If you’re in the Bay Area or around here, be sure to mark your calendars! (And if you’re in San Francisco, head over for cocktail hour at the craft museum tonight — sounds heavenly.)
November 20th, 6pm-8pm
Museum of Craft & Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA
(@ Mission between Third & Fourth)
BOOK SIGNING AND COCKTAIL HOUR
November 21st, 2pm-5pm
855 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA (between 19th & 20th)
November 23rd, 7:30pm-9pm
1005 W. Burnside St.
Kayte mentioned that we’ll get to make these sweet little felt ornaments with her athe Powell’s event, and she’s bringing along some of the other book projects to show as well!
My friend Nicole pointed me to this beautiful whales gocco print from Kids Haus this week and I wanted to share it over here, too:
Michelle of Kids Haus designed and printed this lovely piece in honor of her dear friend who passed away this year, leaving an 8-year-old daughter. Michelle wrote a very moving post about it, explaining that 100% of the proceeds from “Under Her Wing” will go directly to the little girl’s college fund. I ordered one this week for Pearl’s room, and there are five prints left if you would like to support her very sweet fundraiser too!
I also wanted to say how grateful I am to the folks who have bought a copy of the Crafty Tree Trimmings ornament e-book. Our Project Linus donation is growing daily! And thanks to Diane and Patricia‘s arrangement to offer each contributor a share of the book’s sales, I was able to use my first payment this month to buy this print the same day — something that means a lot to me, especially as the mother of a little girl. So thank you, again, to everyone who has bought a copy. I hope you are enjoying it!
Lee designed these extremely cool knitted zipper pouches — they are darling. I love the contrast vintage fabric lining.
All the project sheets are available at the shop, and even better for those who are not local, and probably very sick of these Portland-only posts — Diane is hard at work on turning our projects into a free e-book, which should be coming soon! I’ll post about that when it’s ready to go.
On another note, I just want to say again how much I love The Sewing Room (fka Sewing Center West). I bought my Pfaff from them two years ago, which has been a dream to sew with. Yesterday it freaked out for the first time ever, and this morning they fixed it for free in less than ten minutes and even carried it to the counter for me while I wrangled Pearl. If you are in the area and looking for a good shop to buy from, or get your machine tuned up (here is a coupon for that by the way), they are awesome.
Also, they are right next to a big giant Fred Meyer, and thanks to the race car shopping cart that Pearl loves to drive around the store for about four times as long as she likes to sit in a regular cart, I got all the ingredients for the sweet potato gnocchi with mushrooms and spinach in this month’s Sunset. Not the worst time my sewing machine has broken down on me, that’s for sure!
I’m very excited to be part of the new Crafty Tree Trimmings ornament-making ebook! I was asked to design something with beads and buttons, so I made a set of Sparkle Ornaments — a super fun way to use some of my favorite glittery bits and pieces.
I made two ornaments, a pink and gold version and an all-blue one. It was fun to bring our little silver tinsel tree out for the photos and listen to some Sufjan Stevens while I made the ornaments — it’s still early, but I’m looking forward to the holidays this year!
The book is a collection of six ornaments to make in all different crafty mediums from some of my favorite designers. The book includes:
* Crocheted Flower Ornament, by Linda Permann
* Felted Gingerbread House Ornament, by Betz White
* Bead and Button Sparkle Ornament, by me
* Vintage Treasure Ornament, by Kayte Terry
* Gossamer Thread Three Ornament, by Diane Gilleland
* Paper Globe Ornament, by Patricia Zapata, who is also the book’s designer
The cover spotlights all the ornaments so nicely, and each how-to has a clearly photographed set of photos and any full-sized templates you need, right in the book’s pages.
Fifteen percent of the book’s sales go directly to Project Linus, an organization we were all eager to support. Here’s a bit more about them:
It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
And Diane and Patricia structured their book in a very innovative way: each contributor receives a portion of the sales as well, so we are shareholders in a sense as well as creative contributors — very cool!