Arts and Crafts

  • Culture

    March 13, 2014

    Academy of Handmade: Oscars for Crafters

    [Trendzilla] Sharon Fain and KC Sears want to acknowledge crafters with their own awards ceremony

  • Culture

    March 28, 2013

    La Reunion Time

    [Trendzilla] Rebecca Lavoritano's accessories almost make themselves

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012

    Late to the Revolution Makes Crafty Headphones

    [Trendzilla] Anaheim duo Traci and Patrick Medeiros-Bagan rock the DIY circuit with their crocheted masterpieces

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011

    Love to Craft OC

    OC Great Park

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2011
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    May 12, 2011
  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    Pickin' With the Knitters

    Drummer DJ Bonebrake on how this X/the Blasters side project made it cool for punk rockers to like country

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Gettin' Made: Creatopia Utopia

    ​A couple of months ago, I opened my front door to a huge box of amazingness from the folks at Xyron. They wanted me to try out the Creatopia machine, see what I thought about it and, more important, see what I could do with it. After the jump: What is this Creatopia thing, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Handmade Gifts for Procrastinators

    The scenario: it's almost Christmas Eve, and you haven't even started shopping for friends and family yet. And while time is short, you'd love to give handmade presents to everyone. Don't you worry, there's still hope! A quick jaunt to Etsy and a search for the word PDF later, and you're up to your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Knit One, Cure Too This Weekend

    Tomorrow, over 100 knitters, survivors and supporters in pink Santa hats will join Spa Gregorie's Day Spa and Salon to converge upon Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana for the third annual Knit One, Cure Too charity event. Join them for a day of knitting to produce scarves that will raise money for breast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Make (and Take) a Chill Pill This Weekend

    I spotted a fun class called out on the Craft Magazine blog today. If the thought of the upcoming holidays is stressing you out, you need to sign up for this weekend's Chill Pill knitting class taught by Ben Cuevas at The Little Knittery store in LA. Picture from the Craft Magazine websi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Craft Books for Holiday Entertaining

    I got a chance to check out a few new craft books recently that are perfect for upcoming holiday entertaining fun! Join me as I review Jurassic Towel Origami by Alison Jenkins from Andrews McMeel Publishing, along with Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Knitting Pattern Fit Workshop at Yarn Lady Thursday

    One of the most difficult things to wrap your head around as a knitter is how fit works. You can spend tons of hours knitting up your new favorite sweater, only to realize months later when you finish that it just doesn't fit. (Making it your new favorite item you never wear in your d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Read All About It!

    It's book review time again, crafters! This week we're taking a look at three titles from Chronicle Books--Paper Craft: 25 Charming Gifts, Accents, and Accessories to Make From Paper by Minhee & Truman Cho, Every Day's a Holiday by Heidi Kenny, and Silhouette Art by Vana Chupp. Plus, enter to wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Bag a New Purse This Weekend in Seal Beach

    If you're looking for something to do this weekend, make sure to check out the Seal Beach Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. While you're hanging out at the festival taking place near the pier, be sure not to miss Seal Beach artisan Seth Wegter's h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Gettin' Made: September Craft Classes

    If you're big on making handmade presents for Christmas, or if you've never done that kind of thing before and are interested in doing it this year, September is a good time to get crafting. Trust me, the last thing your grandma wants is a hastily slapped-together Ikea frame with seashells glued on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Gettin' Made: New Critter Kits Available from Morehouse Farms!

    Knitters, if you haven't seen the Morehouse Farm online shop you're missing out. The New York-based company is not only known for including pictures of their adorable farm animals in e-mail updates, but also for offering some of the cutest animal-themed knitting patterns around. (A few Christmases a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 19, 2010

    50th Annual Art-Craft Fair

    San Clemente Art Gallery

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Tricky Dick Nixon Quote of the Week!

    Sweaty Dick​"Think about it. I am not a Nixon loyalist. I am not even a Republican. I am gay. I am from Canada. I was 12 years old when Richard Nixon resigned."--Timonty Naftali, director of Orange County's Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, in a recent New York Times story about a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Gettin' Made: That's Despicable (Me)!

    If you're a fan of the new movie Despicable Me, get out your knitting needles and crochet hooks. I spotted links to free patterns showing how to make the little Minions over on the Craft Magazine blog recently, and I had to share!Crochet Minion by Wolfdreamer​Linda Potts from the Wolfdreamer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Yarn Lady Takes it Online

    Have you ever been to the super-cool yarn paradise known as Yarn Lady? I've only had the opportunity to visit once, and it was amazing. Yarn, needles, embellishments, supplies, books as far as the eye could see. The only problem? I live in Long Beach, and Yarn Lady is in Laguna Hills - unfortunately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Gettin' Made: I've Got Big (Dryer) Balls

    Crafty friends, I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that has a yarn stash that is slowly but surely resembling an episode of Hoarders. ​ Like many of you, my party bucket of yarn has steadily gained momentum through fiber gifts from family and friends, yarn swaps with my knitting gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Blowout Yarn Sale at Liscat Tonight

    As a member of Long Beach's Stitch 'n' Beach group, I hear things from time to time. Interesting things. Things you the crafting public need to know about. I'm not talking about the lively discussion we distinguished ladies had a couple of weeks back about a variety of bodily functions. I'm talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Apply to Vend at OC Handmade Brigade's Block Party!

    The Handmade Brigade of Orange County is cooking up their first ever Block Party indie event in downtown Santa Ana, and they're looking for your vendor applications! ​ After the jump, details on the event and how to submit your application.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: And Gettin' Aware

    Today I'm going to play the enabler here for all you knit and crochet yarnophiles out there:  Have you seen the book AwareKnits by crafty superstar Vickie Howell and equally crafty cowriter Adrienne Armstrong? (You may have heard of Adrienne's husband Billy Joe Armstrong from a little band call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Gettin' Made: State of the Stitch Nation Address

    If you took a look at my pictures from the Craft & Hobby Association's trade show in January, you may remember this little gem, which was follwed by a tweet about how I totally geeked out when I met Stitch 'N' Bitch author Debbie Stoller. Debbie Stoller at the Craft and Hobby Association ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Gettin' Made: CHA Craft Supershow Revisited

    Ohhhhh, Craft Supershow. You came and gave us an overload of make and takes and craft celebrity sightings, and then you left without even saying goodbye. Okay, maybe you did say goodbye. But I'm sure you also left a large portion of the southern California crafty community tired, happy an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Oh May, Oh My!

    Look, I'll be honest with you. It's more than a little irritating that it's early January and people are out and about wearing short sleeves and such in southern California. Where's the blizzards? Where's the less than 70 degree weather, even? I'm whining because of Etsy shops like OhMay. Chock full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Gettin' Made: January Craft Class Schedules

    It's a new year, which is a great time to expand your crafty arsenal with some new techniques We've got you covered--by the end of this post you'll know where you can learn how to knit, sew or even how to recognize the edible plants in your neighborhood travels. Isn't it high time you learned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Knit One, Cure Too

    The holidays are supposed to be about sharing good will (and a boozy eggnog or two) with others - and it's always nice when you can use your crafty talents to help a great holiday cause as well! This Friday from 4-7pm, Spa Gregorie's and Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana are proud to host the second annua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Gettin' Made: and Makin' Magic

    Mama's Magic Studio is the work of stay-at-home mom Jen Johnson from up north in San Jose. When she's not chasing after the little ones, she's crafting up a storm for her Etsy shop. Autumn Sunshine bracelet by Jen Johnson of Mama's Magic Studio​ I know it feels like far from autumn during t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Do You Feel Lucky?

    I met Kayte Turner at her Handmade District craft fair earlier this year, and have always been impressed with just how much time and energy she spends giving back to the community, while still having time to create one of a kind bags, bike basket liners (I have one!) and coasters for her i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Dirty Little Crafting Secrets

    Ok it's time to 'fess up. I'm afraid you might think less of me, but here goes. When I'm knitting, I almost never do a swatch to measure my gauge before I start a project. If you're not a knitter, let me cue you in. A swatch gauge is an important part of starting a project--it helps you figure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Burn, Baby Burn... Some Candles!

    Are you one of those people that keeps candles around the house without burning them? Wait, really? You are? What're you saving them for? Seriously, you're missing out. Today OC Weekly chats with John Sutton of Maddie Kates hand-poured soy candles - rumor is he has over 400 different candle s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Everything and the Kitchen Sink Dyeworks

    When you hear the word yarn, do you automatically think of Red Heart? Sure, 100% acrylic's definitely got its perfect uses, but I think you'll back me up when I say it can be less than a joy to work with. If you've never used 100% wool (or cotton or other natural fibers), you're totally missing out ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 9, 2009

    Crochet Headband Workshop

    The Kids Are Alright

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 6/25

    Knitting for Beginners Workshop, 6:30 p.m.You're never too old to take up knitting. Hell, everyone needs scarves. And socks. People need socks like they're going out of style. And it's good to keep your hands busy. After all, idle hands are the devil's playground! Consider yourself warned!!The Kids ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009

    Patchwork Arts Fest

    Road Less Traveled

  • Calendar

    April 9, 2009

    Monster Egg Hunt

    Muckenthaler Cultural Center

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009
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    March 5, 2009

    Read Across America

    Barnes and Noble

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008

    Night Owls

    Santa Ana Zoo in Lights

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: John Lennon, "Instant Karma"

    28 years gone today . . . Yes, that is indeed a blindfolded Yoko rocking the knitting needles. It's art, y'know . . . Also: I'm avoiding the obvious "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" clip, because all the YouTube ones are supremely cheesy . . .

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Holiday in the Harbor

    Holiday in the Harbor

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Knitting in Biology 101

    Okay, so I admit I never did get to dissect a lab rat or frog for high school biology—though, I did have my go at a formaldehyde-soaked mink and fetal pig, which wasn't nearly as disgusting as I thought it'd be—and I never did opt for the conscientious alternate assignment to write a 50-page res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 10/22

    COOKING: CHARCUTERIE, 6:30pm Learn pates and terrines. Sur la Table, 832 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 640-2330 KNITTING WORKSHOP, 7:30pm Get your knit on every Monday. Free knitting class. All levels of knitting. Just bring your n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Tube Scarves

    Now that it's technically autumn, the weather should be cooling off significantly (really, any day now...). But just to keep you ahead of the game, tube scarves are a sweet take on the old fashioned scarf, just pop it on and go. I can never decide how to wear the ends of a traditional scarf anywa ... More >>

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Wanda Brainard

    The knitting instructor shares some of her favorite things

  • Culture

    March 24, 2005

    If I Were a Rich Girl . . .

    Being fabulous at the St. John Knits fashion show

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