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Wednesday
Feb022011

Word Search Block

Block # 2 of the Bloggers Block-a-Palooza! 

This block was a challenge, however, I loved the way it turned out! Here is my process: 



*Still having fun with picnik!*

Finished block! 

I even think the wrong side is pretty! 
Click here if you'd like the instructions to make your own! 
Designed by my favorite quilter, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!
Block # 3 is out, but I'll have to make it another day soon!

Wednesday
Feb022011

Happy Groundhog Day!

One of my all time favorite movies is Groundhog Day. I've watched it more times than I can count!



 
Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?
http://www.giantsgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/groundhog_day.gifWill tomorrow never end? 




"There is no way this winter is ever going to end, as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don't see any other way out. He's got to be stopped. And I have to stop him."
-Phil Connors





Happy Groundhog Day!

Tuesday
Feb012011

workshops in the city

I have a serious problem...how can I decide which workshops to take? I'm discovering all of these wonderful class that are offered in San Francisco and my mind is spinning. 

Help me!

Sparka Screenprinting Workshops - for the true DIYer
Screenprinting: I'd love to print on t-shirts, bags, and pillowcases.

SSP002 


Image of Beginning Copperplate Calligraphy | March 12, 19, 26, April 2 Image of Letterpress Business Cards | April 16 PM Class

The one of classes that I'd love to take is the Calligraphy Copperplate class, it takes place on four Saturday mornings, in march. This would be the perfect birthday gift for me, Chris. *hint, hint*
Also, there is a Letterpress class, where you can print your own business cards. No brainer! I've been thinking that I eventually want to order cards with this blog on them, this would be perfect! 


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Bookbinding 101: Simple Stitching & Binding

and more screen printing! However all of the classes in February are full. I subscribed to the newsletter as I have a feeling these fill up really quickly as it's such a steal ($38!). 

 There are so many classes offered here it's hard to know where to start. Explore this page to browse through the art, printing, and binding classes offered.

I finally found what looks to be a good slipcover class! It doesn't look like a complete re-upholstery class, but I think it would be a great place to start!

There are a bunch of other sewing classes offered here as well, anything you'd like to take on the topic of sewing will be available here!

I stumbled upon this store as I was looking for fabric on clement st. It's filled with fabulous stationary, cards, and scrapbooking supplies. However, it's more than this! They offer many classes encompassing everything that has to do with paper! In February, the focus of the month is origami, hosting five classes focusing on different skills. Other topics include: scrapbook journaling, butterfly stitch book, Valentine day crafts, luggage tags and much more!

I've yet to stepped inside Scrap, however, next time I'm up in the city this will be a must! It's a creative re-use center and they offer monthly workshops. For example, this month it's basic embroidery with Dorothy Yuki.

Obviously, it's impossible to do everything, however, my goal will be to take two new classes to hone a new craft! 
If you know of other places to take crafty workshops, please leave a comment!



Tuesday
Feb012011

365 project

Good Morning!

I can't believe that January has come and gone! I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be full of new adventures!

I've blundered across a few blogs that took up the following challenge: document each day of the year with a single photo. Sounds simple, yet, it may be extremely difficult. Even though I'm a whole month "late" I thought that February 1st would be the best time to start! I will post weekly all seven pictures from that week. I think that this will be a lot easier than posting everyday and hence, allow me to keep it up.

If you are interested click on the following links to see the blogs who took the challenge last year:
I found a few more but I didn't like them as much as they didn't focus on craft/design. If you find any more let me know! :)

There is even an official website!

Wish me luck! 

Monday
Jan312011

a christmas picnik?

Have you heard of the photo editing site called picnik? My friend, Christen, introduced it to me and through her rec I've been playing around with it. So far, I really like what it can do, it's been a little slow with the processing time. But that has allowed me to sew a few stitches in between as I wait. :) (My new set up includes my computer right next to my sewing machine.) Previously, I had experimented with Picasa but there weren't as many options that I wanted. I think picnik might do the trick until I finally break down and buy photoshop (yes, I'm thinking about taking this plunge).

I wanted to play around with the collage option and I haven't posted any Christmas pics so before it is February I thought that I should!

It includes all my craftiness around Christmas: Kirsten and I baking cookies, the Christmas quilt I made, paper gingerbread people (Cindy made the family), Christmas dinner table, place cards, my Christmas card that I submitted to Paper Source (didn't win, but had fun trying! better luck next year!) and the stocking I embroidered for a friend. Phew! Putting it all together like that, it does seem like a lot!