Thursday, February 28, 2008

Snow Days

With a fresh 10 - 12" of snow over the last few days, it's been GREAT skiing weather here. The kids have come a long way this year. I was remembering skiing out back by myself when they were too little, or too young to even want to come along. I would take the walkie-talkies and a little voice would crackle through saying "Mom, can I have a snack?" or "Mom, I can see you from my bedroom window!" Last night we all skied and had a blast. Tonight I'm blogging and making pizza, but the kids waited for Dad to get home and off they went! So, I'm hoping to get boots that don't kill my feet and maybe next year we can go ski some real trails.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Let's give them something to blog about...

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I was playing around with Picasa and decided to make a collage.
To make a collage, first choose which photos you'd like to use. I put the photos I wanted to use in a new folder. Click on "create" and then "collage." It will give you several options. I chose "Picture Grid" and the new folder that had my chosen pictures in it. Then click on "create." You can click on the picture to rearrange the photos. It's still new to me, but I thought was fun.

To upload the collage to your blog, click on "create" and "publish to Blogger." It was easy!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Powerpuff Madness

What's gotten into me? I don't know. Just a crazy kick I guess.
As promised, here's the next hat in my Powerpuff Tribute...... Bubbles' Cloche!

Friday, February 15, 2008

FRESH for Spring!!

It's been awhile since I've shown some of my own creations. Most everything I make is available in my Etsy shop, with a preview and link here on my blog.

Here's one I made today. This one is Buttercup. Perhaps there should be a Bubbles and Blossom too? I think so.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

In keeping with my LOVE for all things fiber... I'd like to show you some more fibery, felted, fulled goodies.

These are the works of Charlotte Alexandra and can be found in her Etsy shop at

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Snow Day #3

It's the third snow day this week and there's finally enough snow to ski!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow is the start of the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year. This will be the Year of the Rat, thus ending the Year of the Pig.
It is believed that people born in the year of the Rat are to be considered clever, hard-working, quick and sociable.
(Visit Ramona's Etsy shop to get your very own Chinese Zodiac pendant!)

I must admit....I never thought rats were cute until I saw this one!! This is "Nate - the American rat celebrating the Chinese New Year." Visit Cherise's shop to see what this Crafty Burrito is up to next!

I'm proud to be born in the Year of the Dragon. It is said that people born in the year of the dragon have a natural charisma and are gifted with power and luck. Hey! I could use a little luck!

Here's a great Chinese New Year site for kids of all ages. It has lots of great information, stories, games, crafts, and even recipes!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

It's Fashion Week in the Big Apple

I admit it. I'm a fashion groupie wanna-be. I watch from afar in my lazy chair, hoping to get a glimpse of inspiration.
Diane Von Furstenberg - Halston - Oscar de la Renta - all showing their best and, sometimes, brightest.
I am most drawn to hats and outerwear. I see the slouchy beret is still on the runway.
Bubble hems - Plaid - Ruffles...check. Black and White - 80's shoulders? - maybe.

(Oh how I'd love to plaster this page with photos of my favs, but the whole copyright/blog etiquette issue has me bewildered.)

The New York Times has a Fashion Show page in their Fashion and Style section. It's updated daily with all the latest. Check it out for a gorgeous array of slide shows. Maybe you'll be inspired too!

There are a lot of great fashion blogs out there. I like checking in on Teen Vogue - The New York Post's Haute List - Daily Fashion Report from LookOnline. One of my favorite places to check-in is the Fashionist, a blog of street fashions from San Francisco.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

You say tomato. I say....felted?

I never did understand the difference between "felted" and "fulled." A lot of fiber artists, myself included, refer to items as being felted - meaning they've knit or crocheted something then worked it with hot water, soap, and lots of agitation until it forms a tighter fabric of sorts. Technically, this process is called "fulling." The felting process generally uses the fibers themselves to make felt, not a spun, knitted, or crocheted piece.
The terms have become synonymous it seems. If I named a particular purse "Wool Fulled Handbag," most people would not know what I was talking about. But, call it a "Felted Wool Handbag" and your average customer would understand.
Here are some examples of some fabulously fulled items from petitelibellule.

Needle-felting is a technique in which the fibers are worked dry, with barbed needles. The fibers stick together to create a fabric, without the use of soap or water. Click on the photos for more information and to visit the shop of petitelibellule!