it is getting to be spring

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The days are getting longer and the sun is coming out more. We had an exceptionally dry winter this year and everything is shooting up and out now already. It means my allergies are also blooming.

Never the less, I am out there and working away.

The steps to our house got a much needed facelift and a few indoor plant pots were revamped as well.

Oh and I am giving you an update shot of my beekeepers quilt. (the little bits are lavender blossoms. I put those in with the individual puffs. A friend of mine lost a bunch of puffs to moths, so I got paranoid and just threw lavender in with mine) I am 140 puffs short of being done! <3

There is always something going on around here. I am still working on the studio, of course, however, it has taken a bit of a back seat to the garden at the moment. Moving plants and mowing and weeding is free, the studio needs funds, which I am sorely lacking at the moment. I have been debating back and forth and finally decided to install a donations button. I might need help to get this off the ground after all. So please do keep an eye out for the button to make an appearance in a few days. Or go by my little shop and buy something, so I can go and buy insulation and sandpaper for the floors and paint :)

Calling all my fibre friends!

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I am getting ready to start working seriously on my studio and on the first few pieces I will work on IN the new studio. So I was wondering, if there is interest in a community art piece?

What I was looking for:
The pieces should not be bigger than a credit card (3 inches by 5 inches. They can be smaller, but no bigger!), they have to be backed with lining. Any kind of thin lining (see mine in the picture), and can be whatever strikes you fancy and whatever technique you prefer. Knit, crochet, weave, felt, needle lace.. Anything. The pieces will have to have a blanket stitch around the edge, as you see in the picture, that way I can attach them to each other. You can make one, or eight. It all depends on how you feel and how inspired you are. Also: Please do attach a little tag to your piece with your name on it (and maybe an online  link, if you like and have one).
As to the materials used: I would like to keep them natural materials and recycled, if possible (cotton, linen, wool, blends, silk, etc). My little square there, used to be the pocket in wool pants, for example and the embroidery was made with a tiny leftover bit of sock yarn. You don’t have to make the whole thing out of recycled material, if you have a leftover scrap of fabric from a previous project, feel free to use it. I just wanted to see how creative we can get without spending a ton while keeping things out of our landfills. Make art, not trash! ;)

I would like this very first studio piece to be a community piece, because this is what my studio is all about. Growing community, working together on preserving the wonderful fibre arts, passing along what we know, celebrating each others talents and inspiring each other.

What will happen to the piece, once it is done:
Once the piece is done, it will be displayed in my studio for a while. For everybody to see it and marvel at our fibre community’s diversity and be inspired. After that, I was thinking of auctioning it off. I would like the proceeds to go to a charity. (I was thinking of picking three, or so and then hosting a vote on my blog, or on FB as to which one we give the money to.)

That reminds me: Our new FB page is up! If you feel like it, go clicklike! :)

How much time will you have to complete a little patch?

Really as long as you need. This will be a long term project. If you could get your patch done this year (2015) that would be awesome, but if you need a little longer, that’s probably fine too. I have no end date set for this, and I have no specific size I want it to be. So what ever comes in whenever that is, it will be fine. I think I will set a soft deadline for this at mid next year (I think a year and a half for a credit card sized swatch is enough time), but will re-evaluate the time frame when I see how big it is by then. :)

The pieces would have to be sent to me, if you are interested, please comment here and then email me.

Thanks for considering to participate! <3

If you are interested in participating, please email to catscradlenw (at) gmail (dot) com


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I have been caught. I am making hexipuffs! The fever has finally gotten hold of me! It all started so innocently! A friend of mine is making the blanket for her incredibly adorable baby. She is 200+ in. I said I will make her a few to add. Then I started thinking. Well.. the big blanket takes 385 puffs, if you make at least one a day, in a little over a year you could be done….

Need to speak to my daughter about this insanity forming in my head.

I talked her into making one also hahahahahaha. so we both will be knitting puffs. One a day. We will catch up the 21 days of this year we have missed so far, by knitting a few more this weekend. We also had a few other friends working on the puffs jump in with us, so now it is a puff along! If you feel inclined to knit along, go get the pattern over at tiny own knits and then log onto Facebook and join the group. We will post pictures of our puffs each day (or once a week, if you like) to keep us on track and motivated.

What colour will you chose for yours, or is it only going to be leftovers? I have chosen white and grays for mine. My daughter wants Jade green and gold.

So are you in, or what? ;)

See you there!

See you th

My new shawl.

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Please excuse the *me* in the pictures. I am not well lately… so the photos look terrible.

I have decided to sell it. If you would like to have it, please email me, or leave a comment here. It is $45, free shipping.

Busy times

2014-12-02 16.40.24 2014-12-02 16.32.06 2014-12-02 16.26.24 2014-11-30 14.51.342014-11-30 14.57.082014-11-30 14.55.02My daughter and I are busy making things to sell and getting stuff together for the studio. We are considering a Holiday Market this year. We shall see. There are still a few days to go.

We will be busy little squirrels. Should we not go to the market, the wonderful things we make will still be for sale. My husband and son are busy putting a shopping cart together for our website, which they are also putting together. This is really a family affair. Lots of love and laughter and good times go into everything we make. You can be sure of that!