Monthly Archives: October 2012

Romeo, oh Romeo


Today you get pictures of the first-ever yarn I spun with Nana’s spinning wheel. The wool is from a ram named Romeo.

I hung it up on the stage frame underneath the chestnut tree to stretch and dry.

When I was a kid I read Juniper by Monica Furlong. It’s one of those books that is worth reading and re-reading. I always wanted to be like Angharad from the story. She could spin, weave, and dye with beautiful colors, and she was magic in a quiet working-for-good kind of way. Her house was simple, but lovely and comfortable.

I am not nearly so wise or patient and my house is only presentable when company’s coming, but at least for now I too can spin. 😉 I’ll work on the rest of it as I go.

P.S. My friend Emily featured my toadstool terrarium in her beautiful ETSY treasury! Check it out!


New stuff, Pinterest, and Dapper Unicorn


Hello everyone! There are lots of new pretties and shinies over at my etsy store. I recently posted a whole swarm of felted jellyfish. They’re so fun to make, and the organic lines of the tentacles make it look like they’re floating on a current.

I have some new tardigrades up as well. Love all the toes!

So go check it out!
My new addiction is pinterest. Most computer-related things are like banging my head against a wall, but I found setting up pinterest to be intuitive, possibly because it’s so visually oriented. Pinterest is a platform for collecting things you like from all around the internet and putting them in one place so you can sit back and admire them. Large amounts of my time disappeared into perusing the site at first, but I’ve dialed it back to a reasonable level where I can go and do other life- things. 😉 If you are on pinterest and want to follow me I’ll follow back. Here is my board.


Stephan has a shiny new etsy site. All the chain maille has left One True Mango (which is swiftly turning into my personal homage to wool) and now lives over here at Dapper Unicorn!

Sukkot… and Winter is Coming


Brrrr!!! It is such a chilly morning. I am curled up with a big pot of oolong tea to catch up on posting my ETSY stuff and write this blog post. In Pennsylvania, the seasons are very storybook- winter spring summer fall, with distinct differences. No “now is the season when it is too hot to move or go outdoors and we hate everything,” or “now is the season when we hope for a hurricane bad enough to get us out of work but not bad enough to actually do damage.”

This weekend we celebrated Sukkot with our Juniper Hill friends.

I made patchwork walls for the Sukkah and Stephan made the roof of branches. Here is Brent, putting on the finishing touches.

Ara looks very magical in the glow of the lights.

Here we are under the chestnut tree.

We talked about how much we loved being in it and how nice it would be to have it up all year, but some things are more special because they are temporary.