January 24, 2013
It’s time to bust out the craft supplies and get going on some heart-felt Valentine making. Leave your loved ones at home and head downtown to the Austin Children’s Museum (after hours where there will be no children!) for an evening full of card making and hanging out in the beautiful atrium of the museum. We’ll have everything you need including all sorts of unconventional, reclaimed, recycled, and random bits of craft materials to help you create beautiful Valentines while having a fun night out! BYOB, all other materials provided.
Here are the details…
*If cost is an issue, let me know as I’m happy to work something out!
November 15, 2012
You know how this time of year you say you’re going to make a lot of handmade gifts? And you have really good intentions? And then the party invites start rolling in and the school performances start filling the calendar and suddenly you’re like, “crap! How am I going to find time to attend all these parties AND make my gifts??!!”
Well, we think we have the solution.
Here in Austin we’ve got two nights of Makefest on the calendar. December 6th (ladies only) and December 16th. One’s at Mockingbird Domestics on S. Lamar and the other is at Vuka Co-op on W. Monroe. Both really central. Both with fun projects – screen printing, book binding, succulent garden making and more.
We’l have local beer and wine for you to sip. And yummy treats from local bakers(read: Sugar Mamas!!) for you to eat. Fun door prizes to win.
And when you walk out you should have a few sweet handmade gifts to give. Really. It’s a night out and a night of making. All rolled into one. Seriously, it’s going to be amazing. Like a Holiday dream come true!
October 3, 2012
STILL TIME TO SIGN UP!!!
Not to leave out the crafty menfolk or children but this one is just for the ladies.
Join us downtown at the Austin Children’s Museum for a night out with the ladies and a couple hours of upcycled-felted-wool-filled-craft time. Whether you’re an expert stitcher or a total newbie, we’ll stitch up little felted mittens, a crafty woolen wallet, sweet little flower barrettes or, if you’re quick with your stitches, all three. It’s BYOB if you’re so inclined, free parking is provided and all craft materials will be on hand and ready to stitch.
Though it’ll still be early in the season we’ll discuss ways to make the upcoming holiday season work for you and your family. How to make it fun, make it yours, make it meaningful and fill it with the connection and goodness you desire from your holidays.
This is a slow and easy night out downtown so come and sew, chat, get inspired and fill your proverbial cup with the energy of making and a table full of women!
Here’s the details….
- Thursday, October 25th
- Austin Children’s Museum downtown 201 Colorado St.
- Free parking info will be sent with registration
- If money is an issue, please drop me a line. I’m happy to work something out.
August 31, 2012
It’s time folks! the 6th annual. Or is the 5th? Who cares! Just bring what you can and take what you need. Books, shoes, clothes of all sizes for all ages. We’ll have our usual array of screen printers and sewers and piles of clothes all sort of sorted by type and size.
- Saturday, September 1, 2012
- 10am – 2pm
- 1900 Bluebonnet Ave, Austin, TX
If you live outside of Austin and you want to throw your own, here’s a tutorial…
June 5, 2012
I just ordered this amazing little book for myself,…
It’s lovely to hold and peruse and it’s also got some wild little projects in it. All of which can be made from the variety of paper, cardboard, string and stuff that you’ve got around the house. I love it. Especially the little accordian book which capitalizes on the stretching of a piece of paper by cutting in a spiral shape – a trick I always like to show kids. “Do you think I can make this piece of paper longer than a yard stick?” I say. Definitely one of my favorite workshop tricks.
I then looked up the author of this book and I love everything she does! She has her own museum of found art and she has a lovely little print shop with her man Dikko called Purgatory Pie Press. Everything they make is lovely, lovely, lovely. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she uses all reclaimed, found, upcycled materials in her work! Even her leather bound books utilize leather cut-offs from the garment district in NYC.
So while I thought I was just buying a cool little book, really I’ve been turned onto a whole world of amazing creations by a very inspiring woman. It’s like a rabbit hole of creativity and I am more than happy to go down in it!
Thank you Esther K Smith.
Who or what is inspiring your creativity right now?
May 2, 2012
April 26th, 2012 at 9:50 pm edit
I’m wanting to make some kind of rail/rack so that my kid can see and read his books more easily (as opposed to having them all on a bookshelf). One day….
That’s what Nicole wants to do and maybe the Mini Maker Faire will inspire her!! Congratulations Nicole!! You won 2 tickets!
Nicole, contact me this week and we’ll set you up!
April 25, 2012
Have you heard about Austin Mini Maker Faire? There are going to be lots of amazing makers. And it’s going to be in one of Austin’s really cool venues in downtown Austin. There will be fun things to make. Great accordian driven steam punk to listen to. And creative people to watch all day long. You can even volunteer if you want to!
It really is one of Austin’s don’t miss events. Is it on your calendar yet? May 12 10am-6pm
And I’m giving away 2 free adult tickets! Just leave me a comment answering the question, what have you made recently or what are you dying to make sometime soon? I’ll pick a winner on Friday May 4th and announce it here.
April 10, 2012
After a 4 year hiatus, Maker Faire is back in Austin! This time in Mini form and this time completely Austin powered!
And though it’s a Mini Maker Faire, there is nothing small about it!
Austin Tinkering School founder Kami Wilt has been working hard organizing, finding locations, gathering makers of all types and getting this show ready for Austin.
This aint your grandmother’s Maker Faire – this is Mini Maker Faire, Austin style!! (Did our grandmothers even have a Maker Faire?)
There’ll be make and craft opportunities of all kinds, speakers, contests, food and all sorts of Austin antics and amazingness!
I’ll be there in the craft tent helping crafters find their way and I’ll be giving a presentation on the topic of Freesourcing – how to find, rescue and share materials for all your craft/art needs!
So come play, come make, come watch, come listen and come out to Austin’s first ever MINI Maker Faire.
Here’s the deets…
- May 12 2012
- Pine Street Station at East 5th and Waller Street
Buy your tickets now! Or volunteer to help. Just be there and be a part of Austin history.
Check out this beautiful video to get your maker juices flowing!
And while you’re at it, go ahead and make a donation here.
April 2, 2012
It’s time once again for another Mama’s Crafty Night Out Downtown!!! Just in time to get your maker juices flowing for Austin’s Mini Maker Faire!
(Oh, and by mamas I mean any woman at all – be you mama or the female (grown up) child of a mama.)
Who doesn’t love a handwritten card in the mail???? Whose heart doesn’t burst when the mailbox is opened and there’s an actual letter, written with love and addressed with good old fashioned penmanship? And who doesn’t love a night of making stuff with mamas with a little beer and wine in the mix??!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, come celebrate a night out and the ancient art of the letter. Drink a little drink. Eat a little nosh. And make and talk all night long. (well, til 10 anyway.)
We’ll start with a person in mind. Someone you love and miss and want to write to. Then w’ll cut/stamp/draw/collage/fold up a custom card full of love and specifically for that lucky recipient. We’ll make cards and stationery using piles of beautiful recycled/reclaimed and repurposed materials and other fun stuff you won’t even believe.
Maybe it’s a letter to your grandma to thank her for the socks she made you. Remember she sent them four months ago and you still haven’t said thanks?
Or maybe a note to your mom to tell her what an amazing mom she’s been.
Or maybe you’ve been itching to write a letter to a long lost college pal who is such a Luddite you can’t find her on Facebook.
We’ll start with the question, Who do you need/want to write to?
And from there we’ll get making. With custom cards specific to your needs.
We’ll have all the materials necessary to create your very own pile of handmade cards and stationery. We’ll introduce the back and forth card ala Round Robin Press
And together we’ll work to revive the lost art and reinvigorate your love and desire for the handwritten letter.
Oh, and once again we’ll be in the amazing atrium of the Austin Children’s Museum (at night when the building is closed to all small beings.) Parking is free in the nearby parking garage.
Details in bullet form:
- Thursday May 3rd
- 7:30pm – 10:00pm
- Bring your own wine/beer
- All materials provided for as many cards as your little heart desires!
- Austin Children’s Museum
- Click here to register! (you must register in advance)
January 23, 2012
Sadly, this camp is canceled. Or should I say, postponed until another time!
In collaboration with the Austin Children’s Museum, I’ll be holding a one day craft camp for kids ages 8-11.
We’ll play, craft, write, eat lunch along the shores of Ladybird lake (weather permitting of course) and craft and play some more!
It should be a great day and I’m excited about holding it downtown.
Stay tuned for sign up information. Email me if you have any questions!
Here’s what we’ll be doing…
Art of the Letter Camp
While communication has increased a thousand fold in the last 20 years – with email, Facebook, and video chats so easily accessed – the amount of letters one writes and receives has diminished significantly. Which has made the value of a hand crafted letter showing up in your mailbox increase beyond measure. Just think of that moment when you realize there is a hand written note embellished with drawings and messages and other amazing artistry.
In this class we’ll cover both angles – the stationery making and the letter writing.
We’ll make personalized note cards using stitching, collage and stamps – with lots of reclaimed materials of course.
We’ll fold up some cool origami envelopes and note cards and make our very own box of stationery.
We’ll read through old letters from the twenties and thirties when letter writing was a daily task and just about the only communication a person had with a distant relative. We’ll examine the language used and the messages sent. We’ll ponder what life might have been like then – in another time and place. And we’ll discuss just how that letter might have gotten from point A to point B
Then we’ll craft our own letters, using writing prompts and tips and we’ll work to reinvigorate this ancient art that is at once craft, communication and connection.
*If cost is an issue, please email me. I’m happy to work something out.