Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Here are a few items we still have left after the craft show.

Friday, December 18, 2015

My First Craft Show

Well, my first craft show is finished.  I'm so glad it was just the one day.  Trying to make sure I was ready for it wore me out.  But I think it went rather well for my first one.

Things to note:

#1 - Credit card sales - I used the Paypal Here reader and it worked pretty good for the most part.  Transactions went thru amazingly fast, but out of the 3 transactions, only 1 swiped without trouble.  Could have been the cards tho.  Glad I had it because it accounted for about 40% of our sales.

#2 - I need to have more small items, I didn't sell anything over $18.00.  Hats sold well and my kitchen towel holders.

#3 - Need to create more displays, the christmas ornaments would have been more eye catching if hanging from some sort of dowel rod tree.

#4 - Want to take a blanket display rack and have more baby blankets made up.  They had a lot of interest if not priced too high.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sheep to Shawl Class

I had the opportunity to take a "Sheep to Shawl" class weekend before last.  It was amazing!  I am officially a Fiber Arts Junkie.   The Ozark Folk Center  is a wonderful place to visit, shop, learn.  Jeanette Larson was our instructor, you can find her at Common Threads.  The class was 3 whole days of learning.  We started with a shearing demonstration of a sheep (Demi) and a goat (he was very cute but had a name I just didn't quite catch).  Then we washed the wool and mohair, learned how to use a drop spindle, how to card fibers and blend colors with the cards.  We spent a whole day learning different dye techniques and dyes.  Did you know you can dye with Koolaid!  Seriously, we mixed up a double strength gallon without the sugar, added some wool, let it soak in the sun for a few hours and when we took the wool out, the water was barely tinted.  The wool had soaked up all the dye!  The last day was spent learning how to weave with different looms.  We worked on a rigid heddle loom, we "warped" it and then we each wove a small section on it.

We ran the threads through.  If your making a long piece, you need quite abit of room.

I was so busy absorbing all this knowledge that I didn't take pictures, except on the last day.  But I promise as I go about doing all these things on my own, I'll take pictures and share.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas Stocking #2

I am really loving the book , Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree.   The second stocking I made was the Creamy Textured Stocking (on right).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christmas Stocking in Basket Weave Stitch

Finished my first stocking.  First ever toe/heel I have done!  It looks small but its 21".

I found the pattern in this book that I borrowed from the library.

Next I'm going to make the Creamy Textured Stocking pattern from this same book.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Multi Colored Baby Blanket

Here's my lastest.  I really like the border.  Notice the twisted blue and pink.

I had several leftovers in various colors of baby yarns.  This is basically a large granny square.

I made it large enough to lay over a carseat without being so large that it would drag the ground.

Its made with a single strand of baby yarn, so its nice and light weight for those warmer southern days or nights.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Crocheted Basket

 Here is the link to the pattern I went off of.  Ombre Basket Pattern

I didn't finish the handles like the pattern says, but I'm thinking I will next time.  This worked up very quickly and was very simple.  Exactly what I needed, something to hold a crochet project that works several skeins at once.  I used 3 skeins of Forrest Green and a variegated Forrest Green for my 4 strands in this.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pink Hearts Baby Afghan

I started this baby afghan back in 2009 or so, I found the pattern in one of those little pattern books you find in the yarn section.  I had to buy more yarn to finish it, but luckily I found it in a local yarn store.