May, 2011

Flower Power

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

May your day be filled with beauty.

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Zine Making Good Times!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Last Saturday we wrapped up our Spring Session of Handmade Crafternoons at the NYPL with a fun zine-making workshop featuring the lovely and talented Ayun Halliday, author of Zinester’s Guide to NYC and her popular zine, the East Village Inky. We were also treated to the opportunity to view selections from the NYPL’s own zine collection, which is curated by librarian Karen Gisonny.

Impressive collection, right? As you can see, Karen brought lots of amazing zines, and even brought copies of Bust Magazine as an example of a publication that started as a zine and became a national magazine with a huge fan base.

Because this was the last Handmade Crafternoon of the Spring, crafty librarian Lindsy Serrano introduced us to the program that will keep crafters connected to the library through the summer: Hand-Made Summer Camp! To quote them: “This summer, the Hand-Made blog will feature a new craft project every other week, along with DIY book reviews and other online inspiration. So if you are looking for fun, fast projects for you and your family, come back here starting on May 16th for projects and more inspiration.”

Then Jessica Pigza, my dear co-host, introduced Karen who spoke a little bit about the zine collection.

I brought Ayun up to talk, and she gave a fun (and technical!) explanation of zines, how to make them, and why it’s fun to collect them. Ayun has such great energy – it’s easy to be inspired by her. Attendees were encouraged to make zines celebrating the 100th birthday of the gorgeous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the place that we are lucky enough to craft in. Some of my favorites are below.

I’m thrilled that we completed another incredibly successful series of Crafternoons at the library. Many thanks to all who attended. Huge thanks to our wonderful guest crafters, and also to our volunteers Leigh Hurwitz and Pam Madden. And of course, biggest thanks to Jessica Pigza and the NYPL. It gives me such great joy to craft in the library, a glorious space of beauty and inspiration. I’m planning to give the library a 100th birthday present - if the library inspires you, why not give something, too!

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Spring Ahead

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

For Easter, I made my sweet little niece a new pink dress for her auntmade bunny and an Easter bonnet for her very own. The bunny’s dress pattern is amended from Kata Golda‘s book Hand Stitched Felt. My version has little felt buttons on the back so the dress can be removed.

The bonnet was made in collaboration with my mom. It’s from a pattern my mom used for me when I was a wee babe.

That’s a photo of me and my brother being country and adorable. Damn, I love a good sunbonnet.

But Easter’s not just about the clothes! It’s also about the food. We had plenty of delicious things to eat and drink, with a few special highlights. Rufus’s Uncle Ned and his Aunt Bobi made some amazing Meyer lemonade. Not only was the beverage itself unique and refreshing, Bobi and her nephew Dawson made some gorgeous ice cubes to put in it.

They used the floral ice cube instructions from Martha Stewart, and the results really were stunning. Bobi said that Dawson picked the flowers and helped with the water boiling and ice cube tray popping. There he is showing off his handy work with his own batch of Easter cubes.

But no Easter is complete without dessert, and my mother-in-law Susan makes a mean sweet. That beaut up there is a butterscotch pie. Recipe courtesy of a family friend from the Bay of Fundy. It’s so sweet it almost hurts your teeth, but it’s utterly impossible to resist.

When you’re surrounded by good food and loved ones, it’s easy to love LA.

But NY is pretty nice this time of year, and next Saturday, May 7th, we’re wrapping up the Spring Session of Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL with a celebration of the Stephen A Schwarzman Building’s 100th birthday and a celebration of zines! It’s going to be super cool – Ayun Halliday, author of The Zinester’s Guide to New York City will be there along with a guest librarian, Karen Gisonny. And of course, my wondeful co-host Jessica Pigza and I will be there to get crafty with you. More info on the event here. Come on out and make something awesome.

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