Saturday, September 10, 2011

where do you go from here?

Hello beautiful person! Thank you for finding this blog. I'm so glad you came.

I am slowly moving all of the original content from this blog to my new blog, here. I hope you'll check it out. It's all about eco-friendly cleaning, organizing, healthy living, art, design and my life.

Peace out.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

blackberry holder

I needed some kind of holder for my BlackBerry - I have a skin for it, but the screen is getting a little scratched. Pulled out some felted scraps today and sewed myself up a little something to protect my "lifeline." Below is the reverse side.

Below is a photo of my tapestry yarn stash; one of the reasons I love crafting so much is being surrounded by this gorgeousness.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

how to buy really green

How do you know if what you're buying is really green or not? My favorite eco-friendly consumer advocate, Debra Lynn Dadd, has written a new book that answers exactly that question. Really Green covers easy green principles that anyone can learn, to help each of us understand the kinds of things that really DO help health and the environment.

It contains all the information you need to be able to tell the difference between products with real environmental and health benefits and those with misleading green hype. In this book, you will learn:

* What "green" really means
* The true foundation for defining green products
* The life cycle of green products
* The eighteen basic principles that define what's green
* The five basic types of green products
* All about green packaging
* Various shades of green products
* The cost of green goods
* How to spot misleading "greenwashing"
* How to change your buying habits to be green

Click on this link to find out more and buy the book today!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

how to straighten circular knitting needles

I just started a new knitting project: a scarf in rainbow-coloured variegated wool. I like to use circular needles whenever possible, because I tend to drop things - and trust me, given the opportunity to drop my straight needles, I will drop them with discouraging frequency.

The only problem with circular needles is that, when they're stored in their original packages, they take on the tight curve that they've been stored in, and when you go to use them, the flexible part becomes very wayward.

This morning I decided to remedy the situation by ironing my needle. Applied with care, heat will relax the plastic and encourage it to take a new shape.

Find the full instructions for how to straighten a circular knitting needle in this Facebook photo album (you don't have to be a Facebook member to view the album).

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

tükz and tea cosies now available at Nathalie-Roze and Co.

I'm happy to announce that my tükz and tea cosies will soon be available at Nathalie-Roze & Co., an awesome, quirky, funky shop on Queen Street East in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood.

Here's the full contact info:

Nathalie-Roze & Co.
1015 Queen St. East
Toronto ON M4M 1K3
(416) 792-1699


Closed Mondays
Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

I'll also be leading some craft workshops (teaching you how to create your own toques and cosies!) this fall in Nathalie-Roze's workshop space. Check later for more details!

Update: August 2008

Nathalie-Roze is no longer carrying my designs - but do check out her shop when you're in Toronto. It's packed full of great items from a number of talented designers - and many of the pieces are made from recycled materials!

photo credit: Chris Struk

Thursday, August 16, 2007

to commission or buy my designs

I've stopped production of my past designs, but still take the occasional commission from interested buyers. Click on "View My Complete Profie" in the right-hand sidebar to find my e-mail address, and drop me a line with your request.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

the story behind tükz

If you take a look at my tea cosies, you will see a startling resemblance to these toques. Yes, the hats are basically tea cosies without holes for spouts and handles.

My original tea cosy pattern was based on the shape of a close-fitting toque that I knit for myself a couple of years ago. I didn't really think about making hats out of recycled sweaters until a guy in my Alexander Training put one of the cosies on his head during tea break one day (read the tea cosy story, here). His comment was that I should make some hats.

So I did.