Southwest Maker Fest 2017

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

Southwest Maker Fest 2017

I did an envelope journal workshop again this year at Southwest Maker Fest. Once again, the attendees were super creative, coming up with their own clever modifications to the project, including one multifunctional journal that doubled as a wallet and a paper airplane! This year, my assigned room was in a different area within the i.d.e.a. Museum that seemed less hectic. Also, I had help! Several friends showed up and pitched in with explaining the project to latecomers and helping answer questions, etc. A big thank you to Anne,...

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Phoenix Geekiness + Cosplay Panels #PHXCC

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Phoenix Geekiness + Cosplay Panels #PHXCC

Have you already started planning your schedule for Phoenix Comicon? It’s coming to the Phoenix Convention Center May 25-28 and ticket prices increase May 1. We thought we’d share our panel picks early this year, along with a heads up on some geeky goings-on across the Valley of the Sun to tide you over. Geek Events (April/May) Caped Crusaders + Everyday Heroes Now – May 28 i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Hero-themed works by more than 15 national and international artists (like the print above that we spotted in artist Jason...

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March 2017 Photo: Geraniums

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Craft | 8 comments

March 2017 Photo: Geraniums

It’s been a really colorful spring with lots of wildflowers and a few new additions to our patio garden. So, for March, I chose this photo of a couple geraniums Phillip rescued from some plant department clearance bin. We also have blooms on our nasturtiums and our dwarf pomegranate tree. The hummingbirds are loving it all, and so am I.   Runners up: I considered posting a photo either from Southwest Maker Fest or coffee painting at CraftHack, like these two mini masterpieces by Niecy. Also, we spotted this bus the other day that...

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Banh Mi

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Banh Mi

When we moved, we found ourselves near a place with great banh mi, which are Vietnamese sandwiches on French bread with these marinated vegetables and thinly sliced meats. It’s a beautiful blending of cultures. My brother Ian says the many banh mi places in Seattle all seem to charge exactly $3.98 for a sandwich. As with many things, they’re even cheaper here in Phoenix. It’s a lotta deliciousness for your buck. Have you tried banh mi? Do you have a favorite spot near...

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Local Art Loves

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 8 comments

Local Art Loves

A couple weeks ago, I invited everyone to share art from where you live. Since then, we’ve seen #localartloves from the east coast to the west coast! San Francisco, CA Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions shared work from Justin Hoover’s ‘Martial Spirit’ exhibition, currently at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco. New Hampshire Traci York shared some of her nature photography from the chilly Northeast. Cottonwood, AZ The northern office of Local First Arizona shared shirts hand printed by Christy...

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Share your #LocalArtLoves!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 10 comments

What art do you love in your part of the world? Between now and Valentine’s Day (February 14th), I’ll be sharing some of my local faves, and I hope you’ll do the same! Keep an eye out for art in galleries, coffee shops, libraries, and even outside. Post photos of the local art you love and/or your own work with #LocalArtLoves. Art is so important. Let’s celebrate what people are creating in our communities! I’m looking forward to seeing art from your town, and I’ll share a sampling of your Local Art Loves...

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Citrus Season in the Southwest

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 14 comments

Citrus Season in the Southwest

It’s citrus season here in Phoenix! Farmers’ markets and roadside stands are overflowing with oranges, grapefruit, and lemons (so is my Instagram feed). You can order online from The Orange Patch, which will ship across the U.S. You can pick your own at Agritopia Farm. Or go to the Farm at South Mountain for fresh squeezed juice. When we were in Tucson just before Christmas, there were baskets of beautifully bright oranges, tangerines, and kumquats at the Thursday Farmers’ Market at Mercado San...

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Hang in There! 9 Unique Wind Chime and Mobile Ideas

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Craft | 4 comments

Hang in There! 9 Unique Wind Chime and Mobile Ideas

Mobiles and wind chimes can brighten up your garden, patio, or a bare corner of your living room. And you probably have the stuff to make one right now! Here are some unexpected objects you can use to make your own. 1. Wooden Discs Emily Neuburger’s Simple Color Mobile could work inside or outside. I like the simplicity of the rainbow-colored circles, but you could also add a wooden initial or other shape. (Side note: You know the wood-stuff-for-painting aisle in the craft store? I always have to browse through it, and, even though I...

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Make a Euro-Inspired Mini Lamp Garland

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Make a Euro-Inspired Mini Lamp Garland

I stumbled across a tutorial on a site called Taylor Made Creates to make this mini lamp garland, using plastic cups and mismatched fabric on string lights. Seems like a great way to use leftover fabric and put holiday lights to use in the off-season! It also reminded me of the photos I saw last year of the (much larger) colorful lampshades of Linen Lux. If you won’t be in Paris when the lamps go back on display January 19, you can make your own miniature version and bring a bit of the City of Light into your home. A photo...

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7 Vegas Things to Do Off the Strip

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

7 Vegas Things to Do Off the Strip

When we took our road trip to Las Vegas, our brief Bellagio Fountains visit was the most time we spent on the (in)famous Strip, where the supersized casino-resort properties (and, yep, lots of places for weddings) are clustered. Instead, we played retro arcade games, found some art, explored the desert, and ate some really good food. So, if ginormous casinos aren’t your thing, read on for awesome places to go in Downtown, near UNLV, and outside of the city altogether. Downtown Las Vegas Just north of The Strip is Downtown Las Vegas,...

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