Friday, August 28, 2009
from art bead scene: (pic from there as well)
............The good folks over at Green Girl Studios sent us this awesome little collection of mermaid charms and pendants as a fun giveaway for our readers...................
Thursday, August 27, 2009
DO stop by and see the work of charles gatewood. he's one of my favorite photographers. i don't own any of his prints (i wish) but i do own some of his books. it's NOT for the squeamish i might add
Charles Gatewood photography show in San Francisco
Posted by David Pescovitz
For four decades, Charles Gatewood has trained his camera on underground scenes, from the Beats and the dark alleys of 1970s Mardi Gras to modern primitives and extreme sexual fetishists. He is a photographic anthropologist at the fringes of Western culture. I feel privileged to have Charles's marvelous portrait of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin gazing into their dreamachine hanging above my desk. Charles Gatewood's photos of celebrities -- Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Allen Ginsberg, Al Green, Abbie Hoffman, and others -- will be on display at San Francisco's Robert Tat Gallery from September 3 to October 31.......
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
one hell of a wonderful, colorful and prolific crocheter!
BUT it's her hawaiian flower motif crochet tutorial (follow the links in craftzine) that has knocked my socks off
pic from ms london's blog
street magic wedding proposal
Posted by Cory Doctorow
Dan Trommater sez, "I was recently asked to orchestrate a very cool marriage proposal on the streets of Toronto. I normally perform at corporate events, but I jumped at this chance to get back on the streets. Arvin Ross contacted me and asked that I set up a street magic performance in the Harbourfront area of Toronto. I had to gather a crowd and somehow get him on one knee, then magically produce the wedding ring..............
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
bundles of love for iraq
by Chloe Findlay-Harder
Are you a sewer, crafter or fiber artist who’d like to share with people who need some help overseas?
Iraqi Bundles of Love is a project set up by a soldier who is deployed in Iraq right now. He’s seen the need for so many different little daily necessities and wants to help.
What does he want people to send?
Fabric and sewing notions!.........
and from the iraqi bundles of love site, here's how to build a bundle!!!
here's their facebook page
Sunday, August 23, 2009
but i'd LOVE to have a coffee and craft with him! holy cow
via extreme craft
i went to buy a sharpener for an eye liner pencil. one of the CHEAPER makeup brands was charging 5.99 for a double sharpener. HELL NO.
i walked over to the stationary aisle and got a double pencil sharpener for $.99!!!! SAME EXACT THING. really
any drug store peeps
Friday, August 21, 2009
etsy seller a piece of your soul
i got them for my father to give to his 'girl friend'. he doesn't call her that, i don't know WHAT words to use. my parents were married 50+ plus years and my moms died. my popi was going to die of grief his own self. little by little my sisters and i convinced him to go out. he started making friends and he went out with a couple of different women. then he met 'j'. well, they are THE perfect pair. she lost her spouse as well. they met playing cards at the senior center. anyway, it's her birthday today and i think she's really going to LOVE the necklace and bracelet. she loves and wears a lot of silver.
etsy seller a piece of your soul is local to connecticut. that's the reason i found her, the reason i bought from her is HER WORK IS BEAUTIFUL
now we all know (or we should ALL KNOW) how wonderful resurrection fern is. that's where i first got a gander of felted rocks. man, that woman, margaret is something. she's a doctor (i believe) AND one heck of a crafter. if i could meet one crafter over coffee, it sure would be her (not to discount anyone else. i'd love to have coffee or in this weather iced tea, with a TON of crafters i admire and am jealous of).
and here's the tutorial for the felted rocks (TWO ways; by hand and by machine). picture from the new new blog
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
sublime stitching (as you know if you read this blog, i've now taken up embroidery. i have gotten a LOT o' stuff from sublime stitching and i am also going to highly recommend this site to YOU as well. i don't get remunerated for any of my postings or recommendations. i like what i like and i don't gloss things over. i think customer service is VERY important. it's even right up with producing a good product. so i AM telling you this site had GOOD STUFF!!!)
jenny's got a new book coming out
embroidered effects (the pic is a cover of the book taken from the link to chronicle books)
jenny ALSO gives us a cool look into her book with a floss blending tutorial. click on over and see what you can do and get a hint of what's in the book while you're at it!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
10 Wonderful Knitted Movie Characters
Woolly renderings of Han Solo, The Joker and more...
BY Andy Lowe
The Dark Knight (2008)
"My favourite film character of 2008.
"If I ever go insane I will be sure to do it properly, like this guy."
kerribeads (pic of the raven bead from her etsy shop)
THE most amazing hand made lampwork glass beads. unique, beautiful, special, stunning. that raven simply knocked my socks off.
and here's her website kerri fuhr
found via art bead scene
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
from the etsy shop of starflowersilver
i just slapped it in my hair so it's NOT a very good picture. i'm going to wear it to a wedding. i'll put my hair in a big wrapped braid then put the silver trinity chignon hair ornament over it. man i LOVE it
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
fabric i got from fabric tales
obviously i knew it was japanese fabric. i just didn't know i was actually getting it from japan. it came rather quickly. this fabric is so soft. it's like the proverbial baby's bottom (and i'm not even exaggerating here)
i'm going to make THIS with it. i don't sew so we'll see. i'm going to do it all by hand. i'm sure not going to serge the edges (i don't own a serger). if and when it gets made, i'll post the finished picture.
i am VERY happy with this purchase
Friday, August 7, 2009
Inspiring Fabric Origami
by Chloe Findlay-Harder
Fabric origami is such an amazing thing - you’re taking a soft, flat piece of fabric and transforming it into into sculptural object.
I’ve used duppioni silk to create origami butterflies before, but they’re nothing compared to the Japanese art of “Tsumami Kanzashi” or fabric flower making. The intricate flowers are made of silk, rayon or sometimes even cotton, folded and placed together to create realistic decorations and hair ornaments........
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
i got them from the etsy shop of JoJoCustomizes Jo-Jo's Embroidery Shop.
he has some pretty cool stuff for some reasonable prices. also some GREAT customer service (that my dears is wicked important to me)
note: the patches are just out of the envelope. i didn't iron them on yet. they're NOT attached. i just threw them on an old tee shirt
when i get around to customizing my jacket with the patches, rest assured i'll post some pics
Monday, August 3, 2009
uma joy designs for this WONDERFUL versatile wrap!
it's the MYRIAD OF POSSIBLITIES (photo from umajoy's blog)
a shawl, a wrap, a skirt, a scarf. you name it, you got it!
not only is the design simple genius BUT THE YARN IS DELICIOUS (i NEVER say stuff like that either)
uma has some free patters and some patterns for sale on her site. she also has an etsy shop umajoy uma joy designs
stop by her blog, stop by her etsy store.
get your arse on over to threadbanger you can see a BUNCH of
diy pet projects they rounded up from the interwebs
here's just ONE of the collection. a pet bed made from recycled sweaters on craftstylish this photo and project are from: cal patch, contributor
(look at THAT FACE will ya!)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
to preface this, i do NOT really measure things. the following are approximations. my noni taught me how to cook by feel and sight and smell and taste. she didn't own a measuring cup and neither do i
1 lb (vegan) pasta, whatever you like
2 or 3 tomatoes chopped roughly
1 lb baby bella mushrooms (or whatever you like) chopped roughly
½ onion chopped roughly
1 red bell pepper chopped roughly
1 c nutritional yeast
2 c soy milk
½ t tumeric
2 T cashew butter
1 T miso (sweet or mild)
1 T tahini
1 vegan boullion cube
½ t cumin
1 t dried mustard powder
½ t onion powder
½ t garlic powder
2 T potato starch
1 T corn starch
1 block silken tofu
Vegan margerine (i use earth balance. I LOVE the stuff)
1/2 c vegan parmesean
Put vegetables in a microwave safe container (cover with a paper towel. it will spit) with 1 T olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. nuke for 3 minutes. stir and nuke again for 3 minutes. set aside. NOTE: you can add broccoli or green beans or whatever vegetables you have on hand and/or like.
cook pasta according to package directions
blend together the tahini, cashew butter, spices, nutritional yeast, miso, starches and tofu. you can use a blender or a hand mixer or even do it with a fork. slowly add the milk to the well blended mixture stirring constantly. add bouillon cube. put in saucepan and cook on low until the mixture thickens (a whisk is a really good impliment to have here). take off heat and add the vegan parm. if you'd like your NON cheese sauce to be a bit richer you can add a T or two of the earth balance
mix nuked vegetables and pasta. put in baking dish (you can spray or coat with a bit of olive oil) and cover with the NON cheese sauce. sprinkle bread crumbs on top and dot with vegan margerine if you so wish. bake in 375 degree oven for 20 or 25 minutes, until top is browned.