my adventures in art, craft, bellydance, gardening, and more on the Kansas prairie…

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slow living: ICT

If you know me very well, you know I have about 27,000 blogs and, like, I don’t know, fifty billion facebook pages…(well, maybe that’s an exaggeration.)  But you get the idea.  I just like having projects, ya know?  And each must have its fitting and appropriate outlet, right?!

My latest project is slow living: ICT, a blog “celebrating the homegrown and handmade…embracing the simple pleasures of the Slow Movement in Wichita and South Central Kansas.”  Really, it’s a somewhat evolved combination of two other pages/projects, the Kansas Creative and Wichita is for Lovers.   While I do celebrate homegrown and handmade here at Prairiesque, slow living: ICT is a little less “personal” (i.e., all-about-me-and-what-I-do), but still personable!  It is there that I plan on doing more interviews with other locals who embrace the slow.

So please, if you’re interested in handmade, gardening, and just enjoying the simple things, visit the official blog, and “like” it on facebook,

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Cover Yer Mitts eBook now available!

Cover Yer Mitts: A Collection of Knitting Patterns for Things That Go on Your Hands is now available!

This collection of 7 knitting patterns includes armwarmers, mittens, fingerless gloves, and a bracelet trio (so technically, you’re getting 9 patterns.)

Buying these patterns separately would add up to $28.50, but purchase them together in this ebook, and you get them for more than half off!  What a steal!!!  ;)

Only 16 bucks at the Sugar Pickle etsy shop, and it includes: Rome Wristwarmers, Bittersweet Greens Fingerless Gloves, Classic Chevron Mitts, Mabel Mittens, Tribal Cuff Trio: (Sub)Urban Gypsy, Twining Vines Mittens, and Rosetta Armwarmers.  (And of course, all of these patterns can still be purchased individually.)

To purchase your digital copy of Cover Yer Mitts, click here.

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I hope your Good Friday is a great one so far!


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Sprung on Spring

What’s up?!  A whole lot!

This is happening…



..and so is this…


…and so is this!!!




The upcoming months are really shaping up to be some busy ones.  (Why is this always a surprise to me?)  Between working on orders, dancing, and gardening, there are also a ton of events I must attend!  Not to mention all the ideas swirling around in my head…we’ll just wait to see if any of those materialize.

But speaking of bellydance–I have finally posted the playlist for my beginners class that I’ve been meaning to share!  If you’ve been looking for it, you can find it under the Bellydance section of the blog or click here.  (You’ll also find our choreography notes there, too.)

I’m extremely excited about the upcoming Red Barn Outdoor Market!  This is always a fantastic event featuring locally handmade and vintage goods, food, and great live music.  It was a great show the first year and just keeps getting better and better!

(This picture makes it look a little sparse…believe me, they will be jam packed with amazing vendors!)

I’m also super excited about learning from THIS amazing woman!  Princess Farhana herself will be coming to Wichita, courtesy of Amira Dance Productions, on May 31 and June 1.  There will be two workshops Saturday (which I’m sad to say I must miss), a hafla on Saturday night, and a zill workshop Sunday morning, which I plan on attending.  Holy moly, I cannot wait…EEEEE!


I also got a chance to finally check out The Workroom last Saturday at their one year anniversary party.  It was a truly wonderful gathering of local makers, and I’m very eagerly awaiting what’s next for this fantastic business.  I plan on doing some more thorough coverage of this event ASAP, but for now, I’ll let you go.  Get out and do something awesome!!


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Bracelet GIVEAWAY!

I think it’s about time we have another giveaway, don’t you!?

We’re doing it on facebook again, so if you haven’t already “liked” my Prairiesque page, what are you waiting for?!

After you do that, check out this photo, “like” it, and that’s it–you’re entered!  The contest will end on Friday, April 4th and a winner will be randomly drawn.

Good luck!





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Grow Time

Has it really been a month since I was last here!?  (I say that like I’m surprised…)

At least this time, I can owe my negligence to something other than pure laziness.  (There was only a little bit of laziness to blame…)  I have actually been involved with something new that I thought I would give a shot.  Turns out it wasn’t a great fit for me, but you never know until you try!

One thing I know I can always rely on, though, is the darling garden…how I’ve missed the dirt.   We finally got the ground tilled up a while back thanks to our favorite  farmer, and on St. Patrick’s Day, we planted potatoes and onions.


I am so happy to finally see everything starting to grow…here’s to many, many, many, many more gratuitous close-up shots of budding things!!


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Faux’ssuit Zill Pouch Knitting Pattern

As promised earlier this week on the facebook page, here is my latest FREE pattern!   And it is really a jewel of a pattern, if I do say so.





This is a zill (finger cymbal) pouch for bellydancers,  but anyone who loves lovely little things would appreciate it, I think!  It was inspired by Egyptian Assuit, a cotton or linen fabric which is woven with small bits of very thinly pounded silver to create rich metallic patterns.  The pouch is made of stockinette stitch knit in the round with eyelets at the top for a drawstring.  The crescent moon and geometric patterns are made with the use of metallic seed beads.  Add tassels, beads, or other embellishments to the drawstring for a little extra spice!

I’ll have it available on Ravelry soon, but for now, you can download the PDF here: Faux’ssuit Knitting Pattern



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Etsy 101 Workshop in Wichita

Happy (early!) Valentine’s Day to you!


This lovely little ring is my Valentine’s gift to myself, and I have the very talented Tayla of WildFire Accessories to thank for making it!  It is the sweetest little thing ever.  I love all of her creations, so it was hard to choose just one…

And speaking of Tayla, she and (the also very talented) Jeannie of Beadstylin‘ will be joining me on February 27 for a small Etsy 101 Workshop!  I’m so excited about this event!  There have been a lot of local people asking about how to start an Etsy shop, so I thought it was high time we discussed it.  The workshop will be on a Thursday evening in Wichita, KS, and last about an hour or so.  It is absolutely free.  You can learn the location and more details here: 

If you have friends close by who would be interested in attending, please invite them as well!  I’m very much looking forward to getting more involved with the local craft community again and hope you are, too!




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