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Tuesday Tutorial: Chalkboard signs

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Here's what I usually do a few days before every craft show... print out new signs for small items that I don't want to sticker individually. Why do I do it each time? (1) They get banged up during transportation back from the show. (2) I might change the price (like when I figured out it was easier for MATH REASONS to just include tax on each item and round up or down to the nearest .50). (3) I might change which small items they are. (4) I might change my signage type. You can kind of see my signs...

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Fall down seven times; get up eight

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Sometimes I'm really excited about something I'm making. I'm either happy with how it's turning out, excited about what I'm learning in order to make it, learning new skills or stretching old ones, or just generally having fun. And then five minutes after I finish it, when the paint is still wet, the cat might jump up on my workspace and rub against the wet paint, smearing it all over the piece and causing me to sigh, deeeeeeply. Now, I was lucky in this instance because I was using a new (to me) technique of painting over an already glazed...

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2013 Holiday orders

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If you're thinking this week about whether or not I can help out with your Winter holiday gift-giving, you're thinking about it at the right time. And I say that hating holiday decorations out in stores before Halloween just like the rest of you! Trust me. Christmas is my favorite holiday in the entire year, but I don't really want to think about it until after Thanksgiving. But I need to talk to you about my holiday "order by" dates, and about an upcoming vacation. This year I am planning on taking some time off, between Saturday, December 14th and...

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New base yarn: Windling

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I know, I know! SO MUCH NEW this week. This is a luxury worsted weight yarn (heavy worsted/aran) and it's a non-superwash (so feltable) British Bluefaced Leicester and Baby Alpaca. Mmmmmmm. IT'S SO FLUFFY! Windling, like I said, is a heavy worsted/aran non-superwash yarn (great for those looking for feltable yarns for soakers!) and one that I have tested out before -- in fact, I still have three of the limited edition "tester" colorways available from earlier this year. You can see everything that Windling is currently available in here.

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New base yarn: Lynn

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Also new this week, a standard DK weight yarn that was definitely the hit of the party at Fiber-In! I’m already sold out of a couple of colors but I’ll be ordering more base yarn and dyeing more just as fast as I can. The name of this base is Lynn, and she will be a standard base in the shop (meaning that I will restock her as often as possible and as I dye more I will have her in most or all standard colorways). Lynn is a DK weight yarn, a springy and soft 100% Superwash Merino that...

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