Vintage Needlepoint in Progress - from a Kit

November completely disappeared around me. It was here and now it’s almost gone. Like the autumn version of a hummingbird. I went to my parents house early in the month for their big annual camp out. Nothing much to report there, except I got a box full of new to me old magazines (you’ll see those popping up here sometime) and one needlepoint (shown below) but it did really effect my month in general. I was getting ready to go, then came home just in time to shop for Thanksgiving, and then cook for Thanksgiving, and then here we are, month almost over.  Besides theRead More →

Recent batch from the dyed pot. Handdyed wool that looks just like clown hair.

Really, what else can you even call that??? The best part is that it didn’t get dyed in that stripe pattern, that happened as I rinsed it. It was dyed in clusters of color. I’ve had my dye pot going constantly for the last few weeks. I pretty much start a batch in the evening, turn it off to cool in the morning, then rinse and dump in the evening and refill it. I have about 15 pounds of my own stash to dye, PLUS the homeschool center got some amazing donations. Since we have limited time at the center I’m trying to dye someRead More →

Plastic Canvas Garland made from a kit

I’m not sure if I mentioned over the summer what our school year would be like. In June we (my son and I) attended an open house for a new homeschool center. It was a dream come true, the same idea I have been wanting to build for years. I jumped on board the same day as a founder and facilitator. So in September, we opened for the school year and my son and I spend Monday and Tuesday with about 20+ kids and 3 other facilitators doing all kinds of fun stuff! This post contains affiliate links. If you follow them and make aRead More →

Several weeks ago on my Facebook page, I shared that Interweave had a magazine subscription sale. (It’s over now, but certain magazines were $15 a year.) I thought it would be fun if I took the three I subscribed to (Spin Off, Piecework, and Cloth Paper Scissors) and did a magazine flip through video. Just a page by page glance at what was in the issue, what stuck out to me, what peaked my interest, or even what was just fun to look at. Here are the three videos for each one.  Usually, when I do a video it is uploaded to my YouTube channelRead More →

10 Perfect summer crochet Projects- All free and great for working on while on the go!

Summer is here! Well, it’s supposed to be. I don’t know about you but the weather here does not exactly feel summery. It’s raining a lot (a nearby town had a catastrophic flood) and it surprisingly cool most days. I’m sure it will heat up though. In the summer there are two types of projects I try to work on. Small, handy objects that travel well and don’t cover you with yarn in the sticky heat, and large warm winter gear that is nice to work on in the air conditioning. The benefit of course to working on winter gear is that you aren’t in aRead More →

How to use "Woodchips" of time to enjoy hobbies -- My Workbasket

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned (probably many times) that I grew up in a crafty family, or at least surrounded by crafty females. I remember at a young age reading a story in a craft magazine that has really stuck with me. Keeping in mind that I may not have even been double digits when I read this that really means something. I’m fairly sure it was an old issue of Nutshell News, a miniatures magazine from many years ago, but I could be mistaken. It’s about finding time for hobbies, and I found it very insightful. I’ve told this story many times overRead More →

A blog post to show of my purchases and faves from the 2018 sheep and wool festival -- My Workbasket

How has it been more than 12 days and I haven’t managed to tell you about the Sheep and Wool Festival?!?!?! Well, I know the real reason why, but it’s still surprising! The real reason is that I took a few quick photos of my purchases to show them off to some friends (and I think on Instagram) but never time to actually photograph them well to show you. Which is wrong, because you’re my friends too, and you deserved better. I just wanted to give you quality shots so you can drool over the pretty stuff. Truth be told some of the photos stillRead More →

Unboxing video for the Faber-Castell Gelatos set! From My Workbasket

I mentioned recently that I went to the craft store, and even that I had an unboxing to do. If you don’t follow me over on  Youtube you may have missed some of the fun! I do post a few videos on my channel there that I don’t share here. One was the recent Craft Store Haul, where I posted everything I bought! If you did miss it, you can go check it out (and subscribe to be notified of the Youtube videos I do) One of the things I bought, the item that needed an unboxing was the Faber-Castell Gelatos (are you surprised?!?! Did theRead More →

How to use the Fiskars Boxmaker to make quick custom envelopes, boxes, and adorable bows! -- My Workbasket

Quite a while ago I got a goody box from Fiskars. I was sent the goodies for free but was under no obligation to tell you about them. However, I KNEW I would love this tool so I recorded an unboxing video and a how-to video. The problem was that something was wrong with the how-to, it needed to be re-recorded. It took forever to get time to record it all again. Problem is, in the time it took to make the how-to videos again the unboxing video was deleted! My husband forgot that one was good and erased it. So I don’t have anRead More →

Beautiful, colorful, large roving braids from Needleclicks Etc

Last weekend it was a quilt show and this weekend a fiber festival! I’m very lucky to live in a place where stuff like this happens fairly frequently. The best part of this festival, well besides the festival itself, was the location! About 30 minutes or so away (blasted traffic! sometimes it’s 30, sometimes it’s less, sometimes it’s twice as long) is this historic mill. It has been restored and is now the coolest shopping destination I’ve ever seen! I love this place, and dream of one day having a shop/studio there. Here is the link to the Mill if you want to read andRead More →

A selection of quilts from the featured quilter at the quilt show I attended-- My Workbasket

Hey! What a day guys. Phew! Today was set to be the first day of my son’s baseball practices, we were to be notified last night what team and time because the rainy week pushed back assessments. So at 9:05 last night we got the email, his team is the Nationals, and his practice was at 9 am this morning!! I don’t know if I have ever said this, but I do not do morning well. PLUS my son has strong thoughts about the Nationals, so he, and therefore I, was up late last night to deal with the news. It was after 11 beforeRead More →

Two Rows down, many many left to do.

I was a crafty child, I’ve mentioned that before. I remember doing some things successfully and some things poorly, and I remember a LOT of giving up and unfinished projects. A LOT. One project/craft I remember trying and quitting was latch hook. The idea of a handmade rug for my room was of course to tempting to ignore, and I feel fairly certain there was one with cats on it which ended up in my hands. I do not have a latch hook cat rug. I remember it being SO fiddly and giving up. I also remember giving up on more than one knit scarf,Read More →

A quick trial painting to test my new Gouache! A new to me medium that I am not super in love with!-- My Workbasket

Recently I have been watching quite a few videos over at Creativebug (affiliate link, I make a few bucks if you sign up, which I recommend because it is awesome and I LOVE it!) and several videos of illustrations that I liked used Goache. (pronounced like squash) I don’t have any gouache (well, actually I may have a cheap pack somewhere, but that is irrelevant because I wanted to buy art supplies and wanted to set myself up for success with quality paint) so I started shopping. First I put together a massive shopping basket, then I whittled it down, then I filled it again,Read More →