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.