I want to tell you a story that started off happy, became tragic and has recovered with a bit of a happy ending. If you have heard me tell this story before just block it out, but this version has a new and exciting ending.
Two summers ago on my way back from my grandmothers house in Peoria, IL the family and I all stopped in Salina, KS for a hot rod car show. The cars were awesome, sadly they were not owned by hot guys, but what was really great about this town was the fantastic antique shopping. My dad got to look at cars and I got to shop: store after store of vintage goodness. After awhile my whole family was starting to put the heavy pressure on me about leaving “It’s a long drive back to Texas” when I realized the current store we were in had a basement. “Just let me check down here” I yelled back as I ran off before they began to forcibly remove me from the store. When I got to the basement there was a booth with a pile of vintage clothing. I snagged a couple of 40’s house dresses for $3 and then my eyes met with something I had been looking for for years. Pretty much since I saw Madonna in that funky jacket that Rosanna Arquette stole in Desperately Seeking Susan, a souvenir jacket from Japan. The jacket I found was only $40 and I had priced them on EBAY for $300. This one was perfect one side was blue with white sleeves and a tiger embroidered on the back the other side (oh yes it was reversible) was green with white sleeves and had a map of Japan on the back. I think I held the coat in my lap giddy for winter the entire drive home. I loved that jacket so and wore it all the winter long. Eventually since it was so old the thread was rotting and my mother offered to have it re-stitched, but first she needed to have the jacket dry cleaned. The jacket was silk or satin, so a normal spin in the washing machine would kill it. However, that is exactly what the dry cleaner did. The jacket is now too small for a 3 year old. I almost cried I was so sad.
So I have looked and looked for another one of these jackets and am still looking to this day. Last season Target came out with a line of two toned satin bomber jackets that I started to pick up and give the Sublime Stitching treatment too. Jenny did one for herself and it is adorable, but I just kind of shrugged it off and kept feeling sorry for myself about my jacket that died.
Last month when I was in LA filming Craft Lab one of my guests was Matt Maranian the author of Pad the Guide to Ultra Living. I noticed Matt was hanging around the set in a really cool jacket. For that matter there was also this guy Patrick that worked on Craft Lab that also had this really rad track jacket. Matt’s was made to look like one of the Japanese Souvenir Jackets with tigers and maps of Japan that I was still lamenting about. Patrick’s had a big Japanese Rising Sun on the back. So I told Matt about what had happened to me and inquired about his jacket. His jacket as well at Patrick’s I later found out was by Lucky Brand Jeans. Matt also informed me that he and his wife run a vintage store in Vermont and occasionally sell things on EBAY. They had recently sold a vintage souvenir jacket that fit the description of mine for $700. Geez talk about driving the knife in deeper.
SO ANYWAY 2 days ago I start looking for this fabled Lucky Brand Jacket and go to their website and there it is starring back at me for like $110 or something. The catch is it is a man’s jacket so I am not super sure about the sizing. Then I remember something else, I have a gift certificate to Macy’s. I go to the Macy’s website and there is the jacket, but get this on sale for $53! I was still a bit worried about the size so my mom and I took a quick trip to the mall so I could try one on. I am a small in men’s if anyone wants to buy me gifts from the men’s department. They also have this other cute hoodie that is made to look like the felt appliqué jackets from Mexico. I have one of those that is not ruined. So of course I came home and snagged my new jacket and on sale. It is not the same, but I do feel one step closer to closing that wound about the original jacket.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I want to tell you a story that started off happy, became tragic and has recovered with a bit of a happy ending. If you have heard me tell this story before just block it out, but this version has a new and exciting ending.
Monday, October 30, 2006
It’s Monday morning but as usual all my days are running together a bit. When you work from home, and now with Chris working from home, that tends to happen.
Friday evening my mom got into town. Fredda is helping Hope sew her designs for Stitch. We have a regular little sweatshop set up in Hope’s garage/studio where my mom is out there sewing together denim, polka dotted ruffles, striped piping and more. Hope helped design and is going to paint something on all the garments. I’m just in charge of jewelry.
Saturday I went to my friends Ali and Sean’s baby shower. I always wonder why baby showers are before the baby is born. Well I know why so people can load up on gifts they need for when the baby gets here. However, I think it they had the shower after the baby was born it would be much more fun so we could all see the baby.
Sunday my mom, hope and I all went down to South Congress where I did a bit of flyering for Stitch (Nov 11th Austin Music Hall). I am in charge of flyering South Austin so any suggestions on places that have a space for posters or postcards are super welcome. I am going to put out more today.
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Friday, October 27, 2006
The Pogues - Sally MacLennane
While sitting at The Jackalope last night listening to a lot of bad music the one thing I heard that made me happy (besides The Misfits) was when The Pogues came on. This is my favorite song by them.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
You know you would think after just spending 6 weeks in Los Angeles doing nothing but crafting I would be sick to death of it. What did I do all day yesterday since it was rainy outside, crafted. I made a pilgrimage to Hobby Lobby and just combed the aisles. There were a few specific things I was looking for. Ya know I never thought of myself as a paper arts or card making kind of girl but after a few incidents on Craft Lab, I think I might be. I love layering all the different styles and types of paper and making cool collages. Speaking of collages my friend Traci (who’s hair I stole) had given me a bunch of her collage paper and then when we cleaned out my grandmother’s house this summer I had snagged all her old wrapping paper. I also had my own major stash of wrapping paper at home. So at Hobby Lobby I bought some scrap booking paper, craft paint, glitter top coat, wood cut outs and a few other random things. I came home and dug out my embossing powders and gun, Modge Podge, spray paint, old books, big earrings and more and started to play. What was born were some wacky crazy big pieces of jewelry. I am spending today deciding what kind of protective top coat to use. There are three major options I am deciding between at this point. I’ll keep you posted on how it all works out and looks for these baubles on Naughty Secretary Club soon. I would especially like to point out the orange pair at the bottom with the ferocious looking little animals. They are a bunny and an opossum from an old children’s book. Creepy and hilarious, my favorite.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
- Yesterday I got my hair dyed a new and exciting way: dark brown, almost black with teal and hot pink streaks. I took in a picture of my friend Traci and said “do this to my hair” after my hairdresser asked me if this girl lived in town and did she know I was stalking her hair 3 hours in the chair followed. I have not had “exciting” hair in a long time so this may take some getting used to. I think it looks better on Traci.
- Night before last my loverly friend Whitney Lee and her buddy Olivia from Ohio stopped by. Oliva was in town for the drag king convention, to see Whitney and do some shopping for the store she runs called Wholly Craft. She may still be in a car on her way back, but soon enough you will be able to buy all kinds of Austin Craft Mafia wares at Wholly Craft including Naughty Secretary Club baubles.
- It is 6:30am in the morning on Wednesday and why am I awake? Because I had to take a friend to the airport. After just last Wednesday on my last day of filming Craft Lab as I laid in bed at 6:15 with the alarm clock blaring the only thing keeping me going was the thought of not having to wake up that early again for a really long time. Today I had to get up at 5:15. Lord mommy is going to be tired tonight.
- Speaking of Craft Lab I uploaded all my pictures from the show to my little Flickr account. I am still trying to understand how that thing works. How do I add people as my contacts like they are adding me? How do I set up separate folders so that all my photos do not get dumped into one big folder? I want to show people the pictures from the show, not necessarily me at Medieval Times. Any flickr advice is welcome.
- After getting my hair done yesterday I went on several little missions around South Congress. First stop, Parts and Labour. I restocked my shelf with all kinds of new and exciting goodies. Be sure to stop by for a peeksie. Next on my list was Feathers. You see the Stitch ladies and I are doing a story for the Austin edition of The Onion and we need a picture to go with the story. I had the bright idea of posing in the window of the Beauty Bar. Each month the Beauty Bar rotates different stores that get to decorate and dress the window and this month is Feathers. Emily was sweet enough to let the 4 of us crawl into the window with her Peacock. Speaking of pictures, did you see my new My Space picture? That is from the Jewell spread on the Austin Craft Mafia. Check out more pictures here. So after leaving Feathers I walked a very short distance to Prototype. This store and Big Red Sun are doing the runway dressing for Stitch this year. It is going to look oh so dope when it is all said and done. I had a long conflab with Audrey about their master plan and it sounds seriously cute as all get out.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Are you so excited about Halloween and Dia da los Muertos you can hardly stand it? The Craft Lab gang is! Look for fun Halloween crafts on the show this week!
FURRY FOAM MASKS by Jenny Harada
- That’s right kids the amazing Jenny Harada stopped by the Lab to hang out with me and whip up some 3 foot tall plush monster masks. October 25th 12:30 central and October 30th 12:30 central on the DIY NETWORK
DAY OF THE DEAD by Kathy Cano Murillo - My lovely friend Kathy Cano Murillo of Crafty Chica popped into the Lab several times over the past two seasons of the show. Catch her twice in the next week explaining all about Day of the Dead, sugar skulls yum! October 26th 12:30 central and October 31st 12:30 central on the DIY NETWORK
Hooray for Halloween!
Monday, October 23, 2006
New Jewelry at Naughty Secretary Club! Nouveau Earrings, Nostalgic Notions Earrings, Nouveau Necklaces and Nostalgic Notions Necklaces.
How was your weekend? Mine was fine and dandy. Friday night I went to my younger sister Hope's announcement party. Ask her what the announcement is, I don't want to ruin any surprises. It was fun not only because I was happy for Hope, but also because all my friends were there that I had not seen in the 6 weeks I have been away.
Saturday I made jewelry all day long. Luckily we had two movies at the house for me to watch, 21 Grams and Blade Runner. You know after all the hype about Blade Runner I was not that impressed. It was not bad or anything, but I thought it was going to be life changing or something. I was at least hoping to be inspired in the wardrobe department since I know a lot of punks were inspired by the looks in the movies, but no dice. 21 grams was depressing, but good.
Sunday I worked more and then went to a Stitch meeting where we chose the music for the runway. Just check out a few of the hit makers you will be hearing as you watch amazing fashion Nov 11th at Austin Music Hall…
TV on the Radio
White Rose Movement
Bonde do Role
Not to mention DJ Mel, DJ Big Face, Jennifer from Ear Candy and our bands: +/- and Irving. Holy musical goodness.
I also added some new press clippings to my site last night. Did I tell you that I am in the latest issue of Cosmo Girl and Austin Monthly?
Friday, October 20, 2006
Wow the ICE Collective's STARLETS OF CRAFT 2007 calendar is now available! The Austin Craft Mafia is totes proud to be featured. Lots of my adorably crafty gal pals like Crafty Chica, Leah Kramer from Craftster and Portland Super Crafty are also featured. How cute is that. Go hit the girl's ETSY shop and order yourself one. I'm getting some for Christmas gifts.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Lookie at this article that was sent to me by some buddies in San Fran. Oh and I am coming home to Austin today and I can't wait!
DIY Or just watch it on TV Like cooking shows, craft shows allow the viewer a vicarious accomplishment
By: Margo Freistadt
The stained-glass work is "dazzling!!" The fabric is "all girl!!" The jewelry you can make is "fabulous!!" If you could get subtitles for the crafting shows on the DIY network, the most common punctuation would be the double exclamation point.
The DIY (Do It Yourself) cable network began in 1999 as a home-improvement channel with some craft offerings, but most shows were in the how-to-install-a-toilet genre. Since then, it has expanded its programming in the more traditionally feminine realms. This year's list includes a lineup of snazzy, hip, young hosts for shows about quilting, jewelry making, scrapbooking and knitting as well as other needlework crafts.
In some ways, these programs are the crafting equivalent of cooking shows -- with viewers getting a vicarious taste of an alternative universe. You watch the amazing stuff on "Yan Can Cook," but in your heart you know you'll just buy takeout from Panda Express.
So you could imagine several ways of watching the relentlessly cheerful Michele Beschen promise that "cutting glass is very simple" while she whips through a demonstration of how to fashion vertical blinds from strips of stained glass.
One way, of course, is to actually try it -- if a fully equipped stained-glass studio should happen to appear in your living room, complete with the flux and the lead-free solder, the marble slab and the little clamp that holds the metal rings while you solder them to pieces of glass.
Or you could just marvel at Beschen's virtuosity and plan on buying something similar at that cute boutique in Half Moon Bay.
For people who really do intend to give it a try, the show hosts frequently refer viewers to the DIY Web site (www.diynetwork.com) for step-by-step instructions, patterns, templates, measurements and recipes. Beats the heck out of trying to take notes.
Perhaps to counter our natural inclination to lie down and just watch, Jennifer Perkins, host of the "Craft Lab" show, stands in for us, the schlump viewers. Her visitors are actual experts on various crafts. On the season premiere, the guest was a photographer-craftswoman using several techniques, starting with a photo emulsion transfer.
The craftswoman did her magic while Perkins -- standing next to the expert with her own set of photos, trays of water and pastel pens -- asked our questions. Perkins soldiered on, smudging and smushing the photo the way we would, as the expert assured her (and us) that the imperfections are "part of the charm!!"
These shows can make you proud to be female: It's all about encouraging us to develop new skills, to shed the fear, to try a new path, to find ways to express our creativity and individuality. And the supportive language is uber-feminine: "Cute!!" "Excellent!!" "Nifty!!" "You're amazing!!"
At one point in "Craft Lab," as a panel of wood was dampened so a photographic image could adhere, it was described as "like you're moisturizing it a bit." Language we understand but that wouldn't fly on "Warehouse Warriors."
Several DIY shows, while not veering too radically from the "let's-get-it-done-by-the commercial-break" pace of television, touch on the ways that crafting has traditionally allowed women to slow down. In real life, women (and some men) relax by quilting or knitting precisely because they don't want to finish up by the commercial break.
The TV craft shows are stuck with this tension: Their medium pulls them along at the advertising-driven pace of modern life, while they try to honor crafting and its innately slower pace.
Women traditionally celebrate connections to each other through crafts. Many quilts carried in covered wagons across the American West were parting gifts made by friends in the communities left behind. They were tangible expressions of the threads tying women together.
Women still do this: Many modern quilts mark events for a family or friend -- the birth of a baby, a wedding, a graduation from kindergarten. Just about any knitter can rattle off the names of dozens of female friends who wear her scarves.
Women also traditionally gathered to quilt or knit in groups to connect with other women. My husband's grandmother rode into Corvallis, Mont., every Wednesday for the Ladies' Aid quilting group. The women pieced and hand-stitched double wedding ring quilts to raise money for the church's faraway missions. But the women also looked forward to the klatch as a time to catch up on the talk of the town.
The DIY programs try to touch this side of crafting. On a recent "Knitty Gritty" show, hostess Vickie Howell talks through a project of knitting, Swiss darning and felting a purse. Her guest is celebrity knitter Kelley Deal, from the rock band the Breeders. Meanwhile, three young women sit together on a couch behind them, happily knitting away.
And on the show "Uncommon Threads," hip young host Allison Whitlock interviews, in her Australian accent, a group of middle-aged women from Phoenix who get together for crafting parties. The reality is still there, women connecting with other women, and it shines through the filter of television.
Watching these shows, you can imagine the fantasy version, like the cooking shows that let you dream of the imaginary world where your French onion soup brings friends and relatives into the warmth of your kitchen. In the craft-show fantasy, you and a group of female friends who've known and loved you for years (even though you just moved here from, say, Boston) get together every few weeks for an evening of quilting, crocheting, knitting and commiserating.
Some of these DIY shows highlight the hosts' broad-brush creativity rather than focusing on a specific craft. In "Creative Juice," the hosts choose a theme of apples for the half-hour show. During the next 30 minutes, they make gilded apples (plastic forms gilded with a thin layer of golden mesh), use apples as the stamp for printing cards, make apple-infused vodka and finally bake apple crisp. We follow the energetic and cheerful young hosts from the farmers' market all the way through the apple-themed cards for the gift bottles of flavored vodka.
"B. Original" is another show that doesn't zero in on a specific craft. Instead, Michele Beschen runs through stained glass, driftwood art and birdhouses.
The shows occasionally stretch credulity by touting just about anything as quick and easy: "It shouldn't take more than an hour or two!!" Several of the shows have some version of an Easy-Medium-Hard meter, which generally points to "easy." It's clearly these shows' intent not to put us off, to try to get us to fit this stuff into our underskilled, overscheduled world.
But one of the lovely things about allowing yourself to be creative, about expressing yourself in solid materials such as fabric, yarn or paper, is that you can step outside of time for a bit -- shed your busy self for a few hours and lodge yourself somewhere else. And it probably won't be particularly "easy" on the meter.
But that's what makes it satisfying!!
DIY Network's lineup of youthful, edgy craft shows includes:
"B. Original": Host Michele Beschen hammers, drills and solders, sometimes working with specific crafts such as stained glass. But she's really a generalist, promising to find ways to creatively reuse household items. And she does it without shedding her glamorous jewelry.
"Knitty Gritty": Host Vickie Howell, called "the rock star of knitting" by the editor of Knit.1 magazine, and her guests create hip projects, such as leg warmers and an iPod cozy (www.vickiehowell.com).
"Jewelry Making": Comedian and actress Jackie Guerra and her guests show how easy and satisfying it is to make your own sparkles and spangles (www.jackieguerra.com).
"Craft Lab": Host Jennifer Perkins, a member of the Austin Craft Mafia along with Howell, seems happy in a variety of crafts, from working with vintage fabrics to making jewelry (www.naughtysecretaryclub.com).
"Material Girls": Hosts Cat Wei, Kelly Keener and April Eden do a sort of "Hipsters' Eye on the Straight Girl's Home" show. They take an ordinary room and make it over dramatically using just fabric, a bit of paint and their confident attitudes.
"Uncommon Threads": Australian-born host Allison Whitlock visits with guest groups of needle arts crafters from around the country. She focuses on knitting, appliqué, crochet, patchwork, and rug making (www.allisonwhitlock.com).
Where to find it
The DIY Network is Channel 204 on Comcast in the Bay Area. It's also available by satellite on DISHTV, Channel 111, and DirectTV, Channel 230.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Stitch tickets are on sale NOW, as in right this mintue!
Stitch is November 11 from 5PM till 2AM. With 75 folks selling their wares, over 20 designers on the runway, two amazing bands (Irving and +/-), three fantastic DJs (DJ Mel, DJ Bigface and Jennifer from Ear Candy, the Super Sonic Soul Squad AND Matt Bearden as MC for the 3rd year in a row! We're pretty sure we're going to sellout, so get your tickets early (and often). We sold out last year!
The first 500 people in the door get overstuffed goodie bags - and the first 400 bags are extra special: You won't want to miss the gift 31 Corn Lane has so generously donated to the show.
IN THE MOVIES TOO!
We are thrilled to announce that the ladies of the Indie Craft Documentry are coming to STITCH to film the whole thing for their upcoming movie and conduct interviews!
SHOW THE GRANT SOME LOVE
On the ticket sale page you can donate to the Stitch Craft and Art Indie Upstart Grant. Every cent you donate goes straight to the
winners of the Grant. The winners are guaranteed $1000 but we would love to give them more with your help. Read more about the grant here.
WHO'S IN THE SHOW???
Parts & Labour
Laced With Romance
Amet & Sasha
Identity Crisis Clothing
Moxie & The Compound
Naughty Secretary Club
Hot Pink Pistol
Lawless Revolution Wear
Edge of Urge
A Rare Bird Designs
Merchant Ship Collective
A Wild Soap Bar
Sweetie Pie Press
Rebel Craft Alliance
My Imaginary Boyfriend
Slinky Whistle Bait
Kathleen McTee Textiles
San Antonio Craft Mafia
Moxie and the Compound
Edge of Urge
Gypsy Born Designs
Steel Toe Studios
The Austin Craft Mafia
A Rare Bird
La Pouline de Louisiane
Um Yeah, Inc
M Squared Jewelry
Freshie and Zero
Sweet Tooth Bags
Love Your Mutt
Jack Blue Handbags
Rural Rooster Clothing
Wicked Little Impulse
Cookie and the Dude
Bob and Truffle
Killer Bee Designs
TV Takes Time
Want to support the Stitch grant but are low on funds? Donations to the Stitch Raffle are being accepted now. All money raised by the raffle also goes straight to the grant. For more info on what we're accepting (pretty much anything and everything) and where to send the donations please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge Thank You and shout out to a few of this year's sponsors - their donations and help have been invaluable. Thanks to Duncan Crafts, Readymade Magazine, Jewell Magazine, 31 Corn Lane, Rare Magazine and our sisters in the Austin Craft Mafia. Oh and it's not too late to sponsor see all our lovely friends and learn how here.
Hope to see you at Stitch this year. It's only like the bestest Indie fashion show and craft fair in Texas (if we do say so ourselves).
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Yet another week flew past here in LA like a blink of a crafty eye. When you are working 7am-7pm everyday, 3 guests a day, 5 days a week – my oh my time does fly. Here is the low down on all the rad guests I had last week.
Monday was two episodes with Jose Cirincione. Jose makes some of the most amazing jewelry I have ever laid eyes on. Jose was on the first and third show. For some strange reason I can not remember who the middle guest was that day. I was supposed to be making a DJ station out of wine bottles, but that episode fell through. The guest was from Carlo Rossi who is one of our sponsors for Stitch. They will be showing their jug furniture at the Stitch show on November 11th at Austin Music Hall as well as at the after party November 17th at Gallery Lombardi. But ok this post is about Craft Lab, not Stitch.
Tuesday I filmed another episode with Jose. I am so excited she gave me a copy of her book, Collage Lost and Found, that has all kinds of cool soldering ideas. I also made a hipster parasol with Pad: The Guide to Ultra Living. I use that book like a home decorating bible We made a punch bowl out of buckets and bamboo that lights up. We also showed the crafters how to make cocktail garnishes that flame. A cool crafter today was Sarah Utter who has a line of fun T-shirts that say stuff like "Reading is Sexy" available at Buy Olympia!
Wednesday the day started out with another episode with Matt. This time we made a table out of bamboo that actually has a spot to plant bamboo or as I suggested put chips and dips. Very 60’s and rad looking. Matt also writes for the new Craft Magazine. Check out his project on making an ant farm themed room divider. The middle show was with Randy Townsend. We used candy boxes and polymer clay to make an IPOD cover. It was really cool and he let me take one home with me! The last show of the day was with special effects artists John Neil. We took an old GI Joe doll and made him into a Horror Head.
Thursday the first show of the day was with Jonathan Fong an LA interior designer and florist who made me giggle. We made adorable flower arrangements in the shape of bunnies, spiders and pop art. The middle show was with Stephen Horn a super talented ceramics artist. He and I screen printed onto the clay for some really cool effects. The last show of the day was with Jonathan Fong again and this time we made walls that wow. We decorated walls with wrapped presents and place mats. They came out really cool. Oh and one of today’s crafters was Krissy of Bigger Krissy fame so that was fun!
Thursday night I met up with Vickie, Jose, Kate and Lisa. Vickie was in town filming knit bits with Annette O’Tool from Smallsville. Jose was my director from last seasons episodes of Craft Lab so it was good to see him. Lisa and Kate just wanted to see Vickie and Jose. It was a good visit.
Friday I had two episodes with the very talented Michael Demeng. Michael and I did some cool projects with instant camera film. The middle show was a repeat guest with Addi Somekh. More balloons, but this time we made them into drums. Sounds childlike, but he brought his friend who is a studio musician to play them and they sounded almost better than a real drum kit. A fun crafter I am a fan of today was Nicole from Queen Puff Puff.
Friday night not much of anything happened. I stayed after work and hung out in the parking lot with some co-workers. I came home to an email and a phone call from my mother about how she had been on the DIY posting boards defending my honor. When you are on TV people are going to talk about you, it just comes along with the turf. Defending your babies also comes along with the turf of being a mom.
Saturday I went to the Santa Anita horse racing track. I have never been to horse races before so it was pretty fun stuff. Plus besides my usuals Kate and Lisa Nicole Elliot and Nicole White came out to play. Both worked on Craft Lab last year and even on Stylelicious so it was so good to see them. We made big bets of like $2-$3!
Today I am off to my very first massage. Getting naked in front of strange people does not sound that fun to me, but everyone assures me that I will just love it. I’ll keep you posted.
Oh and as for next week on Craft Lab, as far as what is airing, not what I am here in Los Angeles filming. Watch for…
MONDAY: Laurie Mika and I make a tale top out of polymer clay tiles.
TUESDAY: Cathy Cano Murillo and I celebrate Day of the Dead.
WEDNESDAY: Elizabeth Dunn and I explore the world of Embossing Powders.
THURSDAY: Fellow Texan Michele Charles and I whip up a canvas treasure box.
FRIDAY: Jenny Harada and I make hilariously awesome furry monster masks!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I also just wanted to give you a pictorial blurb about yesterday’s birthday festivities at Medieval Times. All I can say is “Down, down, down – Red knight going down”.
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Sunday, October 08, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Yet another week here in Los Angeles stuffed to the gills with crafty goodness. Filming of the second season of Craft Lab is going along swimmingly! The guests are awesome, the crafts are rawking my face off, the crew is sweet as pumpkin pie and all is right in the crafty TV world. This week was also extra special exciting because my hubby Chris came in for a visit. Hooray.
Monday started out with the adorable Julia Andrus. Julia and I had filmed some field pieces together this summer at CHA in Chicago. Julia and I did some embossing and altered paper arts. In-between Julia’s shows Susann and I made bamboo goodies. I was glad Susann came all the way from Austin to play with me on the show.
Tuesday morning Susann left and that evening Chris arrived. The shows that day were super fun. The first and last episodes were with Bre Pettis from Make and Craft Magazine. He is a super cool dude and oh so fun to craft with. We did high speed photography and he made me pop balloons with pins and create sparks with disposable cameras on the first show. The third show of the day that we filmed together Bre and I made shadow puppets. Mine came out a little wonky, but hey what can you say. Oh and I got a copy of Craft Magazine and like whoa is it good. The middle show was with a lovely repeat guest from last season, Bethany Mann. She and I made these gothic, Alice in Wonderland themed eggs. Not lame Easter eggs, cool black and white skull adorned wax trimmed eggs complete with little doors. Cool stuff.
Wednesday was another double guest show with Tiffany Miller. Tiffany and I made a sassy girl mosaic of moi' on the first show. She even let me keep it! On the last show she and I made candles with blow torches. Crafts with fire are always fun. The middle show was with the adorable Kate Richbourg. Kate owns a bead store in San Francisco called Beadissimo. She and I soldered a little trinket box. I am addicted to soldering and can not wait to get back to Austin and experiment with it more.
Thursday the first show of the day was with Keri Plezia of the Phoenix Fridas. She and I made a kaleidoscope. The middle show with was Kate Richbourg again and she and I made a purse out of potato chip bags. I have always wanted to know how to make these and now I do! Third show of the day was with Mary Clark Camargo and she and I made a mosaic wind chime.
Friday was a fun day all around. My first and third show was with my good friend Kathy Cano Murillo of Crafty Chica fame. On the first show we got to make Lucha Libre goodies: masks, wrestling rings, confetti eggs and more. Susan Stars came back to play and be a crafter on the show. The last episode of the day with Kathy we did glitter art. The extra fun thing was that my hubby Chris got to be one of the crafters. He actually did really good and made lovely glitter shadow boxes. He also wore his “I heart crafty chicks” T-shirt! The middle show was with another one of my favorite repeat guests Elisa Strauss. We made a cake that looked like a bag of popcorn. The woman uses scalpels to carve her cakes with!
Friday night I went to dinner with Chris and Cathy and my friends Lisa and Matt. It was an early night because I was pooped. Today Chris and I went for lunch at Birds then walked around Hollywood Blvd to look at the stars. Chris had his picture taken with Chevy Chase’s star. We then went down to Melrose and did some shopping. I did not get a single thing. I did however get to stop by the Tarino Tarentino store which I have always wanted to see.
Tomorrow is my birthday and Lisa has “produced” the entire day. We are going to the Rose bowl Flea Market, Felt Club craft show and then to Medieval Times!
Sunday, October 01, 2006
MONDAY: Cast Resin Bobble heads with Gretchen Martin. This is one cool chick and one cool project. Ever wanted to make your own undulating hula girl for the dash? I know I have.
TUESDAY: Recycled Paper Making with Heidi Riemer Epp. Do you pronounce couching pad “cow-ching” or “coo-ching”? Funny that this episode is airing on Tuesday. As mentioned my girlfriend Susann is here staying with me because she is going to be filming an episode tomorrow about paper making. She came home last night and whipped up some pulp in the blender and has been making paper in my kitchen all morning.
WEDNESDAY: Gourds 101 with Melynda Lotven. I can remember going out to East Texas to visit my family as a child and being fascinated by the gourds that my Uncle Dougie would carve. He just made ladles and bird houses, Melynda makes way radder stuff.
THURSDAY: Worldly Mats and Frames with Lisa Stewart Shepard. Cool home dec items inspired by Lisa’s travels!
FRIDAY: Clay Mask with Anne Igou. With the Marie Antoinette movie coming out soon you are going to want to see how to make your own polymer clay masquerade ball mask. Anne and her mom are like the queens of polymer clay awesomeness, plus Anne gave me good advice about what kind of wave iron to buy for my hair. A woman who can talk crafts and hair, I like that.
So every week day on DIY Network at 12:30 central you have something fun and crafty to tune in to.
I know everyone is waiting with baited breath to hear about the latest on my spider bite, or at least my mom is. So after a week of showing people the giant swollen spot on my leg to mixed concerns, some people thought I was over reacting and other people thought I should go to the emergency room. I broke down and went to the doctors. After an incident Friday night with my pants dropped in the bathroom at a busy restaurant and several patrons gathered around me jaw dropped pressuring me into a visit to a medical facility I decided to go. I went and picked up Susann and she and I swung by the most ghetto doctors office I have ever been in. The room looked like a jail cell. The doctor came in and did not know if it was a bite, but did confirm that it was indeed infected and could possibly be either a staff infection or an abscess. What ever that all means. Basically I had to get a shot in my butt of antibiotics, now I am taking 200 milligrams a day of antibiotics and I have to go back tomorrow to make sure the swelling is not growing or else there may be “nicking” involved. “Nicking” seems so much worse than lancing. I’ll keep you posted. To really top things off the bite is right above the fish bite I got this summer. That must be a very tasty portion of my leg.
Also last night we opted for the movie at the cemetery as our outing. We saw Dawn of the Dead and it was amazing. I had never seen it, and Susann had never seen the original. Dario Argento was involved, the soundtrack was by The Goblins, zombies – what is not to love.
After Susann wraps up making paper we are headed out to the flea market on Melrose today. Hooray!