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Celebrating Ten Years of elinap – Part IV


I started blogging and had my first website created ten years ago!
This series is a sneak peek back into those days (and illustrations).

Mira(cle)Doodles by elinap

Ten years ago one of my dreams was to sell my handmade arts and crafts.

So I put up another blog where I could sell them. It was called Elinan puoti which in English would be Elina’s Shop.

The idea was to create colorful things that would bring joy into your everyday life.

Mira(cle)Doodles by elinap

I made all kinds of things from crocheted and knitted toys to finger puppets, tawashis, PDF crocheting tutorials and even board games and decorative stuff for homes.

I treated my online space as if it was a shop made of cardboard box and I was playing with it with my children like in the pictures above which were illustrations for the shop.

Mira(cle)Doodles by elinap

I knitted little woollen hats for spruce cones for playing outdoors and drew a series of comics where cones where using them, like here where they’re trying them on and laughing out loud – Imagining themselves as toadstools.

One of my favorite things though was to share Christmas magic with others by creating a special package on how to lure Christmas magic into your home. It was an actual invitation for Christmas elves to stop by and pay a visit and oh wow how THEY liked it and so did the children. I have always loved Christmas!

Mira(cle)Doodles by elinap

This board game was my variation of Snakes and Ladders, designed for little kids. It was really quick and fun to play.

During the time I had this blog up I was also creating all kinds of creative ways to raise little children. I invented ways to take their nightmares away, inspire them to do chores and stop whining about going to their day care.

But here’s where my multipassionate nature backfired, I couldn’t turn them into something that would sell. They worked for us, and the children who tried them, but they were not a business. They sold only one or two each, and so I immediately turned towards the next great idea. Always striving, never arriving…

And so when my children grew bigger and life changed, I lost my interest and started focusing more and more on drawing.

Mira(cle)Doodles by elinap

The lesson that I learnt from this endeavor was realizing that it’s not my thing to crochet multiple items, or sew a series of puppets but only to make unique designs.

Also now after I have drawn Mira a couple of thousand times without getting even slightly tired of her, I can say that drawing Mira IS my thing. It brings me back to love where I don’t constantly try to figure out how to do it or why. I feel I’ve arrived.

But I do love to look back and see all those things I created!

And can you imagine – I thought I never got anything done! I was convinced that I didn’t, and that’s what constant striving does!

Artist, Illustrator, Author & Life Coach. Turning struggles into loving laughter with her illustrations.
Creator of Mira(cle)Doodles.

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