Tuesday, August 25, 2009

new piece: chain link in pretzel

I've been busy crafting away in the chain link theme and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the new necklace I've been working on:

I think it sort of resembles a pretzel, the way the chains interlock with each other. I couldn't help but add the white ceramic flower to finish it off.

Monday, August 24, 2009

wedding time

In just a few days I leave for vacation. I'm going up to Maine to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of my dear friends Moni & JT.

The dress is now hemmed and the fancy shoes have been purchased.

Now it's time to get up to Maine and let the celebrating of love begin...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Baltimore baby, Baltimore

Yesterday I made an excursion up to Baltimore for the day with my gal pal Becca. We were going up mainly for the Hello Craft field trip to visit the workspace of Biggs and Featherbelle.

We learned how they run their amazing health conscious company that makes wonderful smelling soaps, bath soaks, lip balms and more. After the tour we were given materials to make our own body scrub.

Becca snapped this photo of our finished products:

After the tour, we headed over to the Hampden area and met up with 2 of Becca's friends. We were lucky to be getting a tour of Baltimore from two folks that absolutely adore their city. We dug through some vintage clothes and had a delicious lunch at Golden West Cafe.

We then trekked over to Atomic Books where I picked up an amazing pattern book from Repro Depot. I didn't even know this book existed and now that I am 225 vintage-inspired patterns richer, I am all the happier.

Next we took a field trip out to The Book Thing which is basically the best thing I've experienced in the past month. Its a combination of my old secondhand stomping grounds of the basement of The Harvard Bookstore and the basement store in the Wheaton Library. ONLY FREE. Yes free. Obviously you'll have to dig through a whole mess to find something that intrests you. But with Crafty Bastards around the corner (my vendor page here), I need all the imagery I can find to inspire my pins and magnet sets.

The night ended with pie and coffee and board games, a way most nights should end.

Crafty Bastards 2009 Vendors

The 2009 vendors for this year's Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts fair have been announced. See it here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

chain link in yellow

Approximately 10 feet of chain with a beautiful antique brass finish arrived today courtesy of akaLulaBeads and I've already made a new chain link necklace:

If I keep falling in love with everything I make, it's going to be a sad day when Crafty Bastards comes and I'll have to part ways with them.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

a newspaper life for me

I have just realized it is almost the five month anniversary of my new job. Normally I don't get all sentimental but this also celebrates the fact that I made a big move from Boston to DC with my boyfriend just a few months ago as well. We had no set plan at all and everything turned out perfectly okay. Although I don't recommend anyone quit their job and move to a new place without something lined up in this economy, if I had to go back in time I'd do it again.

So to celebrate, I've picked out some of my favorite newspaper-inspired Etsy finds.

♥ a fanciful petticoat skirt made from real vintage fabric newspaper [seller: malam / link]

♥ upcycled purse made from newspaper delivery bags [seller: blueskybags / link]

♥ bowl made of recycled newspaper [seller: urbanwoodswalker / link]

♥ half fold wallet [seller: kelsodoesntdance / link]

♥ newspaper and resin ring [seller: RainaLeeStudios / link]

♥ handknit scarf in newspaper greyscale [seller: trishafern / link]

♥ cartoon clutch [seller: onewomanstudio / link]

♥ tote bag in New York Times print [seller: Ruthscrafts / link]

♥ biodegradable plant starters [seller: spellitout / link]

♥ JFK headline earrings [seller: LookingGlassJewerly / link]

Saturday, August 15, 2009

chain link fun

With Crafty Bastards quickly approaching I've been devoting more and more time to developing product for the show. The latest is a darling line of knit chain link necklaces.

They are so light, I don't even feel like I'm wearing anything!

it's bloggy time

Welcome to my little blog. It coincides with all my crafty ventures and everything else I've been up to lately.

I hope you enjoy...