Thursday, April 30, 2009

Stephanie loves to craft and spend time with her two

younger sisters. Her love of travel has taken her to France, Spain, Italy, Peru, & Uganda.

In Uganda, she learned to make paper beads and while there she fell in love with the people and their culture.

Her goal is to return to Africa within two years and build a home for the elderly and /or orphans, as funds will allow. All proceeds from her online shop ,

Violent Green, will go toward fulfilling her goal. These beautiful photographs are from her shop. See more at where you'll find more fine art photography and eco friendly jewelry.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Hike through the Woods

I went on a hike this morning... through the woods to the creek. The morning light, filtering through the branches, played here and there on the newly budded leaves. I know that soon the trees will be so heavy with leaves that the walk will be almost completely shaded.

Many of the older trees have lost their battle with the elements and have fallen by the way, like this one. In a way, it makes me sad to see such a magnificent tree lying on its side while others stand at attention around it. But, I hurry on because I know that the creek is not too far beyond.

Someone once asked what was my inspiration (to crochet) and I was hard pressed to answer because so many things inspire me -
Nature - beautiful trees and wildflowers
Music - Chopin, DeBusy, Mozart, Beethovan, Rachmaninov, Paul Taylor, Dave Koz, Anita Baker, Sade, India Arie, Jean-Luc Ponty, etc
Wildlife - bunnies, hummingbirds, cardinals, cats of all sorts, horses...
Rain - and the wonderful clean scent that follows
People - especially those who are not afraid to look and to see with their hearts as well as their eyes

So, I arrived at the creek and found it as peaceful as usual, its waters flowing gently down-stream toward the lake. No fishermen are here this morning so the creek is all mine. I feel rejuvenated after a few minutes here.

Along the way, several beds of wildflowers caught my eye, one tiny and white, growing up through the leaves of last winter. So dainty that I wondered how it found its way to the top. It smiled up at me and I took its picture. :-)

The other, growing amid a tangle of gnarled tree roots, reminded me of something someone once told me during the midst of a turbulent time in my life. "Bloom wherever you are planted!"

This morning was the start of a beautiful day. May yours be as lovely!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This little outfit was sooo much fun to make. I've gotten orders to make two of the skirts for twins so I'm working on those right now. The big LUA for the girls is in June and their grandmom can't wait to present them with their very own hula skirts! I'm excited as well because I've been honored to create something ewenique for their special day.
Happy birthday, girls! Grandmom has promised to send pictures of the big day so be looking for them in June. :-)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Can you believe it! I finished the dress last night. :-) I was even lucky enough to find the exact color of yarn ( yeah, I ran out and had to run to purchase more) to finish the last ruffle. Now, I've got to make a decision. The bodice is just a slight shade lighter than the rest of the dress due to a variation in the yarn, so I may hand dye the entire dress to get a uniform color. Afterwards, I need to crochet white trim around each ruffle, sew on the buttons and starch lightly so the ruffles will stand out a little. I just love this dress and now I want to make one in white. Well, not right away! Size: toddler 1/2

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lilac Rose soap with real rose petals

DeShawn Marie

has been making hand-made soaps,candles, creams, etc for over 12 years. Having always had an attraction to nature, she enjoys "traveling to exotic places to collect ingredients and inspiration for" her wonderful line of products. One of my favorites is her "Lilac Rose" soap which will transport you to a walk in a rose-filled garden. You may purchase her soaps at

Gardenia Chamomille

Coconut milk, honey,oatmeal & almonds

follow her blog @ Enjoy!

Lavender Rosemary

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Indian Inspired Poncho & Skirt Set

When I first learned to knit, I saw this beautiful pattern for a poncho and skirt. I really wanted to make it, but had no idea what I was doing. Thus began my adventure with two needles and a skein of yarn. After purchasing the yarn, I'd prop myself between several pillows on the couch and read directions about how to cast on, make a stockinette stitch and do something called duplicate stitich. Miraculously, I finished both pieces and they fit perfectly. It was the beginning of a love affair with yarn that has spanned many years and has given me countless hours of enjoyment!

Crocheted Booties

One of my favorite items to crochet is
booties in the form of various
animals, like these elephants that
I designed for a student.

Bunny Booties are perfect for Easter. They have a little fluffy pompom tail at the back of each bootie.

These monkey & banana booties are another
favorite of mine.

All the booties can be made to fit infants to adults! What fun!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cowboy Hats!

I really like the way this cowboy hat
turned out and I've got yarn to make a
cream-colored one. I've also been
thinking about making one in black.

I love the way you can mold it almost
any way and it will hold its shape.
See both colors available on etsy @

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Bubbles Up by Bethie B.

I found Bubbles up by Bethie B. quite by accident and I'm so glad I did! I've tried quite a
few of her hand-crafted soaps and I've never been disappointed

I hope you'll visit her shop on etsy at and try a few of my favorites, like

Chocolate Fudge ( top left) or Coconut @ right.

I'm sure you'd also like one of her newer soaps, Country Chunky Peach

(below) OR

Apple Crisp (lower left).

Coming soon.... two of my favorite soap vendors on Etsy! Sometime over this weekend, I'll be collecting pictures from their shops and writing a little about each! Stay tuned! :-)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

More DashnDazzle

What extraordinary TALENT! I just
HAD to share some more photos with you! I love the eyemakeup on this one!

DashNDazzle even makes the gorgeous wigs you see on each

Each mannequin is
meticulously painted by

Marilyn Monroe, as if you needed to be told!

I am in love with the work done by DashnDazzle! I wish I could own one of each but, alas, decisions, decisions!

You can find DashnDazzle at
or on Flickr under the same name.

The one, the only Cher!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Aspen Moon Arts

Exquisite yarn @reasonable Prices!

As she puts it, Aspen Moon was "enchanted with art of all forms" when she was younger.
Having been creative all her life, she paints, knits, weaves, quilts, makes jewelry and of course spins some of the most beautiful yarn on Etsy. Her biggest passion has been textiles for as long as she can remember , so it was only natural that she began spinning yarn, creating beautiful skeins like "Swirled Amethyst" (above).

A self-described "textile happy fool" Aspen Moon
has been spinning fiber since 2004 in East Tennessee where hand crafts are common-place. Her first drop spindle cost a mere $5.00 and by the second week of trying her hand at it, she thought, "Is THAT all there is to it?"

Spring Wish

Silver Cherry

Satin Earth

Cream-colored handspun llama

Lollipop Cloud

Visit to see more fabulous yarns!

Crochet Curtain

I've worked on this curtain for quite some time now and I'm finally nearing completion of the squares. Pictured here is one square and then two, placed side by side, to give you an idea of how they will be sewn together. They form a very beautiful pattern when sewn together. After they are all sewn together, an edging is crocheted around the border.