In Estonia we have a tradition of bringing a real and natural Christmas tree in our homes at Christmas time. I accidentally happened to find some very nice self-made Christmas decorations on the internet, so I got inspired and decided to make some Christmas balls myself.
The second day of the charity crochet event is happily over. We did it!!! We ended up with 15 teddy bears cutest on earth. So different and at the same time so a like. There were thinner and bigger ones, taller and smaller ones. But I´ll let the photos speak for themselves.
It was an incredible feeling to be there, to feel the power of the selfless and joint action. I can`t tell you how much I admire the ladies who gave their time, patience and skills for this event to succeed.
I wish the Teddy Bears good luck. I hope they meet kids and families that need them the most and spread a lot of love around them :)
Today was the first day of our big charity crochet event. I was honored to create an amigurumi toy of the mascot teddy bear for the Estonian Children`s Foundation. We brought together 15 amigurumi enthusiasts to make these teddies as Christmas gifts for children who suffer from a serious disease. We will continue tomorrow and do our best to finish all the teddy bears started.
Will keep you posted :)
I was nominated for the Worldwide Artist Blog Hop by Sarah from Ball Hank n`Skein. What a surprise! Thank you Sarah! I am excited to answer the 4 questions and to nominate two talented crafters to do the same thing!
WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?
Honestly?! I love it. It`s as simple as that.
Running a small craft business is nothing you would do without beeing completely in love with the thing. I found crocheting as out of nowhere and fell in love with amigurumi. Ever since my life has changed, it has become my passion.
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
If it does differ some way then I guess it`s something about my attitude. I take this thing just as seriously as any other job. I devote a lot of time on designing and planning. Do not want to repeat anyone else`s work or copy their ideas. Always try to find my own angle. I`m not good at English proverbs but my moto probably is something like “rather less than poorly”.
HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?
Well, I like to draw my ideas when they catch me. After that I usually take some time to give it a thought and consider the options. Sometimes it`s a few days, but sometimes even months or years. I wait for the day I feel really hungry for crocheting and then give it a go. I have learned not to stick with the original idea too strongly and make changes on the process. I let the toy inspire me as I go.
WHAT AM I WORKING NOW?
Well, at the moment I am doing something really unexpected – I took Zoomigurumi book and started Eduardo the Donkey pattern written by Pii_Chii. I have finished some parts but it`s not going very smoothly as I`m not used to following patterns. We shall see what comes out of it. Also I have a brand new design in the process plus at the same time I`m compiling a new pattern.
Here are my nominations…
I am nominating two very talented crafters. The first one is a huge favourite of mine in the crochet world – Vendulka Maderska from Magic with Hook and Needles. Many of you probably know her work and beautiful patterns. I will never get bored of the way she uses colors!
The second is my “amigurumi friend” Laura from HappyAmigurumi. We are both from Estonia and without knowing eachother started making amigurumis at about the same time.
I hope you enjoyed my post and I am looking forward to reading their answers!
Photos in this post are taken by Annika Metsla
On saturday, the 22rd of February I will participate on a design market held in Tallinn, Viru Keskus. On 24st we are celebrating the Anniversary of Estonia so the market is to promote some of the good things Estonia has got. I feel honored to be there. Come at any time between 12 and 18 to meet lilleliis toys!
Happy new year to everyone!!!
This is my first post in 2014, but I would like to say a few words about the previous year. 2013 was a memorable, busy and exciting year. I was blessed to feel success and joy of what I am doing. My work enabled me to communicate with lots of nice people around the world. I couldn`t be happier!
I am pleased with the new webpage and my very own little shop here. Many thanks to Andres for helping my dream come true.
Just before the Christmas we reached 4000 fans on Facebook. It is truly amazing! Your likes and comments on this blog and on Facebook give so much energy and strength of will.
My special thanks to all the ladies who have helped me with testing new patterns :)
I created the gallery of the work made in 2013 – you can view it here. Perhaps I couldn`t make as much new designs as I would have wanted to, but it has a reason which I will tell you about quite soon. You probably noticed I worked a lot on my earlier designs and made updated versions of them. Well, it`s all a part of a bigger project which is still lasting and keeping me busy for the next few months as well.
Thank you for being here with me! I wish you all a happy and peaceful year!