October 31, 2011 • Cookbook: Drinks, Crafting
Hooray! Today is Halloween, and you're inevitably planning some sort of fun get-together with your friends and/or family. As it is a Monday night, perhaps you're keeping things low key. Perhaps.
• 2 quarts cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail
• 1 3/4 quarts orange juice
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 2 blood oranges, washed and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
• 2 liters orange-flavored or unflavored seltzer
1. In a clean punch bowl or cauldron, stir to combine cranberry juice, orange juice, and lemon juice.
2. Add orange slices to the brew.
3. Pour in seltzer just before party time to ensure that witches’ brew stays bubbly and fizzy for your guests.
Note: For a potent punch, mix in 4 cups gin or vodka. Alternatively, spike your brew with 2 cups vodka plus 2 cups of orange liqueur, such as Cointreau. What? Not ALL of us are planning a low key evening.
October 25, 2011 • Crafting
This past Saturday, Microcrafts co-authors Alicia Kachmar and Katie Hatz rocked the Megabus to New York City for a special Microcrafts event at Pins & Needles. They met crafting fans, and spent some time Microcrafting in the cozy NYC boutique.
Lauren Davis (of Pins & Needles), Sarah Goldschadt (she makes those delightful owlies) and Alicia took a bunch of photos at the event, and were kind enough to share them with me. Have a look at them on our Flickr page, or just scope them out in the gallery below. Enjoy!
October 18, 2011 • Crafting
Outside Wildcard in PIttsburgh, PA
Oh those crazy Microcrafters. They make the smallest of crafts, but throw the biggest of parties. This week, there are Microcrafts celebrations going down in New York City and Pittsburgh.
The first celebration of tiny crafts takes place this Thursday, October 20th, at Wildcard in Pittsburgh, PA. Alicia Kachmar isn't the only Microcrafter from the Pittsburgh area. Local artists Nadia Marks Wojcik and Tamara Barker are also featured in the book, and will be attending the release party. The folks at Wildcard are also going to be showing off Alicia's first Quirk title, Witch Craft.
Over the course of the party (which also doubles as Wildcard's Second Anniversary bash), Tamara and Co. will be selling tickets for their Steeltown Etsy raffle to help Alicia with some recent medical bills.
Wildcard 2nd Anniversary Spectacular: In 3D
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
4209 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201
Inside Pins & Needles in NYC.
The second mini craft party goes down at Pins & Needles in New York City, this Saturday, October 22nd. Co-authors Alicia Kachmar and Katie Hatz will be in attendance, as well as contributor Sarah Goldschadt, helping folks with their crafts. You can look forward to making Sarah's fabulous owls and bows, as well as super cute bunting.
Everything kicks off at 3pm and runs til 5. Come hungry, because there will be some micro drinks and snacks! For more information on the party, visit Pins & Needles' official website.
Microcrafts Party @ Pins & Needles
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Pins & Needles
1045 Lexington Avenue 74th & 75th, 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10021
September 30, 2011 • Crafting
“Specializing in sweets and snacks, Mei Park has been crafting customizable food jewelry since 2006.” So reads Mei Pak's bio in the back of Microcrafts, which features tutorials on how to make her famous mini cupcakes, tiny lollipops, and itty-bitty chocolates, each of which are made using multicolored polymer clay.
If you swing by her store, Tiny Hands Online, you can browse through a number of her bestselling charms, rings, earrings and necklaces, many of which actually smell like the food they are inspired by. That maple syrup drizzled waffle necklace, pumpkin pie ring, and donut charm bracelet actually smell just as good as they look.
Tiny Hands Online
PS: Oh, and scope out this fabulous video of Mei via RAW: Natural Born Artists. I've pasted it after the break.
September 15, 2011 • Cats, Crafting
There’s a reason that Collageorama’s Etsy shop proudly proclaims that it’s the “exclusive home of Dandy Cat and Friends!” Because seriously, look at that cat. Top hat, mustache, monocle… that is one awesome kitten to be proud of.
Collageorama’s shop dishes out exquisite prints of properly dressed animals, illustrated on repurposed dictionary pages. Here at Quirk, we love cute animals (Cuteoverload links are exchanged via email on a regular basis) and anything that has to do with books. And this shop has owls, frogs, giraffes, deer, mice, rabbits… all kinds of critters, all fantastically dressed and drawn out on recycled book pages?