Monday, December 7, 2009

High on Crafts

I am high on crafts and positively worn out. What a great weekend with some of my favorite people on the planet. Crafty kids, y'all rock my socks off! Artropy was such a blast and I got to see some of my favorite customers and catch up with my Show Me Etsy girls. Renee and I even squeezed in a little dancin'. Sunday I did my shift at Big Ass and had a freaking fantastic time. Thanks a heap to the Big Ass crew for all your hard work and to The Mafia Family for being my favorite relatives and 100% hysterical.

I'll be taking a smidge of break and catching up on some family time with the kiddo (Senorita Cranky Pants) who is feeling oh-so-poopy from being sick. We both have been battling some sort of germie crud for the last week. I'm feeling a bit better, but my Boo isn't improving much. She's going to get some face time with the doc today and hopefully a big fat bottle of antibiotics.

I'm sure she's not too sick to put together a whopper Christmas list. I'll be hitting the dreaded mall soon. It seems that teenagers don't appreciate handmade the way I do. I'm hoping for a 100% handmade holiday and she's hoping for a 100% all designer label bash. We might have to split the difference.

So, I've been thinking...I do a lot of crafty projects and I'm pretty good with a camera, I could probably throw up a tutorial now and again. Any special requests?

I hope you are all having a FANTASTIC holiday season and get to squeeze some R&R in soon if you haven't already. Big giant bear hugs to you all!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Double Fun!

This weekend is going to be double fun and a great chance to get some of my handmade holiday shopping out of the way.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12/4-6) is the Big Ass Indie Art and Craft Show at Mad Art gallery. With nearly 100 vendors represented this boutique style show is top-notch shopping.

















On Saturday, right around the corner, Show Me Etsy is hosting Artropy at Off Broadway. This one day show runs from 10 -4. This is a traditional trunk show featuring vendors who also have Etsy shops. There will tons of great buys including everything from Bella Luna's handmade soap to Sew, Good & Trendy's eco-conscious handbags.












I have a booth at Artropy and will have lots of goodies at Big Ass as well. I will have dog collars, jewelry, holiday accessories and lots more. If you have a chance to make it, be sure to stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giveaway!


Hey, check it out! I'm the featured artist on Dandy Giveaway. Go check out Tara's cool website







and you can play for a chance to win this fused glass necklace made by little 'ol me!







Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm addicted...to blogs

I'm a reader with a voracious appetite for information; I need a steady stream flowing in my brain. Combine that with my unquenchable thirst for all things arty and crafty and you get a list of more than 100 blogs in my reader. I hope you find some new blogs to add to your reader and please feel free to leave blog suggestions in the comments if you have a goody!


A Lovely Dream

Abbie's Road

alicia policia

Allover Art

angry chicken

Artangel

Attic24

Beelieve

Bella Luna

// Between the lines //

BLEUBIRD VINTAGE OFFICIAL BLOG

Blicky Kitty

Blue Bird Studio

Boojiboo

Breanna's Knit Bits

butter family picnic

cakies

Candy Calamity

chunkychooky

Color and Scheme

CONFESSIONS OF A SEWING DORK

Counting Rows

CraftBlips - Top Craft News, Videos, and Blogs

craftgawker

Craftig / Published Stories

CraftPad - Be creative. Get crafty.

Crap I've Made

Create Everyday Workshops

Creative Kismet

darling petunia

Diary of a Crafty Chica

DIY Monday

Domestifluff

each penny pretty

Etsy Stalker

Fantastic Toys Blog

feeling stitchy

Film In The Fridge

Geninne's Art Blog

Girls Guide to the Galaxy

Grosgrain

Happy Together

Hennessey House

homemade by jill

HomeSpunThreads

How About Orange

Indie Icing

it's katatomic!

Just a Girl

Just Something I Made

Knit Purl Gurl

kootoyoo

Lab Partners

Life, craftiness and everything else

little girl Pearl

Living Locurto

Living with Lindsay

MADE

Made by Petchy

Make It and Love It

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter

matsutake

maya*made

Mermaid Garden*Party

mmmcrafts

~ Musings of a Glass Artist ~

My Vintage Addiction

Obsessively Stitching

Oh So Crafty

Oh, Fransson!

Oilcloth Addict

On the corner of no where and Grand

orange you lucky!

PasteCrafts

peng peng's place

Pepperberry & Co.

pink vanilla cupcakes

Presser Foot

Rice Babies

Scarlett Garnet Jewelry

SENORA MUERTOS

Sew Forth Now

sew i do

Sew Spoiled

So You Think You're Crafty

Something To Do

somewhat simple

St. Louis Handmade

STELLA + HODGE

stitch.rip.repeat.

Sweet Designs: A Blog by Amy Atlas

The Life and Times of Tim and Faith

the purl bee

The Secret is in the Sauce

The Secret Life Of Lauren

The Swell Life

The world according to Jelly

Thread and Bread!

Wee Folk Art


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November? Already!


Geez, time sure does fly. I can't believe we're already almost half way through November!!! That means the holidays are right around the corner and as usual I won't be getting much sleep. This weekend I'm doing a trunk show at Concordia Turners in south city from 9 - 3, then I'll be crafting 'round the clock until the first weekend in December when it's time for Big Ass Indie & Artropy (Dec 4 & 5). Somewhere in there I need to find some time to make gifts for my family. Anybody have an elf for hire?

Right now I'm feverishly working on finishing some felted coffee sweaters. Yes, sweaters for your coffee cup. They are made from upcycled wool sweaters and have needle felted designs. They're a great alternative to the disposable cardboard thingees - just toss it in your pocket or purse. Oh, bonus, they're way cuter and can also be used to keep your soda/water cup from sweating all over the place. Gotta love that! I've only stabbled myself with the felting needle 10 or 12 times so far. At lunch today, after I fed and trained my fake Facebook fishies, I did some work on these.



Oh! Oh! Oh! I got word today from my buddy Meg who works at St. Louis Children's Hospital that the babies are toasty warm with Needles for Newborn tiny hats! YAY!!!! Warm babies. Thanks again ladies!

Since Needles for Newborns was such a success, Paste and I are going to host another fun charity event for December, Crafting with Purpose. It will be the first in a (sort of) montly series of charity knit-along events. This time we're including scrapbookers and card makers too. The charity is The Haven of Grace, it's a shelter and rehabilitation center for homeless pregnant women and their children. It's a WONDERFUL organization. Join us Sunday, December 13, from 10 - 8 (Please RSVP to pastesoulard[at]gmail.com). We'll have some tasty snacks and lots of laughs. If you'd like to participate, but aren't particularly crafty, we'll always accept cash of course, but you can also donate supplies or bring a treat to keep the ladies energized - then hang out and play with us! Hope to see you there.

Later gators.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thanks Ladies!


A big special thank you and a 1,000 hugs to the fabulous women who came out to support St. Louis Children's Hospital at the Needles for Newborns event. YOU ARE FABULOUS! I am truly touched by the time and care that was put in to the adorable hats, blankets, booties, mittens and gowns for the little peeps. Snaps to Nadines Gin Joint, Ferraro's Pizza, Carondolet Bakery, Soulard Coffee Garden and Johnny's for the generous donations of food that kept our tummies full and happy so we could stitch the night away. It was a pleasure to gather with all of you and I'm so excited to have made some new friends and catch up with old friends. Y'all are a hoot! If ya wanna see pics of all the sweet stuff that was made, click here.

Since Needles for Newborns was such a success we've decided to launch a sorta-monthly series of gatherings at Paste for charity called Crafting With Purpose and have Needles be the big annual event. The next event will be on December 13 from 10-8 and will benefit The Haven of Grace, a shelter and rehabilitation center for homeless pregnant women and their children. In addition to needle artists, we've decided to invite the scrappy/card making folks as well. When you're starting a new life, words of inspiration are important! I hope you will join us and bring your big hearts!

Lastly, a big gigantic thank you to my partner-in-crime, Katie of Paste in Soulard.

You are awesome (even if you can't tie your own knots)! Without you and your generous donations of space, time, organizational skills, supplies and snacks none of this would be possible! Thanks for letting me help! Love you bunches, ya big softie!

'Nuff of that mushy stuff, I gotta go start a Twitter fight with @Pastecrafts now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Go! Go! Go!

I feel like I'm always saying that things around here are busy, but lately, it's been insane. My day job has been keeping me late on the regular and my weekend/evening crafty gig seems to be a flutter with activity in the few gaps between. Don't mistake me, I'm not complaining, I'm grateful for all the new opportunities that the universe has offered up! I am truly blessed to work with so many interesting and wonderful people; it makes hard work a lot more fun!

Last weekend was Indie Underground with my Craft Mafia ladies at the Lumiere Hotel. Although sales weren't what I'd hoped, the people watching was FANTASTIC. I've never seen so many cougars and wacky shoes in one location in my life. The amount of posing and admiring of self that was going on was gut-bustingingly hilarious. About half way through me and one of my crafty girls in crime started keeping a list of famous nearly-look-alikes - there was Phyllis Diller with her cowgirl boots and giant pink feather boa, Posh Spice in her ass-bearing short shorts, Erkel in giant black rimmed glasses and hitched up pants and oh so many more. There were fabulously dressed and sophisticated too, but they weren't nearly as fun to gawk at.



This week has already started off with a bang. Last night I taught a class on polymer clay at Paste, which was super-duper fun. Tonight was my glass class at Third Degree Glass Factory and I got to play with fire! We made beads with polka dots, square ones, round ones and flat ones. I can’t wait to snap some pics to show y’all. Tomorrow is the Wine Tasting…Craft Making event at Paste where I’ll be teaching some lovely ladies how to paint and wire wrap wine glasses while they sample vino. This weekend is the big event I’ve been chattering about forever, Needles for Newborns …Crafting with Purpose. A bunch of knitty chics will be gathering to whip up some goodies for the preemie babies at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. On Sunday I plan to practice lying down horizontally on my couch. All day. Possibly changing channels once in a while.If I don’t bump in to you in my travels in the next few days, here’s to you and hoping you have a great week! Stay crafty!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Whole Lotta Craftin' Goin On!

This is one of my favorite times of the year with the crunchy leaves, wooly scarves and comfort food galore. My crock pot has been christened for the season and my knitting needles are home to some magnum-sized Cascade hot pink yarn. I'm thinking I better pick up the pace too, because temperatures seem to be dropping rapidly.

One of my favorite parts about fall, other than the food, is the excuse to gather with friends for cozy, crafty fun. I've got plenty of excuses to get the gatherings in queue too - my calendar is jammed with show dates until Christmas. I'm totally excited and TOTALLY overwhelmed all at the same time. I plan to debut quite a bit of new product ranging from new jewelry to holiday accessories. The thing I'm most excited about at this very moment is my new line of fused glass pendants. I'm fresh on the glass scene and I'm thoroughly loving every minute of it. I just wish kilns had see-thru windows! Last night I picked up some new glass and will be prepping it for the kiln over the weekend. I hope to have it ready by my next show, Indie Underground on October 16 & 17 - part of the fashion week extravagaza - it promises to be a good time for all. I'll be there with lots of my fellow mafiosas as well as some of my Show Me Etsy pals. The show will be at the Lumiere Hotel and admission is FREE! Hope to see you there kiddos! I'll be posting again soon, promise, with the big list of show dates.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hanging with My Gnomies

Holy gnomes and polka-dotted mushrooms Batman, Strange Folk is THIS weekend (September 26 & 27 from 10-6). This is going to be a totally awesome show. There will be more than 100 vendors representing a huge variety of crafty goodness. The festival will be located in O'Fallon, IL only 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. In addition to the fabulous wares there will be live bands, a wine tasting, eco-conscious craft activities, a sandbox, petting zoo and lots of yummy food to eat. One of my favorite features of the event is The Upcycle Exchange. To participate, check out the online wish list and take advantage of a great excuse to clean out those closets! All donated items will go straight back in to the artist community to be upcycled into new stuff. How cool is that? I hope to see you there this weekend!

I've had a busy few weeks getting ready for the show, crafting like a madwoman. This past weekend my baby cousin Lauren came to visit and brought her beady goodies with her. She makes super cute beaded jewelry. We spent most of the time she was here trotting from one supply store to another and when we weren't doing that we were crafting like crazy trying out all our new stuff. I made a zillion bottle cap magnets and pins with vintage circus art and old t.v. show characters which will be making their debut at Strange Folk this weekend. We also spent quite a bit of time with my buddy Katie from Paste working on fun projects with her as well. On Lauren's last day we made needle felted beads and wet felted beads. Lauren likes needle felting the best. Katie and I dug the wet felting but both agreed that the dishpan hands are a lame side effect from having our hands constantly wet. In addition to the pruny fingers Katie and I are going to have to seek friend therapy for our codependent ways - her need to beg me to tie all of her knots (there are pouty faces and crocodile tears) and my enabling ways that propel my doing it for her even though I know she's capable. The results were worth it though, we all have cute new felty fun to wear.

I've got quite a few shows coming up in the next couple months, stay tuned for the details on Indie Underground during Fashion Week, Big Ass Indie-3 and Artropy. I'll be posting the 411 very soon. Right now I need to go try and scrub some more dried glue off of my sticky paws. Later taters.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Needles for Newborns: Gettin' Crafty for the Babes



I should have hung up my gone fishing sign a couple weeks ago - it's been extra busy 'round the studio lately. At the moment I'm knee-deep in planning for the October 24, Needles for Newborns: Crafting with Purpose event at Paste. I'm really excited about it, we'll have 24 hours straight of needle crafts. Each participant will sign up for a chunk of time dedicated to craftin' up something nice for the babies at Children's Hospital. We've got lots of tasty goodies for the crafters from Ferraro's Pizza, Soulard Coffee Garden, Nadine's and more. There will be socializing galore admist the clickity-clack of needles and colorful yarn balls. This event promises to be a great way to connect with other local crafters, hang with old friends and craft with purpose. Call or email Katie at Paste to sign up for a slot or make a donation 577-6930, pastecrafts@gmail.com.


Friday, July 31, 2009

A-Oh. I Gots Connections Now.


Tonight is Big A$$ Indie and it can't get here fast enough. If all the stars align I will also be interviewing THE Leslie Hall and the Ly's with my pal Courtney from Girls Guide to the Galaxy. Courtney has bedazzled a super secret project that she'll be unveiling tonight. I can't wait! As if all of that wasn't exciting enough, I also found out last night that I've been accepted to the St. Louis Craft Mafia! Check out the mafia's list of members and their shops by clicking the links on my page. This has been an AWESOME week!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Big A$$ Weekend


After a whirlwind of activity in the last week I'm glad to have a couple days of quiet-ish time in between activities. Last night was a marathon meeting for Girls Guide and we got a ton done. Tonight and tomorrow will be nice and mellow. I have a few things to do, but nothing as intense as last weekend. Getting ready for Big A$$ Indie damn near killed me. Of course I waited perhaps a bit too long to really get my butt in gear, so I had weeks worth of activity to cram in to a weekend. Oh well, its done, submitted, I was pleased with the results and I'm REALLY excited about the show this weekend. I hope y'all will come check it out this weekend at Mad Art.

The kid got back from Mexico today and she smells like heaven - sand, salt water and sun tan lotion. I'm glad she's back too - this mama doesn't like to go more than a few days without some kid love and it has been a full week. Since she's a teenager affection is rationed in such small amounts anyway, ya know?

Tomorrow afternoon I have the dreaded allergy testing where I will be poked, proded and injected with stuff that makes me itch like a mo fo. After I have a handful of Claritin washed down with some Benedryl I have big plans for the dog park. I'm going to sit on my kiester with Bobbi and watch our unofficial black dog club (Mackie, Zipper, Noodles and Bibi a.k.a. Debbie) romp and play. I might throw a fudgesicle on top of the whole thing if I'm feeling extra adventurous.

I'll need my energy for this big weekend. Friday night I'm working at Mad Art from 7 to 11. Saturday morning I'm up at the crack of dawn to work a booth for Paste at Soulard Farmer's Market. Sunday afternoon it's back over to Mad Art to pick up my stuff. Somewhere in there I'll hang with my kid and sleep some. Maybe eat.

Speaking of...I better get my arse to bed. Toodle-loo!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Busy, Busy, Bee

So many exciting things have happened this week. It's been a total whirlwind! Earlier this week I got a "promotion" at Girls Guide to the Galaxy and am now the new Arts Editor. YAY! I'm so honored to be a part of this fantastic women's magazine! We have all sorts of neat-o events coming up in the very near future, be sure to stay tuned for details.

Today, I got an email letting me know my artist feature is live on Cafe Handmade. This is such a cool site that hosts a weekly virtual craft show. I'm thrilled beyond belief to be featured.

In addition to the totally awesome stuff happening I've also been feverishly crafting my butt off. Lots of new things are happening in the studio. I've added some toddler clothing with cute-as-hell appliqued animals, some new doggie toys, as well as making a bunch of jewelry. I've got lots more new stuff in queue for the big show at the end of the month, Big Ass Indie Arts & Crafts show at Mad Art Gallery. This is going to be a cool show. There will be live entertainment too! That same weekend I'll be representing my favorite craft store, Paste, at Soulard Farmer's Market with my pal Bobbi of DownZipper. I'll be at the Farmer's Market in Tower Grove Park on September 19th, then the next big show will be on September 26 & 27, the Strange Folk Festival in Illinois. It's going to be a huge bunch of fun with tons of artists from all over. I can't wait!

I'm feeling a little tired reading about all my big plans! In addition to all the fun in the studio, I have a wedding to attend and photograph for one of my dearest friends, Teri, a camping trip with the kiddo and a hotel overnight at the Crowne Plaza with my bff, Paula (I won a free night's stay last year and it's about to expire!). The day job is crazy busy with the fall semester rapidly approaching and I'm starting to wonder if I'm ever going to sleep again. Good thing I like coffee and there's nothing more I love than being busy.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Swamped City Studio

The last couple weeks have been crazy busy and the coming weeks are sure to be more of the same. My little sweatshop of one is a buzz with the hum of my sewing machine and a little sticky all over from projects requiring glue. I figure I'll get around to giving it a good scrubbing in about a month or two when things slow down a little.

Because things have been so busy as of late, my "diet" has consisted mostly of ice cream, cheese, coffee and popcorn all of which I'm fairly certain is not Weight Watcher approved. One of these days I'm going to eat like an adult for more than 3 days in a row. Last week I splattered myself all over the sidewalk in front of Mad Art Gallery leaving a planning meeting for Big Ass Indie Arts & Craft show (July 31-August 2). Injuries sustained include: one bruised ego, hurty joints and multiple soft-tissue injuries. Now a week later, I'm mostly better, but my right knee seems to be unconvinced that we're on the road to recovery and is currently screaming at the top of its lungs. To top it off, Bad Cat is not well. He's all lethargic and lovey, which can't be a good sign. The vet is coming tomorrow to take an arm & a leg (mine) and hopefully make my little fuzzy delinquent all better.

Now that the bitching is out of the way, on to the good stuff!

I got an acceptance letter from Autumn at Strange Folk yesterday. YAY! Mark your calendars for September 26th and 27th. Stay tuned for more details in the near future. I'll be participating in the upcycling program along with several other vendors at both Big Ass Indie and Strange Folk, be sure to check out our wish list - awesome excuse to unload some of the "junk" that's lying around the house and support the local artist community. I'm so excited to have an opportunity to participate in both Big Ass Indie and Strange Folk. The artists are fantastic and so much fun to work with and the organizers are top notch.

Time for me to shuttie and get craftin'. Can't wait to see you all!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Holy Cats! I'm in the RFT!


Thanks Bill Streeter! I'm truly honored to be featured.


P.S. If you're an MJ lover, please hold the hate mail.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Craftyness & Veggies Unite

Tomorrow is my first day at the Farmer's Market and I'm super excited. I'll be there with my Show Me Etsy pals - Stick to Your Knittin' Kitten, Ginger & Tutu and Aleece's Attic!

Last night I burned the midnight oil making glass tile necklaces for the market. I will have aprons, totes, photos, jewelry, kitchen kitsch and some vintage knitting stuff for you yarny types. Lots of new stuff!

It's going to be a scorcher, so be sure to slather on the sunscreen and bring lots of water. My hair is certain to be a deflated mess, don't hold it against me too much, mmkay?

This is also your chance to play my favorite weekly market trip/summertime game - find an unidentified veggie and try it! As a nearly exclusive eater of corn and green beans until my twenties I'm still learning about nature's bounty. I love how helpful the farmer's are at the market, they never laugh at my "what is this" barrage of questions and they're always glad to pass along handy cooking tips. If you try something new or are eager to share veggie knowledge, stop by and tell me all about it!

Later taters!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Auditory Processing Disorder - What Does That Mean?

Hello people of the interwebz! You're probably here right now because you read the He Said/She Said article in Girls Guide to the Galaxy and were either surprised to learn I have a hearing impairment or were curious and wanted to learn more about it but never asked. THANK YOU for coming!

I'll skip the boring medical chat and keep it all in layman's terms. I have an auditory processing disorder. Having an auditory processing disorder is classified as central hearing loss, but it's really a neurological problem. Let me offer a moment of silence so you can make jokes about me being dropped on my head. :) What it means is that I hear sound, but it doesn't always make sense to me - it gets garbled on the way to my brain. Remember the teacher on the Peanuts? Wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-Wa!

I got a diagnosis when I was about 30. I had been suspicious that something was wrong with my hearing and weary of defending myself to those who thought I had "selective hearing". Finally, I got frustrated enough and persistent enough to make my way to a specialist where I got some answers. A shout out to the fabulous audiologists at St. John's Mercy and a special thanks to Richard Hogan who finally put the pieces together for me. After taking a special type of hearing test where I had to respond to words instead of beeps it was crystal clear. I failed the test miserably, without visual cues and context clues my listening comprehension is horrid. I'm missing some sounds completely and others just sound like mush.

After some tears of relief to have a diagnosis and then some tears of sadness because I had a diagnosis, we started talking treatment. The bad news - hearing aids won't help me, it will just make the mushy sounds louder, not clearer which is a drag because my disability is significant. I remember the audiologist saying, "I have NO idea how you got through school." The good news - my disorder is not degenerative and will likely remain stable. My job - learn to cope.

Here's how I do it - I use a combination of visual cues (namely lip reading), context clues and the sounds I do hear to make sense of it all. As a means of survival I naturally developed mad lip reading skills and as long as I have some context I can usually fill in blanks. In lecture classes I have a nifty gadget to help me so that the speaker is louder than everything else, which helps me understand better - they wear an FM transmitter and a lapel mic and I wear a listening device that looks really similar to a hearing aid or one of those cool ear pieces secret agents wear. Naturally, I gravitate away from places where hearing is difficult for me or make sure I position myself so I can do a lot of lip reading. I have to admit, the latter is mentally exhausting and I tend to avoid those scenarios whenever possible. When in noisy environments, like a group of people in loud restaurant I go in to it with no expectation of being able to hear more than the person across from me. Some people project their voices better than others. I have an affinity for the loud-mouthed type since they are louder than everyone else I don't miss much - love you Dave and Dean - your my favorite big-mouthed friends.

Bottom line - if I can't see you, chances are I can't hear you either. My work pals found this very helpful when planning my recent surprise graduation party. They spent a half an hour in the cube next to me discussing plans and I didn't hear a word of it! Wanna tell a secret without me hearing, just wait for me to turn away. If you saw me at the store and called my name 10 times and I didn't respond - I wasn't ignoring you, I just didn't hear you! I'm Senorita Friendly - I'd NEVER ignore anyone on purpose. My bff Paula's husband Dave thought for the longest time I just ignored him sometimes - I was horrified to learn that! If we're in a public place and I'm "ignoring" you - tap me on the shoulder and get my attention. Please. If you're having a life crisis and want to get together to talk - let's grab some coffee somewhere quiet. The less noise to sort out, the better!

So that's the scoop kids. Thanks for taking the time to read!

XOXO
Hol

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I'm a Bizzy Beaver

No rest for the wicked. I've been slammed the last couple weeks with all sorts of activity. I worked at Art & Air for Wash U and then covered it for Girls Guide. We had our relaunch party last week at the Royale, which was completely fantastic. I had such a good time! I met some really nice people and got to spend more time with the girls who I love, love, love - they're so much fun. The kid got out of school, so she's constantly on the go. Last night I had my date with Dave for the Girls Guide to the Galaxy version of the dating game. More on that later via Lauren Berger's column on sex and relationships. www.girlsguidetothegalaxy.com. I'm sworn to secrecy regarding the details for now, but she should have something up in about a week. This weekend I'm doing a booth at the Farmer's Market. When I can, I'm squeezing in making new stuff for the Etsy shop and my upcoming shows - not to mention filling out applications to get in to more shows. I feel like the Energizer bunny these days! I love every busy minute of it. I did get a ticket last week because in all my business I forgot to renew my tags. Ooops. Anyway, I'm looking forward to a little down time this evening with friends - if I can stay awake. Foolishly, at about 8:30 last night I had a latte at Starbucks. I barely slept and now I'm exhausted. Gak. Actually, maybe I'll try to squeeze in a couple more minutes of zzz's beore I get ready for work. Later taters.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hooray! My first post on Girls Guide to the Galazy!


Holy cats, I am so excited I'm doing a happy dance! My very first article at Girls Guide to the Galaxy posted today. Go check it out and leave me some comment love. Girls Guide to the Galaxy

The girls have been AWESOME. So welcoming, so much fun! Be sure to mark your calendar for next Thursday - we'll be partying it up in celebration of the re-launch of the magazine at The Royale. Don't forget to RSVP.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lookie! They made me official!

Could I be more excited? I think not.

Girls Guide to the Galaxy - About Us

I'd also like to say that the girls have given me a hearty welcome and are already proving to be hysterically funny. I can't wait to meet them all in person. Hopefully I won't make an ass of myself in front of my new pals. I'm going to practice drinking and not spilling starting now.

My first assignment is to cover the Art & Air show in Webster next weekend - should be good times! Art & Air

Later taters.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Guess what?

I just got the thumbs up to be a writer for the totally awesome online zine, Girls Guide to the Galaxy www.girlsguidetothegalaxy.com. I'll be covering the arts and craft beat under the guidance of editor extraordinaire Courtney Chesley www.courtneychesley. I can't wait to tell you all about my new adventures! Courtney and I are getting together this weekend to hammer out the details - I'll keep you posted!

P.S. For those of you following the adventures of Mama Judy, she's up and around, cussing like crazy and flirting with younger men. Clearly, she's on the mend.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happenings in the Studio...



Hey y'all, it's been a busy couple weeks. I graduate from college this Saturday! YAY!!!! Finally. Anyhoo, I've been doing a lot of studying which seriously cuts in to my crafty time. Dang.

The studio is overflowing with projects in queue - I can't wait to get crackin'. There will be critters, totes, aprons, baubles and more.

Here's what's on the calendar so far for the summer:

Tower Grove Market - June 20 and July 11
Big Ass Indie Arts and Crafts Show at Mad Art Gallery - July 31-August 2

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Judy is a BAD ASS.


CANCER SUCKS.

My surrogate mamma, Judy, is on round with two cancer. She's my favorite fiesty old bird.

Judy's journey in the last week:

12 hours of surgery to remove her vocal chords, part of her esophagus and a bunch of reconstructive stuff to make a new esophagus using skin from her leg and arm. Followed by several days of heavy sedation. She's the toughest broad I know.

I got to visit her for the first time today. She's writing notes and asked me to arrange a sponge bath with her dreamy Russian doctor, so I'm confident she's doing as well as she can. They have her on the good dope - that never hurts :-)

During our visit I crocheted her a colorful cozy for her big 'ol ugly bandage so she'd have some cheerful color in the drab beige room and a little love from me close by. We also decided since she has a row of staples (very hardcore) that when she's better we should get her a bitchin' tattoo. Maybe a skull and crossbones? She's promised me a round of dirty word Scrabble on our next visit. I'm pretty excited about that.

Before I left, at her request, I took pics of her staples. She was bummed she didn't have pics from the first surgery a few years back. Judy is a BAD ASS.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers - there's much more on her agenda over the coming months.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Good Times Were Had By All!


Artropy was a blast! Check out me and my pal, Bobbi, of Down Zipper. We shared a booth and a bunch of laughs. The show was a huge success! It was great to meet some new folks and have an excuse to hang out with my favorite arty girls from Show Me Etsy.

SqWires was a great host and a big shout out and thanks to Rick who saved me early in the day with a much needed and tasty cup of coffee.

Next up...the Farmer's Market and Big Ass Indie.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I've Been Iced!
















I'm the featured artist on Indie Icing today. WEEEE!!!!!!! Check it out :)
http://indieicing.com/

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Artropy is this weekend! YAY!!!!!!!

Come play with me and my arty pals this Saturday at SqWires Annex in Lafayette Square. We got a little write up in the RFT - 'cuz we're totally awesome! :-) Check it out...

http://www.riverfronttimes.com/events/artropy-721400/

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mrs. Pin Cushion Pillow is famous!

My pal and fellow Jack-in-the-Box lover, Bobbi, wrote a little blog about the pin cushion I made for her. Isn't she sweet!

http://americancraftguide.ning.com/profiles/blogs/mrs-lady-pin-pillow

She's the best. Go see her kick ass Etsy shop at www.downzipper.etsy.com and buy a bunch 'o her stuff!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Shout out from Cranky Yellow!


My pals David and Angelo from Cranky Yellow gave me a shout out and posted a picture of them with my kiddo that I took on our last visit.

Check it out! www.crankyyellow.com/blog/

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Studio Mascot # 2 Misbehaves. Shocking.

For those of you who don't know, a while back I acquired Bad Cat on a camping trip. Some redneck chap decided that a campground was a really great place to unload the litter of kittens his barn cat had birthed a few weeks prior. Kittens that were not old enough to be away from thier mama.

Of course my daughter found the kittens, brought me a black ball of fuzz and commenced to beg. He was so small he fit in her hand and so pitiful I couldn't dream of returning him to Jimmy Crack Corn.

Officially kitty was named Sebastian. He was sweet and snuggly and had the tiniest meow ever. Here's a picture of him a couple weeks after he came home.














Here's a picture of Gram Pam petting the little cutie














He was so small he was restricted to the bathroom for his own safety when he wasn't being held. Mr. Wobbles played Daddy several times a day and spent the night with Sebastian so he wouldn't get scared. All was well for a time.

Then kitty got big. Then he got bigger. Now he's almost as big as Mr. Wobbles. This annoyed Mr. Wobbles so the dog was recruited to take over parental duties. Sebastian LOVES the dog. Sebastian THINKS he's a dog. They nap together, they play in the yard together and they wrestle under my feet as often as possible.

Here's the problem with a cat raised by a dog. They're a little fiestier than a regular cat, add to that the fact that he's a hair away from feral since he comes from a long line of barn cats. Enter BAD CAT. He's not bad in a pee on the carpet kind of way, but he's constantly in to everything. His hunter instincts are top notch (proven regularly by a grip of dead critters dragged through the doggie door) and he thinks feet are prey. I have the gouges to prove it.



Yesterday I needed to photograph some stuff for my Etsy site (shameless plug: www.southcitystudio.etsy.com) so I set up my light box and gathered my goodies. I should probably mention that Bad Cat already attacked my light box once and installed a drive-thru window on one side and a kitty door on the other so I have some improvising going on until I get it fixed up.

Let me show you how he continues to earn his name...

Before:




















He looks so innocent, doesn't he?

After:

Turned my back for two seconds....

"Oh hai. U needed sum remodleng on dis side. Kthxbai"













"Dis side need bettr view. I xpand for u."














"Much gooder. I lax now after hard werk. Kthxbai."















I finally manage to shoo him out without totally destroying the light box, get back to work re-shooting some jewelry and then....

"Oh hai. What r u dewing? Lemme get closer look."














"That's boring. I leave now. Kthxbai. Oh first I make dis hole jus a little biggr."




























Case closed!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hit and Nap. Car accident # oh hell, I've lost count.

He was drunk.
Decided to take a nap.
Didn't put his big 'ol Suburban in park.
Smashed in to my pretty silver Jeep.
Pushed her several yards and smooshed her tire well.

:(

Guest Blogger - Anita Cupcake

Since I've already mentioned Anita Cupcake and her mad skillz twice, I figured I'd have her drop in and do a guest spot and share a tasty recipe with my peeps. Welcome Anita!

Hello -
Anita Cupcake here, Holly's co worker. So what is the Cupcake girl doing giving cookie recipes? Holly asked me!
The following recipe won me fame. Let us first define fame - a blurb in the St Louis Post Dispatch. A girl can dream can't she? The story is I made the cookies, took them to work and a man proposed to me. He was totally serious, down on one knee the whole thing. Looking back on the situation maybe I should have taken him up on the offer, best deal I have had in a while! Nah! Life is good as it is!
This cookie is a crowd favorite, oatmeal, chocolate and caramel - always a winning combination:
Caramel Oatmeal Squares
1 3/4 cup rolled oats (quick cooking or old fashioned- uncooked)
1 1/2 cup all purposed flour
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) margarine - melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts - optional
1 - 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 12 oz jar caramel sauce or butterscotch ice cream topping
Combine rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda in a bowl - add margarine and vanilla mix until crumbly. Reserve one cup for topping.
Press remaining mixture into bottom if greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan, Bake in preheated oven 350 degree oven 10 mins. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips in top. Drizzle caramel topping over chocolate pieces and nuts to within 1/4 inch pan edges. Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Chill until chocolate is set, Cut into bars. Store tightly covered, in cool dry place. Make approx 32 bars.
I would like to thank Holly for the honor of being a guest blogger (my first time as a guest blogger ever!)
Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake,
Anita Cupcake
What is funny if you say my name fast, Anita Cupcake...I Need A Cupcake. Get it? I guess not that funny if you have to explain it, but it makes me smile every time they call me that at work. It is the small things in life you know!
Cheers!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hey! It's Friday!

Today is a bonus day, because it's one of my other favorites...PAY DAY. Yay!

It's a bit gloomy 'round these parts, very grey today. Boo! If I start singing Here Comes the Sun do you think it would work? I'm sure my coworkers would LOVE that.

This weekend the studio will be bustling with activity. I have all sorts of fun projects lined up. There are plushies and pillows to stuff, bags to make, tile necklaces to assemble and aprons to stitch. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it!

I had grand plans for getting all sorts of stuff accomplished last night but I fell asleep on the couch instead. Ooops.

For lunch today I had a tasty portabella sandwich and an Anita treat for dessert. MMMMM. Now I'm a bit stuffed and considering a nap under my desk. Here in university land there are always kids sacked out in weird places, no one would probably even notice. In fact, sometimes it looks like we're collecting homeless teenagers. My favorite place to nap is the library. The dehumidifiers make a lovely hum that will lull you right to sleep!

Alrighty, I better get a cup 'o jo if I'm going to stay awake the rest of the day. I'm clearly under-caffeniated. Toodles!

Ode to Anita Cupcake

To all you greedy baked good coveters...

They are for me,
Anita's cookies, bars and pies.

Touch my goodies,
and I'll poke you in the eyes.

MMMMMMmmmm. Good!

*********************************************

Thanks for the treats Anita! :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mr. Wobbles Fan

One of Mr. Wobble's fans would like me to share a little tidbit of info. Mr. Wobbles IS wobbly. Like a drunk. He had distemper as a kitten and has permanent neurological challenges. Don't tell him though, he doesn't have a clue he's handicapped!

Studio Mascot Stages Sit-in. Day Two.

This morning as I shuffled my way to the kitchen I was stopped in my tracks by two very angry kitties. It seems the kitten food that was purchased yesterday was NOT to their liking.

I grabbed my camera in hopes of capturing the kitty protest on film, but the bad cat is camera shy and took off. However, Mr. Wobbles was so peeved he stuck around to cuss me six ways to Sunday.

This picture is of Mr. Wobbles pointing out the lack of edible food in his big food box. I'm pretty sure I heard him mutter something about disgusting crap from Sav-A-Lot.


















We chatted briefly and I tried to explain to him that I really needed to get ready for work and didn't have time to go get new food until later.

It was at this point that negotiations began - he promised not to shred the upholstery while I was at work if I would go get him food, right this *&@#(*&(* minute.




















You know, it really didn't feel like negotiation at all. Felt a little threatening. Especially when he said he had, "connections".

Fortunately for me the kitty's grandma lives with us and volunteered to fetch some food while I got dressed.
















This pleased Mr. Wobbles immensely.

Order was restored and Bad Cat made an appearance. I'm thinking maybe I should keep one eye open when I sleep...just in case.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Not Wacky at All


Turns out nothing wacky happened today.


On my way home I stopped by Knitorious and chatted with the owner Sandy. I hadn't been in the shop since they moved to thier new location - it's AWESOME. I'm going to take a private crochet lesson there in a couple weeks, only $15!! So cool.


I did get some work done though - the studio is busting at the seams with projects and things to be photographed. I got a handful of vintage items photographed and up in the shop www.southcitystudio.etsy.com . My favorite is the Art Deco pin.

I also took a photo of my pal the abominable snow girl. She's nameless. Can you help?



Wacky Wednesday

There's really nothing particularly wacky about today, but it sounds like it's a lot more fun if we refer to it as WACKY Wednesday, don't you think? All sorts of wacky things could happen at any moment! So far it's been status quo, but alas, there are still almost 4 hours left for potential wackiness.

The three-eyed stomach monster has been safely delivered to her new home. It was insta-love for both the monster and the proud new monster momma.




















Tonight at the studio (a.k.a. my dining room) I'll be crafting up some more goodies from THE PILE. Yesterday was jewelry/Monk night. While watching re-runs with the kid I whipped up some new charm necklaces and a nifty hematite donut necklace. I'll snap some photos later taters.


This morning, my kitty, Mr. Wobbles was staging a sit-in because he was unhappy with the state of his food bowl. Apparently only peasants eat the crap they knock on the floor or what's at the bottom of the bowl. There was much meowing and complaining followed by pouting.




















Anita Cupcake brought cookies to the office today. I was pretty excited about that. I think I'm going to go fetch one now to wash down my soup.

XOXO

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's Tuesday - YAY!

It's Tuesday and I'm doing a little lunch time blogging. Don't mind the crumbs and crunching noises.

Last night proved to be a busy one - had my monthly meeting with the ShowMe Etsy ladies www.showmeetsy.org and got some business stuff done. I tell ya, these are some talented women! I'm so excited about our upcoming show!

After the meeting Bobbi and I hit Jack-in-the-Box for 2/.99 tacos. We were suffering from a faux meat and grease deficiency. We probably would have died without them. Thank God we were able to scrounge up enough change in the black hole that is my purse.

Upon returning to my casa I downed some Pepto to offset the taco grease and surveyed my giant pile of incomplete projects, which made me wonder...can I sew and sleep at the same time?

Apparently I can type and sleep at the same time, I did it last night on my laptop. This morning I remembered that I had completed my survey for the upcycling booth while simultaneously nodding on my laptop.

snooze
type, type, type
snooze
type, type, type
snooze

This initially made me a little nervous, but luckily I got a copy of the application in my email this morning and other than one typo it was surprisingly coherent for a sleeping girl.

I'm telling you, I don't know how, but I will parlay my sleep disorder in to something positive if it kills me. Falling asleep in seconds is a skill, right? Perhaps I should join a circus.

Ladies and gents, I present *doot-doo-doo* SLEEPING GIRL!!!!!!!

And then I could demonstrate my amazing powers of spontaneous nap!

Welp, time to get back to my office girl duties. Toodle-loo!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Artropy - April 25th














Come visit me and my arty pals at
SqWires - the Annex,
1415 South 18th Street.
Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Brand Spankin' New Blog

This is my shiny new blog. Thanks for stopping by!

What's new at the studio...

Lots of projects in queue:

Aprons
Monster pin cushions
Antique key charm necklaces
Cool t-shirts
blind mice cat toys
pin cushions galore

Today I wrapped up a custom apron order for Mike of Mother B's, maker of killer cheesecakes. I sewed up a 3-eyed pin cushion monster for my pal, Bobbi of Down Zipper (www.downzipper.etsy.com) and made a custom tote for her sporting her logo. If I wasn't so dang tired I go snap a photo, but since I'm in bed - it's not happening. xoxo I also made some cool totes with Buddha heads on the front and some custom ordered snarky t-shirts for my co-worker pals. I can't wait until tomorrow when everybody sees their new stuff! Yay!!!

Tomorrow I play the role of office girl all day, then in the evening I have a meeting with my crafty chics to pick booth spaces for our next show, Artropy. www.showmeetsy.org

It's going to be a busy day tomorrow, so I better get some shut eye. The dog and the bad cat already have a head start, I think I hear snoring.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Esty shop