Friday, December 18, 2015

DIYpsi recap

for the past several years i've cut down on the number of shows i do, and try to just do a couple around the holidays. and let me tell you - DUCF and DIYpsi are the whoppers! they are my people. my family. my hearts.

DIYpsi is the last show of the year for a lot of the vendors so it's a party and i absolutely love being around these people at this show. this year was no exception. it was held at the riverside arts center in ypsilanti again, but this year we took over the whole building! so it was maze of rooms filled with crafters, with perfectly lettered signs guiding you from room to room.

doing a show so close to home means many of my pals come visit! it's great fun seeing so many friends and family in one space enjoying the vibe.

i had the best time. hanging with my girl nicole of sloe gin fizz, the after party, the after-after party, selling a ton of stuff, drinking delicious craft cider and beer, vegan grub from shimmy shack, and oh so much freaking fun. a giant thank you goes to marcy, sherri and cre for pulling this show together twice a year. people LOVE this fun, little show and i'm thrilled be able to hang with y'all crazy peeps!

i am beyond happy that folks were into my new line of dang goods. i fell in love with printing on fabric this year and such positive feedback from shoppers and fellow artists is a great boost to keep exploring the medium.

thank you all SO much for your support in 2015. being the 10th anniversary of dang argyle it was a pretty big year in terms of change of spirit and i can't wait to get going in the new year.

Friday, December 11, 2015

DUCF recap

sigh. i don't know where to begin describing detroit urban craft fair. i'll try to keep it brief as there are just too many feels. this year marked the 10th anniversary of the detroit urban craft fair. it's also the 10th time that dang argyle has done this show, and the 10th year that dang argyle has existed. so there was a lot to celebrate! we've come a long way, baby!
photo  by doug coombe
the masonic temple was the perfect backdrop for the giant family of crafters that made up the vendor list. hugs and tears and happy thoughts filled the weekend. when i wasn't managing the crowd of 10,500 shoppers (!!) or chatting with my friends, i would get teary and my brain would drift off into thought. wow! what is this? what did we all help create? what would my life be like if handmade detroit hadn't hosted DUCF in august 2006? would this craft community have developed in the way that is has over the past decade if they hadn't worked their magic? perhaps, but not in the same way. detroit just gets it. we've all helped create this culture that is thirsty for going to annual events like DUCF and DIY street fair. not only is it a beautiful family of top-notch, super friendly vendors, but the shoppers too. it is those who walk around these fairs, nursing a beer and looking for their favorite crafter while discovering new ones along the way that have helped make this community what it is today. it's just magical! and i am elated to be a part of it and to have been a part of it for so long. it's been wonderful watching the entire community grow over time.

as for this DUCF - holy smokes! it featured record attendance, DJ dave lawson playing the best tunes, the lunch room serving delicioius vegan food, a friday night preview party, becoming a member of the ten year club, impromptu aisle dance parties, and a ton of laughs and good times with friends. i could not have asked for a better weekend. DUCF is always one of my favorite three weekends of the year.

thank you so much to handmade detroit's carey, bethany and amy for leading the charge this past decade and putting on another fantastic show! i am ever thankful to you for leading the crafty revolution with scissors and cupcakes in hand! (stephanie and lish, too.)

what will next year's DUCF bring? well, i'm sure they'll turn it up to eleven.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

dang prints headed to craft fairs!

i've been busy making all sorts of new goodies to bring to detroit urban craft fair and DIYpsi! the shows are only a few weeks away and i'm SO excited!! but there is still a lot more to make, which means i have many hours ahead of watching the wire (for the 45th time) and drinking pots of coffee! i sure love this time of year.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

eat your pizza & veggies

not sure how i feel about the pizza... but i'm loving these root veggies in teal! i finally cut into the yards of fabric i've been printing and cut out a giant stack of newbies to sew. hooray for productive weekends!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

schedule of holiday craft fairs in michigan

it's holiday craft fair season across the land! there are several in michigan that you need to bookmark and head to when the time comes. your favorite michigan crafters are also doing some other fine shows in nearby states if you're looking for a day trip!

this time of year we buy so many things for loved ones, and i know that buying handmade goodies from super rad, local artists makes me feel less guilty about doing so. i mean, because talk about such unique and beautifully made things! this time of year is particularly busy for artists and visiting shows is a great way to support all the hard work they do with their own two hands! i'm not only looking forward to selling at two of the most awesome craft fairs ever, but also SHOPPING at them!
november 14
bloomington, IN

november 14,
columbus, OH

november 15
toledo, OH

november 21
ferndale, MI

november 21-22
detroit, MI

november 28
flint, MI

november 28
cincinnati, OH

detroit urban craft fair (dang argyle is a vendor!)
december 4-6
detroit, MI

december 12
ann arbor, MI

december 12
detroit, MI

DIYpsi (dang argyle is a vendor!)
december 12-13
ypsilanti, MI

december 12-13
detroit, MI

this is not a complete list of all the shows going on in SE michigan, but ones that caught my attention. happy shopping! i hope to see you around!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

dang argyle holiday show schedule!

this winter you'll find dang argyle at two gosh darn pretty awesome craft fairs in the mitten, and i could not be more excited! this marks our first show of the year, and i've been printing and sewing up all new things! last year both of these shows were off the hook in attendance and quality of crafters present.

you'll find us at the detroit urban craft fair and DIYpsi.

this year marks the 10th anniversary for DUCF and there is a special preview night and party that you can attend! and DIYpsi is taking over the whole riverside arts center!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

dang prints

i'm super excited about the new things going on at the dang HQ! i'm block printing all the fabric i'm using to make new things for upcoming shows! i have block printed on paper for years and one of my goals this year was to print my own fabric. at first i was going to screen print, then this summer i had a huge DUH moment when i thought about all i could do with a process i was already in love with -- block printing.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

flower house detroit

last weekend the most wonderful large-scale floral installation filled an abandoned house in hamtramck and over 2,000 attendees were left awestruck, speechless and muttering things about dreams, fairies, enchantment, and paradise. the flower house was beyond words, beyond what you could capture on film. if you have not heard of the project do not pass go until you've read all about it. the houses will now be responsibly deconstructed and the land turned into a floral farm and design center.

creator lisa waud's big project has been covered around the world - just google it and your eyes and mind will be blown to mellowy dreamy bits of goo. in fact, it's three days later and i'm still feeling a bit gooey. i'm so grateful to have witnessed such unique beauty, and i'm so proud and inspired by the creatives in my community. so many people i know were able to go and they too are still basking in the afterglow of such wonder.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

book pages: nature anatomy!

i am just in love with this book! nature anatomy by julia rothman is full of amazing illustrations and blurbs of things found in the natural world. things involving weather, flowers, animals, and so much more! a really great find for those who are into illustration, nature or beautiful books.

*all photos and illos are from the book

Monday, September 14, 2015

potassium enriched printing

i've been working on block printing a lot of fabric lately and this avocado stamp is one of my favorites so far. i can't wait to sew this up into something cute. keep an eye out for our new collection of dang argyle sewn goods made from fabric designed and hand block printed by us!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

flower house in detroit

this october flower house is coming to detroit and it's going to be amazing. with lisa waud behind the idea you just can't go wrong. i can't wait to view this collection of flowers that's going to fill an abandoned house and turn it into joy. what is flower house?

the third weekend of october 2015, cutting edge florists from michigan and across the country will fill the walls and ceilings of an abandoned detroit house with american-grown fresh flowers and living plants for a weekend installation. flower house visitors will be welcomed to a weekend of exploration friday, october 16th through sunday october 18th.

timed tickets are on sale now! 
check out the flower house website for photos of what's to come.

Friday, September 04, 2015

our new logo!

have i told you about the new logo marcy davy of all things grow designed for us?! after years of that cute block printed owl we finally upgraded to a simple, modern logo that suits our style. it's kind of ironic that now that we're making all our goods from our own hand block printed fabric that we replace our block printed logo! i'm really happy with how this turned out and i can't wait to present the new logo and new stuff at future craft fairs!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

last goonie weekend

well, now that it's september i'm reflecting on the summer that was so summery. so, so summery indeed. i took one last trip up north two weeks ago, and it was divine. i spent five days in a cabin with two delightful friends and three sweet doggies, and i think it was the most relaxing vacation i've ever been on. we stayed at a cottage on drummond island off the eastern coast of the upper peninsula. if you seek a pleasant peninsula ain't no joke! sigh. we spent the days swimming, floating, planning meals, eating delicious food, and drinking delicious cocktails. no internet, no phones, no schedules. it was so, so good. here's to a fantastic summer!

Friday, August 21, 2015

we are ten!

dang argyle is 10 years old!

yeah, i like birthdays. so in july we celebrate the birthday of our etsy shop, which just turned 9, and in august we celebrate the birth of dang argyle! 

it seems like just yesterday cortney and i were scheming up what this whole thing would be. but low and behold it was 10 summers ago that we sat in a park with a notebook jotting down wild plans. we hatched a plan and i started sewing up a storm while she spent a few months in china. when she came back we were busy, busy, busy sewing and becoming dang argyle!

with that in mind... it's time for some new energy. as far as the shop goes, we are making way for new things...and everything is on sale in the dang argyle shop! snag those gifts early!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

summer adventures

i recently went on a trip to michigan's upper peninsula, and it was so majestic and fun! first we toured the tahquamenon falls state park and then headed over to mackinac island. we packed a lot into three days!

the lower tahquamenon falls were amazing! so much beautiful land to absorb and get lost in. 

 the upper tahquamenon were also quite awesome. they were giant!

when driving around roads in tiny half-abandoned areas in towns like paradise, michigan, i like to make pit stops and see what's there.
 we stopped to check out the sunset on whitefish bay and happened upon a ton of milkweed! and it was covered in monarch caterpillars! i was so excited and totally freaking out -- the monarch life cycle is one of my faves, and i was so glad to see so many going through the process.

then it was off to mackinac island via st. ignace! oh man! SO beautiful. we biked the eight miles around the perimeter of the island and the view pretty much looked like this the entire time.

and sometimes the view looked like this. sigh. this was the view from arch rock. 

i can't wait to get back to the UP and explore some more. michigan is such a fantastic state to travel in, particularly in the summer, with so many great lakes to trample through. summer, summer, please stay and play.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

dang blocks

i've been working on a lot of block printing lately! i've got some new plans up my sleeve for d'argyle and i can't wait for them to take flight.

Monday, July 13, 2015

more time in NYC

this past week i spent some time in new jersey and lots of time in manhattan - my 3rd time traveling out there this year! i traveled with a crew of 18! one of our many stops was liberty island to see the statue of liberty, and it was really cool! my first time seeing it. i really liked ferry ride and the unique views of the city.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

let's get cookin'

this past christmas i received three cookbooks and halfway through the year they are still the three i go to when i am looking for something new to make! i've enjoyed what i've made from these books, and there are many quaility recipes to choose from. i highly recommend these titles!

Friday, July 03, 2015

craft-a-way camp 2015

last weekend was the 3rd annual craft-a-way camp and it was another fabulous year! craft-a-way camp is the brainchild of amy and ethan of small craft and they do a tremendous job of pulling this whole thing off. this year we had a full day of rain the first day and they quickly adapted and set up the workshops in our cabin. that same night the sky cleared and was followed by the most fabulous sunset. this made way for our annual sing-along campfire featuring 90s tunes, small instruments, and vegan s'mores! add in running around a field with sparklers and you've got the perfect summer night.

during our two straight days of crafting we attended workshops taught by amy cronkite, ethan cronkite, marcy davy, courtney fischer, and val willer. at the workshops we made stud earrings, made lanyards (out of gimp?!),  made macrame plant holders, did some weaving using things found in nature, dyed scarves with indigo, and screen printed banners. that's a lot of awesome crafting! there was barely any downtime as we found ourselves making lanyards and wrapping sticks with yarn when we weren't at workshops. there was some serious crafting going on! we also went on a beautiful hike with ethan leading the way teaching us about the surrounding natural area.

it was wonderful to spend two full days relaxing, screen-free in the woods creating with such a super group of people. we had a good mix of returning campers and new campers and we seriously laughed and had fun the entire time. craft-a-way camp holds a certain magic to it and it's hard to put into words. all i know is that i'm still in craft camp hangover bliss mode and i can't wait to do it again next year!
*all photos by amy cronkite / small craft 

be sure to read small craft's write-up and view the full photo gallery

Thursday, July 02, 2015

rad american women A-Z

written by kate schatz and illustrated by miriam klein stahl, rad american women shares the stories of 26 women who made a big impact on our nation. every single one of them changed america in some way. alphabetically, the book features billie jean king, patti smith, zora neale hurston, and more. and you can download images from the book! this book is fabulous and would make a great addition to your book collection.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

east coast adventuring

i've gone on a few trips to the east coast this year and have visted new york city more than i ever thought i would. (i'm going again next week, in fact!) this past april when i went i visited the high line for the first time and it was amazing! i highly recommend it, and i also recommend not going during popular hours, as it can get crowded. i really enjoyed the flora and the public art installations. it would be great to go back and see what's new!