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?

Stitch article in the Austin Chronicle!

Rachel Koper has an article about Stitch in the Nov 9th edition of the Austin Chronicle, “Love Craft, Stitch Austin, your rockin’ showplace for indie design

Swap-O-Rama-Rama at Maker Faire

Passing on some info for an event I will be doing this weekend with the Austin Craft Mafia:

Austin’s First SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA is Here!
@ Maker Faire

Saturday October 20th 11am to 5pm & Sunday October 20th 11 to 4pm
And A Recycled Fashion Show Saturday Eve from 5pm to 6pm

At the Travis County Expo Center, Austin TX

A ticket to Maker Faire plus any size bag of your unwanted clothes required to enter,
leave with all the clothes you can carry plus learn to modify and make new from old.
Save $ with Advance Tix:

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” Gandhi

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. And while your there explore the massive creativity of Maker Faire celebrating art, engineering, science and the spirit of DIY.

It’s easy to make the move from consumer to creator – and it’s fun. At this Swap-O-Rama-Rama you’ll find a host of talent brought together to teach you how to transform your new/used duds into works of your own.

Check out the extraordinary crew of artists and designers & the workshops being offered, which include local groups: Craft O Rama, Craft Mafia, Sublime Stitching, Goodwill, First Samples and Studio 3 as well as artists Zimka, Mary Keene, Andee Knutson and Gretchen Elsner. You’ll find T shirt mods, conductive textiles workshops, silk screening, wool re-spinning and a whole lot more!

Together the creative reuse community of Austin bring you: DIY Stations where you can learn many wonderful ways to create out of textile reuse, Sewing Stations where local designers will teach you fresh clothing mod tricks, on site Silk Screeners with a host of original designs to refresh old duds and extraordinary local designers who’ll show off their work in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama reuse fashion show MC’d by Jennifer Nordstrum.

Of course the core of the swap is the gigantic piles of free clothing (several thousand pounds!) sorted into categories: pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters etc. These piles are the collective total of each guest’s contribution of any size bag of unwanted clothes so clean out those closets and let go of what’s no longer inspiring. Take home as much clothing as you can carry. Remainders go to Austin’s Goodwill.

Wondering what to bring?
Sewing machines are generously supplied by Janome
Austin’s Goodwill will be on site teaching DIY mods and offering their generous support.

See you there…


There was a great post on PH I read today re making easter egg shaped sidewalk chalk using plastic eggs, and they mentioned they had a widget for their blog now. Just playin' with it…

ParentHacks is just one of the parenting blog I keep up with via Bloglines, though the majority are design (love design*sponge) and crafty blogs. And the occasional gossipy fashion site.

Wish vox was compatible with performancing firefox plugin.

I am a sxsw widow this week, but the toddler went down easy and fairly early tonight, huzzah!

Glow in the dark diecut stars…

I have added a new category of products, d.i.y. & kits, and a new product: a set of 10 glow-in-the-dark stars that can be used as appliques/embellishment on your own items (clothing, a tote bag, etc) either by hand-sewing or machine stitching. Probably could do more than one item! There are a mix of 4 sizes, I cut them myself on my die press….

Knitting for Peace

Heard this inspiring podcast today, Jennifer from craftsanity was interviewing Betty Christiansen, the author of “Knitting For Peace: Make the World a Better Place Once Stitch at a Time.” Great to have compiled info re organizations that need handknitted donations all in one place. Such a noble use of stash!

Stylelicious Preview Party

Here’s the skinny:

“The time is finally here for the premiere of
Stylelicious! A new crafty TV show airing on the DIY
Network and featuring members of the Austin Craft
Mafia as hosts.

To celebrate the Austin Craft Mafia is hosting a
premiere party Wednesday April 5th at Doc’s
Motorworks. Look for Stylelicious on 5 big screen
TVs, free drinks between 8-9, music, friends, swag
bags, raffles, $2 Tecate and $1 tacos!

Stylelicious features…

Jenifer Nakatsu Arntson * JNA Designs
Karly Hand * Identity Crisis Clothing
Vickie Howell * Knitty Gritty
Susann Keohane * All Dressed Up and Shy
Jesse Kelly Landes * Amet and Sasha
Hope Perkins * Hot Pink Pistol
Jennifer Perkins * Naughty Secretary Club
Tina Sparkles * Sparkle Craft

Plus special field pieces each episode with different
Austin crafters!

Please spread the word and feel free to invite
everyone. If you don’t live in Austin and can’t join
us for the party please be sure to tune in to DIY
Thursday April 6th at 1:30pm CT and again Sundays at
3:00pm. This will be the shows regular time slot, so
watch for a new episode each week!

Stylelicious premiers April 6th on DIY Network!,,DIY_13703_4509220,00.html