My Gift To You

Enjoy these printable gift tags as my gift to you!

2014 Gift tags

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Christmas List

Over the years, and especially since working with The Rocking Yak, I’ve become increasingly intentional with my purchases.  Even more so in this last year as my desire to simplify and travel has become more pressing in my life. This holiday season has found our family craving more shared moments and adventures over things. Even so, there are a few items that have found their way onto my Christmas list this year.

2014 Christmas list

1.earth paint 2.apron 3.blanket 4.plant dyed watercolor paints 5.gourd speaker 6.iphone case 7.messenger bag 8.woven bag

Wedding Guest Dream Catcher

wedding dream catcherI love making dream catchers. They make fantastic time keepers, and are a great way to honor a special moment in your life.  This past weekend my sister got married, and instead of having a traditional guest book, I made her this unique dream catcher.

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All of the guests were asked to sign a ribbon that was then tied to the dream catcher.
Now my sister and her new husband can hang their dream catcher in their house, and always be reminded of the love and support that surrounds them as they chase after their dreams!

wedding catcherCustom wedding guest dream catchers can be ordered in the shop!

You are my dream come true . . .

dream catcher copyThe past 16 months have been a struggle in our home, & even though our relationships with each other have remained strong, it hasn’t always been easy to appreciate each other.  It is hard to express your love to others when you are unhappy & it’s easy to take your family for granted.

As I thought about what I wanted to give to my valentines this year, I thought about how fortunate I am to have a loving, supportive husband.  I thought about how lucky we are to have 2 beautiful, healthy children who challenge us & cause us to grow, becoming better people in the end.  I thought about when I was younger, how I would dream about my future family & wonder what it would be like to have a husband & children of my own.  Now that I am here, I find myself extremely grateful for the ones in my life that I call my family, and even though our life together is by no means perfect, they are my dream come true.

I wanted to find a creative way to express this to my family, so I made each one a dream catcher.  This is the one that I made for my husband. It is for both of us really. I made it with our wedding & our life together in mind.

The hoop is made from Wisteria vines. Our Wisteria is one of the first trees we planted in our yard after purchasing our home.

IMG_0207I tied the webbing with hemp & added some “Indian beads” that I found on the beach of Lake Michigan.  I also added a piece of drift wood and some sea gull feathers that I had gathered from up there.  The lake has always been a significant place to us.  We had some of our first dates up on the lake & we had our wedding ceremony there on the beach as well.

I had a few pieces of broken stalks from the bouquet of orchids that I carried down the isle. Those were tied together & added to the dream catcher.IMG_0204

The strips of fabric are a sheer white fabric that I cut from my wedding dress & a smokey silk from a bridesmaid dress.

The orchids too, were taken off of my wedding dress.  These things were just getting dusty  hanging in my closet for years.  I find this to be a much better way to honor these sacred textiles.

Hawks are one of my husband’s favorite birds.  It is symbolic to him.  A close friend to him noticed that our family collects feathers, & gave us some hawk feathers that he had found. This was a meaningful gift to my husband so I added one of these feathers to the dream catcher as well.

All said & done, it took me 2 days to create this dream catcher. I loved the hours I spent making it, the quiet time I spent reflecting on our marriage & the memories that came to mind.  I love all the symbols with their  significance only known by my love & I.

I’m not usually one to get hyped up over Valentine’s Day, but this year it was a meaningful day. I was excited to give everyone their gifts & they all seemed to enjoy the dream catchers.IMG_0209

New Product

IMG_0148What?! You say you’ve never heard of curved knitting needles before? Well, that is because Joe over at Joe’s Fiber Tools is the first to make them, & the only place to get them is right here in the shop!

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The curves are a new product & I have to say I LOVE them. They feel so natural in my hands.  The curve puts my hands at a more comfortable angle & the ends of my needles are no longer constantly hitting whoever or whatever is around me.  Being a mom with 2 kids & a cat that is kind of important to me.  I don’t often have much room surrounding my lap.

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To order a pair for yourself (or for a friend) visit the shop!

Don’t forget I still have a Valentine Truffles Giveaway going on.  To enter, just click the “Follow The Fiber Nest” button on the side bar. Once lucky follower will will 6 truffles!

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mka101536_wi08_tissue_lAs I was looking for some handmade stocking stuffer ideas on Pintrest, I came across these felt hankie holders made by Martha Stewart.

It gave me the idea to create some knitted ones.  Here is a pattern I came up with while making some.

Materials:

worsted weight stash yarn in 2 (or more) colors (or any yarn that you prefer for the project)

a pair of straight needles US9 ( or an appropriate size for your preferred yarn)

a yarn needle

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i-cord co front

Using an i-cord cast on, cast on 20 stitches in the contrasting color (cc).

IMG_0028Switch to the main color (mc) yarn and knit in stockinette stitch for 6.5″ ending with a knit row.

With the cc yarn purl on row.

icord BO frontBind off using an i-cord bind off.

Turn the knitting wrong side out and fold so that the two i-cords overlap slightly in the center and sew the top & bottom shut with a mattress stitch.

Weave in all the loose ends.

Embellish with a crocheted edging, or embroidered designs.  You could also add some ribbon or buttons.

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