Friday, July 30, 2010

mittenMADE purchases

last weekend at mittenMADE @ blue house ann arbor i bought an assortment of lovely new art for my casa. michigan collage print, by sparklepants

log slice screen print, by all things grow

instamatic print, by sloe gin fizz

whimsical wellie, by sloe gin fizz (i bought the orange one)

aqua screen printed fabric, by whitney crutchfield

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

new cards in the shop

i added two new notecard designs to the shop. they are both hand-carved and hand-stamped linocut prints!

robo-mustachio notecards

Sunday, July 25, 2010

mittenMADE wrap-up

last friday and saturday we set up shop at mittenMADE @ blue house ann arbor. it was quite an adventure, thanks to the weather. it's hard heading into an outdoor show where the forecast says 2 days of straight thunderstorms and 95 degrees!

BH owner siobhan had the place looking fabulous with her adorable signage, and everything was super organized. on friday we were outside in the yard/lot. i bought a new tent and it was my first time setting up under my own tent (i know, weird, right?). halfway through the day we had some good downpours, and some crafters' stuff got ruined. the storms passed and we made it through the afternoon, dripping with sweat, and welcoming some guests that came out after the rain passed.

all day we were asking each other, "are you keeping your tent up overnight?" and most of us did afterall. that night there was a tornado warning and the sirens were going off in ann arbor! i was reading tweets of the downtown ann arbor art fairs being a wash-out with rivers flowing down the street, and i was thinking of poor blue house's parking lot full of our tents.

when i drove up the next morning i saw many tents collapsed, but many were still standing- including my new one! holy crap! (thank you for that.) and thank you to siobhan's support team (bill) who kept eye on the tents overnight. the weather report showed 90% chance of thunderstorms all day for day two of mittenMADE... so we made the executive decision to move the fair inside blue house, where there is A/C and no rain. we squeezed in, set up shop, and the fair began! but of course the sun came out a few hours later and there was NO RAIN the rest of the day. seriously, what are the odds? ;) at least we had A/C.
overall it was a super fun weekend though, eating bagels, that oberon run, chatting with some super fabulous fellow crafters for two days. (hi nicole, sherry, marcy, stephanie, courtney, elana, and whitney!) i made some sweet trades with some pals and got some great new art for my house, which i'll post later.

two more weeks til dang argyle's next two-day outdoor craft fair-- Saline Craft & Art Show! i wonder what it will bring...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

mittenMADE @ blue house

mittenMADE, a summer indie craft fair, is happening this friday and saturday from 10am- 5pm at blue house ann arbor! this outdoor event is free, and open to everyone. swag bags filled with goodies will be given to the first 50 attendees on each day. we're gearing up for a craftylicious weekend, folks!

if you haven't been to blue house, now's your perfect chance. blue house is on the corner of main and pauline, plenty of street parking in the neighborhood. come before, during, after, or instead of the big ann arbor art fair!

dang argyle will be there with some new items... lots of wallets and pocket pouches, and some cutie new linoprint cards.

vendors include:

see you there! rain or shine!

Friday, July 16, 2010

edamame pesto over spinach pasta

this recipe is MOST delicioius. it is from the post punk kitchen site, and is a great way to use the cilantro and basil growing in your yard! make it, and love it, and have leftovers, and use the pesto on crackers, and then make it again. the ingredients and recipe text come straight from PPK. do it.
For the edamame pesto:

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • Handful (1/4 cup or so) fresh cilantro
  • 14 oz package shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
For the pasta:

  • 10 oz spinach linguine or other pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Small red onion, in thinly sliced half moons
  • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Extra basil for garnish
Put on a pot of salted water to boil. Then prepare the pesto:

Place garlic and basil in food processor and pulse a few times to get it chopped up. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until relatively smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula to make sure you get everything. Add a little more vegetable broth if it seems too stiff. Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat a large pan over medium heat. At this point your pasta water should be ready, so add the linguine.
Saute onion in oil for about 5 minutes. Use a little cooking spray as needed, or a splash of water if you prefer. Mix in mushrooms, garlic, thyme and salt. Cover pot and cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
The pasta should be ready now, so drain it.

When the mushrooms have cooked down, add pasta to the pan, along with the pesto. Use a pasta spoon to stir and coat the linguine. Get everything good and mixed and the pesto heated through, about 3 minutes. The pesto should be relatively thick, but if it’s too thick (not spreading out and coating the pasta) add a few tablespoons of water. Taste for salt. (Serves 4)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

mittenMADE preview pt. 2: turtles

i found a small piece of this chambray turtle fabric at the thrift store. he has a hat and an umbrella and is too cool for cucumbers. :)

you'll find these cuties and more, at mittenMADE at blue house on july 23-24.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

mittenMADE preview pt. 1: dots

mittenMADE at blue house is less than two weeks away! here is a peak at some things i've been working on... DOTS and pockets!

Monday, July 05, 2010

July 10 = DIY in the Mitten

this saturday, july 10, presents michiganders (and beyond?) with two great DIY events where you can shop, hear music, drink beverages, etc.

the Shadow Art Fair is noon to midnight @ corner brewery, etc. in ypsilanti. there is a crazy long list of all the crazy events going on all day, that include a party bus, races, puppets, a film fest, shadow brew, live music, and art vendors. (admission is 2 cents, if you dig.)

the same day, the Baar Bazaar will be held from from 8pm - 2am at the majestic theater in detroit. this free, late show features amazing vendors selling some sweet goods, live bands to get your ears tingling, and some adult beverages to set the mood. a great night to be in the D.

what a whopper of a day!! and guess what? i am working that day! what did i do to deserve that? ha. but luckily these fine events both run late into the night, and i plan to attend one (or both??) after i punch out. i hope you do the same!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

tea party

our green tea keychain pouch was recently included in this tea party treasury by petekdesign.

and semi-relatedly to green and tea...
i ordered some matcha from arborteas so that i can make this fine looking matcha shake. (thanks for the link, rifferaff!) i'm looking forward to this on a hot evening.

it's just these items well blended:

-1 tablespoon matcha powder
-1 tablespoon honey
-1 cup soy milk (i will replace milk with soy)
-handful of ice