If anyone is interested in having a craft night at my house please get a hold of me. I think the first one would be how to make a sock monkey and maybe the second one can be a how to cross stitch class. I can provide materials and will charge just enough money to cover some food and wine and socks! Let me know I want to start making this a regular thing.
The grey striped one is APE MAN. He is modeled after my boyfriend who sang "im an ape man" at karaoke the other night. He does not have a tail (because he is an ape) BUT he DOES come with a fashionable banana and button eyes! The argyle one is named MAGENTA and she is a nice skinny bright eyed monkey. Her back is black and everything is argyle and shes got felt eyes. She looks sad. Give her a good home. The pink one is LITTLE STUBBY and has button eyes. But dont hate on her ladies and gents! She will make a fabulous pet!
My user name is BrooklynCraft and the site is here! I will be making customized products as well as the rest of my handmade things like sock monkeys and lots of baby stuff and whatever else i come up with to make and sell!!! YAY!
If you like embroidery and you live in NYC you should check this show out. Here are some pics of my favorite pieces there. The Star Trek one is called "SET PHASERS ON STUNNING" by Sarah Horton. You can go HERE to find the names of the artists or to purchase their work. It was really cool seeing some of the pieces I have seen on the internet in person. Enjoy!
She came to Milwaukee to hang out with Roxy and Mabel and me!!!! I decided we should make some monsters for Mabel. Roxy says the more monsters that are in her room the less scared she'll be of one in her closet. I think that makes great sense! Here are some we made for her!
I wanted to stop by Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery while in Milwaukee and it was super cute! I purchased a necklace that is hand stamped and says "take on me" and Roxanne bought one too and she got me a Milwaukee pin. I also got a Sublime Stitching kid to embroider some flour sack towels i got at the craft store. They had a ton of cool stuff there here are some photos. You should also check out their website http://www.paperboatboutique.com/
This is the finished sock monkey army and brown monkey for Mabel. I have made even more since and i will post the better ones when i can. Along with it is the finished scary long "Clifford the big red dog" monkey. and I taught my roomie Andy how to make them and he made a Danzig monkey! hes so clever. It came out great!
The most favorite person of mine who designed my blog is one of my best-ies that i have know since i was 17 years old. Her name is Ann Kwilinski and she has a blog called inkysentiments.blogspot.com. with her awesome design and knowledge of the interwebs and my annoying art direction skills we made brooklyncraft.blogspot.com. She is incredibly talented and i suggest you check out her blog or get at her and pay her money to make you shit look good.
Im heading out to Mil-ee-wauk-ey which is Algonquin for "the good land". Im going to visit Roxy and Mabel! I am bringing a bunch of fabric and all my embroidery stuff to make all the pink baby stuff she got after Mabel was born better. a.k.a. adding skulls and words and shapes to make them less "girly". Wish me luck! I hate hate hate hate flying. And i might be having a panic attack tonight thinking about it and happening. Look back soon for more pictures of my adventures in the middle east i mean midwest.
I just got back from visiting Green Depot. It is their first day opening. Lucky for me it is only a few blocks form work. Their store "Makes green building and living solutions accessible". Some cool facts about the building it is in is that 1) it was previously home to the first YMCA in NYC, 2) Was home to William S. Burroughs (for there is only a few crazies who have from the crazy place outbroken), and 3) was a previous studio to Mark Rothko!
One thing that i liked the most was that they have huge glass drums of their products that they pour out of a tap and into your empty bottles! at about 12 cents an ounce it makes filling up my empty dish soap bottle less than $2! They do not currently offer hand soap but i really hope they start carrying it.
The sculptures they have around the store are made out of old tools and are pretty bad ass. and i found a bunch of cross stitch samplers hanging on the walls!!
They have a baby section that is nice but the colors are a little bland. The pillows were cute but around $35. They offer lots of baby clothes, pillows, blankets and onsies, all of which are organic.
All in all, everyone that works there is very very nice and helpful. I will be going back soon to refill all my empty bottles of cleaning products! My only purchase there was a recyclable and bidegratable trashcan for $6.50. I am pleased.
This is our boat " I Got Wings". She is a 23ft friendship sloop. It is on a dry dock in Mystic, CT. We were going to rename her this winter. Its bad luck to rename a boat in the water. I cant wait till its boating season again.
I need to get a better camera. it makes the baby clothes look drab. these are things i made for roxanne's baby. The duffel bag is my favorite i have more canvas that im going to use to make more laundry bags with straps. i dunno why nobody thought of this before. Its horrible to drag that huge bag to the laundry mat every time. the orange and black and white thing is a reversible bib and burp cloth. and between the two shirts at the top is a plush toy that matched the outfits.
Jamie and I took a workshop this weekend at The Arm in Williamsburg. A guy named Dan runs this studio and has many different machines and taught us how to do letterpress. Jamie and i Have a date to go back sometime soon and make ourselves business cards. These are our valentines day cards.
This is my sewing nook in my house. its my tiny kitchen office. its in a fireplace. how fun right?! i paintied a pane of a window with chalkboard paint so i can jot down measurements and ideas. There are bags of fabric everywhere. my wine rack has become an extension of my desk as well. The "keep on the sunny side" print is from Yee Haw Industries, my favorite letter press company. There is a mini cross stitch that Dan's mom did a long time ago and other pretty little things that make me happy to look at.
My roommate Andy gave me the best book. I cant wait to see the movie of it. Handmade Nation. The perfect book for anyone aspiring to turn their craft into a job. Buy this book! Read their blog! See their movie!
This is a cat bed i made for Gizmo in about an hour. I got all these fleece blankets from Old Navy for $1.99 each. I bought like ten of them. byt they will come in handy. Gizmo used to lay all over my piles of clothes getting hair on everything. now he lays on the piles of everything on his cat bed. we both win.
Here is the quilt i started making for Roxy's baby way before she was born. I will gift it to her when i go to Wisconsin. Its feels really nice. All the Fabric except from the backing was bought at Stitch. And i embroidered the fish and little fish on the bike for her.
This is something that i have been working on since Christmas. Susan, Dan's (the boyfriend) mom had this lying around the house since 1987 and gave it to me. I am almost done. When we decide what to rename our boat I will fill in the boat name in the big gap. I still have to finish the boat in the bottle but im almost done.
This is my god daughter Mabel Marie Steffek, daughter to one of my best-ies Foxy Roxy. She was born on Tuesday January 13th. She has been the muse for all my baby clothes even before she was born. Here are some pictures of things I have made her. More to come later in a visit to her i am making at the end of this month.
I have been an artist my whole life. I have always loved sewing, collage, typography, embroidery and making things pretty. It led me going to college at Pratt Institute and and from there I worked every job imaginable till i found pre-press/graphic design where i am working currently. I hope to one day open up Brooklyn Craft the craft supply store in Brooklyn. A store that's like a craft fair every day. I love sailing and biking and this blog is all about what takes up most of my time, unless of course I am drinking at the bar.
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