Friday Finds – Feb. 5, 2016 Life Inside The Box


I’m still crazily obsessed with very interested in shipping container homes. I dream of building a smallish one for the two of us once all the kids are gone. My Pinterest board has lots of ideas.  Here are a few I really love!

shipping container

I love the texture and light in this living room.  I don’t envision anything quite this elaborate or large for us, but this is spectacular.

I can see myself in this kitchen.  I love the light and all the counter space.  A galley kitchen is very efficient too. Perhaps not all white, but I do like the layout.

Of course, business is jumping on this trend too.  Starbucks has a permanent store in Tukwila, Washington made of four shipping containers.

shipping container starbuck

A one floor layout is my dream, but this is so cool.  Perhaps not really practical for residential use, but I love it for a commercial building.

Shipping-Container angled stairs
From De Zeen Magazine

Containers can also be used as emergency housing for disaster victims.  FEMA could have floor plans ready to go and purchase containers from the nearest port.  High risk areas could have containers fitted out ready to be placed in service.  Containers can be stacked, so it seems like a very efficient and fairly inexpensive way to supply post disaster housing.  Emergency housing doesn’t have to be super luxurious, just basic shelter would be an improvement on tents. People  would have a decent place to live while rebuilding their lives after a disaster like Hurricane Sandy or an earthquake.

Could you live in a shipping container house?  Why or why not?


Holiday Doings!

We did our first little sales event this past weekend!

There was a holiday celebration sponsored by the city of Carmel, IN.  There were carriage rides and lighted trees, beautiful shop windows everywhere, and lots of holiday music.  Many of the area merchants had special events going on and we were invited to set up a sales table on the second floor of The Simply Sweet Shop.

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They had a cute little gingerbread house right in front.

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This shop is in a darling old house, and has lots of unusual candy.  There is also a a tiny kitchen where Chef Terry prepares delectable lunches and pastries!  If you are in the area, you must have lunch there.  They have a really great menu, which includes lots of vegetarian choices, even vegan food is easily available.  Yay!

Simply Sweet Shoppe is located right in the arts district in Carmel, I plan to have a nice day out there sometime soon (after New Year’s I think) poking around the shops, and of course, lunching at the candy store!  Vegan panini with a side of tabbouleh?  Yes, please! And maybe a bit of nice dark chocolate to follow.

So, Cheryl arrived first and set up a very beautiful table.  She has a very artistic eye and a talent for making things look pretty!

Sales Table

Most of the day was quite slow, but several pairs of fingerless mitts did find a new home.  We also met several other local artists, and had some knitting time together.  I fear we will not be able to knit together during the holiday weeks, as there is so much going on then, so it was fabulous to have a nice long time to chat and knit.

While we were there something funny did happen.  The owner of the sweet shoppe asked us to hold a couple of things for her, so we took them off the table. But, we did not take them out of the Etsy shop, and that was a mistake because one of those items sold that afternoon!  We had to explain to the very understanding shopper in front of us that the item she wanted to purchase was no longer available.  She was disappointed, but fortunately very understanding!

The other vendors had an array of products.  One of them (Pop Your Tab Jewelry) was making necklaces and earrings from recycled pop tops from cans.  Here’s a sample.

Pop Top Earrings

She had a lot of very creative ideas.  Here are a pair of Peanut Butter and Jelly Earrings!  See the tiny cell phone and the teeny star fish on the other earrings?  Cute ideas.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Earrings

They had some adorable necklaces with word charms – words like ‘love’, ‘peace’, etc.  I believe those sold very well; I saw a lot of her shoppers were younger girls.  I think it’s great kids want to wear ‘love’ and ‘peace’ displayed on their person!

What I liked about these was the recycling ethic displayed.  I love the idea of wearing something that might help me be mindful of my footprint on beautiful Mother Earth.

You can email them at to learn more about their creations.

Amanda Wood, a very experienced event planner, was there too.  She plans weddings and fabulous kid’s birthday parties (among other things).  She has a lot of creative ideas and is offering a “Soda Pop Saturday” party.  Kids get dropped off (parents make a reservation) one Saturday morning a month, stay a couple of hours, receive an old fashioned soda pop in a bottle, do a craft, play games, get a healthy snack.  Parents can do errands or (my choice!) enjoy a nice, peaceful, leisurely breakfast where they can actually talk to each other.  What a novelty.

Here’s her table display.  And here is her facebook page.

Soda Pop Saturday

There was another jewelry vendor – very different products from Stella and Dot.  Here’s a bracelet I liked.  White tigers!

White Tiger Bracelet

Her table was lovely.

Stella and Dot

Unfortunately, I’m unable to find her contact info, but I will make it a mission to find it.

There was a painter named Debbie Slack there.  She does several different kinds of paintings (see more on her facebook page).    I loved the painted glassware!

Mommy Juice

Mommy Juice

Holiday Lights Wine Glass.  Holiday lights are just about my favorite holiday motif.  They are pretty, shiny, colorful, and anyone can appreciate them.

Holiday Lights wine glass

She also had a painted martini glass.  This is such a versatile item, it can be used  for serving fancy desserts or little nuts or candies on a holiday buffet.   I might order one (or more) with holiday lights on it!

Martini Glass

There were several nice teenagers who offered woven scarves to raise funds for an orphanage in Bolivia.

Woven Scarves

Here is info on their fundraising project.

Orphanage Fund Raiser

The world debut of one of my new scarves took place at this event too.  This is an entrelac scarf knit from Noro Silver Thaw.  It’s not in the Etsy shop yet, but will appear there in the next few days.  Lots of visitors had to touch this one!  It’s incredibly soft and cuddly.

Silver Thaw Entrelac

The weather has finally become a bit more seasonal here in Indianapolis.  Today’s high of 39 has already been hit, and we will be falling all day.  The weatherman says there’s a small chance of flurries this afternoon.  Time to dig out the heavy coats and all the hand knits!

New Car

Over the course of the last several months it became increasingly clear that is was time to buy a new car.  The 2000 Ford Windstar served us well when we needed a van, but I don’t need car seats anymore since the kids are 17, 14 and 14 (almost 15), and the 17 year old has her own car.  I’m more interested in gas mileage, eco-friendliness and convenience now, so we decided to look at new cars.  When we started looking at mileage, hybrids caught our attention.

After some research (mostly talking to recent new car buyers, along with a bit of online investigation) and a test drive, we decided on a Toyota Prius.  Here’s a picture of our new baby.  Love that color, it’s called Sea Glass Pearl – I figured it would show dirt the least, as it’s sort of dusty, without being gray (the actual color of dirt).

I’m very happy to report that I did a few errands around town this morning and the dashboard display tells me that my mileage was 54.4, 54.6 and 56.6 MPG.  Can’t cry about that!  Well, maybe cry with joy…

I’m feeling a bit sad right now because it’s out in the rain.

Reclaiming Yarn from a Thrift Store Sweater

I went to my local thrift store yesterday looking for pans to use for dyeing roving, that was a bust (disappointing!), they had nothing suitable. But, while I was there I did take a look at sweaters. For a while now I have been wanting to try my hand at reclaiming fiber from a sweater. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this in case I ruined it and came out with nothing usable, so a thrift store sweater is definitely the way to go.  For $4.59 including tax I picked up this really pretty rose sweater, ladies size small.  Well, it’s nice yarn, anyway.


I took the pieces apart, which took a couple of hours since I didn’t know how to do it the “right” way.  I have since looked up on you tube a couple of videos about disassembling sweaters, and next time I will do it much more quickly, I’m sure.  I did notice that the last button band came off much more quickly than the first piece, so I was improving during my first try!

I unwound the back onto my 1.5 yard niddy-noddy.  I need a 2 yard niddy noddy – Christmas list!

The back gave me around 300 yards of fingering weight yarn.  I still need to unwind the 2 front pieces and the sleeves.

After skeining all the yarn I’ll soak it in hot water to remove the crinkles (I wonder how long ago this sweater was knit?), and put it out to dry with a weight on it to help straighten it out.

I am very pleased with this project.  I have maybe 600 yards of fingering weight wool in a really great color for less than $5!  I don’t even need to dye it, since the pink is fine just the way it is.  I am less pleased with amount of time I spent on it, but I imagine I’ll get much faster.

I foresee another trip to Goodwill soon (and a sharper eye at garage sales).

Special thanks to my assistant, Stitch, for his help.

Stitch Wants To Help