I know I said I was going to go to the Cherry Festival last weekend, but then I found out about the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival (which was the same weekend) and I decided to go there instead.  I thought to myself I like crafts more than I like cherries…. plus, it was waaaaay closer!  Patchwork was held in what I think might have been a parking lot in the historic Helms Bakery in Culver City.



There were over 100 vendors…. it seems like a lot, but it’s not that much…. Also I was promised some DIY workshops and there were none.  It was very disappointing – but I got over it.

There were lots of fun vendors…. and many of their products were made from re-purposed or up-cycled materials, which I love!  Say the work up-cycled or re-purposed when trying to sell me something and chances are that I will buy it.  There was a fun little vendor- Make Shop Live that had a ton of re-purposed products…. like bottle caps!  They made magnets and pin-cushion rings out of bottle caps! How can you not fall in love?!  Here are a few photos of their booth space:




There was also a vendor who will “Pimp Your Bike!”  - SpokeNWheel Designs - this vendor is all about bike bells! Yes, bike bells! She had all kinds, sushi ones, eyeballs, letters and more…. but I ordered a custom bell…. I’ll post a quick picture when it comes.  Can’t wait to share with you- but in the meantime here are some of her other bells:




All in all, it was a pretty fun day.  I was hoping for some DIY projects, but I ended up buying quite a bit of fun stuff instead.  After the fair we all (the girls from the shop and myself) headed over to Father’s Office for lunch and beer.  Yum.  Hopefully next time the craft fair is in town I’ll know a little bit earlier and give you all a little heads up so you can go experience it for yourself.

Last Sunday was the Vintage Expo here in Santa Monica.  I went to the expo for one reason and one reason only- to see Linda Sicard – The Button Lady. I spent about five hours with Linda carefully picking and choosing buttons for both me and the shop.  I need more buttons like I need a hole in the head… but how could I resist?!  Here are a few photos of Linda’s booth… see what I mean when I say I can’t resist?



All the buttons Linda sells are at least as old as vintage, some are even antique! She has everything from plastic, to wood, to Victorian Glass, to Bakelite & Celluliod and much much more.  So after about five-ish hours I actually left with a pretty good selection of buttons.  Here is what I took home:

From left to right: diminutive glass, diminutive bakelite, metal with an amber-like square.

On the left diminutive glass, on the right carved bakelite.

From left to right: metal, bakelite with mother of pearl center, and metal.

From left to right: painted metal, metal with mother of pearl, and hand carved bakelite.

Victorian Glass

Assorted vintage metal

Assorted plastics, mostly celluliod and bakelite.

Linda will be attending a few more shows in California.  If you happen to be up in San Mateo, Ca this week make sure to stop by the California State Button Show and visit the Unbuttons! booth- Say “Hi” to Linda!

The knitting/cyber world had buzzing about the new Clotheshorse online knitting and crochet magazine.  I know what you’re thinking, “Oh no, not another knitting magazine.”  But this one is different.  I had the pleasure of seeing what was going into the magazine before it was published when I met up with Heather Dixon and Mindy Brown, co-founders of Clotheshorse magazine at TNNA in January.  What makes this magazine different?  Clotheshorse is a fashion forward and season appropriate magazine.  The pieces in the magazine are inspired by current runway fashions.  The selection of patterns are wonderful, they have everything from dresses to jewelry and knitting to macrame.  Clotheshorse is fashionable and wearable, there is something for everyone!



The Spring/Summer 2012 Issue has 25 fashion forward patterns.  Two of my favorite patterns are:


Peekamoose by Heather Dixon


Cobalt by Mindy Brown


The great thing about Clotheshorse Magazine is that you don’t have to buy the entire magazine if you like just one pattern.  The patterns are all sold individually so you can pick and choose what you would like to make.  If you like one pattern in the whole magazine, just buy the one.  If you like ten, then buy ten.  That’s the beauty of it!  Every issue offers a free pattern.  In this issue the free pattern is Morea a macrame necklace  that is done beautifully by Mindy Brown.

Not only does this new magazine have knitting, crochet and macrame patterns but they also have a great product review page where they reviewed products like Lavishea Lotion Bars, Soak, Knitter’s Tool Tin by the Sexy Knitter and more.  What I enjoyed most about this issue was the Interview with Amy Small of Knit Collage.  I love to read about how yarn companies were started and the inspiration and drive behind the yarns.  Amy in particular has a fun and interesting story about how she got started and her production, make sure you read the interview with Amy Small!  Another fun read was the “Shop Report.”  We all know that Purl Soho is a wonderful place- but in the “Shop Report” Jennifer Wendell wrote about Purl Soho and about the texture and color to the point where it transports you there.


I hope you enjoy this issue and all the future issues of Clotheshorse Magazine.  Mindy and Heather have been very generous as to sponsor two give-aways. Each winner will receive a free PDF of the pattern of their choice.  To enter for a chance to win all you have to do is post a comment in this blog post by Sunday March 4, 2012 by 11:59pm Pacific Time. Good luck to all who enter!

Cadmium by Jennifer Lori, Mercury by Heather Dixon & Palladium by Gyorgyi Suta

About two or three years ago a friend asked me if I wanted this 1/2 bust form (she was ready to throw it away).  I said, yes!  Of course I want it…. (it’s free!).  So I took it home and started playing with it and all my garment samples.  Then I decided that the 1/2 bust was just hideous.  It really was.  Here is a photo, you can judge for yourself!


Here you can see all her imperfections and the chips in the paint.  She reminds me of Goldie Hawn & Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her:



So I had this brilliant idea.  I’ll decoupage her in her vintage sheet music!!! I drove all over town looking for vintage sheet music, only to find none.  I thought, okay I’ll settle for old sheet music.  So I took myself to thrift stores everywhere, but nope, no sheet music.  Then I got desperate, so I remembered that I drive by a piano store every day on my way home from work, so I headed over there.  They had LOTS of sheet music.  When I asked the guy if he had any sheet music that was inexpensive that I could tear up…. the look he gave me:  did not compute, ask again.  Finally he understands that all I want it something that looks like sheet music and I don’t really care about what kind of music is on it.  So he sold me a few copies of books of music that were defective in their binding.  Great!  I’m going to tear it up anyway.

So I headed home and started tearing up this music and I realized I could still give it that vintage look by dying the paper with tea!  I did this once in second grade and I remember that the paper looked a little worn, older, and brownier.  So over the course of the next week or so I dyed and dried the sheet music.  Here it is dying:

Here is a photo of all my dried strips.  I ran out of one tea and started using another, you can see the difference in the color of the strips. It’s more apparent in the finished piece.

Now when starting a project like this make sure you set up a work station for easy clean-up.  When I was drying my dyed sheets of music, I set them on an old towel.  I used the same towel underneath the decoupage project and jumped right in!

After almost 7 hours of decoupaging she was complete!!!  Here she is, no name 1/2 bust.  As you can see I used the matte finish for a more vintage feel and different shades of strips worked quite well.  Now if there is only something I can do about her poor posture.

I am so proud of this project, I have to show off just a few more photos!  The nipples and the corners were the hardest points to do, but the key is to use smaller pieces.



I thoroughly enjoyed this project!  I have so much extra sheet music that I am now looking for other things around the house to decoupage.  So far I have only found one small tin to decoupage, but do worry I will find other things!  Now – back to my needles!


Oh!  And one more thing.  I am going to have a give-a-way withing the next week.  This might (or might not) involve yarn and a pattern, but I’m not giving away any clues.  So make sure that you subscribe or check in regularly!