Friday, October 7, 2011

Crafty Gifts From Friends

Space Weaving from Pam Harris
I've been on the receiving end of some very lovely handmade gifts lately, and wanted to share a couple with you here.

Space Weaving From Pam Harris 
First up is this gorgeous Saori weaving from Pam of Gingerbread Snowflakes (Diane's mom). Pam and Diane have become dear friends over the last few years, and serve as a surrogate crafty family for me. I love 'em! Pam and Diane have done all kinds of cool weaving projects, and I was delighted to receive this one from Pam in the mail recently.

Space Weaving From Pam Harris
The pictures simply don't do it justice. I never realized how difficult it is to get a good picture of a weaving. It's just near impossible (at least with my photography skills and simple point-and-shoot camera) to capture the depth and beauty of a weaving. Woven in this piece are all kinds of yarns, creating a stunning texture. What really blew me away, though, was the accompanying note from Pam that described the inspiration behind the piece:
When I asked Diane if she knew your favorite color so I could make you a saori, she suggested I make one to represent the "colors" in space. 
I have done my best! See if you can fnd the sparkly Milky Way in a veil of clouds; deep space filled with colorful galaxies; nebulae rising into the space about the weaving and a mock spectrograph or two. 
It is one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received and got me a little misty-eyed. Thank you, Pam!

Needle Felted Beaker From RadMegan
Last month, I posted on CRAFT about this awesome needle felted Kermit the Frog from Rad Megan. Aside from being a gal after my own heart with the "rad" in her name (my first screen name from waaaaaaay back when - AOL when - also started with "rad") she also adores the Muppets. I feel in love with her Kermit and was excited when she mentioned she was working on more needle felted Muppets, including everyone's favorite frantic scientist, Beaker.

The next thing I knew, Megan was asking for my address and her awesome little Beaker arrived on my doorstep! I couldn't believe it! Such a generous treat. Thank you, Megan! You are - for sure - RAD.

Soon to come: the ups and downs of renovating & living in an older home, adventures in estate sales, excursions around Houston and visits from crafty BFFs.


  1. Just so you know, Rachel, we love you too!

    How cool that you shared the spacey weaving! Working in this color palette really kept my muse busy! But every single yarn carries the desire to reflect your love of space.

    I am so pleased you are enjoying it.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I love the weaving too but am so happy that Beaker is in your care now!
    Thanks for being so wonderful!


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