Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Eggs in Simple Shades

We kept Easter egg dyeing pretty simple this year.  We used what we had in the fridge, which were mostly brown eggs from our friend's farm and a couple of ameracauna blue eggs tossed in as well.


We had simple, familiar techniques.  

The Wire Dipper

The Spoon


Here is a technique that is simple for younger children.

The Wisk

Not all of the brown eggs came out in soft, pretty colors, 
but we like the color of stone.  :)

This one is my favorite!

Simple Stripes

Taking our family portrait was NOT as simple.  
I think this picture says it all.

I hope you are having a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Vintage Tax Man Cometh

This is a fun treasury I made today featuring vintage and vintage inspired tax finds.

I made this one featuring some buddies on Etsy.  Lots of great Mom's Day ideas here!

Finally, my alpaca baby booties made it into this treasury today by PamelasJewelry.  Aren't her finds gorgeous?

Treasuries are sort of mini-galleries shop owners create to feature items on Etsy.  It is a big gift-giving time with Easter, Mother's Day, and Graduation coming up.  Everything you'll find has a story.  Buy handmade!