Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Santa reads my blog!

And I must have been a VERY good crafty bitch this year! The amazing gifts I got for Christmas will be providing fodder for this blog for quite a little bit, I think so I'm not going to go into the details of everything I got right now. But for starters, let's just say that my wishes of receiving the Handmade Nation documentary were heard and answered.
I watched it yesterday and it was amazing. Honestly, I would recommend it to any of you. A word of warning, though. You've probably figured out by now that I'm sort of a serial crafter. Some people stick to just knitting or crocheting or whatever but not me. I'm sort of all over the map. Knitting one day, sewing the next, making candles another day. Honestly I try anything that looks interesting to me. That's where this movie gets a little dangerous.
I watched it with notebook and pen in hand and I now have a list of about 10 new crafts I'm planning to experiment with. As if I have the time.
On the plus side, it means I'll have plenty to write about. Anyway, for now, the gist is, see this movie. Either buy the DVD, which I now am very happy to own, or go to one of the nationwide screenings that are listed on the link I gave above.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Movie on my wishlist

Just a short one today. I really am trying to get back to doing this, it's just been a little busy lately. I'm Trying to gear up to sell some of my craftiness, so that's been occupying a lot of my time. Also, tons of handmade Christmas things this year. I'm knitting a ton of Christmas presents and my boyfriend's mother came up with a cool idea for some gifts she's giving and I was helping her with it. She was giving some necklaces and wanted to put this in cloth bags. I used some simple cotton fabric and sewed them into gift bags. Then, to save myself the trouble of hemming the tops and also because I thought it would look kinda festive, I used pinking shears along the top edge. We tied them with some silver and gold elastic cord. Totally cute and it didn't take me long at all!

But that's so not what I planned on posting about. I really wanted to tell you guys about the DVD that's at the top of my list this Christmas. I was reading the Alt-Weekly, The Shepherd Express,
and stumbled across an article about a documentary made my Faythe Levine, who happens to be a resident of my newly-adopted hometown of Milwaukee, WI.

Her documentary is called Handmade Nation and as her blog describes it, it's about "the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design." I don't know about you, but sounds right up my alley. It's being showcased at various places around the country and is also available on DVD. Sadly, I can't make the showing in my area, so I'm going to have to hope that a little elf is reading my blog (ahem, DBF :)

Also, if anyone has already seen it, I'd love to know what you thought of it. Please post your comments.