100 days of ornaments

You know that #May_Be2015 creative challenge that my friend Rozanne had me guest post for? Well, she’s at it again. But this time Rozanne and our mutual friend Brooke are doing a writing challenge: #100Scribbles (100 days of scribbles – free writing). They really enjoyed the daily creative prompt (as did I, although I didn’t partake in every one) and wanted to keep up the momentum, but to concentrate on writing. (By the way, check out the #May_Be2015 Instagram feed – it’s filled up nicely!)

Rozanne put the call out there for people to join, but I thought that my attention needed to get back to my work. So I have tweaked the challenge to be: 100 days of needle felted ornaments. I lack a productive routine, and I need one if I am to get things created for fall (and to list on Etsy and my web shop) and not be in pain with repetitive strain injury, so what better way to get into a routine, but to commit to one for 100 days? So first thing in the morning, it’s up and needle felting! (I am actually going to be making other things as well, but the ornaments are fun and

If you have a favourite animal (or other) that you think might work for my Wool Ball ornaments series, please comment. If you’d like to follow along, check out my Instagram feed, or the hashtag #100NFOrnaments.

I love that I’m not the only one who has taken the 100 days theme and run with it. One friend is doing 100 days of wild edibles and another is doing 100 things that make her day!

 

Lynn’s Lids coffee cozy data

I’m a bit of a nerd. And curious. So I decided to use our Range thermometer to take a long range (100 minutes) of temperatures in 3 different situations with my Bodum French press coffee maker. The Range thermometer hooks up to a tablet and records the temperature over time.

The first was the baseline: the Bodum without any cosy on it at all. (Blue)

The second was the Bodum with the Amsterdam (NL) cosy on it. (Green)

The third done because several people have asked me why I am not making a coffee cozy that goes over the entire French press. So I used my iPad sleeve and recorded the temperature of that as well. (Yellow)

I was surprised by a few things:

  • The cozy only makes a difference of about 4-6°C or 7-11°F (with the gap getting greater the more time passes).
  • The temperature of the French press without a cozy drops significantly at the beginning. This in itself warrants a cozy since you steep the coffee for 5 minutes before you even pour it.
  • The full sleeve only makes a difference of about 1-2.5°C or 2-5.5°F from my sleeve. I was expecting a significant difference since it was covering the top.

Here’s the data in Celsuis (for Fahrenheit, see below):

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And here’s a chart to go with it, because we all love information presented graphically:

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To me, the 2 degree difference doesn’t warrant the extra knitting and bigger price tag that would come with the full cozy. Of course I’m happy to do it for those who would like it. What do you think?

Update at 9:45pm for the American readers:

Fahrenheit data and chart below:

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Focus on coffee

Long time no write! For some of that, I was actually out of the country on my family’s first ever holiday south (in fact I haven’t been south myself in over 20 years!), where my husband and I visited a coffee plantation and got ourselves some green beans (we roast our own) from the source!

 

When I got back it was a slow start but now I’m back and in full-on creative mode. However, I’ve been neglecting the blog so I thought I should update you on goings-on.

First of all, I’m excited to announce that Lynn’s Lids sheepy wool dryer balls, catnip balls, and tea cosies will be available in another brick and mortar shop, this time in Millbrook, Ontario, at Anchor & Co, which has its grand opening this Sunday from noon to 5pm at 30 King St. E. in Millbrook. It’s also open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm, I believe. Doesn’t it look like the sweetest little shop?

Anchor and Co, Millbrook, Ontario

CountyCupboardOnce I got back into work mode, I decided the first thing to ease myself in was to customize a French press coffee cosy for my friend Helen of County Cupboard. She choose the green and said she’d like something that looks like a compass. I looked over her company’s web presence and found an image with her new logo in it (right) and thought I’d do a simplification of it:

I was also faced with a little rejection news this week (sadly I will not be a the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale this September) and had to cheer myself up, so I decided to adorn an orange French press (Bodum) coffee cozy with something that would do just that: Amsterdam canal houses.

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And here’s a little video my 8 year old helped me make on Instagram showing you the full 360°:

And since I’ve also been neglecting my Etsy shop, that Amsterdam coffee cozy is up for sale in the Etsy shop, along with another Bodum cosy (click the photos to view the Etsy listings):

Lynn's Lids handmade French press cozy in purple with bistro

I will have to update my website to include coffee cosies as well, now, but it will have to wait a bit as we are starting some spring cleaning around here, and on Monday I am heading to a friend’s farm to see sheep shearing with my boys for the first time! I’m pretty excited and hope to get a few good photos and be able to tell you about the process afterwards.

Other than that, I had a custom order for a family cottage on a tea cosy:

 

I’ve been working on reusable coffee cup sleeves. They’ll keep your coffee warmer than those cardboard things, and you can use them for years! I’m thinking they may make a great teacher gift, or stocking stuffer come that time of year.

 

I’ve been enjoying the sun and above freezing temperatures around here:

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First beach day! #nofilter #homeschool #BeachTO

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And I’ve been sketching. Lots of sketching.

P.S. The other brick and mortar shops are the Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio (sheepy wool dryer balls and natural wool catnip balls) and Furballs Pet Stuff (natural wool catnip balls) 

Etsy shop – last few days of the October sale!

Okay, my sincere apologies if I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, but if you follow me on other channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) or have bought from me on Etsy or just looked at the shop (it’s in the header!) you know that I have an October sale going on. Only 3 more days to catch this one: 10% off everything with the coupon code LIDSBLOG14!

Here’s a bit of what’s in the shop right now:

What's in Lynn's Lids Etsy Shop on Oct 28, 2014
Natural wool catnip balls, Sheepy wool dryer balls, wool ball ornaments (assorted), snowman ornaments, hats, TARDIS tree toppers and tea cosy, Toronto tea cosies, bike tea cosies, Santa ornaments, Toronto iPad sleeves, felted wool hats, Eiffel Tower & London tea cosies, and more!

Also, I just posted a little video of the LEGO needle felting tool in action on Instagram (for more on that, see the previous blog entry, which I should have titled How Lego Saved My Arm):

And for now, it’s back to work making and making for the upcoming Handmade Market in Jordan, Ontario November 14-16 11am-4pm daily.

This Sunday: The Leslieville Flea

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My only in-person appearance this month will be this Sunday right in my neighbourhood at The Leslieville Flea. It’s the last outdoor flea of the year, and so far the forecast is calling for sunny skies, so bundle up and come on out to the Ashbridge Estate at 1444 Queen St. E. I’ll be right behind the bus stop so when you come by, don’t forget to come down the hill and say hello!

I created a Pinterest board for a sneak peek. I couldn’t find everyone online but several are there:

Lynn's Lids pinterest board for Oct 2014 Leslieville Flea

 

I’ll have ornaments, dryer balls, lots of hats, tree toppers, and I’m currently working on catnip balls:

And I’ll have 2 of these on hand along with many other nice warm hand knit felted wool hats:

Unfortunately I can’t capture the colour properly with a snapshot, but it’s this colour, called Ruby:

Don’t forget this month it’s 10% off everything in my Etsy shop with coupon code: LIDSBLOG14. Happy shopping!

October-December appearances

Well. *That* was a busy month. And just fantastic. It was good to be back out there again, meeting people and finding folks the perfect hats or watching them scan my table/tent and then find the thing… that thing that makes them smile or laugh or have to come and take a closer look or touch. And talking to people to find out what their ideal hat (or other wool product!) would be.

Last weekend ended my busy month with the Etsy: Made in Canada sale down at the MaRS building. This being the very first time Etsy Canada has done this, no one really knew what to expect. So I went in with pretty low expectations. Hoping for the best, of course, but not expecting a lot. Well, Toronto, you blew me away! It appears that Toronto (and area, some folks drove in from the burbs and beyond) really loves shopping local and handmade.

It was like that all day. All. Day. Wow, people. Thanks! The organizers did a fantastic job and some really great promotion. The vendors (what I saw – there was no time to do a tour since it was non-stop all day) were amazing, varied and plentiful. And the space was great – full of natural light and (at least where I was) had room for roaming around in the thick crowds.

A shot of my table at the beginning of the day (didn’t look like that at the end!):

Right now I’m finishing off my custom hat orders. Only 2 to go! And I’m trying to keep my Etsy shop stocked since I’m having an October sale! I guess I’m trying to get people shopping early. Because my late November/early December just got busy! If you’d like 10% off for the month of October use coupon code: LIDSBLOG14.

And then it’s onto preparing for the October Leslieville Flea! I admit I like to sell locally, and people love to hear that you live and make in their neighbourhood. So I’ll be at the Ashbridge Estate (1444 Queen St. East) for the last outdoor flea of 2014, on Sunday, October 19. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, I will not be able to make it to the November Holiday Flea. I will be back in January when they move to the Distillery District.

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Between those two fleas, I will be doing my very first out of town engagement at the Handmade Market at Honsberger Estate down in Jordan in the Niagara region. They’ve got all of the info on this page, but dates and times are Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15 and Sunday November 16 from 11am – 4pm daily. There are over 80 vendors, and it looks like a great show!

In early December I’ll be at the Artisan Social again. It’s the only small art sale I am attending this year. I don’t know what makes this such a great event, but it really is. Just a few vendors in a little local dance studio for an afternoon… The atmosphere is casual and joyful, the quality of goods is fantastic (if I do say so myself) and there’s a variety of handmade products (last year there was clothing, cards, pottery, art, and more!). If you’re around Leslieville on December 7, drop by the studios of the Gilchrist Canavan Irish Dance, through the red gate beside the Ceili Cottage and come for the best little holiday sale in the ‘hood!

And, of course, I’ll be teaching a few needle felting classes (Oct/Nov/Dec – one per month) at the Purple Purl. More info on their classes page.

Etsy: Made in Canada & upcoming needle felting classes

Production is going well for the flagship Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up market at MaRS (Saturday, September 27 10am-4pm), even though a custom order for a birthday present came up and threw a spanner in the works for a bit with this:

However, there should be lots of hats to choose from, as well as some ornaments, tree toppers, dryer balls, tea cosies, and catnip balls.

For a roundup of all of the fellow artisan profiles I have for EtsyMICToronto, check out the EtsyMIC category.

And today the Toronto Etsy Street Team & 416 Hustler just released the workshop list for next Saturday’s event! Check it out (click for larger image or visit the TEST blog post):

FREE DIY workshops at Etsy: Made in Canada, September 27th at MaRS, 101 College St at University Ave, from 10 am to 4 pm

I also wanted to give a heads up about upcoming needle felting classes at the Purple Purl. The schedule isn’t up yet (because we just sorted it out and Jennifer will post it for newsletter time at the end of the month), but I am doing a beginner class making these pumpkins/jack o’lanterns on Tuesday, October 7 (7pm-9pm):

People have asked for an advanced class, so we will be making gnomes with wire armature you can move and position (your choice between male or female). For this class you will need to have taken the beginner class and/or be proficient in making and manipulating simple forms such as spheres and cylinders (legs, stems, arms) and should know how to properly needle and how to control the firmness of your fibre. The advanced class will be on Tuesday, November 18 (7pm-9pm). Call The Purple Purl 416-463-1162 to reserve your spot to either or both classes.