Copyright and inspiration

I think I blatantly copied something, and to my shame I must confess that I’m not really sorry. I’m going to try to credit the owner/ creator of this awesome work, but I don’t know who made it and if it’s the original or a copy as well.

I’ve done some embroidery work when I was much younger. I believe I was about 7 years old when my mother taught me the basics. I’ve also done some cross stitching, but I’ve mostly worked on half cross stitch tapestries. I absolutely loved doing those, but I never got much further with cross stitch, because I was too (young?) lazy to actually think of/ find some interesting patterns. The tapestries (small ones) were so easy because the colors were already printed on them.

Now that I’m older I am much more appreciative of the possibilities it has to offer. I’m sorry for the bad language in this picture.

My stitches are quite wonky and the letters.. I’m usually the type of person who quits and restarts when something isn’t working out (so it’s really a very big deal for me to just finish this piece), but this time I’m willing to suck it up.

Last year I posted a list of things I’d like to tell my 19-year-old self. When I wrote that list I believed that I was already over those things, and I was in a position where I could have advised my 19-year-old self about “life”. Now, almost a year later, I feel like I’m actually starting to get there. Here’s the list:

1. You are not fat

2. You are not ugly

3. Learn to let go

4. Stop caring about what other people will think of you! Follow your dreams! As in get off your lazy butt and stick to it!


I think it would’ve been better to phrase the first two as “learn to love yourself”. I guess that’s also a very important lesson for girls. Obviously I don’t mean to make silly, generalizing statements here, but I think I’m not the only one who’s had a problem with body image…

Learning to let go is a very big thing. I’m still learning to let go, but I can already see that I’ve improved a great deal since last year. I no longer carry things around with me. Letting go is not the same as forgetting and/ or forgiving. It’s just that. Letting go.

Right now I’m working on both 4 and 5. By finishing this piece, and then finishing the other knitting projects i’ve had lying around (for the past 3 years..).

I’m mostly done, but for some leaves on the vine. I’ll keep this little project as something to always remind me of rule number 4 and 5. I’m not saying that I should always finish everything. Sometimes it’s okay to realize that a certain project is just not working out. But if that is the case, then the project should be frogged. I still have 3 projects that have been lying around since forever. I’m not going to frog them, but they must get finished.

Now let me tell you about what I HAVE been growing on my balcony urban farm. I love having fresh mint on my balcony. It’s so easy to grow (it needs a lot of water and we have a lot of rain here). I love mint tea, but I also like some chopped mint leaves in my yoghurt. YUM

Two days ago you could only see some dirt, and now the seedlings are popping out from every crack.

Remember the single seedling in the previous post? The Spanish pepper is doing just fine 🙂

I ordered a bag of (100) gladiolus bulbs at Bakker Hillegom‘s webshop and planted them as soon as they arrived. I forgot to cover the soil with sticks (as I usually do to deter my cats from digging/ peeing and sleeping on the plants), and so my cat Kiwi decided to use it as her personal toilet.

I poured a few liters of water over it (to dilute the pee) and hoped for the best. They seem to be fine 🙂

The dahlia is doing great as well. I’m very happy with the weather we’ve been having these past few days. Last week was cold and very unpleasant, but the last few days were great!

I’m happy that the plants grow while I don’t have to do anything for it, that way I can focus on finishing my vanilla socks 🙂

One thought on “Copyright and inspiration

  1. Yup, that looks like exactly what I’d tell my 23-year-old self. My 19-year-old self was actually ok with most of that stuff, I wish I could be more like her now. I have a real problem letting things go as well – I don’t know how to shake this one! I try to tell myself to just let it go but you can’t make your brain not think about stuff. Anyway, I’m working on it too. 🙂

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