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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

foolmoon

friday night is foolmoon, sunday afternoon is festifools. both are amazing and fun and make for THE BEST weekend of the year. this year i decided to make a luminary for the first time, and i ended up leading one of the luminary processionals! i had a blast, despite the pouring rain that began just as we were set up and waiting outside to walk our twenty minutes heading into downtown to meet up with the other two processionals and the rest of the party! the jam was complete with a beer tent, djs and dancing in the street! 
here is the luminary i made, warming up in the beer tent. mr minifig and i were soaked! 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

air plants: the curious world of tillandsias

i saw this book at the library and couldn't resist picking it up -- it's beautiful! and all about those quirky looking little plants known as air plants.

air plants: the curious world of tillandsias by zenaida sengo talks all about designing and living with these odd and beautiful plants. the book discusses different types of air plants, how to care for them, and how to arrange and display them in magical ways throughout your house. these plants are so versatile, and pretty easy to care for.

i've had a few in my house -- i think i got them all from andy over at the foraging florist, and they've been small ones that sadly, eventually died on my watch. i hope you have more of a green thumb than me and my dark, low-light house! because these plants are amazing. 

Friday, April 03, 2015

craft-in

last weekend i headed down to sylvania, ohio with my pal sloe gin fizz to attend a craft-in that featured a few workshops and a full day of crafting with friends. it was super fun! i attended the embroidery workshop and actually completed the piece i started there. it was held within the olander park system and upon entering the park we ran into some fabulous yarn bombs throughout, courtesy of yarn bomb sylvania! here are a few faves.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

detroit for art

yesterday i had the pleasure of joining several of my crafter besties on a detroit adventure. first up was seeing the diego rivera & frida kahlo in detroit exhibit at the detroit institute of arts. they spent time creating in detroit from 1932-1933, and the exhibit was marvelously set up to focus on their art before detroit, during detroit, and after detroit. it was really fabulous! i felt strong emotion in learning more about the artists as they stayed in detroit that year and what they were going through as they created art. i loved seeing snippets of the detroit industry murals that are at the DIA, and it was really touching to see the process of creating them, and then go view the actual murals that i'd seen there many times before, but now in a whole new way. 
we then traipsed around town and popped into motor city brewing, city bird, nest, and made our final stop at the new and much-talked-about gold cash gold. while the menu there is cluttered with pig and butter, this here vegan gal enjoyed the farro salad, delicious cocktails, and such magical laughter and conversation with amazing ladies. the atmosphere in there is so beautiful and full of light, and the reclaimed interior pieces and stellar service really make me want to go back and sit at the bar.

viewing the exhibit itself and then spending the day with my crafty cohorts was all extremely inspiring. i really need to get to work on some new dang argyle stuff! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

building festifools

every april the sunday nearest april fool's day features the silliest and most fun parade down main street in ann arbor. festifools! this year marks the 9th year for it, and a lot of work goes into making the giant papier mache puppets that are the focus. it takes a lot of glue and hard work! wonderfool productions holds many workshops leading up to the event where folks can go in and help out. this year i did so and here's the scene from the day.
here are some dangling finished puppets and folks working on unfinished ones. 

the "skeleton" you find underneath.

lots of paper mache and sticky hands! 

it was a great day working as a team with such a wonderful end. i am really looking forward the parade on april 12! 


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!