The four ingredients needed to make your own laundry soap. -- My Workbasket

I’ve been making our laundry soap for years. YEARRRSSSSS. I remember once my son saw laundry soap at the store and didn’t know what it was, and it blew his mind that people buy it. He’s been helping make it pretty much his entire life. I finally needed a new batch and wanted to show you how to make laundry soap! Things to Know: About $20 can make a lot of soap Ask at your local bakery (even the one in your grocery store) for a five-gallon bucket. The use them for frosting, and usually empties are free. Make sure it has a lid! IfRead 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 →

I started the Foot Warmers pattern last week as we waited for a snow storm to blow in. Both the snow storm and slipper pattern were a bit of a flop. It did snow, some, and the the pattern does make slippers, but neither were quite what was expected. When I started the slippers I immediately noticed the math wasn’t quite right. There is a small error in the pattern. I gave it a very real thought that I was having a brain fart and sent the numbers over to my mom with a message of “crochet this real quick and tell me if itRead More →

1975, what a year! The Kool-Aid man started appearing in some TV commercials! and TVS in Australia even started broadcasting some color! The betamax was released. In 1975 the ring tab beer and soda can design was discontinued (and was previously used in wide variety of crafts!) Two true classics came out, in music, Bohemian Rhapsody, and in theater, Rocky Horror Picture Show! You may have been carrying around a pet rock, while wearing a mood ring. And on tv you may have been watching All in the Family, Sanford and Son, or a personal old favorite of mine, Rhoda! In March specifically the Eagles,Read More →