Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We've Moved!

We've packed up our blog and moved it to our new website! Find the most up-to-date crafty posts from Crown Town Handmade in our new spot, www.crowntownhandmade.com. Stop by for a visit!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A little Necking

Come join Crown Town Handmade on Thursday, June 30th at 7:30 pm at Amelie's French Bakery for our monthly Make-Out session! This month we're delighted to be featuring Rachel Lock of My Art Event (www.myartevent.com) . Rachel will be leading the group in making soft summer scarves from recycled t-shirts.

Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any old shirts or stop by the thrift shop to grab a few in your favorite colors. Make Outs are always free but of course we're happy to accept donations to keep the crafting alive. See you there!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Not A Normal Necktie

Your dad will most likely need to clean his closet to make room for the fantastic new ties he got this year.  Save a few from the Goodwill pile (or scrounge your local Goodwill) to make this awesome planter.
Full tutorial found on the Modcloth blog.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Inkable Images


Here is a great post by Sarah Terry of Stitch Machine . She taught our last Make-Out Session.

If you weren't there, you missed an awesome time! Catch us at our next one in June.

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

We had a great turnout for the most recent CTHm Make-Out Craft Session, and everyone did great work! I taught "Carve a Stamp, Print a Postcard". My creative participants came up with all kinds of inkable images, including: stamped labels for canned jellies, business logos, self portraits and animal shaped stamps. Here's what the workshop was all about. I snapped these photos between instructions.

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

CTHm Stamp Workshop 5/26/11

Monday, May 23, 2011

Carve a Stamp, Print a Postcard!


Join Crown Town Handmade on Thursday, May 26th at 7:30 pm at Amelie's French Bakery for our monthly Make-Out session, hosted this month by Sarah Terry of Stitch Machine. Transform one of your original drawings or doodles into a reusable printing block stamp! Once you finish carving your stamp, ink it up for a test-run and print on a postcard that you can drop in the mail. You'll be amazed at how professional and interesting a simple doodle can become!

Small drawings by Sarah will be available for carving if you need some inspiration. There will be time for sketching, but any drawings or logos you bring should be 4" x 6" or smaller.

Supplies will be provided, including soft blocks and cutting and tools. Feel free to bring any paper materials you'd like to print with your stamp creation. If you have past printmaking or scrap booking experience, we could always use extra linoleum cutters, soft dark "B" drawing pencils, and stamp ink pads. This event is always free, and Crown Town Handmade accepts donations to help cover material costs. See you there!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mother's Day Ideas

Here is a cute Mother's Day craft I found at Poppytalk . There are several how-to's listed here on using mason jars for special Mother's Day gifts.

What are you doing for Mom next week? We'd love to hear (and see) your handmade gifts!

Photo courtesy of Steph Morgan.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Paint that Mug - VENUE UPDATE

Our Make Out session this month has been moved to Amelie's, April 28, 7:30 pm, 2424 N Davidson St

Join Emily of By Emily on April 28 at Crown Town Handmade's monthly Make Out for a chance to display your artistic skill. All you need is a plain piece of china (porcelain, glazed ceramic, or china will do). You'll paint your piece and take it home to bake in the oven to set the paint so you can use! Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own pieces to decorate.

Emily (of By Emily) creates handmade kitchen accessories using designer fabrics and mixing bold colors and prints. From aprons to oven mitts to pot holders, these accessories are fashionable and functional. You can find out more about Emily and check out her items at madebyemily.etsy.com or facebook.com/byemily.