Archive for April, 2010

So excited to be included in Craft Corps…

Posted in Craft Corps on April 22, 2010 by Angie

I was very excited to see my little bio come up on the Craft Corps web site!

About Craft Corps: “…staying connected with people (hobbiest or professional) who’re truly passionate about their craft inspires me on a daily basis. This community is something I value greatly and as a voice in the creative industry feel a responsibility to help nurture for you other crafty compadres out there. Enter Craft Corps.”  – Vickie Howell

About Vickie (from her web site): “Vickie is the best-selling author of several craft books: the 2005 Craft Trends Award Finalist, New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want (Oct. ’05), Not Another Teen Knitting Book (June ’06), Knit Aid: A Learn It, Fix It, Finish It Guide for the Stitcher on the Go (May ’08), Pop Goes Crochet (May ’09) and, AwareKnits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco-Conscious Stitcher (Oct. ’09), co-written with activist, Adrienne ArmstrongThe book behind Vickie’s community-driven project, Craft Corps hits shelves in May ’10.  Until then, she’s encouraging artists, crafters and creative types of all kinds to join “The Corps” by telling their stories through profiles on the Craft Corps page of this site.”

If you have yet to check out her site, and Craft Corps, please do so!  Share YOUR story!

Winners Announced!

Posted in Giveaways on April 14, 2010 by Angie

Winners were chosen by random drawing from Facebook Fan and Twitter entries. Thanks to all of our new friends and fans!  Please continue to stop by our blog and Etsy shop. We will have new crafts coming in the very near future!  Tutorials, interviews, product reviews, etc.!  Leave us a comment here or there, and share what you’re working on!

NEW SEGMENT: Monthly “Fabulous Find”

Posted in Aware Knits, Craft Corps, Fabulous Find, Inspiration, knitting, Vickie Howell on April 13, 2010 by Angie

Any of my crafting friends will tell you that I’ve long been a fan of Vickie Howell and her stint on the DIY channel’s “Knitty Gritty” show. I DVR’d every episode I could find for the splendid techniques that Vickie showcased. The camera work also was amazing, so easy to see and follow. It truly proved to be an educational program and I miss it dearly!

I have a couple of Ms. Howell’s excellent books (and her repertoire is growing), but never had the opportunity to pick up her very first…”New Knits on the Block”. Imagine my amazement when I was perusing a Dayton-area dollar store for odds and ends, recently, and came across this JEWEL on the shelves. Not to disparage Vickie by mentioning that I’d found it in a bargain bin, but as this month’s FABULOUS FIND it was hard not to brag about! I’m half elation, half aghast that such a great book was sitting on the shelves for ONE DOLLAR!

Mind you I am not myself a parent, nor do I get a lot of interaction with little ones but her books never let me down in the instructional department!  I DO have relatives and friends with children who will no doubt benefit from things like the “faux chain mail” suit of armor and the “cleopatra” style costume – gifts I am thinking that I will have to tackle. And, with great information such as how to needle felt and how to add stability to some knitted items, I can improve my skills for yet other projects to come!

Ms. Howell…you CAN feel good about the fact that with all the odd lots of other books sitting in heaps, I could not find ONE OTHER copy of the book. Sometimes I’ll pick up such things for my sister, who is also a knitter. They had been cleared out!  It seems I’m not the only one who knows a gem when I see one!

Also, check out Vickie’s latest books, “Aware Knits”, a socially conscious approach to knitting and crochet – and “Craft Corps”, conversations with 30 influential designers. Find out about Vickie’s books and other endeavors at her web site.

Only one more day to enter our giveaway!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by Angie

Today is the last day to sign up for our rag doll giveaway!  Don’t forget that in order to have a chance of winning, you need to ‘become a fan’ of our Facebook page here, and to follow us on Twitter as well!  In addition to having a chance at winning one of our dolls (in the same style as ‘Coral’ and ‘Fleur De Lis’, left), don’t forget there will be a second and third place mystery gift!

Please make us a frequent stop on your craft route!

Fleur De Lis” is our second Etsy listing right now. Check her out, and please show us some link love by posting about our dolls from your own site. Word of mouth to friends is also a welcome kindness!

The shop is now open!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 by Angie

FINALLY – after weeks of family crisis, computer setbacks and other assorted holdups, the ETSY store is open and our first doll, Coral, is officially listed for sale.

Other dolls will be coming this week. They have been in progress for some time now. Because this collection is inspired by Rococo Period French icons like Marie Antoinette, these dolls will be looking to grace some new ‘palaces’ in the very near future!

Please keep us in mind as gift options for doll collectors, youngsters 5+, and even as an interior design option. Their ‘minimalist’ design make them the perfect home decor item as well! I’d love to walk into a contemporary room and find a little “dauphine” sitting in a chair or on a sofa.

TOMS reminds us of the ‘barefoot’ essentials…

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 by Angie

TOMS shoes is hosting “One Day Without Shoes” today, reminding us of what it is to live without the bare essentials in life – and how fortunate we are to have so many blessings.

TOMS has always been a socially conscious company, providing a pair of shoes to a needy child (worldwide) for every pair of their shoes that they sell!

Please take a moment to check out the day’s events, and try to stop by and support one if possible!  If not, you can certainly contribute any day of the year by purchasing a comfortable pair of shoes from TOMS, ensuring that a needy child has a pair on the way!  It’s a win-win!!!

Head over to this link for details on the “One Day Without Shoes” event.

It’s prom season!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 by Angie

Just had to take a moment and brag on some artistic handiwork that my cousin has in progress. Whitney works at Hilltop Designs bridal and formalwear in Winchester, Ohio. As sales manager, she already has her hands full at prom season yet have a look at the lovely custom corsages that she’s creating for individual clients!  I love that they have a youthful flair to them…almost like graffiti flowers, yet they look lovely next to the season’s bright colors and contemporary fabrics!  Way to go, Whitney!

Are there any young prom-goers out there who are doing unique things with their corsages?  …or are you coming up with any unique new customs to accessorize your dresses?  We’d love to hear from you!