May 27, 2011

CraftLife Episode Six – Click Clash

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , at 11:00 pm by treacleandinketsy

Last weekend saw the final football game of the season for the Hill Country Colts, and while my intention was to once again take the opportunity for a little knitting in public, I was thwarted by the weather.  Tornadoes and hail storms in the surrounding area left the humidity level incredibly high.  But, not all knitting related goodness was was done away with.  Hooray for garage sales put on by fellow fiber enthusiasts!  For more details on that, have a listen to this week’s episode, in which you’ll also finally hear a little more from my husband than just a Southernism definition.

If you are new to the world of crafty podcasts, or if you have been around for a while and, by some glitch in the space-time continuum, have managed to remain completely unawares, allow me to direct you to the absolutely fabulous CraftLit, with Heather Ordover.

Were you a child of the ’80s? Take a trip down memory lane with the inspiration for today’s episode title, Jem and the Holograms.

Many thanks to email Adam for allowing me to pick his brain about photography and videography! If you have any questions for him, or just want to do a little more brain-picking, email treacleandink@hotmail.com and put ADAM in the subject line.

I really want to knit the Horai scarf by Hiroko Fukatsu, and one day I will… just not today.

If you do anything charitable with your creative skills, please visit the CraftLife Ravelry thread, “Creating for a Cause”, and tell us all about it!

AND, if you are in the US, have a great Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

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May 15, 2011

CraftLife Episode Five – Creating On A Budget

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , at 7:27 pm by treacleandinketsy

I have been absolutely spoiled these past two weeks.  Right after completing episode four, Adam took me out on a catamaran for a dinner cruise to celebrate my birthday!  (…which was back in January, but who wants to be out on a boat in the middle of winter??)  Then, on Mother’s Day weekend, he surprised both me and his mother with a day of pampering at a spa.  Like I said, I am completely spoiled sometimes, but after weekends like these, where does a girl find the funds for crafting?  Well, that’s why “Thrifty” is the name of the game in this CraftLife episode.

If you visited Mayfest in Fort Worth, TX, you had the opportunity to see Tim Decker (aka: Painter Tim).  If you didn’t make it to Mayfest, check out his facebook page and watch the video of Painter Tim at work.

Looking for some inexpensive craft supply alternatives? How about Kool Aid Dyeing, Tee Shirt Yarn, recycling yarn from old or thrifted garments, making use of newspaper end rolls, or home made play-dough.

Interested in trying you hand at tea bag folding? Here’s a website to help you get stared. A quick google search for printable tea bag folding papers will furnish you with plenty of pretty patterns to choose from.

If you’d rather cut paper than fold it, how about some nice silhouette portraits? If your model doesn’t have the time (or “fidget” control) to sit still for you to trace his or her shadow, you can achieve similar results with a photograph and tracing paper, or go a little more high-tech with this Photoshop method.

Still need a few thrifty crafty websites to get you inspired?  Check out DollarStoreCrafts.com, DecorHacks.com, and TheThriftyCrafter.com.

May 1, 2011

CraftLife Episode Four – Hacking The Craft

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , at 7:36 pm by treacleandinketsy


Hey, hey all you hackers out there! This one’s for you!

WARNING! Before you precede any further, please familiarize yourself with that hacker genius, MacGyver.

If you’re looking for inspiration from other crafty hackers, check out the works of Rachel Betty Case and Hye Jin Lee .

And if you’d like to do a little more reading about hacking in general, take a peek into “The New Hacker’s Dictionary”.

So you still want to try your hand at cow tipping?? This how-to video provides step-by-step instructions.

Indy Mogul offers up some great inspiration and DIY goodness. Their Backyard FX series is full of incredibly good how-tos. You can watch their Fallout fan Film, Nuka Break, and then see the episode about how some of their props were constructed.

About that yarn swift that Mr. E. Bunny told me about… check it out for yourself here.

I have managed to cast on and complete the Waterfall Scarf since the last episode… though it may get frogged and re-knit.

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