Friday, January 25, 2013

small craft!

february's edition of small craft is headed to ann arbor for a visit! small craft will be setting up at the adorable pot & box on saturday, february 9. there will be a pop-up shop featuring cellar door soap co. from 2-6pm, and a skillshare lead by me that goes from 3-6pm. there will also be coffee and vegan baked goodies to fill your tummy. read more about this adventure here.

for the skillshare we'll be making book sculptures! i have a slew of paperbacks waiting to be folded into beauties. once i started folding up books, i simply could not stop. it's super fun, addicting, and the end result is wonderful. my favorites are the diamond shapes that hang! the event is free to attend, and supplies will be provided; though i highly recommend you bring a glue gun if you have one.

don't fear repurposing books; these books were most likely to collect dust and never be read again, and if that's the case, they may as well go on collecting dust as amazing art sculptures instead.

see you there!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

book time | extra yarn

extra yarn by mac barnett is one of my favorite picture books as of late. it has the potential of winning a caldecott thanks to jon klassen's beautiful illustrations. the story features annabelle who comes across a box containing some yarn. but a magical thing happens! she knits and knits and the yarn never seems to run out. so she knits sweaters for dogs, and people, and trees, and cars, and soon the entire monochromatic town is awash in color thanks to her handiwork. the greedy archduke decides to steal her magic box. how will she get out of that pickle? you'll have to read it to find out. it's a great read-aloud for the little ones, and sure to be at your local library!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

gertie's in town!

gertie hirsch's blog for better sewing is one of the most popular sewing blogs on the internet. an avid seamstress, her clothing designs are vintage inspired and truly fabulous. if you're into kitsch and sewing, her blog's a must read. and you should check out her new book: gertie's new book for better sewing: a modern guide to couture-style sewing using basic vintage techniques.

michigan crafters, you've got a treat coming up soon. the new york-based gertie will be in town and you'll have a chance to meet her! she'll be visiting the ann arbor district library for a free event on sunday, january 27, from 2-3:30pm. she'll be talking about her book and her blog, and there will be a book signing with books for sale. sounds like fun, right? she's making the trip out, so should you. i am working that day and won't get to attend, so you need to go and let me know how it goes!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

happy new year!

a happy new year to all you dangsters! i hope everyone had a marvelous holiday season and is settling into this time we call winter. the end of a year brings many best of the year lists, which are always fun to read. it's a great way for me to find some top books, movies, or CDs i have may have missed out on throughout the year.

the end of the year is also when i take a look at the list of books i've read over the year. last year i didn't read as much as i normally do, so when nicole posted about i had to sign up! it's a challenge to read 50 new books and watch 50 new movies in 2013. it's a great motivator to read more. i'm super excited that my dang argyle partner in business crime cortney is on board! that's right, BOTH dang girls are participating.  i've been manzing the blog for a while now, and it'll be nice having her log back in again to work on her list. feel free to check out our lists throughout the year, make suggestions, find possible read-alikes, tell us what movies we must watch or we'll die. i'm looking forward to consuming mass quantities! will you join us?