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Am I the Same as My Coming Book?

Paivi from Peony and Parakeet holding folk bags in the front of her fabric stash.

November has been a folk bag month. In the beginning of the month I thought I would be writing a craft pattern. The more I worked with it, the more obvious it became that it will be a book. If I knew that before I started, I would have spent the whole month just procrastinating. But now it’s too late! The book has been written. Just some Finnish translations and single word check-ups has to be done before putting it all together visually. There will be 9 chapters and over 100 photos!

Stella, the beagle, Paivi's dog

Most of the days, including the weekends, have been spent on a computer. Luckily I have two dogs to take care of, so I need to take breaks!

At the same time, I am excited and worried. I am anxiously waiting to be able to see the bags that you will make using the book! At the same time I am worried if I have included all what I have to give and put it in a way that you are able to comprehend.

Paivi walking on the snowy road

I have also been thinking about my connection to my business. How I could understand the difference between the work I do and me as a person? All the creative people have to deal with this someway, I think.

During a month like this, it is very difficult to remember that I am much more than a folk bag or an intuitive painter. Have you felt that you take the result of your creativity very personally? I think it’s normal behaviour as we have put so much of ourselves into our work. But at the same time, it is good to remember that we are much more, and can become much more. Luckily, for Stella, my little beagle, I am something totally different than a painting or a book!

4 thoughts on “Am I the Same as My Coming Book?

  1. You Are Inspiration in Color! More than a painting or a bag – oh yes, you lighten the days for others with your beautiful work but even more than that, you provide instructions for others to find joy and pleasure in their own work. You Are A Treasure to Others. Here in the USA we have just enjoyed our Thanksgiving week filled with family, friends, food, joy and memory making. We reflect on all things for which we are thankful. One of my blessing is you and your blog! Thank you Paivi!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! The readers like you make writing the blog very meaningful! This is what I wrote to Facebook few weeks ago:
      This is for all of you who comment blog posts! You might think it is not much, but that isn’t true. The writer behind the blog reads every single comment. When you write: “I read and love every single one of your posts”, it really makes my day. Everything that I do on that day feels lighter and more meaningful. Today I want to share my gratitude to all who have commented my blog. You all matter. You all have changed my life for the better. Thank you!

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