why I'm here

Please go to the "reasons" posting for the story of how all this came about. Thank you for visiting and never give up on your dreams!

Friday, July 12, 2013

A few more hats

Well Hello there, blog! Sorry it's been so long. Life sure gets in the way sometimes.

Without further yaddah-yaddah, Let's get down to the bottom line of the blog:

Hats! 1000 of them need to be made. I set a goal, I intend to keep it.

You fellow crafters- been to Craftsy? Jinkies. Just what I needed- another page to look after. I spent the last hour trying to link everything together. Pinterest, Ravelry, Twitter, Facebook, and - oh yeah! My blog!

Blue and white wool bomber style hat.  This one got sent to an old college friend that lives back in Arkansas.

                                             Black and grey wool men's hat. It went to AK as well.

My 'Mossy' hat pattern in a cranberry red. I added the classy flower clip for some Sass. LOVE it.

And a final shot of all three before they went into the mailer. 

My new business name is Antt Farm Textiles for anyone that follows me around. I've been sewing quite a bit making quilts and scrub hats. I've also dabbled in vintage jewelry on Etsy to make a few extra dollars here and there. This economy demands diversification of income. Hope all of you are well and are still chasing your dreams. Never give up!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

And we're back

I'm glad to be getting back to the blog. Hats are still being made, just in a new location. The two youngest kids and I moved into town (just a few miles away) in order to have a little better living space. I started working full-time, took a break from college to get the two oldest graduated from High School. Hey, a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do. 

In the meantime, here are a few additions to the slowly growing hat pile. I need to re-count because I'm pretty sure I haven't even broke 100 yet. 

This one is crocheted wool I whipped up to show off that pretty yarn and display the fabric flowers I've been making the last few months. 


                                  Emily decided I needed a different look.  

                                        This hat is a wool blend and is my infamous "Vicki" pattern.

                                              This is a handspun I bought for my shop. It is soft!!

                                                 And another knit just using a single cable stitch up the side.

And for now, that is all I have to show. More hats are on the sticks. Stick around. I'll get to that 1000 mark sooner or later...

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I've been smashing 30 hours of work and life into 24 hours of time for quite a while. Since I started up my sewing business again and my work hours kicked back up to 32-40, and don't forget OSU classes (always), My poor blogs have been neglected yet again.

I've made a few more hats. Just need to get them up here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Here it is! A custom order from my Aunt Patsy for her granddaughter, Sarah. The pattern is similar to the one I made earlier for my sister, but I changed up the colors a bit by adding creamy white yarn and fur lining. Sarah's birthday was the 27th, and between Finals Week, full-time hours at work, and kids, I got it done just under the wire. Happy Birthday Sarah!

I start Spring Term at OSU on the 2nd. Calculus and Art History. I have a couple of hats on the sticks, but we'll see how fast I get them done. I'm glad I didn't set a deadline to get all these done. It will be fun to look back and read about how things changed over time from start to finish.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stolen Time

Who is not on Pinterest?

Oh.Em. Gee.
What a plethora of information, ideas and inspiration!! If you haven't checked it out, it's a  woman's paradise. The Ultimate Magazine that we wish we all got in the mail every month. Without advertising.

I've attempted to get traffic to other blogs I follow by 'pinning' photos and things from their blogs, so let me know if you get a few more followers here and there. If you join Pinterest, be sure and 'pin' a few of my hats so we can help each other out.

I've been hard at work getting ready to start back up my sewing business since the yarn business hasn't really 'done it' for me. (and it seems that one cannot just start with a few skeins at a time around here. You have to have a full-blown shop ($$$!!!) to get any attention).

Hope Spring has decided to grace your part of the world, as she hasn't visited us here in Western Oregon yet. (We got 8" of SNOW on March 21st! Jinkies!)

I have a couple more hats done for a custom order- will get them added to the 1000 here soon. I'm on spring break and playing catch-up.

Have a great week!

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