Friday, February 27, 2015

True Love

While working on the snow bunny's new clothes yesterday, I found some lovely cashmere felt to make her a coat. I think I'll make a skirt out of a lovely woven cotton. Bobby Bunny is really smitten with her.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow Bunny

Here is a sneak peek of my newest bunny. I knit bunnies from the toes up and end at the nose. I'm so happy that I sold Miss Bunny Rabbit in a blue dress last week. I'm trying to get my shop filled back up again with more bunnies for spring.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Winter Snow

We had snow last night...not as much as they got east of us but it still looks like winter around here. So dreary and grey when the sun is not out. But when the sun is out, the sky is so blue. Oz said today that he is ready for Spring! While we wait for springtime, I'm working on more mushrooms in my nice warm studio. I'm also making more flag buntings and knitting a new bunny. I think she will have a new springtime dress to wear. I am looking at some beautiful Robert Kaufman Chambray lightweight fabrics online here and here. I will also go downtown and check out our great local fabric store, Sarah's Fabrics. I have a sweet little white embroidered skirt and a grey cashmere sweater for a bunny that I've already sewn. I better get busy knitting more bunnies for all the clothes I have in mind. Hope you are all keeping warm and spirits up. Would you believe I still have my real evergreen Christmas tree up on the front porch decorated now with Valentine hearts? The birds like to roost there when the wind is fierce and it is the only colorful green thing outdoors.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

More WilleWorks mushrooms

Beaded grey needlefelted mushroom ornament by Marianne Wille

I am finishing up a few mushrooms that I started in December. I like the sparkly beads on this one.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Pincushions

I have one new pincushion in the shop just in time for Valentine's Day.
I took the other three pincushions to Essential Goods:
825 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, Kansas
(785) 856-0430

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bobby Bunny

Bobby Bunny, original design and handmade by Marianne C. Wille

This WilleWorks bunny rabbit doll is now in my shop.

Friday, January 23, 2015

New WilleWorks Tags

I have been trying to figure out how to tag my WilleWorks items that I sell locally at Essential Goods. I've been using regular business cards but they don't leave me much room to add more than a price tag. I think I finally have the answer! I'm having business cards from printed and I will be able to write in the details like hand-washable or dry clean only. This will be a much more attractive and simpler way to deal with sharing information with the customers. is having a 25% off sale now and if you use this link I will get referral points. Win, win! Sale at

Friday Update

I finished knitting this bunny yesterday while watching the live stream of The President of the United States giving a speech at The University of Kansas, my alma mater. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Bunny still needs his eyes woven in, nose embroidered on, and a new cap and vest sewn up. He'll be in my shop soon.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beloved ones

Sometimes when I'm feeling blue, I look at this photo of three women who doted on me.
Grandma Ruth Cameron, Aunt Sara Denton Perrings, and Auntie Magdalena Weis.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mothering myself musings

The sun doing her very best today...

I am so happy that I had a lovely and happy Christmas with my sweet husband and that Logan was able to come home and be with us too. I had so much fun decorating the tree that Oz cut down. I love that it is still on the front porch to greet everyone in the neighborhood. The girl scout who came to the front door this weekend selling cookies was so excited to see the ornaments and wool felt garlands on the evergreen tree that greeted her.

I've been trying to walk at least 45 minutes everyday. That ends up being 3 miles. Yesterday on my walk I asked myself some questions. "Is there anything I need from me? Do I have a warm enough winter coat?" Yes, I still have the orange Eddie Bauer coat that must be 20 years old now but kept me warm today on my 3 mile walk. I am working on mothering myself.

I bought myself something fun for Christmas with money from Joan! The beautiful Zady sweater is keeping me warm on these arctic-like winter days. I love that it is All American!

I have sooo much to be excited about in 2015 ~ the wedding, a new daughter, so much love in my family.  I love my family of men.

Please help me with this new year. I feel overwhelmed sometimes. I want your encouragement and kindness and understanding.

with affection, M