Saturday, February 27, 2010

I've Been Shopping on Etsy!

I love Etsy! I love having the opportunity to sell our handmade items in our shop and I love shopping from other great Etsy shops! This week I have purchased and recieved items from three great sellers. All three of these ladies are members of my Etsy team - Team Christian Artists and Crafters. Take a look at my purchases and then go visit their shops!

These flat-bottomed nesting bowls are crocheted using a mohair yarn. The pattern is one of two I purchased from The pattern is well written and the bowls are beautiful!

This beautiful fused glass pendant is one that I purchased from another Etsy shop - , another one of my team members! The colors are gorgeous. She has many beautiful items in her shop and many of them are on sale. Go take a look...The last purchase I want to share with you is from This is the second wristlet I have purchased from her. I bought a matching wallet to go with this one. Please visit her shop. She has many wonderful items and you are sure to find something just for you.

Thanks so much for coming along with me on my shopping trip. Please visit these shops and we'd love to have you stop by our shop where you will find handspun yarn and hand-crocheted items.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our Trip

Our whole family enjoyed a trip to Grand Cayman in January. Such a nice time of year to get away from the New England winter! I spent the time on the plane crocheting a little Greyhound named "Happy". This was a special order and a portion of each Greyhound sale is donated to our local Greyhound adoption group.

Of course, the week was not all work. My grandaughters were the most beautiful mermaids on the beach wearing their new mermaid tails from They enjoyed modeling their tails on our balcony.

Sitting here today in the middle of a three day rain/slush/snow storm, I needed to remember that somewhere the sun is shining and spring will be here soon. Here are a few of our vacation memories.

We are so thankful to be able to share this time together. God is so good when He allows us to spend time enjoying His creation. I count my blessings every day and each day I am amazed anew at the ways the Lord continues to work in my life and how He meets my needs and continues to work in my life. I have so much to be thankful for. I am especially thankful for Etsy and for the fellowship I have found on my Etsy team, Team CAC (Christian Artists and Crafters). I will posting pictures of a new creation I made using a pattern I bought from later today. She has a great shop - stop by and visit her!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Behind the Scenes at UYC ...

Some of you may not be familiar with the process of spinning yarn or weaving on a triangle loom. Today I have decided to show you some pictures of this process. Most of these were taken at our brick & mortar shop. Cory is spinning and I am finishing off one of our triangle shawls. We have a crocheted shawl in our shop made from the yarn Cory is spinning in the first pictures. We also have several woven triangle shawls in our shop. Come in and take a look!

Cory spinning in our store window!

She's wearing her Renaissance outfit - she loves it!

Cory spinning in front of our triangle loom.

Binding off a triangle shawl and adding the fringe.

One last picture of Cory and her first spinning wheel - she now has four wheels.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:10

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Proverbs 31:13

She layeth her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff.

Proverbs 31:19

We thank the Lord everyday for His free gift of salvation and praise Him for His goodness!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Looking Back at the Days of Summer

My Family at Play!

Only two more days of summer! As always, here in New England, summer disappears too fast. I was looking through some of the pictures we took this summer in New Hampshire and decided to share them with you so you can see the faces behind our Etsy shop. Here are some pictures of my daughter and granddaughters. My husband, son-in-law, and son avoided the camera. Of course, I was behind the camera and not in any pictures. This is what we do when we are not spinning yarn, crocheting, or working on our shop!

Font sizeStory Land in Glen, NH

The Mail Boat on Lake Winnipesaukee




Fun at Lake Winnisquam





We are thankful for the blessings that we have each and every day. Each day is a gift from the Lord and we look forward to what He has planned for us!

Psalm 127:3 (King James Version)
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Redeeming the Time

We have enjoyed several weeks of vacation and are getting ready for the change of season. I took this picture last weekend on the Kancamangus Highway in New Hampshire. The foliage was just starting to change and should be near peak this weekend.

I love this time of the year. Crisp, sunny days and cool nights. We were able to walk along a crystal clear stream and over a covered bridge in our quest to spot a moose.

In our Etsy shop we are busy making and listing new products. As the weather changes, we all need warm and snuggly clothes. Cory is busy spinning yarn and preparing fiber. She has several beautiful spinning wheels. We will feature them here on our blog in the near future.

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Colossians 4:5,6

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Greyhounds for Charity

This is our latest project. We are selling these greyt liitle crocheted dogs in our Etsy shop. A portion of the proceeds is being donated to our local Greyhound rescue group - We Adopt Greyhounds (WAG) in Glastonbury, CT. We can make one of these just for you in the color of your choice.
Need a sweater to keep your little Greyhound warm?
Choose your color! Coming soon - lifesize crocheted Greyhounds and crocheted martingale collars for the crocheted dogs.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Crocheted Sleeveless Sweater Vest

This sweater is an easy project for beginners and more advanced crocheters will also enjoy making this sweater.

You will need:
light worsted weight yarn (I used Simply Soft Shadows) aprrox. 20 ounces depending on size
Size I hook

This sweater can be made in any size. You will need two measurments:
A. Measure from your waist in back over your shoulder to your waist in front.
B. Measure the fullest part of your bust and add 3 inches. Divide this measurement by 4.(example: bust measures 33 inches + 3 inches divided by 4 = 9 inches.

The sweater is made in two rectangles.

Step 1: (Make 2)

Chain a long enough chain to go from waist over the shoulder to waist. Turn.
Row 1: Double crochet (dc) in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 3 and turn. (Chain 3 counts as first dc.
Row 2: Double crochet in each stitch across row.
Continue row 2 until piece equals measurement B. (example = 9 inches)

Step 2:
Fold rectangles in half. Stitch center front and back seams. Sew front seam about 10 inches from waist and back seam about 11 inches from waist. This can be adjusted if you want the neckline higher or lower. Sew the side seams, leaving an armhole of about 7 inches on both front and back. Again, this can easily be adjusted.

Step 3:

Neck edging
Attach yarn at any point on neck opening.
Row 1: Single crochet (sc) around. Join to first single crochet.
Rows 2-3: Single crochet around. At the end of row 3 join with slip stitch to beginning sc and fasten off.

Step 4:

Sleeve edging
Attach yarn at underarm seam.
Row 1: SC around and join to first sc.
Row 2-3: SC around. At the end of row 3 join with slip stitch to beginning sc and fasten off.

Step 5:

Waist edging
Attach yarn at side seam.
Row 1: SC around spacing stitches evenly.
Rows 2-5: SC in each stitch. At the end of row 5 join to beginning sc and fasten off.
Weave in ends and you are ready to wear this great casual sweater!