Monday, March 16, 2015

the life-changing magic of reading the right book

once the new year hit i started de-junking my house. i always have a bit of freak-out cleaning up christmas decorations, christmas gifts AND the remnants of holiday craft fairs still sitting all over my house. i live in a small (and wonderful) duplex, and at this point i just can't pack more things into my closets.

i am a pretty organized person, i keep things tidy and like to line things up. BUT i do have a lot of things, and they are packed and stacked into closets. i also have a lot of knick-knacks and little collections that i want to keep in some way.

then a few craft pals started talking about this book online. the life-changing magic of tidying up: the japanese art of decluttering and organizing by marie kondo. i couldn't resist their enthusiasm for this book and its greatness. i immediately purchased it.

i have since read the book and started putting it into practice. now, first off, i am not following this book to a  T. as i said, i am a pretty organized person, and i don't find my self tidying daily - which is something the book aims to put an end to - tidying daily. i hoped to use this book to help decide what to get rid of when it comes to books, knick-knacks, and things with sentimental value -- i need advice on this! her book talks a lot about surrounding yourself with things that spark joy. how nice does that sound?! if it doesn't spark joy, it's out! so i've been applying that as i sort through rooms and things. it's been a wonderful help, and i can't stop talking about it to people! i've gotten rid of a lot of things and am working more on creating less "visual noise" around my small house.

if you're looking to do any sort of self cleansing and home cleaning in a one-stop combo, find this book. see if it speaks to you. i feel like anyone can grab some tips from it even if they don't follow the method as instructed.

happy orgranizing!

Friday, March 13, 2015

happy friday! happy spring!

this is my brain! not only because it's friday, but because it's march and going to be 58 degrees today in michigan... because SPRING HAS SPRUNG! the giant heaps of snow are melting and i'm pretty much doing this dance daily. woohoo! last weekend i welcomed the warm air by sitting on chairs on a frozen lake with drinks and snacks. it was the PERFECT way to celebrate pure michigan spring times.

lately i've been doing a lot of spring cleaning, house sprucing up, and spring clothes purchasing. good times!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

spring flowers

i recently flipped through this new-to-me book and oh does it have me dreaming of spring! the flower recipe book is written by alethea harampolis and jill rizzo of studio choo, so you know it's lovely. (you need to check out their site!) the book features beautiful images of floral arrangements with instructions on how to put together something similar yourself. the image are stunning, and it's truly an inspiration that makes me think "hey, i can do something like that." 

at craft-a-way camp in 2013 andy sell of the foraging florist lead a workshop on floral arranging after we foraged for found foliage. i remember being surprised at what i actually created! the folks who attended camp did an amazing job arranging what they collected and using floral frogs to keep things in check. 

i am so looking forward to fresh flower season and warm sunshine!    

Monday, December 29, 2014

dang shop update!

the dang etsy shop is updated with some new wristlets and pouches! have a peek at what's been new around here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIYpsi recap

this past weekend was the 5th annual DIYpsi indie art fair holiday version -- and holy smokes, what a show! it was at a new venue this year, the riverside arts center in ypsi, and it worked out really well!

i spent the week between DUCF and DIYpsi sewing like a mad woman, and it was not for naught. you all cleaned me out! the show was hopping all weekend and i had a blast chillin' upstairs with sloe gin fizz, alisa bobzien design and the detroit grooming company. i loved relaxing at the well attended after-party, and the fun after-after-party. it's so wonderful to hang out with this close knit group of fabulous makers. i'm forever grateful for all that i have gained in creating this little handmade business known as dang argyle, and the people are a huge part of that. DIYpsi is often the last show of the year for many artists, so there is an extra special vibe of happy relief and thinking - oh yeah, christmas is almost here, where's my tree at and what handmade gifts am i giving everyone?

some of my small relations visited the fair, and my 7 year old niece collected business cards at the show, like kids like to do. she made a collage of them and included some comments and showed it at school for show n' tell. isn't that the coolest?! she is full of sunshine and magic, that girl.

i want to thank you all for a wonderful season, and i look forward to seeing what 2015 brings.


Monday, December 15, 2014

detroit urban craft fair recap!

sigh. well, the 9th annual detroit urban craft fair came and went. 8,000 shoppers came through the beautiful masonic temple in detroit. 8,000! up from last year's 5,000. that's amazing!!! it is simply wonderful to think of all that DUCF and handmade detroit has done for this crafty community over the past decade. this show is the largest and longest-running indie craft fair in michigan. the firsts DUCF in 2006 was the first show dang argyle ever did, and i remember it like it was yesterday. so i sit here today, after the gangbusters amazing sell-out DUCF #9 and my heart just wants to explode. how did we get here? and where are we going?

awesome things: dancing in the aisles and behind the tables thanks to the rad jams by DJ dave lawson, the vegan food and chocolate shakes from shimmy shack, the beautiful amazing giant masonic temple, the super volunteers who took care of us, amazing table neighbors, friends who visited, the wacky class photo by doug coombe, and SO much more. how did we fit such magic into two days in detroit?

leading up to this show... sewing a ton of stuff, drinking too much coffee, surrounded by a messy house, watching lots of the wire, eating chinese food, making up songs about sewing to the tune of baby got back... well, doing all that as DUCF gets closer, the emotions swell up in anticipation of the giant crafty reunion that is DUCF and i tear up way to many times. this community of artists (and shoppers, too!) bowls me over every year and i am so humbled and happy to be a part of it. thank you!!