Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Share the Love: Roxanne Marie Coffelt of Shanghai Tai


Shanghai Tai

 Quick Blurb

Roxanne is an award-winning artist who creates quality,
one-of-a-kind wearable art. Jewelry to fall in love with.


Pearls, Precious metal clay, fused glass (especially dichroic), wire-wrapping, semi-precious stones

Skills and Techniques

Glass fusing, wire-wrapping, certified in Precious Metal Clay,
the usual beading stuff
Read  Roxanne’s Full Bio HERE

Featured Artist
Shanghai Tai is this weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite. My journey in jewelry-making began in Shanghai, China. While living there I learned about pearls; first buying pearl jewelry while shopping with the other tai tais (wives), then designing my own personal jewelry and having it made by the shops there, and buying a variety of pearls. With my family I also traveled extensively in China in addition to other parts of Asia. After returning to the U.S., I began taking jewelry classes in order to use the large supply of pearls I had accumulated. My shop is named “Shanghai Tai” because one tai character means “too”, as in “too much”, “too expensive”, like “extreme”. Two of the same character together though, is tai tai, which means “wife” or “Mrs.” To me, Shanghai Tai represents the lifestyle that western expat women live in Asia. My designs often have an Asian influence as a result of my many travels and exposure to Eastern cultures.

Find Shanghai Tai online @:

Artfire             Blog
Website          Pinterest
Facebook        Ah Ha Moments 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday's Madness: Oct 8

Here we are once again.  It's Monday morning, and I have to figure out what I need to work on this week.  I'm running low on items to list in the shop that are ready for listing (ie they have photographs and written descriptions), so I need to get photographs of my new items, and finish up a few items that need their ends woven in.  So without further ado, here is what I hope to accomplish this week.

  • Photograph my Halloween items and prepare them for listing
  • Photograph my other new items and prepare them for listing (but after Halloween items are done)
  • Weave in ends on four hats
  • Crochet up my odds 'n ends into key fobs, flowers, and drink cozies, depending on available lengths.
  • Update my database (I'm behind...again)
Those are my plans for the week, on top of writing my blog posts, writing up a pattern, and listing and promoting new items.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Share the Love: April's Dawn Creations


April’s Dawn Creations

Custom Order Quilts for Your Memories!

 April’s Dawn Creations

Unique Handmade Gifts for Any Occasion
April’s Dawn Creations makes Gifts for Any Occasion! I am a local artist who enjoys all sorts of crafting and creative projects. All of my products are the result of many years of crafting passed down to me from more than three generations of crafters. With a geneology linked to the Native American tribes, I try to incorporate that aspect of my crafts and artwork in the products I sell.
I both create and market many handmade products most of which are fiber arts, quilting, and wood works. These items are great for gifts, special occasions, or for yourself. Everything is handmade by me, or a select few of my close relatives.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Madness: October 1

Here we are again.  It's Monday.  I fell through on a few posts last week mostly because the two boys had immunizations at the beginning of the week and they were miserable the rest of the week.  Poor Sammy limped for a few days because the nurse was a mean one.  Husband is going to lodge a complaint against her.  Seth was a bit irritable, but he managed to sleep through most of that.

I finished up a lot last week, so most of what I have to do this week is "finishing touches," so to speak.  I need to:

  • Make 4 Pumpkin stems, 4 leaves, and 4 vines for the Pumpkin Hats
  • Make two more Cat Hats then three sets of Ears
  • Make at least 1 Witch's Hat
  • Write up a size chart for the hats
Those are my plans for the week, project-wise.  After they are all done, I need to get them photographed and listed.

Getting in the Halloween Spirit here!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Share the Love: Chrysalis Designs


Featured Artisan – Chrysalis Designs

This Weeks Featured Artisan is Regina Plummer McDonald – Chrysalis Designs  Better Known as Gina! Gina has beautiful Creations and an abundance of talent. She Works full time and still manages to find time for her passion! Chrysalis Designs offers an array of beautiful Handmade Jewelry. A Must Have for Every Jewelry Box!

Quick Blurb

Hi, My name is Regina McDonald, but friends call me Gina. I have been making jewelry for quite some time and truly enjoy it!


I am very interested in learning to work glass, lampworking specifically, I just haven’t gotten brave enough to buy the torch and I don’t know where I would put it. I think my hubby would have a serious talk with me as My Studio is pretty full!

Featured Artisan – Chrysalis Designs by RM

Regina McDonald also known to friends and family as Gina is the artist behind Chrysalis Designs. She currently resides in Chattahoochee, Florida with her husband, Larry in a small house outside of Chattahoochee surrounded by woods and wildlife.
She started making jewelry some time ago when she was a Large Sized woman and had real problems buying anything off the shelf. Over time the necessity to make jewelry became a lot more, she found that she had a real knack for designing, a good eye for color and a real talent for the technicality of the process and that she loved it! All of those things shine through in her work. She loves working with semi-precious gemstones, Swarvoski (TM) crystal, Czech beads, sterling silver, copper, polymer clay, glass and many other mediums. When asked where her talent comes from, she is quick to answer that “There is only one I can give the credit to and that blessing comes from God.”
You can Find Chrysalis Designs on:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Madness

Monday has rolled around again.  I'm starting to call my Monday planning "Monday Madness."  I always plan to accomplish way too much stuff during the week on my Mondays.  But I will continue to do so because it gets all my ideas down in one place, and even if I don't get it all done during the week, I can roll it over to the next and keep going.

This week, I plan to:

  • Make at least two more Candy Corn hats
  • Make a couple of Pumpkin Hats
  • Design a Frankenstein Hat
  • Make a few Eyeball Hacky Sacks
  • Make a Witch Hat or two
  • Make a Ghost Hat or two
  • Maybe make a few Spider plushies
  • Make a Black Cat Hat or two 
As you can see, I'm finishing up the last bit of my Halloween products.  I plan to list it all on October 1st and 2nd, so I'm trying to get it all done beforehand.  I only have a few more days to finish the task.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Mass Motif Blocker


DIY Alert

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday To-Do: Week of 9/17 to 9/22

I actually managed to finish up several projects last week, but I failed to write the What I Made This Week post for Saturday, so I'm going to include it here in a list.

I finished:

Red Loom Hat - Infant 0-3 months
Blue and White Granny Square Blanket
Silk Lined Black Slouchy Hat (Custom Order)
Black Beanie - Adult (Custom Order)

This week, I'll be:

  • Finishing up several toddler hats that I have planned
  • Sewing and weaving in the ends on a lot of keychains
  • Entering the information for the toddler hats and keychains into the database
  • And attempting to make a second crochet coupon organizer from the now-written pattern to see if I wrote the pattern correctly.  If I did, it'll be posted on Thursday as a free pattern.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Feature Friday: Kate Bertin of Big Sky Artworks/Big Sky Clay


Kate Bertin Big Sky Artworks/Big Sky Clay

Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.

When I am not up to my elbows in clay, I teach writing and public speaking at a tribal college in Montana. Clay is my release, my relaxation, the activity that stops all time. I specialize in whimsical character mugs and jugs, sculpted faces of animals and people that range from silly to scary. No two pieces are ever the same; even when I repeat a theme, each has its own unique character. This is what  I love about clay.

If there is one thing that defines you, what is it?

Chaos and creativity. Wait, no, that’s two things.

What role does your family play in your art?

While my sons and my husband play no direct role in my creations of clay, I am constantly surrounded by their support and encouragement. Because they believe in my capacity to create anything at all, I frequently find myself pushing far beyond what I would normally find comfortable – and grow in the process.

Where do you live and what is it like?

I live in Colstrip, Montana, a tiny coal mining town in eastern Montana. Pine-covered hills rise up on all sides, and the scent of sagebrush is often carried on the breeze. The area is very dry, and sandstone buttes create fantastic organic features in the landscape. Montana is sparsely populated, and eastern Montana even more so. The nearest mall is 130 miles from my home and studio. But what we lack in amenities, we make up for in beauty. I love eastern Montana, and am happy to live here.

Where did you learn your medium?

I wanted to learn to throw on the wheel for most of my life. A few years ago, I finally got a chance to take a class at the local art museum. I was so excited to finally get to throw! But my excitement quickly turned to frustration – it turns out, the wheel is a lot harder than it looks. I was TERRIBLE. But I really wanted to learn – so I went in on my own, and practiced for hours. I finally got the hang of it. Soon I had a wheel in my basement, and a kiln in my garage. My online business was born.

I started sculpting faces on mugs simply to practice sculpting. I have worked in many other mediums, and I know that if I have no outlet for my work, I quickly stop. Making whimsical mugs allows me to sculpt without leaving sculptures on every flat space in the house. It was a happy decision, as I found people really enjoy my one-of-a-kind mugs.

What are your goals with your online studio?

Right now, my goal is to accentuate my full-time income by selling my artwork. I reinvest much of the income back into supplies and equipment, so my work is at least self-supporting. Having a little extra income also means that I can treat my family to things like camping trips – and by saving several years, I took my husband to Europe to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

I also hope that my work will make people smile. So much of the world is difficult, or dark, or frustrating. But it’s hard to be negative when you’re holding a pig mug. It’s my own way of lighting a candle in the darkness.

How did you come to selling online?

I’m an Internet addict. Seriously. When our internet connection goes down, I’m like a junkie in need of a fix. So selling online was the natural choice.

How did you come to find a home on your particular venue/host?

I had an Etsy account before I even started making mugs. When I realized that working with clay was going to be more than a passing fancy, I also realized that I needed to find a place to sell my work, so that I could continue creating. Etsy was a natural outlet, with its focus on unique and handmade goods.

What is the best piece of advice you can give other artisans?

Make what you love. The rest will follow.

Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?

With our increasing focus on technology, the world is moving faster and faster. While I’m not averse to technology, I also recognize that we must stay connected with simpler things – things like handmade goods. If we lose this connection, we become little more than technology-wielding machines. I love my computer – but there’s nothing like the feeling of wet clay sliding between your fingers. It is, quite literally, touching the earth.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Creativity


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Share the Love: Andrew Kitchen of Chainmaille by MBOI


Chainmaille by MBOI

This Weeks Featured Artisan is Chainmaille by MBOI

Chainmaille is an ancient art that dates back before the 5th century.  The process involves interweaving rings of various sizes into intricate patterns to create wearable metal art.  In ancient times, chainmaille served the useful purpose of protecting soldiers in battle; but, since there are very few jousting matches happening on modern streets, chainmaille has evolved into wearable art.  ChainmailleByMBOI creates pieces using a variety of metals including Sterling Silver, Copper, Aluminum, Brass, and Bronze.  Almost any pattern that you see can be created from a different metal so if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to begin a special order for you.

Andrew and Kimberly create beautiful jewelry… and are truly dedicated to the Handmade Community. They own Handmade Artists and It’s Better Handmade sites as well. They dedicate their time to promoting artisans and do this in between their busy daily lives! They have both been an inspiration to me and I think it is time to put them in the “Spotlight” for a change! Thank you Andrew and Kimberly for all you do for the Handmade Community and thank you for these beautiful creations as well!

You can find Chainmaille by MBOI on:
Handmade Artists

Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Plans: 9-10 through 9-15

Now that I have three children at home all the time to contend with during the day, I've learned to not expect a lot to be accomplished on a day to day basis.  I did manage to get a bunch done yesterday, organization and weekly-preparation wise, but that was a fluke.  My major plans for the week are to:

  • Make a list of my Works in Progress (WIPs) and try to at least finish the small ones up and make some progress on the big ones.  (I know I have at least four full-size blankets in progress for family members.)
  • Finish editing my photos and prepare descriptions for listing them on my Artfire shop.  (My pictures are still no where near great, but they are the best I can do with what I have right now.)
  • Pre-write all blog entries that I can for the week.
  • Schedule what I can through HootSuite for the week.
  • Weave in (A LOT) of ends on keychains and add the rings so the items will be finished.
  • Try to get decent photos of my bracelets and keychains once my new photo props get here
Hopefully, I can get a large amount of that done before the week is over.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Love, love, love Autumn...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Feature Artisan: Thunder Rose Leather


Hi. We are Debbie and John, buckskin and bead work artists living outside Sedona, Arizona in a little community called Cornville.
We have been working with leather and beads for more than twenty years now. We truly enjoy making beautiful pieces of functional art for our customers and always hope you enjoy your new creation as much as we enjoy making it for you. If you see something that appeals to you and would like it in a different color or style please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to work with your ideas.
We do old style leather and beadwork, one piece at a time, by hand, with attention to detail.You may order one of our standard items or ask for something special.We develope our own designs and can work with your ideas.
All of our work is  handmade in Arizona and quaranteed by us. Most of our work reflects the styles of the old west, western, mountain man and native american cultures. We are always moving forward and so the needs of contemporary lifestyles become a part of our designs. Some call our work bohemian, gypsy, hippie or new age, it’s all good. At the end of the day we think each piece we make is unique, practical and made to use and enjoy for many years. Elkskin is our primary choice of leather. Buffalo, deerskin, deer tanned cowhide and other leathers are available.

Beautiful Leather Creations!

Thunder Rose – Featured Artisans

This weeks Featured Artisans are Debbie and John,  Thunder Rose Leather. You will find original quality made leather accessories! Handbags, clutches, baby moccasins, medicine bags and more!
You can find Thunder Rose Leather on:
Handmade Artists

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Featured Artisan: Lise of Lottie's Trinkets


Quality Original Artisan Jewelry

This weeks Featured Artisan is Lise Spence-Parsons,  Lottie's Trinkets. You will find original Artisan Jewelry handmade by Lise in her shop. Quality craftmanship and beautiful designs. Truly unique OOAK pieces!

You can find Lotties Trinkets on:

Grab the code for your blog HERE

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Featured Artisan: Andrea of Blue Highways


Share the Love... Blogger's Unite

Wonderful creations by Andrea - Blue Highways
You can find Blue Highways On:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday -- DIY Idea for Old Convertable Cribs

                        So doing this with Lil' Bit's after Skeeter has outgrown it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Featured Artisan – Tracy Cornell of The Handmaden Soap Company


Featured Artsian – Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite

This weeks Featured Artisan is Tracy Cornell – The Handmade Soap Company (formerly Braggin’ Rights Bath) Indulge yourself in luxury with these wonderful bath and body products!

About The Handmaden Soap Company

My name is Tracy, I am the owner and creator of all of the products at The Handmaden Soap Company- formerly Braggin’ Rights Bath & Spa.  I began selling my bath & spa product line on Etsy in Jan. 2010. However, I have been creating this type of item for many years.
My mother was very knowledgeable in natural concoctions, including homemade beauty products. She taught me how to make scrubs, hair masques, facial treatments, I was growing up- with items that you generally would have in your kitchen cupboards. There werealways many hardcover books with tips, tricks, etc.; not to mention all of the “hand me down” recipes from my relatives.
A lot has changed since then, but my commitment to quality, yet affordable luxury bath & spa products remains the same. My knowledge in the industry has increased considerably as well. I still believe that you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to feel like a million bucks.

You can find the Handmade Soap Company on:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Stash Humor

                                                    Mine isn't that bad...yet.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Featured Artisan -- Kimberly Idalski of Kimmi's Jewels from the Heart


This weeks Featured Artisan is Kimberly Idalski

 Kimmi's Jewelry from the Heart

Kimmi's Jewelry from the Heart is beautiful Polymer Clay creations that are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful Detail and colors.
You can Find Kimberly on:

Grab the code for your blog HERE

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Yarn Thief

                      Story of my house, except it's usually one of my children.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Featured Artisan: Shelly of Handmade Creations


Handmade Creations by Shelly - Featured Artisan!

I opened my shop four years ago this August. For the past 10 years I have been selling my products at Craft Fairs and some of my fellow craft friends told me about Etsy. I had never sold my items on-line and it was a big step for me.

Over the past four years I have been so lucky to have been guided by so many wonderful shop owners as to the ins and outs of on-line shops. I am thrilled to say that I sell World Wide.

You can fine Handmade Creations by Shelly on:

Grab the code for your blog Here
Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

It's summer, everyone!  Support your local farmers--visit a Farmer's Market near you for fresh produce!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Featured Artisan: Cari of Crochet Hooked


 Hey there! My name is Cari, and I have a love for crochet (creating and teaching). One of my goals is to show that anyone can create useful and beautiful items they believe are beyond their wildest dreams. My jewelry design, Braidlets®, is a prime example
To begin my story I want to… share some personal info. I’m a native Southern California girl, married toJohn (retired Atty. and Veteran Combat Corpsman with Fox 2/7 1968) who supports my passion 110%. 
Read More Here

You can find Crochet Hook on:
Handmade Artists Shop

Grab the code for your blog HERE!

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Plans for the Week: July 23 - 28

This may be a very low production week. I'm dealing with a massive ear infection that has spread to my jaw and neck, so between the pain, the fever, and the very limited "liquid-like" diet that I'm having to deal with, I will probably not feel like doing much of anything. I would like to focus mostly on getting the rest of my inventory database keyed into the computer. I still have all my jewelry and jewelry parts to key in, as well as all the yarn that I have in stock, but haven't used on any current projects as of yet. The yarn won't take me long, but the jewelry parts and jewelry will take a fair amount of time since I didn't keep very detailed records when I made the jewelry, so I will have to match parts to the finished pieces physically. I also have four more of those plastic organizational boxes to go through and write down all the parts in there. Once I get all of those in the system, I will probably start on buttons, but they are more of an eventual thing since a lot of my projects don't use buttons as of yet. If I get bored with the database or just need a break from it, I will have my parchment paper for my product labels by tomorrow afternoon, so I'll be able to start printing them off and packaging things up more professionally. But the actual packaging will have to wait until I have taken photos of my items for Artfire. Well, my brain is starting to go out of focus from all the medications, so I will close before I make absolutely no sense.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

7/21/12 - What I Did This Week

This is going to be a rather short post because I honestly haven't lifted a crochet hook or a set of knitting needles all week.  In the last month or so of being pregnant, I pretty much became listless.  I was still making things, but I couldn't find the mental capacity to focus on keying in the new parts and products into the database for accurate pricing.  Since Seth arrived last week, I've been able to focus a little better, and I've been playing "Catch-Up."

I've managed to key most of yarn-type parts into the database, and the majority of my yarn items are keyed in as well.  I do still have a box or two of items that need to be added, but they are in the studio which is currently blocked by a stack of boxes that I am not permitted to lift at the moment, so they'll have to wait.  My jewelry is not entered in the system yet, but neither are the parts that make the jewelry.  They should have been keyed in a long time ago, but I had to go through all my beads and rings and such and clean out the pieces that I'd never use before I could go keying them into the database of parts that I will be using.

All in all....I think I'll be crocheting next week because I'm sick of data entry.  LOL.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Sunrise on the Neuse River

                          Sun rising on the Neuse River near my house.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Featured Artisan: Sebnem and Duygu Anne of Sebsurer

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

This weeks Featured Artisan is Sebnum and Duygu - Sebsurer. 

Beautiful Knit and Crochet fashions. A must have for every closet!

Hand-made Knitted and Crocheted Outwear and Accessories products made by me and my mother Duygu Anne ♥
All creations in our shop are limited edition and unique...  Our inspiration comes from everything, everywhere.  We live to discover, create, share and love

You can Find Sebsurer on:

Monday, July 16, 2012

What To Do, What To Do: Week of 7/16 to 7/21

My to-do list is really quite long because I'm always thinking of new things I want to start or work on long before I finish other things.  And here lately, with three children fighting for my attention, I'm seeming to get much less done than I am coming up with doing.

This week, I would like to get a few more of my cotton skeins crocheted into washcloths, make-up removers, utility scrubbers, etc.  That's the main thing to get done because my mom says that my stock that I sent to the Market is already running low, so I need to replenish it to keep the income flowing.  Since I finally have a new printer, I'd like to work on my label design.  And I have one personal item that I am crocheting at the moment that I'd like to get another skein of yarn added to, and that is Seth's blanket.  It's a modified granny square blanket, and I'm making some fair leeway on it, but it's really hard to get anything done with this face looking at you all the time.

I mean, really, who could resist that?  Ignore the floor clutter in the background.  I'm still not recovered enough to clean up toys and dress-up clothes that Anna and Sammy get out.  They'll clean up a few, but being toddlers, they are easily distracted and move along before finishing, but it's alright.  It'll get cleaned up eventually.  And yes, he is wearing pink.  It's clean and it fits.

I think I may try to crochet a few of these little guys up this week since they are quick and easy projects.
Other than that, I'm leaving my time pretty open since the kids are always so random on when they want to spend time with me.

Friday, July 13, 2012

He's here!!


        Seth Ronin arrived July 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm.  He was 7 pounds 13 ounces and 21 inches long.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Featured Artisan: LA Jewelry Design


All beads are created by me, Lea Avroch, in my New York studio!

Unable to work following a spine disability, I started making jewelry over 15 years ago, hence the name.

I had been making jewelry for many years and would often find myself wishing I had a particular bead. So when I found out about a beginner lampwork class at the local art league I jumped on it and was immediately hooked. I've never looked back. 

While I still make the occasional piece(s) of jewelry, my focus is on making beads. I get inspiration mostly from nature; ocean, sand, beach, flowers, etc. It's such joy to open the kiln in the morning to see the finished beads from the day before. 

It is my hope that my beads will inspire your creativity in your jewelry.
You can Find LA Jewelry Design on:

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Happy July 4th


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Featured Artisan: Frauke Avent of Handmade Fuzzy


I am a German feeling at home in the US. To fight the homesickness that sometimes sneaks up on me I use my crafts as an outlet.I knit, crochet and sew. All of my things are one of a kind. I love to try out new things. Go have a look and find something you like !!
I knit a lot to keep myself out of trouble.I knit baby things, hats, stethoscope covers, mice... what you can think of

All of my products are unique, one of a kind.

You can find Handmade Fuzzy on:


Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Stuffy for the Kids

Sorry for the "block of text" today, but I only have a basic sketch of this idea drawn on the back of a banking envelope, so I really didn't feel like scanning it.  I am proud to say that the vast majority of my kids' stuffed animals were handmade by me or other very talented local artists.  Only a few (say ten or so) are store-bought stuffed animals that family members gave them when they were born or just babies.

Now, Anna has a favorite stuffed animal that I made.  It's her little monkey, Bananas, that I made her about a year ago.  He has been bottle-fed, swaddled in blankets, rocked to sleep, and dressed in all sorts of clothes that belonged to other dolls.  But Sammy, well, he hasn't really latched on to any of them yet.

He's a weird little boy.  He can't stand blankets if they are wrapping him up, but he'll gladly twist one all around his legs at night, as long as his chest or back is uncovered.  He'll also do the same with a pillow if it's long and flat enough.  So I was thinking that maybe I'll crochet him a really long Snake stuffed animal.  He may like that.  I'm still working out how long and how thick I want to make it, but I know that I need to start with a magic ring (adjustable ring) and probably at the tail.

Anyone got any input on this?  Think it'll be too scary for him, or possibly a strangulation hazard?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pattern: Chunky Cuff Bracelet

          *Ignore the bad picture.  Too hot to be outside today.  I will post a better one as soon as I can.*

Chunky Cuff Bracelet

K or L Hook
Bulky/Chunky Yarn (approx. 6 yards)
Tapestry Needle


Chain 25.

Treble Crochet in 4th st from hook. TC in each st to end.

Invisible FO. Sew ends together to form cuff.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


                             Sister's first tomato of the year.  I wish I had a garden.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Featured Artisan: Kostas of Artistico


This weeks Featured Artisan is Kostas - Artistico!

Kostas Tsipos

I have always been a creative person. Ever since I can remember my self, I wanted to work with anything that had to do with art. Being able to express myself through art and to better understand the world around me is a journey I never want to end...

You can find Artistico on:


You can grab the code for your blog HERE

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Featured Artisan: Anne Hopfer of Helping Hands Graphic Design


This weeks Featured Artisan is Anne Hopfer - Helping Hands Graphic Design. Banners, Avatars, Ads, Templates.. all customized to your Style! You can find Helping Hands Graphic Design on:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Featured Artisan: Elaine Doumont of Zoomgraphik


This week's Featured Artisan is Elaine Dumont - Zoomgraphik! Beautiful Creations to accessorize your
outfits with! You can find Zoomgraphik on:

Grab the code for your blog HERE

Monday, February 27, 2012

Plans for the Week: Feb 27 - Mar 4

This is actually going to be a two for one post because I forgot to post my What I Did This Week post on Saturday, and I didn't have any pictures to go with that post anyway, so it would have been very pitiful looking.  So I'll just include it here.

Last week, I managed to:

  • Start and complete a 100% cotton purse in Carnelian Red.  I really like it, but I still need to weave in the ends.
  • I started the Shades of Blue Granny Square Blanket that I have been designing.  Since I'm doing all the squares at once (IE, do all the light blue at one time, all the white at one time, etc), I am almost through with it.  I have a layer of white and a layer of the last shade of blue (light blue on six squares and dark blue on six squares) to complete, then I will stitch them all together with white and add a border.  I should have enough of the blues to do another blanket, I think.
  • I worked on my Pastel Green and White Toddler Blanket until I ran out of white...again.  I ordered more this morning, so I'll do the last few rows of that blanket as soon as the white arrives.  I'm not looking for a perfect blanket on this one since it's for my son and I just wanted to use the rest of the discontinued Pastel Green Pompadour up that I had.  It'll be a bit off-shape, but it'll wrap him up and keep him warm, and he loves it, so that's all that matters to me.
  • I did locate a printer type that I would like to get, and I found somewhere that sells it locally so I won't have to pay to have it shipped here.  Just need to save up a little money now to purchase it, and I need to use up the rest of the ink in my old one before we toss it.

This week, project-wise, I plan to:

  • Cast-on and hopefully finish my other Bulky Blue Slipper Sock.  I didn't cast it on last week because I knitted it on my smallest Knifty Knitter Loom, which I have misplaced in my clutter.  I found it last night though, so I'll cast on probably this afternoon.  It's supposed to be a little on the cool side here this week, so I really would like some warm socks to wear.
  • Cast-on a pair of socks for my husband.  These will take me a while simply because he has the biggest feet I've ever seen, but they aren't a real rush order because he's a homemade sock skeptic.  At least if he doesn't like them, I can wear them.  They'll be a little loose, but meh, a sock is a sock.
  • I would like to crochet the rest of the Shades of Yellow washcloths so I can make the sets up and get photographs for my Artfire Studio.  I should have enough for definitely four sets, maybe five.  Whatever is left over will be used to make matching make-up remover sets.
  • I would like to finish up the Shades of Blue Granny Square Blanket this week.  As I said further up, I am almost done with it, and it would be nice to have one of my two blanket projects under my belt before the beginning of March.

This week, administration-wise, I plan to:

  • Update the Author's Biography, Shop Policies, and all that information in my studio.
  • Update my Shop Categories.
  • And hopefully, update my shop avatar and banner to look more professional.  (This really depends on if the kids will let me do any graphical editing this week, which is highly doubtful.)

Those are my plans for the week.  Let's see how much we can get done between doctors' visits and the kids.  :o)  Happy Monday, Everyone!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Featured Artisan: Doug of Moonsong Ranch


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Plans for the Week: Feb 20-25

This is a new thing that I plan on doing regularly, and it will change a lot over time.  I figured that if I wrote a post outlining the projects and tasks that I intended to complete in the forthcoming week so that everyone could see it, that I would be held accountable for actually finishing them.  We'll see if it works.


I have a lot of projects that I really would like to finish up this week--mostly just to clear off my desk.  I'd like to:
  • Finish my Ugly Bulky Socks.  The first one really didn't look pretty when it was done, but I'll only be wearing them around the workroom when it's chilly, so it's not like anyone will ever see them.  And they are really warm.
  • Finish crocheting the pastel green and white toddler/infant blanket that I am making for Sammy.  I had to wait on the new skein of the Pompadour White to arrive before I could continue with my work on it.
  • Finish crocheting the sunshine washcloth sets that I intend to sell in my shop.  They are made up of three dishcloths--one solid yellow one and two with multiple shades of yellow and white in them.  The set of three will be available for $11.25 in my shop soon.
  • Crochet some more of my standard-sized facial scrubs/make-up removers.  Sets of 8 will be available for $9.50 in my shop soon.
  • Crochet more of my scalloped-edge coasters.  Sets of 6 will be available for $7.50 in my shop soon.


I only have a few things here that I would like to get accomplished as soon as possible.  They are:

  • Determine a model and price of a new printer.  My current one is over 12 years old and really, it just needs to be taken out back and shot.  They don't even make cartridges for it anymore.
  • Update my Artist's Bio, Shop Announcement, Shop Policies and everything else in my Artfire Studio.  It's long overdue.  (This one will probably be handled in parts simply because I rarely get more than a few moments to sit down and focus on something important to write.)

Those are my big plans for the week, business-wise.  And other than my ultrasound appointment tomorrow morning, there isn't anything personal-life-wise that is going on this week.  Hopefully, it will be a fairly quiet but productive week.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pattern: Simple Knitted Headband

                              (excuse the bad pictures.  I can't get a good day to take photos.)

    Worsted Yarn
    Size 6 (4mm) dpns
    Tapestry Needle

Knowledge Needed:
    I-cord  ( for instructional videos)
    Yarn Overs
    Knit 2 Together (K2tog)
    All Sl-st are done purl-wise


Starting I-cord:
    Cast on 3 stitches.
    Knit I-cord for approximately 5-6 inches.

Starting Headband:
Row 1:   Top 3 stitches of I-cord.
Row 2:   Sl st purl-wise, knit across.
Row 3:   Sl st, YO, K, YO, K.
Row 4:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 5:   Sl st, K, YO, K, YO, K2.
Row 6:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 7:   Sl st, K, YO, K3, YO, K2.
Row 8:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 9:   Sl st, K, YO, K5, YO, K2.
Row 10: Sl st, knit across.
Row 11: Sl st, K, YO, K7, YO, K2.
Row 12: Sl st, knit across.

*  Continue knitting row 12 until headband is approximately 2 inches short of head circumference without tie-off.  *

Row 1 (after length is reached): Sl st, K2tog, YO, K7, YO, K2tog, K.
Row 2:   Sl st, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K.
Row 3:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 4:   Sl st, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, K2tog, K.
Row 5:   Sl st, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K.
Row 6:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 7:   Sl st, K2tog, YO, K3, Yo, K2tog, K.
Row 8:   Sl st, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K.
Row 9:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 10:  K2tog, K3tog, K2tog.

Starting I-cord:
    Knit I-cord for approximately 5-6 inches.
                Bind off.

Weave in ends and add decorations.  (I added two flowers made with this crochet flower pattern: after I took the photos.)