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* pleasing crochet tricks

Posted on October 20th, 2013 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Crochet.

Oh hi.  I’m going to start craftlogging again.  Started to miss the place.

I’m working on a crochet project, and came across these two very pleasing crochet tricks to eliminate the ugly joins in crochet motifs.

1.  Get rid of the chains that make the first double crochet of a round!

2. Join the rounds perfectly instead of with a slip stitch!  (I use a crochet hook to pull through the relevant loops instead of bothering with a tapestry needle.)


* Northwest Garden Show

Posted on January 29th, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Home and Garden.

I just got early bird discounted tickets to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.  I’ve never been to a garden show before, but it looks fun.

Here’s a funny Beginner’s Guide to the show.


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* urban craft uprising 2011

Posted on December 3rd, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Holiday.

Went to the annual winter craft fair today.  Mark made a deer ornament at the screenprinting demo from Handmade SimpleKraft:

The letterpress ornaments are from Constellation & Co.

Other favorites from the fair:


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* Urban Craft Uprising highlights

Posted on July 9th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Wants.

I had a fun time at Urban Craft Uprising today.  I didn’t end up buying anything, but I did pick up a bunch of promotional cards for future reference.  Here are some of my favorites this year (all photos from their respective websites):


  • Dottyspeck, silver jewelry in organic and geometric patterns



  • lumafina, more jewelry (you might sense a theme brewing)



I wish I were going tomorrow for Jill Bliss‘s drawing workshop!


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* A litany of my web OCD revealed via Pinterest

Posted on March 5th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I have to say, I’m liking Pinterest a lot.  When they were having all that downtime a month or so ago, I thought I’d probably quit, but they seem to have (mostly) fixed it.  My other complaints about it are more personality quirks than anything else.

  1. I have a pathological need to find the original source of each picture.  It’s pretty interesting how frequently the pinned image is actually from a site that’s linking the original (or not even that).  I have even resorted to googling the image file title to figure it out.  In a couple of cases, I haven’t been able to find it and was forced to use a secondary source and it bugs me so much.  Seriously, I almost didn’t pin those ones.
  2. Permalinks, people.  I hate it when people pin an image off, say, the front page of a blog instead of a stable page.  Then when you click the pin, it doesn’t match.  It makes it very hard to find the associated content.
  3. Etsy’s disappearing links.  It drives me crazy when I pin a listing on Etsy and the link vanishes for some reason.  I wouldn’t mind so much if Etsy’s linking system maintained information about the shop in the url, which it does not.  I’ve taken to including the Etsy shop name in each caption so I don’t lose anything.

The terrible widget for displaying your pins on your blog seems to have disappeared, so hopefully that comes back in better shape.  But so far so good.  Hopefully they won’t go under any time soon.  Call me pessimistic, but I still feel uncomfortable that there’s no way to export my pins.


* Muse Art and Design

Posted on February 22nd, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Wants.

We spent the long weekend in Portland visiting friends and taking advantage of Oregon’s lack of sales tax.  I have still been on the hunt for an encaustics torch, so that was my mission.  In the class, we had either a little creme brulee torch or a big propane torch available to use, neither of which I liked.  The creme brulee torch was difficult to control, heatwise, and the big one was difficult to handle, size-wise.  Searching around, I saw a lot of people recommending the Iwatani butane torch, a higher end kitchen tool.  The torch attaches to a canister of gas about the size of a hairspray can, and it gives you lots of control.  Also, kitchen supply stores seemed to be carrying it for just about the same price as the bad kitchen torches.  I wanted to find a local source so I could get a look/feel at it, and so I wouldn’t have to pay hazardous materials shipping for the butane cans.

It just so turns out there’s a completely amazing encaustic supply store literally down the street from where my friends live in Portland: Muse Art and Design, who also run  They stocked the Iwatani torch and gas (though I did pay a little more than I was able to find it on the web).  I also got some nice cheap white wax blocks, and some wax sheets.  I’d been looking for wax sheets everywhere!

The store was small, but very packed with neat stuff.  I will definitely be back.


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* when to plant what in the PNW

Posted on February 15th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Home and Garden.

I got my first seeds started this weekend.  I’m trying the tube method again, but this time paying much more attention to the light so they don’t turn out spindly and weak again.  I’ll also try not to kill them at transplant time like I did last year.

I mentioned previously that I refer a lot to my Seattle Tilth guide and Growing Vegetable West of the Cascades for gardening instruction specific to the Pacific Northwest.  Here are a few other resources I use:

I recently found this great post from Sustainable Eats with a spreadsheet of everything she plants, what varieties, how, and when.  She commented that she’s planning another spreadsheet for this year.  Looking forward to it!

I also like the calendar at the Modern Victory Garden.

List from the Westside Gardener

WSU also has a calendar

Mark brought me back a veggie calendar from the Portland Nursery.  They also have a super Monthly Tips section on their website that covers vegetable gardening, lawn care, and all sorts of other useful things.

Also from Oregon, there’s a whole site from the OSU Extension, including dates.

From BC, the West Coast Seeds catalog has a great chart.

One more: Territorial PDF

I got a little carried away and started 17 varieties of broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, spinach, mustard, tomatoes, leeks, kailaan, Chinese cabbage, baby bok choy, artichoke, and chives.  Some of these I’ll also direct sow later.  We’ll see how many sprout.

Not off to a good start: as I was typing this up, I realized I forgot to water them :P


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* Pinterest

Posted on January 23rd, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Thanks to Bad Mummy! No Cookie! I got an invite to join Pinterest.  I like the crowd it’s attracting, and it’s got a pretty nice interface. I went through my extensive craftlinks bookmarks folder tonight and added them to it to get started. Now to port my links from Curbly and Evernote.

I hate hate hate that I had to link my Facebook account to it, though (you can also use twitter).  I was on the verge of deleting my account when I noticed it had my photo and last name plastered all over my public pages, and it had gone through my facebook friends and pre-followed people.  No thanks, stupid website.  It’s bad enough that google has figured out who I am.  Luckily, they let you unlink the account after the initial signup, though. Just go to edit profile and you can change it all up.

I’m also annoyed that another Maitreya got to my username first, but that’s hardly Printerest’s fault.  It’s the second time that happened this week!

Anyway, here are my pinboards if you’re interested and want to be friends or followers or whatever they’re calling it. I’ve also got a few invites if anyone wants one.

One last thing, I also like that I can theoretically syndicate it to the blog, though that functionality leaves much to be desired as you can see from the weird squished images below (if you can see them at all).

[badge removed because it was slowing down my site, argh]


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* curbly

Posted on January 7th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I used to love the MyDecoFile webclipping feature of the old Domino website.  Despite some success with Evernote, I have been looking for a usable, sharable, sortable, clickable, pretty replacement ever since Domino went under.  I’m messing with curbly right now, which, funny enough, was suggested to me by a commenter back when Domino went under.  I only just recently started reading it regularly and rediscovered this feature, I guess.  I mainly use this type of thing to collate ideas, and my key needs are to capture single images off complex webpages, with source data, and to be able to flip through them quickly by tags.  Curbly has an easy bookmarklet interface that lets you clip a photo from a page and tag it.  Your clips are public, but I don’t think you can syndicate them to another blog, which I’d love to be able to do.  I also haven’t been able to figure out if they disappear if the original gets deleted.  It’s got a pretty nice feature for finding related images too, so that’s a plus.  We’ll see.

Anyway, here are my clippings in case you’re interested, which I’ll also leave over in the links under “likes lately.”  You’ll notice they’re so far very calendar-heavy since I was shopping holiday sales this week (post of my selections coming soon).


* Feedsack vs. Modern

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Love the Feedsack vs Modern Flickr group of old feedsack cloth with the modern reproductions/restyles. I had no idea so much of Denyse Schmidt’s line was straight up copies of old fabrics. No wonder she got that look so right.

Feedsack vs. Flea Market Fancy, originally uploaded by mjandco



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