Would You Buy Signed Copies of Make It Mighty Ugly?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Books I Wrote, Business, Mighty Ugly | 0 comments

image of signed copy of Make It Mighty Ugly

This is the only signed copy I have a picture of. Remember that bear I once crocheted, and I couldn’t make it look like a bear, and then my friend Scott told me how to fix it so I named the bear after him? This is his copy.

I’m home! I have so much to tell you about the book tour! Many ideas, many wonderful people, much love and creativity and making.

But first! I returned home with this idea that there’s enough time before the holidays that it wouldn’t be utterly impossible to try to offer signed copies of Make It Mighty Ugly for sale in time to treat yourself or some friends or loved ones.

Naturally, I’ll only do this if enough people actually want signed copies. So please fill out this very brief survey! It’ll take about a minute, and it’ll allow me to gauge whether I’m just having a bout of extremely over-inflated ego, or am onto something you’ll really enjoy. (If you’re of the opinion that this is a fabulous idea, please urge your friends and strangers to back you up, because it’ll take me some time and money to make this happen, and though I’m eager to put all that in, I’d prefer to avoid it if it actually won’t be worth it.)

I’ll sell the books at list price of $18.95 in the U.S. and Canada, plus worldwide shipping (from Canada). I can’t guarantee delivery by the end of December, but I will work hard to make that happen.

Ok, so please take a few seconds to fill out the survey so I know if I should set all this up! And if there’s something else you think would be a good idea instead (or in addition), there’s an option in there for you to share liberally.

Thank you, dear readers!


Portland, Seattle & Vancouver Book Tour Funtimes!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Books I Wrote, Events | 0 comments

I got home on Tuesday afternoon, with enough time to collapse into bed for a nap before our home-town book event that evening. I spent Wednesday tooling around doing errands with my mom, and I spent yesterday knitting in a fog of exhausted contentment. Today I’m getting all the work done before Leanne, Betsy and I head to Toronto on Monday for the East Coast leg of the tour.

(Note: Apparently, I’m still exhausted, for this post is riddled with exclamation marks. Be warned!)

We had so much fun in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. If you came to an event, thank you! You made it so much fun!

Here’s a rundown in photos:


We had a lovely time with some very interesting people at our workshop with Maker’s Nation at Tillamook Station. (Our last tour workshop is Saturday the 18th in Brooklyn!)

workshop in Portland

workshop in Portland

Then we did our event at Powell’s, moderated by Kate Bingaman-Burt (who illustrated Make It Mighty Ugly). Powell’s, man. It’s pretty much my favourite place in the world, and to do an author event there, well. It was special. It was very, very special.

Powell's Books signing event

I wrote about Kirsten Moore’s daily-bird-drawing project in the book, and I was so excited that she brought her planner with her. Here she is, with a close-up of last Sunday’s bird-in-progress alongside her note about coming to our event.

Kirsten Moore

bird-in-progress by Kirsten Moore

Panel discussion with Kate Bingaman-Burt



My publisher, Sasquatch Books, is in Seattle, so we started off our evening there. I’m so proud that my book is amongst these beauties on their front-list this season!


Kate at Sasquatch made earrings and a necklace just for the book event! They even matched her dress perfectly. And she made us a mix CD of Seattle songs! Such a special evening.


Marlo Miyashiro was our moderator for this event, and she led a really fun conversation.




Home-town event! Man oh man, was Tuesday night fun. It was incredible to celebrate with so many dear friends, and new friends! Some people came because they heard about it on the radio that morning, so that was pretty freaking awesome! (You can hear the interview I did on the local morning news show at around the 2-hour-45-minute mark here.)


The event was at Hot Art Wet City, and the show they had on was, well:


Made for some pretty hilarious photos from the event. Though we’ve become pretty ace at providing our own silliness:


So many people came! It was magical. (That’s my dad with his arms crossed, looking bored out of his mind. He insists he had a good time, though.)


We each did a brief reading:



And by the end of the night, we were fried.


Monday we’re heading east for events in Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Washington, DC!

We hope to see you there!

Bay Area Book Tour Funtimes

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Events, Mighty Ugly | 0 comments

We kicked off the book tour last night at The Booksmith in San Francisco! Rena Tom asked us questions about agency and gender in craft, and about our respective careers in craft and writing about craft. I have a lot to think about, kids. A lot to think about.

Right now I’m sucking down coffee, getting ready to start the day. Here are some pics from last night, featuring Leanne with the sandwich board about the event, and me with Sonya Philip, whom I interviewed for Make It Mighty Ugly. (I can’t figure out how to make links work as I write this on my wee iPad, but I’ll try to remedy that when I have more time!)

Tonight! Lisa Congdon will host us in a panel discussion at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland! 7PM!





Hittin’ the Road

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Books I Wrote, Events | 2 comments

Tomorrow, at the ass-crack of dawn (credit to a friend from university for introducing that one into my daily vernacular lo so many years ago), Leanne and I will go to the airport to fly to San Francisco, where we’ll meet up with Betsy for our first book tour event (at The Booksmith).

After that, it’ll be an event every day but Saturday, in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Then we’ll be home for a week before we hit the east coast for the second leg of the tour.

I’ve got my U.S. SIM card ready to go, so there will be much Instagramming and tweeting throughout the adventure. (I will, however, likely be quite slow to reply to email and to questions and comments in my Craftsy class. FYI.)

Rena Tom has already tweeted that she intends to bring up the topic of craft and gender, so tomorrow night’s event is sure to be sparkly and possibly even intense.  And Kate Bingaman-Burt may or may not bring up Joss Whedon at the panel discussion in Portland on Sunday.

If (when!) you come to an event, please don’t be shy! I’m so excited to see you.

Book-tour Workshops: The Skinny

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Events, Mighty Ugly | 0 comments

In five days, I’ll be getting on a plane. For an honest-to-gods book tour. With two of my favourite women. To visit you. And bookstores. And crafty spaces. My head is spinning.

In addition to the signings and panel discussions we’ll be doing in every city we visit (please come!), Leanne, Betsy and I have developed a workshop we’ll be offering at three venues only – at MakeShift Society in San Francisco, at Tillamook Station in Portland (hosted by Maker’s Nation as part of Design Week Portland), and at MakeShift Society in Brooklyn.

We’ve created a 90-minute progression of exercises that build on each of our strengths and interests, combined with the goal of walking participants through a thoughtful, creative-demon-busting experience.

The workshop will begin with an abbreviated Mighty Ugly exercise, during which participants will make an ugly creature. Then Leanne will take over, focusing the next half-hour on crafting a story for/about/related to that creature. Finally, Betsy will conclude the session with a focus on mending – is there ugliness that can be smoothed over? Fixed? (Should it be?) How does mending fit into our experience as crafters, artists, humans?

Because we developed the workshop together, in such a way that weaves each of us into it, we’ll only be offering it when we’re together. Which, for now, looks to be only during the west-coast and east-coast legs of this book tour.

Which is to say, next month will likely be your only opportunity to take this workshop!

We’re all quite excited to do this together, and we’re very interested to see what we learn from our participants as we go. Please come on this adventure with us. Because we’ll be traveling very light by necessity, and also to make things more fun, we’re asking all workshop participants to gather up a bunch of scrap materials to bring with them – bits and bobs from the recycling bin, fabric scraps, yarn bits, toilet-paper rolls, pop-can tabs, whatever. Scissors and glue, etc. will be provided. Oh, and we’ll probably have some books on-hand to sell and sign, if you’re interested!

Here are the details and links to register:

On the fence about doing a workshop? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to convince you to come. Because you should definitely come. It’s going to be amazeballs.

workshop image

Craftcation Conference 2015: Registration Is Now!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Events | 2 comments


I’m so thrilled to be presenting at Craftcation again next spring! The idea of the event is that it’s a vacation for your business. Not from it, for it. It’s one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to.

I’ll be leading a Mighty Ugly workshop, moderating a panel on seeking balance as a working parent, and doing some sort of amazeballs thing related to #yearofmaking.

The conference offers sessions related to business and also sessions related to craft. Like, this year I took a class on how to make soy candles. There’s also fabulous evening programming, from keynotes to a dance party.

And all of it is located by the beach. Mmm. The beach.

Early-bird registration is open! Come. Take your business on a holiday.

Focus, man. Watch this.

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Creativity, Failure | 3 comments

When was the last time you were as focused as this woman? Yukie Ota was playing flute at a very intense music competition when a butterfly landed on her face. On her face. This level of focus is an awe-inspiring achievement. I’d like to do more things that require a small fraction of the discipline this required:

[via NextDraft]