Monday, June 9, 2008

Stilts and Container Gardens!

We had so much fun at our Craft Fiction! work shop at the 100th Monkey Studio on Sunday! We had container theme projects: We painted, decoupaged, and drew on our cntainers...

...planted gardens to fit our personalities, like the sisters did in Little Women, and...

...learned how to walk on stilts made of paint cans and laynards! As soon as our cukes grow we will try the "grow a cucumber in a bottle trick like they did in The Box Car children.

See you at the next workshop!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Craft Fiction Workshop #5 Stilts and Cukes!

Don't forget to RSVP for
Craft Fiction
Sunday, June 8th from 1-3pm

Tin can Stilts ( Ramona & her father) and
Grow a cucumber in a Bottle ( Boxcar children)

The 100th Monkey Studio
Where creativity and free expression are contagious.
110 SE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Design Camp 08!

Hey, what are you doing this summer? Michelle is running a design camp at her studio! There are four sessions, 2 DIY (do it yourself) camps, an 18" doll clothes design camp, and a Project Runway style design camp - Resistration is now open. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Craft Fiction Workshop #4 THIS SUNDAY

Please join is this Sunday for the 4th Craft Fiction! Workshop

What: Sand and Tea Dying
Inspired by the novels
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
All of a Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor

Where: The 100th Monkey Studio
110 SE 16th Ave Portland, Oregon 97267

When: Sunday, May 4th from 1-3pm

This is a Parent and Child Book/Craft Group. We will read and discuss craft
projects introduced in classic children's literature. Best suited for children
ages 6-12. Reading the novels in advance is not mandatory.

Members: $10
Non-members: $15
Punch cards applicable!

All materials provided, except the books.

The new Summer Craft Fiction Series will be posted soon!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Craft Fiction Workshop #3 Slippers and Salve

The 3rd Craft Fiction workshop was a blast! We made slippers from old blankets and felted sweaters and our own salve with beeswax, olive oil and essential oils. I will post some photos from the workshop
First we traced our feet to make patterns

Then we made patterns for the insoles

We used our patterns to mark the slippers on the wool

after we cut them out we marked the holes for the laces

and finished them up!

Here we are making salve

Next Class we are dying with tea and created dyed sand projects. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Slipper Pattern Preview!

Slippers and Salve tomorrow - can't wait! I worked out a really great slipper pattern and Joy from the Monkey studio gave me some serious lip balm making lessons.

I can't wait to see what the kids create tomorrow. Here is a preview of the pattern for the slippers.

The class is at

The 100th Monkey Studio
110 SE 16th Ave
Portland, Oregon


Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Craft Fiction Workshop #2 Love Knots and Sock Toys

The creative energy was a'flowin in our workshop today! We made our own parchment paper to trace Victorian Love Knots with and wrote "endless messages." They were amazing!

Here is a photo of some of the kids working on their love knots

In the second half of the class we made sock toys inspired by "Stockings" in the Box Car Children. Here are shots of the group designing their sock toys and one of the finished ones

The next workshop is Sunday, March 6th from 1-3 at the 100th Monkey Studio. We will be making Slippers and Salve. Sign up soon - space is limited!

Craft Fiction Workshop #1

What a fun day! We had our first craft firction workshop at the 100th Monkey Studio and we made button lamps and hand warmers

here is a photo of the button lamps

next class is Sunday, February 25th from 1-3 at the 100th Monkey Studio. Call or sign up soon! Space is limited

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Button Lamp Project

The Long Winter, Chapter 19, "Where There's a Will"
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

[Ma] put the button in the center of the square of calico. She drew the cloth together over the button and wound a thread tightly around it and twisted the corners of calico straight upward in a tapering bunch. Then she rubbed a little axle grease up the calico and set the button into the axle grease in the saucer.

So, here's how we did it. We cut a piece of fabric about 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches and put a penny in the middle and pulled the fabric up around it,tying it off just above the penny, which stays flat. Then we put about 3 tablespoons of Crisco in the middle of a saucer and pushed the wrapped penny into the center of it. Then,we rubbed Crisco all over the fabric that was sticking up and then lit it at the top.

As a caution, it makes a bit of a big flame at first,and so we wouldn't have to worry about anything catching on fire, we put it in the middle of a cake pan.

My button lamp lasted an hour!