Friday, July 03, 2015

craft-a-way camp 2015

last weekend was the 3rd annual craft-a-way camp and it was another fabulous year! craft-a-way camp is the brainchild of amy and ethan of small craft and they do a tremendous job of pulling this whole thing off. this year we had a full day of rain the first day and they quickly adapted and set up the workshops in our cabin. that same night the sky cleared and was followed by the most fabulous sunset. this made way for our annual sing-along campfire featuring 90s tunes, small instruments, and vegan s'mores! add in running around a field with sparklers and you've got the perfect summer night.

during our two straight days of crafting we attended workshops taught by amy cronkite, ethan cronkite, marcy davy, courtney fischer, and val willer. at the workshops we made stud earrings, made lanyards (out of gimp?!),  made macrame plant holders, did some weaving using things found in nature, dyed scarves with indigo, and screen printed banners. that's a lot of awesome crafting! there was barely any downtime as we found ourselves making lanyards and wrapping sticks with yarn when we weren't at workshops. there was some serious crafting going on! we also went on a beautiful hike with ethan leading the way teaching us about the surrounding natural area.

it was wonderful to spend two full days relaxing, screen-free in the woods creating with such a super group of people. we had a good mix of returning campers and new campers and we seriously laughed and had fun the entire time. craft-a-way camp holds a certain magic to it and it's hard to put into words. all i know is that i'm still in craft camp hangover bliss mode and i can't wait to do it again next year!
*all photos by amy cronkite / small craft 

be sure to read small craft's write-up and view the full photo gallery

Thursday, July 02, 2015

rad american women A-Z

written by kate schatz and illustrated by miriam klein stahl, rad american women shares the stories of 26 women who made a big impact on our nation. every single one of them changed america in some way. alphabetically, the book features billie jean king, patti smith, zora neale hurston, and more. and you can download images from the book! this book is fabulous and would make a great addition to your book collection.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

east coast adventuring

i've gone on a few trips to the east coast this year and have visted new york city more than i ever thought i would. (i'm going again next week, in fact!) this past april when i went i visited the high line for the first time and it was amazing! i highly recommend it, and i also recommend not going during popular hours, as it can get crowded. i really enjoyed the flora and the public art installations. it would be great to go back and see what's new!

Friday, June 19, 2015

dang birthday sale!

this month marks the 9th anniversary of the dang argyle etsy shop! to celebrate we are offering 25% off dang goods in the shop through june 30th. use coupon code DANG9PARTY at checkout!

thanks so much for staying on the dang ride with us -- it's been an absolute blast!  XO

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

girls standing on lawns

i came across this enchanting book at the library the other day and fell completely in love. i was overcome with a sense of nostalgia, feminism, purpose, and life.

i've always loved photography and photographs, and as a person also into family history i really enjoy sifting through old photos from my parents and grandparents. i can't help but stare at the images and wonder what was happening, what were these people thinking, experiencing, feeling.

girls standing on lawns is a collaboration between illustrator maira kalman, author daniel handler, and the museum of modern art. (this is the first in a series of collaborations!) the book is filled with photographs of girls standing on lawns that are straight from MoMA's collection. with each photo is text by handler, with paintings by kalman interspersed. in 2012 i heard kalman and handler give a penny stamps talk in ann arbor, and it was a amazing. so as i read books they collaborated on i really get a sense of the two of them working together.

this is such a beautiful book in every way and i'm happy to have crossed paths with it.
one morning
we found some photographs.
one morning 
these girls stood on lawns.
we looked at the pictures,
and we got to work. 

there's no use standing around.
you should so something.
perhaps she stood there
so that she could stand still.
stand for something, 
stand for something!
otherwise what do
you stand for, 
why are you even standing?

* photos, illos, and quoted text are from the book

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

björk & the moma

last week i was able to visit the museum of modern art in new york for the first time, and i was taken aback with all the wonderful art! the space is amazing and going from room to room seeing such amazing art was killing me! so, so good. and then i walked into the björk exhibit. sigh. i've read mixed reviews of the exhibit, and all i can say is that i really enjoyed it and the experience it allowed. i haven't listened to björk's music in a while so it was nice to be thrown back into her strange little world.

there was a room that was playing a loop of a variety of her music videos, as well as another room that showed the ten minute film black lake. my favorite part of the exhbition was the songlines portion which featured costumes and memorabilia set up chronologically where you walk through while listening to a set track that leads you from room to room. music, words, abstract that allows you to experience what you are seeing around you. so cool! i definitely need to go back to the MOMA and explore more.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

festifools

this year's festifools parade was amazing! it was sunny and beautiful out, and after spending the previous friday night in the rain for foolmoon, the sun was so welcome! festifools features giant handmade papier mache puppets, wrangled by foolish folks of all ages. everyone is encouraged to dress up silly and join in the parade. i help lead the robot invasion and this year we had some great robots! this year theme was retro, so it featured puppets from previous years, as well as relics like pacman and rock 'em sock 'em robots. kermit and the detroit party marching band were also kickin' it on instruments! woohoo! i really love this event and i can't wait until next year.