Monday, July 25, 2016

New Purchase

While shopping in Ikea, I spotted this small round cactus. Looking more closely, I saw very tiny pink buds trying to emerge. Nothing more was happening in that sunless, noisy environment, so I rescued it. Now at home for only 5 days, this is what happened. At night the buds close up and sleep, then in the morning they open to soak up sunlight. It feels like I have a new pet, but I don't want it in my lap!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Monthly Mini-Quilt Swap

The theme for July is "Red, White and Blue" and this 14"x17" mini-quilt just went in the mail to my partner in the Midwest. It started as a "Rail Fence" design, but I apparently channeled Gene Black while it morphed into something else right before my eyes! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Special Things from Mongolia

  • As part of an environmental consulting team, my husband recently spent 3-1/2 weeks in numerous locations of Mongolia. He brought back a number of things, these two being the ones I thought would be of most interest on my blog. The woven piece is 100% pure cashmere (Gene, I won't be cutting it. ;) The wooden piece with hand-carved images of indigenous animals is a ceremonial milk blessing stick. Milk is sprinkled from the shallow end bowl as a blessing is given. There's much more online about this custom. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Vessel Knitting and Felting

This is my latest vessel using premium gray-flecked 100% wool yarn. It's about 3" high and 3" in diameter, embellished with Czech glass beads. I'm mostly knitting, sometimes felting, now and I have quite a collection of finished projects. I'm thinking of having a blog giveaway as well as opening an Etsy shop for these things!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June Swap Quilt

The month's theme was "Birds and Birdhouses", and this just arrived from my swap partner. This one is about 15" X 18" and it's delightful. My partner is obviously a master mini-quilt maker. Every stitch is perfect! She also made the patriotic key fob. Also perfect! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Update on Sweet Shanna

All her tests were normal. A few things can be done to calm her stomach, easy things, and we are going forward very thankful! Thanks to you all for following. Here is a re-posted photo of her little sister, they are quite a pair. Something crafty soon, promise! 

Friday, June 24, 2016


Here is Shanna, the oldest of our two kitties who is having some health issues. I'm taking her for blood tests tomorrow. Here's hoping to rule out the worst.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hot Summer Day in NJ

So glad to have a fence between me and this group including a couple black bulls! 
I hope to have something crafty to share soon. I seem to be slowing down. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Spotted in a Tree

I love owls, and I just had to let this one roost in our yard when I was done knitting him up. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mini-Quilt Swap for June

This one is going to Colorado next week. June's theme is Birds and Birdhouses. My string blocks have a few bird images, and the backing fabric is nothing but Birdhouses. It's about 16.5 inches square, and it came together quickly. I love making string blocks, but this end result is just a bit too symmetrical for me. I hope my swap partner likes it!  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Staying With It...

In spite of messing up and starting over at least a dozen times (I lost count), I'm staying with this knitting in-the-round project until I get it right. What will it be? An owl, of course! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Swap Group Mini Quilt

This just arrived in the mail from my swap partner in Odessa, Missouri. The theme was "May  Flowers", and I've already found a place for it atop an antique oak washstand (second photo). I needed something with blues to match the lampshade there! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sycamore Sentinels

This dilapidated house with two old Sycamore trees always catches my eye on a local Pinelands road, especially when the sun is strong and the tree bark gleams white. I may work on this more later. The real scene is much more interesting than my drawn impression, but I'm happy with it. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Knitted and Done

This is not as soft as the hand-woven rayon/chenille scarf in my last post, but it's chunky and warm. I bought the merino wool yarn from the weaver at a craft fair who was spinning while everyone watched. It's artsy with all my favorite colors, so I knitted this scarf. I love it!