Wednesday, December 30, 2009

gifts inspiring creativity

In addition to the many handmade gifts under our tree this year, there were plenty of gifts to encourage creativity or handmade crafts. Along with a host of other art supplies, Finn received a set of Wax-O-Glass crayons which he and Elizabeth have been enjoying.

Elizabeth received several new crochet hooks in various sizes and some yarn to accompany.

She's been busy working on scarves to keep her furry friends warm.

Books inspiring creativity also appeared under our tree. I'm very anxious to try out some of the recipes in The Complete Tassajara Cookbook. I'm always looking for inspiring new vegetarian recipes to try, and this collection is full of clean, simple food that is popular at our house.

Having long admired the elf hats that Soulemama made from this book, I was ecstatic to receive the pattern to make our own. Look for many of these hats to be under the tree next year. ;)

Last, but certainly not least, Paul, always generous to indulge my hobbies and push me into new creative territory, gifted me with a lovely spinning wheel. I have no idea how to actually spin wool, but I'm eager to learn now! I also have a lovely bag full of beautiful roving to practice my spinning.

We only just put the wheel together this evening (read: Paul put the wheel together while I sipped hot tea) so I'll keep you posted on how the spinning is coming in the future weeks.


  1. SQQQUUEAAAAAALLL! oh my goodness! A spinning wheel?!!?Oh I am so very jealous and so excited for you!!

  2. Spinning wheel - fabulous! There was a mama in Zach's violin class who had a portable one. The kids were mesmerized by it. Can't wait to hear about your adventures in spinning!

  3. A spinning wheel! Awesome. I'll look forward to hearing how the spinning goes.

  4. That Paul-- he sure does know how to gift a girl, doesn't he? I can't wait to see what happens!

  5. You have a very thoughtful husband! Have fun with that spinning wheel. :)

  6. Beautiful spinning wheel! Where on earth did he get it?

  7. oh thats excllent! you all have recieved amazing presents! oh and that wheel...I cant wait to see what you exciting

  8. Oh wow Joy! A spinning wheel, I am so excited for you!!! What an awesome gift!

  9. Saw your blog listed on the Smarty Pants site today. This spinning wheel is too cool! Love it!

  10. wonderful! what a beautiful wheel. i reminds me of the one my mom had when i was growing up!
    i love all the gifts that inspire creativity!

  11. What a perfect Christmas Joy!!!!! Full of handmade and things to encourage handmade. I can't wait to see the yarns you spin and can just envision you spinning! I LOVE the sweater you knitted for Finn and the lovely scarf made by Elizabeth is beautiful.

  12. AAAAAAAHHHHHH! I was begging my husband for a spinning wheel! I just showed him this post and he rolled his eyes at me ;}!

    I cannot wait to see what you create! Please, please write about your learning journey! I love that I get to live my spinning fantasies vicariously through you!


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