Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Patch Holes in Sweaters with Crochet

Catching up on Craftster Blog posts, I found this fun tutorial on patching holes in sweaters using crochet. If you don’t subscribe to the CRAFT blog, you really ought to consider it. It’s definitely a busy blog, but full of great ideas.


I’m not the only one

I was happy to log on to Old School Acres to find out that I’m not the only one who detests changing the thread in my sewing machine. (or who feels oogy when thinking of the long to-do list of projects.)

Laurie writes:

To match the long list of things to do is a long list of reasons I don’t want to start.  I hate rethreading my sewing machine for new colors of thread.  I’m never happy with the first version of anything.  I want to keep all my beautiful cotton prints in the cupboard so that I can admire them and not have to cut them.

Natural Parenting Fiber Artists

Knitting - 1/19

For a while, there has been an informal group of my friends who knit and they would get together every once in a while. I didn’t join them, as they met on a night I had to teach classes. Then, a few months ago, the group got much larger, took on a new name, and started meeting at a time I could go!

Natural Parenting Fiber Artists – largely a group of women who circulate in the same circles I do – Holistic Moms, Cloth Diapering, Babywearing, LLL, etc.

It’s super fun, gives us a chance to craft and talk birth, breasts, babies, husbands, and things completely unrelated. (As if we don’t all have plenty of opportunity to discuss said topics anyway…) Knitting Night is close up there to ICAN night in terms of Nights Away From My Family That I Really Look Forward To!

Caps for Mama to Mama

A while back, I posted about a new project in the crafty community, Mama to Mama. Last week, I made and sent off a handful of caps to send off for the Caps To Cap-Haitien project.

I ended up remembering that I had recently offloaded most of my unused and unwanted clothes, whether to other crafty friends or to Goodwill, so I only had three of my husband’s old undershirts to use for this project. Once I got the six caps made, I started thinking they looked a little…well…like old undershirts. So I dyed them red and blue.

Caps for Cap-Haiten, being dyed

and then one of the caps got lost during the dye rinse-out (found it under the dryer the day after I sent off the package) so I ended up with only five caps. But still, five is better than none, eh?

Hats for Mama to Mama



Several months ago, I had Crackpots, which was at that time local to Des Moines, make me a set of three little teacups. I love them! I asked them to make me teacups just the right size to fit in my hand, in natural colors, and this is what they came up with. I love them and have been enjoying drinking various herbal and rooibos teas out of them.

Do you prewash fabric?

Personally, I throw everything in the washer (on hot) and dryer (on high) as soon as it gets home before folding it and storing it neatly on the shelf with other similar fabrics. That way, when I decide I want to use a particular fabric, I don’t have to wait while it washes and dries. Plus, nearly everything I make is washable – I assume customers are going to wash it, and that they probably won’t be using the gentle cycle. So I treat the fabric as harshly as I can when prewashing it – if it’s going to fall apart in the laundry, I’d rather it fall apart here!

But you can head on over to True Up and read up on the pros and cons of prewashing.

Made my own Deodorant!!


Inspired by Amy at Angry Chicken, I made my own deodorant last week. So far, I have to say that I love it. I have struggled to find a deodorant that worked very well for me and that wasn’t full of crap that I don’t want on my body. THIS stuff is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Or, at least, it would appear that it is, after less than a week of use.

I used the recipe Amy wrote out on the post linked above.

Things I’m Loving

OK, considering I have a large stockpile of FOE (fold over elastic) that I use for diapers, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never considered using it for shirts like this, courtesy of one of my fave craft bloggers, Angry Chicken.

Old School Acres‘ new hand-carved stamps (purchased from Craft Pudding).

A review of SouleMama’s book The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections and interview with Amanda Soule at WhipUp. I’ve got this book on my “accidentally put in the cart next time I’m shopping at Amazon” list.

Homemade Holidays Crafting Meme (part 3)

  • What is your favorite family holiday tradition?

Hands-down, it’s staying home on Christmas. The year my dad died (just before Christmas 1999), we decided to end the hassle of traveling to see family at Christmas (besides, my own family had just disinvited me from their holiday gathering). We made plans to stay home, just the two of us, and relax and do nothing that day. My mom called it “awful;” we called it “wonderful.” The weather had been horribly cold, but warmed up on Christmas Day, and we went for a lovely walk through our snow-drenched neighborhood. We have stayed home, just our family, ever since. We typically eat sticky rolls in the morning, watch lots of A Christmas Story on TBS, and play games.

  • Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?

The above-mentioned staying home. It seems that all of my growing-up traditions were based on the facts of life when one is a pastor’s family. Our whole schedule around the holidays was so strictly dictated by the constraints of church needs. Now that I’ve got my own family, our own holiday traditions are much more relaxed.

One thing we do, and hope to do more of as the kidlet grows up, is move our nativity set around as appropriate. The maji aren’t on the scene until Epiphany, Jesus isn’t in the manger until Christmas Day, Mary and Joseph aren’t there right now, either. We move things a bit every few days.

  • What do you love most about the holiday season?

Hm. Randy having time off from work, having lots of relaxed family time.

  • What do you like least about the holiday season?

Large family gatherings with lots of noise and commotion. Going anywhere near any retail establishment.

  • Anyone close to your heart that you’ll be missing this year?

We miss my dad as always.

  • What is your favorite holiday food?

OK, this is weird, I know, but OJ with ginger ale. I drink it only at Christmas and for New Year celebrations. (And when pregnant.)

  • Do you have a great recipe to share?

I could share our family’s recipe for sweet rolls, but then I’d have to kill you. 🙂

Homemade Holidays Crafting Meme (part 2)

  • Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)

Hm. I try to focus on teenage boys, since I have a teenage nephew and will shortly have another nephew becoming a teen, and I think they’re the hardest of all my gift recipients. I think putting together a custom hoodie, potentially with freezer paper stencil embellishment, an IPod cozy, and a laptop or portable game system case in a coordinating suitably manly theme, like skulls or flames.

  • Name one thing on your personal wish list.

Oh, gosh. A hookup to one of those machines they have in the Matrix movies where I can download a program into my brain. I’d download the ability to mix and match prints and colors.

If we’re trying to deal with reality, then I wish for some more TV shows on DVD, like Newsradio, Bewitched, etc., because I play those on my computer and listen to them while I work.

  • Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts? (Link)

Well, gee, I’m glad you asked. Many of the things at WP Living make good gifts, particularly the Eco-Shop bags. Parents really enjoy any of the slings or baby carriers. Pint-Size Slings, Doll Diapers, and Little Legwarmers are perfect for the tykes on your shopping list. And my Etsy store will shortly be filled with fun aprons, felted bags, appliqued bags, and other fun goodies. You can use our wrapping paper alternative, Eco-Gift, to present all your packages.