Do you have a little time right now? A cold drink, maybe something sparkling or festive? Go ahead and get yourself a little something then come back, I'll be here. This post is lengthy, but you don't want to miss a bit of it, there is a whole lot to enjoy and check out. Give yourself the time to follow some great links, and have a good time.
Are you ready? Each month I grow more and more excited to collaborate with my readers, together we extend a gesture of thanks to everyone who contributes to this space. This month I am joined by two woman, each from opposite sides of the country, each offering you their own unique brand of art.
First, I can't remember a time when Bean, of Coyote Craft was not a visitor of this blog. She is an incredibly mindful soul, a woman that knows her way around the kitchen, and quite a prolific crafter with a very busy little etsy shop. Oh! And she recently opened a vintage shop - it's always fun to check out a new vintage shop! Bean is debuting something brand new in her handmade shop this week and is sharing the love by offering one here as well!
The Recycled Vintage Sewing Basket!
Isn't this brilliant? Bean starts by crocheting the entire basket out of discarded plastic bags (keeping them out of the landfill!), then she adds oneof her handmade trademark pincushions. Next, she gathers all sorts of vintage sewing notions; buttons, zippers, thread, ric-rac, pretty trim... all sorts of things, then she packs it all up nice and cute. Precious!
Oh look - she also included a couple of vintage fabric pieces. A whole sewing kit, nothing newly manufactured. Talk about a small footprint! Thank you so much Bean for your generosity, what a treasure.
Second, I'm quite excited to share a special friend of mine with you all today. Her name is Emma Weiss, and she is an amazing and accomplished songwriter. Emma and I met several years back, we were both enrolled in the same yoga teacher training program, she was just seventeen when our training began. Easily the youngest person in our class, Emma wasn't held back or set apart in the least (I think she was actually one of the first of us to land a teaching job!). The world has always been Emma's classroom, she settles in comfortably in a variety of settings, taking on studies that most people wait a lifetime to embrace. It is no surprise that by 20 (or was it 19 Emma?) years old, her first studio album was released and she was performing all over the Northeast with her original material.
And here today, Emma is giving away two of her CD's!!!
Remember that show on the Bravo channel Musicians? I don't know if it's still on, or the name of the Rolling Stone writer who hosted the show, I do however, remember the quality of his interviews and the intimate performances he evoked from his guests. Man that was a good show. Anyway, I wish I was him right now, that I could in a matter of sentences sum up the talent and artistry of Emma's songwriting. And I don't mean to overemphasize her age, but the lady is young. I remember telling her on the day we graduated from yoga teacher training that I hoped to know her as an old woman. I just know she will be one of those well-seasoned souls that could rock the day away on a front porch, never running out of stories to tell.
I offered to make a little video of Emma to share a sample of her music with you all. She entrusted herself and her guitar to the hands of me and my not-very-high-tech video camera. Even further she maintained her confidence as I attempted to transfer said footage to my out of date movie editing program... it was hard. We aren't as excited as we hoped to be with the video quality, but we do hope that our best intentions shine through and you enjoy the tune nonetheless.
Emma is a true professional. I have a lot to learn.
You know I try to join in the fun for these giveaways too. I almost bowed out of this one as I knew it would be a hefty post... but then I thought about the newest thing I've been making and haven't shared here yet.
Wristlet Key Chains!! I have been using mine for a few weeks now and am amazed at how many times I slip it onto my wrist while I'm doing other things with my hands; carrying the groceries, gathering up all the soccer balls (you adopt a trunk full of soccer balls when you live with the coach and they all need to come out when you go to the park), roadside wildflower picking... they are fabulous! I want you to have one too, but the skeleton key needs to stay here - it is the key to Emily's room. ;)
Also, if you follow many of the Northeast blogs, you know we are pretty much drowning over here. Nothing but rain for weeks now. In my mind though, it is sunny and warm, we are camping and hiking, there is lots of swimming, birdwatching, and summertime adventures. I searched through my vintage books for a few titles that should be appropriate for this time of year. May the sun shine brightly very soon!
I hope you love our offering this month!
Let's wrap this up, you know I keep it simple. Leave a comment on this post and I will be drawing TWO names on Tuesday morning. The first name will win the full package in the picture above, the second winner will receive a copy of Clamor, Emma's album.
Feel free to share lot's of love for these two wildly talented ladies here with us today. Thank you Bean and Emma! Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!
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