May 31, 2012

What's The Word June

I ran across a blog challenge that sounds like fun and is easy to boot. It comes from Tabi Happy
The Rules:

One word per day. Work it into your daily blog post somehow. Be creative.
Come back here and link up to join the party.
Play the days you want. Sit out the days you don't want.

So here's your list.

I hope you play along. I will try to keep up.

May 29, 2012

Frugal in WV: Lentil-Chickpea Chili

I found this wonderful recipe during a blog hop of a blog hop. LOL Just one of those random happenings. I'm going to try this soon. Since it is made in the slow cooker, my kitchen won't heat up.

Frugal in WV: Lentil-Chickpea Chili

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May 25, 2012

Getting to Know Tupper's Perch

Cozy Corner Crochets had the opportunity to interview the owner of Tupper's Perch. I think you will enjoy the responses. Take time to check out the links.

Cozy Corner Crochets: What are the names and addresses of your Pages, Blogs, and/or Shops

Tupper's Perch: I named the shop after our house and home:

Tupper's Perch
"A safe place to come home to."

Tupper's Perch on Etsy
Tupper's Perch on Facebook
Pollination Station
Pollination Station on Facebook

CCC: What is your primary craft?

TP: There isn't much I DON'T do. I always answer when asked---I don't so stained glass though I tried it one time. It didn't stick. My sewing skills are way above average though I don't do as much as I used to do. I was a fashion design major. These days it's needle arts---felting and knitting and sewing. I dabble in lamp work glass and am heavy into pottery and beading this year. I also make soaps and lotions.

Examples of Needle Art and nature-inspired Pottery from Tupper's Perch

May 23, 2012

Nirvana has arrived

I have declared this new yoga sock pattern to be "heaven for your feet." These are so different from the other patterns I've created, because the lace runs all the way down the front of your foot. However, the sole of the foot is solid for comfort and support.

Now, before you complain, I already know these are like the world's worst photos. But I was so excited to share with you that I'm posting them anyway.

May 21, 2012

Kool-Aid and Baseball

The yarn dyeing party was so much fun on Saturday. Only a couple of women showed up, but that meant we had the kitchen to ourselves. We all chose to do stovetop dyeing. The first yarn to be dyed was some worsted weight wool using lemon-lime. It was a straightforward, single color dye job, and it came out looking very nice.

May 17, 2012

What Does Wine Have to do With Crochet?

I've just been reading Crazy Aunt Purl's blog, and I'm wondering how can I ever come close to being able to write like her. Witty. Thoughtful. Able to poke fun at herself. Sure, I can scarf down a bottle of Merlot, get lost in a ball of yarn, and go through lint rollers like they are free. I can even take pictures of my cat (and my dog, and my chickens) in zany, candid shots. But I only dream of being able to write---here's the best part---and get PAID for it!

To keep from embarrassing myself by pretending that I can write, I'm going to just jump right out here and show you a peek into my world through some photos I've collected. Most are bad photos, un-retouched by machine or human hands. There is no airbrushing away the flaws in my world. What would the world be without backlit faces and, "Oops, there's a dog hair on my scarf."

Lest you think I'm kidding about the Merlot, here is my mother and I last year at the annual Wine Festival in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Some say that we look alike, except that I've got about 4 inches on her.

May 15, 2012

Dyeing's All the Rage

When I first heard of dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid last year, I thought, "Wow, so unique, and nobody knows about it but me." I soon found out that everybody BUT me had heard about it, and I was late to the party.

That may be an exaggeration, as I suppose some of you may not have heard about it either. As a matter of fact, I gave a little talk at one of my knit/crochet groups about it not too long ago. Several of them are coming to my house this Saturday to have a "Dyeing Party".

May 12, 2012

Love in Rural Kansas

When was the last time you attended a wedding on a farm? What's that, you haven't? You should try it some time.

My husband, son and I drove to eastern Kansas from central New Mexico to attend my nephew's wedding. My brother's oldest son, who just happens to be a few months younger than my daughter, was marrying his sweetheart. The wedding was being held at the bride's family farm.

As you can see, this is a working farm, complete with a red barn. They grow wheat and soybeans. Coming from arid New Mexico, I was impressed with the lush Kansas fields. I can just imagine those golden heads of wheat waving in the summer breezes. What a romantic I am. It is very labor intensive to run a farm, and from what I hear there is little in the way of summer breezes.

May 5, 2012

I Miss You, Donna

I met Donna about three years ago. Both of us have fibromyalgia, and she belonged to a support group that I visited. She had such an easy smile and peaceful demeanor that I instantly liked her.

Not too long after that, I started a fibromyalgia social group on Meetup called ABQ FibroFriends Community.. Fibro sufferers have a tendency to isolate themselves. Having a scheduled luncheon was a way to plan to get out of the house. Donna joined FibroFriends and became a regular.

May 3, 2012

For the life of me...

(Belated) What's on Your Hooks Today?

For the life of me, I can not seem to catch up. Maybe it's because I spend too much time reading comments on Regretsy, or watching auctions on TopHatter, or dealing with the multiple migraines I've had since embarking on this adventure into capitalism.

Then again, I'm an intemperate procrastinator. BUT, while waiting for the photos to upload, I watered and weeded the onion patch, collected the chicken eggs, and made a cup of tea. Who says women can't multitask!

So, though it is Thursday, we are having Wednesday WIPs (work in progress, if you wondered).  I'm proud to say that I figured out my problem on the Periwinkle Fantasy. I frogged the offending row and am half the way around the next to last row. Then comes the blocking. I don't even want to think about all those tiny picots.

May 1, 2012

Spreading Joy

What a couple of brain-overloaded days I've had. Since creating my business, I've spent hour upon hour researching ways to reach out to buyers.

  • Etsy online labs
  • Etsy blogs
  • Homemadeology web site
  • TopHatter auctions web site
  • MarketingGum web site
  • Facebook pages
  • Linky
  • Crochet Liberation Front blog ring
  • Regretsy (for what NOT to do)
I'm sure they meant "Vintage"