Rustic winter , handicrafts, tips, and recipes.

rustic winter
White chicken Chili

Ingredients

1 pound of chicken breast roughly diced
1 can white or sweet corn
2 cans great northern beans
1 little or big can of green chilis
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet ranch seasoning
1 8 oz of cream cheese
1 squeeze of a lime
1/2 can of water

dice the chicken quickly and toss in the bottom of the crock pot. Add everything else except the cream cheese and the lime and stir.
cook on low 6 hr or high 4 hrs.
when 30 minutes from servicing add the cream cheese in chunks and stir . Squeeze the lime over top. serve with chips
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Taco soup chilli


ingredients

1 pound group beef browned and drained
1 packet of ranch seasoning
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can black beans
2 cans red kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn ( if you want)
1/2 can of water

brown the meat and drain then add all of the ingredients to a crock pot and stir. cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4. Is great served with sour cream and cheese, chips or corn bread if you’re really feeling fancy.
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make your life easier holiday tips,

  • If you're like me and take tons of great pictures on your phone but are too lazy or don't want to deal with printing them out at the store( biggest pain ever) check out www.freeprints.com . You can get the app too and then you just easyly select the pictures you want ( even from facebook or instagram) and they print free.  The shipping I think is around $9 so even with that all the free prints are a great deal. I've been really happy with the quality.
  • Another great app if you're multi taking family life and business life is ( ITTT) it's stand for if this then that.  You can easily program lots of automation on your phone. like adding appointments to calendars, pinterest and instagram hack etc 
  • knitting or crochet to avoid putting your foot in your mouth in family gathering situations ha ha

 

If you need some pattern ideas here are some of my favorite designers shops on ravelry

 Little monkey designs for crochet gifts and accessories  

Knitalogy for really great knit beanies and shawls

Caitlin ffrench kinda goth kinda woodsy very cool

Cassondra Rizzardi some of the most imaginative and fun patterns I've seen. 

Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary help me live out my fantasy of living a rustic north eastern life style. I've made many projects from these two.  

Troubleshooting for a clicking Bobbin.

 I have noticed that one of my Bobbins for my spinolution King bee made a bit of a rattling noise.  I decided to play around with some household tools and see if I could get a better connection with the magnet. It's definitely much better especially if I keep my spinning even in my treadling smooth.  Not a 100% fix but I'm definitely happier with the results   

 

 If anyone else out there has any tips or tricks I would love to know what they are  

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Spinolution spinning wheel review videos

 

As a dealer for spinolution I love these wheels. Here's a collection of review and demo videos I've made all found in once place. I will add to them as I make  them.  

If you have any questions or have a video topic you'd like to see please message me.  

erin@craftyhousewifeyarns.com

 

 

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Spinning with new Spinning fibers! BFL and Angora rabbit

One of the reasons it's fun to be me is sometimes people like to send me samples of they're fibers if they are in the fiber industry.  Recently I lucked out and received two wonderful care packages one from Barnyard Blue farms and one from Tailspin farms.  I am incredibly greatful to both of these small farms for thinking enough of me and my business to send some samples my way.  

I'd spun blue faced Leicester  ( BFL) before and already knew I loved it but hadn't gotten to play with it in a while.  With it's long fiber length and great texture it just screams to be made into very fine yarn.  I made myself a wonderful thin two ply and started making some "outlander" inspired fingerless gloves.  I got so inspired by this new fiber and the options it opens up I've planned a mini collection for this winter called rustic winter that will feature the muted colors of Andrew Wyeth paintings ( one of my favs) This mini collection will also have angora rabbit  blends from Tail spin yarn and a new pattern kit as well.  I'd never spun Angora rabbit by it's self and I must admit I'm hooked.  I just love the lovely drape and natural color.  

Here are the two review and spinning videos I made of both small businesses.  Please check them out and sign up for my coupon email list to get coupons and early shopping for the rustic winter collection.  
 

Interview with Indie Dyer Christina Mossaad

I met Christina through a small business group online and after checking out her website chromatic dynamics  I was blown away with her use of color. I imidately had to know more about her and as we started talking we quickly became kindred spirits and started working together.  She is one of the talented dyers that I use for my custom hand dyed color ways.  I have such a good time imaging what I want in a dream yarn and then gathering the supplies and watching it come to life through someone more talented at dying than myself.  I'm a super klutzy person so I just don't need that much permante dye in my house and need to devote most of my work time to fiber blending and spinning so it's been wonderful to work with Christina and know that she's bringing my vision to life with her knowledge of color and Chemistry ( she has a Phd ) in a way I never could.  Please check out her artist Bio Here.  She is huge in the weaving community and specializes in hand woven and dyed baby wraps.  Please check out her website for any weaving and mill spun hand dyed yarn.  On top of all of that she's also a fantastic spinner so I"m so proud to carry her handspun on my site as our first featured artist.  Together we're hoping to give the fiber arts community a different outlet for handspun yarn and fiber besides Easy ( which is getting so corporate lets face it) I wanted to help foster an online gallery of fiber artist where they are featured as special and not just one of a million listing thrown on a page with some mass produced goods from China.  We're having a really fun time with our little venture so far.  If you are a fiber artist would would like more info on joining us submit your info here.  Anyway that's enough rambling here's the first of what I'm sure will be many interviews with Christina.  Please look her up online and follow her on social media she has some truely beautiful images she shares.  

https://www.facebook.com/chromaticdyenamics/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chromaticdyenamics/

Interview with Renae Christine of Handmade Titian University

I can't believe i was lucky enough to be asked to do an interview with Renae Christine of Handmade Titan University.  

This was truly an honor.  The topic was how to work into wholesale with a handmade business.  Even though my primary focus is my retail business and new collections release here on my site. I' have really enjoyed working with yarn shops and designs to make them their dream yarn.  I'm also excited about our newest venture of having featured fiber artist on our site like an online art gallery for the fiber arts.  

handmade titan award

 

 

Indian summer collection

Indian summer is an old expression for a lingering time of good favor and happiness.  

We've had a hot and busy summer. We're still enjoying the sun but looking forward to the cooler weather and family traditions the holidays bring.  

I hope this limited edition collection of handspun yarn and spinning fiber captures that sweet transitional  period for you too.

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Interview with Fiona Langtry

was lucky enough to meet , befriend and get to interview Fiona Langtry Australian crochet designer  we tried doing a video interview and the conversation was great but the memory in the camera was lacking. However I'm old enough to remember having to buy a phone card in high school to talk to my boyfriend who lived an hour away so it blows my mind we were able to figure out all these time differences and talk on the web with video.  As supplement here's some q&A with Fiona 

 

 

 

Your name & Etsy shop link:
Fiona Langtry
Madeforyoubyfi.etsy.com

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Tell us something interesting/unique about yourself! 

I won the Hand Sewn Needlework Grand Champion prize at the Bendigo Agricultural Show in 2013. My Mum entered one of the 2 cross-stitch tapestries I had given her for her 70th birthday.

Write 5 adjectives to describe your products.

Boho, Relaxed, Easy Going, Textured, Trendy

Where else do you advertise/sell your work? (eg. social media, markets,...) 

- Social media - I have facebook, instagram and pinterest accounts
- I've tried markets with little sucess. I live about an hour from Canberra and don't like spending every weekend away from my family, so I think my issue has been not choosing the 'right' markets... now I don't care :)
- In May 2017, two small yarn producers started displaying products made by me and selling the related patterns at markets. This is by far my preferred option as far as markets are concerned - I don't HAVE to attend, but people are still finding my patterns and are able to see and touch the results :)
- there are a lot of on-line places to sell crochet patterns and I'm slowly gaining a presence on a few of them; Ravelry and LoveKnitting both have thriving indie-designer communities and I'm working hard to sell on both sites.
- I have my own website (still not the way I want it, but it's getting there). All of my patterns are for sale there as well.

What has been the proudest moment of your journey so far?
There are 3 major milestones I've experienced in the past year:
#1 - I launched my very own, created and designed by me, website! Not as a means to get off Etsy completely, but as a platform that I can control - I LOVE it! :)
#2 - On May 18th 2017, I released a 10-piece cohesive product collection of crochet patterns, along with 5 kits. This project represented hundreds of hours of my time, and hundreds of dollars in photography and other investments, but how happy was I to be able to 'go live'?! The collection can be seen in my Etsy shop - it has it's own Section in Madeforyoubyfi.etsy.com - and/or you can see the whole thing laid out at madeforyoubyfi.com/luxurious-layers-collection/
#3 - Twice in the last couple of months, one of my patterns has made it into the top 5 of 'Hookin on Hump Day' - an international link party where people vote by clicking on their favourite thing in fiber arts. The link party is hosted by two of the market's biggest players 'Petals to Picots' and Moogly. The fact that I've made 'top 5', means that both these bloggers have had to notice me, and that's a big deal :)

What inspired you to create your business and how long have you been trading for?

My business started in 2013, and I opened my Etsy shop in April 2014. An individual lady ordered 10 pairs of slippers from me over 2 months, which gave me the push to start a 'business'... since then, I've tried a few different directions, but crocheting ladies' accessories and layers have become my passion.
3. When shopping for woolen goodies, what should a person look for in the item?
When you are shopping for knitwear, you should look for designs which are easy-to-wear. I prefer to create 'one size fits most' designs - a relaxed fit means that most body shapes are catered for.
The yarn composition (fibers blended together) is super important - there are exclusive/expensive fibers (like alpaca, llama, silk, mohair, merino) which have the capability of turning an 'ordinary' garment into something extra special, which will last a lifetime (or 2!) Many of these fibers are extremely soft, some have water resistant properties, but all add a level of luxury to scarves, hats, gloves etc.
4. Outside your business, what inspires you?
As a practicing Christian, I am involved in a community-centered church - being around the people and seeing their needs is always inspiring. I help run a weekly craft group - collaboration is something that happens naturally and I love it
I love music - I lead the singing at church most weekends. I love seeing the colours and shapes that God has put together in nature. The place I work is set in Australian bushland - there is always something inspiring just outside the window!

NEW COLLECTION:

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My ‘Endless Summer...’ collection will be launched on July 31 

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Despite living in Australia, where we’re in the middle of a pretty cold winter at the moment, I’ve been getting requests for summer patterns from my customers in the Northern Hemisphere.  As a result I’ve created a collection of summer patterns designed to be created with cotton (or similar).  These are a range of garments which can be worn to the beach, the shops, on a picnic or to a festival, keeping you cool and comfortable while staying on trend.

Included are 4 brand new crochet patterns, some gift sets, Made to Order and Ready to Ship products for the following general styles:

a)Bralette

b)Crochet Top

c)Shrug

d)Vest

I am very excited to share these with the world, after the success of my current Luxurious Layers Collection. 

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fun handspun yarn project

Alicia plummers adrift with handspun yarn

I just wanted to share this project I just finished. It's Alicia Plummer's "adrift" pattern

I used one skein of my handspun yarn 75+ yards and one skein of a natural tweed from my LYS 153 yards even though I didn't end up using all of the 153 yards so you could get less.  I used size 9 needles which works well with my bulky handspun.  

With these materials I did end up with a finished project the decisions she list but the last decorative section was a few rows short.  This didn't bother me at all and it was the same dimensions  as listed but you could easily double this pattern and materials if you wanted a longer double wrapping scarf.  

All credit given to the designer ( one of my favorites) I just wanted to promote a fun lovely project and a great use of one skein of bulky art yarn.