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The further adventures of Pink Craftie

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Written on July 20, 2007 1:46 AM

This month is two years since I started my getcrafty column! I took an unexpected hiatus of a couple of months to move from Los Angeles to Portland and work on some big projects, but I'm so excited to keep contributing to the site every month -- a big thank you to Christy and Nancy for having me.

A few months ago I got the chance to hostess Pink Craftie (aka CRAFT: magazine's adorable traveling robot mascot, handcrafted by Heidi Kenney), which was so much fun. She was the perfect excuse to do all kinds of crafty stuff, and snap lots of pictures.

The further adventures of Pink Craftie

We went to the Craft and Hobby Association convention in Anaheim (where we hung out with Jennifer Perkins, Vickie Howell, Kathy Cano Murillo, and Martha Stewart herself!), visited Superbuzzy world headquarters, admired the gorgeous vintage fabric in All Buttoned Up's sewing room, hiked up to the Observatory in Griffith Park, had lunch at Clifton's Cafeteria, learned to crochet with wire courtesy of Sister Diane, saw a sneak preview of the Institute For Figuring crocheted coral reefs show, went to Lisa Congdon's opening at ReForm School, shopped for fabric and beads in downtown LA, checked out the craft books at Powell's, visited Cathie and Steve on the set of "Creative Juice," and taught a Super Crafty workshop at the library.

And then, on a whirlwind trip to New York, we visited Kayte of Love Forever (and fellow getcrafty columnist!) and saw her lovely studio...

Pink Craftie visits the Love Forever Studio

Pink Craftie even got to hang out with Kayte's house rabbit Potato!

Pink Craftie and Potato

My nephew Julian and I made some Pink Craftie-inspired shrink art...

me and Julian with Pink Craftie

Here she is relaxing pre-shrink, and also traveling on a rocketship post-shrink.

Pink Craftie shrink art

She seemed to have a good time at Grand Central Station -- I think she enjoys trains. Like her cousin Gray Craftie, she likes spinning quickly in a circle.

Pink Craftie at Grand Central Station

All in all, I got to hang out with her for about a month and a half, and in that time we did some serious running around!

States visited: five
Flights: five
Train trips: four
Art openings: two
Martha Stewart speeches: one
Studio visits: four
Collaborative art projects: three

She recently hit San Diego to visit Mandy of Sappy Moose Tree, and an update of her latest adventures is over here on her blog. I miss her! I might have to talk to Heidi about getting a custom-order pink robot...

comment by Christy Petterson on July 24, 2007 9:26 PM:

Dear Pink Craftie,
Didn't you have sooo much fun visiting Susan? She is a very good hostess and I'm sure you had a great time!
Your Crafty Friend,