Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Just a little update incase my devoted fans wanted to know what's going on. :P

My "vacation" hasn't quite turned out to be what I had hoped it would be...taking care of sick goats, going on wild goose chases, etc., instead of doing any kind of creative, constructive, brainstorming work.

However, this does not mean I won't have new items come the beginning of January! Just maybe not as many as I wanted, but after this week's over, I will begin on more.

And I have been accumulating more craft supplies than I know what to do with! Yarns for Christmas, jewelry making supplies, fabric, and today I bought some roving from this place--yay! It was exciting to see all the raw fleeces in the warehouse. I would love to be able to take the wool all the way from the sheep's back to a knitted garment by myself (well, except for the shearing part)...though I'm afraid I might end up felting it when trying to clean it...but I am definitely going to give it a shot some day. *sigh*

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Etsy Finds: Winter Solstice

Tomorrow is, officially, the first day of Winter in my hemisphere. As bleak as that may sound--yes, I am ashamed to admit I'm already fantasizing about summer frolics--it also means that the days are only going to get longer!

But since it is the day of the year with the least amount of daylight hours, let's celebrate with these wintry Etsy finds.

The Overseers Limited Edition Print, $49 by MADART

Saturday, December 19, 2009

And the Winner of Giveaway #7 Is.....

Deb of Two Cheeky Monkeys in Melbourne, Australia is the winner of this week's giveaway, the Coco Cuff.

Please check out her Etsy store,, for some truly LOVELY handmade jewelry!! Not only is it very affordable, but 10% of her profits are donated to TEAR Australia, a Christian aid and advocacy organisation helping people in developing countries.

{my personal favorite item of hers}:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Knits

Since my mom says she's a "business woman" and doesn't have time to look at my blog, I should be safe! :P

This is the little handwarmer/headband set I knit for one of her Christmas presents. I had meant to take good notes on the pattern and maybe offer it here on the blog or at the shop, but I had a hard enough time follow my own instructions/reading my writing for the second mitt!

And don't forget--there's still time to enter the GIVEAWAY!!! A winner will be drawn sometime tomorrow (Saturday, December 19th.)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sew Much

A while back I went to watch the Delano District's annual Christmas Parade. But before the parade started, I had some time to walk around and look at the shops in the area, and found a new fabric store! Locally-owned Sew Much is a lovely store run by a lovely lady with beautiful designer fabrics at a very reasonable price!!

There were so many lovely suiting and brocade materials, and unique sewing patterns that can't be found in Joann Fabric Stores...but my favorite things were the knit fabrics! So soft, stretchy, and elegant.

So I couldn't resist buying a couple yards of the slinky knit shown below. I think it will become a dress for spring.

Please check out the Sew Much blog HERE. :)

Also--don't forget about this week's GIVEAWAY! Still time to enter; take a peek.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Giveaway No. 7: Coco Cuff

FINALLY!!!! It's here!

Folk Craft Giveaway Number 7, the Coco Cuff.

Made from my favorite linen/rayon blend fabric in heavenly ivory color, and lined with taupe and cream-striped cotton ticking. It is decorated with a scrumptious bit of coco brown lace, and features three white buttons and loops for a closure. This will fit up to 7" comfortably, and is approximately 2.75" wide.

How do you win, you ask?! Check out the instructions under the picture......

If you would like an entry, simply follow the blog, but make sure you leave a comment here to let me know you're following!

To enter a second time, visit the shop,, have a look around, and come back here to let me know which item (or items!) is your favorite.

To enter a third time, mention me in your blog, twitter, etc. Be sure to let me know in a comment. ;)

Basically, each comment is an entry, so if you're doing all three of these things, be sure to leave three comments! :) The winner will be drawn sometime on Saturday, December 19th, using a random number generator, and I will contact the winner via email, their etsy shop, etc, to let them know they've won. GOOD LUCK!

Friday, December 11, 2009

My Fairy Wreath!

Soooo...I have quite of a bit of craftiness to share. But have been soooo lazy with the blog. {Have you been able to tell? Are you beginning to notice a pattern?} And I'm only going to share one thing at a time. ;)

But anyway, without further ado, I present to you my fairy wreath! Why is it a fairy wreath?? Well....I mean...just look at it. It's got acorns and pine cones and they're covered in fairy dust (a.k.a. glitter), for Pete's sake!! Actually, I kind of don't like these pictures. It is so much more sparkly and opalescent and whimsical in real life. The light during my photo shoot just wasn't cooperating, as it often refuses to do.

What I really like about this is that my mom made the actual "wreath" part from vines she found rowing outside in the summer, and then I embellished it with acorns and pine cones that I gathered from our own backyard and neighborhood.

Oh, and speaking of whimsical--err, I mean, whimsicle--check out this, um, "Etsy-inspired" blog! Horrible but funny!! Maybe someday I'll be on it...?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thank You, Violetbella!

Please check out this beautiful treasury featuring my linen and lace clutch, Fixation. All the other items featured are gorgeous as well!!

Treasury made by violetbella.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Gang Related

Someone (who, I just don't know) when ahead and tagged up the plaza in front of a local theatre...

The tags on the "tags" looked something like this:

Thursday, November 26, 2009


This is too perfect. I had to share this beautiful work of art; I love it!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



Yes, that's right, I am offering free worldwide shipping, now through Sunday, November 29th on all items. AND, if your purchase totals $65 or more, you will receive an additional 10% off!

All discounts will be given after your payment is sent, but you will receive your refund within 24 hours!

Please take a look!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Purple Love

I used this yarn to knit a sort of improvisational cap. It took one evening, start to finish, no pattern. I put a little point at the top...still don't know how I feel about that part. Sorry there's no picture of it on my head! I may get better pictures, I just wanted to share NOW!

Coming soon: a BIG Thanksgiving weekend sale at Folk, a giveaway (hopefully!), and possibly crafty hijinks with Wichita Handmade and others out and about town....

Friday, November 20, 2009

In the Craftlight: Carapace

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Tall, Texan, hopelessly addicted to scifi, cheesy monster movies, and musicals. Devoted to comics, illustration, and my husband, all of which go together. Generally cheerful.

Oh, and I'm prone to being unconscious against my will. It really interferes with all the fun stuff above, but I'm working on it. Someday, I will be awake for more than 10 hours at a time!

What is your craft?

Illustration. I work in any medium that seems interesting, but every piece or picture I make has a story to tell. Sometimes I don't know what that is until the piece is done. Those are some of my favorite pieces, because then I get to learn their story while I'm working, and I love hearing new stories.

How and when did you get involved in it?

I don't know that I ever officially became involved with art. It's not like I'm in a guild or anything.

My first exposure to art was from the illustrations in stories I read. Some of the greatest artists in the modern era put their hearts into illustration; I couldn't help falling in love with what I saw. There were pages and pages of art made for short stories that were never meant to survive, little fables for toddlers and adventures for eight year olds, and they were glorious! And the stories I read made me want to tell my own. And pencils and paper were almost free for a kid, so I gave it a try. No one stopped me! I've just kept going since, and try to improve as I go along.

How would you describe your style?

Adolescent. That's not pejorative or anything. But I feel like I'm finally beginning to learn what my style is, and watching it develop in unexpected ways. So it's sort of hard for me to claim at the moment-- stylized fantastic realism? If anyone has a good tagline for my art style, I would sincerely love to know it. But man, don't ask me.

Who inspires you?

I've come to believe that it's not a question of being inspired; it's about being able to focus on just one idea out of all the ones that bubble up in the brain every day. If I could do justice to even a tenth of the ideas that headsmack me every day, I'd be a happy artbug.

That said, my husband is the one who most often fires me up to get stuff done. He's an artist too, and it just ticks me off to see him sitting there all smug and working while I'm not getting anything done. That, and his ability to give really good criticism, make him indispensable to my ever actually getting a piece done.

What inspires you?

Pretty much everything! Hence the focusing problem. The hard part isn't getting ideas, it spotting the good ones. And, somewhat painfully, spotting the ones I can serve well. So often I get ideas for large sculptural pieces, or hyperreal illusion paintings, which I cannot create. So when my mental inspiration file is overfull and unsorted, I like to put on an album I know really well, drink three cups of coffee, and clean the toilet and bake cookies and scrub the oven. I get my best clarity doing stuff I really hate and would rather not have to do ever.

This is why I got so much art practice in during high school math lectures. Sorry, notebooks of the past!

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Watercolor, pencil, and my dear sweet precious Cintiq tablet, of which I am not worthy.

Do you have any particular favorite pieces that you've created?

No, not really. I like to have fun making a piece, and there are a few pieces I hated doing, start to finish. But when a piece is done, it's done, I'm bored with it, and I want to move on! This is a problem, by the way, because my Creator Attention Deficit sometimes kicks in when a piece isn't done yet. Thus I have many many pieces I will theoretically someday maybe perhaps finish later.

Where can we find you online?

My shop

and my blog

are really my only venues. Though you can always contact me from either one! I love personal correspondence to an unhealthy degree, and even if it takes a while, I will write back if you ask!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yarn and Apologies.

Apologies first. As you may have noticed, I did NOT feature a seller on Friday as usual! I am sorry about this, but WILL have a featured seller this Friday, so watch out for her! :)

Now, to the fun stuff! I finished spinning this a while back, but didn't set the spin until this weekend. So, without further ado, Purple Love by The Gourmet Sheep! A locally-made product sold at my local yarn shop, Twist. (Yeah I know, I'm a little obsessed.)

Please enjoy various shots of this lovely yarn! {I believe it's 80% merino/20% silk??}

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I bought some tulips. It made me happy. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas Tags, Anyone?

I can already feel the holiday rush creeping up on me...can a rush creep? I dunno. Anyway, regardless, I thought I would design some printable Christmas tags--and offer them on Etsy! (Hehe, I'm sure you didn't see that coming!) These are 12 different tags that I send in a file and YOU print on your computer. Each one features a message of "Merry Christmas" in a different language. And what does taking on a new project have to do with impending busyness? I'm not sure. Just felt like it. Anyway, you should definitely take a peek at the listing... PLEEASSE??? :)

Also, I was listening to Craftlit today, which is my favorite podcast of all time. And it reminded me that I need to talk about it and tell you all that if you haven't already, you should really check it out! It's a delightful hour or so of the lovely Heather talking about crafts and literature. And not just talking about it, but actually reading it. The last book was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and currently she is beginning Flatland by Edwin A. Abbot.

And if you like what you hear, please check this out and help.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happenings and Whatnots.

1. Took a little Sunday drive. Saw the usual Kansas-y stuff. I did take more pictures, but they're not as spectacular as I hoped they would be. (I am always disappointed and surprised at how a camera cannot capture the same kind of beauty you see with your eyes!)

These are some sad, sad why does this picture make me laugh?

2. Pine cones + Glitter = Awesome!!! These are bad pictures, I know. This was sort of my test garland of pine cones, and they're hanging from my future herb shelf, so there are all sorts of things that were blocking my view like junk mail and the trash can and other assorted lovelies. I plan on going outside and getting quite a few more of these pine cones so I can make an impressive garland and hang it somewhere a little more scenic.

3. New listings in the SHOP!! Please check them out, I added about 6 new items this morning.