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creative blog hop

I have been invited by Liesl to join the the creative blog hop and talk about my creative process. I love answering questions like these, it’s always an opportunity to reflect and I usually find out something about myself that I didn’t know before I got writing and thinking!

Check out previous posts by Liesl, Inge and Melody (who invited me too a few weeks ago but whose message I read too late to participate then).

talking about creativity. little home by hand blogWhat am I working on?

I am primarily a photographer but I strive to incorporate handmade in all areas of my life – I sew, knit, garden and cook, with varying success.

Photography wise in between doing some fall portrait photoshoots I am working on putting a new travel photo series in my shop with images of a trip to Canada I took this year. It’s a long process of culling, editing, having samples printed, re-editing, stocking, writing descriptions and finally listing and promoting.

Fall is also knitting season for me – I am working on a new cardigan and there might be a shawl and a new pair of socks in sight too.

I have some sewing projects waiting to happen but since sewing takes much more of an effort to set up and requires me getting off the couch these take a backseat over knitting right now.

talking about creativity. little home by hand blogtalking about creativity. little home by hand blogHow does my work differ from others of its genre?

Does it? I see a lot of incredible artists creating wonderful things and I am not at all sure how my work differs, except that I always wish it was better! It has a certain, very colorful look for sure. I find every artist has their own style and it’s impossible to break that. Two people can photograph the exact same scene and their photos will be completely different. Nobody can see the world as you yourself see it and that’s wonderful. At the same time I see many people inspired by the same things and I am glad for kindred spirits who capture the beauty of the world in their own way.

I am not someone who gets lost in only one thing forever. Yes, photography is ‘it’ for me, but my other creative pursuits are also a big and necessary part of my life. I am interested in so many different things. Maybe that sets me apart from some other artists, who dive very deeply into one subject matter.

talking about creativity. little home by hand blogWhy do I create what I do?

I have always felt a need to create. Working with my hands and building something useful with them is as much a physical need as a mental one for me.

As a child I knew only that it made me happy. As an adult I also see another level to it – handmade has a value of its own. I want to live in a world where we still do things with our hands and value the process and materials. The animals and plants our wool and leather, fabric and color come from – they’re real, they existed, they have value. By making things by hand and using them I feel like I honor that worth.

As much as technology and media has expanded our world (and I revel in that) it sometimes feels like we are now very exposed and very anonymous at the same time – everything laid bare, interconnected and yet much more automatized and impersonal. Creating and building a life based on making things with my hands and knowing where they came from grounds and comforts me. Knitting a cardigan out of natural fibers warms the cold polyester world around me.

With my photography I try to capture feelings and emotions – the invisible connection between two people, the wonder at nature’s beauty in a world so far removed from it, the joy of shaping rough yarn into something wearable, the pride of watching a tiny seedling turn into a thriving edible plant under my hands.

talking about creativity. little home by hand blogtalking about creativity. little home by hand blogHow does my creative process work?

It’s a strange mixture of intuition and careful thought. My inspiration comes from nature, from connecting with other artists and from sites like Pinterest and Instagram. From there I try to break it down and shape the images and thoughts and feelings they conjure to my own needs. It’s a tough balance – being inspired but still doing things my own way.

With a craft project I usually need to give an idea time to grow, to take root and shape itself in my head. It’s quite unnerving, mulling something over in my head for days until the image has sharpened enough to be put into action.

With photography it’s often much more intuitive (which can be even more unnerving). I sometimes meet my portrait clients for the first time on location and I need to grasp immediately how these people tick, what makes them beautiful and tickle it out of them while also trying to use the location to its best advantage. My travel photography is much more relaxed, I simply capture moments as they happen, completely immersed in my own emotions and experience of the scenery.

 

Liesl, thanks so much for inviting me! Lindsay and Ruth, two wonderful creatives and bloggers, will be continuing the blog hop and will have their posts up within the next two weeks so hop on over to their blogs too.

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around the corner

I don’t get out enough, a realization that always hits me whenever I do go somewhere and immediately feel refreshed and inspired by new sights and sounds and smells.
The good kind of inspiration, not the Pinterest kind of inspiration that has you in awe and whispers ‘you could never make anything this awesome’.
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
Last Sunday afternoon I needed a walk, a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery. It had been raining all day and I had been working away in front of my computer. Late afternoon, the rain stopped and it started looking friendlier.
J and I drove out to a nearby village and went exploring, walking in the woods, admiring the old streets and generally soaking it all up.
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
Sleepy German villages can be utterly charming and I fell in love with the place immediately. The streets and gardens were lovingly decorated with flowers and there was beauty around every corner.
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blog
sunday walk. little home by hand blogsunday walk. little home by hand blog
Remind me to get out more.

shop news and a giveaway

Long time no shop update! With christmas looming, here’s the news all in one handy little post:

  • I now offer poster sizes! In addition to 8×12’s I now offer most of my prints in the sizes 16×24 and 20×30. These are wonderful sizes to really make a statement art piece on any lonely wall.
  • I’m having a Christmas Sale! If you’re ready to start shopping for christmas gifts, you can now take 20% off with the code CHRISTMAS13 during checkout until 8 December.
  • Not very shop related but an update nevertheless: I’m now on Instagram. Just joined up this morning and I’d love to connect with all of you! My username is fotografiekoehler. Do say hi!

christmas sale. fotografie kristina koehler on etsy

Finally, there’s a giveaway going on for one 8×12 print of the winner’s choice from my shop over at Thought and Sight Blog, if you want to hop over for a chance to win.

Can you believe christmas is only a month away? All the baking and making on cozy candlelit evenings, loving every minute of it. I’ll share a glimpse of what I’m working on very soon 🙂

chasing the light

and the socks.
chasing the light.
I hope you all had a great weekend. After nearly two weeks with a broken laptop the IT-savvy boyfriend managed to get it set up again and I mainly spent the weekend getting all my software and back-up data on again and catching up on the work that had piled up. Be back with a sewing post soon!
There’s always time for the kitties though. And apple cake with white chocolate and cardamon at a friend’s house (no doubt not very healthy but sooo good…).

two days at the beach in the rain

Two weeks off work have come and gone with us mainly hunkering down at home, preparing for autumn and generally not doing many blog-worthy things.
We did get away for two days to the beach in the Netherlands though.
beach in the rain. fotografie kristina koehler
beach in the rain. fotografie kristina koehler
beach in the rain. fotografie kristina koehler
Unfortunately the weather really didn’t cooperate and it rained pretty much the whole time we were there.
beach in the rain. fotografie kristina koehler
beach in the rain. fotografie kristina koehler
beach in the rain. fotografie kristina koehler
Now I’m usually pretty hardy when it comes to weather but while being soaked through once or twice is quite the adventure… by the time you lose count how many times you’ve gotten wet and everything is just dripping and cold it really stops being fun. We just tried to make the best of it.
domburg-2
And while we’re at this being a bit of a rant, I’ll say that the week after didn’t fare much better with me having headaches and a stomache-ache for most of it in addition to not being able to sit very well (old injury from a fall off the pony which decided to make itself known again), culminating in the worst, head-splitting headache yesterday. I’ll be so glad to see the end of this week. Sorry, just needed out today.
And I promise my next post will be more cheerful because I have some sewing to share as soon as I am recovered enough to take photos 🙂

zoo

I’ve had a few days off work and have been enjoying myself away from the internet, scrubbing and organising our apartment, doing little day trips or soaking up some late sunny days on our balcony. Should I be worried that the first impulse on a free day was to clean our windows? It did feel cathartic after way too many long days spent bent over my desk at work.
Not exactly blog worthy though…so here’s a little peek at a zoo visit we squeezed in.
zoo visit. tidytipsy
zoo visit. tidytipsy
zoo visit. tidytipsy
zoo visit. tidytipsy
Have a great weekend!

norway – part 3

Finally, the last in the Norway series!
We spent the last few days before returning to Oslo in the Flam / Laerdal region. Driving along these narrow fjords is exciting, but the region also featured a 25km tunnel through the mountains which was quite an experience. Instead of taking the tunnel, one time we took the alternativ route over the mountains instead, the Aurlandsfjellet road. It takes you up high over the mountains, snowy even in the height of summer.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
It’s a breathtaking route, not least of all because it’s all serpentines going up and down the mountain. The region itself was just beautiful, with lots of old norwegian houses I loved to capture.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
We would be ending our journey in Oslo so we decided to drive down in one day and spend the last two days exploring the city. Bye bye, beautiful fjords!
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Hello Oslo! Such a sweet and cozy city. I’m not much of a city person but I really liked Oslo (though we had a hard time finding a warm dinner that was also bordering on affordable each night).
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
We spent the first day just perusing the city but for me the museum island Bygdoy held most interest and I had a great time visiting the Kon Tiki Museum (I now have a crush on Thor Heyerdahl), the polarship museum ‘Fram’, the viking ship museum and most of all the norwegian folk museum. Lovely place!
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
I loved learning more about norwegian culture and life in the country in times gone by (I’m a big history buff and for me travel isn’t complete without learning at least some background of the country and people). Thank you for showing yourself in the best light during our two weeks, Norway! I can’t wait to go back some time.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler

norway – part 2

Here comes part 2!
After the first two hikes we felt quite comfortable in our hiking boots and gear so on our next tour stop in Seljestad near Odda we decided to hike up to the foot of the Buarbreen glacier.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
The hike was beautiful and quiet amidst wildflowers and roaring glacier waterfalls and streams. The mountain air is wonderful for hiking, so clear and fresh (more so in my memory since I’m writing this from a stifling hot apartment).
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Getting to the top is always exhilarating! This hike also featured some rather alarming bridges over the fast streams and some passages where we had to climb the mountain sides with ropes. I’m scared of heights and not one for sporty rock climbing, so this was a real challenge for me.
We drove back via the magnificent Latefoss waterfall.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Until then, we’d always done one day of hiking, one day of driving. Since we were staying a day longer at this location, we decided to go hiking two days in a row and tackle the hike up the 612m Langfoss waterfall next. A hint: if the Norway-tourist page says it’s a demanding hike, don’t do it when you’re already tired out. The hike itself is beautiful, but climbing 600m in height within two hours on rocky ground is hard. Really hard.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
You’re probably tired already of reading about this hike and that hike, but I’ve one more to share: the glacier, blue-ice hike we booked on our last location was hands-down the highlight of our trip. This was walking on the Nigardsbreen glacier itself, with spikes on our shoes and ice axes to help the climbing parts.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
The blue ice is magnificent!
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
We had a lovely norwegian girl as our guide but most of the other guides were actually Sherpas from Nepal with Mount Everest experience, who come to Norway during the summer months to work as glacier guides and earn some money for the family back home!

Two more parts to come with fjord and fjell pictures as well as some lovely shots I took in Oslo!

norway – part 1

Here goes, a review of our recent two-week trip to Norway. For a shorter version with only a few top photos and a little on how Norway felt for me as a country head over to the Norway post on my photo blog.
Here’s the more detailed account:
We started out by flying to Oslo, from where we had rented a car. On the way to our first stop we saw our first stave church in Heddal.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
We were excited to go hiking in the norwegian countryside so on our first full day we hiked up to Gaustastoppen. Our physical fitness (or lack of it) became apparent quickly, as we toiled up the mountain puffing and sore and out of breath. Meanwhile we were constantly overtaken by norwegian families with small children who apparently considered this their sunday afternoon stroll. Those norwegians are just so fit! The view from the top was spectacular though and so worth the effort.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Cooling our feet in the icy mountain springs.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
We moved on to our next stop to do the hike to famous Preikestolen. We loved the little cabins we rented along the way and this one was especially charming. The camping was Hamrane Hyttefelt in case anyone is planning a trip to Norway soon.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
After our previous hike the way to Preikestolen seemed easy! We were lucky to reach the top in time to enjoy the great view of the turquoise fjord beneath it. Minutes later thick clouds came and we climbed down again in a dense fog.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway is such a vast country that we had to plan our route carefully to see all we wanted to see and yet not spend all day driving. We often took ferries which provided spectacular views of the fjords.
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
Norway. Fotografie Kristina Koehler
So much for part one and I have so much more to share! Again, for a short and sweet version, see the post on my photo blog.