2015-11-16

Proud to be published

It was all the way back in February, when I got contacted by a lovely lady from Germany asking about my interest in creating something for a German craft magazine. I was stunned at first and would not believe it at all, but it really was Almut, you can see her happy face here (and behind that link you will find all kind of happy craft ideas too. All in German, but google translator helps tremendously if you're just like me, my German skills are...I have none, really). She asked if I would like to create a little project for them, something with my felts, and maybe a write a pattern to go with it too. 


Me, write a patter? Never done that except for my own notebooks, and man, are they messy and scribbled all over, and even I have sometimes difficulties reading my own handwriting. So me, a pattern? I panicked and told her that my schedule was far too busy for the spring (which was true at the time, too), but she then happily told me that material was needed only around July-August, and I agreed. Then some of you know and some might have guessed that rest of spring and summer were not the best of my life: illness, sadness, loss and funerals, and working was the left background for a while. But when Almut got in touch with me in end of July again, I just pulled it all together, and created a birdie-bag, wrote a pattern, took the pictures, and just in time delivered it all to her. The pouch will forever remind me of this summer, but it also shows that you have more power and strength than you think, and when you need to get it done, you will make it - so I love that pouch even it has a sad memories attached to it also.


So me and my birdies made it to cover of Filtz&Fertig magazine! Well I am inside (oh dear how many selfies I took for that picture, I guess close to hundred), and inside there are "step-by-step" instructions how to make the pouch. All in German, naturally, Almut translated it from my English-scribbling and it looks great, with process pictures and everything! She sent me the magazine also, and me and my sister studied it for ages (She actually sent two so we both had our own copy, and we went like: "Look at that!" "On what page?" "Oh yes!" for a long time...). Proud. Really proud. My first ever pattern published, wow. Thank you so much, Almut, tausend Dank! 


This little story proves the point of world getting smaller by all the social media. Almut found me and my blog and shop via www, and I can go and see her happy face and lovely team and their creations in their blog just like that - so what ever not-so-great things there are attached to all this web-world, it for sure also creates wonderful things and opportunities too. My little business would still be a big dream without Internet, I would not have met some of the most lovely people of the world without it, and my life would be much less interesting and much more empty without it. So here's to lovely world of Internet (with a capital I!) -  let's use it for all things good and great, let's spread the happiness with it!


To celebrate my first ever pattern publish I am offering a sale discount to my shop for -25% of all items (even those in sale already, but excluding the shipping costs) for 16.11.2015 - 20.11.2015 and the code is HAPPY2015 - that can be used once you are paying your purchase to get the discount calculated automatically. Here you can find a little more info of the Etsy coupon code. Happy browsing!

Lovely Monday to all of you, and happy new week! We will see here again soon!

Yours,
Mia

22 comments:

almut said...

Oh Mia, thank you so much for this wonderful blog post and feedback to you working with us. It totally made my day, it's a happy monday now! (Especially special, since mondays often turn out to be quite disastrous.) I wish you a wonderful week, Almut

Mia said...

Hello dear Almut,

Lovely to hear that you liked the post - it is a gray and snowy (!!) morning here, and Mondays are not that high in my "I LOVE"-list either :) It was really wonderful working with you, thank you so much still once, a real once in a lifetime experience. Happy, happy, happy!

Lovely November days!

Yours,
Mia

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Many, well deserved congratulations my clever talented friend! :) Your little pouch is as always amazing!
Thanks too for that almost visible selfie!! ;)
And yes the Internet can be a wonderful place, here's to Internet friendships.
Happy Monday my dear,
V x

Mia said...

Hello dear Vivienne,

Sorry I made the selfie and all so small, I just am not loving that (or any for that matter) picture of me even that was the "best" of those manymanymany ;) I was wonderful to create this project even the timing was not the greatest. But something to remember, really!

Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

Yours,
Mia

Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Mia!
You made my day, dear!
If you are proud for being published I am very happy for your success, because I know how hard you have been working all these years we are acquainted by Internet. Indeed I have known many great crafters, beautiful souls that have enriched this world with their art and their lives. I have learned a lot with them and with you.
Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing it.
You are beautiful in the picture in the magazine.
Great weeek and thank you again!!

Anne Toprak said...

Hi Mia, Super happy for you... So fun and wonderful to see your creation in that magazine. Isn't the Internet great for making connections??!! Thanks for sharing and thank you to Almut for finding Mia. Interesting to hear all the "behind the scenes" prep work.
Happy Monday and happy creating in November/December.
Anne and all xx

Jane said...

How well deserved my dear friend. I'm so thrilled for you...so many lovely pages of your wonderful skills. That bag is such a personal one for you....I'm glad it can make you smile too now. Etsy and your blog is how we met and how I treasure our friendship. Here's to the big I and also to you...congratulations xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Congratulations Mia, I'm so proud of you and so proud to know you!! It's a wonderful magazine layout and I love seeing YOU. The www. is an amazing media and I'm so happy to be part of it and that we met!
Thank you for your comment on my blog....you said it so well xoxoRobin

zooperson said...

I'm so pleased for you,Mia. Your work is lovely and such fun. Every time someone sees my iPad cover (which you made for me) they want go know where did I get it. Being published is a biggie and you deserve it.

Mia said...

Hello dear Lucia,

Thank you so much for your lovely message! It is such a wonderful place, this Internet, you can meet fantastic people here :) your comments make it all worthwhile!

Wishing you lovely November days, and many warm greetings from cold&snowy Finland!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello dear Anne,

Thank you! Internet has brought you and me together too, so here's to it! It is lovely to share news like this with you, you have been there for me all these years! I wish you happy times, such lovely days ahead us (only little time until Holidays), and

My best to all of you!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello dear Jane,

Thank you, dear friend! It was so wonderful to share my story with you as I have been reading many of your publishing news lately - so here's to both of us! Thank you for being such great friend (and found via Internet!!), I am sending you many happy thoughts, enjoy these busy but wonderful times ahead!

Only a few weeks until... :)

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Thank you, dear Robin,

I am so so happy to know you too, and via Internet we met, hooray! After those horrible news last weekend it was such a joy to share this little story with you who have been supporting me&my crafts all these years, thank you!

Wishing you beautiful November days!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello dear Sonja,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am so happy you liked my little story, and enjoy my handmades, that is the best message I can ever get! Thank you for visiting me here, it is always wonderful to "talk" with you!

Happy November days!

Yours,
Mia

Heldasland said...

Congratulations, your design is stunning. I totally agree the internet can be such a wonderful place

Mia said...

Hello dear Helda,

Thank you! Happy to share these news with you, lovely to have you visiting me here. See you soon again!

Happy November!

Yours,
Mia

oKIDoki said...

Hello Mia,
lovely Blog!
Greetings from Miriam, the layout of the "Filz" Jounal :-)

Mia said...

Hello Miriam,

Lovely to see you here also - and thank you so much for making my birdies look that good on your magazine! It must be fantastic to work with all sort of happy crafts AND your great team!

Wonderful November days to you!

Yours,
Mia

Teje Karjalainen said...

Congratulations Mia! It was time to see your beautiful work in the magazine! I hope this is just a beginning! Your creations are so beautiful, unique and will make everyone happy! x Teje

Mia said...

Hello dear Teje,

Thank you for your lovely message - it just makes me smile that I got to share this with you all. I am so happy I have met you (via www what else these days?), and here's to many years to come sharing our creative thoughts and makes!

Sending you many warm thoughts from luminen, kolea ja harmaa koto-Suomi :)

Yours,
Mia

Helen Philipps said...

Congratulations dear Mia! Your birdie bag is beautiful and looks so lovely on the magazine cover. It is a perfect project and you did well to do all the work required to produce it, especially after what sounds like sad and difficult times. Sending love.
Helen xox

Mia said...

Thank you so much, dear Helen,

For your lovely comment, makes me smile so wide!And the biggest congratulations on your new book, it looks fabulous! Wishing you wonderful crafting days, the busy times are ahead!


Yours,
Mia

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