Monday, August 31, 2009

Just Another Manic Monday

So today I forgot to set the alarm and bolted out of bed at 7:35 a.m when my son's bus comes at 7:30 a.m. Ugh! I was dazed and out of it for the first ten minutes. Needless to say I felt like this!

Also I would like to thank everyone who has become my fan on Facebook (I am now at 100 Fans) or is following me on Twitter. I feel very fortunate to say the least!
Thank you!

Check out an interview with me at Beqi clothing

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Featured Artist Beqi Clothing

I am going to try and do a featured artist each week. This week is my good friend and fellow St. Louis Craft Mafia member Beqi of Beqi Clothing. Now if you haven't checked out her clothing, jewelry, purses or accessories yet, you should! Not only is the girl beautiful (see her pic), the girl can sew, assemble jewelry and sing!
I give you Beqi Clothing

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your shop:

I'm a post-punk, post-rockabilly chick who likes to make clothes. I've been sewing for myself since about 1985, and sewing for others since 2000. One day I discovered I was a terrible employee, but a fantastic boss, so I quit my graphic design job and strapped myself to a sewing machine. Over 10,000 items later, I'm still going strong.

2. What is your favorite item from your own shop?

The last thing I've finished. :) This year, I have several: the Diablo Dress, Burlesque Skirt, Peacock Tee, Luscious Earrings, and Rock Candy Skirt are all samples I kept for myself and wear constantly.

3. Who or what gives you inspiration?

I never know exactly how to answer this question. I've suppose I've been paying attention to the way people clothe themselves since I was a poor teenager in a rich high school, but it wasn't until I discovered punk that I started to have fun with it. I see things and modes of dress I like everywhere from John Waters movies to tattoo magazines to the people sitting in dive bars around the South Side. I have no filter--if I like it, I incorporate it into my style and hope it fits.

4. Explain your art- what exactly is it you do?

It's more craft than art, but I make and design clothing and jewelry for young (or young-thinking) women who like beautiful, well-made clothing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I do the same thing your gramma did, I sew, and I sew a LOT. I love sewing so much, I take my machine on my vacations sometimes.

5. What is your favorite project you've finished so far?

Of all time? Man, that's a hard one. Probably the Tattooed Lady Dress from a few years ago. It was a fantastic print, and I must have made 1000 of them over several seasons. It was my best seller, and I was very sad when they stopped making that print. But that's the great thing about fabric and beads. There are always new ones to discover. ;)

*Where can we find your work (Etsy shop, blog, retail locations, etc.)

City Museum Gift Shop
Circa Boutique (Belleville)
Dragonfly Designs (Eureka)
Cooperella House of Art (Maplewood)
Maven (Maplewood)
Fifi's (U. City)
Cranky Yellow (Cherokee District)
Pudd'nhead Books (Webster Groves)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's Family Feature

I figured I would get all of the dogs out of the way before I start with my kiddos.
Patches is our French Bulldog and Pitbull mix. She is the Princess of the house. We adopted her from the APA of Missouri and that was the name they gave her. We decided to keep it as not to confuse her. We had just lost our dog and beloved family member Bruiser a little over a month and I had decided we needed a pet to fill the gap left in our hearts.

At first Patches was the only furry child and she was fine with that. She is a little grumpy and will do the leave me alone growl to let you know when she has had enough loving, etc.(mostly to the kids). She became the Princess when we got our two Boston puppies. She wanted nothing to do with the male at all and will play with the female only at her leisure. If you are petting Patches or she is laying with you and one of the Bostons comes over she will growl, get up and leave. Too funny! She is too good to share! She loves the water as we discovered when we got a pool. She jumped right in and would bite at the water if the kids splashed her or if a hose is turned at her. She really is a good dog, just a little snotty.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

I made this for a 4th of July BBQ my family and I went to and let's just say it was standing room only over the bowl. It is addictive to say the least!

2 tbsps red wine vinegar
2 tsps hot sauce (this can be adjusted according to taste)
1 clove garlic
1 can black beans drained
1 can white corn drained
2/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 medium sized onion
1/2 pound tomatoes
2 avocados
1/2 lime


1. In a large bowl, mix vinegar, hot sauce, and garlic.

2. Drain and beans and corn. Add beans, corn, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes mix gently to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let this sit overnight. It can be made the day of, but it is better if you let it sit.

3.The next day, peel, pit, and cut avocado into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to mix. Cut lime and squeeze 1/2 of the lime over mixture. Gently stir.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Just another Manic Monday!

I feel like since I decided to stay home and make this crafting/art thing my full time gig. I haven't done anything. I barely got my act together for the Big A$$ Craft Show and I have started on some things for Strangefolk, but that is all. I went to Leftovers trying to get all inspired and though I got great finds. I have still done next to nothing. Today I finally got all set up to take photos of all my leftovers from Big A$$ and the camera batteries went dead two photos in. Come to find out it was a good thing as there was something on the lens that I could not see and the two photos came out blurry. My kids have started school and are back on schedule, but I am not. I am napping once they are off to school and have no energy at all.
Here is a pic that my son took of himself that kind of explains how I feel.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday's Family Feature

I thought I would start posting a little about my family on Fridays. This will get me posting more regularly and you the reader can learn a little more about me. Hopefully this will also allow me to appreciate my family just a little more.

This is Pee Wee our 2yr old Boston Terrier. He was my husband's birthday present two years ago. Pee Wee has a small tail unlike most Boston Terriers. It's really just a stub. But this little cutey does a butt waggle that leaves me in stitches every time.
His body goes sideways, his butt goes back and forth and his tail goes the up and down. I need to video it eventually and promise to! When we say "Shake Your Butt", he starts shaking. Anyway here he is.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Super long list of wants for the Upcycle Exchange at Strange Folk Festival

The Upcycle Exchange is a super cool program created by Autumn Wiggins of Strangefolk fame. The idea is for people to donate goods to local artists to help out the local artists and to keep the donated goods out of the landfills.
Each artists creates a list of supplies that they would like and people bring them to the Upcycle location to drop off and then they are given a coupon to be used. Most artists are offering a free gift for those donating and some are offering discounts at the festival or on their websites or Etsy stores.
My coupon is for 10% off my Etsy store or a free small skull magnet while supplies last. So save these items, bring them to the Strangefolk Festival, help local artists, save items from the landfill and get yourself some goodies!
These are just my wants. To find out what other artists are accepting check out the
Upcycle Exchange website

Micro brew and import bottle caps
Cork boards/bulletin boards
Bowling trophies
Stryofoam cones
Stryofoam balls
Vintage glass ornaments
Wooden shadow box/es (any size)
Dish soap bottles
Wall paper paste
Glitter and glitter glue
Wooden or plastic spools @ least 1 foot high
Glass prayer candles
Wooden crates (no larger than 3 feet)
Wooden jewelry boxes
Red or black lace trim
Any fabric with skulls, leopard or zebra on it
Any color of tulle (other than white)
Copper sheeting (any size)
Solder and or flux
Small religious statues
Wooden crosses (any size)
Vintage suitcases
Ball fringe any color
Loteria cards
Unused in good condition sculpey/fimo clay
Plastic or wooden organizing bins
Cigar boxes
Frozen concentrate juice can lids
End of biscuit metal lids
Christmas/cookie/popcorn tins
Wooden candle holders
Magnets (any kind)
Wooden dowels (any kind)
Modge podge
Vinyl records
Cardboard cones
Cardboard balls
Grossgrain ribbon any color
Comic books (any condition)
Wooden picture frames
Rubber stamps
Wooden plaques
Jingle bells
Unused plaster
Unused varnish
Acrylic paint (any color)
Paint markers (any color)
Sharpies (any color)
Unused cardstock (any color)
Spray paint (any color)
Glue sticks
Craft glue
Wooden framed paintings

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Indie Underground Designer Marketplace Call for Artists

Call for artists - Indie Underground: Designer Market. We're looking for local artists/crafters/designers to be part of a handmade market in partnership with St. Louis Fashion Week. Join the local indie fashion designers, members of the St. Louis Craft Mafia, and other local indie crafters in an exciting handmade style showcase. We want you to be part of the marketplace where high fashion and indie style meet. Apply online this week; deadline to apply is Sept. 16.

"Go to our website

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made it out to the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show. It was an awesome turnout and an awesome show! I want to thank Ron and the Mad Art Staff, Jane for the fabulous food, the group I worked with this week, my fellow artists and all my friends for supporting me and coming to the show!

I have some things left and will be listing them on Etsy later in the week. So be sure to check my etsy store later in the week.

I will be at Tower Grove Farmer's Market this coming Sat. August 8th, Sept 12th and October 24th and at Strange Folk Festival in O'Fallon, Il on Sept 26th and 27th and then the Winter Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show in December 4, 5 and 6th.

Thanks again to everyone who made it out!

Pics of the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show

Here are a few pics of the show setup and a few of my things for sale. You still have until 4pm today to get down there and shop. There are still many great things to purchase.