From a water bottle to a recipe a list of six things that I am just loving this week!

I wanted to share a little sneak peek into my life with a feature about 6 things I’m loving this week. In no particular order here are six things I am just loving right now and why. There are three things I want you to take away from this list. 1. I just love these things. 2. The simple things in life can be amazing, and by appreciating them you will probably be a happier person. 3. The fact that two of these items, and my phone case (not shown) all match was completely coincidental. [ReviewDisclaimer] Julie Nutting Stamps- I have  BIG crafty reveal comingRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

I know I’ve told you how much I LOVE Granny Squares. I just discovered this book and immediately added it to my wishlist. I just spent the day photographing vintage magazines to feature more Christmas crafts or else I would be buying this book right now! How CUTE is this!!?!!?!?!?! Only $8.99 for the ebook, of 15 patterns. So Cute you guys! I may not be able to resist it, even though I know I shouldn’t order it my fingers are itching to. If you think it’s as cute as I do, it’s worth noting that Annie’s Currently has a coupon code for 25% offRead More →

Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket

A little crafty fun for you today! A video of what I’ve been working on with some of my in-progress projects. Today is my one-year blogiversary! I didn’t plan anything special, but now you know. Thanks to everyone who has made it possible. Some quick show notes- My cable needle clamors around while I talk about my knit wrap, sorry about that. I think I held up my Euphoria Cardi backward. There is a design in the center, but it is in darker yarn and doesn’t show well anyway. I don’t know if I held it backward, or if the design just looks bumpy onRead More →

Favorite crafts and patterns from around the web! My Workbasket

In my mind when I think of crafts certain sources come to mind- The Workbasket magazine (surprise!) Annie’s Crafts/Attic/Catalog, and Leisure Arts. I feel like for me personally growing up with crafty relatives and trying new things these names were constant. I remember doing plastic canvas to make a Treasure Troll village from a Leisure Arts booklet when I was a kid. Since I talk about the Workbasket often, and about Annies last week I want to take a few minutes this week to share a few favorites from Leisure Arts. This crochet book is at the top of my wishlist! Look at those animals!Read More →

Favorite crafts and patterns from around the web! My Workbasket

Occasionally I’d like to share with you some cute patterns and things I’ve found around the web. Despite the title, it probably won’t really be weekly. I just see SO many amazing patterns and crafts out there while I work on the site that I want to share them with you sometimes. This week I’ll be showing you a few cute items I found over on Annie’s Website! I spent a lot of time there this week just browsing around and checking out their stuff. Annie’s is one of those names that I always think of when thinking about heritage crafting (what I call craftsRead More →

Here’s a few things you may not know about me- I am super cheapskate most of the time. It drives my husband crazy. Most of the crafts I know are self taught, or learned from a video or two. I did have a teacher for knitting and crochet, the basic stitches anyway, the rest I picked up. I don’t really like taking classes. I get bored, I don’t always learn much, I hate being shown things I already know and want to get to the good stuff.Read More →

Recently on a crochet group I’m in a designer asked for pattern testers and since I am a bit ahead on blog projects and had a light project load at the moment I volunteered. I had no idea what the project would be until she sent me the pattern, but I knew it was crochet, supposed to be quick, and used the colorful cake yarns so popular right now.  I was super surprised to get this adorable pattern for a Betta Fish Lovey!                Read More →

A Happy Accident Recently I attempted to order a back up set of Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles and accidentally ordered the Denise Crochet set by mistake. I wasn’t upset though, the crochet set had been on my wish list for some time, so I considered it a happy accident. I was just leery about how often I’d use them and so I kept putting off ordering them. I already have tons of crochet hooks, and ordered a set of basic Tunisian hooks with long cords, so the Denise set was just sort of an extra. Truth be told though the long cords get in theRead More →

Usually I sit down on the weekend and do some blog posts for the week, but this weekend I was busy on Saturday, and Sunday had a crazy headache and wanted to write when I’d actually make sense. Where was I busy on Saturday? The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! Believe it or not, that hand creme was the only personal purchase I made! My family also bought lots of sheep and goat cheese. The booths were amazing, and covered the vast world of knitting, spinning, and weaving, but I did feel several crafts were a bit absent. Crochet for example. I saw no boothsRead More →