Sparks is closing

Got a message in my Inbox today that Sparks Cards & Gifts, founded in 1989, is going out of business. So of course they are having a sale to clear out all inventory and fixtures starting Sunday, July 5th (closed on the 4th of July.) Read more

Baby Hiro

Haven’t been posting much as I’ve had my hands full with a new baby! One month old, he was born the morning of the HAW show (May 2nd). Thanks so much to Rachelle and Kristin for covering for me, and to all our family and friends for your support 🙂
– Photo taken at 3:09 PM on June 03, 2009

Ike Needs Help…


Austin mama Kari Anne Roy’s (Haiku Mama)(blog)son Ike needs help!

Rachel wrote: “By now, many of you have heard about Baby Ike here in Austin who is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Dell Children’s Hospital, sedated, on paralytic medications and recovering from an operation in which he received a tracheostomy. Ike’s mom, Kari Anne Roy, is a brilliantly hilarious writer and a beloved member of the Austin community. She and her sweet family (husband, Steven , Maker-in-the-making son, Sam, and tenaciously adorable daughter, Georgia) have been put through the ringer this year. You can read their full story on the Ike-a-saurus web site, and be sure to check out how the “Ike-a-saurus ” name came to be.

Crafter Susan Beal (Susan Stars) is generously donating all her etsy proceeds, and Rachel has suggested five ways that we can help as crafters and craft-buyers.

For more info:
Rachel’s post
the Ikeasaurus site (Twitter feed)

Facebook group for Ikeasaurus

This entire project is being run on a volunteer basis and on donations of good, services, and space. Please do what you can to help Ike and his family. And give your own kiddos a squeeze.

Pre-Vday Party at Austin Handmade's New Retail Location

My friends at Austin Handmade, a gallery-retail space devoted to Austin creators of things, are hosting a Pre-Vday Celebration at their location 507 W. Mary (South 1st and Mary) for those who enjoy free Music, free Wine, Hanging Out and New Items In The Store!

Musical Performances by: Kristi Rae & Paula Jean Brown (formerly of the Go-Go’s and Belinda Carlisle co-writer)
*Free Wine from local Wineries
*Hours of operation on this day will extend to 9pm!
*Vday Gifts for your loved ones

Re-usable Oilcloth Lunch Sacks on SALE!

I have just listed some cute handmade, durable and re-usable oilcloth lunch sacks at a special price (limited time!) $14 $10! Save some money, pack a yummy health lunch. (More prints coming as I finish sewing them…)

FREE Santa (or Tx Jackalope!) Photo Op at Blue Genie Bazaar Sat Dec 13th and Sun Dec 14th

Santa will be at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar Sat Dec 13th & Sun Dec 14th from 10am to noon! Also, Blue Genie’s very cool Texas Jackalope (from First Night) will be there. Bring your camera, the photo op is FREE (they are accepting optional donations for a Travis County Children’s Advocacy organization, but it’s not mandatory to pay) as is the event, featuring handmade fine art and crafts from 100+ local artists and artisans, running for 22 consecutive days. Read more

I am now selling a few items on the Austin Handmade site as well, they just launched in October and represent a “collection of Austin’s finest creative minds from couture to visual art. We offer affordable, well-crafted, unique items all handmade by Austin area artists.

Our products range from limited edition designer toys to one-of-a-kind assemblage art. We also offer custom jewelry, handbags, stationery & clothing.”

Very cute site and nice folks, and I really enjoyed meeting the other artists and seeing their wares in person (the Thingamagoops are really cool).

East Austin Studio Tour Nov 22 & 23rd

The EAST tour is Saturday Nov 22 and Sunday Nov 23 from 10-5. I will be showing my work at location #6b, with Dana Younger.

If you’ve never been on the EAST tour, you really should check it out, it’s always been one of my favorite events (this is the first year I have participated).

This year is the 7th year and there are over 200 artists participating this year at 150 studios and galleries, all within a few square miles east of I-35.

The Fourth Annual AustinMamas Garage Sale-a-palooza

Hi Folks, I will be a part of this. So c’mon out and pass this on to friends who may be interested. I will be selling some maternity and baby/boy clothes, some baby stuff and toys, books, dishes, vintage lamps, etc. Whatever I can fit in the truck.

The Fourth Annual AustinMamas Garage Sale-a-palooza
Sunday November 2, 2008
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: 909 W. Mary St. 78704 (where W.Mary x S.5th cross)
in front of Cafe Caffeine

Join AustinMamas for the HUGE, 21-family garage sale-a-palooza.
Vintage, toys, kid/baby gear, household… crap or treasure – you
decide! Plus great coffee from Cafe Caffeine and wicked Thai food from
Thai Fresh! Plus… AUSTINMAMAS. what’s not to love?

Round three: Maker Faire ticket giveaway

As Yolanda has not responded and I have no way to reach her, a new winner was drawn 10/10/08: winner #6: elizabeth – 1 student ticket (she has confirmed).

Also, since Paul left no contact info and hasn’t responded the 1 youth ticket has gone to another Elizabeth.