May 2011

  • Giveaway to Help You Get an Early Start on Christmas Gift Making


    I just think "A Leftover Christmas: one month at a time" is a totally great idea! Hatched by Kristin Roach, the driving force behind Craft Letfovers blog, it is a mini zine designed to help us all get an early start on making gifts for the Winter Holidays.

    Like most of us, she admits to suffering through that "Christmas Crunch Time" every year. Hoping to spread her crafty gift making over the year, Kristin is publishing a new zine series, "A Leftover Christmas", and between January and December of this year, she is publishing a monthly mini zine featuring a how-to for making a hand made gift.

    The first issue of Kristin's Christmas zine shared how to make bath salts, and issue two contained the instructions and pattern for the cutest little partridge silhouette ornament. Issue three is just now hot off the press and features how to stitch up dish cloths.

    Diane has actually gifted me a year's subscription! And so far I love it! Love the idea! Love the projects!


    In fact, I am enjoying the series so much, I wrote Kristin and asked it I could giveaway a set of the first three issues. She suggested we give away two sets of issues one, two and three!

    So there will be TWO winners drawn!

    All you have to do to be a winner is to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you have started making Christmas gifts yet!

    The giveaway will end at midnight PST on Saturday, May 28th. I am ending it a little early so that those readers who are not among the lucky winners can still pop over to Kristin's shop and order copies at 33% off - discount is in effect until May 31st.

    The giveaway is open to everyone - worldwide!

    You will no doubt notice that there are only three issues and it is now May! But you see, Kristin has been much busier than expected with the final production chores associated with her soon to be published new book! And she has moved her studio. I would say she has a good excuse, wouldn't you?

    Good luck to all!

  • Recycling with Christina


    Usually this time of year I am busy making craft projects using materials in my recycle stash.

    But this year I haven't even had time to venture near that stash! So I am going to devote this post to introducing you to my friend Christina who creates almost everything she makes using recycled materials.

    Christina is one of my "Recycle Heros". Certainly she is an inspiration for looking at everyday materials and trash in new ways.

  • No More Complaining! It Be a Garden Here.


    Grab a cup of coffee or tea and come join me for an early morning walk in my garden.

    Snowy white poppies just opened this morning!


    Silver Dollar and Bleeding Heart are at peak bloom.



    Breakfast berries coming soon! My sweetie's pickin' fingers are twitching already!


    The seedling children seem happy in the tomato beds.


    My beloved Shooting Star welcomes a new day.

    Thank you for visiting and letting me share springtime in my garden.

  • Futuregirl Love


    This is why Alice needs a Saori mug rug for her desk at work!

    She made this beautiful pot holder for me for Mother's Day! I still can't believe, as busy as she is, that she took the time to do this.

    I love it. Love the colors. Love the big surprise. Love Alice!

  • Tutorial For Portable Saori Vacation Weaving


    A quick re-cap about weaving in Saori Style and then the how-to!

    And to repeat what I said in the last post, I am not really inventing anything new here.  Just putting things together in new ways.


  • Portable Saori Weaving For Kids and Moms On The Go


    Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that I love weaving in Saori style.

    For one thing, it just seems to me that Saori weaving is a natural for those of us sharing this community - because we love being individuals and expressing who we are - especially if it can be done using recycled materials.

  • Check Out My Beautiful New Wooden Shoes to Celebrate St. Nicholas Eve!


    My sweetie and I just got back from visiting the coolest shop!

    Dutch American Market & Import in Beaverton, OR.

    The whole purpose of the trip was to purchase a lovely pair of wooden shoes so I would be able to properly celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas this year.

    But needless to say, things got a bit out of hand as my sweetie browsed the imported food aisles and I happily poked about among the shelves and shelves of Delft Blue pottery candlesticks, ornaments, dishes, canal houses, St. Nicholas figurines and of course wooden shoes.

    I have come to the conclusion I am going to need more than wooden shoes and one Delft Blue Windmill ornament to celebrate my Dutch roots on December 5th!

    And one of those things needed for the celebration is Edam and Gouda imported from Holland. We brought a big piece of aged gouda home with us but it will probably not last the week - certainly not til December.

    The "Gouda" in the grocery stores - which I happen to like by the way - no comparison.

    When I bit into the sample,  my mouth felt like it was tasting cheese for the first time.

    Locals, you just have to visit! And go hungry because they have a lunch bar serving sandwiches featuring their lovely cheeses! Or you can just taste test the cheeses. Did you know there isn't just one Gouda??

    And - did you know there are 32 kinds of Dutch licorice? Apparently licorice is a huge favorite in the Netherlands! My sweetie brought his share home - didn't even make it into the photo before it was sampled!

    At the end of our visit, Joke, who helped us with our questions and purchases and whose heritage is Dutch East Indies, sat us down and served us complimentary Dutch coffee (in the most beautiful Delft Blue cups) and - get this - Speculaas windmill cookies!

    I wish I could have taken every one of you with me.

    They do have a web site here and will ship anywhere in the US. It is not yet set up to show the inventory but many, many items available are listed so, by all means, contact Hans or Lia Middelhoven. They are genuinely kind people who will be happy to assist.

    If you are local, don't miss a visit with Joke. She will guide you through the food items from the Dutch East Indies.  We came home with both salty and sweet soy sauce (OMG) and packets of spices to be used in chicken and beef dishes and even one especially for green beans.

    You might find the history of the Dutch East Indies interesting - I sure did.  Holland ruled the Dutch East Indies for 300 years before giving Indonesia it's freedom to self rule in 1948.  I found this story especially fascinating.

    Now if you will excuse me, it is time for another piece of Gouda!

  • How I Supported the Crafty Blogiverse in April


    What could be a more perfect opening for this months post about supporting inhabitants of the crafty blogiverse?

    My Mother's Day gift from Diane. A fabulous brooch designed and created by Odile Gova. She creates beautiful wearable works of art from zippers and felted reclaimed sweaters she finds at thrift stores.

  • Vintage Stylin' On Mother's Day


    My Mother, Julieanne. Beautiful isn't she? I think she looks like a movie star in this photo.

    I thought because Mother's Day is upon us and because there seems to be so much interest among us in everything vintage, I would share a few images of the stylin' women who have been and are a big part of my life.