Friday, January 23, 2015

New WilleWorks Tags

I have been trying to figure out how to tag my WilleWorks items that I sell locally at Essential Goods. I've been using regular business cards but they don't leave me much room to add more than a price tag. I think I finally have the answer! I'm having business cards from printed and I will be able to write in the details like hand-washable or dry clean only. This will be a much more attractive and simpler way to deal with sharing information with the customers. is having a 25% off sale now and if you use this link I will get referral points. Win, win! Sale at

Friday Update

I finished knitting this bunny yesterday while watching the live stream of The President of the United States giving a speech at The University of Kansas, my alma mater. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Bunny still needs his eyes woven in, nose embroidered on, and a new cap and vest sewn up. He'll be in my shop soon.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beloved ones

Sometimes when I'm feeling blue, I look at this photo of three women who doted on me.
Grandma Ruth Cameron, Aunt Sara Denton Perrings, and Auntie Magdalena Weis.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mothering myself musings

The sun doing her very best today...

I am so happy that I had a lovely and happy Christmas with my sweet husband and that Logan was able to come home and be with us too. I had so much fun decorating the tree that Oz cut down. I love that it is still on the front porch to greet everyone in the neighborhood. The girl scout who came to the front door this weekend selling cookies was so excited to see the ornaments and wool felt garlands on the evergreen tree that greeted her.

I've been trying to walk at least 45 minutes everyday. That ends up being 3 miles. Yesterday on my walk I asked myself some questions. "Is there anything I need from me? Do I have a warm enough winter coat?" Yes, I still have the orange Eddie Bauer coat that must be 20 years old now but kept me warm today on my 3 mile walk. I am working on mothering myself.

I bought myself something fun for Christmas with money from Joan! The beautiful Zady sweater is keeping me warm on these arctic-like winter days. I love that it is All American!

I have sooo much to be excited about in 2015 ~ the wedding, a new daughter, so much love in my family.  I love my family of men.

Please help me with this new year. I feel overwhelmed sometimes. I want your encouragement and kindness and understanding.

with affection, M

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Madison Hat

Kitty approves! I ordered more Vail yarn from Webs last week and just got it in the mail. Yay! I have to keep it away from Precious the cat because she wants it for herself. I ordered 6 skeins of this incredibly soft baby alpaca and bamboo yarn. I used this yarn for a liner for Logan's hat that I made him for Christmas. No itching and it is warm. I have lots of beautiful wool yarn from Maggie's Farm that I will use to make more Madison Hats.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter wreath

I added a new red reindeer mushroom to the wreath that hangs on the front porch. I like the way the color red pops on the green. This morning two cardinals were roosting in the wreath along with a little finch. The wreath is pretty and functional!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sweater weather

Yesterday I bought 13 new "old" sweaters from Goodwill in Lawrence. They are all wool or lambswool. I will repurpose these sweaters and make more hats, purses, and bunny clothes. I have plans for the green wool already.  I'm almost finished with a new grey bunny and I think he would look wonderful in a green vest with brass buttons and a dark grey wool hat. I washed up the blue and green sweaters today and they felted beautifully.

Logan has returned to chilly Madison already. The house is quiet and I made some delicious cornmeal pancakes to go with the leftover black eyed peas and bacon for dinner. Yum!  We are supposed to get snow tonight!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

2014 ~ a few of the 80+ things I made this year. So happy that it was a productive year in spite of all the stress and change in our lives. Looking forward to a new year. Love, Marianne

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas tree

We went out to the country to get our Christmas tree this year again. Setting up some holiday cheer around the house.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Autumn two moons

We had a full moon this weekend, the Gemini moon. I wonder if there will be two moons in the sky this month? Could be! It is a magical time of year for me, anyway. We have had a gorgeous autumn and yesterday was cold and foggy. Just my kind of weather.  I went to Pam's and we made wreaths and it felt like Santa's workshop. What fun!