Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday, Red Room

Hey, we are playing tonight at the Red Room!
2530 NE 82nd, Portland, Oregon 97220
Cost: FREE!

Dartgun & the Vignettes with Mr Plow (from Vancouver, BC) and Violet Isle (love that name!).

Come see us. Here are a couple of pictures from our last gig, at the Fez.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

LeBrie's Felted Thanksgiving Dinner

As you enjoy a peaceful, happy, cozy Thanksgiving holiday, I give you this amazing spectacle to feast your eyes upon - an entire Thanksgiving dinner that is hand-felted. It was made by my friend LeBrie Rich of PenFelt, and it's on display in the window of Knit Purl. Happy Turkey Day, my friends!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Rockin' Bowl in Willamette Week's Gift Guide!

Wow - my cuffs and bowls were featured in Willamette Week's Holiday Gift Guide! "Pick up a wrist cuff for the couch-surfing concertgoer or, for a giftee who actually owns a coffee table, the crinkle-edged mandala fruit bowls are a great choice." Yay!

For a green Thanksgiving

Hello, blog readers. It seems I haven't been posting much here - the 100 record bowls I have been working on have simply taken over my life. However, I am now DONE with the order. All that remains is to get them shipped, which I hope to do very soon.

Free Shipping Sale all Weekend
I would like to let you know about a couple of things I have going on this weekend (in addition to relaxing with my family and friends and enjoying Chuck's delicious cooking) - first of all, I am offering FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ITEMS in the EyePopArt Etsy shop from Black Friday (November 28) through Cyber Monday (December 1)! I'll send you a refund for the shipping through Paypal, or you may request a revised invoice.

Go Green on Black Friday
I will be giving a presentation at the Trashion Team's Virtual Trunk Show in the Etsy Virtual Labs, Friday, November 28, at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET. Lots of giveaways including an Eye Pop Art Mandala Suncatcher! It will all be happening here:

See all the giveaways at Re-Maker's blog, and learn more about Team Trashion at the team blog.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

How to make a gift bag out of an envelope

So you're thinking of Taking the Handmade Pledge and changing the way you buy gifts this year. Maybe instead of lots of big boxes from big box stores, you are going to invest in small but high quality, beautiful handmade items (for example, buying jewelry on Etsy for all your girlfriends). Here's a ridiculously easy way to make your own little gift bags if you're thinking you'd rather not go buy Made-in-China gift bags at the dollar store. All you need is an envelope and a little creativity!

Here is what you need to make a cute little gift bag: an envelope (any size, any shape), some scissors (fancy ones that make scalloped edges are fun), a hole punch, some ribbon or yarn, and some stuff with which to decorate your bag.

At Crafty Wonderland's DIY table we had lots of options - you could cut up old holiday cards and glue images onto your bag, draw on it with pencils or black Sharpies, color it with crayons, markers, glitter glue, or colored pencils, paint it with watercolors, or any combination of the above. I like how this allowed each person to really make a beautiful, personalized, individual piece of art. However, for the purpose of this tutorial, we will just be decorating it with a simple snowflake stamp. If you want to make a whole bunch of these, as I did for Trillium's holiday sale on Saturday, then you might want to simplify it by stamping them, depending on how much time you have and how personalized you want the bags to be. The sky's the limit!

Okay - first, seal the envelope.
Then, cut it. You can cut it in half to make two little bags, or cut it near one end to make a bigger bag.
Next, fold one side over about a half inch and crease it well.
Fold the opposite side the same way.
Fold up the bottom, creasing well.
Now, unfold everything.
Stick your hand inside the opening.
With your other hand, tap down the part of the bag that will become its bottom, like this:
You are basically reversing all the folds to the inside. You will have two triangular flaps, which you can tape down if you want.
Continue reversing all the folds and re-creasing.

When you are done, you will have a cute little bag that can stand up on its own bottom, like this:
Now, you can add little handles to the bag. Punch two holes on each side of the bag.
Cut two pieces of ribbon, both the same length.
String your ribbon through and tie it on the inside.
Voila! You have a cute little gift bag.

You can leave it alone, or decorate it however you like. I used a stamp.
And here is the finished product.
Here are some of the bags I made for Trillium (along with my works-in-progress for the Viva Terra order, which I am now 78% done with):
I made them out of manila envelopes because I have a ton of them. I think colored envelopes would have turned out much better so I would suggest using colored envelopes if you can.

This project is not only great for gift-giving, but it would be a fun project at a kid's party, or a great solution for party favors.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rock show alert - we're playing the Fez!

Woo hoo! We're playing the Fez Ballroom this Saturday night - November 15. Yes, after a day of madness at the Trillium sale, I will be rocking the night away. The address is 316 SW 11th in Portland. Come check it out, we're headlining!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pictures from Crafty Wonderland's DIY Table

I had a great time on Sunday, running the DIY table at Crafty Wonderland. We made little gift bags out of paper envelopes. It was a hit! I am making some of these bags for the Trillium Artisans Holiday Sale which is happening this Saturday. They are super easy to make. I am going to post a tutorial here in the next couple of days.