There are craft fairs everywhere!

Another hard week of work in the “real world.”  My AutoCAD wrist is feeling it and so are you, lack of posts.  It’s craft fair/festival season here in Dallas.  We like to have them all before summer makes it impossible to be outside without laying by the pool with a drink in your hand.  My favorite so far and by far has been the Urban Street Bazaar in the Bishop Arts District that occurred on April 10th and 11th.  In addition the setting (I looove the Bishop Arts District.) the festival had a large array of amazing artists.  I wanted to buy something from every single booth.  

One of my favorites was Craft Chi out of Austin, Texas.  She screen prints her original artwork on 100% organic cotton and natural linen to produce beautiful pillows, pouches, and T-shirts.  

She also makes the cutest rubber stamps from her drawings.   I suggest you go to her Etsy shop right now and look around.  Check out her blog too.  

Another favorite was Maneki.  Maneki is also from Austin (man that’s a great city).  

photo via http://www.manekicollection.com

She takes vintage pieces and combines them with new items to create beautiful modern jewelry.  There is a wonderful array of earings and bracelets but what I really love is the stunning collection of lockets.  I love the romanticism that comes with a locket, like I’m carrying a secret around with me all the time.  I want one!  She sells her collection online at her website

A purchase I did end up making is a few candles from Mountain Mama’s Kitchen Co.    Mountain Mama’s produces 100% soy candles.  Soy candles burn cleaner and last longer than other alternatives and Mountain Mama’s has a candle for everyone.  Plus, they come in a can and I know you like things that come in their own containers.  Personally, I like my candles to smell like cake.  They make everyone think you just slaved away in the kitchen every time you light one.  

photos via http://www.mountainmamaskitchen.com

Another favorite was Police Man.  It smells just like men’s cologne, very spicy and manly.  What I think a police man really would smell like.  If I ever get a chance to smell a police man, I’ll let you know.  Please do the same.  

There is at least one more big craft fair coming up that I’m very excited about.  The Etsy Spring Bash is next Saturday!!  I’ve been waiting for this ever since I found out I missed the last one.  You should come over and we’ll go together.

A Baby Quilt

A few things have happened since the last post. I’ve sewed some things (a quilt, some bags, …) and found a job for the month of April. So that is where I have been all this time, making things and working in the real world.

Anywho. Some friends of ours, one of which also went the University of Cincinnati, are having a baby in May. Like everyone else we know, they are having a little boy so Chris and I decided to make them a UC themed crib quilt.

We started looking for red, black and white fabric and found this fat quarter bundle from Robert Kaufman called Mingle. It was perfect. The newspaper color way contained 10 pieces of fabric, all of the red black and white variety.

We took out the grays and added a few solids so we had this.

I was going to make a simple 9 patch but Chris had the idea of adding a C-Paw on top.  So, to make a background, I cut all of the fabric into 96 5.5″x5.5″ squares and sewed them together.  It actually didn’t take too long.  I would pick out sixteen random squares and sew them together two at a time.  When I had eight pairs, I sewed them into rows of four, then into two rows of eight.  Here is everything laid out on the floor.

Chris made a template that I used to cut the C-Paw out of red fabric.  I turned under the raw edges and appliqued it on top of the background. I also attempted my first solo French binding after consulting various online resources and calling my mom twice.  (Thanks Mom!)  I only had to rip it off and start over once. I did have to perform a little trickery with my needle and thread once everything was done, but I think it turned out just fine.

LJSG is on FedEx!

So…technical difficulties last week mean there were no posts.  Boo.  It also means that I had the time to create a few new purses that will end up in my shop later this week.  It was a busy weekend here in Dallas with the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and Flea Harvey’s all in one day.  There will be more on each of these events later, but first…

…remember this post about the life sized cut-out that Chris and I had at our wedding?  Well, the fine folks over at FedEx Office saw it and wanted to include it on their blog!  The FedEx Out of Office blog showcases all of the cool things you can do with their printing services and templates.  They have ideas for all kinds of projects ranging from kids parties to weddings.  Our super cool cut-out was featured there today.  Go check it out.  Do it now!