Monday, December 21, 2009

HANDMADE Custom Pet Tag Sale

I woke up Sunday to a very ill kitty pawing at my belly.
She needs a surgery that is out of my price range so I decided to do some DIY fund raising ASAP!

All my handmade tags are 20% off!!

The tags are made from hand cut 18g aluminum, and finished with silver ball rivets. They're made to size (sm/med/lg) for your pet, and stamped with your pets name (front, occasionally back) and number (back).

Check out my website at
for more tag selection. Custom orders are welcome!

Thanks for the support!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I want to start a feminist website...

(I took this pic from the site, don't sue me)

Here's one reason why...

I love the show Weeds. Not only is is funny, eyebrow raising, and interesting, it's well written, well filmed, and written by a woman. I've tolorated and accepted the minimal nudity for these reasons. There's so much crap television/film with nudity it's a heated topic for me, because our culture is becoming nothing but cheap mainstream pornography. Weeds is intelligent so I can respect it.

I have mixed feelings about the video I'm posting.

Mary-Louise Parker (star of Weeds) has reported that she regrets the nude scenes she's filmed for the show. Not only does she regret it, she had to fight with the director about it.

I've been contimplating starting a feminist website, and this confirms it for me.

When a woman doesn't want to share her body with an international audience, she shouldn't have to fight, beg, LOOSE the battle about HER body. I'm happy Mary-Louise is SO awesome for fighting it, and speaking out about it.

I'm pissed.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pickin' Blackberries and makin' cobbler

When I was a kid my mom would take us blackberry pickin' around town...we'd find 'the good spots' along fences, by road sides, or at the park. We'd pick until our hands were tinted pink of juice and our bowls were full of fruit. So this weekend my mom and I decided to go pickin' in her secret berry spot she found in my home town. There were a ton of berries, and more to come in the following weeks. We made an awesome cobbler we used to make sometimes, so I've attached some photos and the recipe. enjoy!

Funny Fruit Cobbler:

1 C. Sugar
1 C. flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 C. milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons butter
4 C fruit
(choice seasoning: lemon, nutmeg, or cinnamon- if you like)
preheat oven to 375degrees.
Mix all ingredients, except butter and fruit. Blend well.
Use butter to grease a 2-quart pyrex dish, and pour in batter.
Add fruit, press into batter.
(Season if desired)
Bake at 375degrees for 45 mins!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sustainable living: Earthship Biotecture

Look at this beautiful could call it home!
walls made of TIRES! Fantastic!

Nuzzled somewhere outside Taos, New Mexico is a community successfully living sustainably, and green. They live day to day from solar panels, natural venting, windmills, and other energy saving options. The houses are made from recycled tires, glass and aluminum containers, dirt and straw, it's truly amazing.

The structures use rain water, and can sustain a family in areas where only 7 inches of rain fall annually. That's incredible! Not to mention the water is recycled to feed your indoor garden, and then is used as toilet water. You use water 3 TIMES before it's filtered out of your home, into an outside garden.

Earthship was 1st started in 1989 by a super cool dude named Michael Reynolds. Look at his sweet site posted below. Watch the videos, look at pics, read about the intern program. Even rent an Earthship for a special occasion for as low as $100. (That's my plan!)

From one bedroom/one bath to custom designs, the options seem pretty flexible with houses ranging from $150,000 and up. So you get to reconnect with nature, and live in a super cool looking house, AND live green. Totally worth it!

I hope to see these popping up around my hood soon. Inspiring, and hopeful! I love it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Parade in New Orleans

Yesterday I marched with Krewe Do Craft: ,for the second annual Good Children Carnival Club: Easter Parade up St. Claude in the Marginy here in New Orleans. The parade was awesome of course, full of wonderful costumes, colorful umbrellas, music, and unforgettable handmade throws. This parade is a treasure and I'm sure will become more so in the following years!

**Coming together, rebuilding our city, and letting our spirit grow!**

Check out my Flickr for other pics as well.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

refinishing furniture

What can I say, I'm like my mother!
I dropped of my biannual donation at salvation army and decided to pop in for a minute just to see if there were any must haves. As soon as I walked in the door I noticed a upholstered topped chest in mustard paint, and was pleased to discover it was cedar. I love chests and am on a mission to have a collection of them in my life.

I decided with the wheels, and the condition it was in, it was a must buy, of course, but needed to be refinished.
Why wait, I apparently had energy to burn today, so I stripped the trunk and oiled it. I still need to detail inside the patterns.

Maybe my sister will help me out with an upholstered top later. ;o]

Thursday, March 12, 2009

B-native Shop-n-Sip in New Orleans, Support local artists! is an amazing website run by a New Orleans native and is dedicated to supporting local artists. The website has a wonderful variety of makers, writers, crafters, and jewelry artists to browse.

This month, every Thursday from 5pm-7pm Bar Uncommon (Located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel at 817 Common St., 504.525.1111) will be hosting a b-native Shop-n-Sip where the locals can come meet the artists, sip some cocktails, and shop!

Not only will there be different and amazing artists featured every week, there will be drink specials, and free valet parking.

***I'll be showing my work next week, Thursday March 19, and will offer a 15% discount to my customers who mention this Blog post!***

So spread the word to family and friends who love a good cocktail, handmade goods, and of course unforgettable handmade jewelry. Thanks yall!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

American Craft Council in Baltimore

This past weekend was the annual ACC show in Baltimore. My sister Allison, also know as tigerlilly from was juried into a new area called "AltCraft", where new/up & coming artists are allowed to show their work for the retail portion of the show. This section of the show is only 2 years old.

me and allison at the ACC show

I flew to Baltimore last Tuesday to help my sister for the weekend, which was a great opportunity for us to meet new friends and artists, and get a feel for the show in general. We plan to join forces in the future, both working together to propel our ideas and jewelry/artworks forward. Here are some of the other 'AltCraft' Artists!

Wonderful people, beautiful ceramics, and our neighbors at the show. This was their 1st market, and I hope to see them in the future.

Rania Hassan
How could you not love these?

Sweet Pepita!

" hip." reworked vintage clothes for kids!

Beautiful Ceramics, with hand painted birds, flowers,and leaves.

edgy glass jewelry, that reminds me of cells

Friday, February 13, 2009

Krewe Do Craft and Mardi Gras

Last year a group of us New Orleans crafters decided to start our own Mardi Gras Krewe. Our mission is to bring light to the very obvious issue New Orleans faces every Mardi Gras season: TRASH! After every parade the streets are literally covered with broken bead and trinkets.

The street sweepers have kept up on the clean up the last few years, but the WASTE is just mind boggling. Although most beads are recycled back as throws every year, their destiny is to become trash soon enough. And need I mention where most of the throws come from? China...
Krewe Do Craft is proud to be the 1st marching Krewe to throw about 90% HANDMADE throws! MAGNETS,T-SHIRTS,JEWELRY AND WEARABLES,TOYS,TRINKETS,ETC.

So we'll have less throws, and not everyone will catch something...but our items will be kept and treasured, instead of thrown into a landfill in a few days, or years.

If you're in the city, come check us out this year, and catch some HANDMADE with love throws!

We'll be marching with the Box of Wine Parade, before Bacchus on Sunday Feb. 22, from SECOND St. to CLIO St. This years theme is "Alice in Craftyland", so it'll be hard to miss our whimsical display of costumes!

My throws will consist of bouncy ball rings, magnets, pins, and my Cheshi-smile' stuffed animals.

you know you want one.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Orleans New Years

For the 1st year the traditional Midcity Bonfire was kept under wraps by the local NOPD.
Anywho, it was fun and we got some super fun pics out of it....more later...