handmade Christmas

This years presents from me were almost entirely handmade by me. I confess that I bought one present for someone, but I did buy it on Etsy.


I made 3 sets of napkins, 2 pairs of pot-holders, 8 cloth shopping bags, 3 flannel pillow cases.

Also, 3 hats from recycled sweaters.


Napkins in progress-


And dish towels. I had a project near-fail here… I mean it wasn’t a complete failure, but I was disappointed in the outcome. These are the towels in progress- the bleach pen doing it’s thing.


I got inspired to try a bleach pen project from this post on Angry Chicken. My first experience was not a complete success. I used a nice soft linen fabric that had dye flaws in it already. That cut down on the stress factor, but I have to admit I was nervous. The fabric reacted very quickly to the bleach- the color was all gone in about 15 minutes- very different from what Amy described.  I need to note that I did a test on another piece of linen that did not react so quickly at all- much more like what was shown in the film clip. Anyway, I rinsed the dishtowels and napkins as I made them. When I was finished, I threw everything into the washing machine. They all came out with blue shadows where the fabric folded onto itself. Clearly the dye on this fabric was way too sensitive to the bleach. Oh well- they are usable. I just don’t like the blue with the green. I might try doing an over-dye experiment sometime, since I gave the napkins to Ben… so sort of to me!



Everyone else who gets presents will get cookies. I’ll be going down to Connecticut to do the cookie delivery on Tuesday. While I am there, I have plans to see this show about Mrs. Delany at the Yale Center for British Art.

and future plans…

well, only a few days in the future!

Another day at the Market!

Boston Handmade: a collection of Boston area artists, artisans, and craftspeople

More than 25 members of Boston Handmade will be exhibiting their craft and art at the SoWa Open Market on Sunday, October 12th, 10am to 4pm.

On view and for sale will be handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, art, photography, toys, sculpture, and more!

Boston Handmade promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories

For more info about Boston Handmade visit www.bostonhandmade.org

Boston Handmade Members exhibiting at this one-day event:
Arian: http://arian.etsy.com
Blue Alvarez: http://BlueAlvarez.etsy.com
Christine Marie Art: http://chrisenc.etsy.com
Elizabeth Brennick Designs: http://ElizabethBrennick.etsy.com
Glamourpuss Creations: http://Glamourpuss.etsy.com
K. Hawkins Photography: http://khawkinsphoto.etsy.com
Kirsten Bassion: http://kirstenbassion.etsy.com
Lucie Wicker Photography: http://Knight27.etsy.com
Linda B. Dunn: http://LBranchD.etsy.com
Lush Beads: http://lushbeads.etsy.com
MaJenta Designs: http://MaJentaDesigns.etsy.com
Mimi Kirchner: http://mck254.etsy.com
Nancyrosetta: http://Nancyrosetta.etsy.com
Penguin Love Press: http://PenguinLovePress.etsy.com
Jessica Burko: http://ReclaimedToYou.etsy.com
Sea Glass Things: http://SeaGlassThings.etsy.com
Yarn Obsession: http://sedruola.etsy.com
Stonehouse Studio: http://StonehouseStudio.etsy.com
Tactile Baby: http://TactileBaby.etsy.com
The Hole Thing: http://TheHoleThing.etsy.com
thirteenth story: http://thirteenthstory.etsy.com
Vintage by Crystal: http://vintagebycrystal.etsy.com