Book Page Garland for a Graduation Party

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

Book Page Garland for a Graduation Party

Phillip finished grad school, after seven years of working full time and taking classes part-time. So we needed to have a party. We ended up reserving space in a restaurant near where the commencement ceremony was, so friends and family could just go there directly afterward. I wanted to add some festive touches but knew I’d have little to no time to decorate before people got there. (It turned out to be the latter.) I kept it super simple with a few school-themed items that I could set up in a flash – all using things I had on...

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Solstice Cookies and Solar Cooking

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Craft | 2 comments

The forecast high in Phoenix for the longest day of the year was 120F (49C). So it seemed like a great day to try baking outside. On the way home from the summer solstice celebration at Burton Barr Library last Tuesday, we picked up chocolate chip cookie dough. I chose that for my solar cooking experiment, because there’s no raw egg in it, and if it doesn’t cook all the way, you end up with doughy cookies – not a bad thing, in my opinion! I scooped spoonfuls of cookie dough into a reflective aluminum roasting pan, covered...

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Chalk Robots

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 9 comments

Chalk Robots

There was a chalk drawing of a robot on the ground. No explanation. Just an arrow. So, of course, we followed it – and the next one and the next one – down the steps behind Pike Place Market in Seattle. We tried to guess where they were leading. A street art project? A robot maker? Nowhere? The den of our new robot overlords? One lead us to turn the corner, and then, “Is that it? Is it a baby store?!!” Nope. A larger robot drawing pointed inside a store with a chalkboard sign that answered my question: “{Ugly Baby...

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Year Four in Nine Videos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Year Four in Nine Videos

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Travelcraft Journal! (And the 350th post!) I thought we could take a look back on the past year in 4 places, 4 projects, and 9 videos. 1. Southern California/Pasadena First, let’s road trip to Pasadena in one minute. Of course, we’ll stop for date shakes on the way. Once we get there, we can visit the Norton Simon Museum and the jungle garden at the Huntington. Video: Phoenix to Pasadena in one minute Project: In honor of sea breezes and Santa Ana winds, make a mobile or wind chime! 2. Las...

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Vacancy

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Vacancy

Phillip read an article an old hotel that had been sitting abandoned for years with plans to tear it down when the city decided instead to preserve it. He wanted to go find the Edwards Hotel on his day off, so we drove to the Peoria address in the article. It wasn’t hard to find. Even from outside the chain link fence, it was interesting to guess what had been there originally and what had been added later. Then we took a stroll around Old Town Peoria, where there’s currently not much going on, but they have a revitalization...

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The Opening Of The Fire Pit

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

The Opening Of The Fire Pit

After our morning hike at Tumamoc Hill, we returned to the Mission Garden that evening for demonstrations on agave rope making and roasting, tequila tastings, a display of products made from agave fibers, plant sale, and The Opening of the Fire Pit. The day before, probably about the time Phillip and I were driving from Phoenix to Tucson, a group had gathered at the Mission Garden. Jesús García, an Education Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, was demonstrating how to build a fire in a traditional roasting pit and fill it...

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Agave Heritage Week

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 3 comments

Agave Heritage Week

Can you name all the U.S. cities that have the UNESCO “City of Gastronomy” designation? There’s actually only one: Tucson, Arizona. It received the designation, in part, because of its agricultural tradition that goes back thousands of years. One of the early plants cultivated in the region for food, medicine, and fiber was agave, the spiked succulent best known today for tequila. The annual Agave Heritage Festival in Tucson celebrates both ancient and contemporary uses of the plant and its importance to the region. We got to...

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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

[UPDATED Phoenix Comicon event and panel info: scroll down and watch for asterisks (*).] 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...

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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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