Saturday, December 31, 2016

Yarn Balls Ring in the New Year

These wonderful specialty fibers showed up from my Secret Santa:



Are not they adorable? I cannot wait to ply all these specialty ribbons and novelty yarns into some art yarn! The girls in my spinning group are going to be jealous when they see these sweet bundles!

Now, you do not have to be a spinner to use these 2-yard lengths of fiber magic. You could use them to put fringe on a scarf, you could use them to decorate your gift boxes, or you could tie one in your hair.

Are you like me and find yourself drooling over such fiber goodness? Want some for yourself? Head over to FishBayElements and check out the great selections there.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Noel Night

A little tribute to the magic of the season can be found in this catalog of delights, available on Etsy.com. Click on the image to explore further information about the individual items in the collection.

http://www.polyvore.com/noel_night/set?id=213699217

Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tropical Holiday

Sometimes a tropical holiday, with no snow, sounds like a good plan.

http://www.polyvore.com/tropical_holiday/set?id=212929316

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gifts for a Dancer

http://www.polyvore.com/automagically_violin_began_to_play/set?id=212642759

This is a composite of six beautiful items that you can buy from artists on Etsy. They would be great gifts for dancers. If you click on the image, you will go to my Polyvore page for this set. Under the image you'll find a link to each individual artwork on Etsy.com where it is for sale.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Out of Yesterday's Bead Workspace

Here's the finished bangle from yesterday's post:


As soon as I'm done playing Santa, I'll get this listed in my Etsy shop. It's so pretty!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Today's Bead Workspace

I'm getting in the mood for New Year's Eve by making some flashy jewelry. Here's today's project:


A rose-gold sparkly bangle is in the works.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Gift for the Senses: Hagroot

A little bit of the Druid forest showed up at my door in a small box. It came from my Secret Santa on one of my Etsy teams:


In it are some samples of magical fragrances that I’ve been coveting for a while. Since the packing box, full of fragrant leaves, already had me dreaming that I was about to dance a reel with Jamie Fraser, I sampled the one called “Druid Forest” immediately. Oh yes, surely my name now is Claire.





This fragrance was magic! I can imagine the scenarios that accompany each of the other three fragrances in the box:

I am going to pretend that I am a goddess while wearing “Circe.” “Bone Queen” is going to get me ready for some meditation, and “Snake Oil” will have me shedding my skin for some mysterious travel between the realms.

The box came with the perfume-maker’s card. Hagroot is her name, and you much be prepared for the magic of these potions if you try them.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blue Hippo Performs

This little gift arrived as a prize in an Etsy team drawing: an adorable blue hippo in a pink tutu. These hippos were handmade and sold to bring money to Azul Wasi, an orphanage for boys outside Cuzco in Peru.



This hippo is very talented. It was easy to train it to balance on one of the balls of my hand-spun yarn. It is also a very curious creature as you can see in the next photo.


Here it is examining a little shenanigift from a generous teammate. I haven't decided what to name it. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today's Perfect Necklace


Fullmoon Over the Mountains - Amethyst Slice and Moonstone Necklace in Sterling Silver
by MirielDesign on Etsy.

The backdrop is a landscape oil painting, "Seaday," by Kuroarts on Etsy.