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2011 Crafty Inspiration January 9, 2011

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One of our goals for 2011 is to make even more of the gifts we give. We can’t help loving to give gifts, so we’ll focus on creating even more of these ourselves. These are the books that I received for the holidays that we will have on-hand to help with crafty inspiration.

Sew and Stow by Betty Oppenheimer

I will probably make myself a few things from this book at the start of the year to get ORGANIZED (another 2011 goal) to create the rest.

The Knitters Year by Debbie Bliss

Simple and modern quick projects, and lots of them (52 projects, one for each week).

One-yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker

Again, lots of projects for lots of inspiration (101 in total), and a great source of inspiration for fabric leftovers.

Felt Furnishings by Anne Kyyro Quinn

This one has been in our house for 2010, but I want to keep it further toward the front of the stack because it has some simple and modern projects that I really love.

Update: HOW could I forget this one?

Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals by Linda Carr.

All the kiddos around me are going to be receiving ZOOs full of these adorable fleece creatures.


Also, I received a couple small books that will serve the utilitarian purpose of solving my novice-sewer problems:

The Sewing Answer Book by Barbara Weiland Talbert

A comprehensive little bible, looks like it should provide answers in a pinch.

Directory of Quilting Techniques by Caroline Rodriques

I’ve had this and this on my radar for awhile, and in 2011 I may try my hand at some simple manageable quilts (crazy!), and this book should be a good primer.

Looks like it’ll be another busy crafting year. What books are inspiring you for 2011?


mmm, a good book April 26, 2010

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while on our trip, B and I are taking along a stack of books that have just been sitting on our to-read list.  Does everyone buy books like we do and then lack the time to actually read them??

(awesome art via dazeychic on etsy…)

Well, anyway, a book that has been read recently is The Help by Kathryn Sockett.

Laugh.Out.Loud funny.

Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60s, the novel explores the depths of the two sides of town…and what happens daily when black women are employed by white families.   It’s a book of stories, what the women see and experience daily during the civil rights movement.  Their stories are collected through an unlikely source.. a young white woman fresh out of college.  While her family pressures her to marry well,  she is passionate about writing something that can call attention to these stories. 

Funny, but also really made you think… and realize that some of the heros of the civil rights movement were not women we have heard of in history.

Anyway, I seriously recommend this one, i loved it!

So far, our vacation will include:

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

its sequel… Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani

The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

mmm books.


What we gave, Part 1 December 28, 2009

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Santa was really too, too good to me this year. I received several very thoughtful gifts and my craft docket is full until about 2014. However, for both D and I, the joy of Christmas lies in seeing people open the gifts we’ve spent time scouring for or making ourselves. Here are a few of the gifts I gave this year in hopes of inspiring you for gift giving in 2010:

Vintage 1890 Rhubarb Lithograph (via etsy seller Bananastrudel who carries many MANY amazing prints ranging from architecture to botanicals)

Hand dyed yarn from Juniper Moon Fiber Farm (their blog is awesome for cute pics of sheep, goats, and puppies)

Beautiful unglazed ceramic planter from Pigeon Toe Ceramics

Sweet Life in Paris (the perfect companion to Molly’s book)


POWER GRID. We are Serious game players around here, always on the lookout for the next late-night bout. I thought this game would be so fitting for Erik, my sailor man who just spent 2 years studying nuclear power. The best part is that Norfolk, his duty station, is on the power grid map, so when we’re playing without him we can put a little picture next to Norfolk and pretend he’s right here with us! Also, this game board is reversible, so its essentially 2 games in 1. score!

There were several other vintage and one-of-a-kind things that i of course forgot to take pictures of before i wrapped and gave away, but that gives you a good idea. D will be back with Part 2 and a lot more homemade gifties (she was QUITE the crafter this Christmas)