Thursday, October 26, 2006

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Event!

Did you know that the fabulous Renegade Craft Fair is holding its first ever holiday event in Chicago??!??? I was just clicking around, and voila! They are still accepting applications through November 1st! If your a crafty crafter you have to check it out!
It's easy! Just click here, and then click on Chicago, Ill!

Monday, October 23, 2006

CRAFT: Magazine Launch Party

If you are in the LA area, or will be this weekend, then you are in for a treat! Craft: magazine, in conjuction with our friends at Felt Club, is hosting a launch party in honor of the new magazine this Saturday!! I cant wait to check it out! If you would like to learn more, click here.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Cheeky goodness!

Now you never have to wish you had thought of something wity to say in the moment! Paper Stories is there to say it for you in a cheeky, yet elegnat way! I love the beautiful and unexpected designs of these letterpress cards!! Upon first glance you see the colors and the embellishments . . . and then the message slaps you upside the head! These cards are so cool, they kind of make you want to misbehave!

(All images courtesy of Paper Stories)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Purl Soho
All of the web searching I did for the post about the SuperNatural scarf and hat drive reminded me about a fabulous knitting shop! I would like to share Purl Soho with you. This is a shop that I made it a point to visit on my last trip to NYC. I was super excited to see Purl featured on decor8 in August, announcing that they had launched an online store! The Brick and Morter shop in the West Village is entrancing! I was there for hours while my husband roamed the neighborhood. Luckily he was a good sport! In addition to tons of jaw-dropping yarns, they offer knitting patterns, accessories, notions, and magazines. I dare you to resist! Make that a triple dog dare!
(Images from the decor8 post! Thanks Holly!)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Knit with love!
For the last 4 years SuperNaturale has taken scarf & hat donations for their annual drive that benefits Sanctuary For Families, an organization that provides many services for battered women and their children. (To learn more about the drive, click here.) To help you get started, here are some great resources, places that in my current learning phase of knitting (beginner!) I look to for inspiration.

Jen Stafford, The domiKNITrix, has a naughty approach to her knitting! Her patterns are fun and fresh! Check out this Devil Hat, just in time for Halloween! There is also a modified version, the Snow Devil, with long straps for the cheeky snowboarder in us all! If, like me, you aren't a seasoned knitter, then check out the 6 free easy scarf patterns that are great for learning simple techniques while knitting something for a good cause!

Yarn-A-Go-Go has a great description of taking patterns you like, and combining them. I love this idea because it allows you to be creative and design your own look without having to know how to do the figuring of an all new pattern!

Of course Knitty is always a fantabulous resource for fun, free patterns. I am always ooohhhing and aaahhhing over the images, and then I realize that my day job would never alow for me to make all of the fabulous knitted things that I am tempted to embark on! I must remember, one at a time!!!

In addition to the temptation of amazing patterns, amazing yarn is also a trigger for me. I covet yarn! It is so soft and cuddly, who wouldn't want it all to themselves!!! There are tons of places to find new, cool combinations. Here are some I enjoy!

Luxe Fibre is a great resource for hand spun and hand dyed yarns. Natasha Fialkov is passionate about spinning very colorful and luxurious combinations of yarns which she also knits into fantastic items she sells in her Etsy shop.

Fearless Fibers has tons of colorful sock weight yarns! Every skein is hand dyed or hand painted. Your dilemma will be how to resist every luscious color!

JuJu Knits offers affordable Merino Wools that are each dyed in a rainbow of hues. Each skein is 440 yards, plenty to knit any 1 skein project!

If you decide that knitting a scarf to donate to SuperNatural is something you would like to do, I would love to see what you are working on! Email me a pic of your project with the correct credit, and I'll post it up!
(All images courtesy of each individual site)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Halloween Treats!

Halloween is a time for the unexpected! An opportuinty for EVERYONE to be creative and express a part of themselves that is really only supposed to come out and say Hi! once a year! It is awesome to peruse the Etsy pages and see what the crafty kids are up to! This is a huge sampling of stuff available on the site, but I love it all and simply could not pick and choose! Enjoy! is offering an awesome Vincent Price
silkscreened t-shirt! How very Edward Scissorhands!

Mikel Robinson is one of my greatest inspirations.
His works are so unique and haunting! You have to see it to believe it!

PBCB Studios celebrates Dio de Los Muertos with this traditionally
Mexican inspired watercolor original painting!
There are so many details in the piece, everytime you look at it you see something new! It is gorgeous!

I think I might NEED one of these fab shirts from Crystal J.!
I love the hearts for eyes! A tender twist to this scary Halloween staple!

These felted Eyeball earrings from Knit Knit are so creepy!
I cant imagine how fun they will be dangling from an earlobe!!

This knife weidling bunny necklace is so Fatal Attraction!
Created by Unpopular Belief, it is disturbing on so many levels!
Well done!

Rachael Sudlow never fails to impress! Her "Tricks For Treats" tag gets
the family pet in on the fun! Or hang it from your
keychain and see who in your day challenges you to perform a trick!
You had better be prepared with something fun!

And finally, I am throwing one of my pieces into the mix. This print of the spooky Belles is totally creepy! They are just about to beckon you to come and play with them in the attic! Do you dare???

(All images courtesy of each individual artist)