A Necklace to Birth With

I’ve been enjoying the Wooly Moss Roots blog for quite a while now, and always love looking at the new items the Wilson family puts up in their Etsy shop, Mystic Orb.

Imagine my delight when this lovely necklace appeared:

When I saw this beautiful Goddess, I knew She was meant to be around my neck while I labour. I don’t usually make purchases for myself (not even clothes!), but I went ahead and bought the necklace within moments of seeing the listing. I just couldn’t help myself.

Yesterday, my Goddess arrived in the mail, along with a little tin of Healing Salve for the new baby’s bottom from the Wilsons’ other shop, Wooly Moss Roots, and a lovely handwritten note from the Wilson family. What a pleasant surprise on a beautiful day! The Goddess pendant is even more lovely in real life than it is in photographs, and I was immediately in love. The feel of the sassafras wood is so pleasing – I can’t stop running my fingers over it, smooth and warm. And turquoise is my favourite stone, nearly the same colour as my sweet Raina’s eyes, and the birthstone of my husband. How perfect to have my Goddess made of turquoise inlay!

After Lynden took a turn wearing the Goddess pendant, She made Her way to my neck, where She’s been ever since. I fully intend to wear this necklace continually until the baby is born, a reminder of the Goddess wisdom and power of the Earth that all women have somewhere inside of them (even if it seems to be hiding for some – it is there!), a little symbol of strength and love to carry with me while I bring forth new life into the world.

So, thanks Wilson family! Your necklace has brought great happiness to this pregnant mama!

 

(And don’t worry, readers, soon I will post photos of my preggo belly as so many of you have requested, complete with my new Goddess pendant!)

Dino Goes Down Under

As you may recall, I made a stuffed dinosaur toy for my oldest son as part of our handmade holiday. I got some pretty good feedback on it, and decided to offer it as a made-to-order item in my Etsy shop.

I made DinoRoar with 100% wool (all but the eyes, that is). I love the way washed wool stuffs compared to polyfil, and the way a woolen toy feels compared to polyester or other fake fibres. Wool makes for such a warm, cuddly, cozy toy – perfect for little hands.

After spending Wednesday and Thursday knitting some serious green, today I was happy to send a new little DinoRoar off to the land down under – all the way to Australia! I hope the sweet stuffie has an uneventful journey and arrives on the other side of the planet safe and sound.

Oh, and Lynden’s DinoRoar? She’s gotten some serious love since Christmas-time. Lynden has to ward off his younger siblings when DinoRoar is around, because they’re always trying to steal her away. A successful gift, I think.

Handmade Holiday – Buying Handmade

Let’s face it, dear readers, try as I might, I won’t be able to make everything I had hoped to for this holiday season. Luckily, there are plenty of other folks out there who are making their livings as crafters and artisans, and I’m happy to be able to support them.

For Raina, I just couldn’t resist these items from Ontarian Etsy sellers:

A doll sling, for her babies! Raina loves her dolls, and I’m fairly certain she’ll love carrying them around just the same as mama carries babies. This beautiful little handmade sling is from SewFunky, by Tanja Mackenzie in Guelph.

A Leaf Baby! When I saw this, I immediately envisioned it hanging from Raina’s neck. She swoons over dear, tiny little things. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she discovers this wee precious babe on Christmas morning! It is from EvesLittleEarthlings by Eve Geisler in Guelph.

And of course, I’m still busily crafting away, trying to get everything finished in this last week that I have left. I said it last year (and failed to follow through), and I hereby declare it again – next year I’m starting my holiday crafting in August!

Holiday Giveaway

In the spirit of giving, I’ve decided to do a little Holiday Giveaway.  I’m offering to one lucky reader a Sweetie Pie Beanie, infant-sized (0-3 months), in 100% wool.  This warm & cozy beanie was crocheted by me with love and good intentions, and I’d like nothing more than to know it’s keeping some sweet baby’s head warm this winter!

To enter the Giveaway: Leave a comment. Make sure you include your name, so I know who to contact when I select a winner.  I’d also love it if you were to tell me what your favourite item in my Etsy shop is – but that’s not mandatory. Winner will be chosen by random generator.

Entries close Friday evening at 9pm.

Good luck, dear readers! Thanks for following our trials and triumphs through 2011 – it’s been great, hasn’t it?

 

 

Garden of Woolly Delights

I’ve been a busy, crafty mama over the last while, gearing up for the cold weather. Nearly every night after the kids have gone to bed, I’ve been spending some time knitting or crocheting – or both! Here is some of what I’ve been up to.  If you like what you see, click on a photo to visit the item’s Etsy listing page.

"The Wave" - a custom order for a local child.

Lynden's winter sweater, which will eventually have a hood and a front pocket.

Warm winter toque, listed on Etsy

"Super Swirls", available on Etsy

"Pumpkin Head" beanie, available on Etsy

Bobble hat, available on Etsy

This is just a small sampling of some of my favourite projects.  I’ve also been busy with the spinning wheel!

Bamboo/alpaca blend in "Dreamy Green", available on Etsy

Now I really need to get started on my Christmas gifts so I’m not in the same pickle I’ve found myself in previously (rushing to finish Christmas projects at the last minute, that is).  I’ve decided to participate in Handmade Holiday this year, led by Tonya over at Plain and Joyful Living blog.  Since we have a very limited income to work with, I’m going to go all out and make every gift; in the past I’ve managed to do about half of my gifts by hand.  I’m pretty excited about some of the projects I’ve got planned!

We Have a Winner!

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on the Wednesday Giveaway post! This afternoon I randomly selected a winner using a number generator.

The winner of the handspun New Zealand wool yarn is JENN!  Congratulations, Jenn! Email trinityfibrecraft at yahoo dot ca with your mailing information and I will send your yarn out to you on Monday morning.

Wednesday Giveaway

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve had an obsession with my spinning wheel lately.  I just keep spinning yarn, and I’ve decided that I need to give some of it away.  I like to share the fibre love!  It felt so great to give away some of my mesh produce bags a little while back, I felt it was time to share something else with the world.

This here giveaway is for a beautiful 2-ply yarn.  The first ply is natural silver/grey and the second ply is hand-dyed blue.  The colours together are, in my opinion, just gorgeous!  This particular skein is 96 yards.

To win some of my handspun 100% New Zealand wool yarn, leave a comment on this post.  For a second shot at the prize, head on over to my Etsy shop, “favourite” this yarn, and leave another comment here letting me know that you did so.  I’ll randomly select a winner from the comments on Saturday afternoon, and send out the yarn on Monday morning.  (Shipping may be delayed due to the current Canada Post strike.)

Good luck!

In Sheep’s Clothing

This weekend I had the joy of attending a friend’s sheep shearing party with my mom and my daughter.  Their farm is gorgeous and we were surrounded by such lovely people.

My mama and my daughter made some new friends.

 

We were surprised by how calm and patient the sheep were while being sheared.

Raina was totally captivated by the shearing and watched very intently for a long time.

 

Sheep are such beautiful animals. We bought one!

At the end of it all, my sweet girl was tuckered right out.

 

Shearing day was pretty fantastic!  I wish I had more days like this in my life, with great people gathered together, enjoying life with each other, smiling and laughing and just having a grand old time.  We’re alone too much on our little farm!

 

And an aside – I’ve been spinning up some new yarns the past few days.  I can’t get enough of my spinning wheel!  Soon I’ll have a large new selection of yarns in my Etsy shop!

Bamboo/Alpaca blend... it is so soft and luxurious, I want all of my clothing to feel like this! Totally dreamy!

Happy weekend to you all!

Weekend Giveaway!

Around this farm, we’re always trying to find ways to avoid plastic.  We’ve been carting our groceries home in reusable bags for years, but we’re still plagued by the little plastic produce bags.  In an effort to avoid those little clear bags of death, I started placing my produce loose into the grocery cart.  Effective in eliminating the plastic, but bothersome in that loose fruits and veggies were rolling all over as I tried to put groceries away.

My solution? A crocheted mesh produce bag.  Lightweight, stretchy, durable, and best of all – reusable.  Perfect for the farmer’s market!  Perfect for the grocery store!  Perfect for the kids to play house with!

Because I have been so enjoying my mesh produce bags, I decided to share the produce bag love and put them up in the Etsy shop. Each bag is made to order by me, crocheted with love and good intentions from 100% cotton.

To celebrate the opening of our local farmer’s market today, and the return of the beautiful sun, I am giving away a set of two mesh produce bags.  To enter, leave a comment on this post.  To enter a second time, visit the listing for the mesh produce bags on Etsy, add the bag to your favourites, then come on back and leave a second comment.  On Monday afternoon, I will randomly select a winner from the comments, and then I’ll get to work making two crocheted produce bags for the winner.  Every time you use your produce bag, you’ll know that Mama Earth is smiling.

Happy produce shopping!

Wooden Wonderland

I love Etsy treasuries.  Some of them are almost works of art, so beautifully put together, laid out in such a pleasing and eye-catching way.  I also love creating Etsy treasuries, browsing through one amazing listing after another to choose just the right ones.  It’s hard to limit myself to 16 items, with all the beautiful things out there.

One of my favourite materials, ever, is wood.  Wood is gorgeous, feels so good between the fingers, has a sense of life to it.  Every piece of wood has its own unique story.  I spend so much time looking at wood items on Etsy, I figured I had better create a treasury.  Behold, “Wooden Wonderland”:

Go ahead, take a click.  Give your eyes a visual feast.  These items are truly gorgeous, and who knows, you might just decide to give one a new home.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4dbb68fa96206d91922c2849/wooden-wonderland?index=0