I have mice on my brain

I still have not quite figured out what to do for my next Giveaway game. But I have a few ideas, will have to sleep on it a few more times.

In the mean time I got into making mice again. I know it has been a very long time. I didn’t feel like making mice anymore, thought nobody would like them. We had enough mice here in the house already. Our kitty likes playing with them, throwing them in the air and catching them. Even if we hide them he tends to find them.

But the other day a friend of mine asked me if I could make her one. She was going into surgery.

So I made her this one. Packed it up and sent it off to her. castShe sounded so happy when she called me that she had gotten the mouse.

So I was going through my stuff to see if I had anything left to make more mice. Just a few eyes left and a little bit of grey yarn.

A few days later I had a envelope in my mailbox with grey yarn leftovers. Thank you, what a super nice surprise!

So I started knitting. First I made this guy. IMG_1809Then I suddenly had another idea.

And it started out with this. A Styrofoam ring covered with knitted yarn.

IMG_1728How about I make a wreath with us as a family on it. The Daddy Mouse, Mama Mouse and two kid mice.

What should they just sit on the wreath?

No. But what could they do?

So I went searching through my stuff again, and found a fishing pole and a bucket and some fish that I had ordered a long time ago for a mouse project that I never finished.

Yes, hubby likes fishing. So then the idea was born. Every mouse will have something in their hands that they like doing most.


This was the product so far last night. Hubby with his fishing pole and a bucket. Me doing a Yoga pose, still waiting for my basket full of yarn.


This afternoon I added another mouse, one of my kids. She decided she wanted a ice cream cone. My other kid is in Track and she will have a running shoe and a fancy shoe in her hand. All those items are ordered to be made out of clay. So I will have to wait until they come in and then will be added to the mice.

I started the last mouse this afternoon, but got distracted by life. Might get her done tonight.

I am still thinking about it, if I should add a sign with our name or just leave it as is.

Is there anything you would add?




Spotlight Friday: recycled

While I was doing my chore this morning and separating all the paper from the other trash and rinsing milk cartons out. I was thinking about my Spotlight and what I could look for on http://www.zibbet.com today. So why not find recycled items?

The definition by merriam-webster.com is:


 verb \(ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl\

: to make something new from (something that has been used before)

: to send (used newspapers, bottles, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new

: to use (something) again

Full Definition of RECYCLE

transitive verb

:  to pass again through a series of changes or treatments: as

a :  to process (as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human use

b :  recover 6

c :  to reuse or make (a substance) available for reuse for biological activities through natural processes of biochemical degradation or modification <green plants recycling the residue of forest fires> <recycle ADP back to ATP>

:  to adapt to a new use :  alter
:  to bring back :  reuse <recycles a number of good anecdotes — Larry McMurtry>
:  to make ready for reuse <a plan to recycle vacant tenements>
intransitive verb
:  to return to an earlier point in a countdown
:  to return to an original condition so that operation can begin again —used of an electronic device
— re·cy·cla·bil·i·ty  noun
— re·cy·cla·ble  adjective or noun
— re·cy·cler  noun


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
22″ Recycled paper with polyinks blue LED back lights
by Artpoe

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Tote Bag Recycled and EcoFriendly
by Upstateinspirations

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Knit Critters – Lucky Elephant – Gray Fuzzy Sweater Stuffed Animal for Babies – Safe and Squeezable – Upcycled Toys by karenheenan

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
SMALL Upcycled Wool Diaper Cover by brightrosecreations

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Peachy Pink Coral Napkin Ring Set of 6 by ArtePlastique

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Spoon Bracelet by georginabaker

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vinyl Record Album Business Card Holder by ColeraineCreations

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Paper Bead Jewelry- German Paper Bead Earrings
by Tanith

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

pop top flower earrings
by Tabsolute

And those are just a few of the wonderful pieces that I found on Zibbet. Start your own search and tell me what fun pieces you found.

Happy Friday!

Let us take a trip to Melbourne, Australia

What are we going to do there, you might ask.

Australia is a wonderful country, I had the pleasure to live there for a 1/2 year. I was only 7 then, but still have many wonderful memories of that time.

Today though we will visit a Zibbet shop that is located in Melbourne.(if you click on it, just a little visual so you know where we are going to)

So who are we going to visit?

http://www.zibbet.com/ChinniAbhi is the shop address.

Where is your center of craft life? Where is your business?

ChinniAbhi: I am located in Melbourne, Australia.
I did start my journey in craft here in Melbourne. I do sell locally and internationally too.


What kind of material do you work with and why?
I use a variety of materials. From swarovski crystals, glass, clay, wooden beads to paper beads. I make gold toned, silver toned and even bronze toned earrings. And sometimes necklaces.
I am also into card making.
I always get fascinated as how any item can be used for jewelry making. Every time I discover a new type of material it just gives me an idea of creating absolutely new piece of jewelry with a new look.

Why do you craft? How did you learn?

ChinniAbhi : I am a full time working mother of a beautiful girl. Craft is a good mode of relaxation and a very good way of enjoyment too. I have always been interested in crafting but never got into it as much as I am now.
I got into jewelry making only a few years back. My dear friend/colleague did take me to a bead shop where she demonstrated how to make earrings for our selves. That’s how I really got introduced to jewelry making. I instantly fell in love with this art and have been following ever since.

What was the inspiration for your shops name?

ChinniAbhi : My daughter is the inspiration for my shop’s name. She too loves making jewelry and she has designed some really good ones!

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
ChinniAbhi : Beads of course. I would have a tough time without them

How would you describe your style?
ChinniAbhi : I have my roots coming from India. Hence the influence of Indian culture can be seen in my designs. I would describe my designs to be a fusion between ethnic Indian look and modern trends.

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
ChinniAbhi : I still feel I have just begun my journey so I am always looking up to all designers who make wonderful pieces of art!

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be?
ChinniAbhi : My work space is still small, but i ensure the same to be open and organized.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now?
ChinniAbhi : Right now I am more interested in beading with seed beads , paper beads and paper bead jewelry .Recently i have started venturing into clay beads as well.

Where do you look for inspiration?
ChinniAbhi : I mostly do my research on Internet. A few magazines and even store fronts help to. I usually design my earrings first before I actually start making them Hence the design is triggered from various things i see in daily life.

When do you feel the most creative?
ChinniAbhi : Usually I keep working on my designs in my mind all day .I put my designs into action at next available time of the day

What are your future plans?
Chinniabhi : My plans for future is to make my hobby to be my full time activity. Am hoping to grow my own handmade business and hopefully my own website. Well these are my goals. .I just hope that I can achieve it.

These are the places where you can find her:

My fb page:https://www.facebook.com/TheChinniAbhi
My twitter link is : http://www.twitter.com/divvisafstudio
My blog :www.chinniabhi.wordpress.com


So how was that for a trip around the world?


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Spotlight Friday: the colors of the rainbow

I love watching rainbows appear in the sky. Sometimes you get lucky and see a double rainbow.



Growing up I often heard the Story about the Gold pot at the end of the rainbow.

leprechaun (Irishleipreachán) is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Like other fairy creatures, leprechauns have been linked to the Tuatha Dé Danann of Irish mythology.[1] The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release. Popular depiction shows the Leprechaun as being no taller than a small child,[2] with a beard and hat, although they may originally have been perceived as the tallest of the mound-dwellers (the Tuatha Dé Danann).   (source Wikipedia)

What stories did you hear growing up?

Now let’s see what I could find on Zibbet when I typed “rainbow” in the search.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Rainbow Bullet Earrings by JillsJewels4you

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Wood ‘Big Plane, Little Planes’ Airplane Mobile – Rainbow Colors by RaysScraps

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Color Sorting Rainbow Stacking Bowls Wooden Play Food Learning Toy Montessori and Waldorf Inspired by howwelearnathome

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Rainbow Juniper Babywearing Teething Nursing necklace by mariavlasova

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Large Chocolate Dipped Pretzels (12) by DippedNChocolate

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Rainbow Wood Glass Chain Necklace
by nett

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Rainbow Chevron Steering Wheel Cover with Matching Bright Brink Pink Bow by BeauFleurs

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Super Long Pastel Rainbow Hat 5 Foot Long Stocking Cap by Mountaingoth

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Watercolor Abstract Necklace – Glass Tile Pendant (WAD1)
by FreeToBeMeCreations

What do you think about all those rainbow items? Are you going to search for some? I bet you will find plenty more wonderful item on http://www.zibbet.com

So much inspiration….

I am sitting on my couch, looking at this yucky weather outside.

This morning I was going through my FB page and stumbled over this picture

 and it got my attention.

All those wonderful beads.  And it said

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party

Now I got nosy and wanted to know what this is all about. So I asked the poster if she could share with me what this bead soup is all about.


This sounds like a lot of fun. To bad that everyone is already paired up. I would of liked to try something like that.

Guess what?I signed up to get the newsletter, so I can follow and see all the wonderful creations that are coming from this. And maybe get the chance to join the next one?

The last few days I have been pinning a lot of things to my pinterest wall, things that got my wheels turning. Inspiring new ideas for new pieces.

How do you get inspired and where and how do you file those ideas?

Yesterday I was at my friends house for a quick visit. I was watching her showing the wreath I had made for her ,to a friend.



While her husband was standing next to me and whispered in my ear:”and what do I get for my birthday?”

I looked at him a little puzzled and said: “I think a hat would be a little warm for our climate, right?” And left it at that.

Of course I could not leave it at that. All night my wheels where turning. Until this morning it hit me like a tons of bricks. The question was, what do I knit or create for an seasoned gentleman who is into race cars, hockey and golfing.

Ah, yes, golfing. And there it was. How about I knit him some club covers?

And that is what I will be working on for the next few weeks. Luckily his Birthday is not until July so I have some time.


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