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Making the Most of Sandy’s Wrath

So, Hurricane Sandy wasn’t all bad news. Here’s some photographic evidence of how we turned a few days trapped in tight Manhattan (and DC!) quarters into several productive crafting sessions. Rustic DIY heart-shaped gift tags: handcut, handprinted and embossed (see the brand new listing in our etsy shop). Cottage chic DIY butterfly-shaped gift tags (see brand… Read more »

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Mousybabe Jewelry Crafting

I’ve been devoting a beautiful Saturday afternoon to making our Mousybabe jewelry, which features, as usual, our dad’s artwork. This is a thin vertical pendant that we sold out of in one show last year, and we hadn’t gotten around to making more until now. It was a shame at the time because we realized… Read more »

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Oil-Based vs. Water-Based Blockprinting Inks

I finally got my bat blockprint finished, so the next step was to test how it actually printed on fabric. I decided to take this opportunity to also test out a couple types of inks that are commonly used but which both have pro’s and con’s, according to reviews I’ve read online. The two types… Read more »

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My New Wall of Accessories

Took a cue from Suzi’s February 9 post today and assembled my very own wall of accessories… to accommodate my overflowing collection of belts, hair doodads, and hats. I did it all with two simple tools: a hammer and some nails. It was a long overdue solution to organizing knick knacks that were starting to find themselves… Read more »

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Bat Blockprint Project

Returning to this blockprinting project that I started a few weeks ago. It’s my goal to finish whittling this print out today, so I can start using it on my linen dishtowels and napkins. If I succeed hopefully I can post an update photo later today! Stay tuned 2:10pm Ok here’s the update. Still got… Read more »

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“Put an ‘Owl’ on It!”

Last year, I got hooked on a sketch comedy series called Portlandia that satirizes, ever so gently, the righteous lifestyles of the Pacific Northwest’s boho-urban elite. One of our favorite episodes parodies the cliched “bird” prints as an icon in Portland’s earth-loving, greener-than-thou, eco-fashion sensibilities. You’ll recognize references to the sketch whenever you hear the phrase: ”… Read more »

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A Better Way to Keep Necklaces

If you’re like me, you rarely deck yourself out in jewelry unless it’s the bracelets and earrings you’re still wearing from the last event you bothered to dress up for. And it’s not that I don’t like accessorizing, I love it! But my laziness shows up in the strangest ways (for example, I’m too lazy… Read more »

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Recycling Precious Fabric on an Old Bag

Recycled some fabric last weekend! Bam. and from an unlikely object… a beloved old purse that I’ve been reluctant to part with over the years, even though it’s become worn and ratty. Normally a little patina just makes my heart grow fonder, but somehow the design on this bag doesn’t pull off that threadbare aesthetic… Read more »

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WANTED: Kickstarter Backers for Exit Clov’s New Album!

In case you hadn’t heard 😉 … Exit Clov is in the throes of fundraising to get our next full-length album out the door. We put together a little 5min video on Kickstarter where you can donate any amount – $1 to … Or just watch and be happy in your heart … that is… Read more »

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Bluebrain’s “Central Park” Project Documentary

It’s a really great feeling when you get to witness a fellow artist’s hard work, sweat, blood & tears come to fruition! Over the last two weeks, we’ve watched two such projects evolve in their little art cocoons and finally be released. The first was Mad Sole‘s “DC State of Mind” video release, and now… Read more »