Thursday, June 26, 2008

Back to work!

Hello all! We have both been away for a while. I went on vacation in the Yucatan, see some pictures here. And Kathie has been swamped with Summer and a husband off on tour in Japan. Ooh la la! It all sounds so glamorous but trust me, we like to refer to it as the privileged poor. We are both back and excited to be moving into the next step of our book Ruby and Esme. I am in the process of scanning Kathie's drawings and we played around with the beginning of an attempt at layout. It's all quite exciting to look at the possibilities. My favorite comment though was from my adorable assistant Emily after I showed her all of Kathie's illustrations and work. She said "Oh my god, can she just rule the world with a needle?!" Um...yes.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friend Friday - Eight by Eight cont.

January finished piece by Daria! So beautiful.

This is a continuation from last Friend Friday's project eight by eight. If you missed the first one you can scroll down or read it here. Again, big thanks to Blair and Daria for sharing such an inspirational way to connect and create! This week we hear from Daria Penta about her take on eight by eight.

"My favorite eight by eight project is whichever one I'm working on at the moment, which sounds coy but is true! Each month so far, I've had a very specific vision of the finished piece in my head -- either from preparatory sketches or from a sudden mental "click" as I started working with the materials -- & while I can't say that the end result has always exactly matched each month's imaginary splendor, I'm absolutely finding that with every project I'm stretching a little this way, a little that way, trying out new techniques & challenging my usual comfort zones. Right now May, with lots of embroidery, is my definite favorite. Until I get my June box. (That said, I am still really proud of my sewn wood grain from January - pictured above.)

Eight by eight is more about process than product for me. I find small projects with strict boundaries to be very freeing, creatively speaking, & having no control over my material palette is a fun twist. On top of everything else, the size is just about perfect -- I have ongoing fantasies of joining in all sorts of cool swaps that are out in the craft blog world, but in the end, a tiny little project that takes me a couple of days & I don't have to send anywhere is more my speed right now."

Thanks ladies!!! Be sure to visit the links below to see the upcoming eight by eight projects and to keep up with Blair and Daria!

eight by eight
Blair's blog
Blair's etsy shop
Daria's blog
Daria's etsy shop

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Originally uploaded by bookgrl

It was great to see everyone who came to the Craft magazine release party. I am in awe of how much Rachel of average jane crafter and Leslie of Stitch Lab are able to get done. Visit their blogs to get the full update on the party and who all was there! So many great door prizes were given away and the tables were overflowing with crafters! Mark my words average jane crafter will be the next big craft blog.

And check out Eat, Craft, Live by laura. She has an eye on her! including the two pictures above.