Upcycled Goodies: Woolen Owls & Christmas... →
For Christmas tree decorating, I’m making these cutie owl ornaments. All upcycled 100% wool and needle-felted goodness. Gotta love em. And having a blast sewing up lots of upcycled wool sweater Christmas Stockings: Happy and wonderful Holidays to you and yours!
Fall and Winter are coming. Busy making House of... →
House of Rowan cashmere baby blankets, upcycled from pure cashmere sweaters and made on the Coast of Maine…
A Walk Out of the World - Ruth Nichols
Continuing my fascination with imaginative tree imagery, I’ve just discovered this vintage children’s fantasy adventure written in 1969 by 18-year-old author Ruth Nichols called A Walk Out of the World, with fabulous and haunting, other-worldly illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. The story presents two troubled adolescents, Judith and Tobit, who escape their confining urban world...
Mid-Century Book & Record Covers
Lately I find myself drawn to the simple graphics, color schemes, and typography of vintage record and book covers. Some of my favorite designs are from Poland and Sweden, the American designer Alvin Lustig, and what really catches my eye is the 1960s modern Czech street map.
Fairy House Handbook
We’re so thrilled: our six-year-old daughter modeled for the cover (and back cover) of this new book all about fairy houses in Maine. We’re all so proud of her; and we love the book! Fairy House Handbook, written by Liza Gardner Walsh, with photography by Amy Whilton.
Infant Baby Blanket: Blue Butterflies for a Girl... →
My latest in the spring series of cashmere baby blankets. A luxuriously soft baby girl patchwork quilt in baby blues, aqua, and more wonderful blues! Support handmade, found here on Etsy, House of Rowan.
From Bee to Bottle: Maine made mead. Yum. Yes! “Maine Mead Works was...– About Maine Mead Works
Quit Your Day Job: Kin Ship Press
photo: kin ship press Etsy is chock-a-block with articles championing artists & crafters to quit their day job and become, what I like to call, People of the Handmade Revolution. When I became pregnant with my first daughter, I quit my job publishing an arts and alternative health journal, and I sold...
House of Rowan Upcycled Cashmere Patchwork Blanket →
My latest upcycled cashmere baby blanket, with rainbow stripes and needle felted butterflies. Happy Spring!
a remembered craft from my youth: god’s eyes (I prefer to think of them as old, pagan, pantheon gods’ eyes if you like.) There’s a video here to see how it’s done with drift wood. Lovely fun project for my girls. (- discovered on Poppytalk)
Vintage Vera Upcycled Scarf Pillow
As you can see Gigi loves scarves. So one afternoon last week she and I decided to make an upcycled pillow from one of my vintage Vera scarfs. The pillow is a lovely large 22 x 22. I’ve been wanting to make a scarf pillow for quite a while and I followed this tutorial. Gigi and I pawed through my vintage scarf collection: …played a little peek-a-boo: It was very easy; I sewed...
Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen The author Amy Pennington buys everything in bulk and stores them in glass jars. This is my goal too; little by little I hope to turn all my pantry shelves into bulk storage and canning jar havens. I would use these awesome Weck jars too.
Artists: keep on keepin' on....
Upcycled Cashmere Baby Blankets: House of Rowan on... →
I make these Eco-friendly woodland Owl & Acorn Upcycled Cashmere Baby Blankets, and I feature them on Etsy: House of Rowan. Pure cashmere wool is luxuriously soft — it is a real wonder of the world: a wink and nod to all you cashmere goats roaming the glades, and turlochs, and mountains and hills out there — thank you fellas for your glorious wool! The Needle-Felted Hedgehog Cashmere...
Mokkasin = eye candy for the home →
I’ve just discovered Mokkasin out of Sweden, and I really love this blog. It’s pages are juicy with bright colors and darling ideas for decorating with patterned fabrics, juxtaposed objects of curios, whimsical pillows, and oodles of cute, kiddos decor! Jenny von Döbeln is a multi-disciplinary artist from Stockholm, Sweden, and her Etsy store is called Mini Empire, in which,...
The Suitcase Series with Dottie Angel →
Dottie Angel’s style always catches my eye. She’s a real dazzler: a coordinating magician with her thrifty, handmade, repurposed, graceful and charming textiles and outfits. Modcloth.com says of her Suitcase Series: “Take a walk through the quilted, crafted, and curated world of Tif Fussell, better known by her enchanting blogging alter-ego, Dottie Angel, in this paperback...
Neil Gaiman - Stories: All New Tales →
I love Neil Gaiman, so I am anxious to read Stories - All-New Tales (edited by the author of the much-adored The Graveyard Book.) And I’ve heard that the audio version for Stories is super: they’ve hired actors who brilliantly carry out the voices and accents). Booklist praises Gaiman as a “Master Anthologist.” This “groundbreaking” anthology boasts armfuls of...
Professor Fox →
This little guy is the creation of doll artist Mimi Kirchner. I love his teal-colored jacket, and would you believe, his waistcoat is done in a pattern of butterflies. What a foxy woodland friend he could be for my girls! Mimi says on her blog: “I believe he is studying entomology.”