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Hello – I know it’s been months. It’s been months since I’ve written here because I’ve been so busy! I’ve been busy crafting, living and working. I also decided to take a break from my commercial crafting ventures and focus on making things for friends and family. Since I work full time, I don’t have that much crafting time, and I wanted to be able to put friends and family first when it came to making stuff. It will take me a while to post pictures of the things I’ve made over the last 6 months or so, but here’s a start.
I’ve been working on this quilt since a few months before my friends’ wedding in August 2008. I picked the fabrics and chose a design, but it took me quite a while to get to cutting, and sewing (and picking apart and re-sewing). Eventually, I got some help making my quilt sandwich from friends during Quilt Sunday at the Workroom. I finally just finished the quilt over the long weekend and was able to give it to them yesterday! It was so nice to be able to finish such a big project and have it appreciated by my friends (even though it was 18 months late!)
A whole bunch of awesome local crafters are clearing out their stashes to sell at thrifty prices, at the Workroom this Sunday. You may know that my craft shelf is a bit out of control, and so you might imagine that my fellow crafters also have a penchant for buying too many craft supplies on a whim or when they see a dreamy fabric or yarn and imagine a zillion possibilities for projects, or rounding up all sorts of collectables from yard sales from here to Montreal. Now is the time to take advantage of their (my) regrets. There will be a lot of good stuff: all sorts of craft supplies and vintage wares including (but not limited to) paper ephemera, vintage dresses, handprinted fabric remnant packs, buttons, findings, jewellery supplies, vintage fabrics, yarns & more!
Pure Rummage Trunk Show
Sunday October 18, 2009
1340 Queen Street West
(yes, neighbourhood has a “u” in it when you live and spell in Canada)
So last week was super super busy! I finished moving, then there was Canada Day, then wedding prep for my friend’s wedding. I did manage to take some time for a photo stroll with a friend of the groom, Craig MacBride. Shortly afterward I put him to work helping me with wedding prep, scanning old photos of the bride for a slideshow.
Last summer was Japan. Next I’d really love to spend some time in Sweden. I probably won’t be able to make it until next fall, 2010, but until then, I’ll peruse the photos in this great guide to Stockholm’s crafty places from craftzine.com‘s Travel Crafty series.
A basket of trim for sale at Folckers, by Sabrina Gschwandtner, craftzine.com
As promised, but slightly late… here are some action pics of my cute sewn coasters from the coaster swap. After a long day of selling my clutter in a collaborative yard sale with my friends (and eating delicious baked goods) I needed a cold drink. We headed for the Party Zone in the LCBO which is where you’ll find pre-mixed cocktails so that you can start the party pretty much the minute you exit that place.
I was excited to break out the new coasters this weekend for the first time! Don’t you think they look really cute with the glasses, the pink pomegranate martini and my faux-wood tray? I also purposely included the Canada Dry club soda in the pictures as a cultural reference point. And in case you had any doubts, my friend and I managed to polish off the bottle of pom-tini in about 1.5 hours.ery
This past month I participated in a craft swap, organized by Donna and Sara at Kindred Crafters. I know I’ve said I got bored with swapping for a while, but this sounded really fun, and who can’t use more coasters? Actually, I don’t think I had any coasters!
Now check out this most wonderful assortment of goods that my amazing swap partner, Sazzie, sent to me all the way from England! It made me blush when I opened it because I certainly wasn’t expecting this amount of extras, and also because I didn’t send that many extras. I sent one. Just one measly extra it was a matching bar towel to go with the coasters I made. My limited knowledge of craft etiquette tells me that I will have to find a way to even things out…
You can see more of the coasters and other neat stuff that was sent in the swap in the flickr group. I will add more pics of the coasters and the fabric tray to flickr tonight, when I put these in action.
Woo! so last night just after midnight I got my first scarf order on etsy. I made a bunch of lightweight spring scarves and put them online last week. I’m really happy that someone found something they liked in my shop and they didn’t even know me!
I’m also really excited about the Garden Party Trunk Show hosted by the workroom and City of Craft later this month, Sunday, June 21st, to be exact. I always love shopping at the trunk shows, and during my very first time as a seller at a craft fair last August, I met so many wonderful people. It was so rewarding to have strangers give me feedback on my crafts. Of course my friends and family are always really supportive and positive, but they have to be, they are my friends and family!
This trunk show is not to be missed, it will be inside/outside with free snacks, and vintage treasures on top of amazing local handmade goodies! Just look at the list of people I’ll be rubbing shoulders with (list below)!
**news: Karyn has written about the Garden Party and has beautiful photos of peonies.
Garden Party Trunk Show flyer by the workroom.
Last year after I discovered crochet and went nutso making stuff, I searched for an outlet for all of it, and came across swap-bot.
Swap-bot is an online service that organizes group swaps and a community of creative individuals. Swap-bot takes the hassle out of participating in group swaps by organizing all of the participant information and doing all of the partner assignments. On Swap-bot, you can host swaps, join swaps, and chat with other swappers from all over the world. Give it a try!
I made lots of stuff, and sent it off. Got lots of really cute stuff in return, a couple of less-than-cute things, but in general it was a good experience. I got a good rating, but eventually I just got bored with it and preferred making things for friends.
However, I did get something pretty amazing out of this: my crocheted starfish. I participated in the Octopus Amigurumi swap sponsored by Octopus Revolution. The idea was for everyone to start with a really basic pattern, and give it their own twist. The octopus I received was a super-cute Japanese geisha-octopus with little origami paper crane buddies. It was also stuffed so tightly, I don’t know how people do this and crochet the toys closed! I guess it might be the type of yarn because I always use natural fibers which stretch more than acrylic.
So the octopus I made was green, made with Cascades Pastaza llama yarn, and I designed a little starfish buddy for it.
Everyone who saw this loved it, and I was asked where I got the pattern and if I could make more. So this is what inspired me to make starfish in a whole bunch of colors and to make more octopi, but with longer legs.
Here’s a photo Karyn took of me selling my wares in my very first craft fair, ever! I sold about half of my “stock” that day at the Kid’s Trunk Show at the Workroom. You can now get your own starfish in one of 8 colors, at my etsy shop, thanks again to the Workroom and City of Craft for giving me my start!
(looking at this photo reminds me that I really should make more of the albino starfish!)
yay! I’ve been accepted into the Etsy Ontario Street Team!
So when I first learned to crochet, I kinda went nuts. After the blue bunny and the happy poo, I realized I could basically crochet any shape I wanted, and started crocheting all kinds of things. My friend Chris asked me to make him a bearded cap like the one made by Vik Prjonsdottir.
The beard caps refer to a traditional cap called “lambshed-hood” which was used in Iceland by farmers who in heavy snowstorms had to walk long distances between their sheds and to the neigboring farms. The cap covered both head and neck and had only a small opening for the face.
The thing is that Chris is vegan, so he chooses not to buy wool (sorry Iceland sheep farmers!). I told him to find some appropriate animal-free yarn and I would make a bearded cap for him. Well, months passed and summer came and went, so I finally bought some brown 100% cotton yarn and got on with it! I created my own version of the bearded cap, and crocheted a separate cap & detachable beard with mustache. This way, Chris could use the hat all the time, and the beard only when he felt like putting some extra fun in his day, or some extra warmth on his face. The beard has a small mouth-hole and two buttons, and the hat has two buttonholes just above the ears. There is also a built-in mustache, but now that I look at it, maybe it should have been a little bit bigger!