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If I tell you what I’d like to get done this weekend, maybe I’ll be more likely to actually do it!

Goals for the weekend:

  • Finish figuring out the quilted coaster pattern.
  • Make some green stuff for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Go through old hand-made scarves and bring the lightweight ones (that will sell in this weather) to Angelfish & Co.

    Most of this will have to happen tomorrow after dance class, as Sunday will be spent in a limo in Napa!!! I am such a yarn dork, I am already thinking of bringing some yarn to start a scarf on the trip.


    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Posted in Crafts

    Stitches West

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    I went to the Stitches West show in Santa Clara with my mom last Sunday, and while I don’t have any pictures (yet), I can tell you all the awesome stuff I got – pictures after the jump!

    My major win of the day was a ball winder and swift, which were cheaper at the show than I’d seen them anywhere else. As soon as I got home, I set them up in the craft guest room and wound a couple of balls (it took a couple of tries to figure out the exact setup and technique).

    I also got a few sweater patterns, and a bunch of yarn to make quick-knit things for the store like scarves and hats. Since it was the last day of the show, they were only open until 4:00, and it took us right up until the deadline to work the entire room (“Reminder: DO NOT start tearing down your booth until we announce that the show is officially over” rang repeatedly over the loudspeaker). Mom got some stuff to make a crazy multicolor sweater – not really my taste, but will most likely suit her perfectly when it’s made. She also got the last copy of Fitted Knits at the entire show (after flipping through her copy, I searched every book booth I could find). Now I have to go find it on Amazon.

    Finally, I found out about this great charity, Mother Bear Project. You knit or crochet a bear, personalize it however you like, and it gets sent to a child in Africa who could use a hug. The pattern was just $5; how could I not get one? Now to find this mythical “spare time” so I can contribute….

    After the show, we stopped at Subway for a bite, and then went to the open house at Angelfish & Co. I sold an apron!! I also got a request for more aprons in the smaller size. I’ll start on that as soon as I get two or three sets of coasters finished.

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    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Posted in Outings

    Angelfish & Co GRAND OPENING

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    Angelfish & Co.

    Remember that consignment shop I told you about? Well, its grand opening celebration will be this Sunday, February 24, at 2:30. If you are interested in that sort of thing, you should check it out!

    That’s the day I’ll be at Stitches West trying not to fill my entire car with yarn, but I will definitely be stopping by at some point.

    As this is GDC week (in my other life as a game developer), I may or may not get enough stuff made to actually sell by the opening. As of yesterday, I have four full aprons finished, and started work on some quilted coasters. We’ll see if there are enough hours free in the week to do any more….

    …Anyway. You should go! I’ll see you there 🙂

    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 19, 2008 at 5:54 pm

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    Introducing Angelfish & Co.

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    A friend of mine recently opened up a new craft consignment shop Angelfish & Co. (her first, congratulations!!). She is sharing retail space with a flower shop, which should help her get some initial business. I went by there yesterday to check it out, and got some forms to sign up as a consigner. It looks fairly straightforward – I bring her stuff, she shows it in the shop, then if it sells, she gives me money (minus a cut for herself). My idea is to split my merch between the shop and my own Etsy shop. I’ll have to take care with what I show in the shop, since there are other crafters selling their wares, and similar designs don’t help anyone out.

    In related news, I spent yesterday sewing, and got a couple of aprons done. Next step: finding cheap supplies (fabric, notions, hardware). I think I’ll see what Ebay has to offer.

    Here’s a little more info on the store, if you want to visit:

    Angelfish & Co.
    558 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park

    Shop photos from other crafter jennicakes here.

    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Posted in Crafts


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    Here is the first official post at FutureSarah. For simplicity’s sake, I have ported all of the posts from my last blog, but they really aren’t fitting in with the theme of this new thing. I created FutureSarah with a purpose. I hope you enjoy your visit, and will come back to read up on my adventures in crafting!

    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Posted in Crafts, News

    In which Sarah gets political.

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    I watched the Democratic debate tonight after I got home from work/gym, and while I'm still supporting Obama, I feel much better about the possibility of Clinton getting the nomination.  I had pretty much been ignoring all the previous debates and commercials and other propaganda, reading only what came up on my CNN news feed.  I had no sense of what Hillary was like as a public speaker.  Overall, I was impressed with her performance.

    I started wondering, during the course of the debate, whether I had chosen the right candidate.  I really tried to focus on the differences in their policies, and not on who looked and acted more “presidential.”

    Do you remember when Clinton wrote her book, It Takes a Village?  Yeah, I didn't read it, either.  Last night, though, I think I started to understand her philosophy on the purpose of government.  All through the different topics – the current mortgage crisis, health care, entertainment content for children – her policy centered around taking care of America.  It seems she and I agree on what the current problems are, but I don't really agree with the ways she wants to solve them.

    In contrast to her ideas, Obama wants to empower Americans to take care of themselves.  While Clinton wants to give us food, Obama wants to teach us to fish.  I am half bleeding-heart liberal, half libertarian.  I see that the government has been making things unnecessarily easy for the wealthy and leaving others behind, but I don't think the rest of the country's citizens need to lift everyone up, mandating what is “good” for everyone.  I think we should enable people to make their own choices and stand up for themselves.  Clinton makes healthcare mandatory for everyone; Obama just wants to make sure it's affordable so anyone who wants coverage can get it.  Clinton wants to freeze ARM rates for existing mortgages to help people who were dumb enough to take those loans; Obama sees that this will make it harder for future homebuyers and cost reasonable citizens money.

    Anyway, there is my slightly rambling opinion on the two remaining Democratic candidates.  I like that both of them are advocating great changes from the current administration, and I like that whichever candidate gets nominated, we will be making history.  The greatest feeling I have, though, is that in contrast to the 2004 election, this year I was excited by all of the (Democratic) candidates.  Four years ago, the overriding theme seemed to be to pick the most electable candidate to go up against Bush; it didn't matter which because anything was better than what we had.  We ended up with a nominee that we didn't really care about.  This year, these people are trying to make the change I want to see in the world.  I can't wait to see what happens come November 🙂

    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 1, 2008 at 10:45 am

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