Thursday, December 30, 2010

More reasons to celebrate

Couldn't let 2010 end without another new addition...

This morning at 8:03 am we welcomed a new baby girl to the family!  Lucca Bella was born a beautiful 6 pounds, 11 ounces and she couldn't be more loved by her family.  We are so excited to finally meet her and so thrilled that mom and baby are healthy and resting.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

So Long, Farewell 2010

Watching the Sound of Music currently and found a little inspiration.  There's something about this movie that always makes me stop the channel surfing and watch, if not for the full 4 hour broadcast, for at least a few highlights.  You can't beat the choreography and I can never stop myself from making up my own lyrics to the song, My Favorite Things.


White Christmas lights and trees filled with trinkets
Fresh brand new socks and warm heavy blankets
Jingle Bells, Fa la la, carolers sing
These are a few of my favorite things

Hot homemade cookies and peppermint bark
Bright streets and luminaries light up the dark
Home Alone, Sound of Music, Love Actually
These are a few of my favorite things

When the work starts
When the bills come
When I’m feeling bad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so sad


Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

...more Renegade Review

As promised, more fun finds from the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend.


First off, a shop from Rae Dunn, a local artist based out of San Francisco.  Rae has a line of creative clay objects - everything from bowls for your four-legged friends, small dishes for wedding rings, ornaments, plaques, napkin rings and more.


Rae Dunn - Love Nest

I love the handmade charm of each individual piece so you know that your piece was lovingly made just for you.  Visit her etsy store to get your piece made by Rae herself.  You can also find her line of products on various websites like www.puremodern.com.   I think the "Love Nest" would make a fun little gift for a young newlywed couple buying their first home.


For the young families in your life, what could be a more exciting gift to share than this incredible needle felted Wool Buddy?


http://www.etsy.com/shop/woolbuddy

Jackie Huang is another talented artist based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.  These photos alone do not do justice to the amazing work created by WoolBuddy.  If this gets you excited at all, you must visit Jackie's blog at http://woolbuddy.com/blog/ to see more.  


Showcased at the fair this weekend were animals varying in size from small, key chain scale critters to giraffes nearly 4 feet tall.  The owls seemed to be especially popular, but the line also includes dragons and fish to remind you of the imaginary worlds of animated films like Finding Nemo and Ice Age.  I was awestruck by the complexity and detail of each buddy.  They strike a perfect blend of weird and lovable at the same time, and doesn't the world need more weird, lovable creatures?



http://woolbuddy.com/blog/

Can't get enough Renegade Crafts?  Here is the link to see ALL of the artists that were featured at the fair.  

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Renegade Review

The annual Renegade Holiday Craft fair has come and gone, and while I may have come home with little more than a tote bag and a note card, I was filled with inspiration and excitement as I walked through the crowded exhibition hall.




To recap, my lovely hubbie and I drove to the City Saturday morning hoping to beat the crowds for the 11:00 start.  The weather was drizzly and the parking was sparse, but as we circled the surrounding blocks, we saw dozens of other craft aficionados, mother/daughter shopping duos and husband and boyfriends scoring those ever important bonus points just before Christmas.  Walking in through the glass doors was like taking those first steps off a long plane trip to the start of a long vacation, or, if you're a guy, it's like those first few steps out of the tunnel at your very first major league ball game.  Your heart starts racing, your eyes widen and you can't help but wonder what you may see today. 




By 11:15, the aisles were already filling with lookey-loos and last minute holiday shoppers alike.  There were so many things to look at, we wondered, where do we start?  How do we not miss anything?  A system was immediately established.  We'd start to the left, make a preliminary pass through and take notes along the way. 




One familiar vendor for me was Petit Collage.  I recognized the modern wall art from the last Renegade Craft Fair and was still enamored by the lovely little designs.  The artwork is created by founder Lorena Siminovich, an artist based out of San Francisco.  Her designs have been featured by Martha and are also seen in Anthropologie, Pottery Barn Kids and Giggle, so you know they're special.  I had such a hard time choosing a favorite - the city skyline, or the zoo animals, that I came home with neither.  Luckily, these delightful prints can be found online.


A new find for me came at the Spell it Out designs booth.  Can you take a guess at what to do here?



Believe it or not, it's a chalkboard sticker!  The stickers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, everything from sunglasses and cupcakes to rocket ships and guitars.  You can actually write on them just like a regular chalkboard.  Fun for all ages. 


One blogger compared the Renegade Craft Fair to walking the aisles of the best of etsy.  I have to agree with him.  While you can find all of the trendiest items here - owls, moustaches, retro t-shirts, there's also the one-of-a-kind stuff you'll find no where else.  With over 250 of the best independent crafters around, there's something for everyone.  And with over 250 vendors, the rest of the recap will come later, including one of the most creative and incredible hand made items I've ever seen at a craft fair.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

They're here!

In case you didn't already know, December is a very big month in my family this year.  Yesterday, we celebrated the arrival of our first set of twins in the family.  Oliver & Owen arrived with much joy and after much anticipation at 12:15 and 12:17 pm.  These little guys turned out to not be so tiny, they were each almost 6 pounds!  I have to hand it their brave Mommy.  She's one tough woman.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Deck the Halls

It's less than two weeks now until Christmas.  Are all of your Christmas decorations out of the garage?  Are all of your presents wrapped?  After what felt like a slow start, our house finally has that Christmas glow.  

A few weeks ago I purchased this Baker's Cord from the Sundance catalog.  Some red and green fabrics, fabric glue and a few hours later, I had my brand new tree garland.  (I can not take credit for the cute mitten ornament in the photo.  It was purchased.)  This year our tree has a bit of a crafty feel to it, which I love since I love a tree that tells a story about the family who made it their own.  I'm the type of girl that picks up ornaments from every vacation spot and gets excited each year to reopen the boxes and reminisce about all of the great times from the past.  Some of this year's new additions include a glass flower from Hawaii and some homemade felt ornaments from a few months back.


Do you have any favorite childhood ornaments?  What does your tree say about you?
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Friday, December 10, 2010

An owl for Getty

In my last post I told you a little bit about a girl named Getty and I mentioned some owl fabric.  Here are some photos of the finished project that will soon be heading her way.  It's definitely a one-of-a-kind, just like the real Getty.  I hope in some small way it can bring a little bit of joy to her and her family this holiday season.


On this blanket, I played around with some applique and created my own owl design for the center block using the fabric as my inspiration.  With so many great owl prints, I wanted to show off the designs but still add a personal touch.  The Getty owl in the center was given blue eyes and a little bow to make her extra special.


Don't forget, to learn more about Getty's journey, follow her blog at http://gettyowl.com/.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A very special owl

Recently my sister-in-law noticed that I had posted a photo of some owl fabric I had picked up at a craft fair.  It reminded her of her friend's daughter, Getty.  Getty is a special little girl who was born in March to parents Kate Mathany and Mark Storm from Sacramento.  They lovingly refer to her as their little "owl".  When Getty was about 4 months old she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  I don't know about you, but I had never heard of SMA.  Here is some background information from Getty's blog gettyowl.com.



http://gettyowl.com/

Spinal muscular atrophy is an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Infants like Getty with SMA Type 1 are born with very little muscle tone, weak muscles, and develop feeding and breathing problems over time. Weakness gets worse over time and will eventually become severe. There is no cure or treatment for the progressive weakness. The lifespan with SMA1 is seldom longer than 2 – 3 years.
  • SMA is the #1 genetic killer of young children.
  • SMA is estimated to occur in nearly 1 out of every 6,000 births.
  • Researchers estimate that a viable treatment and/or cure is attainable in as little as 5 years – IF provided adequate resources.
  • The American College of Medical Genetics recommends that SMA carrier testing be made available to ALL couples planning a family, regardless of ethnicity or family history.
Throughout all of the hardships that go along with SMA, Getty and her parents remain optimistic and enjoy every moment they get to share with eachother.




There are options available if you'd like to contribute to help Getty's fight against SMA.  Check out the Little Owl Shop or visit the website for upcoming events
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Get ready!

We're in full holiday shopping season and while I have a lot of people crossed off my list, I'm still holding out for the grand daddy of all craft fairs - the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco.  It's the place to find one of a kind, unexpected gifts for the creative types in your life.

 

If you're more the online shopping type, you're probably familiar with sites like retailmenot.com where you can type in the name of your online shop and search for coupon codes.  Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.  It's always a good place to try to save on shipping.  But if you're looking for deals to buy fabric online, look no further than the TrueUp.net sale alerts.  Each Friday an updated list of online sales is listed.  It's also a great place to find new craft supply sources online.  For example, this morning I stumbled upon a new ribbon shop, LFNtextiles.com.


 What are your holiday shopping tips?  Any favorite online shops or sales?
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I can't help but think about Bing Crosby and all of the classic Christmas tunes this time of year.  Love them or hate them, you're going to hear them in every grocery store and shopping center in town.  The one that always gets stuck in my head is White Christmas by The Drifters - the one from the Home Alone soundtrack, which I (not coincidentally) watched this past week.  Bu du du du, du du du du du...  I challenge you to not smile and think of Macaulay Culkin when you hear it.


But what would our favorite Christmas tunes be without some Christmas decorations around the house?  I'm about 90% done with this Christmas blanket and pillow set that I made using the Robert Kaufman Sparkle All the Way collection.  It's bright and cheery and everything that a Lily cat could ever hope to nap on.

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