April, 2011

This Saturday in Brooklyn – Dale Radio Live!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I’m thrilled to be joining my dear friend the wonderfully hilarious Dale Seever at a live recording of his podcast, Some Things I Enjoy.

It’s this Saturday, 4/30, at 7pm the Brooklyn Lyceum. The timing is very cool, since there’s going to be a craft market there all day Saturday and Sunday! Come early and check out the market.

The other guests are the super talented artist Molly Crabapple, and amazing musician Lumberob, both great folks who performed at Two for the Show many years ago.

I’m so looking forward to this event. It will be well worth the $5 admission. Hope to see you there!

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Easter Goodness

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Getting ready for Easter weekend, I’m doing a bit of crafting. That’s my craft/dining room table this morning before I head to work. In the upper right hand corner is the bonnet my mom and I worked on together for my sweet little niece. I love the way the modern fabric makes the old-fashioned design look brand new.

Below it are vintage Easter postcards I’ll be mounting on paper and sending to loved ones, a craft I described in this old post.  The bottom is the new pink dress for the little stuffed bunny I made for my niece back in December. Her bunny needs something new for Easter, too! That pattern is from Kata Golda’s beloved book, Hand Stitched Felt.

A friend at work asked if I had any fun Easter crafts to recommend. Though I haven’t tried this egg dyeing method yet, I adore the end result.

(Photo credit: bigsislilsis.com)

I read about this project in the April issue of Country Living magazine. It was created by Sonia Bauer of www.bigsislilsis.com. The full project, which looks gorgeous at every step, is here on her site. It also happens to be very eco-friendly, as she uses natural dyes for her eggs.

As I crafted this am, I heard a great story on NPR about an exhibit at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Makes me want to take a road trip south to see it. Check out this gorgeous textile by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner called Hothouse Flowers.


(Photo credit: Virginia Spragg via npr.org)

And if you want to hear some more Easter ideas, tune in to Whole Living on Martha Stewart Radio tomorrow at 10am. I’ll be returning to talk all things Easter with the lovely Terri Trespicio. Hope you are having a joyful week.

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The Flowers and the Trees

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Spring has finally decided to make an appearance, and I’m cool with the showers it’s laying on us, ’cause we all know that water brings flowers, flowers, flowers!

And trees! Don’t forget about the trees. I hope that most of you see trees every day at some point, but we rarely pay attention to who is tending to them.

My dad became a Citizen Pruner two years ago, introducing me to the program. It’s a band of hearty NY volunteers who learn how to care for the city’s trees. You can register here to take the course this spring and become a Citizen Pruner. It’s a super cool program, and a great group of people involved.

This has made me think more seriously about the trees of NYC. While I don’t have time to become a CP at the moment, I do have time to adopt a tree. Which is exactly what I did.

That’s my tree. I adopted it here. The notion of adopting trees is “to ensure that newly planted trees receive the water and care needed to thrive in the urban environment.” (Taken from the Trees New York website).

My tree is right outside my house, and I can check on it from my bedroom window. On Saturday, I decided to beautify it with some flowers. When it isn’t the rainy season, it’s so important to water the trees. If the plants are wilting, it means your tree is also thirsty. And anyway, flowers make everything more lovely.


(Ugly sadness, with bonus old lemon. GROSS.)


(Getting there. Geranium goodness is making this somber plot much brighter.)


Look at my pretty tree!

I hope you New Yorkers will be inspired to adopt your own tree. And to tree lovers everywhere, just remember the trees need us as much as we need them!

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Hello Dolly! with Oliver and S

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

On a glorious spring day, we had a fabulous turnout of eager crafters ready to make paper dolls with Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S.

Liesl has such great energy! She just makes everyone feel warm and at home right from the start. We were so glad to welcome her back to the NYPL.

That’s Liesl showing Lindsy, one of our unofficial volunteers, how to make a magnetic paper doll.

Our attendees dove right in and made a wonderful variety of dolls. Most of them were created from the Oliver and S paper dolls and templates, and many of them were dressed in the gorgeous Oliver and S fabrics or the fabrics from Liesl’s new collection of patterns and fabric for women called Lisette.

Some people made dolls from images Jessica Pigza had printed from the library’s collection. The Victorian lady on the left is one example.

Others just made their own templates and designs.

At our raffle, we had a plethora of generous donations: brand new patterns from Oliver and S (so new they aren’t available anywhere except to our lucky patrons!), a goodie bag from Pins and Needles sewing shop, some fashion kits for kids from West Side Kids and of course, Liesl’s book Little Things to Sew, donated by STC Crafts.

And here’s a fun post-script: I was happy to go home with a treat from an attendee named Janice.

Janice decorates these gorgeous little chocolate bars, which would make lovely favors for any party. I told her I’d spread the good word, so email Janice at Tante23@msn.com if you want to order some!

Of note: Janice heard about Handmade Crafternoon because she was in the audience the day we did the Martha Stewart Show. It’s nice to know our attendees find us in so many different ways.

Enjoy your sunny, crafty Sunday!

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