Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter DIYpsi

it was winter and there was a DIYpsi. this show is so much fun. it's often the last show for many crafters so things are care-free! it was great to sell alongside some of my favorite crafters. i just can't get enough of the fabulous people in this craft community. this show is near home so many of my local peeps come to shop and visit. DIYpsi was at riverside art center again, and it was great, despite the little blizzard we had on sunday. hooray! thanks for a fun holiday show season, y'all! XO

Thursday, December 08, 2016

the magical magic of DUCF

photo by doug coombe
what can i say about the detroit urban craft fair that hasn't already been said or felt so many times. this was the 11th year for the show, and the 11th time i've done it. the kickass ladies of handmade detroit know what the hell they are doing and i love them dearly for that and more. DUCF was the first show dang argyle did, all the way back in 2006, and the rest is history. i still talk to many of the crafters i met in 2006-2009. that's how strong this community of crafters is around detroit. this current DUCF did not fail to bring up so many emotions of gratitude and awe of all that we (yes, we) have helped to accomplish. this handmade thing. this movement. the popularity of craft fairs and handmade and making of all sorts.  

during this three-day show, the detroit ghostbusters showed up twice. i was super excited by this and had a blast watching them walk around, shoot their proton packs at the stay-puft marshmallow man, make crafts with kids, and spread general geekish merriment. so fun! 

a big thank you goes out to the shoppers, the vendors, the volunteers, and that stellar DJ dave lawson. i can't wait to see what year 12 brings.

xo, manz

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

dang stacks

stacks on stacks of freshly printed sewn goods for DUCF and DIYpsi! have i told you lately how amazing block printing is? 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

dang holiday show schedule!

i am super excited to be a vendor at both the detroit urban craft fair and DIYpsi again this year! since i'm not so much into updating my etsy shop, this is your opportunity to shop what's new in the dang argyle headquarters. i am so looking forward to selling at these shows, connecting with shoppers, and seeing all my crafter friends together! i hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

new prints

mix-tapes and lemons, because why not. i have printed up so much fabric! i can't wait to cut and sew it up into more cuteness coming soon to DUCF and DIYpsi!

Monday, October 17, 2016

friends don't lie

can you guess what i'm going to be for halloween? i made these felt waffles yesterday. i wanted them as a prop and didn't want to walk around with a vegan version of eggos all night. i searched and found a nice waffle tutorial here, but i used triple layered felt instead. they're not perfect, but not bad for 15 minutes of work! yay!

Friday, September 16, 2016

SIDE A: printmaking

i've been working on block printing a bunch of new fabric designs lately. i am particularly thrilled with this mix tape print, especially in teal on aqua. i can't wait to print it in black! i am really into black ink right now.

Monday, August 22, 2016

stranger things

in mid-july during the weekend of my birthday i was watching a woody allen movie that was terrible and i couldn't finish watching it. i needed something to watch. then i quickly recalled that a friend mentioned something called stranger things both on instagram and on facebook, and how it just came out. that was the only mention of the show at that point. not knowing what it was (or how quickly it would take over my brain, your brain or the summer) i turned it on. BOOM. i ended up staying up way too  late watching "just one more episode." case closed. hands down one of the best new shows i've seen. 

i am a HUGE fan of what i call "little boy adventure films." you know, ET, stand by me, the outsiders, the goonies, big, etc. and being a child of the 80s there were plenty to go around. this show combined all the elements of 80s shows and books into one in a magical way that was made for me. and the music just sealed the deal. i've watched it twice now and look forward to another season. 

etc etc blah blah, go read all the articles on the interweb about it! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Happy June!

summer times are here and i'm ready for all the beaches and adventures!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

miss moon

you know the moment when you discover a book and you see stars and feel all the warm-n-fuzzies as you flip through the book. miss moon: wise words from a dog governess by janet hill is just that kind of book. after i read it i hugged it and told everyone in the vicinity about it.

it's a children's picture book, but it's totally not just for kids. i feel that as an adult i get more of out if than a child.

oil paintings by author janet hill are the backdrop for lovely little life lessons. all from a dog governess!! talk about an amazing job.

lesson one: friends can come in many shapes and sizes.
lesson two: be true to your adventurous spirit.

it’s really quite sweet, and the whimsical nostalgia-inspired images illustrate such wisdom perfectly.

and BONUS: she has an etsy shop where you can purchase prints! from this book as well as her other works. sigh -- it is all so amazing and i can't wait to get this print on my wall.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

vegan cheeze sauce

here is a delicious non-processed, non-dairy vegan cheeze dip that is wonderful! it wows both vegans and carnivores. it's warm, ooey, gooey and delicious on nachos! i've been making it for nearly a decade, but i'm placing the recipe here in case i ever misplace it. (not that i don't have it memorized or anything!) 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least an hour, or overnight)
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 4 oz. jar of pimentos
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1  1/2 tsp salt
  1. place all ingredients in blender and mix on high until completely smooth.
  2. pour into saucepan. heat over medium heat while stirring or whisking continuously for 5-10 or until cheeze is thickened to desired consistency.
  3. enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

a foolish weekend

for the past ten years the first weekend in april has been festifools weekend in ann arbor, featuring a sunday "parade" of foolishness featuring large papier mache puppets made by students and the community. i absolutely LOVE this event and have been involved for the past eight years. shortly after the birth of festifools the creators brought us a second event: foolmoon, an evening celebration of foolishness with processionals of glowing luminaries that ends at a giant street dance party. this year both events featured no precipitation to soggy up papier mache puppets and luminaries and the crowds that came out celebrated this fact! i love that these events invite the community to be creative and make whatever they want to bring to the events, whether it's costumes, puppets, dancing, bubbles, or music! i am all about trying to get adults to step into the silly zone. 
photo by ken r. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

more mo willems!

i accidentally stumbled upon the fact that a mo willems art exhibit opened the week before i arrived in new york. hello magic! of course i finagled our plans and convinced the crew to go. and with three kids in said crew, it was easy! the new york historical society museum and library was darling. it had the bat mobile, new york history stuff, a really cute children's area with interactive exhibits AND a super sweet little library with many books for kids to read. but the meat of it for me was MO WILLEMS! a serious favorite picture book author. pigeon, anyone?! and don't even get me started on elephant and piggie! i was mesmerized by the exhibit and dropped a wad in the gift shop. i'm so happy i found out it was there when i was! you know, just doing research for my job...
the bus! the pigeon drives as folks read. 
mounds of mo books to read inside the bus!
i had to read a pigeon book. 
the bus AND the hot dog? love this. 
bonus: this museum is right near cafe frida, which is one of our faves and they have amazing sangria, margaritas, guacamole and everything! highly recommend.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

new york botanical garden visit!

last week i had the distinct pleasure of visiting family out east again, and boy oh boy... ADVENTURE TIME! one such magical place we visited was the new york botanical garden, during their big orchid show.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

book pages: sharpie art workshop

this book recently came across my desk and i couldn't help but swoon! sharpies, those magical pens. who doesn't own a stash of at least ten? perhaps you favor the sharpie ultra-fine point, or perhaps the sharpie brush or the sharpie twin tip.

invented in 1964 the sharpie is the number-one selling permanent marker in the world. sharpie art workshop asks the big question: why sharpies? it then explores the history and facts, materials, tools and techniques, and creative exercises all involving the beloved sharpie.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

happy twin peaks day!

art by pachu m. torres
okay friends, we did it. six new episodes of the rebooted x-files have come and gone. i have many thoughts on the subject. 1.) that it happened 2.) that it's over.

it brings to mind the rest of the 90s reboots flying around lately, and of course twin peaks coming back in 2017 is top on the list (of excitement and fear). here we have mulder passing the work onto cooper. maybe? i seriously love this image.

and today is twin peaks day! grab a donut!

Monday, January 18, 2016

mulder, it's me

is anyone else super excited about the x-files reboot?! 6 days from new we'll have the start of 6 fresh episodes. i can't wait to see what the characters have been up to and who will return for this special! over the past several months i've gotten through many of the original 9 seasons, skipping episodes here and there. this week i am going to watch the 2008 film i want to believe and then maybe watch the lone gunmen series if the DVD i ordered arrives in time. GEEKED!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

book pages: hip hop ya don't stop

i thoroughly enjoyed this book! the rap yearbook features the most important rap song from every year since 1979, discussed, debated and deconstructed! not to be confused with the "best" rap song each year, which the author denotes early on.

the text is funny and accessible, the illustrations and diagrams (yes, infographics!!!) offer witty sidebars and such great tidbits, and the foreword by ice-T is fab. i highly recommend this read.