Saturday, January 29, 2011

DIY: valentines

I just finished six different designs of valentines at the studio. Some have pressure prints (the wood grain) with hearts or doily motifs. I'm happy with how they turned out and hopefully will sell some of them on If you want more, see the rest of my cards on MountainPiePress on

(Pressure print with hearts)

(Pressure print with doily)

I'm also having a DIY: Valentines Party at my apartment on February 5th. The "official" event details are on Is anyone else getting as excited about handmade valentines as I am?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

feeling disconnected

Oh! to be without the internet.
I have been feeling disconnected from the world. Here is an elephant that I crocheted and has not yet been sewn together. I think he knows how I feel.
I have tried to keep busy this past month since I am currently jobless. I find myself with lots of time to do all the projects that I've wanted to do. Have I gotten to all of them? Of course not. 

I went to a letterpress workshop with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education a couple Sundays ago. I learned how to do pressure prints (which I incorporated with some of my valentines). If you haven't heard of Amos, look him up He's pretty fun. 

This is the poster that we printed at the workshop: "There is no spll chek in letterpress."

**This coming week, I will be adding valentines to my Etsy store. I will let you know when things are up. I have about six designs that I'm working on. I'm so excited & I just can't hide it**

February Challenge: Make your own valentines.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1st [Christmas] Sampler

I hope everyone had a blessed, relaxing and enjoyable Christmas. My holidays were very merry and bright.  My entire family, including husbands and babies, were all in one house; a task that is getting harder and harder as the years go by. We made Christmas cookies, watched classics like, A Muppet Christmas Carol, and ate delicious food!

I had come accross this Chirstmas Sampler over the summer as I went through old McCalls Needlework and Crafts magazines (from the 80s). This pattern was simple and sweet. Only to be done with red floss, but I thought that I'd amp up the color a bit. This is my first sampler and with some confidence I'll say that it won't be my last. It has it's mistakes or as my Mom says "humility marks," but I had fun with this project and it didn't scare me away.

New Years' Resolution: Craft more.