My First Guest Post – Knitting With Hand Spun Yarns

Celebrate with me!  I recently wrote my first guest post for another blog.  This is a big milestone for me.  I hope you’ll read my post.  I wrote about using hand spun yarn.  Check it out here on the Purple Lamb blog.

Carla Hansen owns Purple Lamb.   Her Etsy store is full of beautiful spinning fiber and hand spun yarns to die for.  Here are a few pictures of her creations to lust over.

green batts
Beautiful Batts To Spin

 

bouquet yarn
Glorious Hand Spun Yarn

 

Let me know in the comments if you have questions about knitting with hand spun yarns.  I’d love to hear your tips too!

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Christmas 2015 Gift Guide For Women

As a public service I am publishing this gift guide to assist the gift-giving challenged this holiday season.  Here are ten things any woman on your list will love.  The first five are from Amazon and the second are some of my very favorites from Etsy.

This Himalayan Salt Lamp is beautiful and unusual.   Not your ordinary run of the mill lump of salt.

Gorgeous, Right?

 

A lovely book for your favorite sock knitter.  I want this so badly!

Wow! I Want

 

My daughter went to China last summer and came home with the most amazing face masks ever.  Here’s one I love.  These create an incredible change in skin texture with just one use.

apple mask

 

I have a lot of fun with these oracle cards.  They are gorgeous fractal patterns and bring beauty and mindfulness into my life.  Instructions included, or use them in any way you can imagine.

return of spirit

 

A selfie stick is a great idea for your preteen or teen woman-to-be.  They are all addicted to group selfies and this will let them up the quality and the fun.  And self portraits are more flattering with a little more distance between shutter and subject than the average arm can provide, right? Built in remote bluetooth shutter means no cords to deal with, easy to use for everyone (even grandma).

selfie stick

 

This felted rose pin just makes me smile.  The colors, shape, everything about it are just perfect.

felted rose

 

For the woman in recovery, here’s a bracelet to help her focus on staying in the right mind frame.

recovery bracelet

 

For your favorite little bunny.  Can you imagine that little girl you love drinking hot chocolate from this darling mug?

bunny mug

 

Do you know a woman who is on her feet lot?  Maybe a long walk from the train to the office?  Or standing behind a counter?  These foot soak bombs are the perfect little indulgence for her.

orange thyme foot soak

 

Every woman you know could use a pair of fingerless gloves.  They make it so easy to use your phone, snap on the dog’s leash for the morning walk, find your car keys, and million other little tasks that need fingers.  These are from my Etsy shop, and there are many more pairs available.  Each are one of a kind, so you’ll never see another one quite the same anywhere.

fingerless globes

 

I really enjoyed creating this list, it’s always fun to shop for others.  I hope this list was helpful, even if it just got you thinking in a new direction.  I’d love to hear how you like my gift choices.

 

Friday Finds Nov. 6, 2015

This week we begin with a poem.

Love This Tatoo From How To Be A Bitch 101

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” ― Mary Oliver, Dream Work –

 

Mr. Money Mustache solves the world’s problems here.  Ok, maybe not every problem, but he has some great ideas about things we all see around us.  I love that he recommends a book on personal happiness by the Dalai Lama in this post.

 

Wicked Witch From Snow White
Wicked Witch From Snow White

Here’s a post about from NPR that discusses why old women are often the face of evil in fairy tales and folklore.  I found this fascinating!

And for the fiber lovers, here is something for you.  What would you create with these glorious colors?  You can see more pictures of these wool rolags in my Etsy shop.

Juicy New Rolags
Juicy New Rolags

Until next week, stay curious!

 

 

 

My Five Favorite Blogs and Why I Read Them

We all have our favorite sources of inspiration and learning. Right now I’m intensely interested in personal development, marketing and fiber arts.

Five of my favorite blogs (today and in no particulary order) are:
Marketing Creativity by Lisa Jacobs. Lisa is a marketing genius. She says so many things that resonate so deeply with me. I learn so much from every post she shares! For example, this post is a direct result of her post titled “27 Blog Topics You Can’t Wait To Write About“.

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Mr. Money Mustache writes about living the good life frugally. I took real control of our finances last year after paying little attention for 25+ years (hanging my head in shame), and MMM, as his readers fondly call him, was instrumental in me getting my act together. I have saved a lot of money and paid thousands of extra dollars toward my mortgage principal this year and will finish my mortgage years early, all thanks to this blog. His slogan is Early Retirement Through Badassity. All the swearing is an extra plus!

Technically this isn’t a blog but a website, but I love it anyway. A Prairie Home Companion is my favorite thing on the radio. I usually can’t listen to it live, but can catch up here. I always laugh out loud at some point during this show. Garrison Keillor is a god. Smart men are so sexy!

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Handmadeology features many articles about Etsy and other training for small business, like this one on why Etsy sellers should explore selling on Tophatter. Tophatter is a live auction site that is billed the world’s most entertaining market place. I’m thinking about giving it a whirl.

Declare Dominion is a blog for women who want to be Epic Fucking Badasses. Anna’s motto is If You Want To Have A Beautiful Life You Have To Be Fierce About It.

Fierce is a badly overused word right now. If I hear Tyra Banks say “fierce” one more time, I might have to leave the room when the kids watch America’s Next Top Model.  Anna uses “fierce” properly. The dictionary says “fierce” means showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity. And that is the way she writes her beautiful stuff.

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Her post on “Make Your Own Meant To Be” is a good example of her writing and outlook. She encourages women to create the life they want. Another blog with plenty of swearing which I consider a plus.

There are lots of great blogs out there, and if you ask me next week, I can guarantee that my top five will be somewhat different. I’d love to hear from my readers about other great blogs that you consider to be required reading.

Hand Dyed Fibers – Brights

Last week I competed four new hand dyed rovings. I love them all and secretly halfway want to spin them all myself. But, I’ve decided to list them in my Etsy shop and share the fun.  As you see, I was having a brightly colored kind of week.

Here’s Acid Spring.

Acid Spring

This makes me think of a Tropical Getaway.

Tropical Getaway

Here is a tribute to Semi-Precious gemstones.

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I also made a roving I called Citrus Explosion.

Citrus Explosion

I also finished two skeins of worsted weight 100% wool yarn.  The colorway is Hydrangeas.

Hydrangeas

Soon I’ll be taking a short trip to Western Michigan where the hydrangeas will be sensational. They’re one of my favorite things about summer on the Great Lakes. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for other color ideas while there – watch for more nature inspired colorways in the near future.

Friday Finds – June 14, 2013

This week I made two Etsy treasuries that I’d like to share. I also have one other item that I think is very cute and I’ll show you that too!

It’s strawberry time here in Central Indiana, in honor of that I made an Etsy treasury called Strawberry Festival which features strawberry items.  Be sure to check out the strawberry beret, which is not in this image, you’ll have to click on the link to see it.

Strawberry Festival

I also found a lot of really vibrant rovings, locks, and batts that would be tremendous fun to play with. That treasury is called Beautiful Brights for Hand Spinners.

Beautiful Brights For Hand Spinners

The last item I wanted to share is a hand made felted sheep cuddly toy from AimeesHomestead.  I would love to buy one of these for myself!  Aimee says he’s lonely and needs a loving home.

rainbow sheep

See you next week.

Friday Finds for May 31, 2013

Today’s blog post shows a couple of Etsy treasuries I made this week.  Here is the first one, entitled “Yarny Goodies I Love”.  Find the other images and links to the products here.  This one has a very loose color theme, which I find interesting, because I certainly didn’t set out to create it that way – but I love the way it came out.

Yarnie Goodies I Love

The second treasury is less organized and really mostly for spinners, but I love it!  “Just A Little Eye Candy for Spinners” is here.

Just A Little Eye Candy For Spinners

Etsy makes it so easy to find gorgeous things.  I’m going to try to show my treasuries every Friday that I can, so keep watching.  More beautiful stuff next week!