Writings from 3 sisters, who love to garden, do scrapbooking, fiber arts and sometimes have an opinion.

Friday, December 28, 2012

What is on the Loom?

Amanda's snowman
My husband's placemats, love the pattern, the color
not as much.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got everything they wanted! We had all our children and grandchildren here for dinner, a little game playing and of course the opening of the gifts. Then this morning my husband and I did a little running around,we had to buy food for the dogs, cats and for us too. And you could tell that the hops were being processed. The smell of hops is very distinctive and if you have ever lived near where they are grown, you know what I am talking about. I don't find it  an unpleasant smell. We have many hop ranches in our area and you would recognized the fields because they look like large support poles connected with wire throughout the field.
So what is on the looms-my husband has started some placemats. He is not so sure about the color (I am not so sure either) but he has already finished 4 with white yarn and is now working on a gold color. I have a scarf warp on my table loom, it has been there forever, but I am not worried about it. The scarf warp is one the I have set up to take to Project Warm-Up meeting. So I am not worried about doing everything here at home. I have also started another scarf warp on my Gilmore with bamboo yarn and my husband has been warping wool for wool rugs.
I also received a super cute ornament from Amanda www.weave-away.blogspot.com. She talks about her snowman weaving on her blog. And I got one! Thank you again Amanda, I love it.
This is a cotton warp and weft. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

This little lady was given to me by a friend. I think
this looks like me. She even has glasses.
There are things on her that represent my
teaching time and a little woven
piece on her right shoulder.
This is a sweet collage that my sister made. Yes that is
a cupcake but it also has some special family things on
it too. Sweet enough to eat!
My husband took the picture and I don't know why
he put him up like a kangaroo, but I think you
can get an idea of how he looked. 
Merry Christmas! We have cleaned the house and tomorrow our oldest son will be coming over the mountain pass to spend Christmas with us. Our other two children live in the same town we do, so they will be over too. I am hopefully that the pass will be okay since it is snowing here, which means it usually is really snowing in the mountains. I haven't checked the pass report on the net, I will do that tomorrow. I want to show everyone the little armadillo that I made for my sister. She collects armadillos so I made one from the book"Weaving a Zoo." I know that Amanda from www.weave-away.blogspot.com has made some of the animals from this book, but I was just interested in the armadillo. When my grandson saw it, he wanted one, so I made two of them. 
Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas, Amy

Friday, December 21, 2012

Check these out

Hoping I am able to post some photos here for show and tell....how lucky I am to have sisters who are so gifted...true artists....we have lunch about once a month where we share ideas/gossip a bit, solve world problems and bring supplies to share....we all do some crafting......this month was our Christmas luncheon of course and look what I got!!!   My sister Amy and along with her hubby are weavers....beautiful weavers....he wove the fabric and Amy created the sweetest purse for me...check out the big fat red button and zipper for the closure...I love it....and Gail is a paper artist and created a huge box of handmade cards...but how can I send them off to others when I want to keep them all myself...and last and it is a tiny thing, Charlotte made lapel pins for us and she began with a big button, strung on some beads and glued and wooolaaah...I have a special piece of jewelry......

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ornament #8

In order to make this ornament you will need to know someone
who has a kiln for glass fusing. Or maybe you already have
one. This is left over glass formed into a star. Super cute and
very sturdy.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ornament #7

These are little birds cut from a pop can with a die cutter.
They are painted and a little bit of sparkle is added.
Enjoy, Amy

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ornament #6

The first one is a heart cookie cutter that has been covered
with fabric. It has a lot of detail in a very simple package.
The second one is a ball of yarn, yes just a ball of yarn,
wait there is a hanger on it. This one is so simple.
it is just too cute. 
I was posting an ornament a day for awhile and then the flu bug hit me. No one that I know has had the flu but I picked it up somewhere. It has hindered me finishing my Christmas prep. I have been trying to get everything purchased but still do not have the tree decorated. I also had to miss my grandson's Christmas program and he was playing the second elf. And before anyone asks, I did have my flu shot. So next ornament.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ornament #5

This little poinsettia was made by heating pieces from plastic bottles! It has a clip on the back, so it can be worn by the tree or me. I think that it was heated over a candle but I wonder if a heat gun would provide enough heat for the plastic to be formed into shape?
Enjoy, Amy

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ornament #4

This ornament was made by my sister. She used an old measuring stick with a tag, a little "fluff," a ribbon and a bell.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ornaments #3

A little red wagon ornament, made from a sucret box. Spray painted red and with button wheels.
Another recycled ornament.
Enjoy, Amy

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ornaments #2

The ornament on the right is a little plastic holder that you get when your children use a quarter in a machine for a ring or a small toy. It is filled with beads and covered on the top and put with felt oak leaves to become an acorn. The ornament in the back is a pinecone turkey. I am not sure what my sister used for the head. Maybe she will post and let us know. If you haven't notice we had a theme this year, it was "red and recycled." These two ornaments really live up to that theme.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Yes, I am still here and yes I have been working on some Christmas gifts. Not very many but I can't show them just yet. I have made something for my sister and my grandson. It is the same thing and I know she is wondering what she would want that a 5 year old would want also. But she will have to wait until we have our Christmas lunch. Actually my sisters are probably wondering which one of them the present is for-but they will have to wait until the Christmas lunch.
The day after Thanksgiving we had our annual Christmas ornament exchange. This exchange has been going on for almost 30 years. So I am going to be showing a few of the ornaments that I received this year.
This is a little ball made out of Christmas cards-I
have seen them made bigger than this but never this small.
The other one is an egg with a reindeer painted on it.