The shop will be updated on Wednesday July 9th at 3pm EST. I’ll have terrariums, terrarium necklaces, plush hot chocolate, plush tea, rain clouds, burnt toast, moldy bread, ice cream, donuts, and more!

June Crafternoon – Yarn Dyeing

Last month’s crafternoon was all about dyeing wool yarn. Using similar techniques as the time I dyed yarn before. I had everyone bring 100% white/off white yarn. We used my niddy noddy to wind the yarn into skeins from the balls they came in. Then everyone used a disposable roasting pan for the dyeing. We used a combination of hot water, kool-aid, food coloring, and vinegar. I was supposed to provide gloves for everyone but when I went to get them out they were not there. Luckily everyone was a good sport about dyed fingers and I found Dr. Bronners soap removed most of it.
It was also a pie potluck and the pies varied from whoopee pies to a plantain meat pie! I decided to “invent” a pie the like movie Waitress. I began with a crushed plain animal cracker and melted butter crust, then a layer of marshmallow fluff. That was then topped with a dark chocolate pudding, whipped cream and iced animal crackers. It was an interesting combination.
July’s crafternoon will be all about learning to knit & crochet, and we will be using our hand dyed yarns! I’m pretty excited about it!

Blogs I Love

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some blogs I really enjoy reading. Part of me always wonders what the collective thought on blogs is nowadays. Are people still actively looking for new ones? Do people feel they don’t have time to keep up with blogs and prefer the quick look on instagram or twitter instead? Obviously I still read blogs (though a lot less then I used to) and if you are here reading this, well then hello fellow blog reader! Here are two blogs I’ve been loving, and hope you might enjoy too!

Dinosaur Dracula
First up there is Dinosaur Dracula, I think I found Matt’s blog around Halloween of last year. He is a collector of amazing things that range from childhood toys to novelty food. Here is a blurb from his about section that I think sums up his blog perfectly: This site celebrates the sheer joy of trivial things, from Halloween decorations, to Ninja Turtles, to the pewter dolphin pendants sold in every aquarium’s gift shop. Dinosaur Dracula is, if nothing else, my perpetual excuse to enjoy things I’m no longer “supposed” to enjoy. The best part is not only does he post cool things, but he is a really funny writer. I think one of my favorite posts was about his 1993 Christmas Tiki Hut.

I used to keep up with Nina and her beautiful work in some other way (maybe through Flickr? Livejournal? I really am not sure) but then somehow lost her, and then found her blog recently and was really excited. She creates beautiful ceramics, and her blog features her home, her children/life, and her work. Its a beautiful space and I’m so glad to have re-discovered her in blog form.

Helen Haywood

On Sunday Molly and her husband had tattoo appointments with Thomas for the end of the night. I thought I’d tag along with them, get tattooed after them and then we could all go out to dinner. I have wanted these little mushroom people for quite awhile since Rae first posted about the puzzle she bought. I asked her to email me a photo and I have saved it for reference ever since.
Helen Haywood was a writer and illustrator from England whose books were published in the 50′s & 60′s. Of course after learning about her work through the puzzle I have been slowly buying a small collection through places like Amazon used books, and Alibris.com All of the books I have purchased so far have come from England, so I don’t think my chances of stumbling upon her books at a used bookshop in the states is very good. I am still searching for the book that the mushroom illustrations might of come from and if anyone knows, I would love that info!
I was going to get both mushroom people but it started to get really late and we were all pretty hungry, so I picked the largest for now and will add more of the other characters at a later time. Of course every time I get tattooed I wonder why I don’t do it more often!