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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Thursday, September 25, 2008

On: Being My Best

Hello out there, if anyone is reading anymore. I've taken such a long break from working on my site and writing in this blog. Call it creative fatigue.

But oh, I am back! I've finished redesigning my blog, and am almost done with my site as a whole. I've got new ideas (making stationery! lunch totes!) and was about to write here today, when I read the following Skelliewag post in my feed reader:

Be the Best, Be Discovered

Here's a snippet:

"If you create something that is as completely awesome as you can make it, other people will see that awesomeness...

...I want to suggest that a truly successful blogger will mainly concern themselves with churning out as much incredible content as they can, day in, day out. And you should do it even if you’re pretty certain the only people reading your blog are your mother and your boss."

I hope someone finds this helpful, and that you subscribe to or choose to follow Skellie. You'll be much more fulfilled if you do.

What perfect timing. I know what I've been doing wrong, and why I fell away from blogging for such a long time. I need to stop thinking about what I should write, and think about what I would like to find in a blog that makes me go, "Ooh! Great post." So simple & obvious, maybe too obvious and that's why I missed it?

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

When it rains...

...it pours with projects!

Doing the Hearts & Crafts Affair was the best (and funnest and most champagne-drenched) thing I could've done lately to get myself busy with crafting again. While I only made a few new things for the fair, those new things sold well and have jump-started me in a nicely focused direction.

Wrist cuffs did very well, as did the utility/craft belts. So well that I was left with just one cuff and an order for a duplicate cuff. I plan on making a bigger batch of both soon. That's part one of my projects list.

Part two is another swap, for which I'm stumped on what to do for the person.

Part three is participation in an art collaboration project.

Part four is a stencil project.

Part five is 2 pairs of wristwarmers for a coworker's mom.

Part six is finishing the site.

All this is happening nearly simultaneously this month. AND I go away to Portland for work next week. What timing! Oh and I heard somewhere it's holiday season. Pa rum pa pum pum.

As for personal projects, they are on hold again. Those projects being skirts and a dress or two. And I would also like to tackle an inspiration board to hang near my desk or above my table. Because I'm a dork like that. Also, having a new addition to the household in the form of Josie the Cat is an excuse to try my hand at a little plushie toy.

All this while holding a pretty consuming day job. How do you people DO it? All in all, I do realize this busyness is a blessing--the most important thing to remember.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Ants in my pants

I think you'd be scared if you could see my Remember the Milk list for the site. Lots of nitpicky things, a lot of them brought on by reading a supergreat comprehensive article on Skelliewag.org about 50 tips to unclutter your blog, via Unclutterer (I know, I'm blogging about blogging about a blog). I think I'll be adding Skelliewag to my feed reader now, just looking at the latest posts--wow. Tips galore.

So by the time I come back from vacation--the reason I have ants in my pants--I will have my new cards and will have an idea for the Bookmark Swap I'm participating in. (Sign up by November 1!) A swap is the best thing ever. You:
  1. Get to make someone else's day
  2. Automatically get something new that you obviously have a passion for
  3. Contribute to the big picture, the craft community at large by reinforcing the bond among us (Yes, then we take over the world)
The perfect balance of some healthy selfishness and giving. Anymore reasons? I'm sure I'm missing some. This is perfect timing, due to my unhealthy book appetite as of late and need for new projects.

On my vacation, I plan to bring along my sketchbook and come up with designs for lino prints. And to keep my phone off for most of the time.

4 1/2 days!!

By the way, if you came here because I'm linking to your site: thank you, because you've been an inspiration in one way or another. And I just want to spread the word of your awesomeness.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

A Saturday adventure with Haasome & Mellow Being

What do Haasome and Mellow Being do when they hang out? Usually something craft-related, of course. Bear with me as I catch up with myself here.

Last Saturday the 26th, we were on a mission. Yarn! High-end crafts shopping! As much time outdoors as possible! And dinner. That ever-elusive dinner plan.

Every year, Smiley's Yarns of Queens has a couple big sales (Yarn Riots). Not only that, but spend $25 and get some hilariously outdated pattern books. Smiley's is no-frills, tote-your-items-in-a-laundry-basket, bargain shopping. My only qualm is that they have a limited cotton selection and a little too much Red Heart and Lion Brand. But hey, their M.O. is cheap and simple. And it's not like Mellow and I left with nothing:

Mellow Being's colorful cotton stash

My yarn; all for a cute nightie that I want to start now in order to have ready for the cooler months.

It's definitely worth the trek on the J/Z; more so if you like wool and/or go during the sale. After a lunch break for me, we headed back in Mellow's car to her house for a frozen watermelon pit stop.

Then we were off to afore-mentioned American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. Seems we missed the alpaca(s), but we got to see a whole lotta high-end products from real masters. Set beautifully to mostly live classical music, we saw tons of beautiful jewelry, furniture, sculpture, bags and clothing. We didn't even want to guess how much it cost to have a spot at this juried event. We couldn't resist picking up an item each:

Mellow Being's polymer clay earring. I neglected to get the designer's card--perhaps Jen can comment with the info?

And I bought a Tesage Tote designed by Yukiko Sato:
The best part: a purse organizer. A drawstring bag for all your stuff, which makes it easy to switch from bag to bag. The purse is so comfortable to wear!

After mulling around the area and Columbus Circle, we finally landed at an adequate Mexican restaurant on 49th-ish for dinner. All in all, a lot of walking and an inspiring day. Naturally, I rested all day Sunday, but was back to work on Monday.

Details about Monday and Jen's completed bag coming soon, as well as an Etsy update this afternoon.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Lost in the in-between

Hey there, fair readers. I've been a bit of a slacker lately--craftingwise and postingwise. I'm at this strange in-between place where I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and a touch of trepidation. I was entirely uncreative this weekend, slept late and watched TV when I could've sewed. Thankfully it was a much better and restorative weekend than the last few. But I really need to get going if I'm going to have some new things to show at the Big Art Show in Brooklyn on April 14, which is immediately after a work-conference from April 10-13 in New Orleans.

I think I'd better list all the things I want to accomplish in my creative life. Maybe getting it out out of my head and seeing it in black & white in public will make the list more tangible. Items on a list are meant to be crossed off with satisfaction. That's what I'm after.

Here goes. Things I want to do:
  • Linocut printing. I'd like to make a few first edition prints this week for the Big Art Show. This is pretty scary in that I've never displayed my work for a big mass of people besides art classes. Does my Etsy shop count?
    • To do: get supplies at Blick TOMORROW.

  • Make some more bags. Even simple tote bags with the cool accoutrements I've got. In the midst of that I can work on Jen's bag, too. Forego the bias tape (I thought single-fold was something it is not) and use fabric ties. No need to go to P&S Fabrics; especially helpful since they might be closed due to Passover (and are they even open anymore? Wahhh...)
    • To do: Lay out some fabric, press it, cut it up, and fire up the sewing machine. If I'm busy with printmaking this week, then this weekend.

  • Paint the long living room wall and my bedroom. Tree mural? Maybe.
    • To do: Get inspired at Home Depot and go through Apartment Therapy posts I've saved. This is to be done after the conference.

  • Learn to play guitar.
    • To do: Buy a frigging guitar. My friend bugs me enough with links to pretty guitars for sale in my price range. Buy a book about guitar playing. Bug friend to show me some chords. This summer I hope.

  • Sew some clothes for myself, namely skirts.
    • To do: Pick out a pattern from Sew U and get going in May-ish.

  • Network some more and think about contributing to crafty zines and sites.
    • To do: Get things on list done first!
So I hope this post might help anyone in a similar situation. I think I'll go do one of the creative exercises in the printmaking book I borrowed from the library. With the TV OFF.

P.S. Be sure to check out the following :)
  • The Big Art Show in Brooklyn, featuring my friend Jen (a.k.a. Mellowbeing) and moi:

  • and CROQ Zine. I recently bought all the back issues and a subscription and am loving it so far. Thanks to Heather for combining shipping and for being so speedy!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Wow, how'd they DO that?

I've had a really busy week or so but I hate having delayed writing here. Man, I'm also really behind on my blogs. Lifehacker, Gothamist and Apartment Therapy, specifically. I'm good on the one-post-a-dayers and rely on their great photographs and writing at the end of a long day (they're on my sidebar in case you're wondering).

Anyway, I finally got around to seeing the Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design this past Sunday. I'm certainly not the first to blog about this, but wanted to urge you, fair reader, to go when you get a chance. It runs for another three months (scary to think that JUNE is only three months away already!) I wish I had posted this earlier this week, since MAD is pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays between 6 and 8pm.

I was amazed at how far you can stretch the definitions of "lace" and "knitting"--in terms of material, form and size. And meaning. How inspiring is it to see one of your crafts that you feel can be so ordinary and simple--taken for granted, even--stretched by the imagination and pushed to new limits. And instead of feeling "one-upped" and quite plain in comparison, you're a little pleasantly envious and practically elated to see your craft being shown off for all its possibilities.

Here are a couple favorites. Photography wasn't allowed so I'm borrowing from the MAD website.

Janet Echelman, The Expanding Club

Freddie Robins, Craft Kills

Turns out, my NYU silkscreening teacher had some work there! Apparently she's a Jack of All Trades--check out her website for the rest of her awesome work, www.carsonfox.com. It always baffles me as to how one gets noticed as an artist or crafter. I had no idea she's so dang prolific. And there I was, embarassing myself in her class a couple years ago. Sigh!

Finally, it's list time...

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Name: haasome
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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