Not a major post, but this past Sunday, Julie and I went to the Botanical Gardens up in the Bronx. I took my trusty Canon S3 and had a ball. I don’t fancy myself much of a photographer, but I’m definitely improving, and I got some really great shots out of the trip. Also, it was *wonderful* to just be outside all day! Living in the city its easy to forget how relaxing it is to be around trees and water and flowers. So, I hope you dig the pictures, have some fun, there are plenty more than those in that collage!
Really, I do. Especially when the being right is so tied up in doing things that some people took as slightly insane.
For example, the fact that I have a downright obscene amount of plum colored fabrics in my fabulous ikea shelving.
Or, even, that I practically shaved my head about 6 months ago.
Or perhaps, my adoration for sweaters. And slacks. And sweaters worn with slacks.
I must admit that I am downright thrilled that in this amazing photoshoot, my pals over at Coutorture have proven me righter than I can remember being in at least a week. Possibly two weeks ;o) They’ve got model Nana Keita in all Oscar de la Renta and I can’t get *over* how right I was about everything. Plum? The new it color. Super short hair? Tre chic. Sweaters? Never smarter.
All together? So right.
I love being right…
Okay, so I admit I have wanted to do a B-52′s themed “Rock Lobster” necklace ever since I sourced these cute little lobster charms, but today I went to Etsy Labs to take Danielle Maveal’s Acrylics class. I brought along Mr. Lobster, and the ROCK LOBSTER was born! I have this feeling that you will not have to wait long for the Rock Lobster to show up in my etsy shop… I have to put him on a chain, but considering that I’ve been listening to the B-52′s obsessively since I got home, you know i’ve got it on the brain ;o)
Here was my workspace – the large seahorse on turquoise is going to end up as a broach i think. I actually made that one before the class, trying out my riveting skills. At class, I made the peacock, which incorporated both riveting and fusing acrylic together. Unfortunately, my acrylic popped apart during the riveting process, but for a first try, I’m pretty pleased with the peacock. I plan to continue playing with the design and the technique.
One cool thing about taking a class at Etsy Labs is that we’re given pretty free reign to work on projects, which Danielle gave us helpful pointers and occasionally pulled us over to practice techniques. My finishing skills are now in a completely different class than they were 24 hours ago. It was also really neat to work on projects around other people. Sure, sometimes you had to wait for the flex shaft (which? ohmigod? I NEED ONE. I might have to break up with my dremel to get one…) but it was neat to look over each others shoulders, give and take suggestions, and just otherwise enjoy *not being alone* while you craft!
so, here’s to etsy labs, and new horizons in making stuff!
Our first NYC Craft Mafia hosted event went off without a hitch! Turnout was good, and our mailing list nearly doubled!
People brought a ton of supplies, especially yarn:
Also, lots of books, fabrics, beads, and everyone’s favorite craft supply, a baby in chains.
Everyone’s M.O. for the day was to wrap themselves in some sort of fabric.
I WAS COLD, OKAY?? NOBODY TOLD ME IT WAS GOING TO BE SO COLD!!
And Swappy watched over us all.
(Thanks soooo much to everyone who came – we got a great response and we’ll surely be doing it again! Everything we had left over will be going to Materials for the Arts, and possibly other arts related charities. YAY!)
For the last week, I’ve been internet deprived at my apartment! There was a little… incident after which my modem mysteriously stopped working when my mom and dad were in town, but now that is all worked out, and my telephone has decided to stop working instead.
Anyhow, now that I have internet again, I spent the evening working with my friend Misty on her new website: MistyBoyce.com. She’s a great musician, and an all around cool kid. We’ll be putting streaming audio on her site soon, but for now, there are links to her myspace where you can listen up. The website isn’t 100% finished, but its coming together, and you can get the basic idea ;o)
hooray for modern technology!
So as many of you know, the Stereoette shop is coming back soon, this time, on my own domain and not on Etsy. I intended to launch on Feb. 1st, but I’m running a little behind b/c of spending the weekend playing catchup after I got sick, so please be patient!
Its been a whirlwind of learning new computer languages (PHP and I are now on speaking terms, but we will never be close friends), wrastling with Zen Cart, signing up for USPS shipping packages, and the works. I’m very glad to nearly be done with all of it, and to be able to get back to being crafty. One thing to know, however, is that this blog will be MOVING! Yes, thats what I said. I’m going to be hosting the blog on my own domain now, so you will soon be loading www.stereoette.com/blog instead of www.stereoette.blogspot.com.
Just wanted to give you the heads up, as I’ll probably be doing the final migration and debut of the site this weekend. At that point I’ll tell you to update your links…
yay for stereoette.com!
Well, other than a few mishaps involving polymer clay, I haven’t been doing a ton of traditional crafting in the new year. Instead, I’ve been fighting tooth and nail with my webpage to get it to look *just* like i want it… not that you can see the change ;o) Its all behind the scenes, and you’ll see it when I debut my new designs at the end of the month.
Wow, that sounds so pretentious. “Debut.” Don’t take it too seriously, kids.
Anyhow, the real thing I wanted to brag about is the new look and functionality of the NYC Craft Mafia webpage and message board! With Veronica’s help, the look’s been tweeked, the polaroids that Anna and Beth were responsible for are uploaded (sort of) and the message board is even easier to use. So, if you’re a crafter in the NYC area (or outside of it, for that matter) come check out our new public face!
Web design is just crafting 2.0 anyway ;o)