Handspun




Just a little bit of the yarn I have been spinning up for fun. I love taking my wheel outside and spinning while listening to the birds, and enjoying the weather before things get too hot.

Summer Bucket List









Summer vacation started early here in Pennsylvania, or earlier then it has most years. School ended on the 27th of May, and I knew before too long I would be hearing “I’m bored!” so I decided to create a Summer bucket list of things I could teach my 13 year old to do. At 13 he’s pretty good at entertaining himself, but boredom does still strike.
I felt that creating a list of activities would be fun for both of us, and I’d get to try some things I have never done either. We started off making paper, which is something I used to do a lot of about 15 years ago. I used to have a book back then (I tried to remember the title and search for it, but no luck) it was all about making paper from items like corn husks & banana peels. I did come across this book which shows you how to use garden plants & common weeds to create paper, which sounds amazing.
We used scrap paper and an old blender, and made our deckle box out of some $1 wooden frames from Michaels craft store. You can find instructions on paper making below in our Summer list. Paper making is super simple, and you can get such fun results with inexpensive tools. You can find blenders at thrift shops, and make your deckle box out of inexpensive items.

We have also dyed yarn with acid dyes, and then went over our yarn again when we got some new dye colors. Cleaned & washed the wool from the Maryland Sheep & Wool fest and then dyed it. Took a pottery class at the local college, and planted cat nip and cat grass. You can see our list below with links. I’m sure I’ll be adding to our list all Summer long.
Summer Bucket List
Dye yarn & wool with acid dyes
-take a ceramics class
-plant and grow catnip
harvest and dry catnip
make cat toys with dried catnip
clean raw wool
make paper
make homemade marshmallows
make homemade bath bombs
-pick strawberries
make strawberry jam
silkscreen
make zines
draw and have custom rubber stamps made
make nail polish marbled beads
make cold process soap
make books from our handmade paper
make salsa from garden tomatoes

May’s Plush Of The Month Club Boxes










Plush of the month for May was a silly one, sad crying plush toilet plungers. If you were a plunger and your job was to plunge toilets-you’d be crying too. I found some amazing smiling poop gummy candy from Japan and was off on a search to find it (took me several months actually) so this plush sat on the back burner in my mind until I was finally able to source that candy. Some times POM club is funny like that. I’ll have ideas but need time to find or create just the perfect add-ins.
This box also came with little plush toilets that are filled with sour candy that you dip a little plunger lollipop into. All the candy came inside a little tote bag with a toilet paper roll friend on the front, and a toilet pin-back.