October, 2009

Bat Baby Shower

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

This summer was so busy, I barely had time to post all the fun things I did. But now that it’s cold and rainy, there’s plenty of time to stay indoors and recap. One of the crafty highlights of my summer was co-hosting a baby shower for my dear friend James Bewley and his delightful wife Kellie. It was a Batman-themed shower.

bat stencil

To say that James is a big Batman fan is an outrageous understatement — James worships Batman. He has one of the most comprehensive Batman collections I have ever seen, and it’s all methodically assembled in his childhood home. And most of his own artwork, which is dark, beautiful and funny, revolves around Batman. So even though they are going to have a baby girl, the Batman theme was appropriate.

We didn’t want the shower to be too frilly, so we had it at Black Rabbit Bar, at great bar in my Greenpoint neighborhood. I custom made coasters and asked the bartender to hand them out when our guests ordered their drinks. All the guests loved them.

bt onesie

To make the coasters, I found a Batman logo online, enlarged it in on a photocopier to the size I wanted, cut out the shape and then traced it on to a thin piece of cardboard. Then using an X-acto knife, I cut out the traced shape out of the cardboard to make the stencil.  Next, I cut oval shapes out of cork sheet for the coasters. And finally I painted on the logo using hot pink paint, leaving them to dry overnight. Easy-peasy. I used the same stencil and some fabric paint to make them a little Bat Girl onesie.

I also made red velvet cupcakes, Kellie’s favorite, from a recipe in the gorgeous cookbook Organic and Chic by Sarah Magid. Sarah lives in Greenpoint, too, and came to a Crafternoon I held at the lovely Word Bookstore in August. Her cake recipe was delicious, the stories in her book are sweet, and the photos of her baked goods are swoon-worthy. It would be a great addition to any baker’s library. I topped them with frosting made from The Domino Buttercream Frosting Recipe with a few drops of red food coloring to make it a girlie pink.


Photo credit: Heather Jones

To decorate the cupcakes, my co-host Lauren and I used the stencil to trace more bats out of sheets of craft foam, and then cut them out, tape them to toothpicks and stick them in the cupcakes.

It was really fun to have these eclectic handmade elements at the shower. I know that James and Kellie appreciated the love that went into them, and it was so rewarding to fete such good people. And I just can’t wait to meet their future superhero.

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KnitKnit Handmade:Crafternoon is a HitHit!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

We had a fantastic turnout on Saturday as we welcomed Sabrina Gschwandtner and Teva Durham for a KnitKnit Crafternoon. Sabrina and Teva shared their tales of knitting life, and took questions from the eager crowd.


Jessica Pigza had pulled some amazing knitting books and periodicals from the libraries collection to inspire attendees.


And knitting instruction was available for anyone who wanted it.


There was a wonderful crafty energy in the room, and knitters shared ideas and stories as rapidly as they could stitch.


It was a perfect Crafternoon.

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NYPL Posters with Double Triple

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Crafty Posters

My friend Phillip from Double Triple and I silkscreened some posters earlier this week to promote Crafternoon at the NYPL. Phillip designed the posters and photocopied the black lettering on construction paper, and then we silkscreened the tops gold and green parts together. The lion brought his own scissors.

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KnitKnit Handmade:Crafternoon at NYPL this Saturday

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Fall is fully upon us, and with it comes the itch to get out the yarn and start knitting up a storm. So come on out to the New York Public Library on Saturday, October 10th, for a KnitKnit Handmade:Crafternoon!


Librarian Jessica Pigza (aka The Handmade Librarian) and I will welcome you once again to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for a wonderful gathering of knitophiles and knitting newbies alike. We are thrilled to be joined by Sabrina Gschwandtner, author of KnitKnit, and two of the knitters she profiled in her book: Teva Durham, author of Loop-d-Loop and Loop-d-Loop Crochet, and Annie Modesitt, author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic (and many, many more books). The ladies will share some purls of wisdom and knitty-gritty yarns about their crafting experience.

Knitting instruction will be available, and we will provide some supplies that can be borrowed for the afternoon. But if you’ve got a project you’re working on, bring it with you! And if you’re looking for inspiration for what to do with that gorgeous new skein of yarn you impulse-bought, we’ll have plenty. Jessica is planning to pull ”stacks of old knitting and crochet magazines from the Library’s collections to share—think glamourous World War II styles, and Mad Men-esque dresses and sweaters too·” Sounds divine, doesn’t it?  More info can be found over on her NYPL Hand-made Blog. We will also have a raffle to raise money for the library, featuring craftastic prizes.

We had such a fabulous time at the first Handmade:Crafternoon last month. I do hope you join us on Saturday for some community crafting!

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 2-4pm

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building,42nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum is in the northeast corner of the second floor of the building.  It’s official room number is 227. Here’s a link to the floorplan for the second floor: http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/admin/2ndfloor.html

Here’s how to find it from the two entrances:
If you enter from Fifth Avenue, take the staircase on the right one flight up, then make a right and it’s at the end of the hall on the right. If you use the the 42nd Street side entrance, go two flights up from the ground floor to the second floor via the stairs or elevator.

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