A fun, simple project that you can make with basic supplies! Includes full tutorial! From My Workbasket

Do you ever feel like it’s hard to craft because you don’t have enough stuff?? It’s SO easy nowadays! Last weekend I went to the craft store and bought a few things. One fun item needed a box-opening video and couldn’t be experimented with yet. I kept feeling like I couldn’t make anything with my new stuff until everything was open, and maybe even until I bought MORE stuff to go with it. Yarn crafts can be that way, “I don’t want to use this yarn until I have that yarn to match!” To me though papercrafts are really bad for this. You feel likeRead More →

Spring Flowers Painting- Homeschool Art from My Workbasket

Sometimes it’s really fun to just be creative. No worries about the finished product, no expensive supplies. Just MAKE. I’m lucky because I get to do this constantly with my son during art since we homeschool. If you don’t have kids, do it anyway! I found this super cute spring flowers painting on Pinterest and then followed the link over to Elements of the Art Room and then put it immediately on our schedule. I do get my son decent art supplies, usually the best we can reasonably afford, but quite often they are still a step down from the better stuff. Also, I can’t believeRead 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 →

A close-up of the kind dolls face- My Workbasket

I told you yesterday all the details about the Yarn Party, but today let me tell you about the other fun I had at Savage Mill!! Besides the Great Room where the Yarn Party was, Savage Mill has multiple other fun stores. They are almost all a more artsy style. One gift store was a bit odd. There were modern collectibles, similar to a Hallmark or a gift shop, but there was also vintage items, antiques, and also a massive amount of clutter and boxes. I thought maybe they just opened, but that was not the case. I don’t know what the story was there,Read 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 →

My First Sampler Afghan Block- The Double Parallelogram- From the Leisure Arts Sampler Afghan Book-- My Workbasket

I’ve worked with Leisure Arts before, especially on the Knook review, and have teamed up with them again! I was so excited that they were willing to send me this book, Knit Sampler Afghans, which combines 60 pattern blocks to make awesome sampler afghans. UPDATE- 12/04/2018- It appears this book is now out of print. Any links contained here no longer work and I can’t find it on their website. If you ever see a copy anywhere I advise grabbing it! For many years this book was on my wishlist, but I felt it was beyond me, and that I wouldn’t finish it because I wasRead 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 →

Just chatting about life, crafts, and other things over coffee! My Workbasket

You guys, I am SO bad at time management and getting stuff done. I have serious time management problems. I can easily spend time making lists, planning, creating a system, but when it comes time to implement it sits. I have so many old planners that I find and throw out because a single page was done and now it is drastically outdated. It’s odd too, because in the right situation I am a worker bee. If you tell me these boxes need to be moved over there, I am at it. No problem. If you tell me these boxes need to be organized, filled,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 →

Step by step tutorial video for how to make the triple/treble crochet! -- My Workbasket

It’s time for part three of the how to crochet series, how to do the triple or treble crochet! The stitch is the same, some sources call it the treble, and some call it the triple. In modern US terminology anyway. In other countries the terms are different, and I have encountered antique patterns that use the other terminology as well. If you are learning to crochet though, here is the step by step of how to do the triple/treble crochet! This video doesn’t feature the chain and basic steps, those can be found in the first part of the series. This video will showRead More →

How to make the Double Crochet Stitch, a video tutorial from My Workbasket

Please don’t feel like I dropped a bomb on you and then disappeared. After posting about upcoming changes to my site I came back to visit my parents, and haven’t had much to talk about. I don’t usually pre-schedule many of my posts and just didn’t have content to share. I’d rather be quiet then blabber so I just haven’t posted. I did find a few neat thrift store items, mostly a big stack of vintage cookbooks, some of which are even from the 1940s! I’m hoping to try maybe a recipe a week and talk about it here. We’ll see how much I manageRead More →

Hey Guys!! (Not literally, though hello to any guys reading this as well!!!) I realized last night that in reality, you don’t know me. Not just in a “this is only a website, and we’ve never met in person” kind of way, but in the fact that I am holding myself back from you. I am not letting you truly meet me and be a part of my life. I’m going to remedy that. Starting right now! You’ll be seeing a lot more of ME on the site. I intend to share more events from my daily life, more of my personal story, more ofRead More →

If you’ve been a reader for awhile you may be waiting to hear about February’s issue, but there isn’t one. I’ve decided to make a change starting this month. No More Monthly Issues! I will no longer be picking a single issue every month to work through. That was the idea what I started the blog, but truth be told those posts get very little attention. In fact, the least read posts on the whole website at the monthly issue reveals. They were also taking up the most of my time. Truth be told, it was also making vintage magazines a bit less fun for me.Read More →