From Makers for Makers: 2015 Gift Idea List

Dec 08

We don't (yet) have ice or snow, but doesn't it make you feel more festive to see a picture like this?

We don’t (yet) have ice or snow, but doesn’t it make you feel more festive to see a picture like this?

I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite makers to share our 2015 Holiday Gift Idea lists with you. All week long we’ll post cool indie-made items, can’t-do-without tools, and favorite diy projects.

  1. Whether you make one to give or offer a crafty loved one a kit, Alicia Paulson’s softie kits are darling. Her instructions are clear as can be, and while I can’t spill any beans about what’s happening re: softies at my house, take my advice and order a kit for yourself, too.
  2. For watercolorists, Greenleaf and Blueberry hand makes my favorite paints. She’ll help you customize a kit, or you can order the paints and make your own in an old tin.
  3. If your favorite artist prefers drawing, TSandN’s crow quill pens are beautiful. Christine responded quickly to loads of questions when I ordered mine, and I enjoy drawing with it.
  4. Book lovers, journal keepers, or magpies who need to keep stacks of paper in order will love the monogrammed burlap bookends from Next Door to Heaven. Mine are currently holding most-referenced books of the semester upright.
  5. There are a lot of terrific project bags on the market, but my favorites are Stitched by Jessalu’s box and bucket bags. The quality is excellent, and Jessalu, an avid knitter and spinner, understands a stitcher’s needs. You’re bound to find a bag in a fabric that will suit every friend!
  6. Need a charming bijoux? Sara from Et Voila! Design crafts her jewelry from vintage pieces she finds in French brocantes and American flea markets. I always get compliments whenever I wear one of her pieces!
  7. No time to knit, but you want to give a cushy handmade scarf? My former student and dog lover extraordinaire Chelsea sells scarves and hats to raise funds for no-kill shelters at Scarves for Paws.
  8. Anything from Alabama Chanin makes a welcome gift, but I think this Starter Sewing Kit is a great project for a new #chaninista.
  9. Another make-it-yourself-or-give-it-as-a-kit,-but-make-sure-you-order-one-for-yourself gift idea (phew! What a mouthful), totally stolen from Jani: a limited edition Starcroft Tide Pool, which longs to be a pair of Through the Loops’s Kanagwa Mittens and a Trig hat by Mary Lou Egan.
  10. And if you have Starcroft yarn in hand, you’ll love Gale’s Nash Island postcards, too!
  11. These HodgePodge Farm crochet mug cozies, especially with the Cuppow lid, make an adorable, environmentally-friendly gift for your loved ones who are always on the go with their morning (afternoon, all-day) coffee.
  12. When you want a little something to add to a gift set, Amy sells notebooks–perfectly sized for a handbag, project bag, any bag–that feature her awesome original art.

Be sure to check out these lists all week long:

Wednesday: Mary Lou Egan

Thursday: Cal Patch

Friday: Gale Zucker

And don’t forget to leave a comment with your favorite gifts-for-makers ideas!

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PoMoGolightly is Ten!

Aug 27

Ten years ago, I created an account and joined the world of bloggers.

Since that day, I’ve become friends with some amazing folks, had teaching opportunities I couldn’t have imagined, run my own on-line classes, shared my penchant for projects, and enjoyed the give and take digital writing offers.

I’ve seen a lot of trends in blogging in ten years, and a lot of people from those early days have moved on from blogging.

As for me? Well, I can’t think of a more interesting way to connect with so many creative, delightful people all around the globe.

Here’s to another ten years…and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, dear reader, for being here with me.


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Bullet Journal

Jan 29

December found me searching for a new system. For a few years, I’ve mashed a written and digital calendar, but it wasn’t working. Something was missing. I had to-do lists, but they were in both places, and I lacked confidence in my system.

I came across Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal site. I’d heard about it last year, probably from Penny. This time, it made sense to me. Like most of us, I have a number of different parts of my life that require organization. My head can be a jumble unless I have a secure way of getting the information, deadlines, ideas, etc. down somewhere retrievable.

I followed Ryder’s method, and *swoon*! I fell hard in love. This works for me! It reflects my way of thinking! I hacked my Moleskine using Zoot’s 2014 calendar pages. This more traditional calendar makes sense for planning future appointments in a way a “future dates” page doesn’t for me. If you’re thinking of trying this method, be sure to read all of Zoot’s posts about her bullet journal.

Here are some of my favorite things almost one month in:

  • having a home for all the bibs and bobs of information swirling around my life.
  • using the collections pages to organize projects; I’m working as interim director of our writing center this semester, and it has been invaluable to keep all the opening weeks’ to-dos and key information in one place that I always have with me rather than in folders that I might forget at work.
  • adding notes to my daily calendar. I keep track of what we have for dinner to aid future menu planning, as well as notes about fun / noteworthy events of the day.
  • a use for washi tape! This stuff is new to me, and it’s adorable! I’ve been using it to mark month calendar page edges.
  • finally feeling organized. A lot of chaos remains in the bullet journal, but it is chaos that is out of my head. I don’t have to fret about remembering it. And, I’m pretty dedicated about putting the information on a collections page that makes sense. So less chaos than in my head. That’s good, right?

There you have it: I’m a convert. I’d love to hear about your system, especially if you’ve tried the bullet journal, too.

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Lucky 2013

Jan 01



I adore this day. Simply adore.

And it’s the year I’ve been anticipating for freaking ever. Thirteen is my lucky number, and here it is, right in front of me for an entire year!

I’ve got aspirations for the year, goals, intentions. I’ll be revisiting the many, many failed intentions of 2012, but I’ll do so with my optimism intact. Forward, onward, inward, ho!

I’m wishing you health, optimism, adventure, joy, comfort, sweetness, risk, luck: whatever it is you need in 2013, I wish for you to receive it.

13 hike

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There and Back Again: Rhinebeck 2012

Oct 21

The PoMoGolightly Express left Connecticut at about 8:20. Destination: NY Sheep and Wool Festival. Rhinebeck. Bright colors on the trees, fog lifting to reveal sunshine and puffy clouds, and no traffic made for a pleasant drive. Once there, Rae and I visited Gale’s Rhinebeck Shoot and enjoyed the critters and vendors.

I didn’t purchase much, but I love what I brought home. Nancy from Long Ridge Farm is one of my favorite vendors and a delightful woman, and she now carries awesome leather bags from Maiwa. The prices are affordable, and the craftsmanship is excellent.

Spring Tide Farm Cashmere

I’ve wanted to knit a pair of dressier fingerless mitts, and I found the perfect match up of pattern and yarn at the Springtide Farm
booth. That’s 1 oz. of 2-ply cashmere. I can’t begin to describe how soft it is!

At the Cooperative Press booth, I got to meet M.K. Carroll, the editor for the forthcoming Fresh Design Crochet series (I have two patterns in the series!), pet a fleece (Shannon doesn’t know how it got in her booth), take a peek at Knit Companion (a must-have, iPad knitters!), and acquire a copy of Anna Dalvi’s Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color. My interest in knitting lace has been renewed. Every pattern in the book is one I want to knit and wear!

There were a few other acquisitions for far-flung friends, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises.

Rae and I left a little early to meet up with one of my besties from my New York days. She lives across the river from Rhinebeck and schlepped over to have dinner with us. We had a fabulous meal at Market St, then wended our way home, dodging deer and mice.  Only one thing could have made it a better day: a magic transporter that enabled Sara to take a quick day-trip with us!

The best parts of the day? Visiting with friends old and new…seeing people I only get to see at Rhinebeck, meeting people who feel like old chums because of Twitter chats, remembering yet again what an amazing community we have.  At the risk of sounding sappy, I can’t imagine life without you, my knitblog/Rav/Twitter pals!


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Happy Birthday, Neal!

Sep 27

He’s nothing short of fabu, this man who builds beautiful spaces for us to enjoy, makes me laugh at his Ron Swanson-Larry David-ishness, helps me achieve my physical goals, donates his special blood regularly, volunteers his service to his union brothers and sisters, fights like a superhero for the environment, dotes on our dogs, challenges my thinking, reads books just to discuss them with me, devours and synthesizes news, encourages rest, and just plain makes me happy.

And it is his birthday! Hope you’ll have a piece of (virtual) (carrot) cake with us to celebrate!

Happy birthday, lovey!

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