Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

Ashley Smith

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fleece skirting

I love getting together with a big group of women who all share a similar interest! Last night at the guild meeting it was so fun to see what everyone is working on and hear about what worked and what didn't. and the fleece skirting demonstration was wonderful! Who knew a sheep fleece was this big!
Emily showed us what to look for in a hand spinning fleece, how to check for second cuts, and what NOT to keep.
it was super fun! (and she knit the beautiful shawl she is wearing) She brought this freshly sheared fleece and another fleece that she had already cleaned (in her washing machine, with Dawn dish detergent!)

I didn't think to take photos of everyone's show and tell projects... maybe at the weaving study group next week!

Happy creating,

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Skirting a Fleece!

I am a member of the Sandpoint Fiberarts Guild, but I rarely go to the meetings, since it is almost an hour there and an hour back. but tonight, one of the members is going to demonstrate how to skirt a fleece! Yippee! The timing couldn't be better, as we are now the proud owners of 4 wooly wonders (sheep, in case you didn't get it...) and I am hoping to shear them myself this spring. Here is the description from the guild website:

Emily Faulkner will bring a freshly sheared, unskirted fleece for a skirting demonstration. Skirting is the process of determining which parts of a fleece to keep and which to discard, depending on intended use.

Well, I can't wait to learn about fleeces. I will try and take some photos to post tomorrow!

I feel like I should learn how to spin, since I love to weave and now we have sheep, but it has never really appealed to me. I did see this cool operation while scouting the web today. A foot powered spindle- it looks fun! it might make me want to spin it up.

Happy weaving!

Friday, February 13, 2009

something super fun!

Well, I love Pooch Cafe (the comic by Paul Gilligan), but I only realized today that he has a blog! While looking around I came across this post from February 5th. A fun little 3-D project to print and glue together- What could be more fun for a Valentine's day surprise! Check it out, it is something everyone should make!

Well I hope everyone has a fantastic Valentine's Day!

happy creating!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Well, I finally decided to put some of the things I have created in an online store! I posted 3 items to ArtFire! If you follow the link on the right side, you can see my store.

How exciting is that?!

In other news, my husband made this for the draft horses to pull:

I know you are wondering- What is it? Well, it is a snow roller of course! We already have too much snow to use it this year, but next year, look out! We will have the best groomed paths around!

We also have 4 little ewes now, but I haven't taken their photos yet! This weekend for sure, and I will post photos on Monday!

Happy weaving trails!