White Memorial Conservation Art and Craft Fair

 

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Another Saturday, another day spent out doors with my husband and grand father in law.  I was more prepared this time and made even more sales, I’m really looking forward to our next show in a few weeks!

The Cuddle-Fish were a huge hit, but the star of the show was the giant donut, it drew a lot of attention to my mini donuts and I almost sold out!  The major changes I made were having more stock and using silly signs instead of individual tags.

Our host, White Memorial Conservation Center, is a massive 4,000 plus acre property covered in trails designed to connect you with nature.  Near the entrance is the visitor center and museum, with disabled birds of prey being cared for out back.  I can’t wait to go back and explore!

 

 

Clocktown Arts & Crafts Fair

 

My husband and I spent a beautiful day in Thomaston at the Clocktown Arts & Craft fair with his grandfather.

Ken Killer of AKA had been making ornaments for twenty two years, they hand scroll ornaments made of recycled Christmas trees found right here in Ct. We showed off some projects in the works along with finished pieces.  Cuddle-fish, cronuts, and cozy jars were my focus. As the holidays come closer I’ll also be showing some ornaments.
The fair was on the Thomaston Green under the constant chiming of the clock tower.  The weather was brisk but comfortable, the people were delightful and took their time at the table talking and getting to know us.

The highlight of our day was when an eight year old ran up to our table and said “would you like a cup of lemonade it’s only twenty five cents and I deliver!”  Obviously we had to buy a few cups! 

Woven Shelves Barstool DIY

Living in the attic of a retired biology teacher gives me a lot of access to many different materials to fuel my DIY obsession.

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I needed an end table and found this bar stool lying around, the main issue was creating shelves in as low-tech a way as possible. I decided weaving would be the sturdiest option with crochet edges to tighten it all together, the shelves then had plenty of tension to support plants, knick-knacks, and brick-a-brack.

 

 

 

 

 

I began by wrapping yarn between two rungs on the stool, I made one consistent layer of yarn, this is what I would weave into.  I then strung a contrasting color over and under every two pieces of yarn, keeping the rows about a half inch apart.  I repeated this process on the top rungs.

 

 

 

 

I knotted the ends together then crocheted a single stitch up the loose ends, effectively hiding them, tightening the weave, and adding a border.

 

 

And that’s that! Free, adorable, personalized end table.

 

Pineapple Stitch Variation

I fell into a Pinterest hole the other day looking for a new stitch to try when I came across a vintage picture of the “Pineapple Stitch”.  I got started right away, this stitch gives a beautiful thickness and texture to the blanket and the color changes were really exciting.

In the post it described a second row that I didn’t like because it began bunching and curling, so I pulled the first few rows and tried again with the following variation.

Chain a row (70).

Insert hook into first chain, pull through skip one chain, insert hook and pull through, yarn over and pull through three loops on hook.

**Chain one.

Insert hook into the stitch you worked last (the second stitch you pulled through), skip one chain, pull through the next.  Yarn over and pull through. ** Repeat to the end of the row.

At the end of the row chain three, pull through very first stitch, skip one, pull through the second.  You should have three on your hook, yarn over and pull through.

*Repeat star to star*

For my blanket: four rows of my primary color (neon pink) then one row each of grey, yellow, purple, and navy, then back to pink.  Because of all the color changes there were a lot of strings hanging off the end that inspired the fringed border.

This was a personal variation of a pineapple stitch I found on Pinterest, it took a bit of finagling to keep the ends even.

 

 

Snow Day Crochet (and other activities that don’t rhyme as well)

We’ve had a few snow days recently, I took the time to finish up a few projects around the attic. 

 

Two blankets combining the moss stitch and half double.  The cats have a really hard time watching me crochet, they usually end up on top of whatever I’m working on.

 

 

We took a walk down to the local convenience store for some supplies, wandered about Fulton Park and held hands a lot.

 

 

Repotted some plants I rescued from the sale section at Lowe’s, hung a string to help keep my vine plant off the floor, it seems happier with the support.

 

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Spent every minute with these guys.