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Little Betty! - Even though my sewing machine is currently packed away while we await the finish of our new place https://buildingasmallhouse.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/first-blog-post/, I’ve begun to seek out small denim items for fun embellishment projects in the near future. I know now is not too early to plan for a couple of 2017 local craft fairs.  I spied these toddler […]
Suitcase Living - We’ve been back in Washington for about two weeks now, and what a blenderful it has been! Not exactly my favorite smoothie, either… It did not take very long for the crummy old rented trailer to turn into the trailer debacle; we have now moved into my mother’s guest room. This has its good and […]
Music On The Road - I’ve decided to write about my relocation experience from Nevada back up to Washington, where I lived prior to Nevada. This move will involve an interim stint in a rented travel trailer while we build a small apartment over a garage to live in. I have no idea how I’ll carry on with music, sewing […]
The Music That Carries Us Through - Lately my head has been a jumble of all the things that come into play when I’m in song writing mode. That means swirling bits of all of the millions of hours of music I’ve ever listened to…I don’t even want to estimate those hours-it probably IS in the millions… The drummer in my band, […]
Studded Guitar Gig Bag - I had a little time this afternoon to do a quick and easy mod to a plain guitar gig bag. Most gig bags have an outer pocket for accessories, and that single layer is easy to go through when attaching studs. I happened to have a few of these unusual star studs and couldn’t resist […]
She Has Funny Hats - Most of the time I seem to have too much on my plate to commit to a major creation, so I lean toward simple ones that can be completed in a single sitting. Alas, this same situation applies to the songs I come up with, but I feel happier completing something rather than nothing, and […]
Single Afternoon Loom Knit Slipper Socks - You can make these comfy, cozy slipper socks in a single afternoon! The really great thing about this easy knitting project is that it’s calming, gives you a chance to catch up on your favorite listening and results in a great handmade gift for a friend! Even if you’re unfamiliar with loom knitting, you can […]
Retro Craft Tools Spool Knitter - Last week I took a look at a favorite vintage crafting tool, The Hazel loom http://bettyrockwear.com/retro-craft-tools-hazel-flower-loom/. This week I am taking a look at another tool I like using in conjunction with small knitting and sewing projects. It is a spool knitter, also called a French knitter. The cute one I have pictured above isn’t vintage […]
Retro Craft Tools Hazel Flower Loom - Did you enjoy making square loomed potholders with yarn loops when you were a child? There are some fun retro crafting tools in circulation, as well as new takes on some of the older ones. This round Hazel Pearson flower loom from the 1960s was a lucky thrift store find a few years ago. In […]
How To Make A Simple Slipcover For Round Ottoman Using A T Shirt - If you have a favorite old t shirt (perhaps an old concert t for rock and roll flavor) that you’re unable to part with but are no longer wearing, you can easily fashion it into a casual slipcover for a round ottoman, such as this one:   For this project you’ll need a basic sewing […]