February, 2010

Saturday, February 20th – Esther K. Smith at NYPL

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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This Saturday from 2-4pm, we kick off our 2010 Handmade Crafternoons at the New York Public Library with the delightful, super-talented Esther K. Smith. Esther will demo a few projects from her books and share her paper folding and book making wisdom with our group. Esther is the author of  How to Make Books, Magic Books and Paper Toys and The Paper Bride. She and her husband, Dikko Faust run Purgatory Pie Press, a fine letterpress company.

We will have lots of supplies on hand, but if you want to play it super safe you can bring your own glue stick, scissors, favorite rubber stamps, paper and bone folder. Have glue stick, will travel – that’s my motto.

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As always, my wonderful co-host Jessica Pigza will have a wonderful selection of amazing books from the library’s collection to delight and amaze you.

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And speaking of books, if you’re feeling Facebookish, RSVP for the event here. And The Library Shop now carries Crafternoon,  as well as all of Esther’s books, so you can pick up copies for your own craft libraries and we’ll be happy to sign them on the spot!

The fun times will take place at the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room #227). Follow me on Twitter for updates on these events and general microblogging good times. Hope to see you Saturday at the library!

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One Track Mind

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The week before Valentine’s Day, I only have one thing on my mind.

Valentines…

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Valentines…

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Valentines!

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Next Crafternoon – February 20th at the NYPL

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2:00 – 4:00pm – Esther K. Smith!
For our first Crafternoon of 2010, we will welcome the absolutely wonderful Esther K. Smith. Esther is the author of the beloved How to Make Books,

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as well as the delightful Magic Books and Paper Toys and the just-released, utterly lovely bridal DIY guide The Paper Bride. Esther will demo a few projects from her books and share her paper folding and book making wisdom with our group. As always, my wonderful co-host Jessica Pigza will pull an incredible selection of books related to all things paper, letterpress, and more.

My husband Rufus and I were lucky enough to get a tour of Purgatory Pie Press, the letterpress company Esther runs with her husband, Dikko Faust. We shot some video with them, which Rufus is diligently editing as we speak, so check back here in mid-February for a behind-the-scenes tour of an amazing crafty place.

In the meantime, go make some valentines! The big day of love is right around the corner.

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Three of the Things I Love Right Now

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

1. Making valentines to send to far away family and friends.

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2. Tromping around in the snow in my adorable new felt boots from AKA Culture.

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3. Repeatedly watching a wildly creative, completely uplifting and totally mindblowing video directed by my wonderful friend and brand new dad Brian L. Perkins for the ever delightful OK Go.

These three things are good company for me on these happy, busy February days.

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