Thursday, May 11, 2017

it is happening again

it is indeed happening again! anyone else super excited about the return of twin peaks in less than two weeks? i'm nervous, but excited. i mean, lynch is at the helm, so it has to be good, right?
remember that time 4 years ago when i threw a super fun twin peaks party and my friends came dressed up to hang out in the red room i made?
remember when i used to sew pouches like this? sold 'em on etsy. most of the ones that sold were shipped to europe. and i never even made one for myself.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

up north, hot damn style

michigan is the most beautiful and i love getting away up north to explore and admire what this state has to offer. last weekend the weather in traverse city was perfect for exploration of the bay, delicious foods, and fabulous ciders.

Friday, January 06, 2017

a family who sews

my seven year old niece wishes to be a fashion designer. the girl is really into clothing and accessories. even as a toddler she refused to put on PJs that didn't involve a skirt. the girl is hardcore! 

the other weekend after enjoying the fashion at the avant garden exhibit, we got her great grandma's sewing machine in working order and she began her first sewing project. she was soooooo excited, and she was a good sport! her first project? she made a small stuffed phone for her sister, since she doesn't have one. ha! too funny. her next projects may involved a furry pillow and a tiny sequined dress. we shall see! i hope she sticks with it. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

avant garden

after a busy holiday season it was nice to relax and escape winter in the warmth of the botanical gardens. the magnificent avant garden exhibition was happening, and it did not disappoint. the exhibit wove together fashion and nature with seven full-size dresses made from plant-based fabrics in the conservatory, and oh my, they were majestic! there were also small fairy-sized dresses on tiny hangers throughout, which my nieces enjoyed finding. 
this exhibit is only up through the 8th of this month though. even if you don't make this one you should still head on over to the nearest botanical garden and take a break from winter.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter DIYpsi

it was winter and there was a DIYpsi. this show is so much fun. it's often the last show for many crafters so things are care-free! it was great to sell alongside some of my favorite crafters. i just can't get enough of the fabulous people in this craft community. this show is near home so many of my local peeps come to shop and visit. DIYpsi was at riverside art center again, and it was great, despite the little blizzard we had on sunday. hooray! thanks for a fun holiday show season, y'all! XO

Thursday, December 08, 2016

the magical magic of DUCF

photo by doug coombe
what can i say about the detroit urban craft fair that hasn't already been said or felt so many times. this was the 11th year for the show, and the 11th time i've done it. the kickass ladies of handmade detroit know what the hell they are doing and i love them dearly for that and more. DUCF was the first show dang argyle did, all the way back in 2006, and the rest is history. i still talk to many of the crafters i met in 2006-2009. that's how strong this community of crafters is around detroit. this current DUCF did not fail to bring up so many emotions of gratitude and awe of all that we (yes, we) have helped to accomplish. this handmade thing. this movement. the popularity of craft fairs and handmade and making of all sorts.  

during this three-day show, the detroit ghostbusters showed up twice. i was super excited by this and had a blast watching them walk around, shoot their proton packs at the stay-puft marshmallow man, make crafts with kids, and spread general geekish merriment. so fun! 

a big thank you goes out to the shoppers, the vendors, the volunteers, and that stellar DJ dave lawson. i can't wait to see what year 12 brings.

xo, manz

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

dang stacks

stacks on stacks of freshly printed sewn goods for DUCF and DIYpsi! have i told you lately how amazing block printing is?