Crafts & Projects

chantelle hat

~ chantelle hat ~ I’ve been having so much fun writing, testing recipes and working on illustrations for my tea book. Other than that, I’ve been knitting and crocheting like crazy! And now that there’s (finally!) snow in this Mississippi river valley town, the urge to snuggle in under a quilt by the fire and…

valentine traditions & time capsule

My hubby is a romantic, no doubt about it. I love this idea he came up with as part of my Valentine’s gift back in 2001. We had been married for 6 years at that point, and were spending our second Valentine’s day in our Victorian cottage here in Red Wing Minnesota. I love the…

rose ylang ylang massage oil

~ rose ylang ylang massage oil ~ “All thoughts, all passions, all delights, whatever stirs this mortal frame, are all but ministers of love, and feed his sacred flame.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge Did you know that I wrote a “home spa” book? Yup. I did. It’s called Chin Deep in Bubbles and on pages 35…

heart strings

~ heart strings ~ It’s that time of year again my friends! A week of Valentine treats here at ChinDeep! I’ve been feathering our nest with my favorite valentine things… Hearts, flowers, vintage linens and lace, romantic books, movies and music, vintage valentines, candles, vintage candy boxes, red…white…and, of course, pink! I’ve also been busy…

a new adventure

McSorley Monarch by Melissa Placzek “Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist. Following your heart achieves a completed you.” ~ Ray Davis Well, it’s the end of our “summer in January” here in Minnesota. We had a really good run though! To be able to walk uptown to get a coffee without  bundling up…

one skein scarf

I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents and they turned out so pretty.  I used all sorts of different yarns including wool, worseted weight and homespun. If you can double crochet and do the “fan” stitch, you’re in business. It takes me about two hours to crochet one of these pretties. I used…

penelope’s rosemary-mint sugar & salt scrub

~ penelope’s  rosemary-mint sugar & salt scrub ~ I just love making homemade pampering products for family and friends. They add a personal touch to any gift basket, and you can let your imagination run wild while dreaming up new scents in your little kitchen “apothecary.” Today I decided to get the ingredients together to…

a little tea-herb garden

 Welcome Home ~ Simple Tips for Turning Your House into a Luxurious Retreat by ~ Melissa Placzek page 17 I don’t know about you, but I love having fresh herbs for my cooking. One of my favorite ways to use fresh herbs is in tea sandwiches… herbes de Provence mixed with cream cheese makes a…

scalloped edge hot pads

These little hot pads crochet up quickly and make a nice addition to a gift basket or a hostess gift. I sort of made up the pattern, so it’s not exact, but I can give you the basics. I made a base chain of 23-25 stitches and single crocheted the entire body of the hot…

creativity nights

Last night I was invited to my friend Clare’s quilting and design studio for an evening of catching up and creativity. We’ve decided to try to get together once a week to sip tea or wine, chat and make things. Since it’s so cold this time of year, a wooly quilt seemed like a good…