That Jolie Girl Crafts

Crafting a better life


I always get excited for the semi annual Bargain Hunting 101 show at the Crystal Ballroom.  The sales can not be beat.  It's also so novel to have a full bar at a craft fair.  It always amazes me that Portlanders will wait in line for a craft fair.  The line to get in last Saturday circled the block.  I didn't buy anything at this show, but there are a few items that I'm coveting. These one of...

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Bullseye Glass Sale

Bullseye Glass Sale


Posted on Feb 5, 2010

It astounds me that I live less than a mile from one of the greatest glass resource stores in the nation.  Bullseye Glass Co is renown for their quality and range of colors.  I've always wanted to take a class in their impressive on site teaching facility.  It will make you drool.  Their store also exhibits glass artists on the second floor, so it's a treat to buy glass and see art at the same...

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Short Fuses!

Short Fuses!


Posted on Feb 4, 2010

We fired the kiln!  Man, it's been way to long since I've said those words.  Diana and I are getting back into the swing of things for Short Fuses.  Our first step was to actually make some glass!  It had been almost a year since I'd cut glass.  Wild! I was nervous making my first cut in so long.  Luckily, my skills never left me.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy working with...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Feb 3, 2010

Another thing I've been really wanted to get back to doing is my Wondrous Art Wednesdays.  I started showcasing art that I love once a week on my blog, because I love to discover art.  I'm constantly scrolling through previous WAW artists I've featured.  Looking at such wonderful art brings me joy.  So now it's time to get back to posting incredible art.  Jolie Guillebeau is a new friend...

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Christmas Presents – Last Post

Christmas Presents – Last Post


Posted on Feb 2, 2010

I know, I know.  It's February now and I'm still talking about Christmas presents.  My cousin received his Christmas present in the mail last week, so I can finally show more wonderful handmade items I purchased this year.  Yes, I was only a month late sending this off, but I have been way later in years past.  I have been in love with Berkley Illustrated art for years.   There is something...

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Vera to Vera

Vera to Vera


Posted on Feb 1, 2010

I've been running at least once a week for the past 6 months or so.  I'm gearing up for my first 5k race in March.  I'm so blessed to live close to Portland's waterfront.  We have a pedestrian/bike path on a beautiful urban route around the Willamette River that is very heavily used and makes the perfect sized run for me.  We begin our run at the statue of Vera Katz, Portland's beloved...

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Free-Style Handmade Bags and Skirts

Free-Style Handmade Bags and Skirts


Posted on Jan 29, 2010

I love craft books!  I can't get enough of them.  Granted I seem to collect more than I use, but I figure one day I will have enough free time to making something from all of my books.  My sis got me this craft book for Christmas.  First of all, how can you go wrong with a book about making skirts and bags?  I wear skirts every day to work and I've always wanted to make my own.  Bags are...

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Knit’n Walk Bag

Knit’n Walk Bag


Posted on Jan 27, 2010

My good friend sews these amazing Knit'n Walk Bags.  I was lucky to receive this adorable one for Christmas!  It's so great to have crafty friends! These bags are perfect for carrying a small knitting project with you.  I had seen them hanging in Close Knit a few months ago and I was so impressed with how cute and well made the bags are.  My friend sells these in many stores around the country. ...

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Photo Friday – Damaged

Photo Friday – Damaged


Posted on Jan 26, 2010

I stopped participating in Photo Friday eons ago and I've always wanted to get back to it.  Well, there is no time like the present!  This week's theme is 'Damaged'.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Photo Friday it is a weekly photo challenge.  They pick the theme each Friday and you can submit your photo to their site.  I like doing these because it makes me get my camera...

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Downtown 81

Downtown 81


Posted on Jan 25, 2010

I've been intrigued by Jean-Michel Basquiat for years.  I'm a fan of his paintings and I really enjoyed the biopic Basquiat.  Watching Downtown 81 was getting to experience just a tiny piece of his life and the art world he surrounded himself in.  While the film is fiction, you get a good understanding of what his life must have been like. Much of the movie is a homeless Basquiat walking around New York...

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