January, 2010

Best Friends and Crafternoons

Monday, January 25th, 2010

My best friend, Christine Poreba, is a wonderful lady. She can craft with the best of them (I’ve been wearing the t-shirt necklace she made me for Christmas at least once a week since she gave it to me and she was my first Crafternoon co-host here in Brooklyn), she’s a gifted poet and she is a very kind and thoughtful friend. At the beginning of the month, she and her talented photographer husband, John Mann, traveled to Portland, Oregon, where John has an exhibit at PDX Contemporary. (The exhibit closes this Saturday, and I’m sure it’s fantastic, so go check it out if you are in the area.)

While they were there, they made the requisite pilgrimage to Powell’s. And there, in the craft section, on display, was Crafternoon! She took a picture to prove it to me.


It’s an honor to be featured so prominently on the fair shelves of such a famous bookstore! It makes me feel warm inside. And just today when I was looking through my iPhoto album, I came across this photo: IMG_0714

This is one of the covers I made for the Crafternoon book proposals I sent out so long ago now. Seeing this picture reminded me of what an amazing journey Crafternoon has been. From small parties hosted with dear friends, Crafternoon has transformed into big gatherings at one of my favorite places in all of New York City. And from ten book proposals with hand sewn, recycled denim covers (sewn with the assistance of my lovely mother), it has become a book you can buy at a wonderful place like Powell’s. It fills me with awe, and it makes me truly grateful. And it is proof that dreams can be achieved, with heart, persistence and a little help from wonderful friends.

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2010 Handmade Crafternoons at the New York Public Library

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Handmade Crafternoons at the New York Public Library are returning in February, so mark your calendars for more amazing days of FREE crafting and inspiration in one of my favorite places in the world. If you came out this fall, thanks for making our inaugural series such a complete success. Every single Crafternoon was packed with crafters eager to learn from each other and the library. We raised money for the library, we gave away amazing raffle prizes, we made crafts, and we made new friends. And if you missed it, don’t be jealous! Just be sure to join us in February, March, April or May for some amazing crafty days.

My crafty librarian co-host, the remarkable, adorable and wildly knowledgeable Jessica Pigza will continue to pull stacks of jaw-droppingly cool books from the library’s collection to share with you. And we will continue to welcome incredible special guests who are traveling from all over the Crafternoon Nation to spend a little QT will us at the NYPL.

Saturday, February 20, 2:00 – 4:00pm


Esther K. Smith, author of How to Make Books, Magic Books & Paper Toys, and The Paper Bride, will join us for some paper folding and book making good times. Esther is a completely amazing artist and a very cool person, so you will definitely want to join us to learn the ways of the paper from the master herself.


Saturday, March 20, 2:00 – 4:00pm


Hand-Stitched Felt author Kata Golda is coming all the way from Washington state to share her process of making some of the sweetest felt creations to ever roam the earth. Kata is another very cool lady that you’ll most definitely want to meet, so get out your sewing kit and plan to whip out some stitches with us in March.

Saturday, April 17, 2:00 – 4:00pm


I will be leading us in DIY fun while also sharing tips on how to host your very own inspiring Crafternoons. Right now, I’m learning towards doing a decoupage theme, but Jessica is going to help me get some inspiration by helping me do some research in the library, so I might be psyched to craft something completely by the time April rolls around.

Saturday, May 15, 2:00 – 4:00pm

alabama studio style
Natalie Chanin, creative director of Alabama Chanin and author of Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style, is paying us a visit from Alabama to show us some of her favorite crafting techniques and talk about the inspiration behind her work. And I think it goes without saying that Natalie is a super cool lady. I haven’t had the chance to meet her yet, so I’m doubly excited to shake her hand and have her share her wisdom in May.


Location for All Events:

New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Check back here and at Jessica’s NYPL blog: http://www.nypl.org/blog_series/47887 for more details as each event approaches. See you at the library!

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