kids + jewelry

April 23, 2010, 09:41 am  Posted by Lark

I’ve been exploring jewelry that kids make. Big pcandy wrapper braceletlus-it’s usually cheap and easy. Here is an environmentally friendly one, too, making jewelery out of candy and gum wrapper. The results can be quite colorful and fun like this one from candy addict.

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Craft Your Life mixed tape 001

April 20, 2010, 14:31 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

The Craft Your Life mixed tape series attempts to peel away the onion skin and reveal glimpses of what inspires the Craft Your Life team, or, at the least, eavesdrop into their ear buds.

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Devil Duckies

April 13, 2010, 11:28 am  Posted by Lark

The three devil duckies who started it all.

Hello everyone, this is The Curious Collector. Welcome to my first blog post!

Do you enjoy collecting things? I do. I’ve always collected things, the first being toy horses when I was a little girl. I still collect horses, but now they have to be small and unique figurines. I get my collecting gene from my mom, who collects English tea cups (and they have to be English, nothing else will do). I’ll be featuring various collections, my own and others, on future blog posts. The first collection I’ll talk about will be the one I have right here in my office.

I first began collecting devil duckies when a friend gave me three small, red devil duckies as a thank you. I fell in love with them then and there and had to have more of these awesome, evil ducks. Since then, I keep my eye out whenever I’m out shopping and buy any I come across. I find it is fun to find one unexpectedly while out exploring the local shops. Ordering them online is cheating, though I have been tempted before, and may break that rule soon as they are getting harder to find. I have also had some wonderful surprise duckies waiting on my desk when I arrive in the morning for work!

If you decide to start collecting devil duckies, keep an eye on them. They will cause mischief! Below are just a few of the devil duckies surrounding me while I work.

Feel free to post about your own duckies in the comments!


Picnic Linens

April 13, 2010, 11:27 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

We have a cozy indoor dining area, but a “gracious” front porch, as they say here in the semi-south – large enough for a couple of tables, several rockers, and plenty of friends. So when warm weather hits, I start dragging out the ice buckets, filling the candleholders, and thinking about light, breezy table linens.

One of the reasons I love these embroidered linen napkins I spotted at Celina Mancurti’s etsy shop is that I can imagine giving something like this a try myself. Lots of options for tailoring the look of the little cotton-thread nests and vintage-button accents.

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An Interview With Subject Matter Studio

April 13, 2010, 11:17 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Andrew surrounded by his prints

Friend and fellow designer/screenprinter Andrew Findley has been super busy cranking out some amazing work under the banner of Subject Matter Studio. I had a chance to shoot the breeze via email and this is what he had to say…

How long have you been screenprinting?

I’ve been screenprinting since mid 2007. Before that I was designing posters and paying to have people print them for me. With the help of a few friends and websites like www.gigposters.com I was able to learn the art of screenprinting.

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Scraps Authors Speak Out

April 13, 2010, 11:14 am  Posted by Lark
elsebeth gynther and christine clemmensen

Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen

Every now and then we like to ask some of our favorite crafters and creatives how they choose to craft their life. It shouldn’t surprise you that the answers are as diverse as the individuals. This time around we present the question to Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen, co-authors of Scraps: A Field Guide to Collage.

Elsebeth has worked in publishing as both an editor and an author in addition to exploring fabric and clothing design. Christine has worked as a graphic designer illustrator for years and is currently exploring her love for photography. With a shared passion for the creative potential of collage using collected ephemera—from playing cards, old photos, maps and theater tickets to vintage greeting cards, game pieces, beads and baubles—both Elsebeth and Christine view the world around them with wonder and delight.

So how do they keep their creativity charged? Where do they find inspiration?

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