A dedicated yarn store? I’m down to take a look

Kel emailed me last week. This isn’t anything new, yet it delights me each time I see her name in my inbox. What can I say? I like hearing from friends.

She was wondering if I wanted to check out Lion Brand’s new store in Colonie that grand opens TODAY.


Picture from store link

While the timing sort of sucks since I’m currently trying to work down supplies and not buy more, I’m down for checking it out. Also, Kel is an excellent partner in crime.

I’ll report back. I’ll do my best not to buy any yarn…

I’m checking this out at my own cost. I use all different types of yarn, Lion Brand just happens to have something going in today.

Crafty idea – Sending Mail

Hi Friends! For our first project we’re going to talk about mail. I’m talking the kind that requires a stamp (or several) and takes a few days to arrive at someone elses house. Oh, you want to know what there is possibly to say about it? How about you can basically send any sort of paper or object (subject to the rules here) through the mail? Yes that’s right. You can send Easter eggs, scraps of paper, cardboard etc.

A friend of mine is going through a rough mental spot so I thought getting real mail would be a nice treat for her. What to send her though? I mean I have an endless supply of greeting cards and can make others, but I thought I’d send her something special today.

Somethings to note for this project: The minimum size for mail is 3 1/2″ x 5″ and the maximum size is 6 1/8″ x 11 1/2″  (here is the info on sizes and shapes of mail that you might find useful) And you can use anything! For today, I’m using a page from Yes and Yes’s 2012 calendar and going to make a simple trifold mailing.

Ready? Here we go!mail1.1 You’ll need:

  • A ruler (to make sure your mailing piece isn’t smaller or bigger than it should be AND to get your folds nice and sharply creased)
  • Scissors
  • Transparent Tape
  • Pen or Sharpie
  • What you want to make something from.

First things first. Trim the edge off the top and if you want the rest of the edges too. I trimmed the fringe and only the bottom off for this project and it ended up folding in thirds nicely. Next you want to add a little bit of yourself to it. I know my friend would love the color scheme and the design, but there were already some suggestions of what to do on certain days. I added notes to that. mail1.2 If you can’t see the notes, in the upper left, I changed “have a beer with a crazy label” to have ice cream with a crazy label”.

Then I saw that the 18th said to write an inappropriate haiku. Well friends, I LOVE a good haiku, so I think that EVERY 18th should be write an inappropriate haiku day. (I’ll have to come up with one later! I’ll share it on the Court is Crafty facebook page later.)

Then the last outside note I made was that “Every day should be Thanksgiving. Give thanks and eat pie!” I know what I added would make my friend smile and then I turned it over and wrote a more personal note on the inside. I didn’t photo that part because it’s personal.

Next I folded it up and measured to make sure I was within the necessary requirements. (Remember the address should be parallel to the long side to avoid extra charges!) Here’s what the front and back ended up looking like: mail1.3Last thing left to do is to put a little tape on the edges so sneaky eyes can’t pry (Also so it goes through the machines with less chance of incident. I used 3 pieces of tape about an inch in a half long), address it, and put a stamp on it! There you have it, use something cool to send someone a surprise in the mail.

(Photos are all my own. Any brands referenced are purely by chance of what I have on hand. If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or email me here. You can also email me if you’d like to detail a project you’re stoked about doing.)