Wednesday, October 17, 2018

felted mistletoe and why I make

I am still making, always making, although I am often questioning WHY? It has been a real gift to hear Brené Brown give credence to one's creative needs. In fact, her research showed that we must create in order for us to live wholehearted lives.



I first made this woolly mistletoe out of a desire to relive the traditions of my childhood. Every year as we unpacked our Christmas things, I delighted in the possibility of mistletoe-kissing. I loved catching my parents under the mistletoe, and would often plant myself in that prime location in hopes of getting some extra smooches.

As our vintage plastic ball of mistletoe aged, the berries popped off, and when I became a parent, I wanted a more natural version. But not too natural (read: poisonous). So, I set out to make my own. Since that time, the marketplace has become flooded with different felted mistletoes, and holly, and wreaths, and garlands, and and and...

I haven't felt (get it? felt?) like making them so much with so many other choices out there. But I do have some, and they are available if you are so inclined, at my Etsy shop here.

Or, you may get a hand-crafted, fair trade version from Nepal here. I really don't mind what you choose - I didn't invent mistletoe or wool. I actually source the wool berries on my version from Nepal as well, but I construct the rest from yarn and upcycled wool.

I do feel good about working with wool and utilizing upcycled sources for fabric. I appreciate that I am using something biodegradable and natural that can still be enjoyed for many years. 

I will be sharing more handmade goodness here and there. Thank you for taking the time to read and visit. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

big herringbone cowl

just in time for hot & sunny weather - i finished my big herringbone cowl. ha! i originally saw this pattern via pinterest, and had to give it a try. it was good for me to stretch my brain and learn something new. i love the texture, so it was satisfying to see it grow.
the pattern is from purl soho. i just love their photographs and cozy-looking projects. i love finishing too, because that means i can start another new project, right?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

making tinctures

last year i got some stinging nettles plants from the nettle man at the farmer's market. i think i may have used a leaf or two in our meals, but i primarily left it to grow with hopes that it would spread. happily, the nettles are loving their creekside home and this year there is enough to gather and tincture. perhaps next year will bring more for meals and to dry for teas too.
additionally, the area is rife with cleavers - and chickweed. i still have quite a bit of chickweed tincture, so i only gathered the cleavers this time. i did harvest some chickweed and cleavers for juicing too. the plain cleavers juice was so so strong. i put a little in ice cube trays for potential future use, and then mixed the rest with some juiced apple and lemon. it tasted like drinking spring itself. 
wasn't sure this one would make it. our lemon balm was so happy in our old home that i still have an abundance of dried and tinctured goodness to last a while. but when this showed up growing in the driveway crack, i transplanted it to the creek area as well. it didn't look like it made it in those last hot days of summer, but it's a survivor! it would be lovely if it decided to spread and stay too.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

art space and painting area

it doesn't always look like this, but i am trying to keep this space in our dining room/kitchen open for painting, drawing, and occasional play doh takeovers. i love that my kids are also inspired to create here. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

valentine's coloring and all you need is love watercolor

hello darling people! i hope you are having a love-filled day. i have been playing with hand lettering and watercolors over the past year, and wanted to share some love-inspired creations i have made recently. thanks to a computer upgrade, i have been able to play and share more. i am hoping you might be able to print the above doodle as a coloring page! here is a pdf link. let me know if it works for you, and please share if you do some coloring! 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

other first ceramics

these two go with the first- they just had to wait their turn for final firing. i did them all in a combo of stone white + robin egg blue. more on their way to the kiln...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

overwintering plants and starting seeds

we planted some starts late in the growing season last year. i can't even quite remember when. maybe august? we got a few cabbages and cauliflower starts, but didn't expect too much. lo and behold, the cauliflower is making some beautiful and delicious growth! the cabbages have been eaten by bugs and slugs for the most part, but who knows - they could surprise us! it's the first time i have ever grown cauliflower (though i may have attempted it before). we have also had some nice kale lately, and the calendulas have been flowering throughout this mild far at least.
another first for me - i also got some garlic in this fall, and hurray! it is beginning to come up! we made these planters out of troughs, and they have been a fun way to add growing space. last year i was inspired to grow flowers, so these held sweet peas and had room for carrots too. i just put some new sweet peas in as well (the floral kind, not the food variety.) it has been lovely to find organic flower seeds at Siskiyou Seeds.
our weather has been so warm lately - i really feel like planting more! right! now! but we just prepped some pots instead. we have a sweet little greenhouse, but unfortunately it has not held up very well, so it won't really protect seedlings if there were frosty nights. (what with the open roof and all.) looking forward to seeing what grows this year. wondering what garden excitement you are dreaming up?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

ceramics class

i made a thing! i have been very lucky to begin taking a wheel throwing class over the past month. it is something i have always wanted to explore and i am grateful for the opportunity to learn and play. here is my first little piece! i will have more to share as they are fired and glazed.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

still at it - by hand at home

after a long absence in this web space, i am happy to share that i am still crafting away. i will be adding things to my etsy shop as i am able as well. you can find me on facebook and instagram  and pinterest too.