Monday, 26 January 2015

From the kiln...

 A couple of sweet goodies came out of the kiln this weekend.

Some little green grass prep bowls...
 ...that just so happen to stack nicely.

And a grass mug to match.  
(Incidentally, I finished Wuthering Heights.  Although it's not marked, Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte was also in the book (surprise!) and I liked it much better.)

 Some sweet little buttons - more to follow later this week.
Oh, and they're listed in my Etsy shop should you like to have a peek.

And a new house guest.  
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray you, love, remember."

Everything else has to be sent back through for another firing :(
I'll share pictures the second time aroung - fingers crossed.

Joining some friends today at:
Keep Calm Craft On over at Frontier Dreams

Friday, 23 January 2015

Empty Bowls

Our local Potters' Guild has been working hard to get a great selection of hand made pottery bowls ready for this great annual event.  If you haven't attended one before, you get to choose a lovely bowl (oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe) from a great selection on display, and then you get to choose the soup you would like (donated by any of the 12 local restaurants participating), along with bread and coffee. You get to take the bowl home with you at the end of the dinner!

There is live entertainment, a raffle table with fantastic pottery and art made by local artists, and all of the proceeds are donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and the Lambton College Food Bank to reduce the number of empty bowls in our community.

This event is held in loads of communities in both Canada and the United States, and although ours is a little earlier than usual, they should be coming up soon.  Keep your eye out and support this great cause.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Knitting, Buttons, and Yarn Bowls

I've been making and making in the studio, but I have nothing finished to share yet.  Here are some of my works in progress...
 I am IN LOVE with these new buttons I'm working on.  I have cedar, juniper, and boxwood in the works.  They are underglazed and waxed and ready to glaze and fire.  Hopefully late this week or early next week.  My favourites are the tiny little juniper ones, or maybe the rectangular ones... I can't really decide.
Also waiting to be glazed are the "wood slice" buttons.  I'm looking forward to seeing these finished.  I have a few with great big holes for a big bulky yarn, too!

 Still plugging away at my striped scarf.  It's pretty hard to sneak in some good secret knitting time.

 And the yarn bowl of the day...
I'm currently working on another batch of yarn bowls.  Stay tuned!

Joining  few friends over at:
Keep Calm Craft On at Frontier Dreams
Yarn Along at small things  I'm still reading Wuthering Heights as I was asked to pause that to read both Scorch Trials and Kill Zone, part of the Maze Runner series.
Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia
Fiber Arts Friday over at Wisdom Begins in Wonder

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

small gifts

I cannot take credit for this idea.  I first saw these little pencil cozies on WhiMsy love (probably through Pinterest) but the etsy shop she linked to seems to be inactive.

My plan is to make a whole bunch of these right now for random little gifts throughout the year (and I think a few for stocking stuffers).  I am bound and determined to finish up a few tiny projects like this early on in the year and stash them away.
I have 12 so far, because I think 3 wrapped together will be a nice little gift.
They are on Ravelry over here if you want to add them to your queue.
I made mine using a ball of sock yarn from my stash, so without changing yarns, I get all these different little cozies.  I used nine stitches (in stockinette) on size 2.75mm needles.  They take around 15 or 20 minutes each with sock yarn, and I think I may give them a go with worsted too.
It took my about 4 or 5 tries to get the right size, and initially I was trying to do it with i-cord but it was a little too messy.  I switched to stockinette and I'm sewing them up in place on the pencil.
And here is my newest style of yarn bowl.  I like a yarn bowl that lets me rest my project in it, rather than just having the yarn in the bowl and the project on the side.  My little sock yarn ball is a little small for this particular yarn bowl (I think some tiny yarn bowls are in order).  It will be great for worsted weight.  
And incidentally, this bowl happens to be listed in my etsy shop if you need one.

Joining my friends today at:
Keep Calm Craft On, at Frontier Dreams
Yarn along at small things
 I just started Wuthering Heights last night...I have never, ever read it before.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Candle cups

There's something about winter that just makes me want to enjoy candle light in the evening.
I have loved this pattern every time I have used it on plates and mugs, so I thought I would test it out on little candle cups.  It just might be my favourite yet.

 These have been on my "want to make" list for months and months.

 I walk around carrying mine feeling very "little house on the prairie".

 And I just love to look at them all lined up.

I can't decide, however, which colour I like best.  It seems to change with my mood.

 There happen to be a couple of sets newly listed on my etsy shop.

Stay warm, my friends.

Sunday, 4 January 2015


Some years, as we start to pack away the decorations that we put up in December, the house starts to look rather plain. This year, as I sometimes do when I'm not ready to pack it all in at once, I'm keeping a few "winter decorations" up for January--- because they are pretty, and I love them, and they make it feel cozy in this cold dreary month.
 These two little arrangements will stay in the dining room as long as they are nice.  They are small enough that I can easily change the water every couple of days to keep them fresh.

 This little arrangement is on a shelf in the bathroom.  Wintry, but not too Christmas-ey to stay up.
 And this is one of my favourites.  It's above the china cabinet in the dining room, so we can enjoy it without it taking up any floor space.  It has a mix of handmade decorations and store bought items including crocheted snowflakes and stained glass icicles I purchased from fellow crafters/makers/artists.  It has paper-quilled snowflakes I made as a pre-teenager (more years ago than I wish to count). And it has icicles and snowflakes that I have bought piece be piece through the years.
 Oh, and a pair of hummingbirds.  Sparkly brown hummingbirds.
The dogwood branch, trimmed from my garden, is anchored in a glass jar filled with rocks, that sits in a larger glass vessel (also filled with rocks) to make the whole thing nice and sturdy.  Being above the china cabinet, I don't need it tipping over when we're not paying attention.  And in front of it rests a very large snowflake.  

How about you?  Do you leave anything up for January to stretch out the holiday season, or by now are you ready to pack it all up and say goodbye for the year?