eco felt

Oh, kick ass. I just found out that Hart’s Fabric has eco felt, made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles! Dude, I cannot even express how cool this is. Paired with some eco-friendly batting, and the Cranky Pals are going green!

Just did a big order to stock up on supplies for the next Crafty Mamas Bazaar. Fun fun.

craft recs

One of my readers asked where I got my felt, and it occurs to me – I know stuff! Stuff about things! I will share it with you. Don’t say I never got you anything.

kreia - close (check out the new tag!)Felt: I get my felt from either Distinctive Fabric or Hart’s (which, I was amused to discover, is based in my old home town – they ship anywhere, though). They both sell by the yard (and a yard of felt is a LOT), but check the remnants first, especially if you aren’t looking for a particular color.

Shirt blanks: I have a wholesale account with American Apparel (you have to go through an application process, but I didn’t have any problem getting approved). The nice thing is that you can order in small quantities, so I can just get what I need instead of having to buy shirts by the case in every size.

Labels: Name Maker prints text on ribbon, and I’ve found it perfect for labels on the Cranky Pals. I got the pale green with polka dots on the border; the dots disappear after the first machine washing, but the text remains (and still looks good).

Other fabrics: I have a love thing for Bolt Fabric Boutique (they’re local; no idea if they ship). That’s where I get the fuzzy blue stuff for Twonk.

Supplies: Michael’s, mostly. I use embroidery thread for the stitching.

i am, therefore i craft

lulu's heart: removable!So I’m doing the February Crafty Mamas Bazaar at Milagros. I haven’t done one in a looooong time, so it should be really fun. ‘Course, it means I need to make more toys, which (in turn) means I need more felt. Lots more felt. More felt, and more batting. Hello, shopping list!

I’d update with something substantive, but I’ve had this same damned headache for more than a week, and I’ve got to tell you, it’s lost much of its charm. And so have I! Plus, my kid just scribbled all over our new couch with a pen, and the atmosphere in my house is now somewhat strained. Bah. This is what we get for having a sand-colored couch and a toddler, all at the same time.

Maybe I will crochet today.

BMI demystified

Kate of Shapely Prose put together a Flickr slideshow illustrating the difference between underweight, normal, overweight and obese according to BMI standards, and just like that I started feeling better about my weight. I mean, it’s one thing to suspect that BMI is a crock of crap; it’s another to see a woman with a healthy-looking figure and see the word “overweight” above her picture. And here I’d been feeling all bad about myself for being overweight. Fuck that, is what I say. The so-called overweight women in the pictures? They look great. Normal. Kind of like how I want to look. (The difference is that they have not spent the last few days wearing the same pair of sweats and a really unflattering Threadless tee shirt because they have cramps and are sulking about it.)

Speaking of sulking! I got interviewed by a woman from Willamette Week (one of Portland’s alternative weekly newspapers) for an article she was doing about the Portland craft scene. She talked to me for about an hour, and seemed to be taking notes of some sort. There were lots of questions about feminism, which I gamely answered, but – dude, I’m a feminist, but I do not have a ready spiel about the socio-political ramifications of the craft fair. Still, I talked, as I am known to do, and afterward freaked right the hell out about all the stupid things that came out of my mouth. But hey, I needn’t have worried: the article came out today, and I got two wee little quotes. Two wee little quotes and no mention of my craft business name or URL. Just, “makes handmade plush toys out of her home” and “a graphic designer who also makes plush toys on the side.” EVERY other woman in the article had her business mentioned by name. Almost everyone got a link. But I? I got nothing. Thanks, Willamette Week! (It is sort of cool to be quoted in an article, don’t get me wrong. But it would have been nice if, oh, people could actually click something to visit the Cranky Pals site. Like that. See how easy that was?) 

Oh well. I guess I’ll have to achieve worldwide fame and everlasting celebrity some other way.

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arr, says pirate henry

pirate henryThe newest addition to the Cranky family is, as usual, a Henry. This one is pink, and also a pirate. Arr.

I keep fussing around with the Cranky Pals website and I’ve added topside navigation, so now it is ABUNDANTLY CLEAR how people can click buttons to buy things from me. This is kind of me, I think. I mean, there could be any number of people out there, desperate to give me their money, but unable to do so because of my shoddy navigation.

yodel shirtIn other news, I also added the Yodel shirt to the lineup. The Yodel shirt entertains me, because every time Not So wears it, everyone asks him about it. It’s the tongue, I’m convinced. (Yodel’s tongue; not my husband’s.) I made one for one of Happy Fun Baby’s toddler friends, too, but I didn’t take a picture. Too bad, because I bet it’s really freaking cute.

Yes, it’s a Saturday. Time to spiff up the websites. You know how it is.

Oh! And on Monday, check out couldbe studios. We’re going Pink for October. All the cool kids are doing it. I might even do it on this blog, if I can get it together to change the CSS in time. (We’re all a little under the weather here, so don’t count on it.)

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slightly less unhealthy banana bread

In Slightly Less Unhealthy news, I made banana bread for the first time in the new house. It tasted much the same as the banana bread I used to make in the old house. I know you are surprised.

Here’s the recipe, for those of you who like that kind of thing:

1 stick room temperature unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 overripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and butter a loaf pan.

Cream sugar and butter. Add vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition to combine. In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork and add milk. Stir banana mixture with butter and sugar until just combined.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly add dry to wet and stir until combined.

Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes.

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I am a cool kid. Know how I know? I got an invite to the invite-only beta of Ravelry. Social networking for yarnheads! (And yes, yarnheads is a word of my own devising. I am allowed to make up words, being a cool kid and all.)

hat for my sisterAlready being cool has upped my productivity, as I was so eager to get projects listed in my profile that I finally finished that hat I’ve been crocheting for my sister since, like, March. Now I just need to finish the matching scarf, and the first part of finishing (as I understand it) is starting. I thought about starting it last night, but I was bored and easily distracted. Tonight I may do some crocheting, but I might also sit in front of the computer and eat chocolate. I guarantee nothing.

(By the way, if you’re wondering why this picture looks so cool, it’s because Matt got a Lensbaby for his birthday – from me, because, as I mentioned, I am hip and cutting-edge – and it is more fun than kittens. There will be much fighting for the camera while we learn how to use it, I think.)

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