Monday, July 17, 2017

craft-a-way camp!

photo by amy cronkite
craft-a-way camp is one of my favorite weekends of the year. this was the 4th year for it and this year knocked it outta the park! the workshops were amazing, the people, the food, the pom poms!

amy and ethan of small craft do an amazing job of fostering creativity within a community. their passion is infectious. they've been doing it for years in various formats, and craft-a-way camp has become their 3rd child. and let me tell you, they are great parents! donned with new hand-crafted whistles, tie dye shirts and kick-ass truckers caps, they lead the way and kept us on track and off track in the most unbelievable way possible. we have created a wonderful crew of campers who share that age-old camp bond that sticks with you forever. make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold.

this was my 4th time going to camp and my first year teaching a workshop. i taught sashiko embroidery to 28 eager campers, and it was fun. when teaching anything its always great to see how students interpret the skill and add their own flair to it. (austin's garfield! katie's big dipper!)

for two straight days we crafted away, opting to snack along the way rather than break for meals. workshops were also lead by amy cronkite, marcy davy, katie bramlage, katie whitehouse, and val willer. we screen printed a pre-tie-dyed shirt, made sun printed candles, faux feathers, ceramic talismans, morse code necklaces, a bonus ceramic necklace, and pom pom hangings.

crafting by day
crafting by night
we crafted, laughed, and enjoyed a vegan potluck. we wrapped yarn balls in a self-created lounge with handmade twig chandeliers, crafted in the dark til midnight, had a sweet campfire sing-a-long (feat. Violin, guitar, keyboard!) to some madonna, prince and bowie. we ran with sparklers, did yoga, and we gave each other some sincere looks.

it was blissful and amazing beyond words. and have i mentioned how the weather was perfect? it was.

read these amazing words if you want to read the official camp recap by small craft and then cry your eyes out like i did.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

beautiful books

this is one of the most beautiful books i've seen in a long time. it's a children' s picture book by isabelle simler, and i highly recommend a read or a look-through. the illustrations are to die for - in so many shades of beautiful blue. the book offers a serene and calming journey as the day progresses into the magical blue hour for many animals.

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