Saturday, October 10, 2020

Patriotic Wall Art You Can Make Yourself

 Diamond Art Painter is a small business offering easy to use kits for creating 3-D wall art.  Check out their patriotic-themed collections.  Designs honor first responders, military service, the U.S flag, and much more.  It looks like a fun craft and the kits include everything you need.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Recommended Source for Surface Pattern Designs

 Crystal Whitlow is a talented designer with a collection of colorful patterns you may license for your own use in a variety of applications.  Tired of looking for the perfect fabric print? She may have just what you are looking for. is her page with links to her blog and helpful articles for crafters of all kinds. is her link on Spoonflower.

Enjoy browsing the seasonal collection for Halloween as well as the general purpose designs.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fun Crochet Pattern from CrochetViolet

I know many readers enjoy crochet as well as knitting, so this is especially for you.  How about a pattern for a heart-shaped bag with a shoulder strap?  This bag is large enough to hold a wallet, sunglasses, and sunscreen.  Crochet more than one to match your summer outfits.  The pattern is available on Etsy and on Ravelry, for those of you who still have accounts there.  Links are below:

Ravelry link for pattern

Etsy link for pattern

CrochetViolet has other patterns, too, available for instant download.  I know you will enjoy them.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Contemplating Some Loom Knitting

I am thinking of combining round loom and flower loom work to create some floral accessories for spring.  I fondly remember those hats and vests I made in the 70s and wore with flared jeans.

Winter, even in the South, makes me crave long days and short nights and flowers.  Time to knit some flowers in anticipation of the real ones to come--soon, I hope.

If you want to try your hand at some yarn flowers, I have written an article with suggestions.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Artisan Highlight: North Fork Gnomes

Artisan: a skilled craftsperson; one who makes things by hand, especially

I occasionally highlight an artisan I admire, and this is one of those occasions:

If you are looking for whimsical home decorating ideas or seeking a unique and delightful gift, you will love North Fork Gnomes.  These furry friends come with their own hats and personalities.  Choose tall or short (sizes range from 3.5 to 15 inches tall,) all handcrafted in the U.S.A. 

Take a look at the collection and admire the creativity. You might want a small one for your desk and a larger gnome for the mantel or window seat. Of course, if you have children they will want to play with them.  I'm wondering if my grandchildren might like....

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wonderful Warm Slippers to Crochet

Quick and easy crochet slippers | Reversible Shoes?!?

Check out these warm, reversible slippers from Littlejohn Yarns.  They are quick to crochet and will keep you warm all winter long.  Alysha offers a video to help even the beginner create a proper pair of slippers.  She also offers a variety of patterns you are sure to enjoy.

Which side is your favorite?  I like the smoother side better, with the heavier texture on the inside for more warmth.  Make some for yourself and try them both ways.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Crochet is Groovy Again

It's time to pull out my pattern books from the seventies, gather some bright pinks, oranges, and greens, and create groovy handmade accessories for the new generation!  Always keep your patterns and books, because fashion runs in cycles and everything eventually comes around again.

This is just a long, skinny scarf in half-double crochet with crocheted flowers.  I think I will make another with daisy-loom flowers--I still have my looms from 50 years ago!

This scarf was made of Caron Simply Soft acrylic, so it feels good around the neck and is nice and flexible.