m a r k e t

I'm honored and thrilled to be a vendor at the Brooklyn Lyceum Food and Craft Market on May 1 & 2. I've been perusing the shops and blogs of all of the vendors who will be there, and it makes me giddy. Oh! My! The next month will be filled with cutting old barn boards, printing, and making lots and lots of story stones. I'll be a busy bee.

:: little bits ::

Ariana introduced me to this lovely little shop that sells basic cotton wear for babies and kids. I'm quite fond of the sage and avocado colors, and I'm dreaming about one of the tunic dresses in sage for myself. In the meantime, I think I'll get one for Chick. Does anyone have suggestions for nice cotton basics for big people?

Emily from Tea & Laundry is one of my favorite new blogs to keep up with. Her peppy posts make me smile, and our uncanny similarities make the big blog world feel a little more intimate. Isn't her little umbrella notebook nifty?

I recently discovered Feed Your Soul : The Free Art Project on Indie Fixx, and I'm hooked. Check out this print from Asja BoroŇ°. I love how she balances muted gray with a few bold, bright colors, and her shapes are just perfectly quirky.

xo e

sew-a-sprout tutorial

The sun is shining, birds are singing, and as is always the case in March, I have a deep desire to bring spring inside my dusty, still-too-cold house. The problem is that it is slim pickings outside my New England front door. On an after dinner walk yesterday, Chick collected some stones, a rusty bolt, and some dried grass as her "finding spring" bouquet. This isn't quite what I had in mind for the center of the table. She did the best she could, and when we mounded it all together it definitely looked a little springy in that look-what-we-found-under-the-melted-snow-pile kind of way, but it didn't fully satisfy my need for sprouts and tender greens.

This afternoon I decided to make a little spring picture to hang in the kitchen. A bunch of people sent me enthusiastic comments and messages about my spring moleskines, which made me happy and inspired to continue the sewing through paper technique.

Materials:
your paper of choice ( I like the way it looks on thick watercolor paper)
thread
sewing machine
craft glue
scissors

How to:

1. Begin with a straight line for the stem, and slowly make a little sprout. When I wanted to "draw" a short line, I was sure to reverse stitch a bit to make sure the thread stays in place.

2. Once your sprout is finished snip the ends off of the threads on both sides of the paper. This is a picture of the back.

3. Make a field of sprouts. When you are finished, turn the paper over and put dots of craft glue (I used Tacky glue) on all of the places where there are loose threads and/or where you began or ended your stitched drawings. Use your finger to gently press the glue onto the thread.

4. Once glue is dry you can frame it or just prop it against a wall.


Speaking of spring and sprouts, I have one last exciting little note. My sprout hook board was featured on Etsy's front page this morning. I had no idea it was going to be there until I noticed that there was a little buzz in my inbox and Etsy shop. A huge thank you to whoever included it in such a beautiful sprout collection. I am truly honored!


xo e

flowers


I came down with a mean old stomach virus late Wednesday night, and with the help of Saltines and tummy tea, I've been slowly recovering since then. Blech! One of the first things I did when I began to feel a bit better this morning (other than kiss the tops of the children's fluffy little heads again and again and again) was create the stamps to make this flower wall board.

I had poppies in mind when I chose the colors. There is something about poppies that makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.

Oh, and we had a flock of about 150 birds land on three trees right outside our house. They were chirping so loud, in unison, that it made us (and our neighbors) peer up at the sky. cheeeeep cheeeeeeeep cheeeeeeeeep. What could be so exciting up in those three trees? Perhaps it was a lunch break on their flight further north? Within twenty minutes they took of in unison and were gone. We were just a brief little stop on their journey to somewhere.

Happy Saturday, everyone.

Love,
E

moleskine collages


A dear friend gave me a three pack of pocket size Moleskine notebooks for my birthday, and, this afternoon, I was inspired to create little fabric, felt, found paper collages on two of the covers. I'm still pondering the third.

I've been so caught up in stamp carving and block prints that I forgot how much I love to sew onto paper. I spent some time gathering felt, fabric, and paper scraps, created two little sketches, and channeled my deep desire for all things green into the two wee collages. This is a nice little project that ends up making a sweet little gift for someone you love. Don't be afraid to sew right into the cover, but do think about changing your needle to one that is more thick and sturdy. I used fusible webbing and a bit of fabric glue to attach the larger swatch of fabric. I'm going to put one of them by my bedside to use as a place to write words, sentences, or even little pictures each night. I like that it is small, so there is no pressure to write and write and write. One or two words is sometimes enough.


The neighbors across the street probably think I lost something really important in our front garden because each time I pass it, I pause and search for our first crocus shoot. The kids gather around me, and we use our feet to push leaves to the side in hopes of seeing a tiny little green sprig. As of this afternoon, all we've found are a few stickers, an old drinking straw, lots of dried leaves and vines, and some dirt.

xo e