Thursday, January 29, 2009

One World One Heart Giveaway


Comments are now closed and I'm off to find the winner!!!

Once again I'm a little slow about jumping aboard -- January just seems to have escaped me. But I had so much fun last year I just have to participate again. The rules are very easy, simply leave a comment with your name and contact information before February 11th, 8:00pm PST. The morning of February 12th I will randomly choose the winners and notify them via email. Now what goodies to give away? 1. 50 yard skein of hand dyed, hand spun yarn

2. Set of Matchbook Notepads

3. Glittery Coffee Cuff

4. Slice of the Rainbow Bookmark

If the number of participants grows to a crazy large number I will add more prizes. Please note the prizes may vary slightly from those pictured, but they will be from the same collections. Now have fun!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Food Colored Yarn

I haven't had so much fun with food coloring since I was a kid and dying Easter Eggs. Typically I have thought of food coloring as just a way to make a really big mess that is hard to clean up. Not anymore! (or at least as long as I keep those little bottles out of the hands of my kids)
I used both the McCormick regular and neon colors. First I thoroughly wet the wool so it would accept the liquid easy. Then I placed it in a large, microwave safe baking dish. For the colors, I added 10+ drops of color to a cup mixture of vinegar and water and poured it over the wool. Each batch took about 6 cups of color. I then popped the pan in the microwave and cooked it on high for 10-15 minutes, checking and turning the pan occasionally. It's done when all the color is gone from the liquid. Easy as a TV dinner! When it was cool, I rinsed it by hand and spun it out in the washing machine. I was a little nervous about the spin cycle in our front loader because it tosses the load for a bit before it really gets going. I had read it recommended in several places, but I was still concerned it might felt the wool. Thankfully I had no need to worry. After drying overnight it was ready to spin.

I had no idea how much yarn this wool would spin into. I did use the scale feature of our Wii Fit to weigh the largest bundle of wool and it turned out to be over 12 oz. I need to get an accurate scale to weight the wool before I begin so I can learn what I am actually doing. These large bundles of wool spun up to around 150 yards each. I am so happy I have large bobbins with my spinning wheel because they had no problem holding all that yarn. I still need to set the spin on these skeins, but for now I am just enjoying the happy colors!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spinning Away the Stress

My daughter had her first BIG trip to the dentist last week, which involved a major cavity in her back molar. I've always found just entering a dentist office stressful, so it wasn't a fun experience for anyone. When we came home I let everyone watch Scooby-Doo for the afternoon and I spun up some yarn to try to relax.
I received some beautiful wool from Mountain Mist for Christmas. The colorway is "Meadow." It spun up quite quickly and I began knitting a scarf. I'm not a real big knitter. I enjoy the act and can do it quite fast, but I typically don't want to count stitches or worry about making something fit. So I usually make scarves. Soon I was out of yarn and only half way to the length I desired. The answer to my problem was hit the Internet. I found 4 oz more of the same top. I then had to fill up my shopping cart to get free shipping. So I ordered about 8 pounds of wool to experiment with. Let the dying begin!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sweet Tooth Inchie Mosaic

Last weekend I created this 12" x 12" inchie mosaic from my Sweet Tooth fabric paper. I just love all the colors and textures! It has so much depth in real life.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sweet Tooth Goodies

Here's a few more things I have been working on with the fabric paper I made. I just love the fun colors and paper peeking through. I'm leaning towards naming the series "Sweet Tooth" because of the candies and cupcakes hidden in the fabric paper.
The matchbook notebooks are fun little places for taking notes. They are only 2-1/4" x 3-1/4" so they are easy to take along anywhere. Now if I only could remember to write things down! Hopefully I can get some of these things added to the esty shop this weekend.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cyber Fyber Opens Tonight!

I wish I could be in Columbia, South Carolina tonight for the openning reception of Cyber Fyber. I will just have to be content to follow along with all the online coverage. Here is just one peak at the gallery. Can you find my pieces hanging near the center of the picture? You can read all about the exhibition on the Cyber Fyber website and journal. Susan Lenz has done such an amazing job. I am honored to be included!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Girly Bookmarks

I spent the morning hanging out at the dining room table. The kids colored pictures and made sticker mosaics while I made some bookmarks from fabric paper and painted watercolor paper. I had fun playing with color and texture while my five year old made plans for feeding all the poor people in the world and keeping her little brother from eating all the Christmas candy canes. Then all the kids made plans for their Arizona cousins to have a sleep over and everyone to go to Disneyland. They are quite certain about what the future holds. I probably need to learn from then -- Dream BIG and be determined to make it happen!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Some More Fabric Paper

Here a few more pieces of fabric paper I managed to make yesterday between the chaos of daily life -- always good to escape to a happy place every once and a while. Now to find some time to get out my sewing machine!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Something Sweet

I spent the afternoon yesterday making fabric paper while the family played with the new Wii. I have a desire to make something sweet and girly, like the princesses I have running around the house. I guess, I should add messy to the list also. If you look closely you can see cupcakes and candies peeking out. I worked on keeping a light touch with the paint so the paper shines through more. I also tried to keep the colors light. I don't know what I'm going to make yet -- maybe some treasure boxes, journals or something 3D. We'll have to see what emerges.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Where has the Time Gone?

The last two weeks have flown by! I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked, but then again, what did I really expect. We had a wonderful Christmas and nearly a foot of snow. Much of the week before Christmas we were snowed in. The driveway became a sled run and my parents had to pick up the kids so we could attend all the Christmas family gatherings.
I did manage to finish all my projects for people outside our immediate family. Most of them I forgot to photograph before wrapping. I guess I was a little too afficiant this year. For the annual Cookie Exchange I made coffee cuffs with red and green ribbon and filled the cups with Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies. They turned out so fun I made more for co-workers, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors. I did have a few blue and silver left over so I was able to snap a picture this morning. I also spun and dyed several skeins of bamboo yarn for my sister-in-law and mother-in-law's birthdays (Sorry no picture).
My big birthday present was a new spinning wheel, a Mach 1 from Spinnolutions. I have been having a lot of fun playing with it. I think I have mastered the overspun, chunky yarn! I'm learning a lot playing with the bag of left over fibers I brought home from Art Fiber Fest.
The wine colored yarn I spun from bamboo fiber fill and dyed with Rit dye (it was the only dye available locally). I just love the colors. The blue yarn is a commercial Merino Silk blend I recieved as a gift. It is so soft and strechy. I just love to touch it. The natural color is some type of wool. I'm going have to kit the Kool-Aid aisle nex time to go to the market so I can do some dying!