And here it is- the Kindness Day in Poland. It is nothing special, I know. I am even not sure if there are those fun events related to the Kindness Day still organized in my home town- Wrocław these days. I remember exhibitions, concerts, various art events, and a lot of people having good time together. It would be a pity if those times were gone.
It does not really matter that much, though because I always smile when I see that small square frame that reads 21 November on my favourite calendar designed and produced by my favourite Wrocław-based graphic artist, Andrzej Tylkowski. Every year I buy a new edition of his calendar (and other materials such as post cards or wrapping papers) and hang on my purely white wall in my apartment, and I love not only the graphics there but the memories those graphics bring to me. I smile. Always.
On a side note, isn’t it the most valuable gift for an artist, to know that his/her works make other people smile (really smile, with their eyes)? What an amazing phenomenon!
Anyways, I kept my calendars from previous years hoping I would find a purpose for them some day. And I finally did.
The story is a bit too long for this one post so I will cut it short- I am back to bookbinding. Years ago, I used to practice bookbinding when I lived in the U.S. and I somewhat forgot about that throughout the years to follow. Now it is all back. It was such an energy-giving refreshment of this technique, that I wanted the first (after the break) project to be special. My first thought was to make a notebook for my notes about …. bookbinding projects. If you saw my studio space and me in my crafts world, you would know what I am just about to write. The next step was to decide which bookbinding technique to try this time, which materials to use for the cover, should the book spine be covered or not, do I have enough linen thread, where is my thread wax, how come I do not have enough eyelets, where is my glue, what size should the signatures be? In other words, an artistic fever, which I adore with my whole self.
I dived into this project with yet one more idea- the cover has to have images from my favourite calendar. It is not a good paper because it is going to break and tear on the edges. But you know what, I do not care. I am going to use this notebook so I can smile every time I look at it. When it gets worn off, it would mean I like to use it often, which is good no matter what.
What I like about the Coptic stich binding, is that is resembles crochet stitches. With the variegated linen thread it looks even more interesting. And I like that the notebook opens flat so it is comfortable to write on both pages.
This is my small story for the good beginning of the new chapter on my blog. I hope that those of you who come here to read my posts or use the materials I share are doing fine. Welcome back again soon- I will do my best to work on updates to my website so it is more useful.
As a closing note, I would not be myself if I did not announce a promo event- my Kindness Heart pattern is free today so go ahead and download it with PolskaKD code at the checkout (valid until the end of 22nd November, Polish Time).
With our lovely new year already here, I am thinking of my supporters (those of you who purchased my patterns), and how much I enjoy to browse through your photos of WIPs and FOs based on my designs. Every time somebody posts pictures of their WIP to show progress of their work on one of my shawls or accessories, I smile and feel warm in heart- it is so intriguiing to see your ideas for yarn and colour choices. Also, when somebody decides on changes in my instructions to add something new, something that makes their hat or socks unique but still based on my design concept, I am thrilled, honored, proud and uplifted. Thank you.
With this event, my wish is to encourage all of you to share photos of your projects made based on my patterns, share your thoughts on those designs, discuss about each others’ approaches to working out those instructions…and win a pattern of your choice from my Cathliin Designs store.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all of you who visit my prawelewe corner. Radosnych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego nowego roku wszystkim, którzy odwiedzają mój zakątek prawelewe.
It is a very special time for me- mainly because of the Christmas celebration, which this year takes place in my new home with my relatives coming over to relax, enjoy their time and be happy guests.
As a host I got to prepare Christmas meals, which gave me a lot of joy and satisfaction, and it has been lovely family time. This period is special also because of many first timers in my life. The tall Christmas tree you can see in the photograph has been my dream for a long time…and it is finally here. I enjoyed buying and making new decorations- what a thrill! I got back to my long abandoned WIPs (and, can you believe it, I finished some of them just in time for Christmas), many non-fibre projects from my long ‘to do’ list have been finalized and almost everything is now ready in my new apartment (which was not that obvious when I look several days back). A lot of important decisions have been made, too. It has been quite a challenge to go though those last nearly 360 days but all those small and big sucesses sound like a very good year after all.
And from less serious topics, I tried to cook and bake several meals I had always wanted to try but never got around that. One of them were the Christmas cookies with a whole inside (you know, those that look like a flower). This year I was gifted new cookie cutters especially for such cookies and off I went! Some left overs were cut out in a small heart shapes and I had fun watching them dissapear.
Spending so much time with my close ones, discussing over difficult topics and silly topics, laughing and crying, working and relaxing has been an amazing experience. I finally found time for going through my moving boxes, photos, books, for decorating my appartment, listen to old records, organizing my projets notes. All those created space for new thoughts and plans, and I feel blessed realizing that the new is coming.
I hope everyone of you, people who visit this website from time to time and read what I share here, gets a chance to find at least a tiny reason for smile in your eye and happiness in your hearts this Christmas. Let your faith and hope carry you to the new year.
And for a goodbye, yet another silly picture I found while cleaning up one of so many folders in my archives:
Today, 21st November, we celebrate Kindness Day in Poland, and it is the fifth time that I use this occasion to share my → Kindness Heart pattern.
Over the years, there have been many more Kindness Hearts made by people who liked the idea of making something cute and then sharing this with others. The two I like best are from moochka (bottom right) and irishmagdsa (bottom left).
It is a very easy pattern and you need to use your imagination to come up with ways of using these instructions to make something unique.
You can grab your copy of the pattern from the patterns section → Kindness Heart. You need to use KindnessHeartCathliin code at the check out. It is going to be free until the end of 22nd November. Enjoy!
Also, welcome to join my prawelewe group to share photos of your finished hearts.