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The Sketchbook Project

A couple weekends ago I heard about The Sketchbook Project.

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I wasn’t so sure at first whether or not I wanted to sign up because it’s the end of the year and the project is due just after the holidays and this time of year just starts to get more and more chaotic in my life as the end of the year gets closer.

But then I saw they would be touring and one of the stops is in Seattle, June 10th through the 12th, 2011, and that really peaked my interest. So I signed up and chose my theme, which was difficult to choose from. I managed to decide on “Capture The Flag”.

I’m still awaiting my Moleskine Cahier sketchbook and details in the mail, which gives me time to brainstorm some¬† ideas. So, do you have any ideas or suggestions for me? Has anyone else signed up for The Sketchbook Project too? If so, please do share. I’ll do my best to share here how things are going with the project once I get started.

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La Experiencia del Urban Craft Uprising

Last weekend I went to the Urban Craft Uprising on Saturday. It was beneficial to go on Saturday because the Mobile Chowdown was that day and then I could watch the World Cup on Sunday.

By the way, this was one of the worst Wold Cup matches I’ve ever watched. It’s supposed to be called The Beautiful Game, but it was anything but beautiful. I am glad the better team won. Spain really did play much better than The Netherlands in my opinion. Nine yellow cards and one red awarded just to the Dutch in one match?! If you hadn’t watched any of their matches before then you’d wonder how they got to the finals.

Anyway, back to the Urban Craft Uprising. I stopped at many booths. Some I’d seen before and some were new to me. Here are some that stood out.

Monkey Sock Monkey is absolutely adorable. They even have a book! Shhh! I got a sock to make a monkey for one of my nieces.

Keeping with the monkey theme, my new nephew will be getting a little monkey t-shirt from Matthew Porter Art.

I love letterpress and there were plenty of letterpress artists to see at the UCU. I purchased this card above to frame for someone special.

I’m going to have to remember this for next time because I think this above would look lovely in my great room area.

I stopped by Sycamore Street Press and enjoyed looking through their various prints.

I asked about their letterpress frames that I’ve been coveting for a while now, which they didn’t have there, and they informed me they’re in limited quantity and are no longer going to be printing them. So I immediately went home and bought a few online here before they were all gone.

One of the edibles there were This Charming Candy. Yummy suckers! Reej had his Maple Sugar sucker and enjoyed it. I’m still holding on to my Sweetened Grapefruit sucker for just the right moment. They have a blog too. Click here if you’re interested.

I bought a necklace for myself from Annie Huntley of Dotted Line Jewels. It was 50% off, very well worth it! Annie is so friendly and so nice and extremely talented and creative. She’s the one vendor I seem to chat with the most when I go.

If you are Jewish, Catholic or love jewelry with that sort of theme, Annie also makes really nice pieces that are subtle, sophisticated, classic and not too in your face, so to speak. Does that make sense? I really enjoy all her work.

Here were some other very interesting vendors:

I swear I missed a couple booths or overlooked them or something, so I’m looking forward to going to the winter 2010 show. Maybe you’ll go too?

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Urban Craft Uprising Summer 2010

Remember this post? Well it’s that time of year again. Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising Event.

Very similar to the famous Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco, Brooklyn, L.A. and Chicago. It should not be missed.

I love local art and design and supporting local artists. This is the place to see what’s hot in the handmade world right now. And when I say handmade, you will not believe your eyes at some of the creations at this event.

Kari Chapin will be available to sign her book, The Handmade Marketplace, each day from 12pm – 4pm. I’m definitely getting that.

I have a long list of vendors to at least stop and look at. Here they are:

If you’d like to see the full list of vendors before you go click here.

So get your gift giving lists together, and remember it’s never too early to plan for the winter holidays.

After all that shopping I’m sure you’ll be hungry. Just around the corner, near the Experience Music Project, Seattle is hosting a Mobile Chowdown on Saturday, July 10th beginning at 11:00am. Some of the best street eats from Seattle & Portland will be there.

Oh! And in case you think the heat will keep you away, think again. The exhibition hall is air conditioned and there’s a vendor selling ice cream! Mmmm!

Also, don’t forget to watch the World Cup Sunday, 11:30am PDT on ABC. With the way Germany had been playing, I was really thinking they were going to be in the finals. Let’s hope they can take 3rd. I know I should be cheering on Spain in the final match, that’s what my sister would want anyway, but The Netherlands have been on fire!

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Urban Uprising Findings

I know, I know, I’ve been away for a while. But I’m back now, at least until tomorrow. I’m jetting off tomorrow to Lopez Island, one of the beautiful San Juan Islands here in the Pacific Northwest, for a few days. If you’re coming this way for the Vancouver B.C. 2010 Olympics, this would be a lovely, relaxing, nice and quiet spot to wrap up the trip. Shortly after that I’ll have some company in town for a few weeks, so I may be in and out, but I’ll try my best to keep up with blogging. Hopefully I’ll actually have time to work and share some of that with you too.

Today I’d like to go way back. Back to the beginning of the month on the weekend of the Urban Craft Uprising. Can I just say, why have I not been to this before?! It was amazing! I took my camera, but I think I was in such a state that I forgot to take any photos! Ugh! But I’ll share with you some of the amazing booths there.

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I was first drawn to Mugwump. Suzanne Keolker is the amazingly talented designer from Portland and she is so clever and creative.

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I can’t share the item I purchased, because it’s a gift for someone who reads this blog. But I will say that what I bought I received so many compliments on! First it was, “I love your ___, where did you get it?”

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Almost as soon as I could point them into the direction of the Mugwump booth they were making a B line in that direction.SublimeStitchingHow-ToNext up, Sublime Stitching. Their trademark really says it all, “This ain’t your gramma’s embroidery!” You may have heard or read about them before because in addition to their totally awesome and updated embroidery patterns, they also have a book.

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I purchased a pattern as a gift for someone, but I couldn’t resist buying this one here for myself.¬† I think I’m going to buy some of those flour sack dish towels and embroider them. I’m sure I’ll find other items to embroider too. Here are some good suggestions to embroider on.

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If you’re planning a wedding, how about embroidering one of the above patterns on a tote bag for your out-of-town guests?

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There were a couple letterpress artists there. I met Carol Clifford of Orange House Press and we talked letterpress and calligraphy for a while. She reminded me that the Letterpress Wayzgoose & Steamroller Smackdown is coming up on Saturday, August 29th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. I think I may take my out-of-town guests to it. Maybe you should go too! It’s free.

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Another gift I bought for someone was from a Seattle artist, Uzura. All the products are made from hemp and organic cotton and screen printed with nature inspired designs.pupcakemix_giant

Do you have a best friend with four legs? Yes, I do mean a dog. I had to stop at local baker, Petit Four Legs because my crazy Kosmo had an upcoming birthday (He’s 7-years-old now!!!) and they make doggie cupcake mixes, or rather pupcake mixes! Ba-dump-bump!! They also make petit fours, hence the name. As dogs can’t have chocolate, this is no doubt the next best thing. Made by a professional pastry chef with some of the profits donated to Homeward Pet, a local no-kill shelter for animals, you can feel happy to purchase their treats for any occassion.

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There were a butt load of jewelry artists, there always are at these types of things. But my favorite one by far was Dotted Line Jewels. I must say, Annie Huntley makes the most gorgeous pieces with the most beautiful gems and she is so kind and so friendly too. Yes, I couldn’t resist buying one more thing for myself, a pair of earrings.

I really could go on and on, but I’ll just briefly suggest you check out Rachel Austin Paintings & other lovelies from Portland, OR for some very original artwork that I fell in love with. For a good laugh look up the local artwork from Ugly Baby shower art. We all could use a good chuckle to begin our day, unless you shower at night, but a good laugh before we go to bed is always nice too.

Everyone have a great week. It’s off to Lopez for me!

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Urban Craft Uprising

If you know me, you know that I love independent artists. There’s a huge movement happening around the globe to support small businesses, especially those selling handmade goods.

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I wish I lived closer to Brooklyn so I could always attend this event. This weekend is The Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco and if I could go anywhere this weekend it would be there.

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I want to go to there (Liz Lemon quote)! However, Seattle has been on this handmade movement for a while now.

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Ladies & Gentlemen? I give you the Urban Craft Uprising. The UCU began in 2004 and used to be a winter holiday craft show supporting independent artists, but this year, for the first time, they’ve started a summer event, which will be on August 1st & 2nd. It’s the largest Indie Craft Show in the Pacific Northwest and we need it, because San Francisco is still too far to go for something like this.

Here’s a look at some of the awesome vendors that will be there.

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I can’t wait to see the work of A Farmers Daughter up close. She’s got some beautiful pieces that brides would just swoon over.

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Just have a look at this bird cage half veil. It’s very reasonably priced. It’s one of those things that make me wish I were a bride every day of the year.

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She does boutonnieres too, so definitely worth a look and don’t forget to bring your guy too. There’s plenty for your man to see.

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Does your man cycle? Do you? Take a look at Vital Industries. How could you not like this hand screenprint t-shirt? I think my friend K would dig it.

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Isn’t this a great hat from Flipside Hats? It looks so Italian to me. What a great alternative to the weekend baseball cap for your guy. Very stylish! And it’s reversible! Awesome (said in a high pitched Will Ferrell voice)!

There’s even soft toys for your kids, nieces or nephews.

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How could you resist these adorable mini marshmallows from Scrumptious Delights?!

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Or what about this little guy from local Seattle artist Softlife? They’ve got some fun looking creatures.

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Artists coming all the way from NYC to local artists from Seattle, Redmond, Bellingham, Vancouver, CA., etc. and many other artists in between. From jewelry, paintings, clothing for children, men, women…even clothing for the real shape of a woman, hand-spun & hand-dyed yarns, 100% natural skin care products, glass, pottery, soft toys for kids, soap, handmade books…

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Everything handmade and when I say Indie Crafts, you’ve got to know that it’s going to be unique and one of a kind. There’s gonna be a lot to see and I know it’s going to be loads of fun. You know where I’ll be on August 1st & 2nd and I can hardly wait! Trust me, you do NOT want to miss this.

So mark your calendars. August 1st & 2nd at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Oh! And check out the UCU blog here.

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Love, Love, Love

In honor of the weekend holiday, no not President’s Day guys, Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d leave you with a couple clips I’ve seen around here and here.

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I can remember doing things just like this little girl in order to get a certain boy to be impressed. I’m pretty sure he didn’t have the mullet though.

Enjoy and have a wonderfully long weekend!

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Is This Going To Be Forever?

I found this video via Paper + Cup and it totally made me laugh. Note to self: When you need a good laugh, watch this…and no, it’s not going to be forever.

Enjoy!

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