MontanaGirl banglesStacking Bangles - Infinite Possibilities!
It's 90 degrees out, Rocky Ford melons are finally at the Farmer's Market, Target's isles are stocked with school supplies, and my head is full of winter scarves and Christmas ornaments.

I work all year building inventory and planning displays.  Some shows you have to commit to as early as January in order to get in.  Some wait until the last minute to tell you that you're accepted.

It can get a little nerve wracking, but that's the game!

You can always find my show schedule here or on my Facebook page.  If you have any suggestions for items or venues I'd love to here from you!

 
 
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Spiral Ruffle Scarf
May 1st and it's snowing in Denver.  I feel like I never left Montana.  I'm beginning to think that spring may never come.

Since apparently it isn't too late for winter items, I'm offering 25% off my
entire store.  Just use the coupon code "MAYDAY' when you check out.
Offer good through Sunday, May 5th
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Crochet Fiber Stacking Bangles
I just dropped off my samples at Willow for the Ladies Only Sample Tour.  This annual event in the Downtown Littleton Shopping District is great fun.  The "Swag" alone is reason enough for participating and I did my best--colorful crocheted stacking bangles that pair perfectly with the rest of my fiber bracelets.  Let me know if you get one!

 
 
MontanaGirl Jumbo Scrubbies
Giant Sized Scrubbies - you know you want one!
I recently took a deep breath and tried something new--consignment at Willow - an Artisan's Market, one of my favorite stores in Littleton.  I'm quite pleased with the variety of my products they have decided to stock. 

Items range from a complete selection of my fiber bangles, through several styles of scarves, into my line of housewares.  Now you can get your hands on my super functional Jumbo Scrubbies without having to wait for a craft show!

Stop in and take a peek!

 
 
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Crochet Short Rows Scarf
Over the holidays I had a custom order for a warm scarf- something beautiful but not too frilly. I used it as an excuse to try out a gorgeous yarn - Universal  Shades in "Campfire".

In the mood for something new, I decided to try some "short rows".  Based on a
free pattern by a very talented crochet designer, Vashti Braha, this technique is used more often in knitting than crochet.
 
I am delighted with how it worked with the yarn's color changes.  I'm thinking of making a few more to put in my etsy shop.

Any suggestions on colors?

 
 
MontanaGirl etsy shop storage
Mid-Century Solution to a Modern Problem
I saw it out of the corner of my eye...honey blonde, mid-century styling...the size looked right.  Could this be what  I was looking for?  Would this be the upgrade I needed for my etsy inventory storage?

Once the dresser was in its new home the dominos began to fall. As often happens to us, what started with a great deal at Goodwill ended with multiple trips to Ikea, leaving us exhausted and starving. 

We finally took the plunge and converted the guest bedroom into a full-fledged home office.  I'm no longer wedged into a corner behind a closet door.  I have a desk and a layout table to hold the architectural plans I use for my "day job" at Wave Engineering.  It will work great as a shipping station as well.   I'm thrilled!

I've already started filling the dresser up with new goodies which I'll share with you here. 

 
 
MontanaGirl Cookie Collection 2012
To everyone who supported me this year Thank you!  It is greatly appreciated.  I tend to show my gratitude with food.  This year it took the form of a mini cookbook with a collection of my family's favorite cookies.  For those of you who get my newsletter, it came right to your inbox in time for some holiday baking.  For the rest of you, I'm attaching it here.    If you sign up for my newsletter (on the top right of this page) you can also be the first to get special treats and random discounts.

2012 blew by too fast.  I can hardly wait to see what 2013 brings!

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Handmade Colorado Exhibit at DIA
Handmade Colorado Exhibit at DIA
The Handmade Colorado exhibit at DIA that I'm participating in has greatly expanded their website and have added a blog.  On a weekly basis each participant is supposed to share what they are currently working on.  It's an interesting peek into the studios and creative processes of crafts people from around the state.  MontanaGirl made it's debut today with a post about my charity crafting efforts.  Hop on over to the exhibit's website and leave a comment so I can look cool in front of the other crafters.

 
 
MontanaGirl scrap buster hats
I can make children’s hats
 
I can make silly, colorful, look-at-me hats.

This pattern for scrap-buster hats fit  the bill.  I dipped into my ever  growing yarn stash and was off. 

One hat, two hats… I don’t want to  stop.
 
Do you think I’ll start to feel better when I get to  twenty?


 
I’m sending them to Craftsy Cares for distribution to the homeless.  Maybe you'll join me. 

 
 
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100% cotton cloths
Who says practical can't be beautiful?

This time of year the socializing kicks up a notch.  If you find yourself in need of a hostess gift or two, my hand-crocheted cloths work great and last forever.  They come in sets of three beautiful, color-coordinated shades.  Click on the photo to take you to my current selection.


 

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    Carmen kwolkoski

    Yarn obsessed Montana native currently living in Colorado.  A lapsed architect, I have a love of color and a knack for intuitive creativity - whether crocheting, cooking or coming up with excuses to not clean the house.