Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More pincushions

This is the newest pincushion. I would have to say this is my favorite color combo so far. I gradated the colors of thread in the large flower to give it an ombre effect.

These were also finished this week and have found a new home in a shop in northern Wisconsin.

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Pincushion and granny squares

Finished another pincushion. This one is a larger version of one of my mini pincushions. I am still trying to pump up my stock of these, they are still selling quite well here in the shop and online. I do try to shake things up with other projects just so I don't burn out on one thing.

That's why I am starting a granny square blanket just for fun. I have been really enjoying visiting other blogs- they are so inspiring! Attic24 has shown the most beautiful crocheted blankets I had to do one. This was something we did in the 70's and 80's and I haven't done one in years. It makes for a nice break. Of course I also have my quilt to get back to as well as many other things to stock the shop. I'm also going to try jam making with my sister and mother in a few weeks, first time ever! That's why I've added some food blogs and canning blogs to my side bar-lots of fun!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dish Towel in Progress

I recently sold a towel with this pattern so I decided to make another! I love the pale aqua color(or is it a pale robin's egg blue?) and the deep rusty red color together. Again I have used a flour sack towel. Next post will be a couple of new pincushions.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fresh Produce

For those who don't know, we have a brick and mortar store in addition to our 4 online shops. Called 'Manitoba' it is named for the street we are on as we are in Minnesota, not Canada. Maybe not as far north, but just about- we get just as cold! That's why we enjoy the short summers and growing season as much as we can. Our shop carries many local products and works by local artists as well as our own handmade items.

Ames Honey is locally produced and single source. The buckwheat honey is as dark as caramel.There is Basswood, Melon, Summer Blossoms, Clover, and more. The honey book is full of recipes.

We decided to plant a few vegetables in pots behind the shop. I've been able to harvest these over the last few weeks even though it has been cool and dry. We placed the pots on the edge of the parking lot where the heat reflected up on the plants and they have done very well! I'm headed up to my sewing room to stitch pillows for my bedroom and porch out of some lovely bark cloth..
I almost forgot- we were the featured artisans on handmadenews. The link is Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Finished Pincushions

The pincushions I started the other day are now finished. The pink one was a real departure for me colorwise, but it's good to work outside the norm occasionally.

This one is also a little more pastel than usual, but I did use my favorite citronella green and a very light orange. I have quite a few more cut out and ready to work on- this is pincushion month!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pincushions in Progress

Recent sales have depleted my pincushion supply so I have put other projects aside for awhile to restock. I do enjoy going through my stash of wool and coming up with new color combinations. Most of them will have 3 to 4 colors of wool and some with silk plus coordinating or contrasting colors of thread for the embroidery and crochet.

One of these will be for sale on my etsy and artfire sites and the other in my lollishops . I will post pictures of the completed ones later this week.