Homemade Ornaments: Pinecone Gnomes

I love making ornaments from found, natural materials. Cat-sitting for my crafty neighbor Jane last week, I spotted these little gnome ornaments she had made from the pinecones that fall on our neighborhood sidewalks, and asked if I could share them on The Tangled Nest. Jane’s gnomes were inspired by …

Friday Links: Holiday Craft Projects

I’ve written before on this blog about simple gifts and “The Sanctity of Giving.”  I love gifts, and I don’t believe opting out of holiday commercialism has to mean a moratorium on giving.  This week I’m sharing a few suggestions from the Tangled Nest archives: craft projects that can bring …

Travel Knitting: Tiny Projects to Take Along

We spent last week in New York City, and had a fabulous time.  While packing for the trip, I knew I wanted to take a little knitting project to keep my mind and hands busy during the in-betweens of airports and cafes–it had to be something I could carry easily, …

A Mending Morning: Set up Your Sewing Basket

I love hand-sewing, and I always have–ever since I was a little girl.  I also love mending.  It makes such good sense, imparts calm, gives you a pleasant sense of accomplishment, and is something nice to do for your family.  That said, it’s been a mystery why, these past few …

Knit Graffiti, Yarn Bombing, And Other Dangerous Hobbies

And now, surprise surprise, a guest post from Tom about knitting! What is it about yarn bombing that’s so compelling? “Knit graffiti” — it brings a smile to my face just to think about it! Guerrilla crafters wrapping yarn creations around objects in the streetscape under the cover of darkness, …

DIY Haircuts–We Grow It, We Cut It

Yup.  It’s homegrown, homecut here at the Tangled Nest Barber Shop.  My mom always cut my dad’s hair, and I grew up with bad jokes about how he was “dating a really cute barberess.”  In high school, neighborhood boys came over to have their hair cut, too.  When my mom …