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Wonky Jewellery Box painted mini chest from Masterpiece Cabinets

JR’s grandmother was a Brit who used to talk about feeling “wonky” every now and then, when she was a bit unsteady on her feet (age, not vino) and had to sit down. I wonder if this (wavy-wobbly furniture) was the way she saw the world, at those moments! The Mini Wonky Jewellery Box here, a little chest of drawers… [read more]

head and bust of mermaid glass bead

Serena Smith, glass artist of Oregon, caught my eye on Etsy a few years ago with her gently rounded feminine figure beads, all earth mothers and goddesses, and floral beads that are tiny fantastical garden gems… [read more]

ront cover of my journal by maryfrancesmain, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/rexandsharkey/2933975007/

Crazy quilting seemed to fall out of fashion for a time, with the passion for precise geometric piecing, but you’ll still find many quilters of an artistic bent who love to experiment with this style of expression. Jude Hill is the guiding hand behind … [read more]

Nibbler Amigurumi

Futurama and amigurumi go together like mac-and-cheese, Sheldon and Leonard, a rose tatt and advanced calculus… Take a look at some of these (free) original crochet patterns by crafty Futurama fans, and see how long you can resist grabbing a hook. … [read more]

Matt Torrens driftwood horse sculpture Spirit

Beachcombing, a few years back, my friend found a piece of driftwood that looked exactly like three horses’ heads rising from the waves. Very cool. But that’s nothing compared to the driftwood horses of artists Matt Torrens, Heather Jansch, and Deborah Butterfield. The differences between these different artists’ interpretations of “driftwood horse” are striking, but all have achieved a remarkable… [read more]

Woman in blue knitted shrug (bolero style) sweater

If you knit at all, or would like to know how, you’ll want to get in on Craftsy’s brand new free online knitting workshop, and make yourself a cute and cosy shrug. Shrug — you know — one of those little sweaters that forgot to grow past the shoulder blades? Don’t snort! Honestly, if you don’t own a shrug, you’re… [read more]

Single Point Premium Collection Bamboo Knitting Needles

My sister insists on wooden knitting needles. As she’s a genius knitter, I bow to her expertise when she tells me that wood is the best choice for working with real wool. Lightweight yet strong,  wooden knitting needles are naturally warm to the touch, which is apparently much nicer for those knitters who are troubled by arthritis. Or, I suggest, for… [read more]