Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Featured Etsy Blogger For July: Miesmama

Each month the Etsy Bloggers choose a member to feature. The featured Etsy Blogger for July is ... Miesmama!

Miesmama has some super cute felt purses and bowls which I'm always a fan of, as well as hair ties, garlands, and other goodies!

You can find her blog here
and her Etsy shop is here http://miesmama.etsy.com

This shows a few of the things that are in her shop!

Friday, July 17, 2009

What Happens When Felted Soap Is Used Up?

This is my fist felted soap that I made. I used it to test out my felted soap and it worked great! Here it is after all the soap is gone from the middle.

I decided to cut it open and show you what the inside looks like.

You can see the different layers of felt and they've all shrunk leaving a rather tiny space for the soap as it was used up.
There are still uses for the little pieces of wool.
It would still work well as a scrubbie, on dirty hands or dishes just with soap added now.
It could be used to protect jewelry when packing very light.
My pieces fit neatly on the ends of my fingers; they could be used to make cute finger puppets.
Do you have an idea for how to use the leftover felt? Please share it in the comments. :P

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Spinning Time

This pretty is 80% Merino wool and 20% Silk. I got it from yarn2spin in Greenville Michigan. It was pretty cool to finally go to her shop in person and see all the great stuff in her shop. This top was one of the things I picked up. I'll post pictures of the finished yarn when I'm done!

New Dyes, New Yarns

I got a few more dyes, and now have 2 reds, 2 blues, a yellow, and black. I was starting to run out of my first 3 primary colors and decided to get the black too this time around. So all the greens, oranges, and purples you see in my shop are all from me mixing the dyes. Surprisingly (to me anyway) I'm not very scientific about it. I look at it more like mixing paint colors. I mix them until I have a color I like and then I put it on the yarn! This blue and green yarn has the new blue
and for something that looks newer, for this yarn I used my new black to make a grey and the new blue in the purple.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blue Knit Treasury

I haven't had much time for stalking treasuries lately but I looked at a few yesterday and saw that they were opening up in just a few minutes!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Candyland Inspired Yarn

I thought I'd tell you a bit about how I made my Candyland Inspired Yarn for the EtsyFAST challenge for June.

First I chose the colors to match the squares on the path of the gameboard: read, purple, yellow, blue, orange, green. I selected equal amounts of each roving and then pulled each one apart in equal pieces.
I spun the single with the colors in the same order and then repeated the colors, after that my bobbin was quite full!

The first picture shows the single on my lazy kate. In the second picture, I've started plying the yarn. I navajo plied the yarn so that my colors would stay together. I wanted solid color stripes for this yarn instead of the plys being different colors for most of the yarn. In navajo plying the spinner makes big crochet chains with the single ply and twists the three strands together into a three ply yarn.

Here's the very bright and colorful finished yarn!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ever Wondered How to Make Really Long Section Names?


Puppeteer On The Roof explains it!

5 Favorite Things About Summer Blog Carnival

1 Watersports- Water skiing, boating, kayaking
2 Beach
3 More light/ longer days
4 Swimming
5 Camping

I think that a pretty good list. Notice how most of them involve water to keep cool! I'm not a fan of the summer heat, but if its going to be hot out might as well do something fun!

If you missed the last episode, here's the June 22 edition!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My Light Box!!!!!

I now have my very own collapses to flat light box!

I don't have space for a light box that just sits around being an empty box most of the time, so I made one that can be stored flat! I got some inspriation from http://clinecreations.blogspot.com/2009/02/space-saving-light-box-finally.html but our boxes are different sizes. My top is also different because I didn't like cutting out tiny slits in the cardboard. It's not the prettiest, but it seems to work. I just need more lights now!

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