October, 2008

Halloween Crafternoon: The Recap

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Hi Crafternooners!

This Saturday’s Crafternoon was a smashing success. It was a rainy day in New York City, and there was a bit of a chill in the air — in other words, the perfect condition for a Crafternoon. There is something so cozy about being indoors, crafting up a storm, while the rain pitter patters outside your window.

The good people at Three of Cups in the East Village let us take over their space for a few hours of serious crafting. The turnout was lovely, as always, with a good mix of old friends, newer friends, and future friends.

Many Day of the Dead skulls were decorated, like these bad boys:

When was the last time you saw a harlequin skull? But skulls weren’t the only thing being worked on. Check out this awesome autumnal birthday card!

And true to the Halloween theme, there was some work done on a handmade Wonder Woman costume…

And though I didn’t get a lick of crafting done myself (I was nursing a bad arm and making good use of my big mouth), I felt like a million bucks when I was done. ‘Cause there is nothing in the world that is more satisfying then hanging out while folks chat and craft and eat. It just gives you a glow. Not a spooky, jack-o-lantern glow, but a sexy, I-just-got-fueled-by-creativity glow. And I intend to wear the heck out of that on Halloween.

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Wave Hill Revisited

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Sometimes you have to take a day off from crafting to get your creative juices flowing. So this weekend, my dear friend Becky and I took Metro-North up the Hudson River for an afternoon of Fall strolling at Wave Hill in the Bronx.

Wave Hill is a tiny botanical garden in the gorgeous neighborhood of Riverdale. All of the houses in Riverdale look like this:


Well, maybe there are some houses in Riverdale that don’t look like that, but on the walk from the train to the garden, those are the sort of houses that you see.

Wave Hill looks out on the Hudson River, and the views are pretty damn spectacular.

Give it two more weeks and those Palisades will be popping with Fall colors. In the meantime, we found foliage hot spots here….


…and there….


…and a treasure trove of gorgeous gourds…


I did some subtle marketing by toting my stuff around in the hand silkscreened Crafternoon tote. I made them with my friend Phillip, the guy from doubletriple.net who designed this site. We gave them away to everyone who bought a book at my reading at Word, which, by the way, was a great success.


For a $10 roundtrip train ticket and a $6 admission fee (less if you’re a senior or a student), Wave Hill is a lovely place to spend a crisp fall afternoon.

http://wavehill.org/home/

So I took the weekend off from crafting, but I got a hearty dose of inspiration. I think I’m going to craft our dog Lorenzo a petal collar for Halloween. Make him look just as purdy as a Riverdale dahlia.

Hello, Dahlia!

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Crafternoon: The Book Trailer

Monday, October 13th, 2008

I decided to make a book trailer to get people interested in Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a book trailer before, but they’re very DRAMATIC! And someone is always hiding a SECRET! And believe me, Crafternoon has a secret or two to share…

Special thanks to director/editor/all-around-talent James Parvin for making the video so awesome!

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Greetings, Crafternooners!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Welcome to Crafternoon.com. I hope this site will become your resource for simple, low-budget ideas for group and solo crafting experiences. I will be posting my crafty concepts, linking you to other great craft sites, and just generally trying to keep you all laughing and crafting.

The month of October is going to be the Crafternoon-iest ever! As most of you know, Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long by yours truly hit bookstores and other places today!

I am delighted with how it turned out, and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who ever attended a Crafternoon or spread the crafty word about them. You truly rock!

I hope the book will inspire more and more people to get crafty and creative with their friends and family. In these difficult times, it’s so important to refocus our energy on the good things in life — making things, sharing things, and gathering with the people we love. Those things don’t cost money, but they pay us back in major ways. I’m not trying to be all hokey, people, but love and creativity are free!

I’ll be celebrating the book release with a fun New York event next week. I will be doing a reading and “crafterhours” crafting session on Thursday, October 16th at 7:30 pm at Word, a fantastic bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

I will read some fun stuff from the book. We will craft some celebration skulls and ghoulish greeting cards, and there will be bonus handmade goodies for those folks who purchase a copy of the book. The reading will be followed by drinks at a nearby bar. It will be awesome all around.

And if you don’t get your fill of crafting (or of me) on the 16th, there will be more crafty events all around this Crafternation in the next few months. Keep checking in right here for more dates in more places.

So mark your calendars, gentle crafters! I cannot wait to craft with you.

In Craft I Trust,
Maura

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