Monday, April 27, 2009

Make a leaf-printed onesie for your little sprout

With a little fabric paint, a leaf, and some embroidery floss, you can wow the women at the next baby shower with this one-of-a-kind onesie.

Make a Leaf-Printed Onesie for Your Little Sprout - CraftStylish

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Soft Flex your creative muscles

The folks over at Soft Flex (my favorite beading wire) are running a fab beading contest.

Here's the skinny:

Soft Flex® Company is looking for colorful designs that showcase your creativity. Design entries must include all three Soft Flex® Wire colors from one of their ten Trios. There is no limit to the number of designs that you may enter. And go crazy—feel free to feature beads and findings from your local bead shop.

Prizes Include:

  • GRAND PRIZE: $500 Gift Certificate
  • Runner Up: $250 Gift Certificate
  • Honorable Mention: $100 Gift Certificate
  • TOP 10 WINNERS: Free 30-foot spool of their choice

The top 10 winners may be showcased on the Soft Flex website, in magazine ads, in direct mail pieces, and at Soft Flex Company Glass Art & Bead Festivals. Your name and design could be seen by hundreds of thousands of beading enthusiasts!

Click here to find out more details.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Beautiful Disasters - CraftStylish

Beautiful Disasters - CraftStylish

My latest post on CraftStylish deals with Those Crafts that Shall Not Be Named, namely failed experiments. I particularly love Heather Mann's soap that turned out looking like slabs of Spam. What'd she'd do? Find out at the new collective blog, CraftFail.

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Monday, April 6, 2009


The weekend in Portland was truly great. I met some fabulous people in and out of the craft community. After seeing a screening of Handmade Nation (a film by Faythe Levine about the indie craft movement), I was really curious to explore more facets of crafting. Today on Craftstylish, I get into the business of crafting. How do you sustain yourself financially through your craft? Is it even possible?

I'll write more about the weekend but I thought the conversation could start here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The craftgasm roadtrip

I'm headed to Portland (or PDX as the cool kids call it) this afternoon for what has been dubbed "craftgasm", a weekend of all things crafty. I'll be driving down with Craftstylish managing editor Michaela Murphy and her man Greg and we are going to join in festivities already under way. The weekend came together around the Northwest premiere of Handmade Nation, a documentary exploring the rise of the indie craft movement. (Check out the video of the fun opening credits.) I'm so excited for the screening tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

But wait, there's more!

Button It Up author and craftstylish blogger Susan Beal will be on a panel before tomorrow's afternoon screening and then we'll all convene for a crafting session at Susan's amazing home. Hanging out with her daughter Pearl is just the icing on the cake. Mmm, cake.

The weekend also involves a trip to a tiki bar and the Little Blue Waffle Wagon. As much as I'm looking forward to the waffle, I'm even more excited to be hanging out with such amazing and talented folks.

Follow the weekend on twitter by searching for the hashtag #craftgasm.

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