|Top Bar Hive|
|Valentine's for Daddy|
|"Antique" craft ideas|
though it's mostly a purplish gray. As I was winding it into a ball the other day I noticed splashes of turquoise and pink. I am using it to make a market bag for use this summer at the Farmers' Market. I'm also working my way through a big jar of random sock yarn that's been adding up. Vera is, no doubt, growing quickly and socks are a guaranteed need in the future so I figure I will make as many pairs as I can with my stash of fingerweight yarn.
|What is it?|
I'm always looking for inspiration and finding it in the endless number of craft blogs on the web. Lately I've been checking out Let's Go Fly a Kite, Between the Lines, Made by Rae, and Maker Mama. The public library is also an eden for me; our breakfast table constantly has a stack of borrowed books I'm in the process of paging through or marking with scrap paper. Ah! Is there a book out there about how to find more time? Probably, but I have yet to open it. I stumbled upon a delicious book on a craft blog the other day. Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin is like nothing I've seen before. There's definitely a Martha Stewart quality to the setup of her displays and photos, but with more of a wabi-sabi style. And of course I love that she upcycles materials into new, beautiful, and functional goods. This book uses knit T-shirts for many of its projects from embellishing sundresses and weaving a chair seat to making a decorative topper for gifting your homemade preserves. This is why I find the internet so fascinating--from the moment in my freshman year of college that I discovered its capabilities and said, "you mean, I can look up ANYTHING?!"--if you can dream it, you can look it up. Stumbling upon these virtual goodies and cross-referencing others on various blogs is exciting to me, as well as thinking up a strange recipe then punching my piece meal idea into a search engine to see if anyone else has already thought of it and can give me a lead. The internet is my oyster. **But let us not forget to continue making personal connections with our friends and neighbors to share real conversation, actual cups of tea, and tangible final craft projects.