An assorted stack of bowl woven on the Wild Hare Loom-- From My Workbasket

When I went to the Homespun Yarn Party one of my purchases was the round weaving loom set from Wild Hare Fiber. You guys, I am LOVING these looms! So much so in fact that I am planning to buy the new jumbo size at the Sheep and Wool Festival. (Which I’ll be going to in four days.) There are of course ways to make your own loom, but if you have the money save your time, support an artist, and buy the looms at one of their shows OR at their Etsy Shop. You can find the looms HERE on Etsy.  (Affiliate Link, IRead 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 →

I got a fun goody box and decided to recorded a box opening video to share the excitement!-- My Workbasket

Hey guys! So last week I contacted a great rep at Fiskars and asked if they would be interested in sending me some sample items to share with my followers, and they said yes! The package arrived today I decided to do a box opening to share the excitement. These items were sent to me free, however, I was not paid in any way, not to like them, or even forced to talk about them. All excitement is truly my own (and I am very excited!) Fiskars has always made a great product and I am delighted to show off some of their stuff. WantRead More →

An honest review of the Knook from Leisure Arts. Can you really knit with a crochet hook? -- My Workbasket

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve been trying the Knook from Leisure Arts. I was provided a The Knook Value Pack and Cozy Knits with the Knook book, for free at my request. I’ve been working with it for awhile. I think I got my items at the end of September or the beginning of October. I’ve used them multiple times a week since. I’ve been working hard to really bring the best, most thorough Knook review that I can. Here’s the rub: The hooks in this particular kit are plastic, and not the most impressive quality of plastic, BUT it is an amazing valueRead More →

Showing off 5 lbs of sewing goodies and vintage crafty items!

I said that I wanted to show you my recent ebay purchase with all the sewing goodies. I kept putting it off because it would take SO many photos to show you everything, so instead I decided to make a video! I’d love to hear your thoughts (I know the video could be better) and what your favorite item from the box is! Sorry I talk a bit fast, I knew there was a LOT to show and didn’t want the video to be an hour long. It’s not truly a “box opening” because I have opened it already, but all the goodies are there,Read More →

Some pages from my sketchbook for the week. Trying to be creative every day! -- My Workbasket

It’s that time again! Let’s talk about life! Parenting- I don’t usually say to much about parenting, because honestly this blog is to give me something else to think about, talk about, and focus on, BUT this week. I swear my child has not shut up for at least 7 days straight. I locked myself in the bathroom and he just stood on the other side of the door talking to me the entire time I was in there. He has some various special needs that cause this sort of thing. Just, oh man, there is not enough coffee for this. It’s affected my productivityRead More →

Some items that I talk about in my Weekly Workbasket this week at My Workbasket

  I can’t believe it is almost August! I’ve turned 34, my sweet niece is about to turn 10, and school supplies are in the stores. Craziness! I also have so many projects that I never got to talk about in July! So many! Most of them were for Christmas in July, so now I’ll probably save them for actual Christmas and talk about them then. Let’s talk about my Weekly Workbasket though. Read More →

That time again already! The weekly workbasket! Last Week: Last week here on the blog I started the first of the Christmas in July posts with a scarf from the magazine, that YOU can enter to win. The giveaway is open to all subscribers, so if you are a subscriber you have a chance to win! If you are NOT a subscriber you have time! Just subscribe by Tuesday the 18. Other than that I started crocheting a test pattern for someone, it’s super cute, and makes use of all the colorful cakes of yarn out on the market now. I can’t reveal much, butRead More →

When we go to visit with my parents it’s nice to see them and be part of their lives for awhile. It’s also nice to spend some time away from home, in the country, just mostly relaxing. I usually come home in a good mental place, and usually with something I have been struggling with all figured out. All of that is great, BUT the real reason I go, is for thrift shops! Here at home we have two Goodwill’s that are easy to get to and close, but I don’t like shopping there (expensive!!) There is a small independently run shop that we love,Read More →

A hot pad made from the vintage Palm Loom tool

I love an old ad. And this 1967 issue had a great one! Palm Loom, “Make Prize-Winning Rugs.” It was right there in the February issue, tucked between 40 yards of lace for $1, and a “Female-Dri” belt. So, I tracked down the Palm Loom on ebay, and after some browsing, watching, rebrowsing, rewatching, and finally some bidding I got one! $6 from Colorado. Luckily, not only did I track it down, but it came with the original paperwork; a full color sheet, and a page of black and white instructions (with quite a few testimonials.) In a box so well fitted it almost hadRead More →

I promised to try rug hooking this month and I did! The February 1967 issue featured an article on rug hooking purses, and the sample was cute! I’ve wanted to try rug hooking for several months and already had a frame, and then recently got some tools in an ebay lot. The lot contained a standard rug hook, and also a rug hooking gadget. If you didn’t know what it was in the tool post, this is the gadget. You thread yarn or wool into the tool, and then by “walking” the tool across the fabric it does the stitches for you. It has aRead More →

My favorite gadget for making perfect pom-poms! Affordable, super easy to use and makes amazing poms!-- My Workbasket

When I started this blog I had a feeling I’d have several projects that needed pompoms (then here it is three months in and not a single pompom required) and I ordered a set of pompom makers. I figured a good set would help make me a bit faster than other methods, and would keep the blog projects rolling along. I ordered this set for around $6-7 on Amazon. There are several listings for a set of four, I’m sure any of them would be comparable. The shipping was a bit slower than prime, but faster than forever. Funny fact, they’re labeled “knitting loom” butRead More →