Sunday, April 30, 2006

Flickr Craft Group

Hi all! Flickr has set up a new craft group. Go here to view or join.

Friday, April 28, 2006

hook me up

Anna mentioned the need for a crochet craft conspiracy meeting. There was a fun story in the Star Tribune about crochet yesterday. Click here to read it (you may have to register, sorry). Maybe you have seen this fun book. Looks inspirational!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

May meeting!

Hi there folks. The next conspiracy meeting is almost upon us! I'm sending out the evites tonight, but the list of people to send it to has grown so much that I'm having a hard time figuring out who is REALLY on the list and what your addresses are. If you don't receive something from me, and you want to be on the list, please comment on this post and I'll buzz one out to you right away. By the way, the next TWO meetings will be at my place. I'll supply the clay (stoneware buff), you form it into something cool (I'll even have a potter's wheel available if you want to give that a shot), and I'll fire it up in the kiln. For the June meeting, come on back and you can glaze your project to your likings, I'll fire it again, and at the August meeting it's yours. For keeps. A little inspiration...
These are Anne Haworth's mushrooms. I love how simple they are.
And here's one of Patricia Lazar's pieces. I love her glaze work.
I can't find the name of the artist who made this birdfeeder, but the site that sells the work has a lot of cute garden ideas.

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By the way, I notice that the Singer forms are the most on sale. I don't know anything about those. I personally own a Dritz.

Incidentally, if you sign up for's mailing list, they'll send you 50% off coupons every now and then. Big gainer, ladies. Big gainer.

See you next Thursday!

trash to treasure

In honor of the recent celebration of Earth Day, I thought I would post something about making arts and crafts out of recycled materials. Twin Cities Free Market is a great resource for finding (or getting rid of) stuff. It is a website where people post lots of free stuff. You can even search for free arts and crafts supplies. I recently emailed someone about some free mirror tiles but they were already gone. I check periodically and today someone has a sewing machine they are getting rid of. Check it out!


Hey what's going on for the May craft meeting? I think we should make purses! Another idea that I think would be fun sometime is mosaics (of course). Mosaic-ing is so much fun! It would be too hard to host a mosaic party at home because a) it is kind of expensive to provide materials for the group, b) it is really messy, and c) we wouldn't be able to finish the projects in one night because of grouting. The solution is to have a party at Mosaic on a Stick. The party would end up costing about $30 per person. They have plenty of space and materials as well as helpful knowledge. They send each party goer home with a small bag of grout to finish on their own. If at least 5 people are interested, then I could look into arranging a party over the summer.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

my mobile

I finished my mobile this weekend. I call it "Bird Flew." I used some glitter hairspray that Julie gave me to make the birds sparkly.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Adorable Skirt Found on Flickr

Originally uploaded by Elena777.
I was browsing on flickr and found this adorable skirt. I love the applique. And I really love the stuffed butterfly on the left hip.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Crochet Conspiracy

OK OK, you all know what a nut I am about making things out of recycled materials. So obviously I'm crazy about these shoes that are made out of recycled plastic bags. Imagine how cute they would be if made out of red & white target bags.

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We need to have a crochet conspiracy sometime in the near future. Does anyone know how to crochet? If not, maybe we'll get a guest speaker. Even if we don't make shoes, we can make cutie-pie little animals or something:

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Okay, so The Night of the Knitted Dead was not crochet, but I thought I'd post it anyway.

Also check out Monster Crochet for inspiration on all the lovely things we can do when we learn how to crochet.

(Thanks, Whip Up for the knitted and crocheted creatures.)
(Thanks, Boing Boing, for the shoes.)