Sunday, March 28, 2010


OOPS! This crafter forgot to blog after, so the blog sat on a log................

Apologies to our followers...what a busy month we've had. 5 gatherings, organizing our second craft fair, working on personal sale items AND three oil paintings for a 80th birthday surpise have had me over busy. Not to mention that Martha Darling has gotten me so addicted to Swedish Weaving that I'm on my second project already. Thanks Martha!

Kudos to all the crafters that now can call themselves vendors after their premiere at the second craft show at the Buckhead Ridge Moose. Everyone did extremely well -- first prize goes to Darlene Brown - she sold 15 crocheted ribbon necklaces that will be taken to Germany as gifts. Go Darlene!!!!!!!!!

A personal thanks to all that donated toward baskets for the community Easter Egg Hunt that the Moose Lodge 2417 hosts. This is our second community participation in just three months of existence. Crafters are generous people.

Welcome to our newest friends, if you aren't one yet, come and stay awhile.

See you in the fall to Darlene as she travels to Missouri and Martha Darling who had to leave us for the summer. We will miss you both!

Speaking of Martha, look at the pattern she created for this Swedish Weave lap blanket:

THANKS FOR TEACHING US (me), your a Darling

CarolAnn one our newest members brought this blanket that she is working on....................

see the quilt below that she is handstitching with specialized needlework.
The Group: When you walk into our gatherings you never know what you will find. The only constant is busy, happy people.

CarolAnn's quilt

Beaded necklaces are a big hit. Steve Grant is learning to make some beautiful pieces..............but once in awhile he plays 5200 pickup.

My cat painted my craft room floor last week, it happens to all of us. What can we make out of the oops? LAUGHTER

Nancy Stout -
Jewelry Designer
Sandoone & Mike's Pot People
For my father-in-law's 80th birthday photographs of the mountain home he built and his summer home in North Carolina were reproduced on a rock (from Hendersonville, NC) and one of his used saw blades.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 5, 2010

March is National Craft Month!

We will be following the national trend this month at our second BHR Moose Craft Fair hosted by the W.O.T.M. on March 20, 2010 from 8 - 4. This promises to be even bigger and better than the first one in December. Pass the word to local friends and family to come out and see what the locals have created. Still have a few spaces available, but they are going fast.

If you have a link that you would like posted on the blog, feel free to add it. You can publish your own post, or add to the comments. Posting will be seen sooner I'm sure. Time to add your pics as a follower, and suggest to friends that they join as a follower of the blog. Would love to see that our follower list is growing!

Personally wish that "blogging" was as easy as some of my craft projects!

SUPPLIES: THANKS to members who have made shopping trips to the coast for supplies, found new stores and bring back patterns and information. Word is that there is an awesome JoAnn Fabrics and craft store (as well as 6 Michael's) in the Kissimmee area, with the mega Jo Ann's on Hwy 192. Anyone interested in a caravan to Kissimmee?

Reminder that next week we will have both a Tuesday evening gathering (March 9th) and the usual Wednesday afternoon. See note below to see who is going to help us on Wednesday. Our groups are interested because there is usually more than two subjects being worked on at once. This week the focus was Swedish weaving, however there was............

Jewelry making too! Our resident Nellie (Nell) Stanley who does lampwork glass beads for her jewelry ( and Steve and Karen Grant busy discussing their beads and jewelry methods. Steve is new at wire-wrapping and Karen has just discovered the technique of polymer clay caning to make beads. Their work will be for sale at the craft fair on March 20th from 8 - 4 at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge.

Clever seamstress, Maureen Bradley creates jewelry carrier.

Apolgies for these less than perfect pictures (photographer I'm not). Maureen Bradley made this jewelry carrier for Nellie. It is a red velvet holder with beautiful handles, velcro holders and an extra pouch for a really special piece. Nellie will use this to carry and display her beautiful lampwork bead pieces. Great job Maureen!!

Swedish Weaving Class - March 3, 2010

A simple, but beautiful craft. The white throw with rainbow colors was done in one evening!

The white and pastel placemat was a first, and the maroon sample placemat the one that this group was there to learn. You can learn too, just ask us how!

Swedish Weaving lesson given by Martha Darling. Thanks Martha, we really enjoyed it!

Look at these two items that members finished on their own. Everyone is learning new things and already are saying that they have too many projects to finish. That's the life of a crafter!!

Life is good!

BENEFIT February 28, 2010, Okeechobee Moose Lodge 1753. Thank you to all the artists and crafters that donated items to help raise money for a member in need. We were greatly represented and your donations were most appreciated.

March 9th, is the monthly Tuesday evening group, as well as Wednesday afternoon the 10th.

Ernie Granberg and tools will be available to learn scroll saw, jigsaw and dremel uses. Bring scrap wood if you are interested.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!