wow, the last week was so overwhelmingly awesome, i don’t even know where to start. so i’m going to break it up a bit, to avoid a massive post that you can’t get through… so here’s part 1: fun times with amazing people!
friday morning the weekend of crazamazingly crafty fun times (all because of the handmade nation premiere) started with superyummy breakfast at cadillac cafe with rachel (in from austin), kim (in from vancouver bc), sarah+josh, susan+pearl, betsy (in from north carolina), teresa (and her incredible art necklaces), diane, and pete. it was so great get to meet the non-portlanders who i only knew online before. rachel gave pete+i that adorable painted doll set, in the embroidered sack – cutest things ever!! i love them so much!
so, if you’re on twitter you’re probably well aware of this… a few weeks ago some of us were geeking out over our excitement about the weekend and kim first uttered the word “#craftgasm” and there it was. rachel designed a logo, i carved it into a lino block, printed up enough patches for everyone, and carried them with me all weekend to pass out, mostly to twitter nerds, but also to anyone else that entered our craftnerd circle.
by the end of the weekend, my patch was surrounded by rad buttons! those top three are ones i made way back when i was still at my day job – they are a quote digibudi said on the craftypod episode men who craft; i doodled them on scrap paper at work, then turned the doodles into buttons when i got home. they say “fish need to swim,” “birds need to fly,” “humans need to create.” then the bottom 2 were picked up at the museum after the panel (which i’ll get into in my part 2 post) and the “do!” button was made at the diy table at crafty wonderland on sunday – “do!” as in “do stuff!” yeah!!
anyway, after breakfast we all headed over to knittn’ kitten and took over the store! you can see kim and betsy posing in awesome smock finds at the top, and then banzo the kitten sniffing my finds from the kitten! i didn’t mean to get so much, but things kept jumping into my basket! all those big spools of fat thread are for handspun plying, and you can see me discovering that that stripey fabric will make a rad skirt in diane‘s photostream. my favorite find was that little bag of weirdo cat beads – the two blue ones will definitely become a pair of earrings, and i’m not sure what to do with the red one, but i love love it!!
after the kitten, rachel, kim, diane, and i were off to check out cool cottons and kinokuniya! i was able to resist buying anything (there weren’t as many knitting books as usual, so that helped me resist), but over lunch we poured over rachel’s amazing find and now i want to buy that one!! then we went up to kim’s room at the ace hotel downtown – holy crap the ace is awesome!! wow!
check out the fire escape route above – screen printed on fabric with stitching and a button! there was rad artwork everywhere, and i was lucky to get to see 2 different rooms since michaela and jennifer joined us at the screening and i got to go up and see michaela+greg’s room. i love all the little details all over the hotel, so great! and not only is there a stumptown inside the hotel, but, as you can see below, there’s even a photo booth! everything i love! we shot a strip with us craftstylish gals, in which i was the frontmost person, making my head huge (like an orange on a toothpick)! (when i get a digital copy of it up on flickr, i’ll link to it here.)
so then most of day 2 was spent hanging out and having crafty fun times at susan’s house. it was so so awesome to be in a room full of crafters of all kinds (not just knitters like i’m used to, not that there’s anything wrong with knitters, of course!) all working on their own projects, and helping each other, and talking and laughing… it was a great day!! below you can see betsy with her toast (!) needlepoint project (which gave heather the desire to crossstitch on toast!) and a crochet lesson…
we were so happy to present diane with her group gift of the tie quilt she found a few weeks ago…
…and there was a little tweeting of course. (that’s 3 iphones in one photo!) and i always love spending time with the perfect pearl (and caitlin too of course), below. besides everyone i’ve already mentioned, garth and kacy and patrick and michelle and her little girl and heather‘s little ones joined us too… i hope i’m not forgetting anyone, there were so many rad people!
day 3 started with a vanilla ginger pear filled waffle at the waffle wagon on division, where star got to join a bunch of us for a bit. it was fun to be out in the sunshine (we have sun in portland!) and the food was delicious indeed. (personally though, i prefer the waffle window on hawthorne – in my humble opinion it’s just as yummytastic for half the price, but that’s just me.) how lucky i am to live within walking distance of both a waffle wagon and a waffle window! i love you, se portland!
then i headed to crafty wonderland to check out the goods, make a button, and get a crafty surprise from the new machine!! i got to hang with betsy before she left town, and talk to some other twitter friends with tables, and meet faythe levine and jill bliss. what a weekend!!
ok to conclude, i’m going to borrow a quote from diane’s blog/zine (hope you don’t mind, diane!)
When you’re in a group of real-live people, and a spontaneous joke happens, or a great conversation, that’s a 3D moment. There are so many unique sensory elements involved: the sights, sounds, and smells of the place you’re all in, plus the facial expressions and voices of the other people. There’s your emotional state, and the emotions of the other people. There’s the energy of the group as a whole, and the feeling of connection. All these elements make for vivid, memorable experiences.
i hope there’s another huge craft event happening in portland soon so everyone comes back!!
you can see everyone’s photos in the flickr group diane created for the weekend! if you took any, be sure to add them to the pool!