My Craft Room Tour

 

It's always fun to get a peek at other people's crafting spaces. I am so very fortunate to have a whole room of my own. Here's my craft room. It is in our basement. I opted to leave my ceiling unfinished and spray painted it white. This gives the room a lot of light and makes the room feel larger. 

One of my walls has bookshelves that span the entire wall. You will noticed that they are totally filled. Oh, the joy! The wee ones come over and I usually have all of the supplies necessary for any craft they want to do.

Around the room, I have little things here and there that just make me smile. This beautiful needled felted fairy was a gift from Daria Lvovsky.  I am working on collecting other people's work for my walls, too.

I have a large bulletin board that I kept from the days when I ran a preschool. Not only do I use it to display the children's work, it's wonderful to pin up design ideas and patterns I am...Read more

February Baby Sweater

If you have been knitting awhile you have probably heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann. If you haven't heard of her already then you are in for a real treat, and trust me you will encounter one of her patterns at some point. She is the universal grandmother of knitting for modern knitters. Her books are written in part as a "how to knit" and in part conversational as though you were just sitting down for a cup a tea with her. Limited pictures, poor text formatting, and a general "oldness" add to the charm of her books. If you are just looking for a pattern book, filled with colorful, glossy photos, keep looking. If you want to sit on the sofa and knit with someone who has been there, done that, check out an Elizabeth Zimmermann books (many will be available at your library).

Today I would like to take a moment and share my latest finished project, the February Baby Sweater on two needles. The pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I love this little sweater and wish I had made it for my wee ones when then were...Read more

Prairie Point Junction October Give-Away :: $30 Gift Card

Comments are now closed. Congratulations Carol C! Please contact me within three days to claim your prize.

Use the code WEEFOLKFANS in the comment section of your order to save 20% off through November 22, 2014.

Oh, how I love the Wool Blend Felt Sampler Pack!  I would make a forestful of little gnomes!

 

Sponsor: Prairie Point Junction Home of Wool Felt Central

Give-Away Date: Sunday, October 26, 8am EST – Monday, October 27, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!)

Number of Winners: 1

Prize: $30 Gift Card at Prairie Point Junction

How to Enter: At Prairie Point Junction they love to create color-coordinated bundles to make felt selection easy. To enter, check out their wool...Read more

Little Spruce Organics October Give-Away :: $50 Gift Cards

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SAVE $10 off of your order of $40 or more through November 15th, 2014 with the coupon code autumn10  (Some restrictions apply. See Little Spruce Organics website for details).

Thank for running this giveaway.  Little Spruce has six a range of beautiful things. I would love to get the lambskin. Both my children would enjoy that very much. Cheers  

 

I love their bath toys and shoes. I would do some Christmas shopping!

 

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Our Fairy Welcomes Autumn

Just in time for our Annual Pumpkin Carving party, Fairy received her Earth in Autumn leaf mask from Mythical Designs. It is beyond lovely, and seems to magically transform our Fairy girl into a sprite of the season.

Today we will be busily prepping for our autumn party, which like most celebrations includes baking, oh so much baking, cleaning, moving furniture around to accommodate everyone, stacking logs by the bonfire, and for the first time setting up disco style lighting for an outdoor dance party. More than likely, as the weather around here is already dipping below freezing, this will be one of our last weekends spent mostly outdoors. Soon winter will be upon us and in the weeks ahead we will be turning to our indoor activities. Tomorrow though, we will celebrate the fall with friends, hot cider, good food, fresh air, a bonfire, and cold cheeks.

Happy Harvest!

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The Gift of Caring (For)

Many years ago I gave my friend some mittens for Christmas. I still remember them. I used the same yarn for both mittens, but knit different patterns into each so they were mismatched. They were whimsical and beautiful. My friend loved them. About a month later I got a teary phone call from her. She had thrown them in the washer and dryer. Now, they were felted into unwearable munchkin sized mitts. When given her the mittens, I had forgotten to tell her how to care for them. Lesson learned. Now, whenever I make something for someone else, I always include care instructions. Also, if the item has buttons, I make sure to give them a couple extra and I even give them some extra yarn, in case a repair needs to be made in the future. I've never had to use the yarn to make repairs for someone, but I sleep better at night knowing they have it if I need it.

This weekend is my daughter-in-law's, Raewyn's, baby shower. Unfortunately, I can't make it, but my gifts can :) A while ago I shared a Stroller Blanket I was making...Read more

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