Category: 3. Craft

and the winners are

Thank you so much to those who entered my first giveaway. I loved reading each comment and it was fun to hear from so many of you. Without further ado, here are the winners:

31: Nina Beana from the Whole Self said “beautiful giveaway!”

34: Jamie from What I Did Today: “I like you on Facebook. Thanks!”

Ladies please email me your address and I’ll pop those goodies in the mail. I’ll be taking a short break from this space to celebrate the holidays, but will be back in early January. I’ll no doubt have lots to share by then. I plan to craft and sew and create my brains out. Happy Holidays!

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The following three posts made me laugh and made me cry…in the good way.

the art of motherhood

redefining a good day

peace begins with a smile

And here are some things around the Internet that make my heart sing.

image source: craft

water balloon luminaries

beeswax and walnut candles

the winter edition is up!

image source: a room somewhere

pretty bowls

a vibrant handmade rug

autumn aprons

image source: craft

crocheted veggies

felted Christmas trees

hilarious embroidered spanky pants

the sewn version. Hurray!

chocolate zucchini cupcakes

green olive gnocchi

Italian wedding soup

sour cream apple cake

What things around the Internet have been inspiring you? Feel free to leave a link!

P.S. Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win my giveaway!

3. Craft, Create


I’ve been a busy little bee lately, trying to cram in as much making as possible for the upcoming craft fair this weekend. I wasn’t able to make near as much as I had planned, but hey, life has been particularly chaotic as of late. As in, really quite rough. And it appears this roughness will continue for the foreseeable future. So. You know. I’m patting myself on the back for what I was able to accomplish.

Without further ado, I bring you (just go with it) my Holiday 2010 Collection.

Pretty little sewn butterfly garlands made from pages of an old book.

Dozens and dozens of sewn “unpaper” towels (or simple, everyday napkins) made from 100% unbleached cotton. I made a batch of these a couple months back for our home and we are just smitten. And our paper towel and napkin consumption is next to zero. I hope others will enjoy them as well.

Lastly, I re-purposed all my empty spools and wound hundreds of yards of blue and brown baker’s twine. These will be the perfect complement to those brown paper packages and gift tags.

Looking back on everything that I have made has been really interesting to me. It’s all very simple and elegant; muted, neutral, pale…perhaps all a bit French even. I’m generally like, KA-BOOM! COLOR! So yeah, interesting.

I thought all these birds that were staring at me through my window the other day were interesting (or creepy) as well. Man, I’m sort of nervous about this fair. Nervous as in, “man that would thoroughly suck if I didn’t sell a thing.” Stay tuned.

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brown paper packages tied up with string

Brown paper packages tied up with string; oh yes, this is one of my favorite things.

If, like me, you forget to bring your reusable grocery bags to the store from time to time, I bet you have a few paper bags lying around. What better way to re-purpose it than to use it for wrapping a present? From Thanksgiving to New Years Day an additional one million tons of waste from ribbons, gift wrappings, grocery bags and the like is added to the landfill – per week. Dang. Even more reason to purchase biodegradable gift wrap or wrap made from recycled materials (or simply re-purpose those paper bags, newspapers, fabric, etc.)…and then recycle or reuse them!

So what’s in the package? I’ll get to that, but first, how cute is the nautical clam shell gift tag? Here are a few others I’ve made:

In two weeks I’ve made about 400 gift tags. Four. Hundred. I used leftover card stock from our wedding menus and a lot of re-used ribbon, so each tag is a bit sentimental. My sister and I will be selling our wares at the Santa Mouse Holiday Craft Baazar in Silverton, Oregon on Saturday, December 4th from 9:30am-4:00pm (proceeds from the cost of vendor’s tables goes toward the high school’s Special Education class). And speaking of craft fairs, don’t forget about Crafty Wonderland Portland peeps!

In addition to the craft fair this year, they also have a fabulous little pop-up shop downtown. We went on opening weekend and I fell in love with Kiersten Crowley’s jewelry, Rachel Austin’s cards, Turtle Monkey Bug’s baby hats, Bunny with a Toolbelt’s birds, Machete Design’s delicate winter knits and Phoebe Owens’s slide lamps. And now, here’s a peek at what’s inside the package:

Yet another embroidered tea towel. I used an Aunt Martha’s Colonial pattern and the lighthouse theme is perfect for the owner’s of the beach house that we frequent. We’ve been at the coast for almost a week now (hence the lack of blogging) and the towel will fit perfectly with the Americana/nautical theme.

What have you been crafting lately? Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

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crafty notes

I’m uber excited to share three crafty notes with you!

First up, I’m a winner again!!! I won a copy of the Autumn issue of Green Craft magazine from Wise Craft. Blair is like, sheer genius, so getting something in the mail from her made me feel incredibly cool. I actually won the mag a month ago (due to my awesome diy/upcycling tip!), but had hoped to post about the win along with a craft that I made from the issue. And while that is most definitely on my list of things to accomplish, I didn’t want to sit on the news any longer as you must get yourself a copy of this issue! It is essentially a book – the thing is massive and chock full of really cool techniques and projects. Here are a few of my favorite projects:

Cute, no? Which one should I make first?

Secondly, it’s National Sewing Month! Hip Hip Hooray! Dana put together this freaking rad list of events going on this month. And as an avid reader of Elise Marley, I have been patiently waiting for her Kids Clothes Week Challenge instructions to go up, and I’m thrilled to announce that the challenge is a go! KCWC will be held from September 20-26. Essentially, you’re supposed to sew your brains out for one hour every day; posting your work as it’s completed. I’ll be shocked if I finish a pair of baby pants (okaaaaaaaaay, toddler pants *sniff sniff*), but hey, I have to start somewhere!

Lastly, remember the circus apron that I just made? Well, Amy’s Tie One On circus-themed apron photo pool is up! Viewing as a slide show is a must. Man, there are some freakishly good aprons, like MaLora’s (I love that we used the same color palette):

and Amber’s. It feels incredible to be part of this company. Update: and look! We made it onto Craftzine!

The next apron theme is Apple Cider; apron submissions are due on December 1. I’ve already spied the fabric that I’d like to use for mine…next time around it’s my mission to take better photos of all my hard work.

So what craftastic things are you up to lately?

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