Saturday, January 29, 2011

EtsyBuddhists Team Blog

In the last week we've started a team blog for EtsyBuddhists, so come have a look! It's at

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A thing of beauty

My husband and I have a good friend, Rene, who personalizes My Little Ponies. I'd never heard of this as a hobby until I met her - the trend of taking old ponies, repainting, rehairing, and embellishing them, and turning them into beautiful/charming/quirky/weird works of recycled folk art. (Different adjectives apply, depending on the pony. If you haven't seen pictures of such ponies, do a Google image search, and you'll find the term "folk art" definitely applies. I would love to learn to do this kind of thing someday, when I have time to learn a new non-knitting-related skill.) When I saw some of the ponies Rene had made, I was quite enchanted - not least because she uses only first-generation My Little Ponies, which were the ones I played with and loved in the early '90s! So you can imagine I was thrilled when she offered to make a customized pony for Dan and me to commemorate our wedding.
However, even I didn't expect just how lovely this one would be. Rene used an oak leaf and acorn motif that mimics our wedding rings; it's hard to see in the photo because the light is bad, but there's a silver ring of leaves and acorns around the pony's front hoof. The original wings were missing, so she replaced them with cloth leaves from a floral display. All that's left is giving the pony a name - and that's the hard part! She has such ethereal beauty, and we have to find something fitting.

Friday, January 14, 2011

More needles

Here are some pics of my new needles, as promised. All are for sale except the rectangular jasper ones; those I'm keeping for myself!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New year, new line

I think I can safely say that I've never made a New Year's resolution in my life, and I'm not about to start now. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the feeling of starting afresh by launching a new product line: handcrafted knitting needles! More to come soon.