Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Solo Feature: Hodgepodge Arty + Giveaway!


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I'm Karen Elizabeth Blackburn.  I live in Chicago with my husband//love, Josh, and our dog, Nora.  During the day, I teach preschoolers and in the evenings, I love making things.  When I was a child, I was always making something...fancy dolls made from toothpicks (see here), friendship bracelets, recreations of food and meals in felt with a magnet stuck to the back for the refrigerator, little drawings of ballerinas, and stories about mice.  I learned how to knit and sew when I was in elementary school and never stopped.  I had a creative and influential mom who was always making things and making things beautiful.

2. What made you decide to start your shop & blog?
I wanted a little place for friends and family to find my makings.  I'm still exploring what goes in it, and it does seem a bit of a hodgepodge sometimes, but that's ok.  I continue to explore and challenge myself to make things that I truly love and explore patterns and fabrics that I'm drawn to.  I also like displaying my photographs.  They don't really sell, but that's ok.  I like that people look at them and can enjoy them.

3. What are your favorite things to blog about? Favorite posts? 
I'm still learning to find my blogging voice (taking a course on it at the moment), but I really enjoy blogging about DIY projects and showing people how to make things.  I think it's the teacher in me...I like organizing the steps to create something!

4. What are your favorite things to make for your shop?
The knits are my favorite...all of them!  The fingerless gloves are a blast to make and it's fun coming up with ways to embellish them...I try to make it something that will make people smile.  I also enjoy designing cowls with different patterns like this one. Influenced by my work teaching preschoolers, I'm working on more dolls and puppets for the shop, too.

5. Favorite pass-time?
Movies...in crowded theaters, in quiet theaters, at home, or in the park.  Old or new, movies are simply the best.  They give me a chance to keep my fingers busy...I'm always knitting or making something while we watch them.

6. What is on your current wish-list? 
Any knitting patterns by Jane Richmond.  I adore her.

I have two, but would love more tutus.  The best ones are found here.  They are lovely to work with and you can literally choose from dozens of colors and design your own.  I wore one for my wedding and think they're just magical.

A sewn print from Tastes Orangey...any one of them.


7. Favorite blog reads?
DIY from A Beautiful Mess
Doll techniques from Wee Wonderfuls
Beautiful images from Little Brown Pen

8. If you had three wishes what would they be?
I think they change everyday.  Some days I don't need them :)

9. What's your favorite part about the holidays?
I love that "the holidays" are literally about 40 days of festivities, with something to look forward to everyday.  It's a tradition that we don't do anything Christmas-y until Thanksgiving.  But once that magical November Thursday hits, it's Christmas until early January in our home.  My husband and I make a list of everything we want to do and tack it to the fridge.  From decorating our entire apartment to making gingerbread houses to spiking our hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, it's all so wonderful and lasts so long.

10. What inspires you the most?
Children's stories and illustrations, the rainbow of yarn colors in a small yarn shop, traveling, and a really good movie.

Find Karen Here:
Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HodgepodgeArty
Blog: http://karenblackburn.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HodgepodgeArty
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HodgepodgeArty

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Giveaway Time! -- Karen is offering MaieDae readers the chance to win a pair of her adorable "hi" fingerless gloves from her shop! Details on how to enter are below. 


Main Entry:
1. Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite item from Karen's shop!

Bonus Entries (please leave one comment per entry):
1. Take a visit at Hodgepodge Arty's blog and leave a sweet comment!
2. Become a follower of MaieDae via GFC (on the left) or Bloglovin
3. Tweet about it! Just copy & paste this: Win adorable fingerless gloves from @HodgepodgeArty on @MaieDae! http://maiedae.blogspot.com/2011/11/solo-feature-hodgepodge-arty-giveaway.html

One winner will be selected at random and announced THIS Saturday!! 



28 comments:

  1. eeeep!! What cute gloves!!!
    I love her gnome doll!!! SO cute!!!

    moonbeamwishes@gmail.com

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  2. I follow your delightful blog via GFC!!

    moonbeamwishes@gmail.com

    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  3. Tweeted!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/moonbeamwishes/status/139058558653317120

    moonbeamwishes@gmail.com

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  4. Her XOXO fingerless gloves are so cute!

    Marilyn
    pulpsushi @ gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I already follow Maie Dae on Bloglovin'

    Marilyn
    pulpsushi @ gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Here is my tweet

    https://twitter.com/#!/pulpsushi/status/139062715904835584

    Marilyn
    pulpsushi @ gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. oooh I love her seedstitch & honeycomb cowls! how cute is she ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. i love all of her fingerless gloves (in fact, the LOVE ones might be my favorite).

    ReplyDelete
  9. i'm a gfc follower of yours.

    ReplyDelete
  10. just commented on her cute, cute blog.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The Hi gloves are my favorite thing! So stinking cute!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm a follower of yours on GFC

    ReplyDelete
  13. I like the stuffed bunnies. I am very in to handmade toys with baby E on the way.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love love LOVE the Love Heart fingerless gloves! They are absolutely adorable and make me warm and fuzzy just looking at them.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Posted, tweeted and keeping my fingers crossed:)

    ReplyDelete
  16. love it.. :) irene wibowo lovesimplegreen@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gosh isn't she just lovely? So many pretty things to choose from but the gloves have all of the right ingredients - cute, quirky and original. They're my favourite! xo

    ReplyDelete
  18. I tweeted from @DarlingDisarray xo

    ReplyDelete
  19. I've been following you on GFC for ages, ages, ages and every week when I stop by to catch up on posts, am inspired by how much progress and love you've poured into it xo

    ReplyDelete
  20. I left a comment on the awesome Thanksgivingy looking DIY flowers post. Yay for pretty inspiration! Kerry xo kerryajhiatt@googlemail.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. There are lots of lovely things! The rabbits are very cute and the The Cerise - Flower hair clip and corsage is gorgeous too

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am following your blog with GFC

    ReplyDelete
  23. Not that my daughter needs another stuffed animal to join the legions that already inhabit our house, but...that Mouse King is awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yes ma'am I'm a blog follower! Thanks for doing this giveaway!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Peas and Carrots Fingerless Gloves <3

    ReplyDelete
  26. Follower of MaieDae via GCF ;P

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is so wonderful! Thank you to everyone who checked out my shop and blog...xoxo...and a HUGE thank you to Savannah for putting this together...xoxo

    ReplyDelete