Summer Road Trip with Duchamp on My Mind

July 12, 2011, 07:22 am  Posted by Lark

Road Trip! This Summer’s trip had an unplanned theme centered around Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage . . . (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas . . . ) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Our road trip was planned for various points North, and Duchamp’s surreal masterpiece left a lasting psychological afterimage everywhere I went…

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New Scholarship Contest for Beaders

July 12, 2011, 06:01 am  Posted by Lark

Here’s a press release that may be of interest to you:

The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts announces it’s offering a new scholarship aimed at the beading community. The well-known jewelry school is offering a complete scholarship for any of its 3-day classes to the winner of its new contest for beaders. The winner will chose from dozens of classes offered each year in a wide range of subjects such as fabrication, stone setting, jewelry design and more.

This new scholarship contest is open to anyone who makes beaded jewelry and would like to learn more about traditional jewelry making. The winner can select the class of their choice and will receive full tuition plus airfare from anywhere in the U.S., as well as lodging in San Francisco and kit fees. Applications ask for examples of your beaded jewelry along with a statement of why you want to attend the Revere Academy.

Alan Revere with a student. Photo courtesy of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts

The application deadline is October 15, 2011 and the winner will be announced November 1, 2011. There is no fee to complete the online application. For more details, click here.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who is passionate about making jewelry and would like to take their skills to the next level,” says the school’s director and founder, Alan Revere. “In just 3 days, the winner will learn an incredible amount from professionals who are eager to share their skills.”

The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is located in downtown San Francisco’s historic Phelan Building. Schedules, information and a free video tour are available upon request.

Tel: 415-391-4179

E-mail: info@revereacademy.com


Fresh Flickr Finds: Summer Quilting Fun!

July 11, 2011, 11:41 am  Posted by Lark

Try as I might, my crafty impulses tend to taper off in the summer…. there are just too many hammocks to sit in, too many mountains to explore, and too many picnics to be made and had! There are many folks who apparently don’t suffer from seasonal crafting laziness… and thank goodness for that! Check out this fresh batch of quilts from flickr – the perfect blend of quilting perfection, loose improvisation, and inspiring colors!

(Click on the links below to see more from these artists.)

1. Habitat bowtie quilt, 2. vintage summer love quilt WIP., 3. Warm Cool Quilt Along – Finished, 4. organic quilt entry, 5. Pixel Pusher, finished, 6. picnic blanket (empty), 7. Supernova – the back, 8. drunkard’s path baby quilt, 9. the big orange wall quilt


Fun Felted Freebie

July 08, 2011, 13:13 pm  Posted by Lark

Every Friday, I post a set of free project instructions. (Well, I aim for every Friday, anyways.)

Purple Passion Set, by Candie Cooper

Today’s project is Purple Passion, a bracelet-and-earring set from Felted Jewelry: 20 Stylish Designs, by the lovely, the talented Candie Cooper! Click here to download a PDF of the instructions at no charge.

Candie at the 2011 Bead&Button Show

Candie’s also the author of Metalworking 101 for Beaders, and she’s hard at work on another book with Lark.

By the way, if you’re into felting, you may be interested to know that Lark is releasing 500 Felted Objects this September.


Free Project Friday: Whale Quilt Block

July 08, 2011, 10:39 am  Posted by needlearts

No matter your medium, summer is a time to let the creative part of your brain wander. Maybe it’s the years and years of having summer breaks from school. Maybe it’s the freedom you feel when you can happily go outdoors, but instead say, “Nope. I’m cranking the AC and staying inside today.”

But even indoors, summer still has its influence. I know I find myself watching shows and movies that take place in warm climates, whether it’s Dexter or Wet Hot American Summer.

So for the next few weeks, we’re not just sharing any quilt blocks from 45 Quilt Blocks Animals–we’re sharing ones that love getting outside and playing in the water!

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*Sparkle On*

July 06, 2011, 12:01 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

1. Photo by aadam_21

The Fourth of July is behind us, and at least in my neighborhood, the last of the bottle rockets are being launched into the sky. I admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of noisy fireworks in general, but I LOVE sparklers. The sizzle, the golden sparks, and the fleeting surge of excitement in twirling them around until they sputter out. It’s sad, isn’t it, when the spark is extinguished?

Well, thanks to these enterprising shutterbugs, they’ve captured the spirit, and the lasting “spark” of these fiery wands –plus all the fun in writing or drawing with them–in the following pictures from Flickr.

2. Photo by john.reilly

* * * See more pics, and links, after the jump! * * *

3. From gf97127272's Flickr photostream

4. Photo by Zane Perry

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Kawaii Jewelry

July 06, 2011, 10:45 am  Posted by Lark

Kawaii is a Japanese word meaning cute,plane with Pikachu on it charming or adorable.  In the U.S.A. we can see this word come to life in Hello Kitty merchandise, Pokeman cards and Manga comics.  In Japan, it’s pervasive. It’s seen on billboards, trains and planes. Check out this All Nippon Airways Boeing 747 with Pikachu emblazoned on the side. Some prefectures, banks and police precincts have their own adorable mascots. I followed the kawaii style into jewelry to see what cuteness I could find there. Here are some very sweet examples.

mosaic of kawaii jewelry1. kumacrafts 2. brusymilongui 3. FrozenNote 4. TheTinyFig

5. claykawaii 6.Weaselfactory 7. ilovepeppermintpuff 8. zoozjewelry

9. TragicStitches 10. Weasetfactory 11.TheTinyFig 12. grapewirex

13. PaperDemonJewelry 14.gochemoche 15. okitokki 16. Rustic Rainbow


Etsy Finds: Ice Cream

July 05, 2011, 11:03 am  Posted by Lark

Okay, I’ll admit it. When the mercury soars into the uncomfortable zone this time of the year, my thoughts (and tummy) turn to delectable treats that will help cool things down. High up on that list is always ice cream. But thanks to the artisan adventures of a couple local ice cream joints (one with a new satellite location just around the block from Lark), I am simply swooning over the latest ice cream offerings. Salted caramel? Indeed! Strawberry balsamic? Oh, yeah! Goat Cheese Cherry? Bring it on.

In light of my recent obsession I went to Etsy to see if crafters are just as inspired by this put-a-smile-on-your-face dessert. Indeed, from printmakers to stitchers, jewelers to painters, I am not alone in my worship of the cone. This week’s Etsy Finds round-up showcases a collection of ten charming creations using ice cream as a central motif. Be sure to check out the larger images and links to the seller’s shops after the jump.

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Doodle Stitch Along – finale and giveaway!!

July 01, 2011, 19:54 pm  Posted by guestblogger

Hey there, this is Aimee Ray again with the final installment of our Doodle Stitch Along, and a free giveaway! We’ve posted 4 free embroidery patterns over the last month and now I’m going to show you how to make a cute, little mini apron with them. This apron won’t keep you clean while cooking, but it’s perfect to wear while crafting or working a craft show, it’s got 4 little pockets perfect for keeping your tools close at hand!

What you need:

2- 18×10 inch pieces of fabric (they can be different colors)
1 with the 4 stitched motifs spaced evenly along the top, about 2 inches from the edge.
a piece of 1- inch wide grosgrain ribbon, 72 inches long.
Embroidery floss to match
1. First, pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing, and sew along the sides and top (the side with embroidery), 1/2 inch in. You can leave the bottom open. Trim the corners, turn it right side out, and press the seams flat.
2. Fold the motif edge up over the back about 5 inches to form a pocket. Pin it in place.
3. Using the Blanket Stitch, sew up the sides of the pocket.
4. Using the Running Stitch, stitch 3 dividing lines in between the motifs. Now you have 4 pockets.
5. Center the ribbon along the top of the apron, overlapped 1 inch and pin it in place. Using the Back Stitch, or a sewing machine, sew the ribbon to the apron. Trim off the extra fabric behind the ribbon. You can treat the ends of the ribbon with fray check so they don’t fray.
All done! This is a fast, easy sewing project, you can use these instructions to make all different sizes and colors of aprons. If you need a quick stitch reference, check out www.inaminuteago.com, one of my favorite embroidery websites.
Don’t have time to sew up your own apron? You can win this one! To enter for a chance to win this apron, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, July 8. Any comment is fine—though we’d love to hear about your favorite easy sewing project!One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Monday, July 11. Click here for the official rules.
Thanks for joining us!