Craftcation 2014: Amazeballs!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Crafts, Creativity, Events, Mighty Ugly | 4 comments

I’ve been to loads of conferences, and none is like Craftcation. The organizers behind this event have created a magical balance between recreation and education, with so much making. It would take me hours to properly recount my time in Ventura, so I’ll briefly sum up and tell the rest of the story in pictures. I was there for three days. Not enough time! Next year, if they have me back, I’ll arrive for the pre-conference, for sure, if for no other reason than that I didn’t have time to explore Ventura (home of a fabulous used book store, and Super Buzzy!)....

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The Get Carded Wallet

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Crafts | 0 comments

I’ve been editing some sewing patterns by a designer I adore, whose bag designs blow my mind. And though someday, maybe soonish, I do intend to lock myself in a room for a day to make one, I remain somewhat intimidated by all the fiddly details that go into sewing a really extraordinary accessory. But it’s been on my mind. And she’s been encouraging me to just do it already (and she’s right, I should). I was in this mindset when I stumbled onto a link to Dog Under My Desk’s Get Carded Wallet pattern, so I bought it. Because it’s adorable, and I decided...

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Some April Notes (and Eye Masks!)

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Crafts, Living Creatively, Mighty Ugly | 0 comments

I’m going to be travelling for more than half of April. No joke! I’ve put the auto-responder on my email that pretty much says, “Uh, text me if it’s an emergency, otherwise there’s a chance you won’t hear back from me till May.” I’ll be relying an awful lot on benevolent wifi gods, Whatsapp, frugal use of an exorbitant roaming plan, and people’s good-natured understanding. I’m sure I’ll obsessively document my adventures on Instagram, which is my favourite thing of late. First up will be Craftcation Conference on Thursday,...

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Using Honey in Making Cold-Process Soap

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Crafts | 3 comments

I’m writing up this post because I really would have benefited from reading one like it before I went on my latest soap-making adventure. But sometimes, as we all know, people who share tutorials and recipes online aren’t always as thorough as we’d like. So here’s what happened. After my first go at making cold-process soap from a kit, I stocked up on ingredients to make my first batch entirely from scratch. And I got it in my head to use honey, so I started looking around for honey-soap recipes, and I found quite a few. So I made my soap and I used honey, and about...

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Staying Obsessed: A Year of Making Update

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Crafts, Living Creatively | 7 comments

Today, for the 52nd day in a row, I took a photo of something I was in the process of making and I posted it on Instagram and all the other usual places. (Today it was a doodle I worked on while taking ten minutes off work to watch the end of the hockey game, because obviously.) And on this 52nd day of my Year of Making, I’m ready to declare this project a resounding success. It’s not a success simply because I’m still doing it. It’s a success because through this project I’ve achieved something I’ve longed to achieve but never managed to make happen...

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OpenKnit: Open-source Knitting Machine

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Crafts | 0 comments

My friend John just pointed me to this on Facebook. In the model of 3D printers and the online platforms that host open-source plans that anyone can print, some folks have developed OpenKnit, “an open-source, low cost (under 550€), digital fabrication tool that affords the user the opportunity to create his own bespoke clothing from digital files.” Check it out:

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