Handknit Hugs: My name is Heather and I am a stay-at-home mom with three young, beautiful, busy and incredibly silly children. Though I have always enjoyed many different types of crafting, I discovered knitting after my second child was born (my very inspiring little girl) and I never stopped. I love knitting for babies and young children. It is so much fun to experiment with different graphics and colour combinations. I enjoy taking classic designs and updating them with today’s style.
And if you’d rather make them yourself, she does sell the pattern.
Lavender Field: I’m a self-made crafter and forever a learner.
My style is very unique as I don’t follow any trends, but actually make my own.
I have an insatiable urge to create, create, create stuff with my hands. After all that’s why God gave us hands…. to put them to good and creative use!
Colors, nature and my surroundings in general are my inspiration, and I have this unconscious habit of always picturing ugly things turned beautiful.
The variety of styles I create reflect exactly that: my love for variety. Variety in jewelry, clothes, music, decor, food and styles in general.
And check out her attention to detail in her custom work. Nice!
Have you ever seen a more lovely toy boat than these boats by Willowbaus? Items in this shop are all earth friendly and childsafe. Boats are finished with beeswax and orange oil.
These toy vessels seem to invite imaginary journeys to far off lands. They are just begging for an afternoon of fall sunshine and puddles to sail away to. Load them up with acorns and fairies and set them free.
I love the selection of prints and patterns available. These would make an incredibly thoughtful birthday present. They make for beautiful room decor as well.
Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause
“It started with a pillowcase dress…and grew into a worldwide movement: crafters using their passion to help those in need. The Craft Hope blog-which organizes crafters to make handmade items for charities-has attracted followers around the world. This book, written by the site’s founder and featuring crafting’s hottest start, celebrates the cause and encourages others to join in.
Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item. The projects-all with beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and templates-include: cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. Contributors range from fabric designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey to popular authors and bloggers such as Amanda Soule (www.soulemama.com, Handmade Home), Karri Meng (French General), Amy Ray (Doodle Stitching), Celine Dupuy (Simple Sewing with a French Twist), Vickie Howell (Craft Corps), Cathie Filian (Creative Juice), Susan Wasinger (Eco Crafts), and Betsy Greer (Knitting for Good).
In addition, there are plenty of helpful tips on how to give locally and globally, how to give thoughtfully and appropriately, and how to empower those you are helping.” → more info