Friday Five: five quirky HaldeCraft mugs that make great gifts

Maybe you work with that person. Maybe you live with that person. You definitely know that person. That quirky, offbeat, fun person who is sometimes hard to buy for… but sometimes really easy to buy for, when you see that Perfect Thing. Here are five quirky and unique HaldeCraft mugs that are in stock (as I write this) and ready to ship out to you today. I can even ship it directly to your friend or loved one!


1. Day of the Dead mugs. Perfect for the folklore-loving, skull-adoring person who loves one-of-a-kind items. $22 in stock in four different unique designs – I won’t be making any more in these shapes!
2. Baby Head mugs. Perfect for that dark-humored, Walking Dead loving, always-dresses-up-for-Halloween friend. $23, and going fast – currently in stock, green and pink.
3. Could Be Whiskey mugs. Perfect for that co-worker (or spouse) who likes to keep everyone guessing. “Sure, you can talk to me after my cup of whiskey– er, coffee!” $25, and all in stock – both tea and coffee, both right- and left-handed!
4. Tri-footed Flower mugs. Perfect for the nature lover, gardener, flower-appreciator! These little mugs sit sturdily on three feet, and have a large handle. $25 and one each in stock in four different colors!
5. Frog-Inside Surprise mugs. Pour your guest some coffee or tea and sit back and wait for the screams (of laughter) when they get to the bottom and see this little green frog staring back at them! $25 and in stock in both right- and left-handed design in my new taller mugs in Spiced Cream!

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Works-In-Progress Wednesday (11/12/14)

This week….!

In ceramics… I need to paint and glaze so I can fire the kiln soon (I was hoping to get these skull mugs painted and glazed over the weekend but the detail work is taking longer than I expected). And I need to take stock of all my current unglazed bisque and see what would be a good fit for GLAM; I’m not going to have time to start making anything new from scratch, just because of time constraints… so it’s a good thing I have a lot of bisque I never got around to glazing earlier this Fall! I’ll have some really cool things for GLAM.

In soap… I was thinking I would pull from stock for GLAM, but after a few orders over the weekend (thanks, y’all!) I’m going to have to go ahead and order supplies to make more soap (you may remember that I mentioned being out of supplies and thinking I wouldn’t order until after we move — being the boss means being able to change my mind!). However, I am still keeping the 10-for-$50 custom soap listing marked as temporarily out of stock, because of time constraints. (“Time Constraints” should be the title of this blog post, hahahah!) I’ll reopen that listing after the holidays. And don’t worry — any soap that doesn’t sell at GLAM will be put up on the website!

In yarn… I got the last installment in this round of yarn club out the door on Monday. Whew! What a learning experience this round of club has been for me… which lead me to a small change about limiting the number of swag spots available going forward. The next round of club, Winter 2015, has spots open now — you can read about the theme here.

In other works-in-progress(es), I’m pretty much just working on my 12-in-14 project (I’m at the neverending stockinette portion of the hat) and working on buying a house… which is a lot more time-consuming than you’d think! Can’t we just say “we want it” and they say “sure” and it’s done? Yesterday we spent over two hours out there measuring rooms for furniture placement, and walking the property looking for gopher tortoise homes.


Nature sure is pretty when it’s been left alone.

In case I’ve not really said over here: the property was 18 acres, three of which was part of a former clay pit (the rest of the clay pit is the rest of the original 35 acres; the seller bought the property at auction and is splitting it). We asked for a significant dollar amount off and to not have those three acres of the clay pit — in other words, “keep your clay pit, even though I’m a potter, because we don’t want the EPA knocking on our door in ten years with problems if there are any.” The seller said sure, is getting a survey now and doing the property split. We still need to get the place inspected and since we’re kind of DIYers we can tell there are going to be a few house issues — mostly involving the electrical work, which seems very “hold my beer while I split this line!”. The seller will have to bring everything up to code before we can close (if it’s not up to code for us, it’s not going to be up to code for another buyer either — it’s nothing personal!). So barring any “this place should be condemned” issues (which I doubt, but you never know, there could be a sinkhole about to open… it is Florida, after all) or any loan application issues or any insurance issues (it is a mobile home)… it’ll be ours in a couple of months. Cross your fingers/toes/eyes/whatever!

So, that’s my week right now. How about y’all? What are you working on/through this week?

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Yarn Club: January – March 2015

This product listing is for the Winter 2015 yarn club, a club that runs from January – March 2015 and is for three skeins of yarn in the weight of your choosing. This listing will be active until December 31st, 2014.

Yarn Club is Coming

For the theme this round, I am falling head-first into a series of fantasy novels that, while begun almost twenty years ago, are becoming more and more popular due to a certain cable company having begun a wildly popular TV series. Last yarn club had one colorway inspired by this series of books; the colorway called Kissed by Fire. While I was dyeing that, and listening to the audio books at the same time, I thought up three times as many colorways inspired by the Land of Ice and Fire as I could use in one round of club. So, if you know that the night is dark and full of terrors, if you know that dark wings bring dark words, if you know that a certain family always pays their debts (or, even if you know nothing!), this is the yarn club for you.

Norse Mythology

Curious about past rounds, or what style of colorways I tend to gravitate towards when I’m dyeing yarn? If you’re on Ravelry, you can see the last two rounds of club colors here. Barring any mishaps, what I have in mind for this round is similar in style to what I’ve been doing so far this year with the tonal yarns like Kissed by Fire or Yggdrasil (one color this round may have a two-color variation, but nothing will be as multi-colored as last year’s Mad Tea Party). Two of the three yarns are of my standard base selection, and one is a luxury base (occasionally if I am intrigued by a luxury base I’ve never used, two of the three months might wind up being luxury – there will never be less than one luxury base yarn in club).

More Watership Down

***PLEASE NOTE*** There are four different options of club; this is a little different from the last two years of club. I’ve had to limit the number of swag options and that means a couple of changes. While I have an unlimited number of spots available for both sock and worsted weight yarn ($60), there are now a very limited number of spots available in both those weights with swag ($75). Each option gets you three skeins of yarn in the weight of your choice; one each sent in January, February, and March (club ships on approximately the 15th of the month, although I do try to get International packages in the mail a week before that, so that hopefully all yarn arrives at close to the same time). If you are opting for swag, and have sensitivities or allergies, please note those in the comment section when completing your purchase (IE, “I would like unscented if the swag is soap or hand lotion” or “I am allergic to peppermint”).

Fairy Tales

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Got plans Sunday, December 7th, 2014? Come to GLAM!

I’m so excited to announce I was accepted into GLAM again this year!


This will be my fourth time, and it just keeps getting better and better. Here’s a shot from my booth last year –

HaldeCraft (during)

… can you see the booth through all the people?!

I always have a great time, and you are the people who make it so great. There are about 50 other local venders, all artists and makers and creative sorts. I absolutely love this event. The energy is always high, the catering is great, the beer is cold, and between all the artists and the airplane hanger and airplanes, there is something for everyone to see.

So come on down and say howdy! It’s Sunday, December 7th 2014 from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Old Mustang Hanger (on Waldo Road near the airport).

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Things-in-Progress Thursday (11/06/14)

For someone so busy I sure do feel like I haven’t gotten much done this week!

In ceramics, I’ve been glazing as I can; some mugs for an upcoming show, and also continuing with the series of glazed tiles I’ve been working on for color charts.

In soap, I’ve been wondering if I should – even though I said I wasn’t going to – order more supplies and try to get more made before Christmas.

In yarn, I’ve been focusing on yarn club; International November yarn went out on Monday, and over the weekend I’ll get Domestic club packaged up to mail out on Monday. Also, the next round of club is open (and will be until the end of December). You can find that listing here.

In knitting, I’m working on a new pair of socks, and also a hat that’s my November 12-in-14 project.

But mostly what I’ve done this week… was to put an offer on a new house that has an amazing studio. It’s a 2200 sq. ft. workshop/garage; half of it is a two-bay garage and workshop area that will be perfect for That Poor Man, and half of it is enclosed, air conditioned, and perfect for the new HaldeCraft Headquarters. There’s also a small office inside the studio (perfect for keeping my computer ceramic-dust free) and a full bathroom.



Cross your fingers for us, y’all – this isn’t the first place we’ve looked at, and while it definitely has a couple issues (what? No porch on the house?) overall it’s perfect for us.

What about you? What are you working on this week?

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The Joy of Lavender Lemon

The Joy of Lavender Lemon

Yarn: HaldeCraft HandDyed Tiptree in Lavender Lemon (a limited edition colorway from a few years ago)
Pattern: Sox on the Beach by Adrienne Fong
Started: October 3, 2014
Completed: October 11, 2014
Notes: My October 12-in-14 project, done early!

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Corrugated Peacock


Yarn: HaldeCraft HandDyed Vonda (a discontinued yarn) in Peacock
Pattern: Kaiso by Judy Sumner
Started: September 1, 2014
Completed: September 30, 2014
Notes: These socks were doomed from the start. They started off as a different pattern and it totally kicked my behind; but because these were my September 12-in-14 project, I had to finish. HAD TO. So I used my transporter card for patterns, chose a different pattern on about September 25th, and knit these in two days. It was as I was putting them on to take the picture for our Ravelry group that I realized halfway into the left sock I’m missing a purl ridge. I wish I could say I cared.

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