Sunday, January 19, 2014

First Hats for Sale to Help Pets for Vets

Here are pictures of the first hats ready to help rescue a pet for a Veteran. You can purchase one  at my studio on Arfire. Now Thats Unique. Click on the section called Loom Knitting for Veterans.

Hope you take a look and help to rescue a dog for a Vet.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Enjoying Green in a Cold, Brown Winter

  In the middle of a very cold, brown winter, I always have cheery green in my house.
  Tillandsia/Air Plants always are green. Inside your house never needs to look like the dreary outside. Of course if you live in sunny California or Florida, I am green with envy!

  These pictures are of a beautiful Air Plant that has just finished blooming. These pictures are of it in bloom. What is nicer than a plant in bloom in the middle of winter? I have mounted this streptophylla x brachycaulos on a light piece of cork bark.

Meanwhile I am knitting away on my looms. I so want to help Veterans get a companion dog from Pets for Vets. So far I have made 3 hats and 1 scarf. Soon they will be on my Artfire studio. When you buy one, the proceeds will be donated to this wonderful cause. All monies except for the fees Paypal charges and the postage will go to Pets for Vets

Have a happy day,
Barb (formerly creation-in-clay)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Loom Knitting for Pets for Vets - Want to Help?

   The first knitted hats are just about finished and I am now working on a beautiful scarf. I am so excited about helping Pets for Vets. The more I read on their site, Pets for Vets, the more I want to help this very deserving cause. 

Pets for Vets is helping.

Our goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training can also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors.

It’s win-win.

Needy shelter dogs receive a second chance at life while giving our returning soldiers a second chance at health and happiness. The bonds of friendship formed between man and animal have the power to ease the suffering of our troops when they return from overseas.

If you knit or crochet and want to help, please let me know. Email me at  There is no way that by myself can I raise lots of money to help our Veterans. 

Have a Happy Day,



Monday, January 6, 2014

What I am doing with a Gift from a Stranger

A nice thing happened to me a few days ago. And what I am doing with the Gift from a Stranger.  This has been on the news, but, never thought it would happen to me.

While grocery shopping a lady came up to me and handed me a twenty dollar bill. When I asked why, she said no catch, just greet people with a smile.

That $20 sat on my desk for several days. I thought of giving it to someone else, but how to pick someone? Then Michaels ran a big sale on yarn. This is the way to give back! I used that $20 to buy yarn and now am launching my loom knitting for my favorite charity.

Pets for Vets is it! Pets for Vets provides companion dogs for Veterans.  These are not service dogs, but are pets that have been rescued. Thedog rescues the Vet and the Vet rescues the dog.  A great win, win!

I have two rescued dogs - Andy and Hannibal. I lost my husband almost two years ago and while my children have been wonderful, these two dogs are with me 24 hours a day. Not only do I take care of them, but they take care of me.

As I get a hat or scarf  finished it will go on my Artfire studio - Now Thats Unique. Look for Shop Section - Loom Knitting. As long as I can I will furnish 100% of the costs with the exception of the shipping. Monies will go into my Paypal account and will be paid out to Pets for Vets through my Paypal account.

Now it is time to go knit!

Stay Warm,

Sunday, January 5, 2014

What To Make in a Cold January

I hope you will ignore the fact that it has been so long since I have posted. No sense in boring you with excuses. 

It is a very cold January. It is not a safe time to ship Tillandsia/Air Plants. Plants, to me, are just one step below my dogs. Plants are live, breathing things - they just don't have brains. I cannot take the chance of a plant freezing to death, because of my shipping in this weather. 

And after such a busy Christmas season of making clay items, I have decided to not make one thing clay in January!

What better thing to do when it is so cold is to loom knit scarves and hats! Now I cannot possibly wear all I make so I am toying with offering them for a donation to charities. My problem is I am torn between several very worthwhile charities. 

Being an animal lover, I have been following a family that take in neglected and unwanted horses. It has grown beyond their expectations and is very expensive.

With a Grandson and his wife both being in the army - Dogs for Vets is also very dear to my heart. 

Your input would be appreciated. Have your own favorite charity? Please share with us and the reason you love this charity. 

More tomorrow

Have a great day,