Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why would someone do this?

Why would someone do this?, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

For the past few weeks, we have been watching the progress of this beautiful mural by our house. The community voted on an amazing design by local artist Todd Lown. (The other finalists had AMAZING work as well! I would have been happy to see any of them go up.) Its one of the most fabulous murals that I have seen in this city!

Its disheartening that somebody decided, not only to tag the mural last night, but to write "NOT ART" on it. What kind of hateful thing is that to write? Does the person who wrote this hate murals? Did their suggestion not make it to the finals? Did they not understand that this is a project supported by the local community? If you don't like something, use the correct channels to complain and voice your opinions, there is no need to ruin it for the rest of us.

They didn't limit their scrawl to just one, small, easily painted over area either. They tagged the ENTIRE MURAL, every 20 feet!

I am very mad at this person

Way to support your local artists. This makes me so mad.

This mural project has its own facebook page, the 46th Street Mural Project. Show some support! If you live in the area, sign up for their next volunteer painting party! Or just send them some love over there and let them know you support the project. (well, you know, if you DO support the project!)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

cannon beach

photo, originally uploaded by benjaminjaybaier.

We just returned from a lovely weekend in Cannon Beach, Oregon. One of my dearest friends from high school invited us to spend the weekend at his family's house. Even though we indulged in a bit too many marshmallows and lemonade-gin-fizzies, we really had a lovely time. And lucky us, gorgeous perfect weather!


I was not very good at taking pictures this weekend, so please note that these lovely photographs are all by Ben.



Our view:




Friday, July 23, 2010

you like my new haircut?

new haircut!, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

I am a pretty big wimp when it comes to cutting my hair. I usually opt for the same styles. Its not because I don't want to change, but usually I don't trust my hairstylist (NO OFFENSE, my dear Jordan who usually cuts my hair!) to make those decisions for me.

When your friend is going to school to cut hair, and they are incredibly creative and talented at everything they do, AND they know your taste just perfectly, well, that's when I let them decide how to cut it.

Astrid, it is brilliant!

Here is a before picture:

Newport May 2010

As you can see, it is much better now :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

embroidering brother

embroidering brother, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

my brother is super cool. he helped me at the Seattle Square last Saturday, and learned how to embroider while he was there. He embroidered an awesome robot army.

I truly believe all 18 year old boys who like ladies should learn how to embroider, as the ladies really like it!

yay knitting!

yarn in a bowl, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

I'm participating in a Ravelry KAL (knit-a-long!) for this lovely sweater: Featherweight! It is a simple and lovely pattern so far. If you are on Ravelry you can peek at it when I get my pictures up!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Urban Craft Uprising recap!

Tako Fibers vendor table, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

Yay! Pictured above is how my vendor table turned out at this years Urban Craft Uprising summer show! Posing with the table is my dear friend Brytt, who kindly helped me out the first day of the show. (Thanks, Brytt!) The lovely banner was made by Liz, and it is the cutest thing ever.

On Saturday I presented a demo on DIY Embroidered buttons.
Urban Craft Uprising!
It went so well! My students made beautiful buttons like these:
Urban Craft Uprising!

Urban Craft Uprising!

Urban Craft Uprising!

And some had never even embroidered before, but were very pleased with their results!

Urban Craft Uprising!

Sunday was busy busy busy! Many people came back that had come on Saturday. Also, Sunday was the big Bastille Day celebration at the Seattle Center, so I think a lot of people wandered over from that. Liz helped me out on Sunday, and whenever we weren't helping customers we were practicing our embroidered button skillz:

Embroidered Buttons!

The feeling for the whole event was very different than the Winter show. At this show, I felt like everyone was looking and contemplating more. There were not as many impulse purchases. It also seemed that people were looking to purchase for themselves (and not for gifts) so they were a bit choosier!

After a long weekend of selling, I left happy (and with a lovely tympan notebook from ilfant!)
Urban Craft Uprising!

Check out all my pictures from the show in my UCU flickr set, and also be sure to peek at the UCU flickr group!

I'll hopefully see everyone at the winter show!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A quick Urban Craft Uprising note...

Spice Rack Lollipops, originally uploaded by thischarmingcandy.

It is getting late, and I still haven't uploaded my photos from Urban Craft Uprising to my flickr. I will write a more detailed post later, but I wanted to let you all know that it went very well! I even ran out of business cards! Note to self: order more than 200 next time!

When Liz or Brytt was watching over the Tako Fibers table, I made my way over to This Charming Candy. Holy crap. You guys... YOU. MUST. TRY THIS CANDY! Its better than I ever could have dreamed. I have recently become very interested in cardamom. Their Vanilla - Cardamom lolly is amazing. AMAZING. I had a little sample of Sweet Grapefruit as well - I had no idea lollipops could have such intense and complex flavors!

Anyway, I highly recommend you order some RIGHT NOW!

And I'll tell you about the rest of the show later :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New kit in the shop!

jeweled bird contents, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

yeah yeah, just listed the jeweled bird in the shop! Those french knots sure do take a long time, otherwise I would have put it up sooner!

I hope you love it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Featured on the Etsy Blog!

blue bird embroidery, originally uploaded by maybeemily.

I love waking up to good news! My little blue bird kit was featured in the Etsy Finds email and on The Storque yesterday. Thanks Etsy!


Things are winding down here in Emilyland! Tonight I am having a group of friends over to help me with all the last minute kit assembly. After that, I just need to pack everything up, and I'll be ready for Urban Craft Uprising this weekend! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Boxes! And July!

Urban Craft Uprising is just one week away! I am a little stressed, but things are going well over here in Emilyland. This morning Ben stamped and stickered 100 boxes for the new kits!

My to do list is still pretty long, so unfortunately I will not be partaking in July 4th bbq festivities this year. But, I am planning on making cole slaw, and enjoying it over here in the studio. Liz and Brutus are going to join me, and we will have a grand ol time enjoying our cole slaw and fiber craft.

Have I mentioned that Brutus is the cutest little winker ever? No? Judge for yourself:

Happy July!

*** if you are available this week, and would like to help with last minute assembly, do let me know! I will feed you and give you drinks!