landing page for a newsletter, and wrote a Thank You letter for those who sign up.

Yes, I’m starting the Enermazing Newsletter with focus on scrapbooking, card making, art journals, mixed media and other paper related crafts & techniques. Contents: creativity tips and ideas and a small freebie for download three times a month.

My Small Product is a Continue reading

How To Get Back Into Your Rhythm After A Break?

or: A Reason As Good As Any

Whether it’s a lapse in a diet or exercise program, going back to work after a holiday or illness, finishing an almost (but never quite) forgotten Work In Progress, or reviving a neglected relationship or blog – I certainly don’t have the miracle cure for restarting ;) , but from my own painful experiences I learned three things: Continue reading

The Inspiration Offered by Mistakes


How do you react to mistakes – yours or those of others?

Originally posted on Quilting Oneness:

This post is inspired by the paragraph about Ripping Out Your Stitching (@ The Slow Stitch Movement) being part of the process.

About thirty years ago I attended a textile workshop together with about a dozen other women. One of them complained about having to undo a mistake for the second time. Our teacher, a very kind but also very outspoken and resolute person, thought for a moment, and then said: “You wouldn’t believe how often I need to undo something… You want to know how I do it?”

Sure, we all said.

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Convergence – Back to Creating the Life I Want

Convergence - everything is coming together in the end :)

Convergence – everything is coming together in the end :)

Tomorrow, 5th December 2014, it will be exactly three years since I abandoned this blog – abruptly, unexpectedly, and completely unintentionally.

Life took over, the hard way.

At least that’s what I thought at the time and Continue reading