Cathy of California has just listed some of her magnificent vintage flower loom kits in her etsy shop! I snapped this one up (on the right) at Felt Club and it’s a prize possession, to say the least.
She has several styles up for grabs, including one with four different looms — don’t miss them! And once you get yours be sure to join her flickr group of finished vintage flower projects…
Today is my birthday so I’m taking the day off — yay! I’m getting a massage (my first one since 2005, I’m so excited), going out to lunch with Andrew, picking up my much-anticipated birthday present from my mom (a bobbin winder from Cool Cottons — more on that later), going to vintage stores to look for furniture, and going to a movie. Hopefully there will be a cupcake in there somewhere too.
And Andrew surprised me with birthday flowers! I just love them.
The upcoming year looks pretty good too…
See you next week!
I just posted about a few things that caught my eye this week over at the Adorn blog:
-And Khadija has organized a Sew Giving baby blanket drive: she’s gathering and hand-delivering handmade baby blankets to expectant mothers in West Africa next month. Here’s Diane‘s contribution-in-progress!
Just check out the Adorn post for more on these and a couple of other cool crafty things.
Eames Demetrios (of the Eames Office) says, “These stamps were designed by the remarkable Derry Noyes, who designs many of the stamps for the US Post Office. There is a wonderful familial connection there, as Derry is the daughter of Eli Noyes, who was an extremely close friend of Charles and Ray’s and the director of design at IBM.”
Eames, who is the author of An Eames Primer, also runs the DAS FilmFest and I watched his charming animated movie, “A Gathering of Elephants,” today for the first time. I won’t spoil it with too much description but it made me miss Los Angeles so much! It’s just the coolest thing — a herd of molded plywood elephants?! — and beautifully done.
Living in our midcentury house has made me more excited than ever about modern design, and seeing these gorgeous things has been a real treat today. Thanks so much to Charles and Ray Eames’ grandson, Eames Demetrios, for sharing this information with me, and for permission to use this image!
If you’re in Portland and looking for a place to work on your Warm and Fuzzy SF scarf (or whatever cool thing you’re in the middle of making) Twisted is having their weekly open craft night tonight at the shop, the first one of the new year! I wish I could make it — unfortunately, tonight is all about boring post-move errands for me — but they host them every Tuesday from 6-8, so be sure to check their blog and mark your calendars. And they have movie nights every Friday, too. Such a cool idea.
Twisted is such a sweet store. Emily and Shannon are both so friendly and they offer gorgeous yarn and a very nice selection of craft books, plus vintage craft magazines (a major weakness of mine) — and their classes are amazing.
And if you are looking for fun things to do in town in general, don’t forget to stop by DIY Alert to check out all the great events that Sister Diane has rounded up. There’s a great Church of Craft event on tap for next weekend. And you can check out the library’s excellent mail art exhibit when you’re there too — it’s on display in the main lobby.
A few more Portland-related things, in the spirit of Christina‘s San Francisco finds: I saw this stenciled on a wall on Division St. and really liked it.
And this was in a store window on upper Hawthorne. I have a huge thing for Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens imagery so this was right up my alley.
Andrew and I unpacked a lot more stuff this weekend (including 40 or 50 boxes of books-!) and I had fun making some little arrangements of collectibles here and there. It’s been three years since we lived somewhere with enough space to have my favorite things out instead of mostly boxed up and I was pretty excited to unpack them and arrange them in little mixes! All the details are in the flickr descrips, just click on them to see what’s what if you’re interested.
In the kitchen:
In the dining room:
In the pink princess bathroom:
And on my dresser:
I have a ton of stuff to do today but after I cross enough work things off my list, I plan to attack the craft room again. I had a little light bulb moment, and I’m going to try to pretty up the blah cardboard boxes that fit into an Expedit so nicely. Let’s see if it works!
Thanks so much for the nice comments and emails about my new craft room! I’m so excited to have more work space, but almost more so to get the big stuff I don’t use everyday stashed in the basement, and out of my way — so I’m not navigating around bolts of fabric or bins of lip balm supplies to get to my sewing machine (which was an everyday menace in our old place). Since the room is so big, it’s actually going to be dual-purpose and the shelves and work tables will be for crafting, while the area closer to the door will be dedicated to other stuff (more on this later when I get things set up and can show photos).
I’m slowly but surely plugging away at reorganizing and putting things away, and after a couple of years of looking on eBay and scouring Portland craigslist I spotted a vintage card catalog section this week. I’m so excited! I have always wanted one and the ones I found online were usually pick-up only or $100 shipping from the East Coast or Midwest. And this one was just twenty minutes away!
I am going to relabel it soon once I figure out exactly what will be in each drawer (Tricia’s card catalog-turned-craft-wonderland has always been super inspiring) but in the meantime I really liked this random little alphabetical trainwreck:
I recently got a note from Ellen, who is working on a very cool project:
I’m a high school student in San Francisco organizing a scarf drive in the city. You know, folks knit scarves, donate them, we get them to folks in need. (In this case, they’re being donated to the Bay Area Rescue Mission.) It’s my first try doing it — all the info is at myspace.com/warmandfuzzySF.
I have to admit that knitting is about my sixth craft and though I love it, I’m not especially good at it — but I will be starting my (garter stitch!) scarf for the drive during the Blazers game tonight. Here’s the first scarf I ever made, seven years ago, which was a Christmas present for my brother David:
If you’d like to make and donate a scarf to Warm and Fuzzy SF too, the drive is going on through Valentine’s Day — just drop your scarf off at — or mail it to — one of these lovely establishments:
3897 18th St (at Sanchez)
2073 Greenwich St (at Webster)
1945 Divisadero St (between Pine and California)
1556 Haight St (between Clayton and Ashbury)
5636 Geary Blvd (at 21st Ave)
601 Irving St (at 7th Ave)
I love Elliott Smith — I can never pick a favorite song of his, or even a favorite album, and honestly I get kind of emotional trying to talk about his music (I have actually tried writing this a couple of times over the last few months and given up). I didn’t know him personally, but I have to say that I really miss him and I wish he were still in the world. I listen to his music all the time and I bought New Moon the day it came out (the double record for the house and the CDs for the car — yeah, I know). And in both Los Angeles and Portland, it makes me happy to walk or drive past the places he mentioned in songs — they pop into my head all the time.
And now his friend, photographer and video-maker Autumn de Wilde, has created a stunning, lush book of her photographs, paired with candid interviews from friends and fellow musicians. I was lucky enough to get a copy as soon as it came out, and read it straight through, cover to cover, without putting it down for a second. It even has a CD of unreleased songs tucked into it, too. It’s an absolutely gorgeous book and a real treasure.
And tomorrow night is her reading at Powell’s, which I’m so looking forward to. From the store write-up:
This month, the Basil Hallward Gallery is hosting the book release party for Autumn de Wilde’s book of local legend Elliott Smith. As a friend and photographer, de Wilde’s work captures an intimacy, candor, and a remarkable sense of connection with the beloved musician.
If you go:
Elliott Smith book event with Autumn de Wilde
Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland
Thursday, January 3 at 6:30
Happy 2008! I hope your New Year has been fabulous so far. Mine has involved a nice long walk, a holiday milkshake from Burgerville (Andrew and I used a 2-for-1 coupon in the Chinook Book, if you want to jump on that too) and a big pot of black-eyed peas for luck. Maybe you can take the girl out of the South, but you sure can’t take the South out of the girl — I wouldn’t think of missing them on New Year’s Day and I’m making collard greens to go along with them too.
I’ve heard that each black-eyed pea you eat on New Year’s Day is 1) an extra-lucky day in the upcoming year, 2) an extra dollar in the New Year, or 3) just general good luck all the way around. So regardless of your preferred superstition, I figure it’s well worth eating a bunch today. If you want to make some too, here is the way I like to cook them:
New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas
Soak a pound of dried black-eyed peas — I put them in a saucepan, cover them with water, and let them boil for five minutes, then take them off the heat, cover them tightly and let them sit for 2 hours. Drain and rinse them well and then cover them with about an inch of water again. Add one chopped onion and bring everything to a boil for 15 minutes, then simmer them for about an hour to an hour and a half, tasting them for done-ness along the way.
Now, when they’re just about done, is when you add the extras: salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste, and two cans of stewed tomatoes. Let them cook for another ten minutes and serve with greens and rice. Then get ready for your extra luck to kick in this year!
Speaking of the new year, inspired by Linda’s beautiful photo collage, I just put together a mosaic of my favorite things I made in 2007:
Last year I crafted my first two quilts (that was exciting — I was nervous about the first one especially), two sets of curtains, a jewelry box, lots of fund-raiser earrings, a monkey costume, some Gocco projects, a handful of refashions, and some baby presents. This mix doesn’t have much of my jewelry, or any of my Bead Simple projects, but you can see plenty of those in March when the book is out in the world. I can hardly believe that it’s so soon… yay!
After a grueling few days, we are happily moved into our new house, and I’m still trying to catch my breath a little bit… but we have unpacked three rooms (and counting!). Resurrecting my craft room is first thing on my list tomorrow, since it currently looks like this:
I’ll post after photos soon, I can’t wait to have it all set up. Andrew and I decided to make that beautiful wood room upstairs a guest bedroom instead of the craft room — I think things will work better that way. This room is longer, so two Expedit bookshelves fit into it side by side… luxury! Especially nice when you have as much fabric and jewelry supplies as I do.
Happy new year, and I’m wishing you a lucky, crafty 2008!