Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mother Earth Conscious

Hubby and I have been trying really hard to be aware of how we are impacting Mother Earth, and brainstorming ways that we can make less of a footprint on the earth. We have many many ideas and dreams of what we'd like to do, but some of them will have to wait. But this past weekend we did manage to build an outdoor composting bin, and we put up two clotheslines. You would not believe how much you can collect for the compost throughout the day, and with recycling as well, we barely have any trash. And I actually really like hanging clothes on the line, it's fun, and a huge energy saver, and money saver!
Just a few ideas of how we can make a small but significant difference, and imagine if we all really considered our footprint, we could really make a huge impact. We're all going to have to start changing our ways, and soon, or we won't have a earth to live on anymore.
I will leave you with this quote from the book Buffalo Woman Comes Singing by Brooke Medicine Eagle
....whatever we do to any other thing in the great web of life, we do to ourselves, for we are one.
And I promise to have some knitting to show you soon :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Gypsy Caravan

I have been intensly working on finding the right program to finish my Bachelors degree, so I have been very bad about my blog. I am still going to do my knitting, and keep my shop open, because the programs I'm looking at are online. So I will hopefully be posting some new items soon!
I have discovered this amazing documentary/movie called The Gypsy Caravan. It's wonderful. It follows a group of gypsy musicians, on tour, from all over the world (Spain, India, Romania, etc.). Gypsy is actually not a correct term for this group of people, they call themselves Romani, or Rom. They are the true gypsies. There are a lot of misconceptions about what a gypsy actually is, and this documentary is a real life account of their exceptional musical talent and heritage. Check it out! Oh and if you like Johnny Depp, he is interviewed in the documentary, because he is friends with one of the bands. Enjoy!

Friday, August 7, 2009


I have been discovering so many interesting, educational, and exciting things lately. For one Into the West, which I had already seen when it was on TV, but have re-watched, and it's is worth watching over and over. Please check it out. It's a great way to learn some of our and the Native American's history, and it's a great teaching tool for children as well, once it's age appropriate.

That led me to find this incredible site as well, regarding current Native American issues. And after feeling extremely depressed, as one should be after watching and realizing what our culture did to the Native Americans, and the earth, and is still doing today, I found this wonderful group of people trying to make a difference, and a great article on them here. And this incredible Native American grandmother making a difference in her own way as well. Hope it brings some hope to everyone and inspires us all to try and make a difference for our earth and it's inhabitants.
This full moon last Wednesday made me feel a little bit better and gave me a little hope as well. Happy Weekend!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Free People Collages

I have loved Free People for many many years. Their catalogs are always so artistic and gorgeously done, and the clothing is a piece of art as well. I love their blog too, I check it almost daily. So earlier this summer I was starting to feel a little frustrated and creatively blocked. Selling knitted goods at my online shop, in the summer, NOT SO EASY!!! :)
I had been wanting to make some sort of collage out of my Free People Catalogs for awhile now, but I couldn't stand to cut up the catalogs that I keep and save every month, but I ended up with a few double copies, and finally just sat down and did it. I collaged only Free People images and a few of my own fabric scraps, and modge podged them to some board that Hubby saved for me from a construction job. So the whole project was pretty much recycled. I had so much fun that I made TWO!!!! Now I have something pretty to look at on my walls everyday, and a little bit of inspiration as well.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Leg Warmers

My first pair of Crocheted Legwarmers

Knitted Legwarmers

This is what I have been working on like a busy little bee. I love the crocheted legwarmers, and I'm really happy with how they turned out. I made them longer than my previously knitted ones, so they can scrunch down, and be pulled up all the way to the knee. I haven't put these on Etsy because, for one, it's still too warm, and because I might be selling them in a yoga studio in Denver and Boulder! But when the weather gets cooler, I will be putting something similar on Etsy for sure. Let me know what you think, or if anyone is interested!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Relaxing Visit with Family and Friends

Our family friends have gorgeous land with a cabin, and we are lucky enough to be able to visit, and spend some quality relaxation time there. It was really misty and green while we were there, and we all felt like it was very magical.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Local Structures and Flora

Hubby and I have been painting a house for the last week to make some extra cash, so I don't have any new knitting/crocheting to show right now. I am working on a new pattern for some long, fuzzy leg warmers, so keep checking back. But here are some pictures to enjoy for now!

~I breathe summer-luscious wild.~