a little more sparkle

The Spark mini book that was started using a Barney's catalog in this post, and the event photos from this post, now appear happily with notes and ephemera in this post...

It's pretty eclectic with the notes and memorable little bits collaged together along with the Instax photos. Been working on an in-depth post answering frequently asked questions about my favorite travel printer (which was used to print out the credit card sized photos in this book). Hope to have it done in the next couple of days. Guessing there will be a lot of folks adding it to their holiday wish lists, so stay tuned!

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A week ago I was in Utah teaching a couple hundred amazingly creative women how to do a reverse applique on various mediums from tee shirts to tote bags to little baby hats. The joy of sharing this technique, which has been a signature treatment in our line since 2002, is pretty indescribable. Seeing faces light up as some had never even sewn a button before, to watching others carefully make every stitch as if it was a work of art. And indeed it was! Fiskars generously donated my favorite pair of scissors, 8-Inch Softgrip Bent Scissors to each and every person who took my class. Bazzill donated an embroidery floss set along with 2 needles.

Margie did a beyond amazing job with the entire event. Her partners, staff, and helpers went above and beyond expectation, and every detail was turned into a total delight. So grateful my cousin Cindy had a day off of grad school (what are the chances?!) and was able to help out and join in on the fun. One of our favorite parts of the entire event was chatting and meeting everyone! I am still soaking in all the magic from the 2 days...

Huge hugs to all those who attended - hoping the "Spark!" we all experienced lasts until the next one!

shine on

Got this Barneys NY catalog in the mail and it looked too good to toss into the recycling bin. Though I cannot afford any of the shoes in it, I thought I may as well make use of the chic, nicely bound book.


supplies: American Crafts, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, and sequin trim from downtown LA. I'll be covering up the photos of boots that cost the equivalent of a month's rent with found items, Instax photos, business cards, notes and lovely random bits from what is sure to be a spectacular event.