My Christmas Toys

Yes, I know that I’m a little late, but I want to share what I received for Christmas. I wanted to share here, because I knew you would understand. When friends and neighbors asked what I got for Christmas, my excited response left them looking at me as if I were….uh…a little bit insane. They just don’t understand!

First up…

laser printer

A color LASER printer! Most of you probably know why I am so excited about this baby. Ink transfers!!! And not just black ink transfers….but color ones!!! I had already made some rustic kitchen towels/napkins in anticipation of getting the printer. This week I created these:

Blue Ink TransferInk Transfer KitchenInk Transfer kitchen towelInk Transfer Towel 2Rustic Kitchen LinensRustic Kitchen Linens 2

(all images from my favorite online graphics source: The Graphics Fairy)

The towels/napkins are made from scraps of dropcloths from other projects. They are different sizes. Some are hemmed…some I sewed a tight zigzag stitch about a 1/4 inch from the edge and frayed. Perfectly imperfect!


Sock loom and knitting board

A sock loom and knitting board. I have wanted to make socks for years. Two problems: 1) I can’t knit. I’ve tried and tried and just can’t seem to get it. 2) Though I CAN crochet, I couldn’t find a crochet pattern that I liked…at least not a small gauge pattern. So I bought myself the sock loom (hey, it was on sale!). Boy Wonder bought me the knitting board…as usual he was all “pick it out and I’ll pay for it”. He is SO his father’s child!

I’ve already made a pair of tube socks (which are NOT photo worthy…but I forgive myself since it was my first attempt). I’m going to attempt doing a heel and toe on the current pair. The one on the loom is already looking better than the first pair….amazing what a little thing like following the instructions can do. Smile

A little amusement…when I was working on those tubes socks, my Man walked in and asked, “WHAT are you making NOW?” (you know…in that tone). When I told him, he says, “You do know that they make machines to make those and you can buy them in the store.?.?” The “them” in that statement being the premade socks. Funny, funny man!

The knitting board and I are not getting along….yet. I have already started and removed 3 projects. One side keeps coming off the loom much looser….not quite sure what I’m doing wrong. And yes….I did watch the DVD BEFORE starting! Which reminds me…they each came with a DVD instructional video. AND the knitting board has optional extenders available to convert it into a weaving loom…that is on my list! The sock and knitting loom are from Authentic Knitting Board.


An adjustable dress form. Let’s just say there is nothing like adjusting a dress form to your exact measurements to give you a little (big!) reality check….which is why you are only getting a stock photo from online (from! (I am just not ready to be that “real” here…yet) Hopefully it will help me improve my garment sewing skills AND even provide some motivation to stay away from the pasta, bread, and cookies!!!

I hope Santa was as good to all of you as he was to me!

Today I am working on developing my word/theme for 2012. Did I mention that I am really behind? Right now the words “courage”, “beauty” and “intentional” are all speaking to me. What’s your theme for 2012?

Until next time….


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  1. I LOVE you towels! I wish I had a laser printer! It made them look very authentic! It looks like you had a Happy Christmas! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime:)

    1. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I am so sorry it has taken so long to respond...for some reason I never received my notification e-mail from blogger. I made a quick visit to your blog...will definitely be back when I have a little more time!

  2. Love,love your towels and the graphics you choose are perfect.TFS.I think I'll need a Laser printer too:)Happy Brag Monday
    XO Marie

    1. Thank you very much! I LOVE my laser printer (shh...don't tell my hubby)! And sorry about my late reply...having some problems with blogger notifications!

  3. Wow, I love those towels, Sammi! The transfers came out wonderfully!

    Visiting from Brag Monday!

    1. Thank you! I was very happy with the way they came out. And so sorry for ignoring your comments for so long...I am not receiving my notifications! ...guess I had best not neglect checking my dashboard for such long periods of time. :-)

  4. I was looking up knitting looms and I came across your website I dont' know if you got the long loom to work but on under the FAQ section it says if your knitting is looser on one side to knit from one side to the middle then go to the far end and work into the middle. I don't know why this works but that is what they suggest.


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