April, 2009

Eco-Friendly Crafternoon and Crafterhours!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Spring is here, and man, is she pretty! The trees are totally flaunting their petal power. This city is full of some braggadocious plant life. Hasn’t someone told them that we’re supposed to be a little bit more reserved in this economy? 

Oh, right – Nature doesn’t care about the economy! That’s what makes it the coolest. Let’s celebrate the awesome power of Mother Nature with two recycle-tastic events this week. Deets below. Hope to see you at one of those fine spots so we can craft together and swoon about Spring!

Crafternoon Earth Day Workshop at Kreatelier in Providence

When: Sunday, 4/26, from 12-3pm

Where: Kreatelier, 804 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Come to Providence for an “Earth Day” workshop event at Kreatelier! I’ll be guiding crafters of all ages as they transform bins and bins of trash and recyclables into Recyclobots and Green Doll Houses. Come see how and make your own trash a total treasure.


Crafterhours at Spacecraft: Recycled Mother’s Day

When: Thursday, 4/30, from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY


Join me for an evening of crafting earth-friendly gifties for the mommas in your life. Bring your boring t-shirts and cloth tote bags and turn them into something mommalicious with fabric paint, sequins, buttons and more. Got a mom who loves to read? We’ll have lots of paper from our recycling bins to turn into cute collaged bookmarks and one-of-a-kind cards. Prefer to work on a mom-free project? Then just sit at the big table and enjoy the crafty good company. We promise we won’t tell your mom.

Feel free to bring your own materials to share with your fellow crafters. And if you think you might get thirsty, we’ll share some libations with you if you’ll bring some, too. Crafters of all ages are welcome. Moms and fans of moms are encouraged to attend. ‘Cause putting a recycled twist on your Mother’s Day shouldn’t mean regifting your birthday present.



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Greenpoint is Where it’s At – Part One

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

I love my neighborhood. Sure, it takes me 45 minutes each way to get to and from work, but the long commute is well worth it. My neighborhood is a total charmer. I’ve sung the praises of Word before, and here’s another praise-worthy place in my little haven. (Part one in a series of awesomeness.)

Champion Coffee, pictured above, is my favorite coffee shop in Brooklyn. I just happen to be lucky enough to live within walking distance of the joint. The coffee is fantastic, the shop is bright and airy, and they have a great magazine library with everything from Art Forum to Martha Stewart. The good coffee and good magazine combo reminds me of Farleys, my favorite coffee shop in San Francisco, which I miss to this day.

Back here at Champion, there is a delightful little outdoor patio with lots of plants in the back, so when the weather gets warm I will be there on many Saturday mornings. But it’s the folks that work there that give it the A plus. They’re all friendly, which sets it apart from most hip coffee spots I’ve ever been to. And that’s what makes it fit right into the ‘hood. If you make the pilgrimage to Greenpoint, be sure to stop by The Champ for a coffee and a pastry (or one of their tasty baked egg dishes). It’ll make you wish you were my neighbor.

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Good Crafternews (and a Biscuit Recipe)

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I got some serious blog love this week! First Terri Trespicio posted this vid of me demonstrating my sweet umbrella project from my radio appearance on Tuesday: http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/radioblog/2009/04/shes-crafty.html

And then Friday my book trailer was featured on Comedy Central’s website! http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/2009/04/03/crafternoon-delight/

This morning, we celebrated with a biscuit breakfast.

Yum! Biscuits are a tasty treat on any morning, and super easy to make (and super cheap, too). The recipe I use was introduced to me by my college roommate Miriam. I think of her every time I make them, and that makes me happy. I don’t think she’d mind if I shared the recipe with you, so here it is!

Easy-Peasy, Not-a-Bit Greasy Biscuits


2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons double-acting baking powder

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

2/3 cup soy milk (or regular milk)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Sift flour, then re-sift with baking powder and salt. Measure oil, then milk, into a measuring cup (don’t stir together). Pour wet mixture over dry mixture, and mix together with a fork until completely combined.

Take dough out of bowl and knead 10 times on wooden board. Then using a glass, cut out biscuits. When you have cut out all the biscuits, bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. Serve with something tasty. I recommend butter and Sarabeth\’s Blood Orange Marmalade.

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