6-20: Community Thursday! 1


“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
― Deb Caletti

Welcome, Summertime! [unless you live in the other hemisphere, of course - then welcome to Winter!]
Today’s Community Thursday is full of indulgence, discipline, whimsy, and thoughtfulness.

Design Love Fest turns trash into treasure! Photo: Design Love Fest

Design Love Fest turns trash into treasure! Photo: Design Love Fest

I LOVE this tutorial/idea! Not only does it rescue a trashed but totally awesome piece of furniture, it transforms it into a throne fit for any artistic king or queen! Plus – you can’t see it in the pic above, but there are pompoms! [which they *totally* have a tutorial for, too]
Love love love love.
http://www.designlovefest.com/2013/05/make-it-35/

Photo & tutorial: Carrie of The Fiber Nest

Photo & tutorial: Carrie of The Fiber Nest

As someone who loves beachcombing and fiber arts, this appeals to me greatly. It’s not difficult, but Carrie does a great job of making it look even easier with her clear tutorial on how to cover stones with macrame. If you aren’t following her page, I highly recommend it – she strikes a perfect balance between thoughtful and creative.
http://thefibernest.com/2013/06/15/tutorial-macrame-stones/

Cute popsicle card tutorial from Omiyage Blogs! Photo: Omiyage Blogs

Cute popsicle card tutorial from Omiyage Blogs! Photo: Omiyage Blogs

Brilliantly simple and effective idea for making the cutest popsicle-themes notecards using washi tape! I love the summery feel of these – they would be great to get in a package.
http://www.omiyageblogs.ca/2013/06/washi-tape-popsicle-card-version-two.html

...I had to use this pic, it makes me laugh so hard. Photo: Leonie Dawson

…I had to use this pic, it makes me laugh so hard. Photo: Leonie Dawson

Straight up, I love Leonie Dawson. She’s a little wacky, a lot sensible about the things that count, and totally on the level and fun. I go to her website all the time for inspiration and creative [gentle] kicks in the rear. This blog post about taking control of procrastination by using productivity hacks is smart and timely, because Summer is always hard on my concentration. Thank you, Leonie!

https://leoniedawson.com/5-ultimate-fun-productivity-hacks/

“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.”
― Roman Payne

Get your ideas organized! Image: Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Get your ideas organized! Image: Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Oh My! Handmade Goodness has been having some really great posts on their blog lately, and this is always a timely subject. Some people do better with paper notes, others with technology – and Debra covers both aspects in her post. I needed this kick in the rear!
This post is part of the Camp-OMHG series, and I definitely recommend reading all of ‘em. I have been following along all month and I’ve been all sorts of inspired!

http://ohmyhandmade.com/2013/camp-omhg/bursting-with-ideas-idea-organization-101/

I loved CraftStash already, and it's even more better with Kate of Gourmet Stash chatting with K*m!

I loved CraftStash already, and it’s even more better with Kate of Gourmet Stash chatting with K*m!

CraftStash is one of my favorite vlogs – because it covers all the fiber arts that I love; it’s been especially enticing since K*m/Kreyoli started really getting into supported spindling, which is an addiction of mine. So when she asked Kate of Gourmet Stash to join her for occasional dual vlogging fun, I was over the moon. It’s a fun time with punis and spindling and knitting and fiber talk and laughter. LOVE it.
Episodes with Kate: http://www.kreyoli.com/craftstash/tag/crafty-gourmet/
Main page: http://www.kreyoli.com/craftstash/

Speaking of Gourmet Stash

Image: Kate Blaney/Gourmet Stash

Image: Kate Blaney/Gourmet Stash

The Gourmet Stash Puni Club is now open! The club spans six months and has three shipments, in either half or full sizes. Kate features her local dyers in these punis – Dragonfly Fibers, Cephalopod Yarns, and Threeravens Fiber Studio. [ahem!]
The space for this club is limited, due to the intensive nature of making punis, so I’d recommend signing up right away. I love spinning Kate’s punis and definitely will be working with them during Tour de Fleece – both on Team Nevermore and the Gourmet Stash team!

Elinor has sage knitting [and life] advice. Photo: Lovelyarns

Elinor has sage knitting [and life] advice. Photo: Lovelyarns

I’m going to leave you with some smart and thoughtful words from Elinor of Lovelyarns about how to handle running out of yarn on a project… totally applicable to when things don’t quite work out in life, too.

http://lovelyarnsblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/whats-on-the-needles-coming-up-short/

“Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock ‘n’ roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.”
― Haruki Murakami