Welcome to A Tranquil Nook Blog

We welcome you to follow along on our crafty adventures. Frank is a farmer by day, jewelry and hand braided cord-maker by night. Jane simply fiddles with fabric and fiber any time she can. We share things about what we make, how we make it, where you can get it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chef Day at Farmers Market

Photo story of Chef Demo Sept 14, 2010

Reed Olson, Chef; Wild Hare Bistro, Bemidji, MN. Demo performed at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market.
*click on show info to get word description of what and how to accompany each slide. Enjoy!

So neat to be there, Reed does so much more than "give a recipe". He really inspires one to rethink ways to cook, how to cook and how to use a variety of fresh vegetables in healthy ways that taste delicious. He noted that the dish he prepared today could be done with only 4 vegetables or different vegetables. It is so worth the time and effort to make it to one of his demos, to be able to ask questions, to watch how he handles the produce, and how he cuts and cooks and puts it all together.

Thanks Reed for a grand afternoon in the crisp fall air.

Friday, September 10, 2010

DIY - Sewing a Felt Sunflower Brooch

Imagine a Blazing trumpet Fanfare, please, and thank you!

Introducing a first from me -
a Pre-cut Sunflower Brooch for others to sew. Maybe, even YOU!

In talking with people who came into our "A Tranquil Nook" stall the days we set up at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market, I realized that there are a number of people who enjoy handwork and would like to do it; but with so many things happening in their lives, by the time they get a project ready to sew up, there is no time left to sew it. A big portion of my time in creating items is - choosing fabric, buying it, processing it ( I wash wool for accessories 2 to 5 times to get the texture and thickness I desire), then finding or making the pattern, cutting it all out, figuring out how to put it together. There is still more after that - getting together the thread, needles, findings.

To help others cut down on some of that preparation time have spent the last few weeks thinking, planning, preparing a DIY (do it yourself) Sunflower Brooch pattern and a kit. Plus, the real biggie, making a set of videos showing how I actually sew it up.

The pattern and the kits are ready to go, and will be available at our "A Tranquil Nook" stall at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market on Sep 11, 2010.

Here are the videos, yes, it took me several stops and starts. Have not figured out how to add them all together yet. Though perhaps it is better to leave it in parts so you don't have to watch the whole dang thing to find just one bit of information. (If you have thoughts or preferences regarding that, am open to comment and suggestion.) So without further ado -

Part 1 - Getting Started

Part 2. a. Sewing it together .

Part 2. b. Sewing it together .

Part 3. Attaching the pinback
-- well some glitch here - could not get this one to upload -- it is also on flickr

Part 4. Wear and Enjoy.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

About Us

We live, raise beef cattle, keep hens, garden and make handcrafted goods, on our farm: Tranquility Pastures, near the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota.

A Tranquil Nook is what we call our small home based handicraft and antique business. Our different skills combine and collide to produce a variety of handmade goods: Hats, Accessories, Stone and Fiber Jewelry. We also refresh, restore and recycle select vintage goods.

Prior to life “on the farm,” Frank was career Air Force, Jane worked as a nurse following Frank around base to base. Currently, we live a pretty basic life-style, growing most of our own food.

Frank spends much time with his farm equipment, managing crops, cattle; watching deer, making maple syrup, and baking. Frank also creates jewelry from polished semiprecious gemstones such as tiger eye, jasper, agate, et cetera. Some is stranded on flexible wire with a variety of metal findings. He also makes pendant necklaces on cotton cord which hand braids/weaves.

Jane helps out some with the animals and garden but spends most of her time sewing and felt making. Jane creates a variety of wearables - hats, totes, accessories; mostly from natural fiber/fabrics and from recycled clothing. She also creates some home decor type items- such as napkin rings and soap in a wool coat.

We like to share the joy of making it yourself. And have developed some kits and craft supplies. Kits we have done to date include: Kumihimo braiding kits and How to make Soap in a Coat Kits. Supplies we prepare include handmade wool felt beads, and cut felt shapes

A Tranquil Nook is not a brick and mortar store.

If you wish to get up close and personal with our goods visit:

Bad Cat Creations
315 Irvine Ave NW in Downtown Bemidji, MN 56601 USA
Hours: Monday - Saturday:10am to 6pm (year round)
Sunday: 11am to 4pm (only open Sundays during the summer months between Memorial Day & Labor Day weekend)
Bad Cat web site
Bad Cat facebook fan page
Bad Cat Creations is a unique boutique specializing in handmade local art and fine crafts, and an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories. Frank and I are so pleased to be two of Christina’s local artist/craftors.

GRANDMA'S ATTIC - Antiques and Collectibles Mall
502 3rd Street, Bemidji, MN, 56601 USA
Hours: Mon. through Sat 10a.m. to 5p.m..
There among a bounty of Antiques, Collectibles and Gifts, you will find fabulous vintage from us: hats, accessories, clothing, vinyl records, sewing equipment and supplies. If it is too good to repurpose we refresh it and offer it in “The Hat Box,” Booth #21.

From May thru October you can find us live at:

Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmers Market
Union Square Parking Lot, 2nd St. and Beltrami Ave., Bemidji, MN, USA
General Hours: Tues. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thurs. 12n to 7 p.m.
BNCFM web site
BNCFM facebook fan page

For 2010 A Tranquil Nook will set up on the following dates.

Sat. Sep. 11 8:30 am to 3 pm

Thurs. Sep 16 12 n to7 pm

Sat. Oct 23 8:30 am to 3 pm

In the 2011 season we plan to set up at market the 1st and 3rd Sat; one Tues. and one Thus each month.

Web Presence-


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News and Information:

A Tranquil Nook Facebook Fan Page

Glorious Hats Blog - Jane's personal blog

Glorious Hats Flickr - Jane's photo albums

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