higgins beach, maine

We made it back to Maine for a week of beach time with our friends Laura & Pete and their daughter Ruby from New York. We also had visits & cook-outs with old Portland friends – the best possible way to end our summer.


potato-printed wrapping paper

This year I wanted to make my own wrapping paper by printing with potatoes and linoleum blocks onto grocery bags and newsprint paper. I had learned the basics of these simple techniques from a Lotta Jansdotter workshop and a great tutorial on-line from One Brown Crafter.

Then I embellished my prints with white pen & lots of washi tape (my new favorite craft supply) which I bought through Le Box Boutique on etsy. I made the tags from scraps of screen-printed throwaways from my studio. 


sue havens & her flat bear tutorial

Ever since I met Sue Havens in grad school I slightly idolized her – she is an amazing painter AND plays accordion. Then about a year ago I was looking through the sewing section of a bookstore and saw her book Make Your Own Toys – more proof she is a multi-talented super-artist. I have been wanting to make one of her plushies ever since I bought the book, but then my life changed and I moved to New York from Maine and her book is still in storage. Thankfully, she has a tutorial on youtube for Flat Bear which is a perfect Christmas gift for a little someone. Here’s my not-so-perfect version – which is what gives it the charm of being handmade, right?

pattern round-up

It’s getting cold outside, which means TIME TO BREAK OUT THE NEEDLES. I scoured the internet for patterns I want to try this year. Here is the season lineup, all simple to match my near-beginner level with both knitting and crocheting.

1. knit fingerless gloves 2. knit cowl 3. knit warm mittens
4. crochet long scarf 5. knit seed-stitch cowl 6. crochet slouchy hat

I don’t know if I’ll have time to actually knit something for Gerald this year – I usually finish his by summer – but just in case, I found some great things for him.

1. knit hat 2. knit striped hat 3. knit urban scarf 4. knit convertible mittens

This will be the first time knitting & crocheting for a little person – I’m hoping it’s faster since everything is smaller. Maybe I’ll even try a simple sweater if I can master a hat.

1. crochet hat & mittens 2. knit monster & baby 3. knit rugby hat
4. knit aviator hat 5. knit striped mittens 6. knit baby blanket 7. crochet newsboy hat

hudson shirt for lars


art for Lars

I needed a quick project today with readily available materials, so I came up with some quick art for Lars’ room.

I used scraps of thin cardboard from file dividers & a selection of colored markers.

They look great above Lars’ changing table – a total success!

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