I've been chipping away at my "to make" list for Handmade Christmas, and I'm happy to say that I've finished five items, and have five more solidly in the "in progress" column. The best part of the in progress tasks? Two of them are sewing crafts, which tends to be the easiest for me to … Continue reading Making Progress
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