Tuesday, December 22, 2009

winter hiatus...

i hope you have a very merry season. enjoy the company of good friends and family. i'm going to take the next few weeks of crafting off to enjoy the company of good friends and family. and although 2009 has been a trying year, i am also going to be thankful for what life has handed me. i hope you all will do the same. until next year... xoxo. emily

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stockings to hang by the chimney with care.

This is such a super cute project!!! My partner (and great friend!) Shea came up with this craft for tonight's Craftacular Tuesday! We will be fashioning stockings out of old pant legs. This project is super cute and requires minimal sewing skills. We will have 2 machines available to use but if you own (or have access to) one then we invite you to bring it too!

We will supply the pants and all other supplies you'll need. See you this evening at 6:30p.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the others gold.

Whether you fancy silver or gold, you'll love these pretty collage frames we're making tomorrow night! Layer bits and pieces on a frame and then spray some paint on. Voila!

See you Tuesday. 6:30-8:30p. $5. BYOB.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

No Craftin Tonight!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

No craftin' tonight! I'm really trying to focus a little more on myself, and tonight I've got a friend in town that I haven't seen in ages, thus Craft Night is going on the back burner for the evening.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday though and I'll see you back here next Tuesday!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wrap it up!

Someone called the store earlier who was interetsed in finding out what tonight's craft was. She called it creative therapy and I really thought that was just a perfect description of a Tuesday night at Anomaly!

Tonight be therapeutic by re-purposing glass bottles into sophisticated vases. Class starts at 6:30p. Just bring yourself (and a friend if you'd like) and $5, as all supplies are provided.

If you miss this craft tonight, stay tuned because directions on how to make it will be in an upcoming issue of EU Jacksonville!

6:30p @ Anomaly

BYOB, $5 and friends!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's a hodge podge craft night!

Hello everyone! I've got 2 big events coming up this weekend and will be busy making lots of goodies for that, so this evening there is no specific craft planned. If you would like to come and join in on craftiness feel free to bring a project of your own or use the supplies we have to get creative with a new project... whatever your lil' heart desires. It's up to you!

If you will be joining me in getting crafty tonight please arrive around 6:30 with $5. See you this evening.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Faux Spats!

Come tonight and make these super cool (YET toasty and warm!) legwarmers at Crafty Tuesdays! I added buttons to make them look like an updated spat, but you can add an applique, trim or whatever suits your fancy.

Come relax, BYOB and enjoy the company of other crafty Jacksonvillians! Only $5 bucks!
See you this evening!

WHEN? 6:30-8:30P
WHERE? Anomaly, 1021 Park St in 5 Points

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's cooling down... the perfect time for coffee koozies!

stop wasting those cardboard wraps you use to prevent from burning your hand with your delicious beverage! come to anomaly TONIGHT and make a coffee koozie! (also works GREAT on a pint glass too!)

tuesday jan 6th

and a partner in craft if you choose

hope to see you tonight!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pretty earrings tonight @ Crafty Tuesdays!

Come make pretty embroidered fabric earrings tonight @ Anomaly. Join us 6:30-8:30p. $5 and BYOB!

See you this evening.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Some inspiration for your home!

Hello crafty peeps! No project tonight (I'm heading to St. Augustine to enjoy The Decemberists in concert!) but check out this super easy home improvement project with embroidery hoops and pretty fabric via Craftster.

See you next week!


Monday, September 21, 2009

hi hi birdie!

this tuesday night we're getting crafty with felt! let this cute little birdie fly onto your keychain!

see you tuesday. as always it's 6:30-8:30 and only 5 bucks!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bringing back the scarflet!

Tonight is a repeat from a project we originally did back in December. It's a cute neck wrap made from old sweaters.

I know it's still 90 degrees outside in this lovely Florida fall weather, but I have an ulterior motive for doing this project tonight. Tomorrow morning I'm going to be shooting a tutorial for jacksonville.com! It will be airing in October so I wanted to do something that was cute and fallish. I think this is a perfect project because every time I wear mine, I always get loads of compliments, plus it's pretty easy.

I need your crafty help to make examples to show at the end of the segment. I want to show a bunch of different styles and all my crafty crew always comes up with the best twists on the project I present. So, hopefully you can make it tonight and help me out AND make a cool neck warmer.

**IF YOU HAVE A SEWING MACHINE, PLEASE BRING IT! :)** This is an easy sewing project but it does require machine stitching.

Looking forward to seeing you all this evening!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

no craft night this evening!

if only it were this easy...

i am canceling craft night tonight due to the fact that i've been moving for 3 days and HAVE to get organized. i'm also work 6 days a week right now so that leaves alot less free time for me to create a project for all my crafty peeps. so next week... i will have a great new craft... as soon as i unpack all my craft stuff!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A pretty votive holder taught by a super cool guest crafter!

Tonight we're switching things up a bit. My crafty friend Adrienne generously offered to come up with tonight's project. She e-mailed over the pictures a few days ago and I was so happy to see a pretty fern candle holder in my inbox! From the image it looks quite lovely so I can not wait to see it in person. I'm doubly excited too because this Tuesday I get to be a crafter for once and not the teacher!

And as always:
WHERE? Anomaly
WHEN? 6:30-8:30p

Feel free to being drinks of your choice (yes, beer/wine is FINE!) and 5 bucks for the project!

Hope to see all your pretty crafty faces this evening!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

a delicate fabric flower necklace.

tonight it's time to get crafty once again! i've missed all my crafty peeps and am so excited to see everyone this evening. we're making a flower necklace that i absolutely love.

so, come by anomaly from 6:30-8:30 and make a perfect statement necklace to spruce up any ol' tee or tank!

see you tonight!


Monday, August 3, 2009

ok, so it's summer and i need a little hiatus.

do you ever get burnt out?  well, that's precisely how i'm feeling right now.  everyone gets exhausted after a while and needs a break.  i'm taking this week off from craft night too.  i'm sorry if i'm letting anyone down, but i'm feeling zapped and have to get re energized!  don't worry,  i'll be back in full force next week with a great project...  i owe you guys!!!

until then, have a great week! 


Sunday, July 26, 2009

What? No craft night?

I know it's unfortunate that there's no craftacular tuesday this week, however, i'll be back in full force next week with a super sweet craft to make up for it. this week don't skip on being creative. try coming up with a project yourself. i'd love to hear some of your ideas and inspirations.

i'll miss you all this week.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

fuzzy baby booties

seems like so many people i know are having babies these days... (i for one am not. been there, done that.) i thought a cute little craft this evening would be to make baby booties to adorn all those little tiny feet! the above picture was made using felt and some recycled blanket. very cute, but it got late and i didn't finish. i will complete mine tonight because i'm making this pair for someone in particular. come join us in making a pair!!!

as always, come get crafty from 6:30-8:30 at anomaly! i provide all you need to make your project, you just show up with 5 bucks, friends (if you'd like), and a cheerful attitude. see you this evening for some crafty goodness!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

RE:Style old zippers have a new look!

I didn't have too much luck at the flea market today, but what i did get was well worth the trip! i scored a supa sweet shoe box FULL of vintage notions!

One of the many ideas on my "things to make" list happens to be a zipper flower. It was my lucky day because this box was FILLED with zippers! There's quite the assortment. Some fashioned from ivory cotton, yellowed with time and lined thick silver metal zipper teeth. Some are a deep purple and others olive green, or there's the skinny polyester ones circa 1970's and 3 are even still in the package! As if the 15 zippers wasn't enough of a treasure, the box also held 2 packages of unopened needles (just broke my last one on Friday night!), a bunch of ribbed poly cord perfect for handles for tote bags, a few yards of elastic, buttons galore, and other miscellaneous sewing trinkets. I'm not going to even tell you how much I paid for it. You wouldn't believe me anyway.

I have a tremendous appreciation for vintage packaging. A few of the buttons in my stash were still on the original cards. The back of one of the cards caught my eye.

Such a simple little sales pitch means so much more now that when it was printed. Women have really escaped the confines of being a housewife (although if you ARE a housewife and enjoy, there is nothing wrong with that either!) and have risen to great achievement. From being a doctor, supreme court justice, a senator, and even the proprietor of an independent shop, (wink, wink) women have much more credibility in this world than they used to!

That being said, there is part of me that's a little sad. About a month or so ago I was sitting outside the shop enjoying the weather and working on the handstiching of an owl pillow for RAM. 2 elderly ladies were walking past me and one stopped and asked what i was working on. I told her and she replied, "You just don't see that kind of handwork any more. It's so nice to see that." The making of things is quickly becoming a thing of the past. People are so busy with the chaos of life that it's easier to run to Target and pick up some mass produced item than to take the time to craft something by hand. We've got to keep crafting alive! Let's be inspired by ideas and techniques from generations before us and craft in a way that is modern, fun, functional, and of course, CUTE!

I digress... back to my project... I fashioned up a couple flowers this evening and this is what i came up with... Add a bobby pin or pin back and you've got yourself a cute little conversation piece!

Please join the crafty crew this Tuesday (and every Tuesday!) for Craftacular Tuesdays at Anomaly! As always, it's BYOB, $5 (includes supplies) and we looooove seeing new faces! Hope you can make it. Feel free to call 904-354-7002 if you have any questions!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Don't forget your sewing machine...

Forgot to add this to the post for tonight's craft, but if you have a sewing machine please bring it. I only have one and depending on who shows, we will all be sharing that. Everyone shares nicely, thankfully, but it's still nice to have multiples to use if possible. Thank you so much and see you this evening!

Monday, July 6, 2009

this week we're taking it up a notch...

summer sewing spectacular project #3: an adorable little bag
a little more challenging than last week's... but i know you can do it!

craftacular tuesdays is so great. each week it gives me the chance to hang out with a diverse group of ladies AND gentlemen. it also forces me to try a new project and challenge myself each week. some weeks, i will admit, i may not give it 100% and the project doesn't turn out as i'd like. and yes, some weeks are better than others, but it's always something different and equally fun! last week's project was a hit! 15 people of all ages and skill levels came out to tackle sewing his/her own reusable sandwich wrapper!

since we're doing our summer sewing series, this week i thought we'd tackle a bag. it's a really simple pattern with a total of 3 pieces: a lining, outer fabric and braided handle. i fashioned it out of vintage fabric (of course!) and then added a fabric flower at the end to jazz mine up a but. we will be focusing more on the construction of the bag, but i had time to jazz mine up a bit with a vintage flower made out of the bag scraps. the options are endless as to the adornments you could add to give your purse more personality! this is the part where you can let your creativity run wild. and don't say you don't have any, i don't buy it.

it's hard to get a good visual of size in the image above, however i made it small. the actual purse pouch measures a little larger than 4x6 and a dainty ribbon (i used vintage lace. i'm in love vintage lace.) closure ties at the top to keep all your items tucked safely inside. this is the perfect size for just an evening with just a few necessities.

i know say this without it ever coming to fruition, but i am really hoping to get a tutorial together for this project. i took all the step by step pictures while i was putting the bag together AND they are already uploaded to my computer so here's hoping it will happen!

as always, craftacular tuesday is from 6:30-8:30. BYOB. 5 bucks*. i supply everything you need to make something super sweet!

looking forward to an evening with friends!


*just had to mention that we are doing an amazing craft that my friend torrey told me about in a couple of weeks... her friend did it at a craft night in NYC... it was $65 for the class and $25 for supplies. i was floored! don't worry, you will never find those kind of prices at anomaly!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

summer sewing spectacular project #2: sew a reusable sandwich wrapper

this tuesday we're stitching up some cuteness in the form of a ultra stylish yet practical wrapper to take a sandwich on the go, while being waste free at the same time! check out the impact you can have on making your lunch waste free here. just think how much trash is created every day during lunch time!

the pattern for this is very simple and perfect for sewing 101! we will be using vintage fabric for the outer layer and lining it with oilcloth or vinyl (i will have an assortment of choices!) of your choice. you will love this handy little thing! it will not only keep your bread fresh and be easy to wash/wipe off, but it's also great because when it opens up it turns into the perfect placemat. i already have one of these wraps for my son but am excited to have a second to put to use. i take my son to the zoo and beach weekly and we always take a picnic lunch. (jacksonville zoo = great, jacksonville zoo food choices for vegetarians = sucky) this will be perfect for our sandwiches or to stash the pita wedges for our hummus!

check out the finished product:

unbutton it, open the flap...

and behold, your tasty sandwich inside!
(in mine you'd find peanut butter and honey... yummm!)

as always, the craft is $5 and BYOB!

hope to see you tuesday, 6:30-8:30p.

*** if you have a sewing machine you can bring to share with the group, that would be great! thanks so much!

see you tuesday!

**postscript... i will be ending craft night this week promptly at 8:30pm because i've got to rush out to a concert (JENNY LEWIS!!! yay!!!) at the beach. thanks for your understanding. feel free to caravan out with us. it's going to be a great show, i'm sure!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

crafty owls are a hoot!

tonight is the first project in our summer sewing spectacular series!!! join us tonight to make a super adorable mini owl pillow. sorry for no picture, as my computer is still jacked up so I'm having to write this from my iPod. I wish I did have an image though because these are the cutest. hope to see you this evening...

as always we will be craftin' from 6:30-8:30! if you have a sewing machine and would like to bring it to hare that would be fabulous!


Monday, June 15, 2009

the big winner, rosette earrings, technical difficulties and a special field trip

sadly my computer is officially out of commission. it really sucks because I have no extra funds right now to purchase a new one. i'm so sad about my computer and it doubley sucks because I'm posting this from my iPod touch so I have no way to post new pictures or link to anything. boohoo.

as promised the big winner of last weeks button contest is... Sarah, with the guesstimate of 497!!! the jar held a whopping 566 buttons and Brittany happened to be closest with the guess of 600, but submitted an answer after deadline. oops! so, congrats sarah!!!! I
please swing by anomaly anytime to claim your prize!

this week for craftacular Tuesdays we are mixing things up a bit! the craft of the night is short but sweet. we are making painted rosette earrings. then while our project is drying, we are going to take a short 10 minute walk to the cummer museum (its FREE on tuesday nights!) to check out an exhibit that any good crafter won't want to miss... the gee's bend quilt exhibit. these quilts are all handsewn by women of gee's bend, Alabama, dating back to slave times. they were pieced together with scraps and recycled fabrics and ijust can't wait to see them on display!

hope you can make it tomorrow night and stay tuned for a summer sewing spectacular announcement... our 4 week sewing series starts next tuesday night!!!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

buttons buttons who's got the buttons?

wanna win some cool craft stuff? who doesn't live a little crafty competition?

all you have to do is guess (or be the closest to) how many buttons are in this mason jar and win a bag o' crafty goodies, including some of these vintage buttons! your cool prize will be a hodge podge of cool supplies we've used in past crafts at craftacular tuesday, all packed in a plain, natural colored tote ready to be printed on sewed on, etc...

so pull out those elementary math estimating skills because you've got till this sunday at noon to post in the comments section. the winner will be announced when i post the next crafty project.

happy counting and good luck!

Monday, June 8, 2009

make a rad rag wreath!

for the past few months as i walk in my front door and look at the 4.99 target clearance wreath hanging in my face, it doesn't make me happy. i'm not saying there is anything wrong with the wreath... it was good during it's prime. it's just lost it's luster and been worn by the elements. i was ready for something fresh, new and colorful to take it's place on my front porch.

today i decided to tackle this project. i had a bunch of scraps hanging around my craft cave, as well as some cool vintage trims i've picked up in my adventures in thrifting. voila... a bright and happy wreath perfect to cheer a dreary day.

you too can make a lovely wreath, this tuesday night at craftacular tuesdays at anomaly!

when? this tuesday (6/9) from 6:30-8:30
where? 1021 park street.
what to bring? $5 and yourself (friends and beers, optional)
questions? 904.354.7002

i've also been inspired over the past few weeks with some ideas to make the blog more fun! stay tuned because in two days i'll be posting a friendly little crafty contest.
i'm also going to be launching a SUMMER SEWING SPECTACULAR. i've got a few sewing projects i want to teach you crafty folk, so i've lined up 4 ideas that will run consecutive weeks at the store. get excited. i know i am. it's going to be fun.
in the meantime, get your creative juices flowing for tomorrow (almost today, as the current time is 11:55pm...). feel free to bring your own fabric scraps and/or trims if you have something specific you'd like to use. but as always, you don't have to bring a thing except yourself, i'll have plenty of supplies!
really looking forward to getting crafty!

Monday, June 1, 2009

cute as a button!

come get crafty at anomaly this tuesday night! we're making oh-so-cute button rings! i've got a lot of really cool buttons to use, but if you have some favorites you'd like to bring, feel free! hope you can make it!
when? tuesday night, 6:30p
where? anomaly, 1021 park street
what to bring? $5, a friend (or two) if you'd like, and a beverage of your choice!

Monday, May 25, 2009

antiques roadshow here i come.

i have a site on etsy now with my friend nicole (and hopefully other duval crafters in the future!). she does amazing creature paintings and is selling them on etsy. i have some of my collage pieces and am also adding some super cool vintage finds that i have been collecting.

in my adventures on sunday i came across this gorgeous piece! don't hold your breath, this one isn't getting listed on etsy... i can't part with it! this vintage french floral gravy boat caught my eye not because of the stamp on the bottom (i didn't notice that till later...) but for the exquisite blue rose print on the ceramic, the way the handle curves so delicately and the soft ruffled edge around the base, among other things. it was so perfect and totally love at first sight. i knew if i didn't get it, i would be thinking about how i lost it for the rest of my life. i hate living a life filled with what-if's, so i knew it was going home with me long before i knew it's worth!
i also fell in love with a vintage perfume bottle and a turn of the century silk pillow with vintage brass safety pins but didn't want to spend $30 and $50 (respectively) on those. at least i have good taste... ha ha. i am still lusting after that bottle though. it was only a couple inches tall but the label and the detail on the bottle were perfection.

after a little research on the gravy boat i did purchase, it turns out it's a
WH Grindley & Co. circa 1891-1914

i couldn't figure out what pattern it was, but i found some patterns from the 1940's that were worth $125 and up! i have no idea what this one could be worth. if anyone knows about vintage china, i would love some input on this. i will research the stamp more when i can. for now i will just use this piece for it's perfect french turn of the century perfection. for now, i'm going to use it as a planter. baby succulents that need to be replanted.

i'll keep you posted on the perfume bottle. maybe we will cross paths again. all you have to do is believe in a little kismet.

hands off my wine (cozy)!

Toss out those old wine charms (or better yet recycle them into a new craft!) and dress up your wine glasses with pretty cozies! We will be crafting these cozies out of recycled sweaters, so if you have a specific color you'd like to use, bring your own! As always, we will have all the supplies you need to make your project! And, if you aren't a wine drinker you will have the option to make a cute coffee cozy (a craft from a previous week).

Hope to see you tomorrow night, 6:30-8:30 @ anomaly!

Please note: The above picture is a trial run cozy I made from felt. Since felt doesn't stretch, this wasn't a good material to use!

Monday, May 18, 2009

etch your heart out.

it has been quite a mission this evening getting my computer up and running and downloading the pictures. something is wrong with the internal part of my charger AND it's running insanely slowly. there must be some serious viruses on here. urgh. so frustrating. more than anything, i hate low productivity. i don't have time to waste sitting here waiting for my computer to load for ALMOST AN HOUR!!! (no, seriously.)

now that i've gotten that out of my system, let me introduce you to this weeks project. i've been saving glass jars for a little while and i've gathered quite a collection of different shapes and sizes. we will be using etching cream to frost the glass and spray paint to paint the lid. (mine was green!) not only is this is a super easy project but it turns out looking store bought. it's simple and modern.
i decided to adorn an old salsa jar with "treat" because it's the perfect size to stash some candy to satisfy my nightly sweet tooth. mmm... smarties... start brainstorming about something you need a container for. buttons? needles? sharks teeth? wishes?

looking forward to tomorrow night! please contact me at the shop (354.7002) if you have any questions about craftacular tuesdays.


  • glass jar if you have a specific one you'd like to use. otherwise, i should have enough.
  • beverages of choice
  • a friend or two
  • 5 bucks

see you at 6:30, tuesday evening.

xo. emily

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

a perfect springtime planter!

if you missed last night, you missed a really great project! it was a perfect night for crafting outside and all the cans turned out great!

it's spring (though some may argue that it was the middle of summer with the heat on monday!) and everything is turning nice and green again. i've really been taking interest in plants more and more lately. i've always loved flowers but this is the first time i've actually taken the time to garden!

i got some incredible tomato plants at RAM this past weekend, so monday i fit a little gardening in. (if you take a closer look at the background of the picture, you an see a green tomato already hanging on the plant!) on the front porch of my house there are a few really deep planters on one side that i planted some tomato plants in. i decided to plant the tomatoes in there because that spot gets great sun and anything planted there always seems to flourish. i've also got a bunch of "baby" succulents that i'm sprouting. i've got quite a little nursery planted on my porch. it's so much fun to watch the progression of succulents as they grow too. this planter is just the perfect size to put small plant in! i've asked raglands, the restaurant next door to my shop, if they could save their XL cans that will be great for bigger plants. i think i may just have to make some of these for my RAM booth! :)

have a wonderful week! i'd love to hear any projects that you would be interested in doing in the next few weeks!

until then...


Monday, May 11, 2009

Recycled cans make perfect spring planters!

this week for crafty tuesdays we're making a super cute mosaic planter (or canister for whatever) from cans and vintage plates. i'm really looking forward to this project. it turned out really well, though it's hard to tell how fabulous this is from the picture above. (i took really pretty pictures this afternoon in hopes that the USB cord would turn up, but no luck... so had to turn to the trusty camera phone. boohoo.)

- a can leftover from a canned good of some sort... (i will have about 10 on hand, so hopefully that will be enough... but you never know how many people may show up...)
-broken/old dishes if you'd like (i also purchased a lot of cool vintage ceramics to break up, so we should have enough... but if you have something you'd like to use, please bring)
-a hammer, if you have (i'll have a few on hand. everyone is good at sharing!)

-plus don't forget your beers, friends and $5! :)

we will be doing this project outside (the grout is super messy!), so you may want to dress accordingly. it could still be pretty hot at 6:30ish.

looking forward to this project! see you all tomorrow!


Monday, May 4, 2009

this wednesday at the old library basement...

make sure to put this on your artwalk stop this wednesday night! anomaly (along with jaxbeard, hiphophell and shantytown) is sponsoring shaun thurston and friends from ATL for one night only! woohoo! we'll have some anomaly girls walking around in our newest clothing and delivering a special anomaly drink just for you! see you there!

xxoo. e

Sunday, May 3, 2009

pretty spring napkin rings!

i found a super cool craft book from the 70's a few weeks ago and there are some great ideas in it. one is for napkin rings make with plaster bandages. unfortunately i have been hitting up the health and beauty section of numerous box stores and have yet to find it. i needed a substitute. i had some drywall tape (i think that's what it's called) in my stockpile of stuff and tried it out. voila!

what a perfect gift to make for mom! go the extra mile and tell your mother you appreciate her with a handmade gift straight from the heart! pair the napkin rings with a new set of napkins (or stitch up a set yourself) and you've got quite a gift!

ALSO... since craftacular tuesday happens to fall on the 5th of may this year, i'm making this pinata! (see the how to from threadbanger below.) i'm filling it with goodies for some cinco de mayo fun. woohoo!

see you tuesday, same time, same place.

until then...
xxoo. emily

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


BRING AN IRON AND ANY PLASTIC BAGS YOU HAVE AROUND YOUR HOUSE, IF YOU CAN! i forgot to mention this when i posted the project... oops!
see you tonight!
xxoo. em

a fusa-bowl!

it's 12:15am the day of craftacular tuesday. after wracking my brain for the past week trying to figure out a pet craft that i promised josh, i decided we would make a multi purpose bowl. this project can double as a super cool collapsible and reusable pet water bowl (for the fur friends) or make a few in different sizes and shapes and use as cool decorative containers.

last night the sample i mocked up didn't really turn out as i'd imagined. with some adjustments to the pattern, i tried again this afternoon. i'd planned to use recycled raincoats and vinyl materials, but the sides were too flimsy. and it kept leaking. no good.

then earlier this evening i was working on another project and it came to me... i would make fused plastic fabric (out of recycled grocery bags) and then sew the bowl from that. the layers of plastic made the walls of the bowl strong, while still being lightweight and pliable. i really think it turned out great... unfortunately, there is no picture. it's another case of the missing USB cord! sorry! (i think the cord is in my car but it's too dark to really see, so hopefully i will find it in the morning and be able to post the picture for you!)

other than that... here are the details about the crafty meet-up that happens every tuesday only at...

ANOMALY. 1021 park street. 32204
TONIGHT. (and every tuesday night)- 6:30-8:30p.
BYOB. (yes, you read that correctly.)
+$5. (that's $2.50 an hour. i don't know where you can get entertainment that cheap and a souvenir from the evening. that's what she said!)


if you've been saying you want to come check out what this crafty business is all about and haven't yet, what are you waiting for? craftacular tuesday is calling your name.

hope to see you tonight! xxoo. emily

note to self: next time i see the USB in my trunk and think, "i should pick that up and put it with the camera, so next time i need to use it i will know where it is." i should actually do what i'm thinking.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

come collage a necklace tonight!

i swore i wasn't going to teach the secrets of making this necklace because i didn't want everyone copying my creations. but due to crafters block this week and the fact that this is a really cool necklace to put together, i thought tonight would be a great night to make this.

as always just bring yourself and $5 for crafting madness. if you have any broken jewelry or other trinkets that you'd like to add to a necklace, please bring that too. i will have buttons, assorted laces, fabrics and trims to use! looking forward to seeing everyone tonight for craftacular tuesdays!

oh and by the way... did anyone happen to catch me getting crafty in a comic? check out the haiku life for more super cool comics too! i'm excited that birdie is my new friend. he's a haiku genius! if you're on twitter, i highly suggest you follow his antics here. and birdie--- i can't thank you enough for the comic and hope you will be gracing us with your presence at craft night again soon!

stay tuned for next week... i'm working on a craft for pet lovers! until then... xxoo. em

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

get your shrink on... tonight @ anomaly!

my life has been pretty chaotic lately now that i've added RAM to my already overflowing plate of commitments. my house is an explosion of craft madness and i've been using every second of free (wait, nothing in life is free right?!?) time to make make make. the first two weeks of the arts market have been really great though and i'm so happy that i'm able to get in on the ground floor of an amazing addition to this city!
sorry there is no picture for tonight, (hence the picture of my dining room chaos above) but craftacular tuesday is still on for tonight, 6:30-8:30p! we're making super cool shrinky dinks tonight! this is one you definitely don't want to miss!
see you this evening for good times with crafty friends!

Monday, April 6, 2009

a wedding, the arts market and a t-bag craft tomorrow for tomorrow night!

the past few weeks have been crazy busy! i did a wedding 2 weekends ago. it turned out really nicely. the bride picked yellow and green as her colors and that allowed me to use some of my favorites stems on the tables! i love the mix and match look and we did an assortment of green and yellow vases on the tables along with real granny smith apples as the candle holders. lemons and limes were sliced and put into clear vases. it was so colorful!

her bouquet (pictured above) was traditional with a modern twist. i used a delicate combination of hydrangeas, mini calla lilies, and jade roses.

this past weekend, for those of you that don't know, was the opening day of the Riverside Arts Market. if you didn't come down to RAM, you really missed out on a truly historic day in du-val. it was amazing! an incredible turnout... 40,000!!! the crowd was pleasant, positive and 100% energizing. the crafty crew and i have a booth and hopefully will every week till december 19th (it closes till the following april). unfortunately, during the madness of opening day setup (and the fact that it was too early to be up for someone who drank too much and stayed out past her curfew the night before) i forgot to get my camera. urgh. next week i'll post some photos of how cute the booth turned out! our collective is appropriately named "the makers of things" and offers quite a variety of goodies! thanks to all my lovely, crafty friends for their help, support, and enthusiasm. you guys are awesome!

i've also been a non stop maker this week trying to build up some stock for the booth. i've made pillows, fabric collage necklaces, funky headbands and bobby pins, rings and earrings, cute vintage fabric cloches, and funky kids tees. i sold a little of everything but the t-shirts were clearly the hottest seller of the day. today i was back at it, rebuilding my inventory. i'm exhausted but have a few more things left to sew tonight... then maybe a little relaxation.

can i just say, i looooooooove my crafty club!!! seriously, that's what craftacular tuesdays have become... we ARE the 'crafty club'. it's a super fun group of people from different places, different backgrounds and of all ages. the fact that we all make things is what brings us together. i love hearing about everyone's ideas and seeing the finished projects.

come make this adorable recycled t-shirt tote. use it to carry your fresh produce from RAM or throw in a towel and sunscreen and head to the beach!
this is a super easy sewing project. we'll have t-shirts for use or bring one you'd like to use from home. if you have a sewing machine to share, please bring it if you can!
we'll also have an assortment of other projects going on. some crafters want to bring whatever project they have been working on lately and just work on it at craftacular tuesdays! we would love for you to bring your projects to complete and/or share with us!

hope to see you tomorrow night!
xoxo. emily