Austin Craft Mafia in Southern Living Magazine

The Austin Craft Mafia had a nice featured spread in the January issue of Southern Living Magazine! We were interviewed at Craft-o-Rama, and appear in the regional Texas Living section.

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Vickie's B-Day Bash Craft Book Giveaway!

My friend (and fellow Austin Craft Mafia member) Vickie is doing a HUGE giveaway contest for her birthday (today) including all kinds of different craft books including, jewelry, embroidery, sewing, home decor, etc. Here’s the link:

She has a copy of 35 of Lark Books’ best-selling craft titles to give away!

Go to her blog for details and deadline info.

Happy birthday Vickie!
xoxo jna

Wallets in etsy shop!

Have added some billfolds to my etsy shop.

Interview in blog

I just did a fun interview for the blog, talking about my work, things I love about austin, etc. Love her illustration work, especially the robots. Thanks, Dot!

New pins and barrettes in webstore

I have added some felt flower pins and barrettes. Also coming soon: vinyl pins and barrettes as well as kits!

2008 Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar

8th Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar is December 3rd thru the 24th!

The 2008 Eighth Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar will again be held at the Monarch Events Center (in Lincoln Village) and will feature over 80 artists and artisans over 22 consecutive days.

ACL this weekend!

Moxie and the Compound will be selling some of my sewn goods at their booth this weekend at Austin City Limits! Friday Sept 26th-Sunday 28th.

xoxo jna

Yum! Green Beans in Sesame Dressing (Ingen no goma-ae)

My fave! My mom used to make this for us growing up, we grew a lot of green beans in our veggie garden. (I used konbu dashi packets, so my version is veggie.)

Green Beans in Sesame Dressing (Ingen no goma-ae)


  • 175g (6 oz.) frozen whole green beans*
  • a pinch of salt

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar **
  • 2/3 tablespoon dashi stock ***
  • 1/2 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


1. Boil the beans in a pan of water for 5 minutes or until tender.

2. Finely grind the sesame seeds in a pestle and mortar or in a coffee grinder. Add the sugar, dashi, miso paste and soy sauce and mix together well.

3. Toss the green beans in the sesame dressing and serve as a side dish.

* I really prefer using fresh green beans, and I parboil (submerge in boiling water) for a few minutes, drain and then “shock” them with cold water and ice to stop the cooking. Recipe is yummier when the beans still have a bit of crispness.

** Caster sugar is superfine granulated sugar.

*** See the recipe for dashi (Japanese fish stock); you can also make instant dashi from freeze-dried granules, available in many Asian grocery stores. Dashi is used in so many Japanese recipes, it’s good always have the granules on hand or konbu dashi granules or packets if you prefer those.

New wallets in webstore

Just uploaded some billfold wallets to webstore, more to come!