Saturday, December 12, 2009

Crafty Wonderland, New Pinwheels, & Sinferno Cabaret this Sunday!

Come see me in lucky booth #113 Sunday at Crafty Wonderland's Super Collossal Holiday Sale! 11 am - 7 pm at the Oregon Convention Center.

Sunday, December 13th
11am - 7pm
at the Oregon Convention Center - Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland
All Ages and Free Admission!

You will know me by the display of spinning mandala pinwheels! The pinwheels have been full redesigned with help from our friend Mark "Mad Dog" Danielson, the engineer. Mark modified the design with new moving parts to create the best quality spinning action. The design has being improved to include a precision bearing mounted at the pinwheel center to improve product life longevity, ease of rotation and smoother operation of wheel. Basically, they spin like crazy. I mean they just keep spinning and spinning forever. It is the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Here are some photos of the new pinwheels. I actually made these as samples at the request of Uncommon Goods, who may be ordering them for their summer catalog! More on that when there's more to report...

And here's a video!

I can't wait to have them all spinning in my booth at Crafty Wonderland tomorrow!

And as if that isn't enough excitement for one day...Dartgun & the Vignettes will be playing the Sinferno Cabaret at Dante's Sunday night. The music starts at 9:00 with our friends Hello Cleveland (Chris Haberman's band). Haberman is one of my most favorite artists in the world, and here is the rad poster he designed for the show:
By the by, we have a new drummer and her name is Hurricane Kelly!

So there you have it. Tomorrow shall rock. Hope to see you!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

da Vinci Arts Fair 2009

Here are some shots of my display at this year's da Vinci Arts Fair - going on today until 4 pm! This is a great fundraiser for Portland's only arts-focus middle school (which my son Julius attends). I am happy to donate 30% of my sales to the school.

Da Vinci Arts Middle School is located at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, OR, in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.

I also have a small selection of painted record cuffs available today at Odango! Hair Studio (owned by my friend and fellow former Duniway mom Ann Sanderson), where they are having a holiday craft sale. Stop in to check out lovely handmade creations and consider going back for a haircut (Ann cut my hair before the taping of my "That's Clever!" segment, and before my trip to New York - I totally trust her for the most important haircuts!).

Odango! is located at 5510 SE Woodstock in Portland.

My next show will be Crafty Wonderland's Super Collossal Holiday Sale on December 13 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Happy holidays!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Eye Pop Art in Glamour Magazine!

"For the Creative Recycler- Eye Pop Art's Mandala Record Clock, $62, World of Good supports ethically sourced, fair trade, and eco-friendly products."

-From "How to Do Anything Better Guide - 25 Amazing Gifts that Also Give Back!," page 282 in December 2009 issue of Glamour.

And look who is on the cover (I could not possibly be more honored):
Many thanks to my friends at Buy Green for sending the clock to Glamour! Click here to find their listing for this item on

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Junk to Funk - Saturday, November 14

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be vending my Roman Record Cuffs at Junk to Funk this Saturday evening (November 14 - after the Trillium holiday sale!).

I'm really excited just to get to be there to see the recycled fashion show. It's going to be really cool. If you're going, stop by my table and say hi!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Trillium Artisans 10th Anniversary Holiday Sale - Saturday, November 14

It's Trillium Artisans' 10th anniversary! Join us for our annual Holiday Sale and Open House.

Saturday, November 14, 2009
11:00am - 4:00pm
Portland, OR

Meet the artisans.
Enjoy wine and goodies.
Shop for locally handmade, eco-friendly, fair trade gifts, made from recycled and reclaimed materials.

Giving recycled is twice as nice!

Take 20% off your ENTIRE purchase during this event.

(Shop with us throughout the holiday season! Our regular store hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am - 6 pm. We'll also be open every Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm, November 21 - December 19.)

Preview our items online on our website, on Etsy, or on World of Good by eBay.

I'll be at the holiday sale this Saturday from 11 - 2, so come before 2 if you want to say hello to me - but it will be going on until 4, and everything is 20% off which is great! You'll find all kinds of beautiful work from more than 40 local artisans, including Eye Pop Art cuffs, clocks, mirrors, magnets, and suncatchers.

I work at Trillium on Tuesdays and Fridays, and some Wednesdays. Come see me at the store some time! We've also just opened up a new Trillium Annex at SCRAP. I took a batch of merchandise over there yesterday and helped Bethany set up a little store in a designated area of SCRAP's big warehouse-like space. It looks really cute! My black cuffs and suncatchers can be found there, and I hope to add clocks, bowls, and other items soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Reposting: How to Make a Gift Bag out of an Envelope

This tutorial was really popular last year about this time, so I thought I would repost it. It got like 4000 hits in one day or something crazy like that, thanks to stumbleupon. It was also posted on the Eco Etsy blog, and rikrak recently linked to it in the follow-up piece for her Etsy Virtual Labs workshop about holiday packaging. Enjoy!

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):
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.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Rasta Bowl & Local Goods

Here are a few shots of one of my new/old pieces. This is the "Rasta" record bowl. It's one of my oldest designs, but I've never gotten any decent photos of it until now.

I made one of these along with more bowls, clocks, and a whole bunch of cuffs for a new shop on E. Burnside here in Portland called Local Goods. Here are some pictures of the store, which specializes in local, sustainable products (no website yet, but you can be friends on facebook if you like):