Sunday, July 2, 2017

Until We Meet Again

I'm the person who discretely disappears from the coffee break on my final day at work, at school, on a farewell party. I just don't like saying goodbye. It simply breaks my heart. Every single time. Even this time... I had big plans for this post, but now when it is here all my plans feel to processed. Therefor I made a Collage Of Happy & Love and decided to just write straight from my heart.

I'm so grateful for everything MY ROSE VALLEY has done for me; opened up doors to be creative, learning the beautiful art of crochet, discovering hidden talents as a creative artist, expressing myself as a graphic designer, building a brand and a small business, growing my self esteem, connecting with publishers and media, helping me to grow as an artist, writer, photographer and person.

I'm so happy with all the beautiful people I've met in Blogland and Cyber World, all the encouragement and support in moments of doubts and hard times, in success and growth. This place has truly been my happy place for such a long time. I'm not sure where I would have been without it.

The last few days I've gone back in my archives (what a journey!!!) and when reading my first post I realize how important this place has been for me from the very first minute until the last. I think MY ROSE VALLEY in many ways saved me when I needed it the most. The amazing craft community made me feel like I belonged instead of feeling awkward and odd wanting to do old fashion hand crafts. I sincerely thank you for that.

I have really lived it in full. I have done it all in my opinion. MY ROSE VALLEY has taken me to places I never ever could have imagined when I first started in 2009. I'm so proud of it, inside and out, of creating all this. It has allowed me to grow with the digital revolution. More than I would have been if I hadn't blogged.

I have no regrets. I don't see this as an end. I see this as a beginning. Of something new. MY ROSE VALLEY blog stays up and open. My patterns will continue to be available on Etsy and Ravelry. My Instagram account will remain and I will carry on to crochet, slowly. I'm stepping back though. I'm taking a big big break from it all. Like I've said before, maybe I will be back. Or not. Only time will tell.

And because I don't like saying farewell, I will sign out (read about my decision here) with a big smiley hug and a kiss on your cheek and say: "Until we meet again", because we never know where or when our roads will cross next time. Have a beautiful summer (or winter down under) and thank you for everything.

Au revoir
Hasta la vista
Até Logo
Until we meet again
Auf Wiedersehn
Tot ziens
På återseeende



Friday, June 23, 2017

Just Normal Stuff

All goals by the norm are achieved. I finished school, I traveled, I fell in love, I fell out of love. I got heart broken and I even broke some hearts on my way through my twenties.

I partied, made foolish stuff and faced difficult situations and people. But I was never in danger. I never got hooked on drugs or alcohol, developed bulimia or anorexia. Had abusive boy friends or ended up in violent relationships. I just did normal stuff. You know.

I worked, got myself a flat but never dared to drill into the walls. I had laundry time on Thursday evenings and went to the gym regularly and grabbed an after work beer on Friday nights with my girl friends downtown Stockholm city. I tried different professions and always did my best. Put my mind to whatever I wanted to achieve and achieved it. But one day I wanted to jump off the "normal" life and I quit my job - at the top of my current career - and went traveling for adventure and clarity.

I met a man who was totally different from any other man I had known and we got married. I left my home country, my language, my culture and my roots. It was easy at the time. It felt so right. After years of drifting it felt like coming home although it was in a foreign world. Maybe this part wasn't really normal stuff, you know, but it felt so normal at the time.

I had children, I raised my children and gave up my own being in the process. I became a full on Mama on every level. Their needs before my own. I was riding faaaar back on the priority train... In the luggage wagon actually... It was my call, my purpose, everything I wanted. Not very comfortable or fulfilling, kind of hard but still so so wonderful. Just normal stuff. You know.

Now the kids are older, more independent and in less need of me, unless they need a ride or some cash. And I'm a full on Mama who is trying to find her way back to that woman she once was, before all these things happened. Or, let me re-phrase that... I'm trying to figure out who Annette is today, AFTER all these things happened... Because I'm not the same, I'm different. And I truly feel a bit lost. I'm in the middle of a mid life crises, questioning where I am, what I've done and where I'm going. Reflecting upon choices I've made, or not made and choices I will be making or not make. If you ask some of my friends they would say I'm always in crisis of some sort... I guess that is partly true. And there is nothing wrong or bad in that. Quite the opposite, it's a sign of growth. Learning. Discovery. Embrace crisis, reflection, striving for answers and directions, purposes and meaning. Go with it. After all it is just normal stuff. You know.

PS Bless Prince Harry for finally allowing himself to express his thoughts and feelings so openly in public, lifting that lid off expected royal perfection and showing people that he is only human like the rest of us. Being royal or not, it was never his choice to be brought to the world as a prince, it just kind of happened, and his life is filled with as much "just normal stuff" like yours and mine. No one has the right to tell him to not talk openly about it. Not in 2017.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A typical My Rose Valley Colour Palette

It is all about colours. Always. It is the choice of colours that makes our hearts skip. Our blood run like crazy through our bodies. Producing dopamine for our fragile brains and making us feel... HAPPY! That is why crochet is such a beautiful craft, hobby, art, activity, therapy and medicine. Is there anything more fun than taking out a box or basket of yarn and just sort through it? Wind up balls, sort into brights and pastels, naturals, autumn, spring and Christmas??? Lets do purples and pinks. Greens and blues. Yellow and pinks. Oh yes, throw in some orange too. 

Every combination soothes a different soul. And we all have our own favorite palette of colors. Mine is something close to the above. It depends on the season, but most often I return to a light, fresh and crisp palette, the palette I used for both my Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket and My Circle In Square Blanket.

As I know many of you work with the popular acrylic yarn Special DK from Stylecraft when making blankets and throws, I decided to put together a colour chart in this yarn for the Circle In Square Blanket. I've done my best to match most of the colours used and all you need to do is add scraps of similar shades from your already existing stash of acrylic yarn.

I had so much fun putting together this colour chart, because that is also playing with colors. And playing with layout programs and graphic design is also a great source of HAPPY for me, so why not? I hope the typical My Rose Valley colour palette can inspire you for a new make. And I'm curious to know what your favorite palette is? Where in the wheel of colour are you the most happy?


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