Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Childhood Memories

The 30th Annual Mount Dora  FL Craft Fair. They expected 250k to 300k over 2 days.  Literal bus loads were coming...

I went to the Mount Dora Fl Craft Fair this weekend.  The weather in central FL was perfect.  While wandering around I noticed many people with Pussy Willow branches. I had to find the vendor, as soon as I saw them I  thought of my grandparents backyard. They had a huge Pussy Willow tree in front of the swing set, we used to try to touch the branches with our feet while swinging.... Salix discolor (American willow) native to North America, Idaho to Maine and south to Maryland. This vendor was from Ohio.

There were so many amazing crafters here from jewelry, pottery, metalwork, food, spices and rubs, of course a couple of crochet vendors (kids  hats from Angry Birds and Despicable Me were popular), and so much more.  There were 400 vendors and all of downtown was closed. 
These are ear vine earring that pierced or non pierced can wear (they are a pair).  I chose the sterling there were so many to choose from.  I also bought some lemon/ginger rub for chicken and fish (those who know me probably can't beleive it), it can be used for making dip too. 
I also bought 2 other items as gifts that I cannot reveal...

What sparks your childhood memories when you see it???Please share.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We have a winner

Jackie W is the winner of a copy of Felt So Good by Tone Rorseth. Congratulations Jackie..

Friday, October 17, 2014

Felt So Good.. A book review and giveaway

Felt So Good is the current book from Norwegian designer Tone Rorseth.  Rorseth is a graduate of Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She is known for her jewelry and accessories designs. 

Felt So Good is a simple but beautifully done book.  Tone guides the crafter through each step in the felting process then on to simple but wonderful designs The pictures are excellent and she included many templates that can be used to make the designs in the book.

My favorite thing about the projects in Felt So good is that they are so easy to make especially for last minute gifts.  Many knitters and crocheters have made things and felted the fabric to make purses and accessories.  With this book you can still do that or... you can buy commercial felt or buy wool sweaters in a thrift shop and felt it yourself.   I like the idea of reusing, repurposing and recycling.  
How cute are the cup cozies below..
My favorite project in Felt So Good is actually four projects from one wool sweater. This purse and mitts are made from the same felted sweater, I love these and will have to try it. ( I really tried to find a nice wool sweater in a Florida thrift shop but had no luck).

The garlands throughout the book are also sweet to dress up any window, fireplace or room.
Felt So Good is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble to name a few.

I am excited to offer a chance to win Felt So Good, enter below.  US residents only.  Book will be shipped from publisher.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Leaves are changing..

Although I live in Florida now, I still miss the fall of the Northeast.   The leaves changing, pumpkins, scarecrow contest at Peddlers' Village in Lahaska PA, and the mums.....

I went to my new local Joann's yesterday and saw for the first time my book Elegant, Fashionable and Chic Accessories to Crochet in the rack.  An outer-body experience for sure.  But, it reminded me that it's the time of year to make hats, scarves and mitts, or refresh the collection you have.  The book has 6 sets of accessories including for men, a total of 16 patterns.  Again in FLorida there is not much need although I have found just moving 4 hours north to the Orlando area it does get cold overnight and early morning, perfect for the hat and mitts.

My book is available at Joanns, Barnes and Noble , Amazon .

Sunday, October 5, 2014

And the winner is..

The winner of the Tunisian Crochet for Baby book by Sharon Hernes Silverman is Carmen.  Congratulations and enjoy making the projects.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book review and Giveaway - Tunisian Crochet for Baby by Sharon Hernes Silverman

Look at this angel.
Sharon Hernes Silverman's newest crochet book is Tunisian Crochet for Baby, published by Stackpole Books.  I reviewed a previous tunisian book of Sharons and love the ease of following her instructions.  I do not tunisian crochet on a regular basis, actually the last book of Sharons was the first time I did tunisian by following her instructions.  
Sharon has done it again with this book, the designs are unique and the color choices bold for babies. Tunisian Crochet for Baby is available through AmazonBanes and Noble, and Stackpole Books.

Below is my version of the cover hat

Notice the stitches, they look knit.  I used a #4 worsted  heavier than what Sharon used and a larger hook, so my size is larger than infant.  My point was to follow the pattern which includes decreasing. I am adding a set of tunisian hooks to my wish list. 

Sharon is a perfectionist when it comes to her instructions and  her charts.  The charts in this book are clear to understand and color coded, those who prefer the visual aid of a chart and will not be disappointed.

I have no favorite here, I love them all. 
This is the Harlequin Blanket done in tunisian entrelac.

How precious is this cocoon.

This poncho and turban hat would be perfect in the fall or spring on any toddler.

The designs cover both boys and girls in sizes infant through 12 months.
You can make the whole book starting with the Christening set, up to the adorable hoody jacket.

Sharon included some great nursery items too, a soft washcloth quartet and a nursery box for keeping the basic supplies near by.

This book is a must for a new parent or grand-parent, it will be used again and again. 

You can win a copy of Sharon Hernes Silvermans book Tunisian Crochet for Baby by entering below.  US residents only please. The winning copy will be sent from the publisher.  Good luck and enjoy the book.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Color Inspiration

Where do you get your inspiration?
I recently went to the hardware store (Ace) and discovered there is a paint selection based on OPI nail polish.  I thought is strange at first but there are so many pretty shades of polish, why not.

Where do you see color inspiration?? for crafting, sewing, quilting, painting???

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crochet in our new home

We recently moved to central Florida, in between cleaning and packing I had itchy fingers, I had nothing on a deadline soooo, I crocheted some things for our new place.

I started with some Size 3 cotton thread I found in a thrift store months ago. I always wanted to play with the Fibonacci sequence of stripes.  I will talk more about this in a future post.  Anyway, these are the curtains. I judged the width from one previous visit and crocheted until I ran out of yarn.  I like the way they came out.  My color  inspiration was a Kitchen Aid tea pot also found in a thrift store in green.  If I had more yarn I would have made a second curtain to allow for more gathering.

Next was some new dishcloths, I love my cotton crochet dishcloths. I just made two quickies to add to my collection.  The round one is my favorite, I perfected my circular technique after taking Marty Miller's Going in Circles class in the Knit and Crochet Show in July, Thanks Marty.

I now moved to more cotton. I made a removable and washable cover for my swiffer.  Will definitely be making more of these.

This is a basket I made from Lion Brands Fettuccini (now discontinued).
Again using techniques from Marty Millers Going in Circles class.  This yarn is a stretchy t-shirt material,  it stretched nicely to hold all my lotions and potions.

I love whipping out useable and practical things......