Ofrenda Altars at the Detroit Institute of Arts


Just in time for the final days of October, the Detroit Institute of Arts presented its Ofrenda Altars exhibit, showcasing 28 altars created by local artists.


Ofrendas contain special items displayed on an altar that pay tribute to someone who’s passed away. It acts a special place for someone to come and pay their respects for that loved one. On exhibit for just a week, I was able to see the limited-run exhibit during Halloween weekend.





Music and dancing greeted us as we made our way into the museum. Inside we quickly found a Frida Kahlo photo booth that we happily posed for.

Feast your eyes on the rich colors, important decor elements and attention to details in this year’s collection of ofrendas. The exhibit was dark, adding an additional layer of richness to the art we enjoyed.









Have you ever created a tribute like this for some you loved before?

Halloween Is “Sew” Scary


It’s almost Halloween! What have you been making this month?

During my visit to the AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids this summer I saw a panel from Janet Wecker Frisch’s “Sew Scary” collection for Quilting Treasures that caught my eye. It was a bit Victorian, a bit whimsical. My friend Shelli really liked it, but we were tight on time and couldn’t stop to buy the panel from the vendor we were looking at. As it often goes, a few weeks later I found myself searching for the piece back at home in Detroit. Luckily I found that, and a few other pieces from Janet, at Mabelena Quilting Supplies in Ortonville. (more…)

The Modern Natural Dyer: Kit Giveaway

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For the past few weeks our stove hasn’t been cooking lots of dinners. Instead it’s been cooking up lots of natural dyes thanks to Kristine Vejar’s new book, The Modern Natural Dyer. Today DIY Network is a part of Kristine’s blog tour as one of our Creative Geniuses. The book is now officially available to the public. If you’ve never tried dyeing with natural ingredients, you need to pick up her book and try it right away.

Photo courtesy of  STC Craft/Abrams

Photo courtesy of STC Craft/Abrams

Photo courtesy of  STC Craft/Abrams

Photo courtesy of STC Craft/Abrams

As part of the tour I highlighted Kristine’s sewing kit project, using flower petals as the dye agents. The wool flannel I used, per the instructions, drank up the dye almost immediately. As you’ll find with Kristine’s techniques, it’s easy to become addicted to the process as you watch plain garments and fabrics transform right before your eyes.


Here’s how mine turned out.

mnd_waves4_largeAs part of the tour back here on my own blog, I’m excited to offer up one of Kristine’s beautiful kits to one lucky reader. By leaving a comment on this blog post stating why you would love to learn more about natural fabric dyeing, one reader will be selected at random to select a kit of their choice from Kristine’s website. You can see the available kits here. You have until Nov. 16, 2015, at 11:59 pm EST to leave your comment for the drawing.

Make sure to check out all of the other blogs participating in Kristine’s tour to see which projects inspired them after spending time with The Modern Natural Dyer.

Oct. 23 DIY Network
Oct. 26 Mason Dixon Knitting
Oct. 28 Leethal
Oct. 30 Mary Jane Mucklestone
Nov. 2 Very Shannon
Nov. 4 Make Something Blog
Nov. 9 Heather Ross
Nov. 11 Tolt Yarn and Wool
Nov. 16 Made by Katrina