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Friday, March 11, 2011

Win a Friday Giveaway!

As many of you know I just moved to a new town.  Moving isn't new to me....but it still isn't easy.  Finding the best grocery store, good restaurants, concert venues and exploring generally is a blast.  But finding doctors, a dentist and a mechanic, let alone friends is a little harder...and not as much fun.

This is the first time I've moved as a potter....working from home.  Again, no human contact there....and my old friends will find it hard to believe....I am shy in the beginning!

Weekends with Greg are great, but during the week things can get pretty lonely.  My savior?  The internet.  Email, Ravelry, blogs ....  I've followed the Juniper Moon Blog for about a year.  Ironically, this farm relocated from Martha's Vineyard to my new area of Virginia shortly before we moved here.  Following Susie's blog and "meeting" The Aunties through the comments and the group on Ravelry has gotten me through quite a few blue days.  What a great place!  Who knew I would actually get to walk around The Farm, follow the sheep and goats through the pastures, love up the puppies and meet Susie in person!

So as a THANK YOU to Juniper Moon I'm offering a piece of my pottery in their Friday Giveaway!


I am a potter, but I also LOVE fiber of all kinds.  I spin, knit and weave. I dye and felt.  (I always say, whenever I try something new I am a bit relieved when I don't like it!)  This yarn bowl is a way for me to combine fiber and clay.  And I am offering it to you! 

To WIN, just leave me a comment below; tell me something that you always have wanted to try....then go to Juniper Moon and leave a comment there! They will be picking the winner for me! :)

Good Luck everyone!


136 comments:

TerryMoran said...

I would love to learn how to spin my own yarn! I think it would be the most wonderful thing to look at a knitted garment and know I made it completely.

Elizabeth said...

I have always wanted to be a farmer -- or a rancher. Perhaps I'll make that dream happen some day!

hilary said...

I want to try to renovate a house. Especially if it's an old farmhouse or a barn. But first I have to buy one!

gileadgoats said...

I've always wanted to try my hand at making pottery, funny enough...but I don't know if I'll ever have the time for it. Right now, between fiber farming, processing, spinning, dyeing, knittin, and weaving I'm pretty busy :)

So, I'll let you make all the wonderful pots and cheer you on from my little corner of VT :)

Lisa said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the cello. I think the music that comes from that instrument is so rich and meaningful. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!

Nancy said...

I would like to learn to cross country ski.

Susan C. said...

I have always wanted to learn how to weave on a loom. I'm still hopeful I'll get to try it someday!

Robin said...

I want to learn how to weave...but I'm afraid--I have SO many hobbies now. How could I ever fit another one in?! But I can sure try!!!

Amy said...

For me...I have always wanted to learn to do two things...play the piano and work a cash register. I know I will accomplish these things some day. avennett AT verizon DOT net

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I would like to learn how to knit on a loom.

Raphaële said...

there are many things I would love to learn... Horseback riding was my childhood dream, and now, at the age of 40, I'd love to learn..how to knit.

burnt rain said...

I have always wanted to learn to play the cello or the violin. I bought a violin a couple of years ago but progress is slow... Congrats on the successful move though. I am glad you're finding friends :)

Artista said...

I want to learn Gaelic.

Lisa said...

Hummm - so many things - Well my secret fantasy (OK now not so secret anymore!) is to be a lounge singer on a piano in a dress covered in sequins....... MUCH more realistic, would be to learn to play the piano! Second choice... re-build a vintage beetle.

Gaelee said...

What a gorgeous piece of pottery! I would like to learn to speak a foreign language fluently. Of course, I'd have to decide which one first.

pladd said...

I would love to learn how to blow glass! I have come close to taking a class several times, but school/work always came first.

harriet said...

Lovely pot! I'd like to learn to spin. Something else to take up my time, along with my knitting.

Julie said...

I want to learn wood working and carpentry.

beckycraigw12 said...

I want to learn to weave - but I look the other way whenever I am in the same room as a loom - I will not add another fibery craft to my life, repeat, repeat, repeat!

woolverine said...

I want to learn to walk on my hands. I'm terribly uncoordinated, and as a kid couldn't walk on a balance beam or do a cartwheel. In my late twenties I took up yoga, and I feel like my mind-body connection has improved significantly. But the type of coordination required to do yoga is a little different. I feel like learning to walk on my hands would help heal a piece of me that always feels like an awkward, gawky kid.

Quality Chick said...

Weaving! I have always wanted to learn but just know in my heart that I don't have the bandwidth right now - but its on my bucket list!

e7a833b4-4c04-11e0-afe8-000f20980440 said...

I too have wanted to learn to play the cello.

I also really want to learn to speak Italian.

bella said...

I want to learn to play my bass guitar well enough to keep up with my husband's guitar playing... would have to put down the knitting, tho :)

bellatulips

margmor said...

I want to learn to KNIT! I read all these awesome knitting blogs, and don't know how to do it!!

Twinsanity/Spinsanity said...

I've always wanted to work with glass--lampwork beads, leaded glass, something like that.

clemscritters said...

Love the yarn bowl; I've been wanting to learn to weave... I have a loom, but am intimidated by it. When my wheel was new, it intimidated me for several years before I conquered it!

Dragan said...

I have always wanted to learn to juggle. It sounds silly, but I'm the only person in my family who can't! I was briefly homeschooled and my dad challenged my brother and I to learn using the Klutz book and if we did we could pick out any set of juggling bean bags we wanted. That was 18 years ago and I still can't really keep a set of 3 going!

Stephanie said...

I want to learn to play the dulcimer. I even found a company that sells inexpensive cardboard frame dulcimers that sound pretty good...but it would take away from my spinning and knitting :(

Bgstoner said...

I have two top things I have always wanted to learn:
1- To learn to play the piano
2- To learn to speak Italian

paula said...

Like a few others, I also want to learn how to weave! Classes keep tempting me, so I'll hopefully cave one of these days!

Lori said...

I want to learn how to have a sustainable fiber farm. And play the fiddle. And blow glass. And weave. And dye fiber. Yikes. I better get busy. knittingfool

Mujercita said...

I really want to learn how to blow glass. My dad accidentally stumbled on a glass blowing studio that offers classes when he was driving up to visit one time, and promised to buy my aunt and me glass blowing classes as presents, but we can't seem to get the teacher to call us back!

Blendab1 said...

I have always wanted to paint but in order to paint you need some drawing ability and I was never blessed in that department. I have just started learning to spin and that was something that was on my bucket list for a bit!
I love the bowl Anna and look forward to when you start to sell :)

Sarah said...

I want to learn how to spin! I've been eyeing the world of fiber and spindles and wheels for the last few years, but I'm a bit nervous to dip my toe in lest I get sucked under!

Lilm4105 said...

I would love to learn how to play the guitar. Music gets me through each day and I would love to take a stab at actually creating it. Plus, I've had an acoustic guitar that was given to me when I was 4 (!) and I have yet to do anything with it!

Sara said...

My comment seems to be gone. Nuts as it sounds, I've always wanted to experience a hurricane. I already love tornado's, but I'd have to travel to a hurricane zone.

feralcompass said...

I would love to learn how to speak Italian fluently (I speak a little badly) and learn to knit with the same ease and skill my Italian Grandmother had.

Laura said...

I've always wanted to try to build a structure. Not necessarily a house, but maybe a sturdy barn. Something real that will last for years.

Laura

Glamboozle said...

I've always wanted to learn how to eat fire....no, really! It would be such a random conversation starter!

Erin said...

I'd like to learn to be a master gardener. I have a garden and plant things in my flower beds, but I don't really know what I am doing. How and when should I prune things, etc.

Linda said...

I would love to learn to team rope.

Gidget Stitches said...

I have always wanted to be fluent in another language. Alas, I don't practice enough and then get bored, so I can only speak a handful of phrases in random languages.

honeysuckleblue said...

I've always wanted to run a business from home. Going to see if I can someday! Thanks for the beautiful works!

threelittlepurls said...

I'd like to learn to pilot an airplane. This is no small feat, because I'm afraid of heights!

Michaela said...

What a beautiful yarn bowl! I have actually wanted to learn how to create pottery on a wheel for several years now, and I hope that one day I will have the time to try it.

609186ea-4c0f-11e0-9078-000bcdca4d7a said...

From Lorien: I've always wanted to take dance lessons with my husband. We are so uncoordinated when we dance together!

MissRancher said...

Two things I have always wanted to do are the obstacle course at boot camp (minus all the other boot camp stuff) and spend a week at a dude ranch. I absolutely love riding horses and participating in a cattle roundup is my idea of heaven. Followed by a cold beer.

Catherine said...

I have always wanted to learn how to dance. Imagine being graceful: light of foot and heart. Bliss!

Genevieve said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the electric bass. I even own one.

Tammy said...

I have always wanted to learn to spin yarn and learn to loom it into a blanket!
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naiadkitty said...

Such a lovely bowl! I have always wanted to be a world traveller. Perhaps I'll be brave enough to do it someday :$

maltese parakeet said...

thanks for the giveaway! i've actually always wanted to learn how to throw pots on a pottery wheel.

farmer said...

Thank you for the chance at your giveaway :)
I have always wanted to learn to speak German.This may be the year to start.

jeniffercox said...

I would like to learn to play tennis, play the piano, and get a PhD in English.

Marsha said...

I've always wanted to learn lampworking and glass blowing, but I think I may alrady have too many hobbies. :-)
Doesn't keep me from wanting to learn though.
I too am a potter but, nowhere near as talented as you. Your work is beautiful indeed.

jlr said...

I want to learn to ski and to play the piano (not simultaneously, of course!).

icicle said...

Funnily enough, I've always wanted to try my hand at wheel thrown pottery. I've taken hand building clay classes before and I'm deep into every fiber craft under the sun (knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, sewing etc) but there's something so lovely about the smooth wheel motions that really appeals.
That's a lovely yarn bowl.

Cynthia said...

I have always wanted to learn to fly a small airplane. Haven't done that as of yet but who knows. I love your knitting bowl. Very sweet.

Kate/Massachusetts said...

I've always wanted to learn to weave. I spin and knit so weaving is just the next step. One of these days I will sign up for a class at my lys. It would be lots of fun! Your knitting bowl is beautiful!

Leigh said...

I've always wanted to run a marthon--and maybe I will someday. :) Somehow, my 6 year old convinced me to learn how to back flip off a spring board into the pool. I don't know if I'll ever beat that.

Sligo said...

I've always wanted to try playing the cello.

messine said...

I've always wished I could learn to play the violin. I love classical music and especially find violin music uplifting, poignant or energizing, depending on the piece. I dream of picking up the instrument when I'm stressed and just playing to take myself out of whatever is driving me up the wall.

LDening said...

I've always wanted to learn to skydive!

Joelle said...

I've always wanted to try to keep bees...but they're so delicate! And important! And what if I do something wrong...they'll sting me and then they'll DIE and I'll feel very guilty.

So we're waiting until I have time to take some classes and all.

Colleen said...

I always wanted to be able to draw, and really thought than anything other than modifying others drawing's (for making quilt patterns and such like) was my limit....but I've recently started drawing lessons at a GOOD studio, and I am actually drawing people (pastel), that are 1) human and 2) 3-D! I'm so delighted! Now I'm trying to learn to do quick, simple sketches that look like what I'm looking at...so far, I get it 1 out of about 50 tries.....but I'm getting much better at all the various exercises we do in class, so I have nothing to complain about. I'm learning that drawing is mostly about learning to see....not unlike learning to knit and read one's knitting, just more complicated.

Katom Burke said...

I want to learn to spin and to play the piano

Ashley W said...

I've always wanted to go back to a school and learn to build bridges!

Mary said...

I want to learn to tap dance and blow glass!

mornnen said...

There are so many things I would love to learn how to do. But at the top of my craft "want to learn" list is entrelac...I'd love to learn how to do that. And that yarn bowl of yours is adorable!

tennismom said...

Even though they would take away from my fiber time:
1)Rock climbing (and being able to keep up with darling Daughter)
2)Learn to play the banjo!
There's still time... And learning new things is good for the aging brain, yes?

Kathy said...

I've always wanted to be the person directing aircraft into and out of the gate. It always seems like such a fun way to wish a flight bon voyage on the way out, and send a warm welcome home on the way in! And I really do like the smell of jet fuel (despite the health risks).

mamaross said...

I can very much sympathize with the isolation of working from home! One thing I have always wanted to do was learn to speak another language fluently enough to go and live in another country for an extended period of time--kind of a chance to reinvent myself a little. With four kids, a husband, and a mortgage, this isn't likely to happen any time soon, but a girl can dream.

Traci said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the fiddle. But with my carpel tunnel issues, I don't see it happening.

Donna said...

I have always wanted to have my own homestead. I have some things now like a garden.
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Lona said...

I used to want to play in the symphony, and sing in the community choir, and learn to knit decently, and spin wool. What happened to my want-to?

What a lovely yarn bowl that is. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

greekmiss said...

Really, I've always wanted to try running a sheep farm. I know that sounds crazy and the lifestyle would be far from what I'm doing now, but I do believe that it would be a wonderful experience.

loveelamb said...

What a lovely bowl--thanks for the giveaway! I've always wanted to spend a night alone out under the stars by a campfire with my trusty (hypothetical) horse, like the cowboys in old movies. Maybe some day!

wenhkc said...

I've always wanted to live in a foreign country and experience a different culture.

justthreadtwiddling said...

I want to learn to spin and weave, but I really wish I would win the lottery so I could buy a place big enough to hold all the equipment!

knitser said...

I always wanted to time travel--and then go back to the periods in history that I love to read about so much and meet some of the people !

Taleah said...

I always wanted to learn how to spin. I had a great aunt who showed me when I was young, but I didn't appreciate it. Now, I'd do almost anything to get a wheel and learn!

quiltnmaryf said...

Your yarn bowl is beautiful! I've wanted to be able to sing on stage...unfortunately I can't sing worth beans. It is a dream!

molly | mommycoddle.com said...

I saw this bowl on Susie's flick stream today and was dying to find out where it was from. It is beautiful!! I am a former potter who had to put it all aside because raising four girls is keeping me just a *wee bit* busy. :)

But something that I'd really love to learn is how to spin wool.

Thanks for offering some of your beautiful pottery for this giveaway.

chuck said...

I really, desperately want to see the northern lights. I will, someday, promise to myself. nancywalters44@hotmail.com

Julie Witt said...

I have always wanted to learn how to weave, not just scarves, but wall hangings, tartan, big things like that. jwitt33@live.com

toni said...

I have always wanted to learn to dance but I am so clumsy!

mermaidtoes said...

I just love this bowl.... I would. Love. To learn to sail....

spinningkat said...

I have always wanted to play celtic music on the violin...last year I learned to shear sheep...and tonight I finished shearing my 16th sheep!

Carol said...

I, like so many others, SOOOO want to learn to spin and dye fibers...with so many gorgeous yarns already out there-- JMF on the top of my list...why??? Just because...a challenge, a new craft. I agree that I always hope I won't like learning something new since it is the only way I am safe from adding it to my stash...

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I've always wanted to skydive, but as I've gotten older, my fear of heights has increased....

njreaders said...

I always wanted to dye my own yarn to see the colors take shape.

Sheezwhiz said...

I'd love to learn how to spin on a wheel.

Tammy said...

I've always wanted to be in a Broadway musical!! I can't sing well enough and can't dance much at all, but I can fantasize about it!
Tamara

knitmomma said...

I have also been a collector of hobbys, so you sound mighty familiar to me!

Id love to try weaving, but I really want to have fiber animals - pygora goats, cormo, merino or similar sheep, angora rabbits.

cjmsav said...

I have never heard of a knitting bowl before, but yours is adorable!
So many choices...but I would choose to learn how to throw pottery on a wheel.

Dina said...

I have always had a secret desire to drive race cars, fly a plane, go sky-diving...sensing a theme here? Anyone who knows me would find that surprising, I think!

Thank you for the great give-away!

Mason Jar Beading said...

I have always wished I had finished college when I had the chance and not leave to get married...and have a family(which I love dearly). I would now love to go back ...

mly said...

I would love to try scuba diving. But it would help if I could lose some weight first so that putting on a bathing suit might be less traumatic.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to try my hand at glassblowing!

Thank you for the giveaway :)

3b56b97e-4cad-11e0-a5a3-000bcdcb471e said...

I would welcome the opportunity to learn to throw pottery and/or to spin wool. Love your knitting bowl, what a great idea!!!

Judy in the Northern Neck said...

I want to learn to Tat. I have tried it and failed, but don't want to give up.

Jennifer said...

I've always wanted to try bee keeping. Not something I can try at the moment, but someday when our family has the room and I'd like to give it a go. :-)

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I've always wanted to go someplace where I have no hope of understanding the language to try to understand and be understood. I've only ever been to Quebec outside of the US, and though I don't speak French, they speak English, and it's close enough to Spanish to be able to order food. I'm planning a trip to Spain, but I can speak some Spanish. I'm thinking someplace like Nepal or the Congo, someplace where I don't know word one.

I used to teach adults, and many of them were refuges, mostly from Southeast Asia though an increasing number at that time from the then USSR. The Asian students came to Syracuse after a 2 month stay in the Philippines where they "learned" English. It was really difficult for them, as one might imagine. My short week in Quebec around that time was an introduction to that... For the first two days it was just all noise, and then I could hear separate sounds, even words, and started to understand some of them. But French is like Spanish and English, sort of. Not at all like a tonal Asian language versus English.

Anna Marie said...

I would like to learn to spin, but I don't want to take time away from knitting! This bowl is just beautiful. Thanks for the chance of winning!

MaryAnne said...

When my kids leave for college, I would love to learn to play the cello - all those hours of sitting at music lessons gave me the bug!

Louise said...

I have wanted to learn to raise alpacas. Have a mini farm of them.

Claudia said...

I have always wanted a small floor type loom and weave away to my heart's delight! Making things by hand give me such pleasure.
My blog: http://cherchiccreations.blogspot.com

elephant7 said...

Always wanted to learn to spin wool into yarn; just haven't had the time yet...

Elizabeth said...

Look at ALL fo these comments!!!! Whoo Hooo!! Love your yarn bowl!!!
We MUST make plans to get together- LT is NOT the same without you!!!!
I miss you so!!! The friend thing and readjusting to new place etc is so hard- IT WILL HAPPEN!!! Big Hugs!!

Susan said...

There are so many things I would love to try..like snowboarding..which would be a disaster since Klutz is my middle name. I would also like to sometime just maybe weave a couple of rows on a big loom. I don't want one, I just want to do it once.Throw pottery on a wheel once, just to see if Patrick Swazye would reappear. I would love to be able to build simple furniture, like Scandinavian design pieces. I would love to learn to spin on a wheel. Actually if wishes were horses, I would love to rehab houses..starting with mine!

Melissa said...

I have always wanted to learn how to blow glass. Unfortunately, this sounds like a hobby with a great amount of inherent danger. Alas, I may be stuck purchasing the gorgeous things others have made.

clooless said...

What a wonderful bowl for any sheep collector...add me to that list.

I've always wanted to spend some time in a small cottage with a woodstove right on the ocean on the coast of Maine in February. I want to climb on the rocks, watch the ocean in a storm, read, knit, nap, eat lobster, and recharge on the edge of nature.

My friends think I'm crazy but it's on my "bucket list".

Leah said...

I have always wanted to have my own farm. I am working on making that dream come true!

The yarn bowl is lovely. Thank you for the giveaway!

wordlily.com said...

I've wanted to learn to speak Mandarin for ages now. (And I'm working at it, slowly.)

K2TOG said...

The yarn bowl is amazing. Love the sheep. I also have always wanted to be a potter.

Christelle said...

I want to learn to play the fiddle! And to build a small barn...And then to do both of those things at the same time ;)

Melissa said...

I have, for years, wanted to learn to knit socks. With the help of my local craft guild, and the "Aunties" on the JMF Ravelry board, I have succeeded!! I have finished one sock and am working on the second. Should be a pair by the end of the month!

Kathy said...

Funny question... I've always wanted to try being... a potter! I have dabbled here and there, but never have had any instruction or the opportunity to practice consistently. Maybe someday... :)

Rosemary and Neil said...

I have always wanted to learn to play the piano....I started lessons last week!

S. said...

I've always wanted to weave--I've taken lessons but I haven't made the space in my life (or my house!) to really commit and get good at it. I sort of have it on that "one day when the kid's grown" list of things to get to.

megan said...

I would like to hike the AT. The whole thing!

fergusonar said...

Hmm. I have always wanted to sew a patchwork quilt--log cabin or Roman stripes. Also, I want desperately to hike in the Himalayas. The foothills would be high enough!

Kristen said...

I would really like to learn to play the guitar!

Humbirdblue said...

I have ALWAYS (ever since childhood) wanted to Own, Work,Live on a small self sustaining farm. :)
maybe I will still get there one day. :-)

Ashley said...

I have always wanted to try to make a quilt and I think I'm finally going to try it this year!

funderbug said...

Would love to learn how to draw!

Lauria @ Brackenbury Lane said...

I would love to learn how to spin, but I can't imagine making room for it in my little house and budget!!

I'm glad that I l earned of your blog; I didn't know you had one, or it would be on my blog reader already! <3

info said...

Since I was little, I always told my Mother that I wanted to have a big property where all the unwanted animals could come and live with me. Have the property, have 7 rescues....working on the rest! Still lots of learning ahead.

ali said...

There are a MILLION things i've always wanted to try. Everything sounds excited to me. Here are the top 3: run a marathon, write a whole book, learn to play the violin. :)

c said...

oh my, so many things! most of all, i've always wanted to buy a farm and raise a big, lovely family in a cozy homestead. i'm still young, so there's plenty of time for that!

c said...

I have always wanted to learn to make rustic furniture!

Jack said...

So many things on my to-learn list! But funny enough, pottery has always been one of them. Haven't tackled it yet ....

Benne said...

Oh,if I only had more lifetimes to learn all the things! I would like to learn to spin, paint and play the guitar. I would love to sing but, alas, I have terrible pipes!

lorraine said...

I would like to go to China

Chris said...

I would like to bring my wife to drink a beer with you and your hippie husband in your new place!

Mieke van Sambeeck said...

I would like to build a house totally out of recycled material. I would take some time, getting it all together.