Thursday, August 26, 2010

free shipping this week!

FREE SHIPPING!

to celebrate our 5th birthday this fine month of august, we are offering free shipping, within the continental US, on orders placed through midnight on 8/31. pay with paypal and we'll refund you the s/h cost. visit our etsy shop!

happy 826 day!

happy 826 day! 826national has dubbed 8/26 National Youth Literacy Day! that's today.

there are eight 826 chapters across the country, including locations in chicago, brooklyn, boston, ann arbor, and more. each center has a themed storefront! there's a pirate store, a bigfoot research institute, a time travel store, and a robot store, to name a few. (among all the robot merch at the robot store is are the robots made by deets, a local artist you may have seen at craft fairs!)

826 offers totally free literacy programming for kids age 6-18, including free tutoring, drop in writing time, field trips, workshops, and more. all free. writing and literacy was never so much fun. i volunteer at the 826michigan chapter and it is quite awesome. behind that robot store is a newly reorganized writing and tutoring lab, where the magic happens. did i mention how much fun the volunteers and kids have??!

want to know what else author dave eggers of mcsweeney's is up to? 826valencia is your answer! he's the man behind the curtain that is 826.

$8.26 on 8/26 is a nationwide campaign in which all chapters are celebrating literacy and spreading the word to help continue free literacy instruction and to help make it possible to continue all this free stuff.

you don't have to donate, but please check out what this nonprofit has to offer. have kids? you HAVE to go there! stop everything and go ask "what workshops do you have?" you may find out more about mustache growing contests, robot parades, prom hanks, movie screenings, and more.

wait, what?

i know, that's what i said at first.

-m

Saturday, August 21, 2010

meet mr. pickle

i recently taught a stuffies workshop at Blue House Ann Arbor and i created this one as an example. a friend asked me what i was making and i mumbled something, and she said "a pickle?!" i said "no," and laughed. then i said "YES, I AM SO MAKING A PICKLE," as it was a great idea. here he is with some of the stuffies the kids made. the kids in attendance ranged from age 7 to age 13, and there were even boys in the workshop. it was a lot of fun. we discussed lady gaga, justin bieber, socks, school, summer, etc., as we all hand sewed creatures and letters.

mr. pickle recently went on a huge adventure, and i'll let you know what it was soon. ;)

Monday, August 16, 2010

cute book alert

to continue with the book theme... i am a little ashamed to admit that i have never read any pippi longstocking. or seen it on tv. recently while browsing the shelves at the library i came across this little beauty! (to quote the crocodile hunter.) this version of astrid lindgren's pippi longstocking features illustrations by lauren child, who writes and illustrates the charlie and lola children's books. the illustrations are collages of paper, fabric, etc. and they are SO cute! highly recommended if you like pippi, or cute. i do plan to finally read me so pippi, so you can rest easy, pippi lovers. :)



-manz

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

noteworthy books

here are a few craft/ sewing books i've been drooling over lately. the images and projects are wonderful to look through.

i love patchwork, by rashida coleman-hale

patchwork style, by suzuko koseki

zakka sewing, by therese laskey & chika mori

Monday, August 09, 2010

the pretzel had fun

i learned something very important at last weekend's summerfest art & craft fair in saline. i learned about the existence of these babies! hot pretzels from benny's bakery. a sack of them will cheer you up and you will find them irresistible! in addition to yummy pretzels, the weather was beyond gorgeous and i had a great time.

are you drooling yet?

on a craft fair note... we'll be vending at the DIY Street Fair in ferndale, MI on sept. 17-19! woohoo!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

new folk people

a bunch of new items, some with this adorable folk fabric (that i am totally loving on an aqua background) will debut at this weekend's Saline Craft & Art Fair as part of Summerfest. i'll be sharing a tent with my favorite jewelry maker Courtney Fischer. the event is friday, aug. 6, 5pm-9pm, and saturday, aug. 7, 10am - 8pm. the weather report looks amaaaazing!