Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
I'll be vending at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg BK Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. I've got new stuff up my sleeve, mostly involving paper. Plus more pouches and a fresh batch of wallets, which I haven't made in a while.
So swing by, say hi, have a cup of coffee with me, do some holiday shopping (at my or anyone else's station). I'm pretty excited to take part in A&F again with all the super-talented vendors there.
Check out artistsandfleas.com for info and directions.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I'm going to try to post about something economy- and eco-friendly on a regular basis. Hopefully I'll remind myself and others to not only craft for a hobby but also for frugality's sake. We could learn something from other countries that don't view spending as a sport. </soapbox>
Pack a lunch!
Going out and taking out for lunch is expensive, and it's only going to get even more expensive. Thinking about how much money you've saved always feels good and is especially reassuring now; not to mention that you'll feel super responsible and less wasteful. Lunch near where I work averages about $10 a day. That's $50 a week and $2600 a year. Gah! Here's some idears:
- Plan your meals for the coming week on Sundays. Think of key, in-season ingredients that are common to several dishes. I try to think of 2 or 3 proteins and vegetables that I'll use for lunch and dinner throughout the week. For example: tomatoes, potatoes and chicken. That can get you pasta; stuffed tomatoes; roasted potatoes; chicken parm; potato, corn and chicken chowder, etc. And yes, I live alone so I'm cooking for one -gasp!- Just make two servings of your recipes and have one for dinner and one for lunch the next day or so.
Some of my favorites recipe sites are Five Mushrooms, Allrecipes, and Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn.
To plan meals, I use my "What to Eat" pad from knockknock. This pad is also helpful to keep track of what you need at the store so you can make a meal at a moment's notice. But guess what, you don't really need a fancy pad. Just keep notepad near your fridge.
- Make a lunch tote. It looks like all you need is a small amount of fabric, some batting and a closure like Velcro or snaps for a square-bottomed bag, with or without a handle. One of these will be a new project of mine:
Image from tumblingblocks.net
Thursday, October 09, 2008
2. You might also be familiar with popurls.com, which gleans content from the most popular websites. It's basically a cross-section of the hive mind that is the Internet. Also great; it keeps you current and aware of trends and popular topics. But boy, it is potentially a huge undertaking and I have shied away from it. (But not for long now the the mobile version is now fully featured, ahem cough.)
3. Behold, popurl's new sister site, epsonality.popurls.com.
It gleans content from the most popular creative sites, subdivided by topic. And every topic is relevant to modern crafters: Crafts (duh), Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Photography, Design...oh man. It''s pretty nice not being held back to the feeds of a select few crafty blogs. Also have to love the previews available on mouse roll-over. I wonder if they'll add more categories; I think breaking out sewing and knitting/crocheting from the Crafts pack might be beneficial. Then again, that's what interests me.
Happy browsing the other creative fish in the internet sea!
Monday, October 06, 2008
The following designs are going to keep me very busy:
There are a LOT of options, but I think I picked the best [wink].
It's been so long since I've sewn from a pattern; I think I'll have to spend some time reading tips on BurdaStyle. I know, I know...why was I so crazy as to pay for patterns rather than download some open source patterns? I'm usually so pro-open source. It was a combination of having my eye on these patterns for quite some time + not seeing anything I thought I'd look good in. Though, this doesn't mean I won't keep checking back for new patterns. And maybe something on Burda will grow on me.
Images from Simplicity.com
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Take a look at the new site!
Now on to the difficult task of marketing oneself...
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It even has bendable wings! I love felted objects of all kinds and have yet to try felting myself, though I like using sheets of felt in projects. I hope this supercuteness leaves you inspired. Much can be taken from the staging of the photo, too. I know that's one thing I have to work on, personally.
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Crafty to the core, not afraid to talk about mistakes, living by the Girl Scout motto. I'm also a bit of a nerd about a bunch of things.