Happy New Year!
2013 was pretty spectacular and what made it so enjoyable was getting out and doing stuff! As much as I love "doing stuff", it can be hard to find something that I want to do. There are a lot of sites out there that help with this, but I have not found many that cater to my creative spirit. However, the site Vimbly, which helps one track all sorts of things to do in the city, has a pretty nice list of artsy classes to choose from in Chicago. And when I say "all sorts", I mean it. You can explore metal work, stained glass, designing and hand printing fabric, letterpress, photography, creating beauty products, and beyond. With all this variety, I was having a bit of an Ephialtes moment of "I WANT IT ALL". What made the choice a bit easier was that Vimbly featured classes with Spudnik Press Cooperative, a magical place I've been wanting to check out for the longest time. I love screen printing and, as it goes, Spudnik is the place to be for that medium. I very easily purchased my class on the Vimbly site and was all set. All I had to do was show up the day of class and get creating.
Spudnik was everything I dreamed it would be; walls covered in the coolest art prints, inks of every color, knowledgeable and helpful teaching artists who are patient and void of pretentiousness... so nice! I created a fox head design and printed it on t-shirts and fabric to use on whatever sewing projects I may conjure up. Super fun class!
In other geekish news, here is an idea I'd love to see made into a reality in 2014... Enjoy
Thanks to all who took the time and entered the giveaway! I never guessed there were so many book lovers out there! I loved all of your suggestions and plan on getting a few books to peruse through. Now, onto the winner....
Congrats to Reb Thack, who won the Little Antique Brass Bird Stud Earrings!
I've decided to, once again, take part in Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway day! Not only will I be giving a physical item away, I've added a bonus giveaway on my facebook page to win a $25 gift card to my shop CrankHeartPony. All you have to do for that is simply share the photo. Easy. Get something nice for yourself or that person on your list who likes pretty things.
As for the giveaway, I was simply going to ask you all to name your favorite book and if you want to say why, go ahead! Any recommendations would be great as I like to read but its hard to know what's good out there! By doing so you'll have a chance to win these adorable .... Also seen here
Little Antique Brass Bird Stud Earrings
Details: I will close off comments on Saturday at midnight, chose a winner at random, then on the following Monday, the winner will be announced and notified via email. If you choose to also do the Facebook giveaway, I will announce it and tag your name on my facebook page. If you do not respond to it, I will send you a FB message so check your "other" folder! Open to residents of planet earth.
In other news, in honor of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, I've created some ceramic Doctor Who Themed Ornaments! Which are now for sale in the shop! I have the TARDIS, Adipose, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and Daleks (daleks are in several colors).
ALLONS-Y! Update: I'm loving all the book suggestions! Keep it coming!