Archive for May, 2009

Handmade mart!

Posted in musings on May 29, 2009 by askthesky

This Sunday, come stop by booth number 26 and say howdy!  All the details and really great interviews can be found on the site…



See you there!



Posted in musings on May 27, 2009 by askthesky

I am thrilled to send you over to design*sponge’s guest blog today, to read the words of the Charm City Craft Mafia’s very own Rachel Bone.  A superstar in our midst!  I am so prouuuuuuud of you, Rach!  <wipes away tear> 



house-werk, as opposed to kraft-werk…

Posted in musings on May 24, 2009 by askthesky

House work has taken over my life, at the moment.  We had a bit of an ant infestation, so I’ve had to raise my cleaning skills up to the level of most of my diligent housewife friends, from the lowly level of functional, which is how I usually roll.  I’ve been trying to notice the beauty in all of these extra time-sucking chores, as opposed to dwelling on all the to-do’s for my craft that aren’t getting done.  For example, the view I enjoyed (not the poor, hacked up tree, but the sunset) the other evening, taking the laundry down off the clothesline.  

Backyard view as I took the clothes off the line by you.Pretty…

I’ve also had to spend a lot of extra time with the Z-man, who inexplicably contracted some sort of terrible, disgusting, flesh-eating style infection on (and in) his nose.  It looks like poision ivy, but we can’t be sure.  I can be sure that he’s had an inordinately difficult time leaving it alone, especially when he’s sleeping.  I’m keeping him dosed on Benadryl all day for this long weekend- he can’t take it when he has school, it makes him so sleepy, but at home it’s not so bad.  

Here’s a picture he took before the whole plague-on-the-face thing happened: 

april 09 023.jpg by you.And one of Sage, for good measure, which I think is far and away the best expression she’s ever had in a photo: 

Million dollar Sage face... by you.

Happy Memorial Day, I hope you’re all BBQ’ing the pants off the weekend!

Handmade Mart!

Posted in musings on May 21, 2009 by askthesky

Hey y’all, come see us mafia folk down in Silver Spring next weekend for the fantabuluous Handmade Mart!  Click through for all the pertinent details… Indie crafts AND Indie Rock, what more could you want in a Sunday?  


Monday, monday…

Posted in musings on May 18, 2009 by askthesky

Here I am!  Still kickin, I broke down and bought myself an iPhone, then spent every waking minute playing with it.  I’m already working on new app ideas, although I don’t have any idea how to write the code… but I have lots of opinions and ideas!  There could be some better GFCF diet type apps, I’d love some better knitting/crocheting apps…. might have to enlist a friend on this one. 

Anyway, I’m very excited today to be recording some sounds for an upcoming radio show on our local NPR affiliate, The Signal.  If you’re local, I hope you’re already listening to this show, it comes on Fridays at noon, which is prime studio time for me, so I’m always tuned in.  There’s an encore later in the evening, too, or you can check it out on their website, here.  I’m so excited to be a part of one of my favorite shows!  I’ll post info when I know more about when the episode will air. 

Let’s see, what else… I’ve been swatching for an awesome custom order the past week, and sort of hitting a brick wall of color.  I’ve been asked to incorporate gray into a necklace design, and I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a gray that’s cool enough (cool vs. warm, rather than cool vs. lame) to match the other colors in the palette that’s been requested, so there’s some searching and tweaking happening now.  I’m also trying to build up stock for some upcoming shows- the Pyramid Atlantic show, and our own Pile of Craft show are coming up so fast!  If you come by either of those shows, look for the mafia booth (at Pyramid) or the HVM Designs booth (at POC), and say hello!  You might get a little treat!

Mother of the year, Mother’s Day edition

Posted in musings on May 10, 2009 by askthesky

Awesome things about today:
1. hearing things like, “I don’t know if he’s as fat as Santa, or God…” -Sage, this afternoon, talking about an author on NPR
2. getting all manner of laminated awards, handprint pictures, homemade cards, barrettes bought by the babysitter of the year, text messages, emails, upside down tomato planters, and phone calls- all exalting your having pushed out some babies
3. watching a video at church where Sage explains why she loves me- “because she cooks me cereal and lets me watch DVDs”- I inquire about the cooking of cereal, she responds with, “you know, CHEX.”
4. movie-like wind whilst hanging laundry on the line and pushing my hands through cool dirt
5. contemplating bedtime at 8pm

cool theme for the year…

Posted in musings on May 6, 2009 by askthesky



Sorry I’ve been a bit absent here, personal life drama,  full-on crazy production mode for spring craft shows, and busy-ness with my “day” job has meant less time for the ole blogarooni.  

Stumbled across this website, naming 2009 as the International year of Natural Fibers today via whipup, and thought it was tres cool.  My business slogan is “for the love of fiber”, and man, do I love this website… so much info!  Go check it out!