Knitted Wonderland

Friday was the official installation day for A Knitted Wonderland at the Blanton Museum of Art! It was amazing to see so many volunteers in the Faulkner Plaza sewing beautifully knit creations to 99 trees. It got a lot of attention from passers-by on the University of Texas campus, and it was wonderful to see so many people smiling because of our work (play)!

I’m so glad I got to team up with Velma and Sarah to work on a tree together. We also got to help with several other Etsy Austin members and friends – Bridget, Tara, and Marci were all there :)

Tara of Fifty AcornsMarci and BridgetVelma Sarah and AJKnitting up our tree!

Several of my other friends and family have gone by to check it out, too. It’s so pretty seeing all the trees together! The exhibit will be open until March 18, so go check it out if you’re in Austin ๐Ÿ˜‰

Treehugger

(I’m such a treehugger! ;))

You Amaze Me, Graham Francoise

A sad sad songGraham Francoise is a local illustrator and painter here in Austin, Texas. His work is dreamy and introspective, somewhat sad yet filled with hope. His characters are beautiful, innocent, and instantly recognizable. Each painting somehow expresses an entire story, one that immediately compels you to know more; they draw you in. There is a sense of longing there, but they are very peaceful. The frequently muted colors and touches of nature in his works, and of course the tranquil expressions on the characters’ faces, give me a feeling of calm.

A Quiet Place To Be- original

For making such beauty, you amaze me, Graham Fracoise.

Please visit his website and shop to view more of his work :)

A Knitted Wonderland

Along with a couple hundred other volunteers, I am knitting orange, pink, turquoise, and olive yarn to cover 99 trees in the Blanton Art Museum plaza. The project is coordinated by Magda Sayeg, renowned yarn-bomber/textile artist.ย The exhibit will open in March for Expolore UT, where tons of little kids get to play on campus and learn all about the University of Texas (my alma mater). It’s going to be so neat to see it all put together! It will really be a knitted wonderland of such happy colors ๐Ÿ˜€

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Every tree has to be striped with the required colors (although not necessarily all four), and we chose to divide ours up and stripe them however we wish. My stripesย are all varying sizes with no color order. I love the randomness! I began knitting my 2.5 foot section for the tree sponsored by Velma, Lisa, and me a couple weeks ago. I was so excited that I’ve already finished….woops! I’m really looking forward to getting together with the girls and knitting our creations onto our tree. Don’t worry, I’ll take lots of photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

And of course I’m already finding other uses for my leftover yarn…;DBright & Colorful Granny Squares

It fits perfectly into my latest brainstorm! Oh, it’ll be great when I can show it all ๐Ÿ˜€

You Amaze Me, Jenny Hart

Since I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery lately, I thought it would be nice to recognize someone who inspires me with her needlework. Jenny Hart is the founder of Sublime Stitching in Austin, Texas. She is the author of several embroidery books and an inspiring blog. But of course what I find most amazing is her work. Tired of kitschy ducks and dolls, she started embroidering in her own way, creating incredible portraits and an original line of beautiful embroidery patterns. [As always, click on an image to go to its source.]

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For being a true artist and master of the needle, you amaze me, Jenny Hart.

Check out her website and Flickr stream for photos of her work.

A Note on Etsy Austin

I always get really shy around groups of girls. I don’t know why, but I’m generally more comfortable with guys. Not to say I don’t have some wonderful girl friends :) I just find myself more at ease getting to know men than women. I was ridiculously nervous going to my first Etsy Austin meeting last December. I kept thinking, What if no one likes me? So like a middle schooler. But last night I walked into the monthly Etsy Austin meeting and was met by a room full of friends. I’m still a little shy, but I don’t think anyone would know it. It’s been a blast getting to know these talented ladies this year! Meetings, events, Stitch ‘n’ Bitches…they’ve all been really fun :) And now I get to look forward to Craft Riot with them all!

As you know, I just completed my first and second markets, and they were really fun! Etsy Austin’s Craft Riot will be a much bigger event. Two days, over 40 local vendors, all handmade goods – and tons of friends! It’s just over a month away, and I have a lot to get done. The first 25 people through the door each day will get goody bags packed with fun stuff from each vendor. I’ve got 50 little gifts to make! Plus lots of huggles, cowls, and art to stock up on :) And of course some new, not-in-the-shop surprises ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am so excited!!

You Amaze Me, Barton Springs!

Yesterday we (hubby and friends) spent all afternoon at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. It’s fed from natural springs and is 3 acres large. It’s also an average of 68ยฐ (read: COLD). The only way we could get in was by jumping!

After a couple minutes we could feel our arms and legs again. We swam up and down the length of the pool, trying to avoid the grass and algae. So much fun! I can’t believe that in 5 years of living in Austin this was my first time to swim at Barton Springs. It definitely won’t be the last!

I think I’ll go during the next full moon – everyone howls at the moon! I think that’s an experience worth braving the cold water for :) I also still need to see the Barton Springs Salamander! It’s endangered and only lives in Barton Springs and surrounding area. Neat ๐Ÿ˜€

For your beautiful and fun environment, you amaze me, Barton Springs!

You Amaze Me, Pentagram

Pentagram is a design firm with offices in London, Berlin, New York, and AUSTIN! Their office is actually right next door to my father-in-law’s (I believe they helped design his logo). But that’s not why they amaze me. They amaze me because they make beautiful designs!

They create products, identities, and packaging…

They offer signage, architecture, and interiors…

And they design print, publications, and books!

(You may note that the last one is published by Phaidon โ™ก Also, all photos from Phaidon’s website)

And they are all beautiful. One day I’d like to be as talented as they. And that is why you amaze me, Pentagram!

Etsy Finds: Austin

This week I want to feature some members of Team Etsy Austin! These are a wonderful group of people, and I couldn’t be happier that I joined the team last year. Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” which means “Support local businesses!” So if you’re local, you should definitely give these ladies a look! You can find them on Etsy, or at many markets and locations around town :) Without further ado, here are some colorful creations of my fellow Austinites!

First up is a set of Upcycled Crayons by lpfdesigns (from whom I won this headband!):
Second is a Water Pistol Safe by the ever-cheerful pommesfrites:
We have an adorable Magnet Pack by my Craft Academy partner-in-crime’s shop Robo Roku:
Who could resist this Sweet Yellow Bird Ring by fiftyacorns?
Followed by this great Cycling Cap by Maggie913 (I want it the purple one!):
I may have to buy these Texas Cuff Links by AmeliaBeth (..for my husband):
How CUTE is this Mod Car Shirt by BabyBolt?? I need an adult size.

I’ll wrap this up with Elsa the Elephant by SnuggleHerd:

Check out more items in my treasury, or search for TeamEtsyAustin on Etsy!