Saturday, November 28, 2015

millinery brooches

Five new millinery brooches. I'll have them with me this weekend. I had so much fun making them I may go back for more supplies. They are so fun and addicting to make. I want to keep them all for myself.

Bizarre Bazaar

I'm selling my handmade items on Sunday December 6th at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ.

Here is the info from Studio B's website

Holiday Bizarre Bazaar!

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Woodland
60 Woodland Road, Maplewood
Admission: Free
Amazing local talent abounds at Studio B’s annual HOLIDAY BIZARRE BAZAAR! We have the great fortune of hosting 40 artists, crafters and collectors for a day of highly curated shopping wonderment. You’ll find eclectic, handmade and vintage items —  a combination of the gorgeous and the sublime. On sale this season: handmade jewelry, fine art, sewn and knitted textiles, paper goods, amazing vintage finds, tutus for kids, holiday delights, eclectic evening bags, home d├ęcor, handmade clothing and a thousand things beyond description. The only thing that all of these items have in common? They are all 100 percent unique.
Of course, you won’t want to miss your annual photo with our handsome Abominable Snowman. He’ll be there too, charming as ever.
Come out and see what your community creates!

new knits in the shop

New hand knits available in the shop. Here's my latest favorite!

washi tape houses by scarlet

 More houses in her room: secret houses and tree houses.

montclair pop-up

This year I am participating at the Montclair Pop Up located at 5 Church Street in Montclair, NJ starting today through the holiday season. I have caplets, for girls ages 2-6 ponchos for girls ages 4-8,  hand knit rompers in size 6 and 12 months and millinery brooches.

Friday, November 20, 2015

mini gale sweater/poncho

You may notice this looks just like that image over on my pinterest page.
That would be right. I liked it enough to knit is as soon as I could and in the same color.
It's knit with Cascade Yarn Eco + in  color Straw. 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.
I like the little details with this one. The way it drapes over the shoulders and that the armholes are created with a sewn on button (she chose vintage wood square ones from my stash), the rolled neck and the little garter ridges on one side. The pattern is called Mini Gale and is designed by Alicia Plummer.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Always: wool in every room the baskets are traveling.
A project for each of the children and projects for holiday events.

Friday, November 6, 2015

grey wool beret

I must admit I'm tempted to keep it though she has one in red so.... for now I'm trying to part with it.
She's grown into this cardigan (Wee Cria by Ysolda Teague) that was originally too big when I knit it in 2014 and I'm just loving it. A beautifully designed knit pattern perfect in Madelinetosh.

random autumn images

Random images

dyeing wool
knitting (always)
washi tape houses
visiting the farm
discovering flint corn
on a hike in the woods with bark hair pretending to read notes like in the Magic Garden's chuckle patch

vampire pop star and robin hood

This year the kids went as Robin Hood - M and a Vampire Pop Star- S.

The vampire costume was borrowed from a friends daughter. I had to use my creativity in the makeup and fang dept. only which came out okay and we added a black wig and microphone.

Matthew's Robin Hood came together in the last few days. For his, I used his wardrobe. I cut a black tee and made holes to lace with cotton yarn over a green long sleeve and brown corduroy's.
We bought women's boots used that looked like Robin Hood for $10 and a bow and arrow. The hat and cape were made with a green velvet upholstery weight remnant I had in my craft room. The hat was very easy and there are many tutorials online if you find yourself in need to make one. The cape was just a shape I made up out of a rectangle. The sides were hemmed (one on a slight angle) and a seam was made at the back of the neck to resemble a hood (non-functioning).

It was a lot of fun and a two day celebration.

paper and fabric flower crown

I made this lovely floral crown as part of my Frida Kahlo costume for Halloween. I went about it without having planned it out much but incorporating various elements, colors and shapes into the design. I used crepe paper, thick tissue paper, cotton fabric, wool felt balls and a few vintage and millinery flowers that I had around the house. It's hard to see all the flowers in this image. I attached them to a headband with hot glue and the flowers that were wired were wrapped around the headband.

A couple of the flowers are from tutorials but, mostly I just cut and designed them by folding and scrunching as I went along.

 I also embroidered a realistic heart to wear on my shirt.