the birds are everywhere

February 15, 2009 § 1 Comment

Spool bird mobile

Spool bird mobile

Birds do seem to be everywhere in the crafty world. Even though I think of someone that doesn’t like to follow trends (I learned the viola instead of the violin in 5th grade because it seemed unique and unconventional) I really like the birds. Eventually the birds will fall out of hipsterdome, but for now I can’t get over their cuteness.

I happened upon the Spool bird mobile at ohdeedoh. It’s freaking amazing and I really want to make a bird mobile now. I think the bird softies would look good as a bird wreath too. I’ve always been fascinated by mobiles, so this is an amazing combination of mobile, softie, and natural texture (the sticks) all in one.

We are currently without a camera since our little POS (“point and shoot” or other words you could think of) digital camera hit the dust. Actually it hit the cement in the processes of saving Martha Stewart Living from a mud puddle. We may get another similar camera while we’re saving for a nice camera. Hopefully I will be able to take pictures of some of the projects soon and post about them.


Baaaaaaaa…wheeeeeeeee! (the sound of a sheep on wheels)

February 7, 2009 § 2 Comments


Introducing Nelson. He likes to roam the hills, especially down hills, eat grass and sing folk songs.

Sheep on wheels

I have been planning this critter in my head for a long time and it worked almost as planned. I think the next versions will have a different shape so that the axels and wheels fit better into the structure of the body. They will introduce themselves when they arrive.

Right now Nelson is enjoying the sun and fresh air coming in the window. He longs to be outside and it’s a perfect day for running, but there is tatertot hotdish in the oven for a potluck tonight. I guess Neslon and I will be doing yoga inside instead.

Handspun February

February 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

This is the Turkish drop spindle that I have not used…yet. I checked out books from the library, months ago, and read about spinning and thought, “Mmmm, I could do that.” I even got some local fiber at Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach, they are a really friendly store. I think it’s alpaca from Amelia Acres Alpaca farm in Aloha, OR. Very soft.

I joined the Handspun February Flickr group so I feel motivated to try out the spindle. Thank goodness for the internet, there are lots of tutorials and videos about drop spindles and hand spinning.

During my internet search I discovered that Target, of all places, sells drop spindles. Who would have guessed that?

I heart cute (practical) things

February 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

owl pin dish

I have been looking for a cute dish to use for this idea and could not resist the owl. Really who could? I think it’s for your soy sauce because I found it at the grocery store and there were matching chop sticks and other sushi dishware items. The little feet don’t completely conceal the super magnet (so really a dish with an inverted bottom would be best) but the feet are cute. And, I could run the dish over the table to pick up any stray pins and needles. Always thinking, I am. It’s not often that my eye level is low enough to see the magnet anyway. The best part about the dish is that you can drop the pin fairly close to the dish and the magnet with pull it in. That Martha Stewart, so freakin’ smart with her ideas. I hope to bring more organization, and good looks, to my sewing/art area soon.

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