Sunday, April 26, 2009

Supporting Causes

Today was a exceptionally warm day. Actually, I think it may have been a record breaker. I had originally planned to work on some spindles, but I spent the day cleaning and doing laundry. I love to hang out the bed clothes on the line and always feel so good when they are all done.

As I was hanging out the quilts today, I was looking at the Rose bushes, and the Lilac. The leaves are starting to come out, and the buds on the lilac are getting big. Even though it was so warm, the feel of hope of spring was in the air.

Hope is something we all reach for. Hope is always there to encourage us that things will get better.

I had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for the Fraternal Order of Police. After the horrible slaying of the 3 officers in Pittsburgh, it was wonderful to see the amount of people out supporting those who answer the calls never knowing what it will bring. If you have a chance to support the Police or Corrections Officers in your area please do.

Tuesday night I will be attending another fundraiser for Relay for Life.

As many know who visit my ArtFire Shop, I have a Drop spindle there that part of the proceeds go towards Relay for Life. The decision to do that was easy, as Cancer has touched my life and my husbands in many ways.

I will be introducing another new spindle in the next few weeks, this time with proceeds going to Autism Speaks. Autism is a cause near to my heart. So keep an eye out for the new spindle soon.

I urge you all to support those things that are special for you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fibers FIbers Everywhere. . . . .

Or maybe I should say Rain, Rain, Go Away. . .
Its been very gray and getting a bit chilly today. I know this is part of Spring, and that the rain is very needed, but still. I would love some nice warm sunny days.

Maybe this is why I decided to look for something colorful to put in to the shop this week.
The first one I listed yesterday when it was very dreary is this bright colored one I called "Tonks":

The 2nd one is a corriedale roving I have named Juliet. Both of these are 4 ounce in weight, which if spun in a sock weight, should give you enough to make a pair of socks.
Spun lace weight one will have enough for a nice size shawl.

Looking at the calendar today reminds one that Maryland Sheep and Wool is approaching fast.

The vast array of colors, fibers, yarns and animals will surely overwhelm even the most seasoned fiber person for a bit. I expect to be blown away with all the wonderful smells and sights as usual. If you are close enough to go I urge you all to attend. There is something for everyone there.

This year I am going to try to NOT bring home a raw fleece.

Wish me luck. I will need it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Blockhead Radio

I have added a new link to my blog, Blockhead Radio.

Once again Artfire Crazy Train has started a run, and this time it has hooked a great radio station with it! If you listen you will hear some great ads for ArtFire shops.

You will find a link to it on the right hand side of this page below the Shop Now! link.

I can't say enough about Artfire, if you have not visited there yet, please RUN and check it out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

T-shirt quilt & Making Spindles from Scratch.

So Monday, I pieced this together, and yesterday I spent time tying it.
This is what it looks like now:

The only thing left to do is to have a binding put on, and the person I pieced it for will do that. So today I turned my attention back working on drop spindles for in the shop. Since I had the camera out I figured I would get some pictures of what I do to make them.

I start out with dowels, cut them to length, and then glue them to the wheels. The pieces in the lower corner are what I start with.
I then sand, and prime. Sand again, and base coat with 3 coats of paint. Eventually I end up with some of these:

Finally, I do the decorative painting, and then top that with 2 coats of a outdoor sealer, and I end up with a nice shiny spindle. I drill the hole, and put a hook in, adjust it, and take it out for a test spin!
This series is now available here. I am donating $5.00 from each sale to the Relay for Life.

Monday, April 13, 2009


I actually planned on putting the Ray of Hope spindles up in the shop today, but I got sidetracked. I am working on getting a Schacht Mighty Wolf loom. One of the things I am doing for the seller is getting a t-shirt quilt pieced and tied for her.
Now, before I go much further, I promise the spindles will be going into the shop on Weds, as tomorrow I have a full day of errands and a Guild meeting.
The t-shirt quilt is neat, but I am glad it is ready now to be tied. I hope to have it tied when I am away at some engagements tomorrow. At least that is my plan. While its a neat idea, the fact of the matter is, t-shirt material stretches. It stretches badly. It really need to be stabilized, and while all of the pieces had been, it still was horrible to sew.
Needless to say, I would have rather have spent the day painting spindles, knitting or just working on something else.
At one point I even vacuumed some, but I knew I needed to get this monkey off my back.

So, after I get done doing the stuff tomorrow, I will be back to making more spindles.

I do encourage you all to stop by and look around. The place is amazing and the items up for grabs are so cool. Seriously. If I had a bailout I would be buying like nothing else.

Stay tuned!
And don't forget to Buy Handmade!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Just a quick pop in to say Happy Easter!

May the hope and promise of spring continue to bring good things to all.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Ray of Hope Rose Spindle

As promised I have been trying to get better at updating the shop and letting you know about the new spindles coming soon.

Today I added 5 more spindles to the Shop. Hope you enjoy looking at them.

I wanted to show you a preview of a special spindle that will be going up soon. I am calling it "The Ray of Hope Rose" spindle. Part of the price of these spindles will be going to Relay for Life to help with Cancer research.
Top of whorl (hook not shown)

Each of the spindles will be numbered and will be limited to being made for only one year.
Side view of shaft and whorl.

Side view of whorlKeep an eye on the shop, these will be listing soon!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

And the WINNER is.....

Wow, this was a hard decision to make.
All of the names are so wonderful and original.

After thinking about it and really struggling with it the winner is - EvenRose by Loribird!

I am contacting her today and will be getting her spindle in the mail as soon as I get a snail mail addy.

Thank you all for participating in the contest.
The EvenRose spindle along with the others will hopefully be in the artfire shop today.

Have a great Day!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Technology? shudder

Technology has always been something that I have not warmed up to. It scares me in a weird way, since it seems so complicated. Uncomplicated items are more my style.
Things that do not require electricity, like the spinning wheels, drop spindle, knitting, hand sewing, are more in line with the lifestyle here. Maybe it is due to not having much exposure to them when in school, as only a few students in my class were even given an opportunity to take any computer classes. But mostly it is due to being afraid I could not wrap my head around the information needed to understand it all.
The whole learning a new language thing scared me. What the heck is HTML, and code? I had no idea, but looking back to my attempt to learn German in high school, I was pretty sure I would not understand it much. (To my defense, I can still recite the phrase that Herr Healy drummed into our heads. "Arbeit Macht Dass Leben Zus" )
When I went to college, no one I knew had a computer in the dorm rooms, we used electric typewriters. The ones with the digital screen that you could erase the last so many letters were really neat.
A few weeks ago I started an Artfire shop. One of the great things is the support in the forums. Reading through those I had many "AH-HA!" moments. Realization also hit home that the shop needed to get more of a voice on the web. Not being one to jump on a band wagon right away, this old fashioned gal had never even visited twitter or facebook.
Now that is not to say I don't chat online, I do. Constantly.
I am on Plurk and AIM almost all day. Just ask my family lol.
So after taking several deep breaths, I finally took the plunge and joined Facebook (Shell Auker), and after a few hesitations Twitter(Rosegardenfiber) too.
So, if you are on either, please say hi.
Today will be spent on the spindles, spinning, and some knitting. I will hopefully have new pictures and items up on the shop this week. If I don't, please feel free to let me know on any of the spots above!