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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

We are working on our booth for Crafty Wonderland, which is happening May 1st and 2nd.  Our booth will have a full 360 degree experience!  What does that mean?  Well, we are seriously tricking out our booth so that we can interview people in the DIY Lounge at Crafty Wonderland!  Should be lots of fun, but it comes at price, which is a lot of work.

Here you can see us working on our sign.  It is made from velveteen, Turkish felt, and yarn.  Richard and I had this concept that we knew would look great, but all the cutting, sewing, ironing, and then attaching it to a piece of foam core took 8 hours.

Here’s a picture of Richard pinning down felt pieces to prep the sign so that I can stitch it down.  To make the letters pop I used a quilting technique called couching.  I zigzag stitched over yarn to create the black edge you see in the final shot.  Then once I was done creating the front of the sign I attached black velvet on the back and put a piece of foam core in between the front and back, to give it some structure.  I hand sewed the end together and plan do to a few more tweaks so that the sign is a little more taut, but this is how it’s looking now.

I am really happy with how it turned out so far. This is just one small piece of our 360 experience.  Today Richard and I will be working on our booth, erecting walls, figuring out how to hang pictures and so much more.

. . . . and just as a reminder Mark Montano (the author of the Big Ass Book of Crafts and other “Big Ass Book” and generally a crafter extraordinaire) is coming to kick it with us at Crafty Wonderland too, so stay tuned!

By Jen

Mark Montano and DIY Lounge at Crafty Wonderland

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

We are beyond pleased to announce that, Mark Montano, author of “The Big-Ass Book of Crafts”Dollar Store Decor: 100 Projects for Lush Living That Won’t Break the Bank, and many more, will be appearing at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale. Mark is also the star of many TV projects including: WeTV’s She’s Moving In, and TLC’s While You Were Out and many of you will recognize him as the face of the Yudu.  He will be on hand to sign his brand new book, The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours.  Mark will also be doing a Make and Take and generally spreading his crafty goodness around Portland.

DIY Lounge will be interviewing him for the upcoming Pilot Episode in our booth so come by and say hi.  It will be so nice to introduce him to the amazingly creative denizens that call Portland home.

See You All There!

The Crafty Wonderland Raffle

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Dear Faithful Friends and Fans,

As you know we are going to be appearing at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale.  We will be doing some filming, interviewing, etc. One of the many things we’re really excited about is the DIY Lounge Raffle, a chance for us to raise some money for the project and a chance for you to obtain some awesome swag for the price of a raffle ticket.

We are so honored and excited by the generous contributions.  One of our favorite companies is, Namaste, a company specializing in bags and accessories specifically designed to carry all of your knitting, crochet and miscellaneous craft products.

These vegan bags and accessories meld form and function seamlessly. Here are a few examples:

So, don’t forget to stop by and say hi.  We are really excited to be part of the Crafty Wonderland Family.