Sunday, December 28, 2008

I did good!

Since this was the first Christmas my son really "got it", we knew we had to get the rules down for the future, if you catch my drift. We (dh & I) decided that we would each give Jack one homemade present on Christmas eve, and the rest would come from Santa on Christmas morning. He opened up the recycled wool monster I made (out of leftover scraps from the quilt I made him... they match!), & immediately started hugging it. It was SO rewarding to see him love & appreciate something that I made! I posted pictures of it in an earlier entry, but here he is holding it up.
This is only one of the homemade gifts that i'll be blogging about in the next week or so. I tried to have a resale, eco friendly, & homemade Christmas this year, and I had great success! See the box towers to the right of my son? The red ones i've had for 5 Christmases so far, and the others for 3. Not only are they less wasteful & cheaper than wrapping paper in the long run, but easier, and make lovely decorative Christmas towers around the house. They neatly nest inside of each other to store, and while they were empty, my son liked to stack & nest them (educational!). It was such a heartwarming Christmas for me, because my son was so into it. I will always remember the look on his face when we were decorating the tree, & he would excitedly say "More Christmas, Mama! We need more Christmas!".

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Resweater has a new home!

I tried to go the website route, but it's taking me forever to get it set up, and figure it out. I also missed being part of a community. Then someone referred me to Artfire! It's like Etsy, but without all the fees, and personally I like the setup better. They offer 2 accounts, one is free, and the other is $7/month, but worth it. You get unlimited listings, as well as a bunch of other cool stuff. If I refer 10 people, they will waive my $7/a month, so if you were planning to sign up anyway, will you please use the link below? It is much appreciated. If you sign up through the link below for the $7 account, let me know & i'll throw in a free sweater in your next order from me :)

Check out Artfire

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Recycled baby quilts!

Back to the meaning of my blog... cool stuff made out of recycled wool! I made a baby quilt for a friend of mine that just had a baby. It was SOOOOO much easier than the prior quilts I made (for my son & mom) for 2 reasons. One is that it was smaller, and two was that I used wool on both sides. Duh! No wonder I had so much trouble with the big ones... wool stretches & cotton sheets do not. Not only was it easier to do double sided wool, but it was more aesthetically pleasing to have 2 patterns in one. I have decided to start making these to sell (if/when I have a shop again!) after the holidays & have some gorgeous cashmeres and buttery soft lambswools set aside right now :)

The benefits of wool are endless, but these quilts (when lanolized) can serve as a piddle pad or mattress protector too. Whether lanolized or not...

"did you know that wool is:
  • Wool BattsA renewable resource
  • Reusable
  • Biodegradable
  • Fire resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant

Wool has insulating properties which keep you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. In addition, wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water without feeling damp, and indeed, continues to keep you warm when it gets damp."

Enough of my yammering the praises of wool! Here is the quilt, but the quilt in real life was so much better than these pics (wasn't wonky in real life, but gave it to my friend before I could get better pics).

Friday, December 19, 2008

I bought a domain!

... now to figure out how to use it, lol. Does anyone know how to get a website template onto a hosted domain? I am so utterly clueless. Any advice is very welcome!

Eventually my new site will be, but for now there is nothing there.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Etsy thinks wool is not a supply!

Ok, it's official I think. Etsy will no longer let me sell my wool sweaters. Without any notice or warning, they removed all my listings, and have been very negative & slow to respond to my emails.

This is the official rules, cut & pasted from Etsy (I highlighted what pertains to me):
"Commercial crafting supplies

* These are not items handmade by you.
* This section is for items that can be used to make other items you might find
for sale on Etsy (such as yarn, beads, instructional books, patterns, tools, etc.
* Shipping supplies and packaging materials are also allowed in the Supplies
* These listings must be placed in the Supplies category, and tagged as
commercial. (Categories such as Books and Zines are for handmade items only.) "

This was their email:

"Hi Kris, Thanks so much for the email, and I'm sorry for the trouble caused by this. I have re-instated your listing privileges, but unfortunately the sweaters do not qualify to be sold on Etsy. On Etsy, a supply is an item that is specifically manufactured to facilitate the creation of new crafts. Unfortunately, sweaters would not fit this requirement. You may list sweaters that are 20 years old or older in the 'Vintage' category, but any other sweater that does not meet our Vintage requirements cannot be sold in your shop. Thanks again for your cooperation in this! Best, Amber Etsy Support"

Notice they link the passage I quoted from the rules. Apparently they can just make things up as they go along.

I will be starting my own website soon, so hang in there! In the meantime if you need sweaters, please feel free to contact me directly at I'll post my new website here when it is up.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Decadent scarves!

I made an awesome trade with Tallulah's Satchels... some of my sweaters for one of her scarves. My scarf arrived today & it is definitely better in person! It is made of recycled cashmere, & feels so wonderful that even when I got back in the house, I could not take it off. Mmmmm... cashmere! I will be adding a picture shortly, as soon as I have some daylight in here.
Though I just got this fabulous scarf, I can't help but eyeball her Bobbi Ruffle scarves. They are not made of recycled wool, but deserve to be on my blog anyway because they are so cool ;) These are hand knit by Tallulah's Satchels with a wool blend yarn from France. She also makes awesome purses, hair clips, and other fabulous stuff, so check out her Etsy shop!