Wednesday, October 01, 2014

national kale day!

happy national kale day to you! i am celebrating by hosting a dinner party that will include this delicious red curry soup with rice and purple kale by our favorite vegan chefs at ppk! i'll also be making some cheesy pull-apart bread and lots of kale chips! hooray! how will you be kale-a-brating?!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the sewing party is coming!

on november 8th the magical world of sewing has its own day! the first ever sewing party takes place that day, and participants will be able to "attend" 30 online classes featuring sewing and crafting from a variety of teachers. and the classes will be viewable for 90 days after the event! so you really get the bang for your buck.

the talented nicole of sloe gin fizz worked on the graphics for the event (look at that sewing machine playing a record!!!!), and i've been chatting with her during the production process, so i'm excited to see what the online event will look like the day of the sewing party.

check out this charming video for a little teaser...
and then go register. or buy a tshirt.
                     

Monday, September 22, 2014

summer in the fall in the mitten

much of last weekend was simply a lovely michigan weather weekend. i spent part of it climbing the dunes at warren dunes state park! a first for me, and soooooo beautiful. 



i also visited some pigs at the LEGO store... 

and some cute chickens at the spring valley nature preserve!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

falling into fall

fall in michigan is apparently here early! chilly weekends in this beautiful state are perfect for fall craft fairs and fall festivals. this past weekend i got my fill.
i spent some time at the ever amazing DIY street fair in ferndale. where i shopped the fabulous DIY vendors, ate vegan mac and cheese, ate a hero from hero or villain's food truck, and drank delicious blake's hard cider. flannel mouth! and i learned that cider with jabanero is pretty good. 

theater bizarre is always a sight wherever they go. 

i have been meaning to hit up northville winery for some hard cider - it's one of my faves and i was excited to visit the tasting room. they serve flights in muffin tins! it did not disappoint. except for the bees. and the crazy busy cider mill next to it, that we totally avoided. 

the city of northville also had the victorian festival happening, complete with lumberjack theme. um, we didn't see much evidence of either... but we did happen upon a desolate and odd little carnival, so we rode some rides and laughed our butts off!

HA HO HE. we could not stop laughing. it was a very interesting carnie adventure. 

and that's how you do a crisp goodbye summer kind of weekend in the mitten state.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIYpsi recap!

corner brewery in ypsilanti set the scene for another great DIYpsi indie art fair! this was the first time the show was at corner for a summer show, and they expanded it outside to the back beer garden where they had had feral foods CSA selling produce and folks doing henna tattoos. they also shut down norris street to fit in a 2nd beer garden, food vendors, a stage for live music, couches, and more artists! 

DIYpsi was dang argyle's first show for 2014. this was also my first summer show in three years and i nearly forgot how much fun they are! i had a blast with my amazing fellow vendors, and enjoyed vegan brats, vegan ice cream and a few hard ciders. thank you so much to everyone who came out to the show, and thanks to all things grow, tin angry men, and the library lab for organizing a great show! 
yarn bombs courtesy of yourfriendlyneighborhoodyarnbomber
diypsi quilt. say no more.
cheers card from sloe gin fizz w/ a side of northville cider
oh! it's the dang table. 
i bought a steve zissou a print from arthur's plaid pants, a beautiful necklace from the library lab, buttons from barrel of monkeys, (the above) card from sloe gin fizz, DIypsi poster from warpaint studio, yummy soaps from cellar door, and a top secret gift that i can't even mention!

Friday, August 15, 2014

new summer things

i can't believe it's already august! this means DIYpsi indie art fair is coming up in just ONE WEEK! the dang sweatshop has been working overtime sewing up new lovelies for this summer show. i've been enjoying using some of these japanese fabrics. it's been a few years since i've done a summer show, so i'm happy to be back in the game. this show is going to be such a fun time!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

making terrariums with twig

last weekend i had the pleasure of attending a terrarium building workshop with the awesome ladies of twig terrariums, straight out of brooklyn, NY. they hosted a free workshop at the ann arbor district library, and of course i had to go. it was great! the ladies gave a little history on terrariums and showed us how to build our own. i used three different types of moss and gave it a hill effect. with our supplies came a teeny tiny figure to sit inside the terrarium. i received a tiny little man in a white suit. is it david byrne? perhaps. or it might just be a guy named steve saying "hey baby."