Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Brooklyn Lyceum Markets

The Brooklyn Lyceum opened in 1910 as a Bath House. It then became a gym and eventually developed into a theatre and market place. This year will be my second at the Brooklyn Lyceum Holiday Market Place.
It is a weekend long event with a Christmas Show by the Puppet People.

The market is held Saturday and Sunday December 15th and 16th
11 to 7 pm
227 4th Ave in Park Slope
Take the R to Union (or take an express BDQN to Atlantic Barclays and switch to the R).

I am working on new products all week and will be posting as I go.

Hope to see you next weekend in Brooklyn!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday shopping this weekend

The postcard is ADORABLE!

Today I am guest blogging over at the Etsy NY Team blog, formerly the newnew of NY.  Today's blog post I am talking about the fabulous and very unique artists and crafters you can find in the Etsy NY Team. This weekend is the 2012 Handmade Holiday Cavalcade, 35 crafters selling their wares in Williamsburg. If you have the time check it out.  You will be sure to check some gifts off your list!

above terrarium from Roots in Rust

flax and lavender eye pillow from ADornmentsNYC

Be sure to check out the post for other beautiful holiday items.  I will be working at Purl this weekend selling to all of the crafters for the holiday season. Hint: yarn is the busy section now! But I am hoping to swing by the Cavalcade Sunday afternoon.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

First Holiday Market This Saturday! in Soho!

My first market of the holiday season will be this Saturday, November 17th, in Soho.  Not only am I excited because it is for the holiday season but also because a friend is one of the organizers and I am so impressed and excited for her!  Two Fair Ladies is run by two artists/crafters so they have mucho experience.  Not only will there be over 50 vendors but also entertainment and food. Tarot card readers, musicians and face painters will be among the entertainment.

I will be selling my usual wares of aprons, napkins and a variety of totes. I also have some new Liberty of London scarves to sell.

Full Apron with ticking stripe
Here are the details:

Nov. 17, 2012 
St. Anthony's 
155 Sullivan Street at W. Houston

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 9, 2012

New class! Holiday Workshop; Make some ornaments!

I am so excited about this class coming up on December 9th.
And I am so excited to start making samples. I love Christmas! So much that my sister calls me Tracey Christmas.  I love Secret Santa, love leaving cookies out for Santa, love the real Christmas Tree, the list goes on.  On December 9th I will be teaching a Holiday Craft Workshop at Purl Soho.  Don't worry if you don't know how to sew because I will be teaching hand sewing and machine sewing techniques.  We will be making three projects; a felt star tree topper, a felt snowflake ornament and a fabric stuffed bird ornament. You can choose whatever colors and fabrics you want to adorn your tree with. Or why not  hang the bird as a desk ornament. It just doesn't have to be for the holidays!

Photos from the Purl Bee website.

Are you a Christmas fanatic like me?
What is your favorite part?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tula Pink, incredibly creative and fresh designer

I wanted to write today's post about a fabric designer I recently saw speak.  If you are not into sewing of any kind or using fabric I think you will still like to see the interesting and whimsical artwork this young woman produces.
This past year I have gotten really into quilting. Although I grew up with a mother who quilts I never really was interested in it. However from working at Purl Soho I became interested in a different type of quilting, patchwork. My mother is a whole cloth quilter, this is when a whole piece of fabric is used and quilted into. The act of quilting into is sewing your design thru 3 layers; 2 layers of fabric and the batting.
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to see a woman named Tula Pink speak at the City Quilter.  I have never heard of her before but  I'm always into learning about new artists.
Tula worked in the music industry before settling down in the mid-west.  She spoke of how she creates prints, develops them and then chooses her color.  Since I have a background in designing prints and yarndyes I was already familiar with the process. However hearing about her creative process and how it works in the quilt world was extremely interesting.

Tula starts everything off with a pencil drawing which is the foundation of the fabric.  While she is creating she is constantly thinking of how the art will look on the fabric at every stage. For example how will it look on the bolt sitting on the shelf and once a customer opens it, how will it unfold.
In her fabric, color is the most important thing so she only works in black, white and gray until the very end.  This seems opposite of what you would think but only working in neutrals helps her concentrate on the art and once the piece is complete she then plays with the color.
Color is the first thing the customer reacts to. I went to see Tula with a colleague from Purl and we agreed. Customers, even us, we are first attracted to color. 
Each collection has a story which helps keep her on track.  Her line Parisville was based on Marie Antoinette the movie from a few years ago by Sofia Coppola, a personal favorite of mine. 


I love the little mice running around the circles in this one.

One of her recent collections is called Nightshade. It is a story of 3 sisters, Neptunia, Bella Donna and Scarlett. Neptunia becomes a pirate at age 9.  You can read more here. 


Tula and a finished quilt using the Nightshade collection,

I do have to tell you I was so inspired by Tula and immediately purchased some of the Marie Antoinette fabrics. Now what to do with them.
Do you have a favorite fabric designer? Have you seen Tula's work?
What do you think of the large scale prints?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

After the storm....Sandy

Well it's been a while since I wrote, honestly I haven't been feeling that great.  Hopefully it will pass soon. I did want to check in because here in NYC and on the east coast we have just been hit by a pretty big storm, Sandy.  My husband and I just bought a place in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn this past April. In August there was a little flooding in our ground floor so naturally we were quite worried about this storm.  Everything in my office was lifted off the floor. For the remainder of our ground floor, the guest room and storage room, we had to raise the furniture and anything of value.   It was stressful, every few hours during the storm we were checking the drain to make sure there was no clogging of leaves or back up of water.   Fortunately we lucked out.  Many people were not fortunate.  Lower Manhattan has lost power and almost everything, residential and business below 42nd St in Manhattan is without electricity.  We were lucky.

Here is a photo of the Williamsburg Bridge, one of the bridges that crosses over into Manhattan from Brooklyn.  This photo just captures the magnitude of when the power went out.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My new blog class. Blogging Your Way

Yikes I've already missed the deadline! I was suppose to blog between the 5th and 8th about my new class Blogging Your Way with Holly Becker from decor8, a blog I have followed for awhile now.
Weekends are tough for me. Saturday is my Friday so Sundays I usually teach a class or catch up on chilling out. And Monday was my first Wedding Anniversary. I'm really piling on the excuses aren't I? Ok enough of that.
I've had this blog for a few years and read help books here and there. I know a little about computers but not a lot; hardly anything with html and all of that stuff. . I've tried different things on how to increase readers but nothing seems to really work. Is it my writing? My posts? I admit I have not fully let it all out.
Kind of uncomfortable doing that, or rather worried. Or what are my goals. 

A few weeks ago a drunk friend made a suggestion. Now this friend does not have a blog or any other computer internet type experience however she is the public so her comment hit hard. She said my blog looked "a little homemade" ouchie, I did take offense but I am glad she was truthful. 

Decor8 is a blog I check in with and I saw this class the next day. Fate? And not sold out! Yay!

Here I am, I made my latte for the morning and will be doing some writing and have a couple etsy purchases to mail out.  Away we go!

Latte in my favorite Jonathan Adler mug

Toiletry bags seem to be a big seller for me on etsy

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tutorial: Making a Cafe Curtain

Ok for you newbie sewers out there you may be asking "What is a cafe curtain?" Or "I can never make a curtain". Basically it is a panel and it is super easy!  It can be a full panel covering the total window or a half panel, covering the lower half of the window. Just imagine a cafe in Paris and sitting at a table you can peer over the curtain to watch outside or put your head down and read a book without everyone watching you.  A single panel is good for small windows. You can push it open by sliding it slightly or using a complementary tieback.

We have a door in our bedroom that goes out to the back yard. The door has a small window so we didn't want anything fancy for covering it up. We also wanted it to match the shade we got for our windows, a warm latte color.  A cafe curtain was the perfect solution.

1. Measure your window and add 2" to the height and width
2.  Fold over 3/8" seam allowance on all 4 sides, steam.

3. On the bottom and sides fold in another 3/8", steam and sew an edge stitch on the inside fold.

 4. Be sure to steam after sewing!

5. For the top loop I overlocked my raw edge since I have a serger. But don't worry, if you don't have a serger just fold over once and steam as in step 2.

At the corners fold in a diagonal then pin down and steam. Normally I don't put pins like this, but the seam allowance is so tiny I do in this case.

6.  Fold over 2" , pin and steam

7. I find it helpful to pin the end openings so they don't shift when you are sewing the edge stitch on the fold. See below.

8. Finished! And steam! And hang!

Since this is a door with no window frame, Andy found curtain rods that are magnetic at Home Depot! I believe Target also carries them.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 toddies and more!

Life happens and then the blog falls behind. Well I have had the first cold of the season. Big bummer. It started the night I went to see Bruce Springsteen for the first time. He is absolutely fantastic!  Life has been happening, with me coughing and sneezing and know all that fun stuff. Well there is some relief: hot toddies. Or according to wikipedia hot totty. The traditional hot toddy is whiskey, hot water, honey, lemon. Or has hot toddie become a synonym for booze plus hot water? sites this as the recipe 
  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag
Andy and I visited one of our new local fave bar/farm to table restaurant, BluePrint on 5th Ave.  The bartender there made a wonderful hot toddy for me. He did mention putting cloves in which also is medicinal.

Check out the below link for a variety of bars and hot cocktails:

So my version of a hot toddy at home: hot water, Jameson, half of lemon, big spoonful of honey and some minced ginger. Quite tasty. 

Now that I am mostly better, minus some mucous. Lovely I know. I am working on Fall 2013 mens sportswear colors, scheduling the holiday shows in NYC and sewing more product. Also working on fun projects: lunchbags for my nieces, quilt for Andy's birthday that consists of 19 prints! Yes you read that correctly, and still working on a quilt for Haptic Labs. I hope to post all of the progress and pictures. Oh yea the office is slowly coming together.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Renegade Craft Fair in London Review

2012 RCF London (The Second Annual) by renegadecraftfair

Renegade Craft Fair just completed their second show across the pond in London. Renegade selects their vendors from applicants who are indie artisans and crafters.   Renegade started in Chicago in 2003 with 75 vendors.  It is quite a popular market and one to visit when they come to Brooklyn.  Selling in markets myself it can be frustrating when you work at a market that also has knock offs and chotcke items you would find in a dollar store or on Canal Street.  If your market is filled with independent artists and crafters then the customers who will come are wanting to buy unique, quality items.  The customer appreciated a handmade apron or piece of pottery.  An item that someone spent serious time on because it is a labor of love.   If you have the opportunity to go to a Renegade Fair please do.  They are held in Chicago, Brooklyn, LA, San Francisco, Austin and London.

Here are some pics from their flickr page.

To see more pics of this great and inspiration market click here. 

Have you ever participated in Renegade? Or any other fairs?  If you haven't but have visited some fairs what do you look for?

Happy Tuesday!

Laptop case winner is....

Thru a random number generator from the winner of the laptop case is #4, anonymous. Anonymous please let me know which case you want and where to send it.
Please email me

Thanks everyone for commenting.

Have a great week!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Staples at Madewell

Runway shows have come and gone here in the city and fall is here to stay. What to wear this fall...I have to stay check out Madewell. Madewell is a line by J.Crew.  I arrived home from vacation to find their new catalog in my mailbox. If you are looking for some inspiration and ideas for layering check these out.

Cute skirt and checkout the pocket square in the top pic.

animal prints still trending....

I knew there was a reason I couldn't donate my denim shirt from my work days at the GAP.

neon in the fall of course!

as a designer I love this shot. You don't have to match your colors and look how cute this looks!

If you live in NYC we have a Madewell in Soho on Broadway. Visit the store for inspiration or shopping. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Revision to laptop case giveaway

There is an update/revision to the laptop case giveaway. Instead of one specific case, the bees, the winner can choose from 7 cases!
Just enter a comment in the notes, no need to reenter if you already have. Tell me what your favorite case is and are you a MAC or a PC person.

Paisley Green



Mosaic Tile 


Silver Lady


These are padded cases, closed with vintage buttons, double stitched and handmade!