Thursday, November 29, 2007
For this garland, I used lots of different textured solid fabrics + a cool funky print from which I cut out the images/shapes...
first i found a few household objects & a piece of posterboard to create circle patterns...
then I cut out the pattern and traced the pattern on all of the solid fabrics. I cut the circles out, and then proceeded to the "partridge family" fabric. I cut out a few mistletoe, doves, circles, and snowflake doo-dads...
I then pinned down all of the circles on a piece of solid ribbon, placing the fun little christmas icons throughout...
Finally, I sewed in a completely unstraight line, and sometimes in circles to tack down all of the circles & objects to the ribbon...
We hope everyone has a safe fun holiday, and hope to see you at the handmade holiday show December 7 at 4025 Yoga! [4025 MacArthur Ave- 6.30-9pm-12/07/07]
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Bee's Knees Studio
The Richmond Craft Mafia's Third Annual
Handmade Holiday Trunk Show
was also mentioned in the article.
Dawn and Beth on TV
Monday, November 26, 2007
Step one: Gather materials
-1/2 bias tape
-scrap fabric (this pile is what is left over from the Modern June Christmas Aprons
Step Two: make a pattern
To start making your pattern draw a 12 inch line with chalk then add a small perpendicular line at the end the 12 inches.
This is just what worked for me, feel free to change the size of your pendent all you want!
Step Three: Finish up pattern
Next draw two marks, 4 inches on either side of the center line. Then take your ruler and create your diagonal line. Mark with chalk.
Step five: cut cut cut
Once you have your banner pieces all cut out it off to the sewing machine!
Step Five: construction
Sandwich your banner piece into the 1/2 bias tape. Then edge stitch.
Step Six: Spacing
I used the card from the bias tape packaging as a guide to space my pendent evenly! I would make this a bit less next time. For me I think it is spaced to wide. I had to do a bit of pinning for my "valance"
Step Seven: hang and enjoy!
Green Fleece (various shades)
Fun Colors of Fleece Scraps
One long strip of Brown Fleece
Christmas LightsStep One:
Cut the green fleece and multi-colored fleece scraps into strips about 1 inch by 4-6 inchesStep Two:
Stack the lights on top of the long strip of brown fleece, and place a green strip under the brownStep Three:
Start tying the fleece onto the brown around the brown fleece and the lights, continue the entire length of the Christmas lights
Trim the green fleece if it seems too long. You can make your garland strips as long or as short as you want. It's up to you.
You can add the multi-colored fleece as little accents if you want. It will give it a little color when the room is bright and the lights are not shining.
Here's the final product! With the lights on...
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I spent many years working in a small local shop and I cringe every time one of those ads for 4am Door-Buster sales comes on TV. I imagine tired, blurry-eyed salespeople and cashiers getting up at 3am to get ready for work and deal with seething masses of crazed bargain shoppers. I remember the nightmares I would have around Christmas time: the ones where I could never ever leave work because just as we would let the last person out, someone else would come in.
Why has Christmas shopping become a full-contact extreme-sport obstacle course? An obscene spending glut of mass-produced crap from China that will be in the landfill by next Christmas? How is this special? How does a $20 DVD player tell someone how much you love them? It doesn't.
I give thanks for handmade gifts!
My family and friends are all receiving handmade gifts this year. Sure, I may not be able to buy them as many things as I would if I went to some big box retailer, but each thing will be special and unique. Many things will be made by me or by people I know personally. Call me a big old hippy, but that's how I think things should be.
"But what if I'm not a big old hippy craftypants artist like you Erica?" you ask...
That's fine, there are plenty of craftpants people out there to help you!
I give thanks for local Richmond, VA crafty folks!
For those of you in the Richmond, VA area here are some upcoming opportunities to handmade and local!
17th St Farmer's Market Holiday Show
17th St Farmers Market
Chop Suey Holiday Bizarre Market
Grand Opening (6-9pm)
a month-long local handmade consignment store in the upstairs of Chop Suey Books Originale
Richmond Craft Mafia's 3rd Annual Handmade Holiday Sale
4025 MacArthur Ave
Our fabulous yearly celebration and sale! The 14 local crafty businesses of the Richmond Craft Mafia selling everything from housewares to handbags to (*ahem*) original art. Join us for a fun and relaxed evening of shopping. Free holiday refreshments.
Friday 12/7 & Saturday 12/8
Virginia Craft-n-istas Winter Craft-n-Art Market
2519 Hermitage Rd
Local & regional craftswomen showcase their wares.
Christmas on MacArthur
4000 block of MacArthur Ave
Holiday block party featuring the mom & pop businesses on MacArthur as well as local craft vendors (find many of the RCM ladies here too!). Holiday family fun!
Homegrown Art & Craft Show
Benefits the Patrick Henry Charter School.
I give thanks for crafty people all over the country (and the world!)
Not a Richmonder but still want to find craftiness near you this holiday season?
Go to craftmafia.com and see if your city has a craft mafia. A good place to start if you are looking for local crafty resources and events.
Check out indiecraftshows.com for upcoming craftshows all over the country.
I give thanks for Etsy!
Oh, Etsy, how I love you, let me count the ways! How about 70,000 and counting? That's how many sellers there are on Etsy to choose from!
Etsy is a 24-7 world-wide craft fair. Find a unique handmade gift for anyone on your list, buy craft supplies for the crafter in your life, or reduce - reuse - recycle with fabulous vintage finds!
Here is a sampling of some of my current favorite items:
So, instead of wrestling the last crappy off-brand DVD player out of the hands of someone's crazed granny tomorrow at 4am, sleep in and do your shopping on Etsy. Many sellers will be running sales for the Thanksgiving weekend (you can check some of them out by doing a titles and tag search for "cybersale".)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Repro Depot is having a super sale! For me it is all about the Books, crafty books, home books, just books-books!!!!
sale runs through Tuesday, November 27th.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I know you are wondering what in the heck does vocabulary and rice have in common. Well, I stumbled on this site, Free Rice. As you play the vocabulary game and learn new words or surprise yourself with words you didn’t think you knew, 10 grams of rice is donated to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for each correct word definition.
SAT’s don’t fail me now!
Friday, November 02, 2007
- Saturday, November 3rd
- 11 am until 5 pm
- 117 S. West St in downtown Raleigh
Shop Raleigh, NC’s The Handmade Market for fine art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, paper goods, and more from a selection of the best and brightest independent designers, artists, and crafters from NC and beyond.
Whether you’re shopping for a holiday gift for a friend or family member, or you’re looking to treat yourself to something special, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for (and more!) at The Handmade Market.
The Handmade Market is produced by The Handmaidens, a North Carolina collective of nine artists and designers.
THE MONKEY AND ME
TWIST STYLE (Mafia alumni)
The UNusual Suspects Arts & Crafts Festival
The Anastasi Room
5020 Battery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Saturday, November 3, 2007
12pm to 8pm
50+ Amazing Vendors
Donate $1 to The Washington Humane Society
So come and see us if you can!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The clear Plastic Drawer Units would be great to get all this chaos under control. They come in so many styles. I would like to get something to slide under my sewing table. I currently use the shallow ones for various notions and sewing supplies. I definitely need the clear because as a Visual Organizer I am out of sight out of mind! Suzanne at Let's Talk Organizing taught me that!
You can get drawers that stack that have so deep drawers that I think would work for my needs. But I can see a jeweler (the more shallow version) using these too. Of course paper crafter's use these they market right to them. I like this idea! I will check into it more in January when we are wanting to get organized and back on track.
But for now my rack and my bins will have to do! I am off to sew !