Archive for July, 2011

friendship bracelets!

July 27, 2011
Friendship Bracelets by things that made my day.
Friendship Bracelets, a photo by things that made my day. on Flickr.

in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new section of my blog: the FRIENDSHIP BRACELET CHALLENGE!  =^.^=

my awesome friends gave me a bunch of hemp in different colors for my birthday, so i sat down the other day to make a friendship bracelet.  i posted about it on facebook, and my friend requested that i send her one.  i told her i would and then got to thinking about how i wish someone would send me one.  i thought about how awesome it would be to randomly get a bracelet in the mail from a friend.  and then i thought about sending them as a surprise to someone, and the grow light fizzled to life above my head.

check it out and DO IT!  it’s easy and quick and even cheap to mail (2 stamps should do it!)


July 23, 2011
foxglove by littlehippiegirl
foxglove, a photo by littlehippiegirl on Flickr.

have i mentioned lately how much i love flowers?

Via Flickr:
or what i think is foxglove- correct me if i’m wrong!!

new computer and stuff!

July 18, 2011

i got a new computer for my birthday!  i’m so excited!  my laptop was on its last legs- four years old, with a giant crack across the screen.  this is a perfect gift- especially now that i’m trying to get a business started up online.  it was going to get pretty impossible after a while to use my old computer for all the stuff i need it for.

speaking of businesses started up online!  i added a few things to both stardust hippie goods:

corn stalk scarf - PATTERN hot air balloon dreadlocks tam / slouchy hat - PATTERN sea star dreadlocks tam / slouchy hat

and from whispering birds:

river driftwood necklace - sky venus necklace sunray earrings - purple

i also got an amazon gift card for my birthday, which i used to buy some silver wire.  it’s so expensive, but i’m super excited about using it.  i like making affordable jewelry, but if you use better materials, it makes a fantastic difference.  yes, i’m a hippie, and i can make jewelry from guitar strings and floral wire.  but i do love silver a lot.  i can’t help it, i’m a cancer.

august 1 is coming up- time to celebrate the harvest at lughnassasdh!

forked cluster stitch washcloth

July 13, 2011

i’m moving my patterns over from quazen, since i’m getting incredibly disillusioned by that site.  now, you can read them without ridiculous ads on every side of the screen!  yay!

the forked cluster stitch is a group of stitches that uses a modified cluster stitch to produce a tight, short stitch.  this washcloth is a wonderful pattern for this stitch and will be thick and durable.

for this washcloth you will need medium weight cotton yarn (Lily Sugar ‘n Creme is great) and an I hook.

ch 33.

row 1: yo and insert hook in the 3rd chain from hook.  yo and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  yo and insert hook in next ch.  yo and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  yo and draw through 3 loops (3 loops on hook).  yo and draw through remaining 3 loops.  this is your first forked cluster stitch (FC).  * yo and insert hook in same ch as previous forked cluster stitch.  yo and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  yo and insert hook in next ch.  yo and draw up a look (5 loops on hook).  yo and draw through 3 loops, yo and draw through remaining 3 loops.  repeat from * until the end of the row until 1 ch remains.  dc in last ch.  turn.

row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc).  1 FC inserting hook into each of first 2 sts (in other words, the bottom of the turning ch and the next st).  *1 FC inserting hook into same st as previous fc and then into next st.  repeat from * to end, until only turning ch remains; 1 dc in turning ch.  Turn.

repeat row 2 until the washcloth is the desired length.

i kind of have a thing for homemade washcloths, so you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of these moved over here. 🙂

an organic solution for slugs (in case you were wondering)

July 8, 2011

slugs are an icky garden pest that used to keep my sister and i busy for hours with the salt shaker.  now that i’m not as sadistic, i took interest in this remedy for slug infestation from beeton’s domestic recipe book (published 1883):

“slugs are very voracious, and their ravages often do considerable damage, not only in the kitchen-garden, but to the flower-beds also.  if, now and then, a few slices of turnip be put about the beds, on a summer or autumn evening, the slugs will congregate thereon, and may be destroyed.”

i guess how you destroy them is up to you.

bits and bobbles

July 6, 2011

i finally got my tremendous check in the mail, and after depositing it today made a beeline for the powderhorn trading company with the intention of spending lots of money.  thankfully, their prices are far lower and their selection far better than our local joann’s, and i was able to get out of there after spending only $20.  one of my favorite parts about the store is the “fill a bag for $3” option.  i found a lot of tiny matching beads that i then used to make earrings.

i really enjoy the ease of working with etsy.  i’ve tried other sites like bonanza, but you don’t get the exposure like you do on etsy.  now that i’m learning to take better photos (i still haven’t perfected it, unfortunately) i’m feeling more confident about my store.  i can’t wait to have more things to sell so i can start getting the word out.  i have a showcase slot scheduled for my birthday- here’s to hoping!

time for bed.  my new school mentor is calling in the morning, and i have to be awake for it, which means i have to be to bed before midnight.  cheers everyone.

river stones

July 1, 2011
river stones by littlehippiegirl
river stones, a photo by littlehippiegirl on Flickr.

i’ve been really inspired by nature lately.  now that i’m back in montana where i’m surrounded by beauty, i’m itching to create things that flow in harmony with nature.  i had a few precious stones that i wrapped but i got to thinking- what about river stones?  and then i found polanshek’s shop on etsy that has gorgeous items made from stones.

vermont stone necklace by polanshek on etsy

i’m excited now.  what i’d love to do is drill holes in them, but i won’t have the tools for that for quite some time if at all.  so for now i must wrap them and make them beautiful!  i’m really into the stacked stone lamp mentioned in this article.