Now open to adults! Kids Masks and Capes class at Stitch Lab

I am so very excited to announce I’ll be teaching a new class at Stitch Lab, Capes & Masks! It’s been great fun putting this project together, and I’ve wanted to work with Leslie and the other wonderful folks there for a long while.

The Kid Masks and Capes class at Stitch Lab (flyer PDF) has been opened up to adults as well, attending with or without kiddos. The next class is scheduled for this Thursday 8/9/2012 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
“Students will make a super hero or princess cape and mask for hours of creative play time crusading and make believing! (4 or 5 students per class , One (1) 3.5-hour class. All materials provided in class!!)
Prerequisite: Kids Intro to Machine Sewing, Kids Sew Fun Camp, or equivalent experience. Adults and kids ages 7 through 10 welcome!”

I’m also teaching Kids Tote Bags on Friday 8/10/2012 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
“Students will make a lined, reversible tote bag with a pocket! You’ll feel like a rock star carrying your very own bag, made by YOU in the fabrics of your choosing! (4 or 5 students per class , One (1) 3.5-hour class. All materials provided in class!!)”
Adults and kids ages 7 through 10 welcome!

Stitch Lab Fascinator Millinery class

I took a millinery class a while back with Laura Del Villaggio and made a fascinator (little cocktail hat/headpiece) incorporating the tiny collection of feathers passed to me by my grandmother and mother. Laura is very knowledgeable about millinery history, materials and construction and made the sinemay hat bases we used in class. Here is a photo of mine in progress, before stitching…

My project in the pinning stage

Put it on your calendar, Laura will be teaching this class again October 20th (in time for costume and dress-up holiday parties!), as well as a top hat class the same week (more info here, use ‘search by instructor’ pulldown > Laura.) I’d love to take the class myself, the samples I’ve seen are great.

HootSuite bus!

Hubby’s studio has been very busy with this project for Hoot Suite, who is giving a presentation at SXSW.


You can follow the bus on Twitter #hootbus

Blue Genie Art Bazaar is up and running!

BGA Bazaar 2011


Hi there! and Happy Holidays!

The 2011 Blue Genie Art Bazaar is up and running, and looks fantastic! The Blue Genie folks have made this space look spectacular, it really does get better each year. The show runs every day (10am-10pm) through December 24th (10am-6pm). Everything at this show is handmade, with over 140 local artists, artisans and craftspeople represented.

As always admission is free! Make plans to visit Austin’s most creative holiday bazaar with your friends and loved ones to check things out, then c’mon back as many times as you want for those incredible one-of-a-kind gifts your friends and family picked out. The Marchesa has a cash bar, and plenty of free parking!

Here’s the skinny:

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(Map or here) (website) (news story)

December 1st – 24th
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. throught Decc 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec 24!

*This is a FREE event. Go have a beer and check out the really cool stuff there! There will be DJ’s, a bar and lots of amazing goodies to choose from.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and feel free to pass on this info to friends you think might enjoy the event!

Please have a safe and joyful holiday season,
xoxoxo
JNA

Getting closer to Halloween

I love this one, and will be asking Y to make all our signs and labels.

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Halloween book-a-day

While looking for ideas for a Halloween advent calendar I came across this unique idea of a {halloween book countdown} by Kierste of brown paper packages of fun (and not too scary!) Halloween books for the 3-8yo set to count down the 31 days to Halloween–starting with October 1st.

Last night over here we read Halloween Motel by Sean Diviny and illustrated by Joe Rocco, which might be a little scary for younger, more sensitive kiddos.

    Kierste’s 2010 List:
    1. Too Many Pumpkins, Linda White
    2. Pumpkin Soup, Helen Cooper
    3. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Steven Kroll
    4. Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden, George Levenson
    5. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, Margaret McNamara
    6. Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Jeanne Titherington
    7. In the Haunted House, Eve Bunting
    8. Room on the Broom, Julie Donaldson
    9. The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything, Linda Williams
    10. The Night Before Halloween, Natasha Wing
    11. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, Stan & Jan Berenstain
    12. The Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman
    13. The Vanishing Pumpkin, Tomie dePaola
    14. Humbug Witch, Lorna Balian
    15. Bug That Go Bump in the Night, David A. Carter
    16. Five Little Pumpkins, Iris Van Rynbach
    17. Scary, Scary, Halloween, Eve Bunting
    18. Peek-A-Booooo!, Marie Torres Cimarusti
    19. Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin, Rick Walton
    20. It’s Halloween!, Jack Prelutsky
    21. Thirteen Nights of Halloween, Rebecca Dickinson
    22. Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies, Mark Kimball Moulton
    23. Ten Timid Ghosts, Jennifer O’ Connell
    24. The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, Margery Cuyler
    25. Halloween Night, Arden Druce
    26. Haunted Castle on Hallows’ Eve, Mary Pope Osborne
    27. All Hallow’s Eve – The Story of the Halloween Fairy, Lisa S. Johnson
    28. Pumpkin Hill, Elizabeth Spurr
    29. Skeleton Hiccups, Margery Cuyler
    30. The Ugly Pumpkin, Dave Horowitz
    31. Trick or Treat Countdown, Patricia Hubbard
    Bonus suggestions via comments:
    32. “The Hallo-Wiener” by Dav Pilkey, about a dachshund
    33. “Where’s my Mummy” by Carolyn Crimeny, about a little mummy playing hide and seek with his mummy just before bedtime
    34. “Black Cat Creeping”
    35. “TOO MANY PUMPKINS”
    36. Big Pumpkin
    37. Humbug Witch
    38. The Little Old Woman Who was not afraid of anything!
    39. The Runaway Pumpkin!
    40. A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams,
    41. “John Pig’s Halloween”
    42. Frankie Stein (Lola M Schaefer)
    43. Skeleton Hiccups
    44. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
    45. Spookley the square pumpkin, by Joe Troiano!
    46. Room on the Broom
    47. Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, by Judy Schachner (we read this one year-round)
    48. The Widow’s Broom, by Chirs Van Allsburg
    49. Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
    50. In a Dark, Dark Wood, An Old Tale with a New Twist by David Carter (pop up ghost in the back)
    Our addition(s):
    51. Halloween Motel by Sean Diviny and illustrated by Joe Rocco
    52.The Ghost Family Meets its Match (Story and pictures by Nicole Rubel)

Other lists I found in my travels:
Learning with Mrs. Parker

Peace, Love and Rainbows’ countdown to All Hallows Eve

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We couldnt find any of these other titles at our library, BUT I didn’t search the computer index, just the shelves. Probably need to start earlier next year?

I did find several advent calendar projects (and will post links) kiddo #1 was excited about (we get very busy this time of year and aren’t able to decorate the house as much as he’d like, and many of our crafts only survive one year.)

11/17/11 Found a bunch of spooky books in the Folklore and Fairytale section of our library we will be revisiting. The Ghost Family Meets its Match (Story and pictures by Nicole Rubel) has had multiple readings since we checked it out yesterday.

With kids about 4 years apart there have been some instances that books or videos DS #1 is interested in are still a bit too scary for DS #2. For example, Y loves Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, zombies and mummies, etc. and has since he was maybe 3yo? H at 2yo is not ready for most of Y’s faves.

Islands in the Stream

This one always cheers me up.
If she has a version of Jolene I haven’t found it yet…Leslie Hall was a live dancey-dance guest at the Yo Gabba Gabba Live I took Y to.

The Acro-Cats and Rock-Cats!

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Took the kiddo to see this and really enjoyed the show. Very kid-friendly and fun. They’re going to San Antonio, Houston and Atlanta next. Mostly rescued animals (not sure re the chicken, groundhog, etc), and Samantha even gives a how-to lesson on how to train a cat (she has cute kits with a DVD). Check it out if you can. They’re from near Chicago (?) and have a website CircusCats.com.

Now I know my ABCs… by Hiro, age 2

Hiro (age 2) is learning the ABC song, as well as Bingo, and the Hokey-Pokey.
I think I like his version better.

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How to Sew An Applique on Vinyl Using a Vintage Walking Foot Machine

I made a little video about stitching detailed appliques, uploaded it to YouTube and added some annotations/notes (not sure if they can be seen in all browsers?)

This machine may date to the 70s (maybe 60s?) I’ve had it since 1995, the second walking foot machine I ever bought.
(I’d like to give a shout-out to Maurice at City Service Sewing Machines, he’s the best in town.)

Please check it out, and let me know what you think!
Thanks xoxo JNA