Friday, May 27, 2011

Homepsun Wool and Angora Child's Hat

This what is left from what I spun.  Doesn't it look like flannel?  There is another wool yarn under this yarn popping out.

I spun some of the wool that I won from Cintia Sadrith Mora, at the Fiber Farm, in Corning, California.  It looked like gray flannel.  I made a 3 ply yarn with this wool and two other plies.  A second ply was also from a Merino X wool but it was brown.  I mixed this strand with a little teal wool here and there,  giving the yarn a tweed effect when it was twisted with the other two plies.  The third ply was made from our white angora rabbit hair.  This brown/gray/white yarn was very interesting, especially with that teal tweed effect.   I then knitted the yarn into a child hat, with an unusual pattern similar to a military garrison hat.  At the bottom of the hat I used a 2 ply yarn made with the above wool, leaving out the brown Merino X.  There are 3 gray buttons along the seam.  I tried to take several pictures, but my normal hat stands are in use, so I used volunteers and a glass vase.  Thank you for looking and may your home be filled with warmth and happiness!  Dawn

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Soap Is...............

The soap is peppermint with lavender and crushed peppermint on the top.  The smaller loaves are mostly green and the larger ones have pink bottoms.  This soap is named Peppermint Poodle.  Blessings!  Dawn

Monday, May 23, 2011

Name That Soap

I am sure that everyone is familiar with the game and the old game show, "Name That Tune."  Well, I want you to Name That Soap.  No, I don't need a name for it, I just wonder if you can identify what kind of soap it is if I show you my pictures.  There is a secret on the bottom third, and that was one of those last minute things that I had to do for me and my need to pretify everything up.  I don't expect you to tell me what is on the bottom because that is a secret.  For those of you that know me well, it is not glitter!  LOL  So what kind of soap do you think this is???

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'll Pour: An Addition To MyTeapot Collection

I'll Pour: An Addition To My Teapot Collection: "Last week I was at Pier 1. They have an area with discounted items. I saw a rose teapot in the discounted area, so I had to investigate. ..."

An Addition To MyTeapot Collection

Last week I was at Pier 1.  They have an area with discounted items.  I saw a rose teapot in the discounted area, so I had to investigate.  It was broken.  I usually hesitate purchasing a teapot with a flower bud at the top on the lid, or something like that because it usually breaks off.  I also do not like purchasing ceramic teapots since they chip easily.  Most flower teapots are ceramic and this teapot was china and very detailed.  Behind the broken teapot was another teapot which was unopened.  I opened it and it was in perfect shape!  It was also discounted to just a little over twelve dollars.  What a good deal for a teapot addition!  I have a limited space to display my teapots, so I will remove a teapot to display this one.  One of my friends or  relatives will be receiving a teapot for Christmas now.  LOL  Blessings!  Dawn

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yang Was Hiding

We drove to Enid and picked up a new dog at the SPCA earlier this week.  His name is Yang.  We looked all over the house to find him and finally Dylan found him.  You would never think to look in an overnight bag would you?  That may be why he was hidden so well.   LOL  I hope your weekend is going well!  Blessings!  Dawn

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Dylan decided to fashion his birthday hat.  When you are on a road trip you get a little giddy.  LOL 

The best part of the trip for Dylan was to see a car without doors, etc.  I think you have to see it for yourself.  Dylan was able to get a picture just after the vehicle turned.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Simple Pleasures!

Today is one of those days, a little rain and a quiet morning at work.  I looked around me and found some simple pleasures that made me feel very blessed.  These are also great inspirations to me.  The flowers on my desk give me such inner joy.  A rose from Tracie, the groundskeeper, is in my teapot vase with a giant white iris from my front yard.  A gift of chocolates from a kind resident is scattered on my desk.  The   Internet up and running and fast!  What blessings!!!  Last evening we were on our way home and my son saw a rainbow.  I am not usually as observant about those things since I like to keep my eyes on the road as I drive.  LOL  I took a couple pictures and if you look real well, you will see a pinkish rainbow in the center of the sky.  Blessings to you and yours!  Dawn  

p.s.  I tested Jump for Joy soap last evening on Joy, our 6 pounds of jumping joy, and I also tested it on myself.  I like to test my products on family and friends before I sell them so I can tweek recipes in case there are any problems.  I must say that Joy is softer and cleaner today.  It worked well for me too.  The anise star on the top of each bar gave my test bar more fragrance.  For  someone that did not like a lot of floral, this would be a great soap, even though it is intended as a dog soap.  The lime and mint are more predominent in the fragrance.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jump for Joy!

The new soap is finished, except to cure.  The soap is 100% natural and full of essential oils that repel bugs and help with the scalp, along with the benefits of herbs and goats milk.  It is named Jump for Joy! because our new dog is named Joy.  Joy was her name prior to us finding her in Enid at the SPCA.  I am having new labels made for the soap and they have a little dog that looks like Joy on the label and a child blowing bubbles.  The dog is jumping after the bubbles. 

I also made a small batch of a soap I call Scraps, using soap scraps and regular soap batter together.  I put a few too many soap scraps into regular soap, so it does not stick together along the edges as it should.  It will work for family and friends though.

The wool I won arrived on Saturday.  I won the fiber from Cintia Sadrith Mora, at the Fiber Farm, in Corning California.  Here are pictures of what arrived in the sack and also some combed samples.  I will attach more pictures when I have spun more than a tiny sample. 

May your new week be full of blessings!  Dawn

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you out there that have given birth, adopted, mentored, grand-mothered, and taken care of child!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Baby Oh Baby!

I knitted up the baby girl hat from the skein of Kid Mohair and Angora I showed you yesterday. (homespun by me)  It is so soft!!!  Along the edge I placed 3 pink transparent daisies.  It  should fit most all infant and toddler heads since it has the cross over front, unless of course, the child has a lot of  hair.

I changed the background of the blog.  I have not quite finished tweaking it.  It seems like I have the wrong size or something since the cute edges are not showing.  I will attempt to make the changes soon.  I am not the most computer literate person I know.  LOL


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Have You Been to the Office Supply Store Lately?

Have you been to the office supply store lately???  See my latest find.  Now I have a high heel tape dispenser and a purse sticky pad dispenser.  LOL
I finished this small skein.  It is made with one ply of Angora and one ply of Kid Mohair.  The Angora is spun smooth and the Kid Mohair is thick and thin with the curls here and there.  This is baby butt soft!
Finally, I organized my books and found that I had duplicates of these two books.  They are unused and just sit on a shelf for a couple of years.  I thought I would give them away if I am contacted with a comment answering the following questions: 1. If you bought a bar of my made from scratch soap, what size would you like the soap to be?  2.  How would you like the bar of soap to be wrapped?  3.  What fragrance would you prefer?  Make sure I have an email contact address.  I will draw randomly around the 21st of this month.  Thank you in advance for all entries. 


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Sunday, May 1, 2011

I Won!

Every once and a while you read something such as "you won!"   No, not from Publishers Clearing House saying, "you may have won," and actual, "You Won!"  I was notified by Cintia Sadrith Mora, from the Fiber Farm, in Corning California, that I won a package of wool which as been washed, and it is ready for me to comb and spin!  Here is a picture of my winnings. She even displayed the winning wool on a knitted background!  Can you believe it???