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Category: Arts & Crafts

Sewing, knitting, spinning, painting, photography, writing, music… anything that involves creativity and beauty.

Blending Up a Moss Shake to Spread on Rocks

By: Everett S

We took a few trees down around the house that were threatening our roof. My neighbor Tommy also helped me do some roof repairs, during which time I took the opportunity to scrape the large patches of moss off of our shingles. But what to do with it? I used some as a type of […]

Making a Book Case with Old Apple Crates

By: Everett S

I’ve been working hard on getting the garden going on virgin ground (again), customizing a calf shelter to make a chicken coop, setting up the new house, turning a pig-pen in the front yard into an herb and fruiting shrub garden, cutting up firewood for next year, planting flowers, chestnuts and paw-paws in various locations…  […]

Rewiring Your Brain for Problem Solving

By: Everett S

One thing became abundantly clear when I started getting to know people who grew up in the countryside: They are often extremely talented at problem solving. This is especially true when it comes to solving a problem with little or no money. I am a creative problem solver in many ways (at least that’s what […]

Decorating With Winter Flora

By: Missy B

Even though most of the trees are bare and flowers are dormant, there are still many ways to decorate using what you’d find in your yard. I trimmed a few hydrangeas (correct me if I’m wrong) and put them in a vase to create an artful bouquet. I also broke off some branches that Everett […]

My Studio

By: Missy B

I grabbed a few quick shots of my studio space today. It’s cluttered and messy, but that’s the way I work. I am very lucky to have the space to go and be creative. It’s nice to get out of the house, push Waylon in his stroller up the driveway then back out to the […]

Craft Time in My New Studio

By: Missy B

I finished setting up my studio last month and have been busy putting it to good use. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in-between feeding, changing and playing, or during nap times. I recently posted on my blog about how I had been out in my studio being a busy bee crafting away lately. I even put […]

My First Time Skirting and Washing A Fleece

By: Missy B

If you remember, a few months ago I went to a nearby farm to observe sheep shearing and to pick up a couple of fleeces. Well, I finally decided to wash a small batch of wool since it’s the first sunny day in weeks and I wanted to take advantage of it so I could […]

Setting The Twist Of Hand Spun Yarn

By: Missy B

I finished spinning up the beautiful purple and blue merino wool that I started in my spinning wheel demo video and now it is time to finish up the yarn by setting the twist. Many spinners ply together 2 or more strands to get a thicker yarn, but I tend to spin kind of chunky […]

Sheep Shearing at a Nearby Farm

By: Missy B

Last Saturday I went to nearby Border Springs Farm for their annual sheep shearing day. They invite anyone to come watch and hope spinners/crafters will snatch up some fleeces to take home for their fiber projects. And that’s exactly what I did! I picked out two nice fleeces that I will eventually wash, card and […]

Making a Patchwork Quilt out of Recycled Upholstery Fabric

By: Amber B.

Making quilts out of free upholstery samples is a fun way to recycle.  Did you know that furniture stores often get rid of and even throw away their fabric samples once or twice a year?   The beautiful material is already cut into squares or rectangles making the construction of a simple large patchwork quilt even […]