Sophie wrote in with this letter for children’s craft month:
Something fun i did with my cousin’s kids was make a jar of hugs and kisses for their mum’s birthday. We bought some clay (that stuff you bake) in pink and red and made crosses (kisses) and circles (hugs). Then we baked them and let them cool. For the jar we picked a random one and covered the lid with pink material. Then I made a mixture of red paint and glue and helped them paint the word “MUM”. When everything was cool and dry we put the kisses and hugs the jar and finished it off with a piece of ribbon. Mum was thrilled. I did it with a 5 and 3 year old but I helped a lot.
Juliette from Chickpea studios sent in a link to this tutorial for pinwheels
Paul O’Mahony of the Siopaeile.com has recently launched the Irish Arts Blog . The blog is written by a select group of artisans from all over Ireland, who responded to Paul’s free group blog offer for Irish Artists launched last summer.
Larissa has been working her knitting book Knitalong for a while now. | March 15, 2008 | Knitalong Book Release Party | at Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks | in Portland, Oregon (Sellwood neighborhood) | late afternoon/early evening, time TBA.
A new feature on Vintage Indie called What You Make of It . Kind of a twist on DIY with vintage components.
check out illusion knitting on instructables
new shopping site called Shopflick, which is launching next month – Shopflick is “eBay meets YouTube.” Sellers list their products via video; shoppers watch; and buyers click on our video player’s buy button and buy. It’s also a way of giving folks everywhere the Renegade or Felt Club (indie crafts fairs) experience via the web by meeting the creators and hearing them talk about their work.
Handmade Nation: Documenting the rise of DIY Art, Craft & Design. | Documentary Release: 2009 | Book Release: November 2008, Princeton Architectural Press | more info and updates here