craft room happenings.

Spending a rainy day inthe craft room / studio / office / catch-all room and it feels super good. Matter of fact, I’m still in my jammies and loving every minute of it. These kind of days are the ones that keep this introvert going…the perfect balance for this busy season. And it wasn’t even supposed to happen! The Crafted Market got rescheduled due to the hurricane, so I have an impromptu weekend at home. I can’t think of a recent weekend where I didn’t have something I had to do, so I’m definitely taking advantage of the ‘free time.’


It’s my busiest market season because of the upcoming holidays so I’m using this time to catch up on some branding details, sewing gusseted corners, updating Etsy, emailing, and always cleaning out as I go. I still don’t feel like I’m making a dent in my to-do list, but I must be doing something because my highlighter has been busy marking off things in my planner. I’m working on building up inventory so I’m not caught up in my procrastination ways (even though that will happen anyway…) as unexpected things pop up or I just get too busy in the day-to-day happenings. Some new embellished notebooks are coming to the shop very soon, so I’m about to start getting those taken care of so I can list them and get some out to brick-and-mortars that carry my goodies. They probably cross a few lines but whatevs…I felt a need to shake things up a little.

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Speaking of new additions…there will be a couple of new stamps coming out for the season that will work great with the stationery packs that will be available at markets. I’ve got a fun ‘Thank you’ stamp and a new & improved ‘Kindly Deliver To’ stamp that I’m really diggin.’ And then I went ahead and got a few, small ‘Fuck It’ stamps just for fun. I might add a couple more but that’s what I have coming down the pipe as of now. I don’t think I’m going to do any new 2016 Holiday stamps, but a holiday surprise having to do with my beloved paper-crafting that will be available in-person at markets and local stores if inventory will allow. It’s something I’ve been wanting to have available for some time now and I’m actually organized enough to finally make it happen! I’m sure I’ll be posting some sneaks in the next couple of weeks.


Have a great weekend!

beginner’s weaving workshop / june 26th.

IMG_1732I am so excited to offer a Beginner’s Weaving Workshop at Mountain Run Farm on June 26th at 2pm! This is a 3-hr beginner’s weaving workshop where you will learn how to make your very own woven wall hanging. If weaving is something that you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t know where to start, this class will be a perfect first step. We will go over the basics together and various beginner techniques will be demonstrated on a larger loom to provide an opportunity for everyone to see, while gathered around a large table in our farm store nestled in the shadows of the Blue Ridge. This is a great opportunity to learn the fine fiber art of weaving, while snacking and sipping on some treats amongst fellow budding weavers.

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We will start with how to gather supplies, choose yarns, and set up your loom. You will learn how to warp your loom, various weaving techniques with demonstrations, and finishing. The class will be broken up into stages with demonstrations on a large loom for all techniques, along with plenty of time to work on your own weaving, enjoy snacks + bevs, and socialize!

What you will get (besides an afternoon of fun):

– repurposed handmade wooden lap loom (made by a local carpenter)
– tapestry needle + scissors + hanging rod
– warping thread
– multi-colored yarns
– snacks + bevs
– project tote bag
– step-by-step instructions to get started on your very own weaving and complete at home


Plus, 10% of all proceeds will go straight to The Surfrider Foundation’s Campaign: ‘Protect our Atlantic’ to help stop negative governmental impact on our local ocean.

Workshops are $75 with a very limited class size, so don’t hesitate to sign up here today!


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making newly-revamped foldover clutches for upcoming markets and a Rifle Paper Co.-inspired weaving

cooking coconut-oil fried eggs for a late brunch with myself

drinking coffee with a tiny tad of cream

reading My Guantanamo Diary, The Alchemist, A Rope and a Prayer…and many more….

wanting my house to be miraculously cleaned out and totally organized by tomorrow morning & my 2015 taxes gathered and filled out

playing past & current episodes of Outlander, Scandal, Girls & Shameless

wasting time playing on my iPad and phone…so bad

sewing fabric + leather foldover clutches and pouches

wishing for a lot of things to be worked out

enjoying time spent at home this weekend with the windows open and making things on the agenda

waiting for…what AM I waiting for?!

liking the new season of Girls so far – Hannah Horvath is ridiculous. And the Sanrio lover in me wants to visit Shosh’s apartment stat.

loving getting caught up on my projects…and my new haircut

hoping for answers and directions to present themselves to me

marveling at how quickly shit can pile up

needing some everyday shoes that are cute, comfortable, casual

smelling wafts from my coffee mug

wearing lounging pants and a flannel…could not be more comfortable if I tried

following @clementinedaily, @historyphotographed, @smithsonianzoo, @cestlebrie

noticing daffodils popping up everywhere

knowing that I. can. do. it.

thinking about spending the day with one of my favorite people who took the day off to hang with me in Charlottesville tomorrow

bookmarking Whole30/paleo recipes, PSE tutorials, clean plants for the home

opening my new Crafters Box arrival!!!

giggling about the coffee shop photog session from last week’s Girls episode…so hilar

feeling kinda rested, comfortable, and happy to the be in this space again!


/ -ing list from @wearecraftcount /

now available: return address stamps.

Return address stamps have been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and why not choose the biggest mailing time of the year to release them? Who doesn’t want to streamline the process with something so cute & personalized on their outgoing mail? Plus, they would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. I can already think of a few folks who may be jazzing up their mail soon! 😉

You can choose from 4 designs below and each can be personalized in any way you would like to fit your style. Each stamp is 1×2 inches – a great size for any size envelope.

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Cost is $25 with shipping/local drop-off included and each comes with a muslin pouch for clean & easy storage. Turnaround time is about 7-10 business days.

Email me at petalineprints [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested in your very own personalized return address stamp!

(As they start coming in, I will be posting pictures of the actual stamps on Instagram…follow along here)

off the loom, vol.1

One of my favorite things about weavings lately is the before picture of my color palette. I thought it would be fun to do a volume series of the before & afters and tell any sort of thoughts or stories about the weaves. If you follow me on Instagram (@petaline), then you’ve already seen these, but I’m usually brief in my comment so now you’ll get to find out a little more about them! So, welcome to Off the Loom, Volume 1.


Now this was a fun one…if you couldn’t tell. It’s actually pretty crazy close up, but so full of 70s vintage life. And that wasn’t my intention, it just sort of happened with the colors. That roving at the top right of the palette is my absolute FAVE…so pretty and fun to work with. I have to make a conscious effort to not grab it when I go searching for yarns. Top left was picked up at the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire from my friends at New River Fiber Co. and would be divine to knit with and such a bold, beautiful color. And then the bottom two yarns on the left were gifted to me by family members, so they were pretty special to work with. I always love people connections with the yarns I choose for certain pieces. This was one of those that started out and certain way and took a total turn into something far off from where I thought it was going. And that is what makes it so special to me. I took it off the loom and had to run it through my sewing machine to keep it all together!! I’m telling you, it has a mind of its own!!


And this was an intense one…but I’ve taken it off the market I love it so much. It’s the full size of my smaller lap loom, which is pretty much the perfect size. I like to play around with sizes, so I haven’t made another one this exact size, but it’s in the near future. I had just come back from the beach when I started this (hence the color story), and since I was documenting my Week In the Life during the main time I was working on it, I clocked in over 17 hours of weave time. Really put the craft into perspective…although this one did have quite a few embellishments added into it with the little fur balls on each side & top middle. And I was keeping it symmetrical which takes careful time, and I think I took out a couple rows of something that just wasn’t vibing right. I bought a sample pack of the yarns on the left, and knew I wanted to incorporate every color – which I didn’t achieve…the hunter green never found a spot. But that’s okay. Loving that strip of neon. This one makes me so happy, so for now…she’s a keeper.


And this was a quick one. I knew I wanted to use earthy, fall-inspired colors that could work well in a more masculine-friendly space and I knew I wanted to throw in these wooden balls. I’d say it was a success! I love these colors together and the balls add a little woodsy flair to it that’s always fun. These might pop up again in the future. 😉 Here’s that favorite roving again – such a joy to work with and adds so much texture to the piece. But the main story to this one is the forged hanger. My 10-year-old nephew has been messing around/being mentored at our farm forge, and I asked him about making some hangers for my weavings. Within a week I had a handful of them and knew this completed weave was a perfect match to show off my nephew’s work. Wouldn’t you agree?

guess i took a summer break?


I came my website to check in and think about some updates I’d like to make and see that I haven’t posted anything new since June?! What in the world?! I do so apologize for the radio silence. I guess summer took hold and didn’t let go…which I am okay with actually. I do think of summer as a time to go outside and do things…have fun and be spontaneous. A lot of things got put on hold for a couple of months, and since I am on a perpetual teacher’s calendar – fall is as good a time as ever to hunker down and get refocused on projects, work, and priorities. So, here I am.

But first, here’s a little recap on what kept me away from this space:

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The creek/pizza in the cob oven. This was built on the farm last fall by some friends and family during the 4th Annual Mountain Run Jam, and was ready for some ‘zas by summer. And boy, they are quite good! Since I am gluten-free, I have to use a special crust that is never as good as I want it, but I’ve snagged a bite or two of “real” crust and man. I need to perfect that GF crust so I’m not jealous everytime. 😉


The lake. I spent a week at Smith Mountain Lake over July 4th to celebrate my niece’s birthday and then the traditional Independence Day fireworks show. It was so nice to be up there for this long – it’s the most time I’ve spent there since I was a kid and was able to remember certain things we used to do and places we used to go as kids which was so fun and good-feeling to think and talk about.


Petaline Trunk Show. New River Fiber Co. invited me up to Blacksburg for a Trunk Show in their knit & fabric shop. Holy moses, what a great space!! I set up my goods on an amazing wood table and hung around all day touching the most delicious yarn fibers. Really. That’s what I did. I enjoyed this type of setup and would definitely be into doing something like this again…as long as I can take this table with me….

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Hanging on the farm. I am so grateful that this is where I call home.


Family Beach Week. Every year, we pack up and head to Nags Head to put another tick mark on the tradition pole. It’s a total stress to get there (literally and physically), but once we do we surely make the most of it. Most days are spent with us lined up on the beach talking, reading, drinking, people-watching, eating, laughing…I’m even adding smoking cigars to the list this year thanks to my brother David’s recent trip to Paris. A couple other members floated in and out during the week, but I made it my mission to get a group shot this year. Even if it totally blurry and flawed…just like us. But we have fun anyway.

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Girls Trip to DC. My friend and I packed up for a weekend with my cousin in DC later in the summer. It had been a couple of years since I’ve been up here and forgot how fun it is to get off the farm and hit up a city. We had a great time trying out restaurants, walking around Georgetown, dipping in and out of places to grab snacks and/or drinks, and shopping. Everything I ate was quite delish and we had great weather for being outside when we wanted. I’d definitely like to go back soon…any recommendations for places to eat/drink/shop? I’d love to hear them in the comments!!


Back to the lake. We went back to celebrate Labor Day, but it was just for the long weekend. Fun, of course, but I’m definitely voting for more extended stays next summer. I never tire of the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake. If you’re in the area or looking for a vacation destination for next year, I would greatly recommend a visit.

…And then our farmschool started and here it is October. Time…such an annoying friend and a stranger at the same time.

I’d love to hear about some fun summer activities you took part in – let’s keep summer fresh for as long as we can!! Not sure if I’m quite ready for the cold…are you?

summer reading.


I have reconnected to a place deep within my soul where there lives a spectacle-donned bookworm. And I have to say that it is quite cozy in there. In my constant quest for simplicity throughout my body, mind, and soul, I made a pact with myself that I was not going to be purchasing any more books unless they are resource books that I want to keep on my shelves for reference. I am an avid buyer of books with the intention to read, read, read, but when they come home and hit the shelf, they seem to get lost in the shuffle. And it doesn’t matter if I haven’t finished the current book either. On any given day, I usually have 3-4 books going…which is quite the opposite of how I used to roll.

I don’t know if I was one of those kids that was read to at nap and bedtime – I was the last kid to come into a family of 3 boys + a cousin my parents raised. So, I’m not sure how much time there was for being read to…I’ll have to ask my ma. I just always remember reading. I read the whole Babysitters Club collection, pretty much every book Judy Blume wrote, moving into the Flowers in the Attic series + all other VC Andrews, and of course the loathed school and summer reading books. I went to a private school, so our list was quite long and full of the classics that, at the time, were super “boring.” But, I suffered through them about a week before school started and got right back into my pre-teen smut novels.

Jump ahead to mid-30s and I am happily getting back in touch with the part of my personality that seems to have been pushed back to make room for college, various jobs, and crazy life in general. I am diving head first into a summer reading program through my local library and bringing my niece and nephew along with me. Reading is one of those areas that my nephew struggled with, but he is totally stoked to be a part of the program and enthusiastic to get through the books so that he can put them on his list for prizes. As his teacher, I couldn’t be more on his team. I’m bringing them up to the library every Friday to the weekly programs, and they get to return their books, pick out new ones for the week, and get prizes! Win-win-win-win for them!

Damn, it feels good to be back here.

// I will be checking back in at the end of every month with progress and, I’m sure what will be, sarcastic reports on the books. I’d love to hear what you’re reading – please leave some recommendations in the comments! //

around my town: wipledale farm greenhouse

One of my first summer jobs was working at Wipledale Farm Greenhouse just up the road. Back then, it was about half the size that it has grown to be, and I had no idea what I was doing in regards to the plants. It was a summer job that I got through word of mouth and being in such a small town, that doesn’t take much. It is one of those jobs that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was so long ago that I often forget that I worked there.



I remember being excited to go to work on the days that I was scheduled – I used to play store ALL the time when I was a kid, so this part was like a dream come true. The cash register alone was reason to get up in the morning. 🙂 I would go in, tidy up the check-out area (which used to e right inside the first and main greenhouse), get cardboard trays stocked, water all of the plants which was so fun with those commercial sprayers, and check in with the owner by phone to see what else needed to be done. Some days we would do some planting and replanting in the upper greenhouse and other days it was just me in the main greenhouse waiting for customers.


I read a lot that summer because, like any job, there were some days when there might have been one or two customers and all of the todos were checked off. I wish I could remember what all I read – I recall some sort of series I couldn’t seem to put down. What I should have done was go around and read labels so I could’ve learned something…. But then, of course, there were those days that were so slammed and I ended up totally frazzled and almost in tears with the owner on one end the phone, the customer waiting patiently in front of me and then me in the middle not knowing what the heck was going on. It seems that frazzles and tears are a personality trait of mine I just haven’t been able to shake….


I look forward to going up there every spring to get some plants, and then a few times during the summer for flowers or veggies or herbs that I killed off with accidental dehydration (whoops). I enjoy walking around and seeing how the place changed since last season, much less looking at all of the insanely beautiful flowers that are everywhere. My favorites are the Fuschias and these little tiny peach flowers that are so dainty and sweet that I seek out every year. I enjoy chatting with the owner and her silly father if he’s around and catch up with what all of the families are up to. and most importantly, I enjoy supporting such a well-established, family-owned business in our community.

Do you have a go-to spot that you look forward to visiting every Spring for flowers or plants?

currently: may


feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed all at the same time.

filling in my most amazing planner to try and keep me on point with custom orders, projects, markets, and travel plans to keep those overwhelming feelings at bay. It’s helping a little, but this planner…omg….

remembering the fun and totally relaxing time spent at the Outer Banks with one of my oldest and dearest friends and her family.

wishing I was still back there

tearing through SO MANY BOOKS! I started Emma: A Modern Retelling while on vacation, after starting and completing The Rosie Project and Everything I Never Told You. Thinking about doing a mini book report post since I’m so crazy about books again.

planning our first Spring Market (see sidebar for flyer) on the farm on June 6th. We’ve added a few more vendors since the Holiday Market and excited about taking it outside to enjoy the warm weather. Let’s hope for no rain!

obsessed with the HBO series Getting On. It is so well-done, well-played, and overall brilliant. I don’t know what it is about it that makes it so worthy of pure infatuation…could be because the first episode was about protecting a turd for a study and then old ladies with their potty mouths…but it is definitely one for a nice binge. So good.

cleaning out so.much.stuff. and want to clean out more.

making space for ‘new’ to come into my life to freshen things up a bit. I’ve written about the before, but sometimes I feel like I am suffocating in my own space. I try to follow rules from books or articles that I have read to make it more streamlined, but I think what works for me is a constant box by the front door for drop-ins. For now, that’s what is working on a daily basis when it’s not my main focus.

buying herbs for our herb spiral we are making outside of the classroom. I need to get some before and after pictures to show – my little students and I are so excited about it and anxious to get it completed.

pre-ordering the new album from my buddy Langhorne Slim & The Law due out in August. New music from favorite artists is always welcome around here.

decorating my “new” bedroom upstairs with a new rug, a new window shelf for plants (and a fan), and selectively chosen items for the walls. I’m trying to decide if I want to do a large gallery on one wall or prints/hangings dispersed throughout the room. I’m leaning more towards a gallery…thoughts?

market time: olde liberty fibre faire

A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to a local fibre market here in Bedford County called the Olde Liberty Fibre Faire. I remember going to this market once or twice when it was held at the Sedalia Center across the road, but I hadn’t been to it in a few years. I actually didn’t realize it was the same event until I started talking to folks. Whoops! I couldn’t wait to go and touch and everything.

This market was one of the main reasons for the ‘maker’ stamps – I applied for the event with my ‘writer’ stamps and weaves – but they wrote back requested some stamps having to do with knitting and fiber arts as a whole. I mean, what a great idea! I loved the idea of being sort of a ‘supply stop’ at the event, not to much having to do with materials, but supplies for promoting handmade. Plus, it was a chance for me to go outside of my letter-filled comfort zone and try out other design ideas. It was a challenge I was certainly up for!





Another fun thing I did for this event was recruit my Mom to help me prep a bunch of foldover clutches, but I switched things up and promoted them as ‘Project Bags,’ which were quite popular! Folks loved the fabrics and the idea of just packing up a knitting or crocheting project and hitting the road. And then when you get to your destination, unload your project and go out for a date night. 😉


All in all, this was a fun day out in the community, the weather was beautiful and I enjoyed seeing folks out searching for those “gotta have it” materials for their next projects. Meeting business owners in the fiber world was also pretty exciting. There was one conversation in particular about teaming up with their knit shop for a trunk show, so I’ll be sure and share the details when we can figure it all out. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved in the Fibre Faire this year, and look forward to watching it grow.

If you get a chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend it – I hope it continues for years to come.