September 30, 2011
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Paperjacks (perhaps by Stumbling?),
... but I’m glad I did because their gift wrap do-dads are sweet, sophisticated and playful - all at the same time.
Here’s a shot from their website of the paper ribbon and gift labels in action.
I love how the kraft wrapping paper shows off the designs. Wrapping with kraft paper is my favorite, but sometimes it can look a little too homemade for my taste.
In my opinion, this look is just right.
We have bunches of their ribbon boxes as well as their multi-occasion labels. Enjoy!
September 28, 2011
“Stitch” is one of our favorite magazines, and the current issue looks particularly enticing.
It’s all about felt.
I love the pillow on the cover.
And these ladies.
How cute are the mini quilts being stitched up by the mini machines?
And this scarf! Simple, beautiful and cozy.
September 27, 2011
The start of the extended holiday season.
We’re trying not to rush things, but we crafters are always looking ahead, aren’t we?
We have a few Halloween-themed items out right now,
but there is just so much more to come...
September 25, 2011
On Saturday we helped a local Mill Valley group celebrate the national “Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels.”
The idea behind the celebration was to encourage the community to ditch the car for the day and walk/bike around town to their favorite local businesses. We businesses were asked to provide a fun (& free) activity as an extra incentive for those who decided to participate.
We, of course, chose a craft project.
The relatively modest turnout did nothing to dampen the spirits of the most enthusiastic crafters of the whole day ...my employees!
Rose (card-maker extraordinaire) labored over the preparation of all the bits and pieces and presented each crafter with a kit to make their own banner.
One woman made an adorable banner for her son, a dinosaur-lover.
Some of the girls made banners that spelled out their names - in bright colors to dress up their bedrooms.
Each one was unique and beautiful.
Also, everyone was pretty much obsessed with Rose’s “Big Shot” machine.
Are you familiar?
It embosses paper in the quickest, coolest way possible.
We couldn’t stop.
Thank you, Rose!!
September 23, 2011
...for a cowl.
I mean, how could it be, when all you do is:
• Grab a hank of Madelinetosh Chunky and a circular needle (size 8-ish, 16” long).
• Cast on 105 stitches (or thereabouts; just make sure it’s an ODD number)
• Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat and don’t stop until you reach the end of the hank.
• Cast off and start wearing your cowl with pride even if it’s unseasonably warm out and everyone else is going to the beach.
p.s. ANY color of Madelinetosh Chunky will be the perfect one for this or any other project. Colors that I’ve never looked at twice in my life have completely come alive in this yarn. Yellows, turquoise, peach - are suddenly all my best friends. This yarn is magical.
p.p.s. If none of this made any sense to you, but you still want to make a cowl, come to Knit Night. It’s free and we don’t make fun of anyone. Much.
September 15, 2011
We’re having a little sale.
On Jolee’s stickers.
You know the ones. They’re usually made of layers of paper and quite detailed.
They’re also pretty expensive.
Most of our are priced at $4.00/sheet.
Now, they’re all just $1.00/sheet.
While supplies last...