Wednesday, 9 January 2013

craft it forward 2013

craft it forward 2013 challenge craft swap chain

So, how is everyone's first couple of weeks of the new year going?

Over here, it seems to be all about stepping outside one's comfort zone, and by that I don't just mean leaving home in the morning for the -10 outside...but more about that later.

First, let me Craft It Forward:

I will send a handmade mystery item to the first five people to comment on this post. Anyone at all can join in. If you are one of the first five, please email your full mailing address to me (you'll find my contact email in the top bar). 
If you like, after you comment you can post this on your own blog and create something for others!

I've already planned for crafting this month, yet when I saw this on Suki's blog I thought I shall have even more crafting! I also like sending and receiving nice surprises in the post, so just couldn't resist... Plus, after this challenging out-of-my-comfort-zone week, crafting will be very soothing.

So, about that. I am doing my 5-day work placement, and even though I didn't get the place I really wanted, it still feels like an invaluable experience. I'm in a cosy department store for six hours a day among beautiful home furnishings... Which would be totally dreamy, just like the buttersoft frottee towels or the kaleidoscope of Scandinavian bedlinens if it wasn't for my language-learning related growing pains. Now that keeps me on my toes all day long - and keeps those toes well outside my comfort zone.

It's a great experience throughout and I feel very privileged  but have to admit that being thrown into the deep end of retail in a busy foreign language environment, while being the foreigner can feel a tad bit overwhelming too. Well, patience, perseverance and positive thinking will see me through... with a good dose of quiet crafting to restore the balance!

10 comments:

  1. Good luck with the last few days of your placement - it sounds like an ultimately rewarding challenge.

    I couldn't resist being the first to comment and receive something lovely and crafty from you - hope you don't mind! Thanks so much for taking part and crafting it forward.

    Making things is also my way of restoring balance to my life.

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    1. phew, the placement week is over! it was pretty intense, thanks for wishing me luck! i can feel the benefit of it already, i suddenly have this new-found confidence when i need to speak my broken finnish in public :) and it feels like my posture improved too, i feel like i'm definitly walking taller. i guess it's down to how i feel when walking among the people whose i don't speak the language so well...

      of course I don't mind! i was hoping you'd take part. it's another little balance then, receiving AND making :)

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  2. I would love to get something crafty from you. I have posted this challenge already on my Facebook page, too.

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    1. hi Tina, thank you for entering! looking forward to making something for you!

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  3. oh, i am not late :)
    that's a very nice idea aniko!

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    1. dearest Evdokia, lovely to get the chance to make you something! thanks for joining!

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  4. You are very brave! I want to take part in the game! I don#t know if I can organize such a thing, but the year is long I guess. Greetings from the office ;-)

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    1. well, it's definitely been one of the bravest weeks since the moving over! learned a million new words, developed a little confidence and as a bonus got to fold a lot of lovely wool blankets, and eyed a lot of scandinavian design.

      there are no strict rules to the game so do not worry about it - if you can put one on good, if not it's not a problem :)

      looking forward to crafting something for such a creative lady as yourself!

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  5. Oooh I'm number 5, can I join?? This is totally random, I was googling up Craft it forward as I'm taking part myself (join if you like!!) but thought it'd be quite nice to receive something too! Just like you I love sending and receiving surprises!!

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