Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Please vote!

Even if you think your vote won't make a difference (you shouldn't--don't take it for granted), let's set a new precedent for voting!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Artists & Fleas, Dec. 6 & 7

Just a quick announcement, since I need to get up super early to VOTE and should therefore be in bed already.

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.

Happy voting!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Crafting for your budget: pack a lunch

It's always a good idea to think about what you can make instead of buy and to make things that help your budget. Even more so in a time like this with the economy crashing and burning and prices necessarily rising. If you can be 'green' while you're at it, better yet. (The green movement is one trend I hope sticks around; it's about time, right?)

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:

Happy lunching!

Image from tumblingblocks.net

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

A different kind of aggregator

1. Many of you reading this are probably familiar with feed readers that track subscriptions to blogs or news topics. I use Google Reader to track several blogs myself. A bunch of those blogs are craft/DIY-related. Aggregators are great--once you are aware of an RSS feed you want to track in the first place. That's the catch.

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!

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Simplicity "Project Runway" patterns on sale

Happy Monday, fair sewers. While I'm not the first to post about the Project Runway-inspired patterns offered by Simplicity, I finally got around to buying some and they were on sale! $9.99 instead of $14.95+.

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

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Site redesign is launched

Hooray--the new look for my site is fully launched. I've even got some content up. Now I just need to fill up the shop and write my FAQ and policies pages.

Take a look at the new site!

Now on to the difficult task of marketing oneself...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Felted Bumble Bee by Era

I have a bunch of new, longish posts in the works but this is something I just have to share now.

work & photo by Era

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.


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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.


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