This has been a remarkable week of weather. It started like spring and ended like summer. No coat or heavy socks required and no time to adjust your body to so much heat. But that heat created comfortable evenings for unwinding and enjoying all the new buds and blossoms.
Greg burned our prairie and has begun to rake up the heavy layer of oaks leaves to reveal the anemic and energetic little sprouts below. The first daffodils opened yesterday and the Sandhill Crains are back exploring the cropped cornfields and waterways.
The kids were here for the weekend and Willow was in a frenzy of pillowcase production in preparation for her booth at a school May Fair. She decided to use lots of the pastel dots (blue, pink, green and yellow) from the Sunshine & Shadow line. They are perfect for childrens accessories and very refreshing and gentle colors for spring.
Staying with the pastel Sunshine & Shadow theme, here is a clever package for storing your knitting needles made by Melissa Peda, the owner of the One Hundred Billion Stars Etsy shop. The best part of the design is the extra flap at the top which keeps the needles from slipping out. Notice that she has reversed the fabrics on both sides of the flap to create contrast.
For the outside she picked the coordinating Jack-in-the-Pulpit fabric and a double button to secure the purple gross grain ribbon. The whole parcel rolls into a slim portable bundle. A glorious display of pretty pastels for your Easter crafting basket.
Willow is the knitter in our family and always has a project in the works. She admired this needlecase so much that she adopted it as her own!
Jazz up your Easter Bonnet with this Yo-Yo Brooch, another cute idea from Melissa. I used to make fun of yo-yos, because they were so "old-fashioned". But they have renewed potential in the new crafty world. Happy Holidays to all!