Saturday, August 30, 2008
Pine Shadows One 5x7 from WetzelFink
Infamous Hurricane Katrina hit just 3 yrs ago. It is an anniversary that I feel we, as a nation should acknowledge with an awed reverence... The forgotten people who truly suffered those days. New Orleans will always remember their trauma whenever Aug. 29th rolls around.
As a person who grew up outside of New Orleans and who still has family living there, Hurricane Katrina’s anniversary is one that hits with post traumatic stress. I wasn’t there to witness it first hand, but I watched the National Weather Service’s live streaming radar from my computer screen all morning. To my disbelief, their radar went down and there were no more updates as Katrina’s eye went right over New Orleans. What the radar did not show was the 25’ storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain, the lake north of the city, that had pushed over it’s banks and flooded my family’s community in Slidell.
I watched the aftermath of this storm on television with my 4 month old in my arms, I was in disbelief. The levees were broken and the Crescent City started to fill ever so slowly. I saw desperate mothers and their babies, elderly, and poor people stranded and forgotten by their government.
Rebuild New Orleans - Make It Right - House / Tools T-Shirt from inexplicableconfetti
Love It Necklace from yabettasupadont
Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath is a shameful episode in our nation’s history. Please remember all who suffered on that day and the horrible days that followed. And acknowledge the devastation that some families are still living with 3 yrs.later.
Post written by TigerLillyShop
From their website you can make a calendar/notebook/puzzle book from just 1 piece of paper! Print a functional pocket-sized journal that you customize yourself, fold, and you're off! Easy.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I have no idea what this ride is, but I am intrigued... by tpdesign.
I really wish I wasn't so terrified of heights, so I could ride a Ferris wheel... by JenArthur.
My daughter's favorite... by ELBfoto.
Put this on the list of rides that scare the pants off me (although I will happily ride ANY roller coaster)... by barefootphotos.
I adore old carousels, so intricate... too bad I get dizzy if I spend the whole time looking up while riding one! by ELBfoto.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
2. i enjoy moving and have done so 16 times.
3. my favorite number is 22.
4. i 've wanted to be an artist since the third grade, i never considered another career option.
5. if my inner child isn't apparent, it is always bubbling just below the surface waiting for an excuse to come out.
6. i have jumped out of a plane
7. i am in a bocce ball league...i secretly yearn to win the bocce ball trophy at the end of our season.
8. i have fantastic inlaws (my bocce ball partner is my father inlaw).
9. dolls tend to creep me out.
10. one of my favorite things to do is sing... i give my husband free concerts when we are in the car.
11. my husband and i were friends for 12 years before we started dating.
12. my favorite color has changed..it used to be yellow, now it is pink.
13. i love bugs, i once gave one CPR...really.
14. i love old things...except dolls!
15. i am obsessed with my garden and have an ongoing (nonviolent) feud with a neighborhood cat who thinks it is his litterbox!
16. i like driving in NYC.
17. my least favorite food is suckatash but it is one of my favorite words.
18. when i get old enough to retire i want to run a bed & breakfast.
19. i love being in water.
20. i have very vivid dreams and frequently remember them when i wake up.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
On Sept. 9 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., 5 percent of sales at Whole Foods in Mount Washington will be donated to the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program.
The day’s events will include live music, healthy snacks, crafts for kids, and a gathering of knitters from around town for a “Knit-In for Literacy”. Knitting instruction for beginners will be offered, so if you can, bring some extra yarn and needles for the newbies.
What could be better than knitting and organic groceries? Helping people learn to read.
When preparing for shows, many artists and crafters are so focused on how they are going to display their work that they totally forget about signs (I speak from experience). Banners are an essential element of your booth at outdoor craft shows. They are often the first thing a customer sees, and one of the easiest ways to get your business noticed in a crowd.
High Mountain Signs will work with you to create that banner. Ian's products are high-quality and priced competitively. The business is very professional and accommodating, but best of all, local. And like I said before... he's really nice.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Fitzpatrick, MICA graduate and Baltimore-based portrait artist, will be exhibiting the first twenty pieces in her latest series, Baltimore Portrait, a showcase of Baltimore’s twenty-thirty somethings.
“It has been really fun working on this series. The response from people who have either seen the paintings or want to be painted, has been so enthusiastic that this idea has turned into a large-scale project. The portraits appeal to the viewer’s desire to people watch and maybe recognize someone he or she knows” says Fitzpatrick.
Each 12”x12” portrait is painted in oil on a clear-primed piece of wood. The wood is treated to prevent deterioration while still showing its natural grain as a backdrop to the headshot.
For morel information, or to obtain additional images, please contact Erin at email@example.com
Post written by JennyJen42
Work by BlockPartyPress, BowerboxPress, GreenStarStudio, JenMenkhaus, JennyJen42, JillPopowichDesigns, Miscelena, SpaTherapy, TheBrokenPlate, TigerLillyShop, VWStudios.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Custom Silhouette Portrait
Fowler offers these traditional silhouettes custom cut using your photo of a loved one. They are delicate, detailed, and absolutely lovely. For a ephemeral twist, Fowler will cut your silhouette from a green leaf. Fowler says, "Leaves will change color with age, and some splitting may occur as the leaf dries;" not unlike what happens to us.
Custom Leaf Silhouette Portrait
Cutting silhouettes isn't Fowler's only scissors skill. She also makes cut paper pictures done in the same way kids make snowflakes, but so much more sophisticated.
Blue Horses Silhouette Papercutting
Post written by VWStudios
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This is the soldering station, more magic happens here. The orange thing hanging under the paper towels is a Mr. T Soap on a Rope, he is my little mascot. "I pity the Fool who interrupts my solder!"
Friday, August 22, 2008
I would just love to store my pencils and crayons, oh, and erasers in this adorable squirrel pencil bag by rohmer.
I heart you too, notebook! By myright2write.
New hair accessories, so cute! (But I never would let my mom brush my long hair.) By marymarsh.
I must have a thing for hedgehogs right now. Super sweet backpack by eclu.
Um, I may even need this lunch bag for myself. I don't care that I'm in my, ahem, 30's. By scatterboxoriginals.
Hope you finished your summer reading!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
1. I love meeting fellow Massholes. It makes me sad when I meet other people from Massachusetts who aren't as excited about having met me.
2. I sing 200 year old religious shape note hymns. Loudly.
3. I'm an atheist.
4. I'm quite certain my weaving teacher in college hated my work.
5. I used to perform Balkan music and dance. My group won first prize among foreigners at the Koprivshtitsa festival in Bulgaria in 2000.
6. I am learning to play banjo.
7. I have cut off all my hair and called it "art" more than once.
8. I'm six feet tall.
9. I drink water out of a Mason jar--sometimes it's mistaken for hooch.
10. I hate holes. I don't want to talk about it.
11. When I get overwhelmed I make lists which overwhelm me even more.
12. I used to want to own sheep. Then I became good friends with sheep farmers. I don't want sheep anymore.
13. When I feel out of control I take on more than I can handle to prove that I'm in control.
14. I have enormous "craft crushes" on Jen from Cotton Monster, Shawna of Pink Kiss Pottery and Shannon of Sweet Pepita.
15. More people refer to my boyfriend as "Goat" than by his real name.
16. I am an archivist's dream. I keep a regular journal, a weaving journal, fertility charts, lists, calendars, the occasional health, dream, mood or food journal... it's ridiculous.
17. I've taken my temperature every morning for the past 5 years. 98.6 degrees is not the norm.
18. I once sang on stage with Alison Krauss and Ralph Stanley.
19. I staged parkour photos for the Goat's valentine this year.
20. I heart hula hoops.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
What better opportunity to let your medieval side hang out by gnawing on a turkey leg, drinking mead and throwing axes. There is fun for everyone, storytelling for the little ones, jousting, games, demonstrations and crafts galore!
That's right, there are truly wonderful artisans hocking their wares, everything from handmade boots to blown glass to horns and tails (for the devilish creature in all of us).
The festival runs from August 23rd and runs through October 19th and is located in Crownsville, Maryland.
Post written by Jill Popowich
Monday, August 18, 2008
Most of the items are made by widows involved in Parsa programs, including these handmade Afghani girl dolls:
Talking with the two women working the booth about their crafts reminded me that I am lucky to be able to do this for the fun of it, and wonder how I could make more of a contribution through making things.
Post written by bennyandheidi
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today’s tutorial is how to make a felt appliqué pillow cover with piping! You will need to gather up the following materials:
• Pillow form
• Enough fabric to cover front and back, as well as an additional half of your back
• A package of piping
• Fabric glue (Elmer’s glue can also work)
• Sewing machine
Step 1: Cut fabric
Measure your pillow form for height and width. Cut out the front of you pillow by adding 2” to both sides. This pillow form is 12” X 16” so we will cut 14” X 18”.
For the back, cut out two pieces: one that is one half the width (for this pillow it would be 9”X 14”) and one piece that is three quarters the width (about 14”X 14”).
Step 2: Making the back
Press under one width side per back piece a half inch. Then press under again one inch. Sew edges with a 5/8 seam. Put aside.
Step 3: Making your Felt appliqué design
We wanted to make a sock monkey design, so we decided to trace the outline of the actual sock monkey because we really liked the size of the monkey on the pillow. This gave us our basic shape. We then added detail with felt shapes. Using fabric glue (if you don’t have any fabric glue, Elmer’s glue can also work. Apply very sparingly to avoid glue spots) Let glue dry (a good half hour should do! Before sewing)
Once glue is dried, sew down felt on all edges using an interesting color of thread with your sewing machine.
Step 4: Piping
Lay out your piping on the right side of your front piece a half-inch from the edge. Pin on flat side of piping facing the point towards you as you pin. Pin corners by pinching the piping to form a corner. Pin as shown:
Using a zipper foot on your machine, carefully sew piping down by sewing on the flat side. Take out pins as you move along the piping.
Step 5” Putting it all Together
Lay front side right side up and arrange both back pieces to match edges of the front so right sides are together. Your back pieces will over lap. Pin pieces together and sew. Follow along the piping line as you sew being careful not to sew over the round part of the piping. You should be sewing on the outside edge of the piping.
Final Step: Turn pillow case inside out and slip pillow form in between the two back pieces and there you go! Your own appliqué pillow form. Happy Sewing!