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things I like — insatiable need

things I like

the story of my perfect tote bag


So, I have this tote bag. I’m not going to post a picture, because it’s not much to look at: it’s navy blue, with navy blue straps. It’s big, it holds lots of stuff, and it is one of the first things I ever made for myself…therefore I carried it whenever I needed the space. […]

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shop indie!

indie shopping

Honestly it doesn’t take much to convince me to go shopping. Lately my shopping urge is usually immediately followed by a “just say no” mantra (I’m trying to be less spendy in general), but this past weekend that wasn’t the case. I suppose I was feeling sort of entitled, having been so good for so […]

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now playing: parliament funkadelic

things I like

Over at one of my favorite blogs, scoutie girl, Tara writes a weekly column called “we scout Wednesday,” where she encourages the internet at large to participate in a discussion on a particular topic or theme. This week I couldn’t resist, as the topic is what music we creative types like to work to. I […]

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the good, the bad, and the ugly


This year I have an incredibly busy retail show season, that is completely unprecedented in my previous five years in business. It’s not even the end of May, and I have four major shows under my belt, plus other, smaller events earlier in the year. It’s crazy! Last week I was seriously doubting my sanity, […]

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consumption, inspiration & appreciation


I spent this past Sunday at Eastern Market taking pictures. My upcoming article for Try Handmade is all about the market, and it’s history and role in the Capitol Hill community (oops, was that a spoiler alert? does anybody care?!). There was a time when I used to go to Eastern Market pretty much every […]

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sewing olympics 2010: training


Thanks to my friend Dawn over at Lark Studio, we now have a nifty logo/badge/thingy for our 2010 Sewing Olympics! Check it: Please feel free to snag and post on your blog/Facebook/whatever to show your friends you are participating! The Sewing Olympics is all about accountability, after all. Since the Sewing Olympics is *also* about […]

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the vagina monologues in washington, dc

coming soon

A few months ago, I was having lunch with a friend of mine, and she had a proposition for me. At the time, she had been unemployed for a few months, and really wanted to use the time wisely. There were certain things that she’d always wanted to do, but couldn’t for lack of time […]

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artist trading cards


I’ve been wanting to make ATCs (artist trading cards) for a long time, now. I first heard about them years ago on a crafty message board that I used to frequent. The girls there had organized an ATC swap, and I saw the thread regarding the swap, but had no idea what ATCs were. Artist […]

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how to wear your obi belt

custom work

The obi belts have been getting lots of love lately, especially at the Squidfire Philly show and the Art on Belmont show. I made a whole bunch of new ones and put them up in the Etsy shop, if you haven’t seen them yet. A question I have gotten from some customers at the shows […]

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nanowrimo ’09, or top 5 reasons you should sign up


Well friends, you may recall how excited I was for nanowrimo last year, and this year is no different. I had such a good time in ’08 that I knew I would try again. Plus, this time around I don’t have a day job, so I *really* don’t have an excuse not to do it! […]

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