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