Do you know about UncommonGoods? If you don’t, you should. It’s quite possibly the coolest spot to get unusual, and mostly handmade, gifts. I do most of my holiday and birthday present shopping from this catalog, so if you’re on my list, chances are you have received a package from UncommonGoods. And I’m excited to announce that the already-cool catalog just got a lot cooler, because it’s now featuring the work of yours truly!
I consider this quite an honor, as this is a catalog house where I have shopped and browsed for countless hours, and only dreamed of being a part of it.
I’m in Milwaukee taking the first of my two classes with Susan Lenart Kazmer. Today was great! We applied resin to all different kinds of paper and made bezel forms to stretch resin-paper over. I got sticky and glittery fingers, and learned a lot!
My table-neighbor in class is an artist named Bernie Berlin. She’ s makes Faberge-style eggs, in a tradition passed down from her grandmother. Bernie and I shared lunch today, and then got to talking all afternoon. We had lots in common and got along really well, and I’m so glad we sat next to eachother! Bernie has written several books on various crafty topics, and has several more in the works, but she has also devoted herself to a cause that deserves a shout-out. Bernie is the founder of a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in based in Tennessee, called A Place to Bark. She rescues dogs and cats that have been abused, abandoned, or confiscated, fosters and retrains them, and then find them “forever homes.” This is a remarkable task, one that not many people could handle. I truly admire Bernie for her dedication and devotion to the animal race. If you would like to learn more about A Place to Bark or make a donation to the shelter, here’s the 411
Off to sleepytown for me. Another big day in class tomorrow.