Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Meg Allan Cole’s new DIY Job

Nest: Dream DIY Job Announcement.

Meg Allan Cole of Meg Allan Cole Crafts just announced she’s joining a new HGTV YouTube channel in the new year. I’m very excited for her and the other ladies who will share the task of posting DYI videos to this new channel!

To learn more, hop on over to Meg’s blog and watch her announcement video. She’s also posted a link to HGTV Homemade’s promotional video.


Appomattox, Va.

The next morning, we went to the Town of Appomattox to eat breakfast and use the WiFi at the local McDonald’s. After catching up on work and other email, we headed to the Historic Downtown of Appomattox to walk around. The historic area features galleries, gift shops and hardware stores.

First stop was an old courthouse that is now a theater. There were also war memorials, cannons and a couple of other buildings in the same lot. A building to the right and behind the old courthouse housed the county historical museum. There weren’t any signs explaining what it used to be and the museum wasn’t open. It looks like it is undergoing renovations and there was a construction permit in the window.

Appomattox courthouse

Appomattox courthouse.

A few blocks up, we stopped at a multiple-home yard sale. From one woman, I bought a 50 cent Tupperware sandwich container and a cute change purse she had made out of a metal tape measurer and quilting fabric. The fabric is pink and gray with cupcakes on the front of it. It’ll make a cute Christmas gift.

I went in to check out Hanny’s Sew’n Basket, which is a tiny quilting and notion shop. It is at the corner of Atwood and Church. It featured a lot of Christmas fabrics and gifts the owners had made, including Kleenex package covers and placemats.

Hanny's

On our way back to the car, we checked out Appomattox Arts and Crafts, which features 36 artisans from across the state. There were all kinds of handmade gifts, from soaps and crocheted blankets to sewn purses and toys. One adorable item was a Burglar Bear. He had on a black eye mask and shirt. One toboggan looked like a wig of red hair with braided pigtails.

Appomattox Arts and Crafts

Next was Baines Books and Coffee. It is the best locally-owned book store I’ve seen in a while. Up front was a sitting area with checkers, Sorry and other board games. Upstairs were more books and an area used for performances with a podium and several tables. Here, we bought three books: children’s book Frederick by Leo Lionni, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, a follow up to Three Cups of Tea. The guy behind the counter said the book store will celebrate its 10th year.

Baines Books

Baines Books and Coffee

Baines Books and Coffee

A sitting area in the front section of Baines Books and Coffee.

Appomattox is a quaint town and a nice stop along 460.


angry chicken: new items in the shop!

angry chicken: new items in the shop!.

Amy Karol over at Angry Chicken has two new organic oils in her shop — treatment oil for eyes and cuticle oil. I’ve been following Amy’s blog for a number of years now and love her posts about sewing, homemade bath and beauty products, baking and homeschooling her kids. I love learning about all the things she creates and discovers in her Oregon-area home.

Interested in following her blog or buying her products? Click on the link above to check ’em out!


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Rose Window Beret

I finished a project!

Rose Beret

This is the Rose Window Beret by Anne Kuo Lukito. It was featured in the Spring 2010 Interweave Knits issue.

Interweave Knits Spring 2010

I bought the yarn, a nice wool, at Gate City Yarns (Greensboro, N.C.) two Decembers ago and just now got around to using it. I began the project sometime in June and finished it during our drive to D.C. for vacation in August.

I had to restart the project a couple of times because I was teaching myself how to read a lace pattern. With some help from several sites, I was able to get turned around. Here’s a few places to start: Knit Picks (I used this reference a lot), the For Dummies site (the publisher of the For Dummies books) and Knitty.

The hat doesn’t look exactly like it should because I haven’t blocked it yet. I really should do that so the pretty lace pattern shows up.

I love this pattern! I might make another to give away.


Greenberry House has moved

Leslie of Greenberry House posted yesterday that the yarn shop has opened in its new location. By her post, it looks like she’s got most of her stock out. She carries lots of locally made yarn and other products. She’ll soon have her books set out, too, according to her post.

Leslie is a great person to talk to about all things spinning, crocheting or knitting. And, once you’re an avid fiber user, you have to check out her luxurious yarns made from angora, mohair, silk and wool, and others. If you’ve never worked with natural fibers, I’d recommend it. I am currently making a scarf from alpaca and it’s like a mini spa for my fingers. Instant stress relief. 🙂

Greenberry House is located in Meadows of Dan, a quaint little town off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. While you’re there, make sure to check out Nancy’s Candy Co. and other shops in there area.