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That Was Strange - Shivaya Naturals

That Was Strange

December 4, 2009

I have no idea what happened to this blog yesterday, except that apparently all but 16 posts re-imported into my blog, twice (that was more than 600 posts coming through yesterday). I had been having trouble with some things here since I switched to a custom domain, and I was trying to get them corrected, but it seems that my blog went crazy, and for any of you who subscribe to me by email, my sincerest apologies. Blogger can’t seem to tell me what happened either, they just assure me that it will not happen again. Like I said, I have some weird blog karma.

A very long week is rolling to an end, and I am looking forward to crawling into my jammies and spending the weekend knitting. I have a lot of holiday knitting left to get through, and not a ton of time left. This is my favorite time though, when projects need their final touches, and everything begins to come together. Now that the magazine has been completed, my days seem destined to enjoy the holiday magic with my kiddos, and do a whole lot of crafting. I took the handmade pledge again this year, and my husband and I are really trying to make this holiday as close to handmade/homemade as we possibly can. There are a few things that we need to shop for in order to make that happen (baskets, containers, etc.), but we are really trying this year to use what we have, and to make what we can.

I have a few big projects that I am still into for the holidays, and I am curious what you are currently working on for your holiday season? It feels like everything is getting close!

I have wanted to join Michelle in her Vintage Quilt Block Friday segment for some time, and I finally got here today. I love finding vintage quilt blocks at vintage or thrift stores, and it has become a new passion to mend them, and begin to put them together into quilts, table runners, or cloths. I recently found a group of 16 squares bunched together for almost nothing, and I snatched it up quicker than you could blink. Here is the first of those squares. I will feature one here every week, and then at the end of that time, hopefully have a beautiful quilt to share with you.

I am also very honored to be interviewed today by Suzy of Hip Mountain Mama. It was a real treat to sit down and chat with her for a while about the magazine, life and balance. You can find the interview here.

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Kristi December 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I've got lots of knitting to tend to myself this weekend! There are lots of sewing projects I would love to get working on, but I'm trying not to get too carried away and keep it simple – it seems like there is a lot of that mantra going around this year especially! I will also be preparing several batches of freezer cookies for gift-giving. Fun!


Chelsea December 4, 2009 at 6:11 pm

It was kinda fun revisiting your older posts this morning through google reader… 🙂 I've actually made myself a chart so I can have a visual of when things need to be finished by this month! This will be my first christmas ever away from my family, so the big one on my list is getting my package ready to mail home to them so they receive it in time. I'm making good progress — lots of knitting and photos of Pan are involved in the process (both things that I enjoy in the extreme). Good luck in your own hand-making! +Chelsea


Julia December 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm

What a great idea for that quilt…I WISH I was a better quilter. I have never seen completed quilt squares at our thrift store, I guess I'll have to keep my eyes peeled, it would be nice to have the hardest part done for me!

Hmmmm, projects, you ask. Well, Eben and I finished our Advent project last night, that was a really fun project…I am doing some painting for some gifts this year..(If I deem their quality high enough to gift, that is.) I'm sure that there is more that I'm forgetting, but my mind seems stuck on those right now.

Now, If you'll excuse me…I have an interview on a friend of mine to go read.

Ta Ta.


Nina - Tabiboo December 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I hoping to do much of the same this weekend and am already 'almost' heading into my PJ's (6.25pm UK) and then that's it – hopefully, for a couple of hours at least.

I love your quilt square (is it dresdan plate??) and look forward to seeing the rest,

Have a wonderful weekend Heather,

Nina xxxxxxxx


sowabisabi December 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm

you certainly deserve some downtime;) like others said…it was fun to revisit your older posts as snippits, but I was wondering what was happening.

I had a chance to look at a few of the pieces in roth…really enjoying it…there is so much there. Thanks for all your hard work!


samthehamsmom December 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I love the handmade idea… I have made a bag, and a scarf, and a head band, and some fleece scarves for gifts so far. Perhaps I will come up with some more ideas from all of you crafty ladies~


Kelly December 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I still have a lot of Christmas crafting left to do but my sewing machine is not agreeing with me. I need to find the manual. I'm still hoping to make doll quilts for the girls, finish knitting a scarf for the younger girl, and doll diapers for both too. Otherwise I think we're almost done.

I'm excited to see what you make! And I'm off to read the interview!


nicola December 4, 2009 at 8:05 pm

i look forward to reading the interview. and to the day when my knitting hits the level of skill high enough and efficient enough to become gift-worthy!


Earth Mama December 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

I feel like I am in emboidery bookmark world at the moment. I decided to make one for all family members, and my five year old graciously took on the artist in waiting position. Good thing because those drawings of her's are just delightful. I have a bunch of knitting to get to too, but I just want to bang those bookmarks out so I can move on to the next project. I made myself a little side bar on my blog with links to the crafts I am creating. I always hope that the people recieving hand made items appreciate all the energy and work put into them. It really takes a lot of work, even though it might not look like much. I love doing it though, so I guess that's the real point…and showing my children we do not need to go out and buy a bunch of "stuff". Have a happy knitting weekend!



Karen December 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I am knitting a bunch of scarves (the only thing I know how to knit). In fact, I'm knitting while reading blogs and working. I'm also going to make some cookie mix in jars to give and, of course, bake a bunch of cookies.


kristyn December 5, 2009 at 3:50 am

I'll be starting a sock monkey for my oldest this weekend!!
he will be over the moon excited, and the thought of him opening this special gift is my motivation!


Courtney December 5, 2009 at 4:03 am

Love this quilt block! What a wonderful score!
I'm spending the weekend (and pretty much all waking hours this month!) knitting (hats, mittens, doll sweaters?!?!) and sewing (pjs for the kids, quilt bindings for other family members). Whew!


Amber December 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Hope you are having a cozy time knitting!

Love the fabrics, so yummy.


Francesca December 5, 2009 at 6:38 am

I can see some lovely knitting there, and some beautiful multicolored yarn! Happy knitting!


kaylovesvintage December 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

love it Heather and I will send you a mail on the weekend


Audra December 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Ahh a pile of hand knitted treasures! I am knitting a few things, making my first waldorf dolls, sewing placemats and dresser scarves for my sisters and making 5 sets of pajamas. That's the plan anyway, things don't always work out as planned with my 5 little ones "helping".


Tonya December 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

We also make most of our gifts ourselves as well – we have hats, rainbow wool felt horses, food (granola, cookies,, breads, caramels), and more.
I am sewing up napkins and hope to sew up a set of pajama pants for each of my sons.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Warm wishes,


Shivayamama December 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

That sounds so nice Tonya. I am making cuddly pants for my boys this year, and I am excited to see how they each turn out :). Your gifts sound so wonderful, and so close to the heart.


Shivayamama December 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

These all sound so nice Audra. I am really excited to see how your Waldorf doll turns out. I have always wanted to make one, but have never really had the guts 🙂


Shivayamama December 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Can't wait to it all Courtney. Have a happy crafting weekend (and I so can relate to the every waking moment issue :))


The Tan Family December 6, 2009 at 3:43 am

I love your blog! I'm going to start following it. 🙂 –Jennifer syrendell.blogspot.com


Shivayamama December 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I have always wanted to try one! Let me know how it goes, and maybe I will make an attempt 🙂


Shivayamama December 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Lisa, I am doing the same thing! Everyone in my immediate family is getting bookmarks this year from the boys. I hope that you have a very happy crafting weekend as well, and I can't wait to see everything that you create


Shivayamama December 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Doll quilts sound so wonderful! I can't wait to see everything that you create. Hope you had a very cozy and productive weekend


jessica December 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm

This weekend I really planned on knitting away but time got the best of me and I spent it walking and celebrating with my family-equally wonderful! I do love making my holiday gifts-I have the first of my jam this weekend and loved seeing the smiles on peoples' faces when they received it.


farmama December 7, 2009 at 5:41 am

What a great score! That's a very pretty quilt block I can't wait to see the others, and then the finished quilt! I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend!


Danielle December 6, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Oh, holiday making.

We have homebrew for the adults (done!!), a sweater for the babe ( needs buttons), secret socks for hubby (3/4 finished), a book for the babe (just started), and so many other good things.

Trouble is, I'm easilydistracted and totally cast on for a wool soaker. That's so not part of the plan.


Doreen Frost December 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I absolutely love your blog.

I shall be back this afternoon when with a nice cup of coffee to enjoy your other post.

Enjoy the day


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