I am the oldest of eight kids (when I first typed that, it came up “oddest”, which I guess is also true!) We range in age from 34 to 8 years of age and are all very different from each other. Some of us are energetic and athletic and ambitious. Some of us are strong leaders, and some of us are still young and cute. There are also a lot of artists among us.

Wren is right in the middle of the pack age-wise. She has been drawn to crafting since she was knee high to a grasshopper and is now an extremely talented artist. She can take anything – beads and wire, crayons and paper, shells from the beach and a twig from the backyard – and make something beautiful, something extraordinary. Still just a teen, she has already sold her jewelry on Etsy, at craft fairs, and on consignment in various stores (from pet stores to beauty salons to gun stores!) in nearby Fresno.

Wren inspires me to be more creative, more productive, and more experimental with my craft. She also examples to me the industrious, hard working attitude that any crafter needs if they hope to make a living with their art.

So, when I was making this, my second headband pattern, I was thinking of my little sister, Wren.

The Wren Headband looks more complicated than it really is and only took me about 2 hours to knit up. Plus, it only uses about 30 yards of Malabrigo Rios to complete. It is now for sale in my pattern store on Ravelry.

Coming up next – The Mysti Headband

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsors…

…. we have sponsors?

Well, not really. The news is actually this – that my little sis has put some of her amazing handmade jewelry for sale in my Etsy shop. Now, I wouldn’t normally use my blog as a  free commercial, but this is my sister we are talking about here! 🙂

Since she was very young, Wren has had a way with color. She started beading beautiful bracelets and giving them away to anyone with a wrist, and we all loved it! Now, she is a fourteen year old jewelry making machine, creating beautiful and unique necklaces, bracelets, rings, hair do-dads and more. Like this:

And this:

And this:

Check out her work and prepare to be truly amazed! 🙂

A Few Things

This was a busy weekend….

1. Finished the mural in the big kids room. (well almost… the mermaid needs an eye, and we still need to paint a sandy sea bed under the treasure chest. But the scary part is done. The kids are thrilled. I am relieved.)

2. My first born grew up a little bit more this weekend. She is ten years old. She got invited to a piano concert. She dressed up. She went somewhere without me. She looked so beautiful. She took the camera. She took two pictures. They both look like this.

At least I got something. It was a little bittersweet when she left. Her smile split her face in two and she looked so sweet in her dress with her hair done up in a bow. My baby is growing up. The last ten years went by WAY too fast!

3. Knitting-wise: Celandine is coming along. There are 16 medalions  and I have completed 6. They are beautiful. They are awesome. They are knit on size 000. They take a long time to make and are really tricky. They cannot be made while children are awake. I cast on Labyrinth and am enjoying it. (This is sweater number four in the Year of the Sweater Project) The yarn, Louisa Harding Grace, is a 50% silk/50% merino and is so heavenly. I hope it turns out well. It is good knitting when the house is in chaos (meaning, all waking hours), as it is all St. st. with a few inc or dec every few rows. I also am making a bowl of fruit for the daughter of my knitting buddy who is turning two next month. And, of course, Christmas presents are continuosly on the needles. Busy, busy, busy.

4. Selling stuff on Etsy, even if it is only $5 worth, is so fulfilling! I am a stay at home mom and make zero money. So, when I earn a couple of bucks (for doing some fun hobby), I am thrilled. I am even getting a bit of Christmas shopping done here and there when it adds up. Gotta love Etsy!

5. My sister, her husband, and her son stopped by yesterday and spent a couple of hours here visiting. I love it. I can never get enough of them. They are some of my favorite people. It is really awesome when ones sister also happens to be ones best friend.

So, now it is Monday, which is really our family Sunday because of Marc’s work schedule.  I will finish my weekend off today with more knitting, spending time with my kiddos and (hopefully) getting the yard cleaned up and the garden weeded! Have a Happy Week! 🙂