So I just started doing yoga…

I know, I know, what is it 2005? A combination of not having (or making) enough spare time, being intimidated and a habit of neglecting my body has kept me from yoga until about a month ago, but now that I’m in, I am in. I’m not going to try to tell you I’ve achieved inner peace, but it really has helped the aches and pains that accompany sitting at a computer for 8+ hours a day, eased the parts of my body I was holding tense without even realizing it, and has done wonders to quiet my inner monologue in times that I really needed it.

(A slightly related anecdote to prove that you so do not have to be in a great place to begin yoga: My first class was the morning after a friend’s birthday, so naturally I slept in until the last possible moment, unaware that most people arrive 15 minutes early as the classes at my gym start ON TIME, if not a few minutes early. By the time I payed my fee, found the classroom and ditched my shoes, the instructor had of course already began with a calming seated pose to quiet everyone down… but seeing as I hadn’t ever done this before, I had to ask whether I was in the right class, where the mats were and squeeze in between two other beginning yogis in the back row… oh and then find my inner breath or whatever. Nonetheless, when I walked out an hour and a half later, I did feel quieter and stronger inside, plus my body felt like it had just had a deep tissue massage. I still wouldn’t recommend rolling in late… but yoga will be able to work its magic even if you do.)

So anyway, without further adieu, a collection for the yogis!

First up: the pants! I owned three pairs of yoga pants before I ever hit up the studio, (What? They’re comfy!) but this pair, hand silk screened by Nic and the Newfie might just get added to my collection soon.

The varying poses in yoga requires a wide range of motion and the Athena top from Mountain Lotus is perfect! Plus it’s made from a lightweight hemp and organic cotton blend, so you can feel good about the resources you’re using and what you’re putting up against your skin.

A mat to cover your mat? Why yes! Yoga Comfort Co.’s Yoga Mat Runner sits on top of your mat to provide a little extra cushion.

Sure a mat bag is nice, but a mat bag that’s also a purse? Now that’s something to celebrate. Check out this innovative design from LslieArt on etsy.

Craftophrenia

noun \ˈkraft-ə-ˈfrē-nē-ə\
The rapid creation of goods requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill

Yup, I’m making up words now. Apologies all around.

Have you ever been on one of those kicks where you just consume things? Books, levels on a video game, whatever—this winter I’ve been that way with crafts. You’ve already seen the felt flowers, but little did you know there’s also crochet (hats and plush pumpkins, yup, you read correctly, you’ll see them in the fall), painting, embroidery, various other fiber arts… I’ll binge for a week or two and move on to the next thing.

Since my house can’t seem to hold them all, I decided to give my other etsy shop (now lovingly called six twenty-two 2.0) a little revamp and start selling the fruits of these various pursuits. Just a few things up right now, more to come, enjoy!

Nesting

I am not a cold weather person. Each winter, I try my hardest not to brave the frigid temps and fluffy white stuff that inevitably turns into nasty wet slush. Blame cabin fever or just the instinct to feather my nest, but as this time of year rolls around, I find myself taking up all sorts of cozy craft projects. While usually copious amounts of crocheting fulfills this urge, this year I was inspired to teach myself something new: the art of making felt flowers. Plus, every room in my house already has a color-coordinated afghan or two, and the households of my immediate family are quickly approaching maximum blanket capacity as well.

I know there are a lot of simple circle flowers out there in craft-land, but I wanted to take it to the next level and create something that actually resembled the anatomy of a real flower. Turns out, this entails cutting lots of individual petals and sewing them and many tiny beads by hand. Thus far, I’ve figured out a dahlia, poinsettia, mum, daisy and another four-petaled creation that I’ll admit probably doesn’t exist in nature. Nonetheless, creating them is a welcome change of pace—and the finished product takes up much less space in my house than a full-sized afghan!

I’m keeping some pieces just for myself, but the rest of the fruits of my labor are available here.

A Alicia Accessories

Anna Alicia’s etsy shop is filled with fantastic clusters of felt flowers to adorn everything from your clothing to your home. Each bloom is made by cutting individual petals and sewing them together, then assembling the flowers into an elegant mass.

Of her work, Anna Alicia says, “I wanted to make something that could really change an outfit but that could also be worn in lots of different ways. I’m hugely inspired by Japanese craft, in particular Kanzashi flower hair accessories, and also by vintage fashion and jewelery.”

I love the delicate sculptural quality of the pieces, but by far my favorite aspect of her work are the fantastically unexpected color combinations she creates. “[They] are key to my designs, and I’m always intrigued to see which are most popular. My color inspiration comes from all over — painting, fashion, nature…” she says. Keep ’em coming — your pieces inspire me!

hi tree

little tiny maple tree
little tiny maple tree

Here’s your daily dose of cuteness: Perfect for any-aged kid or tree hugger, these adorable toys and pillows are hand sewn from wool felt. The owner’s daughter says “hi!” to every tree she sees, hence the company name hi tree!

Hi Mr. Oak Tree
Hi Mr. Oak Tree