Holiday Market this Saturday!

Originally posted on Freedom Market:

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We couldn’t be more excited for this Saturday’s Holiday Market. Be sure to stop by between 9am-3pm at The Bean Cycle & Wolverine Farm Bookstore in Old Town, Fort Collins (144 North College Avenue). Below is a list of all the talented local makers that will have their products for sale. Support local and handmade this holiday season!

InkPop – Letterpress prints and cards –  /

ShaveSmith – heirloom straight razors and leather goods – /

Twelve Little Tales – Story Sets, felted and crocheted items

The Silver Poppy – handcrafted jewelry in silver, bronze, and steel –

Patrick Richardson –  screen prints, handbound journals –

Allie Ogg – earthenware pottery & screenprinted cards –

Joseph Miranda – functional and decorative porcelain ceramics –

And the People – candles and bath & body products –


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DIY Wall Hanging! Part 1

I want to try something!

I am going to start a few projects for my home and blog about making them! What an original idea.

First off, some inspiration

Macrame wall hanging instructions via Brit + Co
Large White Macrame Wall Hanging by TheVintageLoop on Etsy, $118.00
Wall hanging (no longer available) from Etsy shop TheVintageLoop
I’d love to use some chunky yarn and huge needles to knit a wall hanging similar to this. We’ll see… (via Counting Stone Sheep, original source unknown.)

Besides a wall hanging, I want to attempt to paint a nice geometric design onto a big canvas, in strong earth tones. Some design inspiration here…

Abstract geometric poster design
I like the hexagons. I could probably lay down tape or make a stencil.

I haven’t found any examples yet of what I might do with a triangle pattern. I’ll draw something up and post it in my next post about this.

This makes me excited and lights a fire under my butt to start one of these projects soon! Stay tuned.


Quick Weekend in Vail

Joey and I have lived in Colorado for a year now, and despite our “best” efforts, we really haven’t done a whole lot around the state in that time like we thought we would. I remember hiking Horsetooth Rock for the first time, last August, and Joey and I saying to each other “Let’s try to go on a hike every week!” Great idea! Didn’t happen.

Fortunately, in my latest self-improvement kick, I’ve been better grasping what it is I need in my life to keep me happy and healthy. Activity in nature is definitely something I need to intentionally incorporate in my life a lot more than I do, and Colorado is a place that offers endless opportunity for this. I want to make greater efforts to spend weekends of our second year here visiting the Great Outdoors of Colorado (and Wyoming… and Arizona…).

Fortunately, we got to utilize this past weekend to head into the mountains and to the town of Vail. Joey has a friend who lives and works there, so we were able to take the dog with us and stay at his house… which so happens to sit right along a pretty mountain river.

Beautiful river running behind the house in the valley.
Girlfriend the dawg checking out the beautiful river running behind the house in the valley.

Sunday morning, after much discussion and failed navigation, we went to the Booth Falls trail for a morning hike. We were on a bit of a time crunch, so it was good that it was a fairly quick hike – just under three hours up and back down.

Looking down on the Falls.
Mountain trees!



This is Joey’s buddy Alex who lives in this gorgeous place.
Half candid/half posey.

Next up we have the Joey summit beer photo series:

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And of course, a few cute pictures of us:


It had rained a bit on the way back down.


Some lovely Aspens.


Since I’m a dork, some wildflowers I picked on a shorter hike we did later with the dog


That’s all, folks! Get out there and get into some nature while you can!






Finding Inspiration

Good afternoon! It’s President’s Day today, and somehow is a day deemed worthy as a vacation day for my company. I gladly slept in much too late, woke up feeling regret about sleeping in too late, and am now searching for creative inspiration. I’m thinking about what brings inspiration when one is a bit dry and lacking in the area. Because I am a person who thinks and thinks and has to express myself before I make action, I wanted to sort of talk this out, and hopefully get some feedback from you people who I find so inspiring yourselves!

This is my life right now:

I work for a knitting magazine. Arguably one of the best in this niche industry. I love knitting with (pretty much) my whole heart and have an insatiable desire to continue learning about the craft, in technique, material, tools, etc. This is fantastic for many reasons, but can also be challenging. The great thing about it is that I’m able to hone and improve my skill, which will benefit me both professionally and personally (you know, ideally). The not-so-great thing is that I focus so much of my time, even outside of work, on knitting now that I am losing focus on other arts and crafts that fulfill me so much.

I’ve been able to continue with pottery every now and again, when I have the time and money to invest in some studio/class time. Photography has totally taken a back seat, as I dropped my digital camera in a glass of soda a few months back (I know… what?) and buying and developing film from the film camera (that is not even mine) is so expensive! I still have three rolls to get developed from when I visited Cuba. Woops. But also #thirtybucks. #atleast.

I’ve got a few sewing projects that have been waiting for me pretty much since we moved here. Many of them are altering clothing items, and I’m also working on a t-shirt blanket for Joey. I’ve had the desire to make a modernly designed quilt for years now, but have never taken the plunge and bought the fabric and begun one.

Making my apartment kickass has also been a challenge. Living with another human and a dog makes it harder to keep everything clean and decluttered enough to move onto the next step and really make this a functional and beautiful space. As most of you know, who have seen my past apartments/bedrooms, you know this is a pretty important thing to me. I’ve always spent lots of time rearranging and playing around with my furniture arrangements and wall decor to find what really works and looks the best. I have not done this here, and it’s making me a little crazy!

I’m also aiming to improve and expand my blog, as well as my Etsy shop, including giving it a new name.

So, essentially this is my list of things that I want to do and keep doing. Whenever I have some sort of list of things to accomplish, and I’m actively checking off tasks I’ve completed, I feel great. On the other hand, I’ve got a list of crafty tasks I have been aiming to accomplish (see: Joey’s blanket, film development), and the list just remains as is. Often when I find myself with free time, I end up on the computer, browsing whatever and wasting time, or simply grabbing my knitting project and focusing on that. Am I setting myself up with too many expectations about what I can get done? I’m really not sure, because I read blogs from other people all the time who are doing awesome things, like Leah and Erin’s a clover & a bee blog, and these girls seriously do so much! During college, as well. What college student has time to do any of this stuff let alone ALL OF IT?! (Let’s be real, they probably don’t go out every single Friday night and get plastered. That is step 1 to success. Unless you are trying to be a successful partyer.)

Anyway, I’ve been rambling here but my point is – I have this deep desire to express myself creatively and accomplish a lot in the way of my passion for functional beauty/art. But (a) where can I get some more time? and (b) where does my creative inspiration truly come from? Where does YOUR creative inspiration come from? What do you do to get yourself inspired and then motivated to act on your inspiration? I’m sure many would answer this with “JUST DO STUFF” or something along those lines and a little more eloquently put, and I’m interested in specific answers that carry that idea, but what about for those of you who are cerebral, questioning, hesitant, who think about your every move and approach? Are you organized in your motivation somehow?  I really want to know how other people tackle their creative endeavors and from where they find inspiration. Please share yours in the comments! Please!

I think with getting all of that out of my system, I’ve inspired myself to go find a white cloth to use as a backdrop for taking pictures of my pottery that I’ll post to Etsy. So, thanks for letting me rant and express my creative confusions/frustrations with you. I really hope to see some words from you guys :)

One Love (and Happy Presidents Day?),


WIP Wednesday

I’ve never done a “works-in-progress Wednesday,” but here we go!

I’ve got a few simple projects on the burner, as well as one doozie of a sucker of a sweater.

The Rikke Hat

I’ve done a few of these already – one for my  mom and another for my BFF. Right now I’m working on one for myself and another human (not going to say for whom at this point) in these beautiful Madelinetosh colors:

Green! For me!
Blue! For someone else!

Impromptu Chunky Green Guy

On Saturday I decided to use up some Knit Picks green stuff I have and make a chunky-ass hat. (Not a chunky ass-hat.) I finished it Sunday, and it’s absolutely HUGE on my noggin. That one might be going up on Etsy. I’ll post the finished photos later. Also, check out the badass huge pom-pom I made for it. The colors are off because one picture was taken inside, at night, and the other outside, in the daytime.

A chunky beginning
Look at this thing!
Look at this thing!

Tara Jacket

Finally, I’ve got this here crazy guy. I’ve finished knitting the body, as you can see below (please excuse the Instagram photo), and I’ve started working on the sleeves. If I’m going to keep up with this Knitting Daily knit-along, I better get clickin’!

I love you, I hate you, Tara Jacket. You are a beautiful beast.

So, those are the projects I’m currently working on. Green hats are a new favorite, and I’m attempting to make a collection of them this year. All different yarns, all different greens, all different designs. I’m hoping to do one a month. Wish me luck!