Thursday, July 25, 2013

More bracelets

Last week was so hot and sticky, that nothing much got done around the Kingdom. It was too hot to even move, let alone cook. This week's cooler, drier temperatures are a welcome change. We've even begun to think about creative pursuits again.

Today, we have 2 new micro macramé bracelets to show. The first is called Black Currant. All purples to match a polymer clay bead we made ourself. It's definitely an imperfect offering because you can see our finger print in the surface. (No extra charge for that!)  Exactly 8 3/8 inches long from the loop to the inside of the button.

Edited to add: SOLD! Thank you. This one went fast.

The second bracelet is a lovely combination of pale green and coral. The closure is a lampwork bead made by Nikki of  The bracelet measures exactly 7 1/2 inches from the inside of the loop to the closure bead. Please note that this is intended for a slender wrist. Very dainty. Very pretty.

As always, these bracelets are for the benefit of the kennel kitties at the Gananoque Humane Society. $22. each, including postage. Payment by Paypal. Of that, we'll donate $20. for each bracelet sold. The bracelets will be mailed via Canada Post. Thanks to everyone who's helping us in this endeavour.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Change is good

We've been collecting polymer clay supplies and tools for a while now. It's hard to just get started. Finally, we realized we needed a bit more guidance. Since we don't have any teachers or classes nearby, we bought a tutorial.... Rustic Beads and Components from Polymer Clay by Ginger Davis Allman from The Blue Bottle Tree. The tutorial is great. Very well written. However, we didn't have one of the tools she suggested, so we substituted another technique. This means the beads don't look much like the ones in the tutorial. However, since we were looking for a jumping off point, we got exactly what we were hoping for. A good teacher ought to show you how to do something, but more importantly, s/he ought to give you the creative boost to go in other directions. Ginger Davis Allman succeeds admirably at doing both.

Our beads are big..... an inch and a quarter long, or so. Two of them have embedded metal loops. The round one has a hole through the centre for stringing. We love that they changed from step to step, and we had no idea where they'd end up. We think they're like digital photos. We need to make a whole bunch of them and keep only the very best. But then again, isn't all art like that? You just keep playing, and you only show your very best efforts.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Knitting for the kitties

Today, another offering from the stash of stuff we're putting aside to donate to the Gananoque Humane Society ........... This time it's a beautiful shawl, handknit by moi (as Miss Piggy used to say). It's a fairly small shawl, more of a triangular scarf really. A shawlette.  Lovely and soft, it's knit of fine soft green pure merino yarn. It would make a warm and pretty scarf at the neck of your winter coat. It measures 38 inches wide at the top, by about 17 inches deep at the centre of the V and features dainty white beads.

It's the product of a lace design course we took through Craftsy earlier this year. We learned a lot, and we had a lot of fun as we tweaked our design. Now,.  if the Gananoque Humane Society can benefit by turning it into cash for the care of the kitties, that will be icing on the cake!

If you'd like to buy it, just leave a comment here, 
or send us an email at covillewood (at) gmail(dot)com    
$28.   (through Paypal, please) 
We'll send it off to the buyer by Canada Post.
There's only one soft green   Falling Leaves Shawl,   so first come, first served.
Thank you for helping us support such a great cause.
Edited July 9/13:   SOLD! 
The total raised for the Gananoque Humane Society is now a whopping $45.  Thank you!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Big socks take a long time

We finally finished the man-size Tipsy Stripey Socks. 
Now that we've made them in kid-size, and lady-size, and man-size, 
we think we may finally have got this design out of our system.