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Galway – Claddaugh

May 20, 2016

I had special requests from the family including my own. 2 claddaugh rings and a pair of earrings.

Claddaugh was originally an area near the Galway city center. The Claddaugh ring design consists of two clasped hands holding a crowned heart, and symbolises love, friendship and loyalty. 

Loom – ology

October 21, 2012


A short while back, I bought a Northfield Tia riddged heddle loom from someone online for $30. The thing has some wooden parts and other plastic parts. The books (and the loom) all appear to be from the 1970s. I figured out how to warp it using YouTube. I wove a blue and white checked scarf for my mother and sent it to her for her birthday. It wasn’t long after receiving it that she pulled down her old loom that was hidden for about thirty years. I was trying to explain the process of warping and weaving to her over the phone and through Skype but a lot was lost in translation. I am a very inexperienced weaver and her loom was a completely different type with skinny metal teeth rather than my big moving heddle. I took these pictures to try to explain the process. This might help someone else out there.


6 Months Later

October 16, 2012

So, it has been about six months since I posted, probably a little more. This last year has been one of the most stressful of my life. I survived and came out the other side. Yay. I must be very busy knitting and spinning, right? Nope. I have been going nonstop for the last month and I’m wondering why. I’m taking advanced accounting classes, tutoring, exercising (because these past six stressful months have added at least fifteen pounds to my belly) and trying to cook dinner a few times a week.

In the past six months, I have:

bought a loom and learned to weave

bought a dehydrator so I can make my own fruit rollups

shuffled yarn so many times I can’t even count

convinced the cats to stop stealing my yarn   never mind, the cat is playing with my yarn right now

applied to the master’s program for accounting and taxation

decided to do a PhD program in Accounting if anyone will accept me


Obviously, life is busy and that doesn’t include the crazy activities that I won’t post publicly. From now on, I will try to post every Monday. These posts may be knitting or yarn related or they may involve cooking, baking, dehydrating, general crafts or chasing cats around the apartment (changed my mind, no cat posts allowed on knitwerks).

For this week, here is a picture of my very old tia rigged heddle loom that works like a charm and has made me want a room sized loom as soon as I win the lottery.


Pinterest Week 3

February 28, 2012

I actually haven’t done too much with Pinterest this week. All in all, I’ve been too busy and too under the weather to be all that creative.

Week 2 with green smoothies. No weight loss yet but I feel a lot better.


However, I have been drinking green drinks for exactly one month now. I’d love to say I feel great but see statement above. Between school, work and home stresses, I don’t think there are any vegetables that would fix my stresses. I am down six pounds overall and my appetite has decreased dramatically.



Easy summer skirt

Secondly, I sewed up the summer skirt above. I found a lovely fabric in JoAnn’s and did this in one night. My sewing isn’t so great, but my crooked lines are barely noticeable. I can’t wait to try this again. It was very easy to follow.

Pinterest Week 2

February 21, 2012

It is week two of the Pinterest reporting challenge. This is my way of proving that surfing Pinterest is not complete waste of time. It is a great source of crafting and money-saving ideas.

1. Tshirt Skirt: I love this idea. I did it with four shirts altogether. I do have to say my sewing is not great. I had a hard time finding the elastic thread and finally found it at Joanns. I had to buy 2 XL shirts in order to make sure the length would be appropriate.




2. Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Ball Jar. This worked surprisingly well. I cooked it for twenty minutes and spooned it into jars, added water, brown sugar and maple sugar. These may have actually been over cooked by the time I ate them, but they were still delicious.

Such a great idea for healthy weekday breakfasts!






3. Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener: I don’t use fabric softener at all because I don’t like the waste and the chemicals. This is great though. The rosemary mint conditioner is all natural. Everything smells awesome.

Homemade rosemary mint fabric softener

Pinterest Shirt Skirt

February 18, 2012

From the first time I saw this post, I was fascinated.  It seemed simple enough.

Take a man’s shirt, xl or larger, cut the sleeves off and using elastic, sew several lengths around.

Thursday I stopped by Goodwill. My Goodwill is too expensive. The shirt cost $5 but it was striped and I loved it. I spent all of Thursday searching for my elastic. I did tear apart my house. I did not find it.

Friday morning, I leave my house early so I can get to Wal-Mart to pick up the elastic. I shut my car door and realized that I left my keys in the ignition. Long story short – it took a slim jim to open my car. No- Wal-Mart did not have my elastic.

Friday night. I decided my sickness, canker sores, and cold sore were a sign I should relax. So I tried. But I couldn’t resist. I’m not showing my sewing because it was that bad. I don’t know if I’ll ever wear it outside but I can’t wait to try again.









Pinterest Week 1

February 13, 2012

Okay, so I am a Pinterest addict at this point. Rather than spend hours at a time wasting the day away scanning Pinterest ideas, I have decided to use it as a tool and to report my findings. I hope to do this weekly but no promises.

Such a great idea for healthy weekday breakfasts!

Steal cut oats on the go: I just cooked them up and I’ll report to you after I eat them.

Homemade Biore strips for the entire face; only 2 ingredients.

Homemade Biore Pore Strips: I used gelatin and half and half (it was the only dairy product in the house). It worked great the first time. The second time it congealed too fast. I would follow the directions closely and let it dry thoroughly. Wonderful trick!

How fun!     1. Put on nail polish and let dry.  2. Dip fingernail in alcohol-basically any will do, vodka is suggested.  3. Press a strip of newspaper big enough to cover the whole nail on to your alcohol soaked nail.  4.  Pull off slowly and be really impressed with yourself. 5. Paint top coat if desired.

Newspaper nails: Completely failed. I tried on a few different nails and finally gave up and continued on to marbleized nails.

This version has really good directions and one of the comments below his video.

Marbleized Nails: Also failed miserably but that may be my fault. Do NOT use plastic containers. Nail polish eats right through them. This is too messy for my tastes.