A couple of years ago, I started making spreadsheets to keep track of handmade gifts, holiday events, and pre-holiday chores that needed to be done. Yes, I'm sure that sounds extremely boring for most folks, but it has actually helped me see the progress I'm making -- which helps when you're four days out from Christmas, … Continue reading Making a List, Checking it Twice
I have begun working on gifts for Handmade Christmas 2017. This is undoubtedly the earliest I have ever started working on a Christmas present - even counting the quilt I made for Robert that took half a year. I always get so backed up with crafting projects in the weeks right before Christmas - which … Continue reading Getting an Early Start
Shortly before Christmas break hit, I arrived at the office to be greeted by this little fella on my desk. I chuckled and grinned, and took a snack from his head (it's not as gross as it sounds...there was candy inside). I then proceeded to try to figure out who could have left him on … Continue reading The Thought That Counts
This past weekend, I had a chance to visit one of my favorite DC spots - The United States Botanical Gardens. I love getting a chance to see the gardens any time of the year, but they are particularly lovely around the holidays. The main conservatory lobby gets decked out with reproductions of the monuments, … Continue reading I’ve Been There!
Now that we're past the holidays...let's get to this year's line-up of handmade gift items! ( a few will not be included in this round-up, as they have not yet made their way via mail to their final resting place) Of course, you've already seen the lovely purple Merino wool I spun for Meri earlier … Continue reading Handmade Christmas 2015
November 14 was the fourth installment of the foundation's textile workshops. So far, we've covered spinning, natural dyes, and weaving (which was sort of a bust). This month's focus was felting, with a project emphasis on wet felting and knit felting (pretty much the same as wet felting, but done with a finished knit/crochet/woven item, … Continue reading Heart Felt
The Halloween season is thankfully over...by about a month, I know, but I'm finally recovering. I was in charge of the foundation's big Halloween program, Twilight Tales, this year, and it was a whirlwind of craziness (there'll be a makeup tutorial coming, but not now). Decorations, assigning costumes, baking goodies, picking up apple cider, casting … Continue reading New skills and finished projects