Thursday, June 11, 2009

Howard Street Crafty Supply and Sale BONANZA was GREAT!

Howdy All!
I just wanted to write a quick not and thank everyone who showed up last Saturday for a day of workshoppy goodness, free beer, and crafty supplies. At the end of the day, I realized I spent over 12 hours at Howard Street, and I was happy as a lark.

The morning photo workshop was a blast - and with a banner turnout, so we will definitely be doing that one again for those of you who had schedule conflicts, were out of town, or simply didn't want to roll out of bed at 7 am on a Saturday. Yeah, I know.

The print workshop with Robin Van Valkenburgh, of Runny Bunny fame, was also AMAZING, thanks to Robin's ingenuity, the help of an incredibly lovely assistant, and the miracle of image transfer. Seriously - Robin invented a way to make eco-friendly waterbased screenprints with materials you can find around your house (if your house is somewhat crafty by nature.)
And yes, if you missed out on that workshop, there are more coming in the future my friend! Imagine - a workshop where you can bring your logo or design, and leave with not only t-shirts or letterhead with that design, but also the skills and equipment to produce more, and more at home! Fantastico!
In the interest of making future workshops more accessible, I have created a handy dandy little survey on the sidebar of the blog - please let us know what times would be most convenient for you to take the classes you want, and also let us know what other subject of craftiness give you that special tingly feeling!
And last, but not least, thanks to all of the vendors who came armed with crafty supplies for the final segment of BONANZA! I really enjoyed meeting all of you - it was so cool to see a bunch of other crafty folks who are dedicated to reusing and upcycling raw materials. If you weren't in attendance for the fun, there were giant displays of fabric - by the yard and scraps, yarn, buttons, ephemera, vintage toys, quilting supplies, vintage sewing machines, paper, cradboard doohickeys, and much more. My very favorite finds? I confess, for a large amount of the time I was trying to exercise strength of willpower by not browsing an hence gathering more things, instead of passing my things onto other crafty hands, but alas, it was a battle doomed from the get-go. I found treasures, oh my. One, a chenille vintage bedspread featuring two preening peacocks, and another more mysterious tangle of pink and orange sequins that screamed 1960's and called to me with a siren song so familiar to many of the handmade set "You need me. You want me. You have no idea what I am, or what that gold stuff tangled in the middle is, but I have the untapped potential of crafty goodness that is creativity." Thanks, Mary.

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