Friday, December 12, 2014

Made in America: Part One Keeping it Simple!

A HOLIDAY TRILOGY-- In my effort to ENJOY CHRISTMAS no matter what this year I selfishly put my name on top of my list..(yikes) and got these wonderful things for myself....
I found via blogging! 
If you are trying to give to someone who has everything..maybe they are ready for something made by an individual not a corporation or a Father used to weave! So when I found the Etsy site of
Karen In The Woods, I was so excited!! My father made a small loom and he used to make wool scarves to keep away the winter chill I have 2 that he made before I was born, and a rug he loomed also, probably on one similar to the one Karen uses.
She weaves on old fashioned vintage looms no electricity needed! And she makes knit socks using a 100 year old (if I'm not mistaken)  sock knitting machine!  I ordered a pair of her warm socks and  I love them!
This is not the exact pair I got but this is another pair of her great socks! She looms awesome rugs and makes other items that are one of a kind!

Woodsie Browns - wool socks with contrasting hems heels and toes - LARGE

Last year before I had the accident...I had ordered some wonderful soap and planned to give it to my Mom I had a ticket to fly to CO that fall and she was there... so the soap was going to be a surprise for her...I didn't get to take that flight but I did give her the soap and I got to use it too...Heavenly!!
I got the soap from 

A wonderful young couple by the name of Steve and Jennifer who live in a 100 year old farm house  in the lovely state of Ohio and we all should strive to live the way they do...they grow wonderful gardens full of organic food, they reuse and recreate the things they need and they strive to live a renewable lifestyle.  Their items are completely Vegan and wonderful...

this year I ordered:

Patchouli Ylang Ylang Handmade Soap

and this ..

Lavender Salve

being a creative person and a past business owner I know each one of these items is the very best it can be because when you make something and put your name on it- it's done with pride! 

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.


  1. Nice gifts you bought for you! I love these soaps there are lots of craft shows here and stores that sell them. My problem is I hate to use them. haha. I here those socks are really nice and warm. Enjoy your to you gifts

    1. its helping me get in the mood, I love giving, gifting tho is harder...

  2. Nice to support people who are walking the talk! Eugene area (in Oregon) has a thriving craft community ... Wonderful Saturday market in the summer and a Christmas craft mart. Of course we missed it all this year, but in normal summers I haunt it.

  3. All very cool gifts. Ron's always telling people about the sock knitter his father had. Maybe I should get a pair for him.

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    1. thanks Old Crow and very affordable too!!

  5. Oh dearie! Aren't you just the sweetest!!! Thank you so much for saying such kind things about us and promoting our handmade goods. We appreciate this very much! I was just catching up on your blog and my you have been so busy! Your place is looking fabulous!! I adore the french door and all the new light that now shines in your room. GREAT WORK!!! Happy 2015 Sondra. :)

    1. Oh Im enjoying my "stuff" so much!!


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