Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Colorful Rush

I was thrilled to see snow on my way to the show Friday morning! I love snow and knew it wasn't enough to make the roads bad, but just enough to make people happy.
I had a great show at the Creative Gallery in Hudson. I need to fix my display a bit before my last show next Saturday. My crooked sign and crooked rack reminds me of a limerick. (You can see Chronology clocks in the background! We had a lot of fun with lillyella too. Click to see their pretty shops.)I'm making a mad dash to finish some custom glove and hood orders. I want to felt a few pieces today to get that out of the way. The dark plum will be a cloche and I'll make a button clutch in red. I haven't decided yet, what color hats to make, but I got these gorgeous flowers from TrulyRuby. Some are clips so they could be interchangeable with several colors of hats and/or headband ear warmers. The ideas are racing. It promises to be a colorful rush to the end of this holiday season!If you're near Cleveland, please stop by and meet some creative people from Cleveland Handmade. We'll be at the Wooltex Gallery on Saturday, December 5th from 10 to 6.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Featured EtsyBlogger for November...

Congratulations to Becky, of The Fab Miss B! I've chosen a few Thanksgiving-themed items that I would love to have from her shop. You can find unique vintage aprons and knick-knacks at as well as ornaments, prints, cards, and original artwork at

I have an apron collection, most of which were my grandmothers. I love the colors of this one...

And, wouldn't this make a fabulous addition to the Thanksgiving table? So pretty!

The EtsyBloggers Team is having a holiday sale this weekend! Check out the list of participating shops at

Friday, November 20, 2009

Warm Woolen Mittens

I just LOVE the way that Cascade Eco Wool felts. My husband has had a pair of Dachstein mitts for 30 years. They were popular among mountain-climbing outdoor adventurists, but they don't make them anymore. (I couldn't find them anyway.)
I had some wool leftover from making the hooded capelet below and thought I'd try to felt a pair of mittens. Felting (or fulling) can be quite challenging. You don't want to waste precious wool if you misjudge how much your project will shrink during felting. So, I took my time, felted a swatch and then one mitten. It turned out perfectly, if I do say so myself! Today, I felted the second mitten, along with a hat and matching pair of mittens in a mauve color. The trick to mittens is to check them often and to keep the thumb open. If you just let it go until it looks the right size, the thumb will felt together.
Mittens make a great gift. I especially like to wear mittens when skiing. So, when it's really cold, skip the gloves and wear your wool mittens!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's That Time of Year

It's that time of year again. The time when all my crafty friends are so so busy. I have to take time to stop and enjoy the season, before it's too late! Christmas comes and goes so quickly. The EtsyBloggers are already discussing which holiday movies are their favorites...and it's not yet Thanksgiving!
A favorite Thanksgiving tradition in our family has always been to watch the parade. It was my grandfather's favorite thing to do on Thanksgiving and he didn't want to miss a beat. The bands were always his favorite, and, the bigger the better! Check out this fun link to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and be sure to click on "Parade History" for a trip down memory lane (or 42nd Street) with "76 Trombones"!

My favorite holiday movie is "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Yes, even at my age, it is a must-see. We look forward to it every year. My kids didn't get it at first. They were like, Mom, we've seen it over and over. Now...they get it. They share in my excitement whenever it's on.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
-Luke 2:8-14

Friday, November 13, 2009

Win a pair of Fingerless Gloves from me, LazyT!!

It's my turn for the Cleveland Handmade giveaway! Every week, one of our artists from the ClevelandTeam on Etsy is donating an item for the team giveaway. I'm donating a custom pair of fingerless gloves or arm warmers to one lucky winner. Just in time for gift-giving. You pick the color and style. It's easy to enter! (U.S. only, sorry. See complete rules for details.) Be sure to stop by for more from Cleveland Handmade. If you'd like to order a pair for yourself, or as a gift, please contact me through my Etsy shop at Thanks!

Enter to win by Wednesday, Nov. 18th Noon EST....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Holiday Vintage Finds

Whether you shop eBay or Etsy or your local thrift or resale shops, now is a great time to pick up some vintage Christmas goodies! I stumbled upon a new resale shop in my hometown yesterday. It's been there since June. Can you tell that I don't get out much? LOL
Here's a sample of some of the goodies I found. And I only spent $2.00!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What's New...'tis the Season!

'Tis the season for gift-giving. I've been busy creating custom designs on Etsy, as well as preparing for the many local shows that I've signed up for.
Custom orders are great, but it can be tricky scheduling time between shows to finish items on time. My tip would be to not take on more than you can handle. You still need to have time for yourself (and to finish all those handmade gifts that you've been planning to make)!Here's a recent design I made for a client. She wanted something to wear to Dicken's Fair. Apparently there are a lot of different Dicken's Festivals around the world. They take their attire very seriously! Here's the capelet I made, plus a matching pair of arm warmers (although they probably aren't true "period" attire). I thought it was a nice Victorian-style cape.
In keeping with the theme, I have plans to make more Victorian-inspired capes, hats, and a muff or hand-warmer. Something wooly and warm.

Staying true to my funky side, I have these new designs as well. Busy busy busy!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

...and Everything Nice

Repost from July, but I wanted to share this recipe with you again.
These are my favorite cookies from my Grandmother's recipe box!


Cream together 3/4 cup Crisco shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add 1 egg and mix well. Add 1/4 cup molasses. Mix together then add to egg mixture: 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Mix well and chill dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form dough into balls and place on baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a flat glass in sugar then gently press the cookie to flatten slightly. (Double dip for a little extra sugar.) Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until brown on the edges.

Having a cookie exchange this season? Visit my friend's blog and see these sweet invites!

I've decided to post lots of cookie recipes this holiday! I plan to include some other family favorite feasts as well. Stay tuned! Looking for a recipe? I'm a recipe hound. Have a favorite you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about it.