Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Scandinavian Stitches...You're Gonna Love This!

I can't even say how thrilled I am to introduce Scandinavian Stitches to you. Kajsa Wikman's book is brought to you by Stash Books and this book has it all, great projects, beautiful, inspiring pictures, a bit of whimsy and Kajsa's voice and style. I've admired Kajsa and her art for years and I'm so proud and happy that through this book she has the opportunity to spread her artistic vision and happy voice to a new audience.
The book and projects are organized around the seasons in Finland and how they inspire Kajsa's work.
Kajsa shares the inspirations for her designs and at the same time inspires us. I've always loved her signature birds and I'm so happy they are part of the book.
There are quilts to make....
...and smaller projects. Look closely at that basket...do you see the nest? The details in the designs are extraordinary.
And then there are the tomte. I happen to have some made by Kajsa. In Finland they're like Christmas elves, but Algot, Lars, and Olaf make wonderful sentries to guard my sewing machine! I've always wanted to make them myself and now I can! The book has so many great projects for the holidays and gift giving!
Kajsa graciously answered some last minute questions from me so we all could get to know her a little better.
Tell us a little about Finland that we wouldn't read in our geography books. Is there a Finnish word or two that you think we should all learn?
Well, the most important thing to know must be that there are no icebears here, only wolves; and that we have moose warning signs along the roads. Visitors from abroad usually find that very exotic. I belong to a Swedish speaking minority in Finland (6% of the population). Finland used to be a part of Sweden and then Russia, but has been independent since 1917. Women got the right to vote in 1906 and we have a female president today, a lovely lady named Tarja Halonen. The Sauna is Finnish, so is Nokia, the mobile phones. Finland has a lot of lakes and forests where you can pick wild berries and mushrooms. Many people have a summerhouse by a lake or by the sea.

Sisu (perseverance) is a useful Finnish word that is usually used to describe Finns. So you need a lot of sisu to write a book! Ruska is another useful word. It means the beautiful autumn colors in nature. The ruska is especially beautiful up north in Lapland (where Santa lives) and many tourists travel to experience this every autumn, and even more people fly in to see Santa in December.

Favorite author: Tove Jansson
Finnish design icons: Alvar Aalto, Marimekko, Littala

You describe art for you as "playful and happy." What advice would you give other quilters to help them find their inner artist?
1. Allow yourself to be you!
2. Give it time!
It takes time to develop a style of your own and all artists explore different techniques and styles before they find their own (stitched) path! I used to think that art had to be serious and deep, although I am quite happy and have an optimistic nature. When my daughter was born I felt free to be childish in my expression and allowed myself to dig into my favorite picture books to get inspired. First I used a more muted country palette, but the braver I got the more colour I dared to use! The on-line community of crafters and quilters has been very valuable to me, especially all the positive feedback I got on flickr when I first started posting pictures of my projects. I was encouraged and inspired to go on developing my style.

How much time do you spend sewing every day? How do you balance work and family life?
I try to get all work and sewing done while my daughter is at school and my son at Kindergarten and spend the evenings and weekends with the family. Sewing used to be a hobby, but now I can do it during working hours. How cool is that! This time of year I always end up sewing on the couch late at night, though, but I love my work so much. I can honestly say that I love my work every day!

Kajsa and Stash books are giving away a copy of Scandinavian Stitches and a set of Kajsa's holiday cards to one lucky reader. Leave a comment and tell me what's inspiring you this holiday season. Comments will close Friday morning at 8 a.m. central time. I'll announce the winner on Friday. Good luck!
I wouldn't risk not winning. I'd simply order this book right away. I'm going to snag an autographed copy from Kajsa's etsy store! Thank you, my friend for your inspiration! I wish you happiness and success!

Be sure to continue on the tour for more chances to add this book to your crafty library.
Comments are now closed. Back with the winner soon!

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Poppyprint said...

AHA! first commenter - gotta love living on the west coast when all you centralians and easterners have gone to bed, I get to be first on the 'tomorrow' posts! Don't be jealous, comment #1, like, never wins. Love Kajsa's work, love the book, thanks Jacquie for that fun interview!

Tiffany Brown said...

ooohh, me too--Alaska time :). I am thinking of the holiday comfort foods to inspire me. I also love the art of gift giving during the holidays. I'm a newbie sewer but love that you can do so much with the beautiful fabrics!
browntimes3@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

My daughter is my inspiration. I have just become a mum for the first time 7 months ago and she inspires me every day.

The book looks beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

SoniB said...

I love all the inspiration found on these great blogs . . . like yours. This is the first year I've had all these ideas at my fingertips and I think I have 10 years worth of ideas I'd love to do before Christmas.

Beautiful book. Thanks for the chance!

Alexandra p. said...

Children books and art are very inspiring. But creative blogs (like yours, Syko, Oh Fransson, ...) are even more inspiring, they make me want to make more and more and more...

Anja said...

My son is always an inspiration to me, he has some really great creative ideas and I´m really astonished of it. Also looking at all those gorgeous blogs out there is really inspiring. I love Kajsa´s style and would love to win a copy of her adorable book!

Anja

MightyMom said...

my but she does sound like MY kind of lady!!

ahh, inspiration....

been lacking here of late.

but I'm tending toward cute and quick things....not letter perfect, bit of whimsy.....

and you won't learn any more till AFTER all my Christmas presents are delivered. ;-)

Béa said...

Love, love, love this book !
Inspiration came from nature & blogs all over the world. Hugs from France.

Bonnie Hull said...

Sold the restaurant so now instead of catering and special events the holidays mean fun, time, family...projects??? CAN THIS BE POSSIBLY HAPPENING!?

Ella said...

My children are inspiring me to make them quilts this season. I love this book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

I'd love to win this. I'm from a warm Christmas climate so it's been very inspiring this year to head into winter as Christmas approaches. I'll have my fingers crossed for snow!

driftwood said...

oooh that looks gorgeous. I saw some amazing frosty patterns on a car window yesterday, they are calling out to be a quilting design x

gill said...

Definitely not the weather which is grey,gloomy and wet!! There is so much inspiration in blogs that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start"
Gill

Little Green Doll said...

I love this artist and all her work!! Some of my inspiration comes from other blogs and craft books. Thanks for this giveaway!! It's such a wonderful book!! :)

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

This book is lovely, all the pieces are so fresh and bright! I've found a lot of inspiration lately from old buildings and architecture! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kriza said...

blog hopping to see what others are up to, and seeing books like this inspire me. I have decided to make lots of hand made present this year, so I am quite busy nowadays, but still keep looking for new ideas :-)
Kristina

"ethel" said...

Trying to recyle what I have around me is fuelling my crafting for our home this winter. But blogs and Flickr have an input too. I love the little snowy village scenes that people have made from paper and fabric. I've made my own version using empty cotton reels and fabrics. Cute!
I can't wait to read Kajsa's book for even more ideas though. Fingers crossed :o)

Kelly said...

this book is on my wish list for Christmas, i'm trying to find inspiration to make my children an advent calendar - i'm thinking maybe small knitted socks strung up, each with a little treat in - better get knitting!
Kellyx

WandaFish said...

My inspiration comes from all the talented crafty bloggers out there and, of course, my little girl. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous looking book - it's definitely one for my Christmas list!

Shari said...

This sounds like such a lovely book. At the moment I'm finding the changing colours of the ocean very inspiring. As we enter into the southern summer it's beach time with sun and sand and sea and lots of lovely outdoor eating...

passingdowncrazy said...

I'm inspired by the Christmas fabric lying around in my sewing room. It's all so happy!

Johanna said...

Love the book, Kajsa work is so inspiring!
My inspiration comes from what others create and write about. Just the other day someone posted this beautiful picture of a red-orange leaf online and I really want to make a quilt in those colours now!

Marg M said...

I'm inspired by those beautiful pictures you have posted from the book especially the lovely tree quilt

Artfulife said...

What a cute book. I have to tell you that I went out and bought the War of Art book you suggested. I can't wait to read it this weekend.

Seams Sew Together said...

Gorgeous book, what fantastic ideas,
blogland inspires me with all the clever women out there.

Anonymous said...

Great blogs like yours inspire me. So do great books and this one looks like a very inspiring one. Thanks for hosting this stop on the blog tour.

nkadenver @ yahoo.com

Barbara said...

My inspiration is my own heart, and not what the quilt police dictate

Great interview - thanks for this

Jenny said...

what a gorgeous book!

Deb said...

The Christmas Quilts Show that's going on in blogland right now is quite the inspiration for starting/finishing a Christmas quilt. I'd love to win the book.

Anonymous said...

In the spur of the moment, I would say, sitting in a cozy coffee bar, having a hot chocolate and "reading" magazines like marie claire idees.
very cute book, looks like a must to have!

Betty Crocker wannabe said...

There are several projects in blog land that inspire me.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it's me again, this time with my name.
In the spur of the moment, I would say, sitting in a cozy coffee bar, having a hot chocolate and "reading" magazines like marie claire idees.
very cute book, looks like a must to have!

Rabea
rabeaknodt@hotmail.com

BaileyGirl5 said...

I'm one of THOSE people who love dreary, dark days and this time of year gets my adrenaline going. I love being inside all cozy and sewing or baking with no pressure to go outside and "do something." Fall and winter are my creative times.

Kris said...

The most amazing book! Thanks for sharing it with us and for the insight into the author.

Phyllis said...

This book looks awesome. I feel inspired during the holidays by family and the extra time we have to be together.

Sybil said...

What a lovely lady and her book looks like such fun.

My inspiration comes from my friends and family. They keep on my "toes" and constantly challenge me.

HeatherBC said...

Checking out blogs like yours, different books, and my local quilt shop totally inspire me.

WvHmmngbrd said...

Family coming together inspires me. Thanks for the chance to win!

Tine said...

ooooh! i would love to find inspiration in Scandinavian Stitches!!
This book looks so fantastic :) And Kaisa is just such a wonderful person!

Sally said...

I just ordered Kaisa's book for the library where I work! So excited to see it! I'm inspired by all the lovely books I order and catalog for the library, by loved ones I stitch for, and by all of you in blogland! Thanks ever so much!

Marie said...

my inspiration ... the love of family and friends... i am blessed ...

Patti said...

Just reading these blogs every day gives me inspration. Now if I only had enough hours in the day!

Jaime said...

What an adorable book! My inspiration for the holidays are the colors! I love mixing red, green and a dash of pink :)

Rachel said...

Snow is inspiring me right now. Winter arrived yesterday, after a few weeks of teasing us. It reminded me how close Christmas is!

Love the tomte. Those little elves definitely caught my eye!

NorahS said...

The colors of the season are inspiring me, both the traditional colors and the not-so-traditional colors. Beautiful book! I would love to win!

twin fibers said...

I think vintage ornaments are starting to inspire me this holiday season! I love the book and would love a chance to read it!

Sara said...

All the wonderful tree skirts that quilters are coming up with are really inspiring me lately:)

Marieke Bos said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

I'm inspired by the many great blogs I read, beautiful fabric inspires me too and for the upcoming holiday season our new house is my inspiration. So many great ideas I got to decorate. All I need is a big bag of money to buy new supplies to make all the things I want :)

Mary Pustejovsky said...

I'm inspired by everything around me. I have my sketchbook out constantly and I've got lots of ideas swirling!

Marjorie said...

I'm being inspired by Native American stories and art. After attending a cross-cultural exchange workshop, I'm pondering what MY creation story looks like.

jill said...

her designs are so bright and cheerful

Lynn said...

I'm trying to get inspiration from my Christmas fabric stash this year. I have a bin with Christmas fabrics and there are some in there that I love. I'm trying to only use those this year and so far so good.

mascanlon said...

Oh what a wonderful book. I am inspired by my family and home...warmth and love all around.

Patty S. said...

Our family is transitioning, losing and growing in numbers, moving, adventuring. My inspiration is simplicity; my way of surviving.

Marianne said...

First off, those are adorable Christmas elves. I am inspired by all the wonderful new fabrics highlighted at Houston Quilt Market. Enjoyed all the pictures shared by the attendees! Thanks for the chance.

Tracy said...

This year I'm inspired by trying to make this world a better place for my son. So I'm making more gifts this year as well as trying to re-purpose things. And those little tomte remind me of the elves that I'd see in Germany as a child. :) I would LOVE to have those around my tree. :)

~Heather said...

We're off to a huge family holiday party this year and everyone's expected to bring a small gift for each child. I've started early this year and plan on only homemade stuff! I have so many materials lying around my home, the party has finally inspired me to use them!

Bry said...

My inspiration this season is coming from the fabric themselves! I am loving all the prints that are coming out and they are just begging to be cut into and sewn together! I am merely following their wishes!

epban said...

I'm inspired by all the great new books coming out lately! Paged through this one at my LQS yesterday and it is beautiful.

VickiT said...

I think my inspiration this year is coming from me reading all the excellent tutorials I am finding in so many wonderful blogs. I am having a hard time deciding which ones to do which is such a horrible problem for us all right? NO! We can just do them all. LOL

I just love what I have seen of Kajsa's book and I'm totally in love with her little fox. Just adorable.

Lisa said...

I bought this book at a shop last weekend, not knowing anything about her blog and it is very sweet and inspiring!

Duff said...

I think Kajsa hit the nail on the head when she said, "I felt free to be childish in my expression." How soon we all grow up and live out others' expectations of what is and what is not acceptable. Like perfect seams and piecing. gah! I'm still deciding if it's me or my first quilting lesson...

Julie said...

Most of my inspirations come from the many blogs I follow. Such as the adorable Tomte. Snow and fires an the fireplace help as well. Oh yes, then their are mushrooms and the colors of fall.

tong said...

i, too, draw most of my inspiration from blogs and flickr photos. sometimes the little things in life are inspiring too! thanks for the giveaway, really been enjoying the blog tour and the book looks amazing!!

Rachel Hauser said...

My inspiration this Christmas is coming from fabric and from Flickr. I adore the online community!

Lee said...

I am scandinavian (mostly Finn) and get inspiration from nature and traveling to other countries.
I love her designs - thanks for the chance to win!
butler83ataoldotcom

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Blogland is my inspiration, lots of tutorials and ideas for holiday season gifts and I have made a few, would love to make the projects in Kajsa's inspiring book!

mcregan said...

I would love to have this book...I need inspiration! I really enjoy looking at many blogs everyday. Now if I only had more time... Thanks for the giveaway!

BelleArtMom said...

This book is inspiring me! I see it on all of my Facebook fabric-related posts, and I want it now. Please? :-)

KateKwiltz said...

Very cute projects, and the book looks fantastic!
Panic is inspiring me this year! :)

Sandra :) said...

HAHAHA your sentries are a hoot - my cat thinks the sewing machine is HIS domain so he'd be a bit miffed if I had guards in front of it, even if they're as cute as yours, LOL!

Needled Mom said...

I always get inspirations from blogs and magazines. I want to make one of everything!!! SIGH>

This looks like a fabulous book with so many cute projects.

Ali Pyper said...

I am so excited about this book! Little red-hatted gnomes are inspiring me this season! I want to make tons of them to sit on windowsills, peek out of stockings, and fill my pocket advent calendars. Thank you for interviewing Kajsa and blogging about her book. Her colors and projects are so happy! Love it!

Pam said...

family,fabric,sewing,food,blogland,kajsa's book...

SewLindaAnn said...

Inspiring me this holiday season is SIMPLICITY. Nothing complicated, everything easy and relaxed. Ideas, patterns, sewing, cooking, gifts. Trying to stay with the moment and enjoy everything more.

QuiltyGirl said...

Um, can I say that I'm inspired by our family budget this holiday season? Trying to sew from the stash rather than think up projects that require a purchase. :)

And the money that I'm saving on my parents' and siblings' gifts I am using to spoil my daughter and husband for a change!

thecuriousquilter said...

Lovely interview.

As a Scandinavian American, I am very drawn to teh wonderful colors and crisp images. This book is in my holiday wish list for sure!

- Mary

Trisha said...

Hi,

This looks lovely. My crafting has been inspired by lots of beautiful handmade gifts on blogs, and I've been holding some of the insights from Hundred-Dollar Holiday close to my heart. Thanks for everything. If I win you can reach me at tthorme at yahoo dot com.

Danielle said...

No inspiration yet - just feels like the holidays are coming so early.
marksey3@msn.com

chp said...

I am inspired by all of the fall colors right now that we still amazingly have here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. So many reds, oranges, and golds on the trees in my neighborhood, along with the still green grassy fields and fluffy white sheep...they have inspired me to begin designing a fall quilt.

Tarmy said...

I'm inspired by the cooler weather! Makes me want to snuggle up in a fall colored quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This Christmas season I am inspired by the number of people I know who are making handmade gifts or giving their time to do something for another person or people!

live a colorful life said...

This was such an interesting interview. Her style is really intriguing! I'm inspired by simplicity this year, spending time rather than buying stuff.

Although....I'm going to buy this book! :)

Katie said...

I just love her style! What's inspiring me this holiday season is not commiting to making gifts for everyone, so I can make what I enjoy not what I feel like I have to and also take time to enjoy the holidays.

Julita said...

Quilt fabrics and bright colors are my inspiration. No glass on Christmas tree this year :) I want to make it crafty :)

Sequana said...

My inspiration comes from within somewhere. I'll see somwthing, or hear something and just that quick, I'm inspired.

What a great looking book for the giveaway. Tack så mycket

Krystina said...

Colors! I visited upstate New York a few weeks ago and all the bright oranges, reds, purples, and yellows were so inspiring.

The Domestic Intellectual said...

What great ideas! My inspiration for the Christmas season has been the carol "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." I am currently working on a large wall quilt with a tree in the shape of a cross for my church's advent decorations. I love trees!

Wendy said...

Smells are always inspirational, although difficult to replicate in craft! This christmas there's the smell of the christmas pudding which i've steamed, the christmas meal, the spiced fruit, the wrapping paper and wraps of the chocolates... a sensory feast!

Esther said...

Colors are always inspiration!!!
Thanks for the chance!

Dolores said...

First of all, I love Kajsa's work and would dearly love to win a copy of this book.
BTW, the word sauna is always mispronounced in English. The correct pronunciation is sow'na (sow, as in the pig and the accent is always on the first syllable.)
Finding out that I will be a first time grandmother is inspiring me this Christmas. The little child in me in coming out with all the excitement.

James-Linda said...

LOVE THIS BOOK!
THE COLORS+SMELLS OF CHRISTMAS GET US IN THE MOOD TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Sharon said...

I am "stalking" this book it is so lovely. New embroidery techniques (silk) are inspiring me this season

Suzanne said...

This is my first Christmas on flickr, so I have to say seeing all the amazing projects that others do is totally inspiring me.

Blue Is Bleu said...

It's the cutest book I've seen in possibly ever! I've always loved her work because it's so happy and adorable :)

Anita said...

I am so in love with the use of crisp white with bright, vibrant hues of red and green apple. I just want to sew all day long with this combination. thank you for the chance to win a copy of this inspiring book!

DianeY said...

I have a hard time getting inspired for Christmas, probably because Christmas in Hawaii is just another sunny day in paradise. Some cute projects in this book could maybe get me inspired-love the tomte!

Sarah said...

This book is wonderful inspiration with beautiful colors and great ideas.

Andria said...

Lately, food blogs have been inspiring me again. I'm actually enjoying cooking, after a few months of feeling like it was a chore. It also makes me happier when I do get my sewing time.

Amber said...

I'm feeling the same way as Diane about Christmas - hard to get inspired when it's hot and sunny outside - think I just need to bust out my Christmas decorations and that should inspire me!

Anna said...

The excitement from my inlaws is what's driving me this year. I'm making my mil and gmil each a quilt and I'm pumped because over this last year they've seen me create more and more and have a bit of success with my Etsy shop - they're finally coming around to handmade!

Becky S. said...

I'm inspired by all of the beautiful fabrics that are available! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Kajsa's beautiful book!

Shirley said...

Inspiration this season.. well for me, the season would be Christmas and I am finding that this year I am trying to make other peoples Christmas special. Where can I volunteer or what can I donate so that someone else has a meaningful day

AllieKatMom said...

Flickr and blogs inspire me!!!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Sharon (knitalittlebit@charter.net) said...

Well, I'm always amazed how talented crafters are able both to excel in their craft endeavors AND at the same time share their inspiration with me via blogs, photos, free patterns and ideas, and this incredible book! While I am blessed as a craftsman---rarely can I invent or create something entirely my own! Thanks for your inspiration!

nettie said...

i don't feel like i'm being inspired much at all, it all feels like it's coming too fast, and there are so many things on my holiday to-do craft list!

i am so excited about this book. i have long admired her work.

Sara said...

Snow covered choke cherry trees are inspiring me.

Melissa said...

My 4 month old baby is inspiring me.. I'm currently trying to decide on a tree decoration to make for his 1st Christmas.. looks like some great ideas in Kajsa's book!!

Pattie Crum said...

Blogs, books, nature, it all rubs off on my style and makes things more interesting I think.

Linda said...

Inspiration comes from blogs like yours, and hanging out with quilt-y friends. Oh! And a visit to a quilt shop that stocks contemporary fabrics.

Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Our son is due December 27th, so simplicity is inspiring me this season. Clean babies, white snow, a capella Christmas songs, simple brown/kraft wrapping paper . . . .

Carrie

Annie said...

How neat. I love those little elf-like creatures! My kids are what is inspiring me right now. They are so fun and open, willing to try anything!

Julie said...

This is such a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

Margaret said...

Just have some quiet time this holiday season is inspiring me - to enjoy friends and family. Can't wait to bust out my Christmas stuff this weekend. Particularly all the decorations my daughter has made over the years, save them all.

Kathryn said...

I get inspired by my favourite artists, whether they are a children's illustrator, or a famous painter. After I visit an art gallery, I always want to create!

dearmrsreese said...

I am being inspired by my two little girls. They are getting to the age where they will start having memories of these things. I want them to remember this season as a time of great excitement, but also of peace.

Leila said...

With every stop on the blog tour, this book is looking more and more fun!

This holiday season I'm feeling inspired by flickr, more than usual even, because I've been involved in so many swaps this fall and have found so many wonderful new photostreams. I loved seeing that Kajsa calls the site an inspiration as well.

Ariane said...

I would love to win this book. It looks amazing!! I've been inspired by the wonderful quilters in blogland. There are so many talented quilters out there. It just amazes me everyday.

mjm said...

This year I seem to have hit a block. every year I make something homemade for my 5 brothers and 2 sisters and their children (usually knitted and cookies) but this year the yule mojo has disserted me. maybe this book would have fresh ideas to bring back my mojo

jednoiglec said...

My daughter is always inspiring me. She's now over 2 years old and it seems that I just have to make an advent calendar this year. I though that this year it will be not necessary, but lately I found out that it would be great adventure for her:)

stitchinpenny said...

My very young and full of wonder grandkids.

beth lehman said...

I'm actually inspired this season to get back to what was intended - time with family - meals with friends - simplicity - slowing down and not rushing. i'm loving the simplicity of the artwork in this book - love the ideas.

Nichole said...

I am drooling over this book! Thanks for the sneak peek and the chance to win!

Me Sweet said...

So many things are inspiring me right now. I'd have to say that the biggest inspiration is nature. It is ever-changing and glorious in each season. I cherish autumn and try to look at other's pictures online, since I live in sunny Florida. No changing leaves and snow here!

Brakmack said...

Awesome book! I am totally inspired this season by buildings and light! Lots of natural light hitting buildings and how different everything looks in various shades. I want to do some inspired quilts as soon as I finish up some birthday gifts. Congrats on the book, Kajsa!
Best,
Cristina

Jen said...

I love the bright pops of color against the stark white! Beautiful! This year I'm being inspired to use what I already have-buckets of scraps and repurposing old clothes- instead of buying new fabric for every project.

Chrysalis said...

I went to Denmark a couple of years ago and picked up two beautiful elves that my kids are dying to play with but they were too expensive to let them. I totally need this book so I can make some personalized elves.

SHart said...

I had the opportunity to peek inside this book at my local Bernina store. It is now on my Christmas wishlist! There was a quilt back in there that I simply cannot wait to try!
My family is moving to Utah next year and so this Holiday season I am finding myself giving my attention to by all my local traditions and the Midwest change of seasons.

Karen said...

Panic is my inspiration this year. We have just got back from a 2 week holiday and I can't believe how little time there is. I have to have presents done early for my hubbys family so am slightly freaking out.

Eva said...

I'm a Danish girl living in Quebec, and my inspiration is to decorate our new apartment for Christmas in the Scandinavian Style - with lots of "tomter" ("nisser" in Danish) and beautiful fabrics ;)

quilary said...

There are some beautiful new Christmas fabric ranges that really making me want to get going on some sewing.

Malealyn said...

Families are inspiring me this year. Families, and their ability to pull together, love, laugh and have fun no matter what their circumstances!

Greedy Nan said...

Love the smell of November - bonfires and dampness outside and coming indoors to a delicious warming stew.

Maevy said...

What inspires me this holiday season is red cross-stitch. I don't know why, but I keep being attracted to red designs and I have a list about a mile long of those I would like to make before Christmas... not going to happen though!

JanetK said...

I find the whole Handmade Holiday activities very inspiring. I love the blogs, the discussions, the etsy stores, and the local gift shops popping up selling handmade. Less impersonal plastic junk, more creativity and repurposing. And I love to make stuff too!

elle said...

The white of winter inspires a freshness to everything. Cool, crisp fresh, like Kahsa's designs.

sembatgirl said...

I'm inspired during this season because of the new life growing inside of me. It's my first pregnancy and I'm dreaming about all the sewing I can do!

Paloma said...

I too have been feeling very inspired by the online crafting community lately, but I also have to say that my family is what drives my inspiration to actual creation.. the boy needs slippers! the girl needs a mermaid!

Linda Urban said...

I intend to put this book on my xmas wish list for Santa -- but if I'm lucky enough to win the draw, santa can buy me some fabric for those projects!

I'm getting inspiration from my grandmother's sensibilities. Child of the Depression, she learned to make beautiful things out of humble materials. I made my first quilt this summer after finding a fabric that reminded me of one of her old housecoats.

Val said...

I am so inspired by all of the gorgeous modern colors and graphics prints these days!

Tamie said...

This looks like such a neat book. Thanks for being part of the tour.

F-o-x said...

I am inspired by learning to be creative ... I am only just now learning/teaching myself to sew and it is super exciting (and makes me feel closer to my grandmother/all the women in my family)

trixi said...

I'm inspired by the amazing bloggers who keep on coming up with new designs time and time again!

Looks like such a fun book.

Linda said...

I'm inspired by the blog hops that I've been following this season....so many good recipes!

Marcia said...

My grandnieces inspire me with their belief in Santa and singing baby Jesus songs. Little ones get excited and clap their hands and talk about toys they want Santa to bring. I also love The Story.

Cami said...

This year my inspiration comes from the many waterfalls that I visited while hiking this summer. The Columbia River Gorge in Oregon is the most beautiful place on earth!

Beth said...

This holiday season I am inspired by my boy! I am ready to decorate and celebrate!

Carla said...

What an inspirational book! Thanks for the interview. It's always fun to read how Kajsa got involved with her crafts. My inspiration are the colors and patterns of the season. Then my mind goes crazy with ideas!

cpurl17 said...

I'm new to quilting so looking at all the beautiful quilts on flickr inspires me!

SarahVee said...

Lucky for me, my stash is inspiring me right now! Perfect! As I plan to use some up making little Christmas gifts for my nieces. Still stumped on what to make my nephew! Love this book!! Thanks for the chance. Really enjoyed the interview!

jmbmommy said...

I just love the Syko aesthetic. I am inspired by sunlight on bare branches this season.

Bea said...

We don't do much for the holiday ourselves, but I really love the happiness and joy in the season that others have. I find that joy to be very inspiring.

Spendlove said...

Well just the spirit of the holidays inspires, so do my kiddos, and of course all the great ideas in blogland. Wonderful book. Thanks!

Lucie said...

I am absolutely inspired by Kajsa's work--happy, cheerful and uplifting. Thanks for great giveaway!
Lucie (LAupperlee@sheppardpratt.org)

Shannon said...

Her work is so much fun. What a fun book. Thank you for the give away. As far as inspiration...right now it is from blogs. I love what everybody else is making. Then I give it my own spin and come up with something new.

SheilaC said...

I would love a copy of this book. I know I would get lots of inspiration in there !!

SheilaC

Paige said...

This book looks great! I'm getting so much inspiration from Flickr lately!

Katy said...

Those birds with the dangling legs are so cute!!

Jeni said...

This book looks amazing! :) This holiday season I have been inspired by all things vintage christmas!

Anonymous said...

Strangely I think avoiding thinking about work has been inspiring me to think about holiday crafting!!
Thanks for the chance!
steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

corinne said...

Nature is mine, I live in a beautiful place. Thanks for the tour and the giveaway

james and bess said...

what's inspiring me is the idea of simplicity - in all areas of the holidays - wish me luck!

bess :)

Chandra said...

I'm inspired by looking through magazines and reading blogs! :)

Anna Circo said...

Thanksgiving through the New Year is the duration of our holiday. We seem to get lost in a theme of family, food, friends, family, food, friends... This season I'm inspired by 'love one another'. The simple or not so simple gesture to reach out to another with an open heart and share care and a kind word. (My lunch dates have tripled!) It's working. :)

Maureen said...

my children are inspiring me this holiday.

Kristin L said...

I live in Hawaii where it's hard to get inspired about the winter holidays, so this year I am going to force the subject by remembering (and pulling inspiration from) all teh Christmases we spent in Germany.

Melody said...

I get most of my inspiration from craft blogs. I also get it from going to stores and looking at the different products.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

nrnoodle said...

My family is my inspiration. They are so happy and thankful in all things. I am working hard to make a handmade gift for each one of them. I look to tutorials online for ideas as well as some trusted books. This book looks like a lot of fun.

Jill said...

Reading on blogs all the wonderful things others are doing absolutely inspires me.

mariarrosa said...

I'm inspired by blogland. This book is very beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway.

Liz Deck said...

I am thinking this book makes me smile! Colorful child-like genius!

ecuakim said...

Haven't really gotten into the season yet...but I love all the peacock feathers and colors that I'm seeing...blue Christmas!!!

Sonja said...

This book is so great. My inspiration this christmas season is to go back to older times when things were simpler..that is why once again i'll be making all the christmas gifts this year and hopefully inspiring my kids to make some too.

Luciana Kajiura said...

I want a book!!! I love the colors, the creations...
I love all the seasons, specially the fall. The colors are so beautiful.
Hugs, Luciana.

Melanie said...

All of these blogs are inspiring me! I've never had so many things I wanted to make at once.

Esch House Quilts said...

What a lovely style and book! Thanks for introducing us!

Kimberly said...

I'm inspired by all the great tutorials I am finding online.So awesome! Thank you this book looks wonderful.

Christie said...

I am SO happy this book is making blog rounds. Otherwise I might not have heard of it for too long! It looks BEAUTIFUL.

Chris P said...

Family and simplicity are my inspiration. I am learning to keep it simple, cut myself some slack, and enjoy the moment. Time to lighten up!! Cherish the people you love and find time to do something you enjoy each day.

Indianna said...

Birds on my feeders, trees with no leaves and frosty flower eed heads. Any nature theme with warming colours

Bobbi said...

My modern quilt guild is inspiring me! I have enjoyed being part of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild for the last 8 months. I haven't had as much time to sew as I'd like (working full time, grad school, moving), but every month I get together with very crafty and fun women!

nicolette said...

I’m a fan of Kajsa’s work for years, so I already ordered the book, but would love to win a copy for a dear friend.
Thanks for te chance to win!

Tee said...

Would love this book. Inspiration always comes from flickr and so many blogs. Thanks for the chance to win!

linda said...

What a great book! I'd love this one for my library!

Cheryl Arkison said...

The only things inspiring me right now are deadlines! Unless you count all the snow.

Love the Finnish tips. It is on our list of places to visit. That's what happens when your husband is a huge rally car fan.

Karin på Ösäter said...

I really want to win this book!

Orlando said...

I have a 16 month old son and have been spending the last few weeks [ok, months] thinking about all the things I want to do to make his holidays [and ours] special. The felt advent calendar I saw on a blog, the cool frog on the purl bee blog, a new flannel crib quilt, cozy meals, extra stories at bedtime... Its so exciting to start new holiday traditions with your kids - even if he's a little young to remember all of it!

Lael said...

Just favoritte blogs on the internet! In particular, quick felt appliques. They are so cute, but fast!

Lise said...

I'd love a chance to win! Thanks so much for the chance. Blogs, of course, are my constant inspiration!

Bellgirl said...

My friend Deb of Works in Progress (http://deb-robertson.blogspot.com/) is inspiring me this holiday season. Back in July, Deb issued the challenge "A Present a Week {Till Christmas}", and I've been working towards my handmade Christmas list at a steady pace since then. bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

Crystal said...

This season, I am soo inspired by all of the bright colors that are being used in decor and crafting, as well as the whimsical looks that are sprouting up all over. Imagine how excited I am to find this post! I can't wait to pick up a copy, every project that you posted here is absolutely inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing!

Mountain Woman said...

Blogs are inspiring me, and also making me feel awestruck at how many creative ideas and designers there are.

Patricia said...

I'm inspired by meeting with other quilters for a weekend sewing. Everybody was sewing mug rugs and I will make one with the leftover fabrics from projects I worked on during our retreat.

Thank you for the give away.

Janet said...

I'm being inspired by all the swaps I'm in. Gotta keep up with the Christmas cheer. This book looks delightful!

Katie_M said...

I'm -definitely- being inspired by all of the scrappy quilts and mug-rugs I've seen lately! Handmade gifts are always the best ones (unless it's a gem sweater).

Thanks for the giveaway!

Joy said...

Recently I've been teaching a friend to sew and her enthusiasm for it is inspiring me to sew more as well. It's nice to see this craft through her eyes - everything is "new" again and it's been delightful!

Thanks for hosting the blog tour!

Paula said...

Love Kajsa's work and would love to win this wonderful book. Looking at my small stash of fabrics and felt I get inspired to make many different things. Right now since Christmas is getting near I'm making ornaments for the tree and small gifts.
Thanks for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Rebecca Johnson said...

This has been my first year discovering blogland and finally the last few months making a blog of my own... I have been so overwhelmed this year by all the amazing handmade crafts and creativity of people out there...and Christmas is a perfect time to make some handmade projects for the ones you love xxx gorgeous book xx

Claire said...

Everything Kajsa makes is so cute! I would love to make a set of those christmas gnomes for this holiday season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed

Nathalie said...

I am being inspired by blogs and to clean out my fabric and UFO's

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