Hey, I’m in the middle of a massive round of button-cookie production but wanted to quickly pass on a Maker Faire update — applications are due this coming Tuesday (3/31) and if you’re interested, you should definitely jump on it!
I’m applying to teach some button and bead projects — I had the best time at MF 07 (missed 08 due to imminent baby arrival) and I am looking forward to 09! Andrew has never gotten to go so we’re planning to make a vacation of it. Yay!
from the CRAFT: blog:
There is still time to get your entries in to be a crafty Maker at Maker Faire Bay Area. The ultimate DIY weekend is May 30 and 31 in San Mateo, California, and this year’s Faire is celebrating President Obama’s call for all of us to participate in remaking America. We’re looking to showcase “the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things.”
Here are the details on submitting your entries.
The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you will actually bring to Maker Faire. Please link to photographs or videos of what you make. Maker exhibits should be non-commercial. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.
Application Form: Please fill out the entry form to tell us about your project.
We are also looking for Makers with projects in the following categories:
- Alternative Energy
- Clean Tech and Green Tech
- Community and Group Based Projects
- Lost Crafts
- Artisanal Food Makers
- Student Projects
- and more….
Call for Makers for Maker Faire Bay Area 2009
Entry Close Date: March 31, 2009. Space is limited, please submit your entry by the due date!
Maker Faire Bay Area: May 30-31, 2009
Hours: Saturday 10am – 8pm (6pm – 8pm evening program); Sunday 10am – 6pm.
NOTE: This is NOT Memorial Day Weekend.
Pearl and I headed to an estate sale on Saturday morning, just ten blocks up the street. I was pretty tired from button-ing and on day three of solo-sick-baby-wrangling, and I almost just stayed home with her. But I’m so glad I didn’t.
I’ll post some more pictures of my other finds tomorrow, but for now I’ll just mention the seven vintage mason jars that were out in the garage for 50¢. Yay! I loved Jenny’s CRAFT: tutorial last week on making mini-terrariums, and suddenly I had jars galore for just such a project. So I invited Diane over, and we had an actual Sunday together… involving crafting for fun instead of a deadline or project. And it was magical.
We washed all the jars, checked the lids, and walked over to Urban Flora to grab the rest of the stuff we needed — terrarium-supplies heaven right here in 97202. The super-friendly woman there pointed us to the charcoal, soil, and pebbles, mentioning that she was also a terrarium enthusiast, and we were home again pouring pebbles into jars in minutes!
Pearl obligingly went down for a nap and we were off and running.
One of the (many) wonderful things about living in western Oregon is that it is so green here. I love it, it’s well worth the rain (and hail, and snow, and more rain) to have all these lush, beautiful plants and trees everywhere you look. So finding moss and a few interesting stray plants in the yard was kind of like the easiest, most fun scavenger hunt ever devised.
A few months ago, I also happened to fall in love with the same Bake It Pretty cupcake topper set that Jenny had, so we mixed in plenty of deer, rabbits, mushrooms, and trees, along with a little vintage frog I’ve had forever.
I’m not sure what this pretty curving, curling plant is but it looks like it’s having a good time in there so far…
These two bunnies look very happy together too.
I mentioned last week that my grandparents had a huge, beautiful terrarium in their living room and I loved hanging out and gazing at it when I was a kid. I was so excited to make this little one — it’s so much smaller and the shape is totally different — but the color is just the same and looking at it makes me happy.
Naturally Diane made some gorgeous ones. Here, the pet rabbit she’s always wanted eyes a mushroom with interest.
And the same estate sale yielded these two hula-ers, perfect for a tiki-rarium to go with Diane and Katin’s bar!
Anyway, if you have a few minutes to spare I wholeheartedly recommend this craft. It is such an instant gratification pick-me-up and effortlessly fun, and the results are so charming! I now have five terrariums scattered around the house making me happy when I look at them, and Diane and I are both plotting to make some nephew-friendly terrarium-kits to spread the craft far and wide. Not to mention trying to figure out how we can quit our freelance jobs to devote our lives to making terrariums instead.
Some Oregon-style modifications we did: you can use fresh moss right out of the yard or the park instead of dried, layer a thinner stripe of potting soil (since the fresh moss will have its own dirt underlayer), and spray the dirt with water before putting the moss down so that it’s dampened first, instead of waiting til the end as you might with dried moss.
A huge thank-you to Jenny and CRAFT: for the idea and step-by-step instructions to transform an ordinary Sunday into something so nice!
I wanted to share this covered button project I did for this week’s CraftStylish post — I used a favorite Denyse Schmidt print from the Katie Jump Rope collection, which always reminds me of making my quilt. Anyway, it was a fun one to do and I hope you like it!
Speaking of CraftStylish, I am happy to announce that my lovely friend Michaela Murphy has a new story, “Eye Spy,” posted on The Moth — it’s available as a free download here. Michaela is such a gifted storyteller and I am saving it for first thing tomorrow morning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!