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Drum Roll Please…

First up is Austin’s roving turned to yarn. Here it is on two yarn bobbins. I tugged the roving in half and spun up each half…hence the different colors. Here it is on the swift. Austin looked at it and he said “I will call it Green Eyed Monster”
Green Eyed Monster has now set and dried and is ready to go up for sale. Keep an eye out for it on Etsy!
Next was Brady’s. He insisted on wearing it and being in the picture. Silly Boy!
He has called his “Frosty the Snowman” Not too sure where that came from but hey, whatcha gonna do!

Brady’s has now set and is still hanging to dry.
I believe I saved the very best for last! The colors on Drew’s roving is so very bold. I feel like it will make the best yarn yet. I have not spun it yet. That is tonight’s project. Hopefully, I will have pics of it up tomorrow. ♥
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The Roving is Ready!

Yesterday, the boys roving hung and dried. While drying, I was amazed at the similarities in the three sets. The boys all used different colors, but yet they looked so much the same. Tye-dyed, a dead head’s dream! Here is a pic of the roving drying:
This morning, they were completely dry and ready to look at more in depth. Below is Brady’s; it spotty with gray and loads of other colors.
Next is Austin’s. His has a lot of blue shades. I can’t wait to spin his up with the blue and yellow and purples. The spinning on his will start today! Hopefully, I will have some pictures to post of it tomorrow.
Last, is Drew’s. Wow! His is very bold and strong. This one will spin up gorgeous as well. He placed his colors with a bit more care than his brothers and it really pays off in the color scheme!
I had to lay all three out side by side so you can see the differences. The yarn will look similar but with the distinct differences of Brady’s being more sporadic, Austin’s being blue, and Drew’s being boldly beautiful!

On a different note, the craft show I have been planning on being in has been canceled. Bummer! I was really looking forward to it. Hopefully, I can find one more major show to be in before Toad Suck Daze. Yes, to all my dear friends in California, I DID say Toad Suck.
Toad Suck Daze is a bit event here in Conway, Arkansas. There is a near by town…very small, called Toad Suck. Back in the day, boats used to pull up and dock at a Tavern in Toad Suck. This was before the county was dry (yes that mean they sell NO LIQUOR in the county). The town folk used to say that the sailors would suck on the liquor bottles until they swelled up like toads. So, the name Toad Suck came about…and darn those sailors, they are probably the reason the whole county is dry. Always takes a few to ruin it for the whole.
Toad Suck Daze is a huge (300,000 +) fair with crafts and rides and great fair food. So now you know! I will be sure to post links and more, once the event gets a bit closer!
Until tomorrow! ♥
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Back to Etsy

After several weeks of no new items, my shop exploded yesterday! Here is a new lace yarn named after my grandmother’s Iris Garden. It was recently pointed out to me, that I must like purple. I guess it is true! To nail me down to one color as to be my favorite though is hard. A true color lover!

This next pic is more handspun. I worked on part of it while I was at the Women’s Convention a few weekends ago. It is Sanjaya 2 BUT and I cringe at what Erin will say about this…it sold already! My cousin lives around the corner from me and her Mom had just started knitting. She was visiting and wanted to see my yarn. I went on over and she bought Sanjaya 2 from me. So, Erin, I promise I will make a Sanjaya 3, or maybe I will just name it Idyllhands and then it is yours for sure!
I came across some roving recently and it is perfect for felting and for new spinners. Since I am only spinning up my own hand painted roving, I felt the need to share this small stash. They are being listed individually on Etsy. Check out this one to see what I mean!

Hopefully, today will be in the dye room. Drew and I went crazy last weekend thinking of ways to naturally dye some roving. I will post some pics of that experiment soon! Have a nice day! ♥
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Time Management

Here is a picture of my Americana Roving. It was part of my productive day yesterday 🙂 I also made some yarn, I will try to post that later today.

Any good business owner knows you have to have good time management to be successful. With this being said, I am trying to implement better time management into my day. Actually starting a daily routine will help. So, experiment with me! If any of you are on Etsy, you know what a full time job/obsession it can be. Promoting, chatting, promoting…flickr, etsylove, myspace, facebook, forums…really there are just not enough hours in the day! When can one find time to even make items to sell?

So, here I go…time management. I am quite sure I will complain about this, but something has to be done. I am going to put myself on a work schedule. This will include house cleaning as well (yuck!) But as much as I wish it would do itself, it just isn’t happening. AND my studio is a mess! I need to clean it like you wouldn’t believe. So, three hours in the morning of computer time, in between taking the kids to school and getting them ready…by 9:30 I will be done. *Looks at clock 9:38….hum. I will blog at 9:30. At least that way I am being a good blogger. I will have to think a bit more about my schedule and post more later. Anyone have any ideas? What has worked for you? I would love to know!
By the way, the sock monkey is coming along amazingly! I love it. I want to make a whole sock monkey army. I will be sure to post pics of it later too! Happy Crafting!