That Jolie Girl Crafts

Crafting a better life


I'm so excited for this book to come out in October!  Laura Irwin (The best knitting instructor ever!) of Precious is the author.  I'm so excited for her.  I know this book will be a huge seller.  If her written instructions are anything like how she teaches, this will be a great book.  When I took my hat class with her, she was finishing up the last pieces of this book.  I'm so happy...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Jun 11, 2008

Jeannie Paske is my WAW artist of the week.  She is a Portland artist and will be showing her work at The Farm Cafe in July.  I love the feeling I get from her work.  There is a definite mood to her pieces.  I love her Obsolete World; it's amazing!  Be sure to check out her blog...

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Girl Rebel

Girl Rebel


Posted on Jun 10, 2008

The beauty of house sitting for friends is that I get to re-visit projects that I had completely forgotten about.  I made this at least a decade ago for my friend's birthday.  I remember that she used to have a glass collection.  That is why I had glass on the front and had one piece be all jagged.  I seemed to remember she was partial to broken glass.  She is also an Aries and definitely a Girl...

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Biscuit Sitting

Biscuit Sitting


Posted on Jun 9, 2008

I spent the weekend dog sitting Biscuit.  Such a wonderful dog.  We had a great time lounging and watching movies.  It was like a mini vacation. Flaco might look all mean and tough, but he's really just a love.  He hung out with me a lot and helped me with my laziness. Quincy kept to himself, but when he did hang out with me, he was super sweet. I love this picture.  With the dark background, it looks...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Jun 4, 2008

My WAW artist of the week is Ananda Khalsa.  This is the kind of art that makes me fall over backwards in awe.  Each piece is hand painted before being set in silver and gold.  Such amazing talent.  From my few hard soldering classes, I can appreciate how difficult just the silver smithing aspect to her work is.  Then to have a tiny painting inside is incredible!  Definitely something to aspire...

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Presents of Mind

Presents of Mind


Posted on Jun 3, 2008

OK, last post about my Birthday.  I couldn't move on until showcasing the amazing local jewelry my oldest friend got me.  She bought all of my presents at Presents of Mind.  This store is a favorite of everyone I know.  It's the go to place to find amazing unique presents for everyone in the family.  They do a great job of featuring as many local artists as possible.  It is a goal of mine to...

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Crafty Aide Gifts

Crafty Aide Gifts


Posted on Jun 2, 2008

I've know I've rambled on about my birthday for some time, but I get so many wonderful crafty presents that I would never buy myself.  It's just so much fun to share.  My good friend got me this sewing book.  I'm so excited about it.  It's a beginners guide which is exactly what I need.  It even includes 10 patterns.  It's fool proof for folks like me.    My...

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Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich


Posted on May 30, 2008

My sister has given me some amazing presents over the years and this birthday was no different.  She knows that Louise Erdrich is my all time favorite author.  I was completely surprised when my sister gave me this autographed copy of Louise's newest book.  Now I need a weekend to sit down and read it.  I always carry a book in my bag, but there is now way I will subject this first edition to wear and tear...

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Curse of the Butter Tart

Curse of the Butter Tart


Posted on May 29, 2008

I always look forward to presents from my cousin.  He's really good at finding local crafts for me.  This package was no different.  This LOST bracelet had me laughing!  It can apply to so many things.  I'm perpetually lost; my sense of direction has never been great.  It could mean I'm mentally lost; no comments from the peanut gallery.  Or it could be a groovy bracelet to wear...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on May 28, 2008

My WAW Artist of the week is Karen Preston of A Rabbit Girl.  She does extraordinary colleges on her computer.  It's really amazing.  It makes me want to take a class in photoshop.  You can see more of her work on...

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