April 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
Today brought the promise of so much more! Blackberries to pick, caterpillars to butterflies, flowers to fruit! Today also made it officially a year since my last radiation treatment in Houston. Whew, what a difference a year makes…a year ago I was so tired, burnt, and I couldn’t taste anything; today I was picking blackberries in my yard and could taste every drop of sunshine! Happy Easter!
- Next year I have to try natural dyed eggs; It seemed all everyone was talking about…anyone actually do it?
- This year I’ve got to do something with ALL these blackberries…I think this will help.
- Which brings me to the point that its really time I learned how to can…this book was recommended.
- This is random but I really need a case for my hooks and needles…think I’m going to try this pattern.
June 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
I love the idea of yarnstorming or sometimes called yarn bombing; if you are not familiar with the practice, it is sort of a guerrilla style knitting installation popping up in public spaces that was made famous by Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please. Today these installations mean different things to the groups that create them but each signals us to have a deeper relationship with our day to day environment. This beautiful installation is in the German town of Velbert, created by Ute Lennartz-Lembeck. It took approximately 200 hours of labor and 400,000 stitches to complete the project!
Here is Ute Lennartz-Lembeck’s car packed in preparation for the installation in Velbert. Again, I’m in awe as I barely finished a scarf last Christmas!
Have you seen any great examples of this public art or participated in it? Fill me in on the details!
May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Having my own shop and selling at a few craft fairs, I am always on the look out for a unique way to make my jewelry stand out from the other vendors. I try to find really unconventional displays as it immediately conveys that I am selling something original. I also love re-purposing vintage finds and giving them a new life. Here are a few looks shared from my Pinterest collection (which, if you have not tried Pinterest…you must…best. thing. since sliced bread, I tell you). Any of these could easily go from a retail environment to the home:
May 6, 2011 § 3 Comments
A few weeks back, I was reading my copy of Crafternoon, and nearly gagged when I ran across the author’s suggestion to use cat hair as filler. Now I really love my cats (all four of them), but I can’t really say I’m a fan of their hair and never contemplated using it in my crafts. So, when I saw a pre-order for Crafting with Cat Hair, I started to wonder if this was some burgeoning trend where crafty cat ladies are rising up and shouting from the roof tops “hair balls be dammed…I’m making something cute!” For all practical purposes, one quick search shows this is a definite trend with a handful of blogs popping up and even a Facebook site. I have sinking suspicion that when Crafting with Cat Hair releases November 1st, 2011, solitary Cat Ladies will unite and rise up, reveling in their new found craft acceptance.
If you are one of those crafty cat ladies or just curious, the publisher has asked for help collecting donations of cat hair for an upcoming project:
Our two cat loving crafty ladies want you to send in your cat hair. That’s right. Send in some cat hair and make sure you include your cat’s name and photo. When the book’s publication date gets closer, I’ll feature several of your proud, hair-donating kittens on the (soon to be) re-launched Quirkbooks.com. Margaret and Katie may even make a little framed portrait of their favorite kitty, to be published online for the world to see. We’ll see how much cat hair we get.
Send your bags o’ cat hair to…
C/O Margaret & Katie
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106