Posts Tagged ‘reid’


November 6, 2011

fall is here.  well, not really here in arizona, but in the rest of the world that has seasons, yes.  a time to don hats and scarves, and start making gifts for relatives (which in my case means making hats to sell or for charity while procrastinating on christmas items.)  it’s a very pensive time of year for me.  fall has always been my favorite season, and having lived back and forth from arizona to other places it’s very difficult for me to be here when the rest of the world is curling into autumn’s long slow sleep.  all the poems i have been writing lately have been about fall not coming to arizona.  it was in the 60s today for the first time this year, and the entire desert did not know how to take it.

i am going hiking tomorrow to reconnect with the nature of the desert and hopefully remember that there can be beautiful things here, even if it is not my ideal living place.  i will sit and absorb the vibration that our mother earth gives no matter what the surface environment.

don’t worry

September 2, 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!)

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. 🙂

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.

making pretty things!

June 29, 2011

i am proud to announce the opening of my new etsy shop, whispering birds.  i’ve thought a long time about expanding to make more jewelry, but my other etsy shop focuses mostly on handmade bags and dreadlocks tams, and i didn’t want to interrupt the flow of that.  that shop has its own feel, and whispering birds will be all about beautiful, earthy jewelry.

here are three pendants i wrapped last night!  i’m really enjoying this a lot.  i didn’t know when i started that i would fall in love with jewelry making.  i’m hoping i can get better at it so i can make my design ideas a reality.

fluorite and silver wrapped pendant
jade and wire wrapped pendant
tiger's eye wire wrapped pendant
peace and love ❤

love your mother earth festival

June 21, 2011

i spent the weekend at the most awesome festival at ryan creek meadows this weekend.  my friend had a booth and invited me to come sell, so i brought some painted bags and hats.  i didn’t sell much, but gosh was it tons of fun!  all the vendors had the most amazing things, and our neighbors specialized in patchwork bags.  there was one made of red and purple corduroy that was the apple of my eye while i was there, but at $35 it was more than i could afford.  so i got home with ideas in my head and decided to make a bag of my own!

i’m going to sell it, of course.  but i was glad to make it.  it got rid of some scrap fabric i had cut up and ignored, and it looks great!  i love to sew, but due to my severe lack of patience have difficulty finishing sewing projects for the same reason i can’t finish knitting ones.

the lady next to us had a lot of patchwork clothing and pieced together clothing that i wanted to try to do too.  and jewelry… oh the jewelry.  it was a fantastic time.  i felt as though my umbilical cord has been reattached to the universe.

friday night, after gathering the pieces of my head back together, the group of us headed up the steep hill to the techno section of the festival.  i stood next to the fire trying to get warm as the light shows played on the mountain, and above me the stars were crystal clear for the first time in ages.  a bunch of paper lanterns were lit and lifted into the sky, mingling with the stars.  at one point i couldn’t tell which were which.  as we came down the hill the moon started to rise over the mountain, and most of us couldn’t believe our eyes, that it was actually happening within our view.

saturday night we sat around the fire, roasted bacon-wrapped hot dogs and marshmallows, smoked, talked, and generally had a very groovy connection with each other.  i was getting major woodstock vibes.  i met a lot of people that are now my facebook friends.  it’s strange what technology can do (i say as i write this.)

peace and love.