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!

First thing the morning (noon) after the 1:30am arrival from vacation: roast some Mexican #coffee beans!

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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:

Finished #bodum cosy for @countycupboardmaps. From one #CanadianMaker to another!

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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°:

Full view of finished Amsterdam #bodum cosy! #handknit #handmade #felted #wool #frenchpress #coffee #cozy #Amsterdam #CanadianMaker

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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:

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) 

2015 Fundraising!

Lynn's Lids is fundraising for Rethink Breast Cancer

I’m in full production mode for Sunday’s Leslieville Flea and for my new project: Fundraising!

In 2011 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and later, papillary thyroid cancer. Rethink Breast Cancer was a great support and source of information for me. They are an organization targeted at younger women with breast cancer and their unique issues, as well as building awareness and education in prevention.

50% of the proceeds from all pink products sold in January, February and March will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer. I have made a few items for this Sunday’s flea at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, including some pink Sheepy Dryer Ball sets, a tea cosy, and a few hats as well.

Come see me on Sunday (I will be in the 2nd aisle to the right when you come into the Fermenting Cellar) or contact me to order your special pink products. I will have them online on the new website next week.

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 Lynn's Lids Sheepy Wool Dryer Balls for Rethink Breast Cancer

Lynn's Lids pink houndstoque for Rethink Breast Cancer Lynn's Lids pink folded toque for Rethink Breast Cancer

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):

The #lego #needlefelt machine in action! (I did a short video because so many are curious!)

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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.

Danforth East Arts Fair – this weekend!

Okay, so I know the forecast isn’t that great for today, but you can come on out tomorrow to East Lynn Park from 10am-5pm to the Danforth East Arts Fair!

If you want to take a look at all of the artisan features I’ve posted of folks who will be there with me, go to category/fellow-artisan/deaf14-fellow-artisan/.

As for me, I should probably get packing, but I thought I’d give a quick preview of what I’ll have on hand:

A few tree toppers (Santa, a Tardis, and angels):

Any #drwho fans in Danforth/East York area? Come get your #Tardis tree topper this weekend at @deca_arts #deaf14

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I'll have a few #waldorf -inspired hand #knit, #felted #wool tree toppers at #cabbagetown this weekend! Come on out, folks!

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Hand knit, felted wool hats, including these needle felted adorned ones:

It's adornment day here at Lynn's Lids… Skull & crossbones toque for @deca_arts tomorrow! #handmade #madeincanada #hat #deaf14

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Bike toque for @deca_arts tomorrow! #handmade #madeincanada #hat #deaf14 #bike #cycling

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And another viking hat:

Last one: had to replace the Viking toque for @deca_arts. Get it this weekend at East Lynn Park. #hat #madeincanada #handmade #knit #felt

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A few different tea cosy designs:

Tea time in London! More adornments day ready for @deca_arts tomorrow! #handmade #madeincanada #tea #deaf14

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Bike #tea cosy ready for @deca_arts #deaf14 #handmade #madeincanada

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Eiffel Tower #tea cosy for @deca_arts tomorrow! #handmade #madeincanada #deaf14

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Something I was working on for @deca_arts last night. I have no tea pot upon which to model it, though. 😦 #deaf14

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… And "After"! The finished TO tea cosy for @ooak_toronto. The pile of these is growing. #ooakdiaries

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As well as the popular dryer balls, catnip balls, and ornaments! Hope to see you there!

Custom cosy #2 and class review

Hey, check out what I found: a review of my needle felting class on the Design Thrift blog.

So I took the needle felting class at the Purple Purl – and man, was it ever a blast! It was a group of eight of us all gathered around a coffee table to drink lattes, learn about needle felting, and complete our first needle felting project – a cute little penguin.” [More here…]

Also, I have created the second custom tea cosy!

Lynn's Lids Eiffel Tower custom tea cosy in purple heather

 

By the way, I was saying yesterday that this one took 4 times as long to felt as the carousel one since I used different yarn. Between the blocking and the needle felting I shave the cosy (same for hats). With this one (with all that felting), there was a lot of fuzz:

I save the fuzz for the next time I’m making dryer balls and add it to the cores. Waste not, want not!

Custom carousel tea cosy

Okay, I admit, I’ve been a little nervous about fulfilling this particular custom order… hoping it would turn out.

A lovely gal found me at the Spring One of a Kind Show and started talking to me about Teavana tea makers as she has a couple and liked my cosies. So we went back and forth a bit via email with tea maker photos and measurements (on her part) and yarn colour photos and sketches (on my part) and finally came up with a plan.

This is the first of two cosies. The other cosy is still blocking, as it was a different yarn and needed to felt for 4 times as long as this one. Such is the way with felting. You’ve been warned.

The request was for a carousel… I’m pretty happy with it.

Custom carousel tea cosy by Lynn's Lids

 

 

News update

I finally went to the Downtown Knit Collective’s Knitters’ Frolic today! For the first time! And there was a ton of lovely stuff there. I brought my good camera to take lots of half-decent photos of the luscious fibre and accessories, but unfortunately my battery died and the spare I brought was a dead one as well (yes, they are both charging now!). Oops. So I ended up taking a lot of not-so-good photos on my phone.

However, it’s a lot of photos to wade through, and it’s late, so it will have to wait for another night. For now, here’s a little peek:

Mmmmmm… Yarn. At the Knitters' Frolic! #knitting

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Another custom tea cosy was completed, and I went down to Tealish where they sell the Beehouse tea pots (the customer doesn’t live in the city and I just had measurements and a photo to go on) to try on the cosy, and it fit!

Then it was mailed off to the customer, but the gamble is always the colour because when does anyone’s screen colours ever match another person’s screen colours? But she got it yesterday and was very pleased. Hurrah!

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Next, a call for women artisans came up this week that was very last minute. Although my plan was not to do any sales until September, I have some stock leftover and it just seemed like a perfect little interesting exciting opportunity, so after leaving it 24 hours, I decided to apply… And now I am one of seven artisans in the Women’s Art Network shipping container pop-up shop at Market 707 at Scadding Court Community Centre. It’s located on the south side of Dundas, just east of Bathurst Street (at 707 Dundas St. East). I will do a post on all of the artisans once they are all set up and ready to go, but for now, here’s the shipping container:

Moved into the WANT Market707 Pop-up shop today! Opens Tues…

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Cabbagetown Arts & CraftsAnd this is waaaaaay, waaaaaay out, but I have been accepted to the Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Sale at Riverdale Park in September 5-7, 2014. More on that in a few months, but I’m very excited to be a part of it this year so I just had to share it!