December, 2011

Christmas in California

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Swimming in Satsuma here in sunny Los Angeles.

Preparing patchwork pups for my dearest expecting friend.

Hanging handmade ornaments everywhere.

Witnessing worlds of wonder.

I hope your holidays are just as happy.


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Heartfelt Thanks for Another Crafty Year

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This Saturday was my final Crafternoon of 2011. The halls of the library were decked, and it was a very jolly celebration of the season.

I was happy to have both my mom and my mom-in-law in attendance for the handsewn festivities.

Brett Bara expertly guided us along the day’s crafty path. She exudes positive energy, and has loads of sewing expertise, and she lead our group on a rewarding and heartfelt felt adventure.

Lots of sweet ornaments were made to hang on many lucky trees.

And the sewn bowls, modified from Brett’s book Sewing in a Straight Line, were a huge hit. This clever crafter sewed one bowl inside another, creating a petal effect.

That sumptuous white felt was provided by OhMa Felt, which is the best felt I’ve ever used. (I cannot recommend it highly enough – the stunning colors and thick wool/rayon blend are head and shoulders above standard craft store felt.) The bowls would be the perfect thing to fill with peppermint candies and leave out for Santa Claus. Visions of sugar plums most definitely danced in my head on Saturday evening.

Many thanks to all of the crafty guests we’ve had this year. Thanks also to our fantastic volunteers, Pam Madden and Leigh Hurwitz. Thanks to the amazing New York Public Library for welcoming us into their hallowed halls, and thanks to the talents of the wonderful librarian Jessica Pigza who makes it all happen. It’s been another wonderful year of crafting, and I’m looking forward to an equally inspiring 2012!

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Sewing the Seeds of Love

Monday, December 12th, 2011

This Saturday, December 17th, is the final Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library for 2011. I am thrilled that we will be welcoming the talented and charming Brett Bara. Brett is an author, television host, blogger and designer, specializing in crafts, desserts, and DIY decor. She will be sharing with us a few projects from her book, Sewing in a Straight Line.

We will be working with gorgeous felt generously subsidized by OhMa Felt, and will have thread and needles and other supplies on hand. If you like to BYOCT (Bring Your Own Craft Tools), feel free to bring scissors, a needle, embroidery thread and felt.

Handmade Crafternoons are always from 2-4pm at the Stephen A. Schwarzman branch of the library (the one with the dignified lions out front). My wonderful co-host, librarian Jessica Pigza, is graciously accepting advance registrations. Send an email to HANDMADE@NYPL.ORG. Include YOUR NAME and the DATE you want to attend. Please arrive by 1:50pm our we will donate your seat to walk-ins.

Looking forward to saying a crafty farewell to 2011 with you.

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