December 2008

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Technically, I’m not here…we’re still on holiday. I told myself I wasn’t going to blog for 2 weeks, so I’m not calling this a blog…let’s just say I’m answering a friend’s questions. She asked, “Where do you come up with your ideas and how in the world do you go aboutRead More →

  Like most of you, the next couple of weeks are going to be very busy! Starting, gulp, day after tomorrow, our home will be swarming with out-of-town guests, and the celebrating will begin. Although I couldn’t be happier, I do feel like a deer in headlights. Rather stunned. Where did all theRead More →

We thought it would be rather fun to bring together all the various projects that we shared over the past 4 months. Most of them are quick projects so if you’re still in need of some Christmas ideas, most of these are very doable. Just click on the picture andRead More →

  Anyone else feel like it is now a race to the finish line for Christmas gifts? This is the Airy Fairy from Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs. Isn’t she adorable? She is for my Fairy Girl… a specific request on her part. Now to finish up theRead More →

Sigh… we have been trying to work with our new blog theme but are finding some inherent errors in the programing. So LOL – we will be changing things up yet again. Once we find the right fit I swear we will stop re-designing every other week (trust me –Read More →

My Bushia was a marvelous cook…of basic foods. And, hey, let’s face it, we consume mostly basic foods, right? As a mother of 13 children there wasn’t much time for fluff, but there was no shortage of flavor! A very Old World, traditional little lady. Now my Grandma Pearl…she was cheeky and modern.Read More →

I finally finished the hobby horses. Boy, these sure have been a long undertaking. It’s not that making the individual horses took that long, but when you design something instead of following a pattern, you wind up with a couple beta runs and there’s usually at least some “tweakage”! The last pieceRead More →

    I’ve learned 2 very important things in the past 24 hours. First, I’m as allergic to alpaca as I am to wool, and second, apparently my pictures turn out just as good when I’m blindly flailing the camera around as when I painstakingly try to control focus and lighting! Yesterday,Read More →

A little while ago I decided that I wanted to make a series of images to display inside the kids’ play house. I think it will be nice to change these out seasonally. I didn’t really have a set plan, but this seemed like a good time to try outRead More →

Our winner of the Holiday Gnome Give-Away just sent a pic of the happy couple in their new home. They seem very pleased, and why shouldn’t they be? Rumor has it that they were gifts for 2 little girls. What could be more fun? BTW … Our winner, Cat, has aRead More →

Anyone want to guess what this is? Perhaps the inside of my wastebasket? Or the floor after I’ve finished a project? (Uh, no it isn’t BUT this IS what my floor looks like after I’ve finished a project! Why aim for the wastebasket when the floor is so much moreRead More →

Once you let a gnome in your life, you’ll never be without one again! Our house is crawling with gnomes. We have unassuming gnomes and rather ostentatious gnomes. We have gnomes that love to tell stories and shy ones that prefer to listen. We even harbor a couple rather naughty gnomes, butRead More →

Be careful using our Basic Waldorf Peg Gnome Pattern. Once you let a gnome in your life, you’ll never be without one again! Our house is crawling with gnomes. We have unassuming gnomes and rather ostentatious gnomes. We have gnomes that love to tell stories and shy ones that preferRead More →

Michelle and I have a tendency to view inadament objects, like our homes, as living, breathing, organic entities that must continuously evolve or face extinction. It’s not surprising that we’d treat our blog in the same manner. And that should explain why the look of our blog is changing yetRead More →

  We created the Nubbie Doll with babies and mommies in mind. Nubbies have everything a baby loves; satin blanket binding to rub between their fingers, nubbie hands that are perfect for chewing on, a soft cotton flannel body for snuggling, and they are small enough to carry everywhere! For momsRead More →

To get more information and photos of this project, CLICK HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. I created the Treasure Pouch so my grandbabies could take them along on walk-abouts. It’s just big enough, 7″ x 6″, to tuck away several “keepers”, without being too heavy or cumbersome! Materials: Pattern Pieces SnailRead More →

When Michelle posted her blog on the Mitered Bowls, she called me up and asked if I was up for getting the directions together. Okay, I put the afghan aside, and dug through my files to find the directions I’d written up this past summer. A quick read through convinced me that aRead More →

  Think of our directions for spoon dolls merely as a starting point. Add aprons and bonnets. Partially sew up the bottom of the dress to make legs or add legs under the dress. Hair can be made from roving, yarn or painted on. If young children are making dolls,Read More →

The mitered bowl is knitted in a square shape, but after felting and blocking, it will be round. Each bowl will be unique since color changing is random. Embellish with recycled buttons to make a truly one-of-a-kind bowl!   Caution: This pattern is in Beta Testing. Although we think theRead More →

Here is a fun twist on a traditional gift basket… use a homemade felted wool bowl. My mom came up with this mitered square design bowl this past summer and we have since both made several. I love how the squares come together. It is also cool how this ‘square’Read More →

I love shortbread with my afternoon coffee. This is our first Christmas cookie for the season (it freezes well). I have never actually made it before. This is a recipe my SIL always makes and I have to say… her’s is better 😉 . But since they moved out of state,Read More →

‘Tis the season to be jolly and frenzied! Just like everyone else reading this blog, December is usually a very busy month preparing for the holidays. And despite all our planning, and what seemed like timely preparations, here we are, just 4 short weeks before Christmas, and only 3 weeksRead More →