Monday, July 26, 2010

Milk & Cookies appliqued art for Miss Salty Oat


Just made this for my pal, Caitlin, who is moving away to Washington, D.C. this week. She's an amazingly prolific stitcher, sewer & all-around crafty gal who makes the cutest things! Her blog, Salty Oat, offers tons of inspiring photos & crafty tips. The name was also the inspiration for my art piece; the salty oat at Quack's is her favorite cookie. I hope this sewn version (along with a chocolate chip, just for good measure) will bring her sweet memories of Austin!

For the past few months, we at The WonderCraft have been lucky enough to have Caitlin as our intern, and we sure will miss her! She's been a big help to us and it will be sad to not see her smiling face around the shop anymore. We'll still be carrying some of her adorable work at Stella's though, such as handmade napkins and cross-stitched buttons & wall hangings like little Clarence. That will be nice. Wishing you all the best in DC, Caitlin!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sunshiney, Summery Pics by Pink Sherbet Photography

Just poking around in Flickr's Creative Commons area & came upon some gorgeous work by D Sharon Pruitt, a.k.a. Pink Sherbet Photography.

Wishing you all a weekend full of happy doggies, raspberries on your fingers & other such summer joys!

All pics in this post belong to D Sharon Pruitt. She's awesome, no?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Iron-on Flocking Craft for Pixel Pop Event, Tonight!

Weeeeeeee! My WonderCraft partners & I have had so much fun getting ready for Pixel Pop, a comic book-themed art, fashion & music event! I made this painted cupcake hoodie, which also has a paint tube across the bottom pocket. "H" is my nickname, to distinguish me from my partner Beth A, aka "A."

Tonight at Pixel Pop we'll be making these iron-on flocking designs with party-goers & I think it's going to be so much fun! Guests can make a hoodie like ours, a t-shirt, a tote bag, a sew-on patch or pocket, or superhero-style wrist cuffs like Jen is sporting here. The cuffs are made from t-shirt scraps & let you play Wonder Woman or your comic hero of choice.

I love the giant scissors on Beth A's hoodie below - supercrafty!

So come on out to this fantastic event tonight at The Mohawk. There will be lots of fab local artists such as our pal, Anne Marie Beard, whipping up custom mini-wallets on the spot; a cool fashion show from Team Fabrication; great music; food and drinks & more! Along with our crafty make & take, we'll also have a pop-up shop with selected items from Stella's Boutique. And best of all, the door fee benefits Health Alliance for Austin Musicians!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Snuggle Herd Mystery Revealed!


All of you who guessed "elephant ears" were correct, and Meredith, you are the winner! I will contact you later today about your prize, a set of my "Say What?!" coloring cards. I was very amused by all of the creative answers - thanks for playing, everyone!


I've been working on a slight re-design of Elsa the Elephant, so it was sort of a trick question! The ears I'm making now are quilted, so they look a bit different.


The material I'm using for the body is now quilter's cotton instead of upcycled t-shirts. Using cotton allows me to skip a couple of steps & make them more quickly & easily. However, I think I may still keep making the t-shirt ones as a "luxe" type of item because they are sooooo cuddly soft, and I like the re-use aspect. I'm going to be using many vintage & re-purposed fabrics for these new cotton ones, too, to keep them earth-friendly.


I hope to have these new elephants listed in my Etsy shop soon. Also working on a few other super-cute animals... stay tuned!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Snuggle Herd Sneak Peek & Contest!


Can you guess what I've been working on???


Ok, I'll give you a hint: it's a body part. But can you guess what part it is & who it belongs to? Leave your answer in the comments for a chance to win! I'll send a special gift to one lucky person, drawn randomly on Thurs, 7/8 at 10am from all of the correct answers.

Friday, July 2, 2010

I Heart Art: Paper Sculpture

I've been a big fan of Matthew Sporzynski's work for a while now, ever since I first noticed his paper sculptures in Real Simple magazine. He is amazingly talented, & I just love paper sculpture. When I was a high school art teacher a few years back, I even had some of his pages from Real Simple hanging on the walls of my classroom! So I was really excited to read about his new gig for Sherwin Williams on Craft. He's using paint chips for the constructions in their ads - brilliant!

Here are a few more of my faves from Sporzynski's gallery on

Everything is made of paper; even the "suds" on the floor! Amazing.

Have you seen any really creative ads lately? Please share!

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