Friday, February 27, 2009

Spoonflower Heaven*

Have you heard of Spoonflower?

If you create, you can design your own fabric for your crafts!

Check out their FAQ's.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


About Ike
Meet Isaac

Isaac, AKA Ike, AKA Ikeasaurus
This is Isaac, fondly called Ike, even more fondly called Ike-a-saurus. He is an adorable, sweet, happy bundle of wonderful.

Ike’s mama is the author of Haiku Mama and the amazing blogger behind Haikuoftheday, where you can read a lot of their story in her own words.

Ike’s road has not been easy. Mama was on bedrest and in the hospital on and off, and then totally on, for months, until Ike was born 13 weeks early.

He was a tiny miracle, beating all of the odds to be healthier than anyone imagined possible. But it was still a long, hard, scary road in the NICU.

And expensive. Oh, so expensive. But the family was so joyful that he made it to the other side of the hard road behind him, that the money troubles they faced just seemed inconsequential.

Finally, Ike got to come home! Hurray! Of course, he could not leave the house, visitors had to be limited, and his health was fragile. Every day felt like an accomplishment. There were many many doctors visits and trips to the ER, adding to the insurmountable medical bills.

The whole family!
And THEN, as if this wonderful family had not been through enough, his Dad’s company decided to lay papa off (along with the rest of his department). Very limited severance. Insurance cut off at midnight the same day.

Now, sweet baby Ike is back in the hospital. After weeks of doctor and ER visits because of a horrible sound he made while breathing, Ike became very very ill. The family has to focus all of their efforts towards getting him better.

Please Help
Many many mamas from the Austinmama community are rallying together to organize fundraising to defray the family’s mounting medical bills. We will be holding several events over the coming weeks and looking for help from local busineses and the community at large. We also ask for your donations of just plain old cash. Please visit our “How to Help” page for more info as it becomes available.

Readers want to know . . .
How did Isaac come to be called Ike-a-saurus?

That was his brother’s doing.

When I told the wee one his brother’s name, we were talking on the phone and I was drugged to the gills with a variety of pain meds and flat exhausted. The wee one was having a hard time understanding me. Our conversation went something like:

HIM: What’s his name?
ME: Isaac Sawyer
HIM: What?!
ME: Isaac Sawyer!
HIM: Ike-a-saurus?
ME: (cringing in pain from laughing) Yes! You got it! Ike-a-saurus

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Team Etsy Austin

What is Etsy?

Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade.

Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.
Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade

Where is Etsy?

Since our launch in June, 2005, over 100,000 sellers from around the world have opened up Etsy shops.

Etsy has Team Communities. Craftiness is proud to be a part of Team Etsy Austin. This is our 'Street Team', kind of like a Crafting Street Gang or Crafty Racketeering. Nothing illegal of course, just crafty, handmade goodness! You can see all of our wares at

Or visit the Etsy Austin Blog EtsyAustin

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ravelry Peeps come to The Knitting Nest

Jess, Casey and Mary Heather came down to Austin from Boston as guests of Stacy from The Knitting Nest. It was a knitting groupapalooza! I ran into people I knew from other knitting groups and finally made it way down south to witness the rainbow of Cascade 220. Here Dave and I pose with Casey and Jess, they were very patient with all of us, Thanks guys!

Here, Casey is very patiently modeling a wild scarf knitted by this group made of novelty yarns. It was quite a sight!

I had to take pics of beautiful fiber, both Malabrigo and Cascade 220....yummy...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines Day Craftiness at the Knitting Nest*

Craftiness will be at the Knitting Nest on Valentines Day at 10AM welcoming Jess and Casey from Ravelry! We will be there sharing our creations such as the Knit-N-Spin, Nosteppines, needle cases and unique Valentines Day gifts for the special lovely in your life.

Here is the latest creation. Dave can't make these fast enough apparently. A Knit-N-Spin is a wonderful little knitting tool that allows you to knit stress free, unless you drop a stitch, of course;) This creation is 100% wood and allows the knitter/crocheter/spinner to pull from the fiber source without the usual frustrations of tangling and tugging. The yarn ball sits on the KNS and effortlessly spins so that you may create at will. It's absolutely dreamy for fiber artists, I promise!

Delving into fishing lures has been an interesting yet painful adventure. Those hooks are sharp! They seem to have a similar personality to amigurami creations. Whaddaya think?

David recently tried his wood majic on yo-yos. Here is one of his creations that is currently listed on his Etsy shop.

Come out, meet Dave, Jess and Casey, pick up some Valentines Day Knitting goodness and a gift for your loved one.

The Knitting Nest
160 West Slaughter Lane Ste 200
Austin, TX 78748

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Remember Me.

This video was produced by a 15 year old. It's amazing*