Oh, this is a busy week! I just wanted to share this photo of all the felt food from our swap this month… so awesome. I made 20 sets of the little tiny fortune cookies at the top and got back all this cool stuff for me, I mean Pearl. Thanks, everyone!
(I put notes on this photo on flickr if you want to peek at all the handmade details…)
I just love felt. It is a miracle crafting substance.
I’ll be back tomorrow with prize winners and button stash photos!
For about the millionth time, I wish I could be in a few places at once… and this weekend, I would love to be in California! We are planning a trip down there in May and I can hardly wait to visit these super crafty places and learn a thing or two.
Tonight is the kickoff party for Home Ec, Jenny Ryan‘s lovely craft studio venture with Tootie and Billie of ReForm School! As a bonus, along with the crafty treats to check out, classes to browse, and cupcakes to enjoy, she’ll be signing copies of her fantastic new book, Sew Darn Cute.
It sounds like such a fabulous evening — if you are in Southern California and get to go I would love to hear all about it! Home Ec is offering some amazing classes, including paper-maiche jewelry, power tool empowerment for women, and this awesome kids’ charm bracelet class taught by Laura Stokes-Estrada.
Meanwhile, in Petaluma, Nicole Vasbinder of Queen Puff Puff is celebrating too — her StitchCraft studio has been open for a year, so she is offering her customers 20% off on all her fabric and craft supplies!
Besides all the pretty things she has for sale, Nicole also offers some amazing sewing and craft classes, from a-line skirts (my personal favorite sewing project, ever) to running your own crafty business, pattern-making and draping, and creating a custom-fitted duct tape dress form (which I have always wanted to do). Here’s a photo from one of her recent handbags classes… so cute.
I got to stop in and check everything out the month StitchCraft opened, and it’s such a lovely place to find something pretty or learn something new! Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for more shop + class announcements, too.
hello! I hope you’ve already seen lots about this very worthy cause to support, but I wanted to post about Baby Ike and his family here too…
By now, many of you have heard about Baby Ike here in Austin who is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Dell Children’s Hospital, sedated, on paralytic medications and recovering from an operation in which he received a tracheostomy. Ike’s mom, Kari Anne Roy, is a brilliantly hilarious writer and a beloved member of the Austin community. She and her sweet family have been put through the wringer this year. You can read their full story on the Ike-a-saurus web site, and be sure to check out how the “Ike-a-saurus” name came to be.
Rachel also suggests five ways that we can help as crafters and craft-buyers, and thanks to her ideas I am pleased to announce that everything in my Etsy shop (all of my Bead Simple kits and next week, a signed copy of Button It Up) is for sale with all proceeds going directly to the Roy family. If you have a chance to spread the word or get involved yourself, they are welcoming all crafty and financial support.
My heart goes out to Kari Anne, Steven, Sam and Georgia, and I am sending my love and best wishes. I have not talked about it much over here, but this has been a tough year and my own little baby, Pearl, has had some persistent medical problems. After some very hard months, we’ve had the gift of working with some wonderful doctors and therapists at the children’s hospital here in Portland, and I am more grateful than I can say that she is doing so much better. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the Roy family as they face this crisis so bravely — I’m hoping that Ike’s treatments will be gentle, his recovery will be quick, and that they will be together at home again very soon!
Thank you for reading and please let Rachel know if you would like to join the cause as well!
I got a few more pieces of Orla Kiely’s housewares stuff yesterday and I just love it. As a bonus, it inspired me to clean the dining room — it’s deteriorated into a piles-of-mail and stroller-debris world for the last while, and that stuff is not nearly as fun to look at as pears are.
While I would love to have the whole line to hang out with, in my crafty dreams at least, some of it (like the pear canisters, which I think are adorable) is not really Andrew’s thing, and it’s his house too. So I’ll be admiring everything pretty in the Orla Kiely pool instead. Half of it was gone from my Target by the time I got there anyway, so it’s cool to see what other people snapped up.
I’m getting super excited about some new sewing projects, just in time for some really lovely craft books coming out… so I wanted to give a heads up that I’ll be doing a little review and giveaway at CraftStylish next month for two of my brand-new favorites, Jenny Ryan’s Sew Darn Cute
They are both fantastic collections — super-inspiring and filled with handy tips and extras along with the very cool projects. I’m looking forward to the interviews!
Speaking of sewing, I’m in the middle of making something for myself to wear (for the first time since before I was pregnant, I think, so that’s 18 months at least… wow). Here’s a sneak peek — I’m hoping to be done and wearing it out and about in the next few days.
I edged it with folded twill tape, and it gave me an idea for some sewing-room organizing. Until this morning, I kept all my bias tape in a huge jar, jammed in there so that I couldn’t really see what I had unless I dragged it all out. I recently did a little upcycling project to convert a plain can to a beaded scissors-holder, so I thought I’d do something similar with my bias tape menagerie…
I divided it into two groups: workhorse (plain/solid colors) and fun (patterns, lacy edges, tiny baby-width for cute projects) and put each set in an industrial-sized tin can like the one I used for the scissors.
Then I cut two lengths of bias tape in colors I had a bunch of and hot-glued it on in horizontal stripes. The whole project took about five minutes, counting the hot glue gun heating up, and now the cans are hanging out with my jars of ribbon and cup of sewing tools, ready to go.
I also reorganized some of my other craft shelves and now (with a few more Orla pieces from Target) I like it all so much more! Much easier to find what I’m looking for and easier on the eyes, too.
Now, I’m waiting out Pearl’s next naptime so I can get back to that tantalizing sewing project…
It’s been a busy weekend, what with crossing county lines and all, so I’ll be quick today and show you a shrink art project I did over at CraftStylish. I don’t know if you also became addicted to shrink art as a kid, but I still love making little things with it. Julian and I have done some cool projects together, and I’m looking forward to the magical time when Pearl can use scissors, markers, toaster oven, and hole punch (not real soon, obviously) for some shrink art collaborations, too!
This time I did a little set of pretty pet tags. And since we don’t actually have a pet to craft for, Caitlin was nice enough to offer her sweet kitty Patches up for modeling duty. I think she looks very nicely accessorized with the floral scallop-edged one on… though the P one sure looks good on her too.
Anyway, if you want to make up a set of your own, I wrote up the super-simple tutorial over here — thanks to Caitlin and Patches for their glamorous contribution!
Happy birthday, Oregon! We’re off to Salem to celebrate with everyone, but speaking of birthdays, Andrew surprised me with the beautiful Sesquicentennial Pendleton blanket last month for mine. One of my treasures, for sure.
Hope you have a wonderful Sesquicentennial, and a lovely Valentine’s Day wherever you may be!
Kristen emailed me this week about the opening she’s hosting tonight at Schmancy, I will never forget you. It looks lovely! I wish I could make it up to Seattle for the show, but I’ll definitely be there sometime soon. It’s been far too long, I had such a great time at her Plush You! opening awhile back — could that really be the last time I was up there?!
One of the featured artists is Portland’s own Betsy Walton, and here’s one of her pieces from the show, I will not forget you:
Kristen also sent over some photos from her opening last week (in New York — busy girl!), Forget-Me-Not at Gallery Hanahou. It includes some gorgeous embroidered work from some of my favorite artists, like Heidi Kenney, Jenny Harada, and Kayte Terry.
She and Kayte led a very cool crafty workshop as part of the opening weekend, which looked like so much fun…
Anyway, if you are not in either place (like me… sigh) you can see all the work from Schmancy here, from Gallery Hanahou here, and browse Kristen’s other fantastic finds at the Schmancy online shop. Happy Friday the 13th!