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Back from a Very Long Trip

Have just returned from a long trip – Florida to California – where I was given the opportunity to attend the craft and hobby industry trade show to help promote my first book Knit & Crochet Combined.

That’s a long way to go away from home for me. I’m very much a homebody but this was too good to pass up. Having just returned home this morning around 1:00 AM, I’m still a little tired and fuzzy so this post will be short. I’ll elaborate on the trip and what I saw and learned in future posts.

To spice things up a bit, I tried to keep a sketch diary of sorts as I traveled. Due to a full schedule, it didn’t get used as often as I would have liked, but I did manage a few things.

To start, I left home at 5:15 AM on Sunday morning to make sure to sit at the gate in our regional airport. The transportation service I used gave me that pickup time which allowed me about an hour to check in and go through security. That all took around 10 minutes so I was in no danger of missing the plane.

With plenty of time to draw, I also got a nice sketch of the carpet patttern at the gate too.

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A Trip to Joann Fabrics

Now, that’s always a good thing! Of course the nearest store is a half hour drive down a busy interstate, but that’s what it takes. Today’s trip was to find trimmings to finish some of the projects for the beginner knitting book.

I got FEATHERS! Now, doesn’t that make you wonder a little bit? Then, there are sequins and tassels and pom pom fringe and decorative chain and beads. What a bag of goodies!

I also found this copy of Australian Stitches. I’ve not seen this magazine before. It is a fashion/sewing magazine with the unmistakable look of Australian needlework. There’s even a bonus Cleckheaton knitting pattern.

It seems that there is more and more of a cross current between the US and Australia and some of the needlework coming out of there is just wonderful. I’m always excited to see something new like this.

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Everyone Needs a Little Whimsy in Their Life

Happy Holidays All! We are settling in for our Christmas break and I am working on a variety of projects, and nursing an unpleasant cold as well, and thought to share one of my gifts with you. This was from a good friend who knows me well. I was so excited that I actually jumped up and down. It is a kit for a miniature fairyland forest. Look here to see the product information. It even comes with the little fairy house!

This is a perfect gift and shows how well my friend knows me as the fairies have camped in my garden this past summer. Here is a picture of the camp among the flowers. You can just see the rosemary on the little bed and the wee fire pit is ready for the evening fire.

Another bit of whimsy in my life is the WhimpleTree Bunny Cottage. While it is still in progress, the outside is not painted yet and some niceties inside are missing, the residents seem happy with it. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are hand made, to scale, bunnies living in this one twelfth scale doll house. The furniture and decorations are moved and varied with the seasons – and Mrs. Bunny’s whims!

Here is Mrs. Bunny downstairs with the Christmas tree and other decorations. The table base is a tree stump sculpted out of Creative Paperclay and then painted and sealed. The stove is from a kit and there are crocheted and tatted rugs on the floors. Mrs. Bunny really likes her cast iron stove and she has a sewing machine upstairs.

Because it is the holidays, Mr. Bunny felt that the outside of the house should be a little more festive. Here he is on the front porch with the wreath and garlands he put up.

There are quite a few more things to do in addition to painting the outside of the house. The Bunnies would like a comfy couch downstairs, Mr. Bunny’s garden is not finished, they might like some clothes, and not to mention all the accessories that make a house a home, but they seem happy in the meantime so it will be an enjoyable process to complete and furnish the house.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of a whimsical diversion. Now, back to all the projects waiting!