Monday, 14 April 2014

Paper Beads

Had a lovely afternoon yesterday making paper beads with some bookbinding friends. I remember making these as a kid, but haven't tried again for years. Nicole has made these beads into bracelets that are wrapped several times around your wrist.

Nicole guided us through the steps of cutting strips of paper (we used magazine pages) and then rolling them on round toothpicks.

A little bit of glue at the end is all it takes to secure them.

And then seal them with clear nail polish or mod podge.

Stick them in a piece of foam while they are drying.

Here are some of the paper strips I was using.

It didn't take long to make all these! It was so nice to have an afternoon just to play....I need to do that more often.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Miniature Book Necklaces

I'm launching a new product line today: miniature book necklaces! Using recycled leather or a vegan alternative, these mini books are fully functioning blank journals ready to keep your secrets close to your heart. Closed off with a vintage button and hung on an antique brass chain.

There's a surprise vintage Canadian stamp on the first page of book.

Oh so tiny and so much fun to make!

Now available in my PrairiePeasant Etsy shop!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Richard Scarry Recycled Envelopes

New in the shop--I've recycled some very much loved (and torn and tattered!) Richard Scarry books into envelope sets! Now you can send all your favourite characters like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm to greet someone special in the mail. 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Sneak Peek

This week I've been teasing my followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with preview images of something new I'm working on, so I thought I'd share them here too.

I've been sorting through all my leather pieces....hmmmm, which colours should I choose?

Trimming some pieces....

Setting aside the scraps that were too small....

Hand tearing some paper pieces....

Oh, this looks interesting....

Sorting through my button collection....

The final supplies just arrived in the mail, so hopefully I'll have something finished to show you later this week. Stay tuned!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Knitting Socks

I've got a pair of socks on the go on my knitting needles. I bought yarn in a small shop in Mittersill, Austria, during our family vacation last August, one skein for each of my daughters and one for myself. I know the same yarn can be purchased locally, but there's something about buying a product close to where it came from.... I've restarted these socks twice so far, with different patterns. The first pattern I tried just did not make sense to me, so I switched to another, which seems to be working better!

The pattern I'm using can be found on Ravelry: it's the Vanilla Socks pattern by Carle' Dehning. What makes this pattern unique is that it has an afterthought heel. When you are at the heel spot, you knit with waste yarn for half a round, and then continue knitting the tube. When you are done the length of the sock, you go back to the heel.

Because daughter S wants these socks to be as long as the yarn will allow, I put the ankle stitches on stitch holders, and knit the heel first. Next I'll start sock #2, and go until it's an equal length, and then knit them both as far as the yarn will allow.

They have been taking longer than I expected, but that's partly due to the pattern failures and my restarts. Now that I've got this one almost done, the rest should go faster!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Bringing you everything green from my Flickr photostream for March 17:

Created with flickr slideshow.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Once There Was a Shirt

Once there was a shirt.
It was worn by a delightful woman
who was always young at heart.

She called it her Beach Shirt,
and wore it nearly every day 
during summers at the lake.
And everyone who saw her wear it
hoped that they too would have such a lively spirit
as they grew older.

But even the young at heart
sometimes need their daughters 
to help them pick and choose
as they clean out their closets.

And so the Beach Shirt
was gifted to the savvy recycler
who was given permission
to cut it up 
into lots and lots of narrow strips.

And then she wrapped and stitched
and wrapped and stitched some more,
until a lovely large basket was created.

And there was even enough fabric strips left
to make a set of coasters too!

New life for an old shirt.

These items are available in my PrairieThreads Etsy shop.

Monday, 10 March 2014


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