Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hand spun fun!


Recently I took up hand spinning my own yarn! I've been wanting to try it out for a long time but finally I got an excuse to actually pick up a spindle. My father's alpaca are being sheared and I'm going to be getting a portion of the coat to turn into roving for yarn. Before I got my hands on the pretty alpaca fiber I thought I should practice on some "store bought" roving. I found the above wool over at Queen Bee Fibers, naturally I liked a lot of their products because well...bees. I bought an orange creamsicle roving, a pink sherbet roving, and a white wool that I want to dye myself. They even through in some wooly wash for me to try, it smells like lavender and heaven, I'm excited to use it!
I purchased a spinning kit that included a drop spindle so I was ready to make my own yarn! You can find a similar kit here! I watched several great tutorials on how to spin yarn via YouTube and then I took a whack at it! At first the motions are pretty awkward but I got the hang of it fairly quickly and spun a ball up in no time. 
I started off spinning a fairly chunky yarn and I loved the way it turned out, the colors are so beautiful when they are twisted together. I think this yarn is going to knit up perfectly.  I'm going to try and practice spinning more often and maybe eventually I'll invest in a wheel so I can spin with more ease.  There are so many fun possibilities when it comes to spinning fiber. 
My next project is dying and hand painting! I'll definitely be sharing my process here! Have you ever spun your own yarn? If you haven't and you're a yarn junkie you should give it a try! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter is here!

Easter has arrived! I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends! April sort of snuck up on me and I haven't been around much. I've been working on a lot of fun things for the shop and hopefully I'll be listing a few new things soon! I've been catching up on orders the last month, the iPhone cases in my etsy shop have been flying out of stock and have kept me super busy!
Lately the kids and I have been dying an obscene amount of eggs to get into the Easter spirit! I decided to hand paint some floral designs on a few and I love how they turned out. I'll be sad when we have to toss them out!
What sort of fun techniques and designs did you do on your eggs this year?


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hello April link-up!


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

9/52


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Last week I didn't get to post on my photo series but I figured better late than never! This weekend we finally had Marli's birthday party after many weather delays! The kids had such a good time and the weather was finally beautiful. My sister in law took these precious photos of the kids with their new little friend, be still my heart!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Color // Text: Emily Green color palette.

Gosh, I love making these color palettes! This watercolor print by Emily Green caught my eye right away and I made sure that  I pinned it just for this purpose! I love the effects in this print, the texture and bleeding of colors makes the pattern really fun and unique. I also really love the bright pops of color against the neutral and blush pink colors. I would totally hang this print somewhere in my house, now to find a place!

Artist // Emily Green.
Find this piece here.
See my last Color // Text  palette here.