Friday, February 25, 2011

Beautiful River Stone Necklace

I am enthralled by the variety of stones and rock on the river bank. So many colors and textures - I just have to collect them. Then I decided that I just had to wear them. I crocheted around this lovely stone with black thread, added a crochet chain and it's ready to wear. It's open in the front & the back so it can be worn with either side out.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Do Your Part to Help Animals - Sign Petitions

Here are some petitions that will help protect animals. Please do your part to help by signing them. They are easily accessible online.

1. Tell eBay To Stop Supporting Puppy Mills

While the Internet has become a great place for shelters and rescues to network and get the word out about animals who need homes, it’s also become a place for unscrupulous individuals to sell pets. eBay’s plans to sell animals via live auction were nixed by activists, but now they allow puppy mills to sell dogs in their classified section.

Sign the petition telling eBay to shut down sales of dogs and other live animals.

2. Protect Wolves and the Endangered Species Act

Bills have been introduced that would exempt wolves, who are already struggling to survive, from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. This would be the first time an animal would be exempted and would set a dangerous precedent for other animals in need of protection.

Send a letter to your representative asking them to protect wolves and the Endangered Species Act.

3. Protect Pets from Domestic Violence

A bill has been introduced in Virginia that would add pets to protective orders filed by victims of domestic abuse. Nationwide studies have shown that up to 40 percent of battered women can’t leave abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their companion animals. An even higher percentage of women report that their abusers have threatened, injured and killed their pets for revenge or to control them. Victims should not have to make the choice between saving themselves and their children or saving their pets.

Sign the petition urging Virginia legislators to pass this bill to protect families and companion animals.

Help the animals

please make time to sign

1-2-3 petitions this week

Thanks !

Friday, February 18, 2011

Celestial Felt Earrings

I made these for a contest at The Crafty Retailer. If you have a pair that have incorporated at least one fiber element and would like to enter, send a photo to

I created felt from alpaca fiber - it gives the earrings a great background texture. I then embroidered a sun on one and a moon on the other, using silk threads. Each earring has an embroidered silk star, seed beads and a larger faceted bead. I hid the stitching & knots on the back with another layer of felt then needle felted them together. They are hung with antique patina brass ear wires. I hope you like them - I had a blast making them. :D

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fantastic Pattern Giveaway

Head over here to enter the giveaway. It's pretty awesome!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Water and Sun for Inspiration

I have a beautiful pale blue piece of silk that is sitting around waiting to be used. When I look at my fiber none of it really seems to match up. I think about that fabric now and again, but still no inspiration.

Being a water baby I spend a lot of time on the Rogue River with my dogs. During this gray time of year I tend to look for color in the rocks rather than the water, trees or sky. Yesterday however, the sky was a pale blue just like that material, and reflected off the surface of the green water. I snapped a few pictures and after some enhancement and photo editing, viola, a great color pallet! Now to gather the wool and get to crafting!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Swarovski Crystal Yarn! Want some?

Do you like yarn? Do you like Swarovski crystals? Then you will love this new yarn with Swarovski bling. E-mail with your name and address and you will receive a sample of this great stuff!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Come to the Artisan & Crafters Faire

This Saturday I will become a seller at the Artisans & Crafters Faire in Grants Pass. It is located in the small shopping center at the corner of Grants Pass Parkway (Hwy 199) and NE F st. It runs from 10am to 3pm every Saturday inside the courtyard. Just follow the signs when you turn in. I will have photo jewelry, felt items and crochet goodies for sale as well as a slide show on my computer of my photographs that area available.

If you are in the area or know someone here - stop on by or send them over. There are about 15 vendors and it runs year round. Hope to see you there!

Tunisian Crochet Scarf - Banana Fiber Paper - WOW!

I love Tunisian crochet. It is quick and very easy and makes a great scarf to wear in no time. I made this one of of "yarn" that was created with banana fiber paper. Paper? Yes, paper. It's even washable! WOW, what a concept. It has a silky feel to it and is very lightweight. It looks great when worked in Tunisian crochet! For sale in my Etsy shop -

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Spencer Creek Hike

We took a drive to Spencer Creek the other day, which is about 15 miles from our house. It's up in the mountains and as we arrived the sun began to peek out of the overcast skies. As the ground warmed the fragrance of the fresh spring water and saturated fertile ground filled the air. Flowing water cascaded over my heart as it did over the moss covered rocks. I was alive with joy in this beautiful place and peace enveloped me.

The dogs and I walked up the creek, climbing over lichen and moss covered logs and stepped cautiously on the rocks carpeted thickly in green. The water was clear and the colorful rocks in the creeks path glinted in sun. It was a glorious time!

This last photo of the lichen is an inspiration photo for an upcoming felted creation!