Thursday, February 26, 2009


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I am kind of late in the game to hop on Spoonflower, even though I have been thinking about a fabric project for a while now...Well, I've done it! I ordered my swatch so I can get the colors that I want. Will keep you posted on how it goes. There are some really nice tutorials which have been picked up all over but I will compile a list for you just in case...

Mammamade's great series:

Profile on Spoonflower at indieNC

A great one at TrueUP

Via designsponge on kicking a repeating pattern oldskool with Julia Rothman:

A compilation on the always inspiring Craftypod

Also helpful is Spoonflower's Flickr group:

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February is for finishing...wait it is almost March...

Despite signing on to "February is For Finishing" on the Toronto Ravelry forum of the same name, it is now almost March and I am not done...guess that is because I added a purse to the line up in addition to the scarf and hat that I am re-doing from last year's super-lovely alpaca purchase. BUT, too the rescue is the latest greatest coffee and a kick in the pants challenge from the folks at the Toronto Craft Alert! Run, don't walk to post, share, and finish your craft projects for a chance to win a basket of goodies from local artists, crafters, and shops worth an estimated $700.00! Details here...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Protect your child's lunch!

via wired...

Not sure that they are worth $25.oo but at that price, they would def. have to be a critical part of the litterless lunch!

Davos Interviews: Etsy Founder Robert Kalin

My husband is spamming me with too many links! I cannot keep up...

For your listening pleasure:

Actually, I just listened to the Davos talk and it is much more interesting than the techcrunch interview particulary because Michael Arrington aggressively corners Kalin at the conference and asks fairly silly questions.

After listening to Kalin's Davos talk, I am interested to find that Leo Lionni's Swimmy model is a model for the online world and our future.

Continuing my series of interviews with interesting personalities at the World Economic Forum at Davos: Here’s a 6 minute talk with Etsy founder Robert Kalin on the state of his four year old business. Robert Scoble helps with the interview.

28 year old Kalin, who coincidentally looks a lot like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, talks about how he’s grown the person-to-person ecommerce business despite competing directly with eBay. Etsy focuses on hand made items, and has a rabidly passionate community of buyers and sellers (also, 97% of Etsy users are women). Kalin also eats his own dog food - most of his clothing was purchased from the site, he says in the interview.

$100 million worth of goods were sold on Etsy in 2008. The company is generating over $1 million/month in revenue, Kalin told me.

We first covered Etsy in late 2005. Since then the company has raised over $30 million in financing, and counts Jim Breyer as a board member (he’s also on the board of Walmart, Facebook and Marvel).

The full transcript is below:
via techcrunch:
Davos Interviews: Etsy Founder Robert Kalin

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via Apartment Therapy


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There's not much that beats felt in terms of simplicity. It's easy to work with (no hemming required, just trim the edges) and it's versatile.

Looking for a Valentine's Day project? The Purl Bee has a set of simple instructions for making felt valentine pins.

Maxwell made these Felt Sliding Doors for his last apartment. Check out AT:NY for how-to instructions.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Yudu

May have to invest in one of these! Via Sister Diane viacraftstylish...One of the coolest things about going to CHA is seeing lots of brand-new craft supplies and tools. I thought I'd take a few posts here to share some things that had my crafty fingers tingling in anticipation.

The Provo Craft booth was mobbed with people during the show, and it was all because of the Yudu. It's a portable, all-in-one screen printer, and Provo had a whole fleet of them cranking out screened T-shirts for an excited crowd.

Yudu's design is pretty genius: It comes with a metal mesh screen. You cover it with a sheet of emulsion, and place a transparency (printed from your home printer) over the emulsion. Then the Yudu's built-in light table exposes the emulsion

You can pull a bunch of prints, and then—here's the best bit—wash the emulsion right out of the screen. Then you can reburn it with new designs again and again. The print area is 11 inches x 14 inches—sized for a T-shirt front, but you can print all kinds of fabrics and papers.

Yudu uses water-based, nontoxic inks, which come in lots of great colors.

There's a great, detailed video tutorial over at the Yudu website, along with diagrams, inks and accessories, and more.

'Scuse me now...I need to go screen print everything in sight.

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