back from maker faire

I got back this afternoon from my 2nd trip to Austin Maker Faire. I went without the kids and Mr. Z (it would've been just too much this time around). I missed them a bunch because I saw so much I know they would've enjoyed. This year I wasn't a 'maker' per se (no booth) so my experience was different. However, it was still a lot of fun because of all the people that I saw again and the new people that I met.

So serious looking. I promise I was having fun.

I gave a demo at the Craft booth on how to make a diorama (remember?). I'm really happy with an interesting variation that I showed. I'll be using for a Christmas mantel decoration piece. Stay tuned. There was also the added bonus of meeting some of my very friendly blog readers. Hello ladies! You can delurk now!

Just like last year there was so much going on everywhere. Actually, I think there was more. There was no shortage of creativity and the demos and maker booths were very inspiring. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a talker but boy oh boy did I talk yesterday! How could I not? Here are just some of the great people that I met up with: Tina Barseghian (Craft editor-in-chief), Rachel Hobson, Jennifer Perkins, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Lisa Chouinard, Amie Needham, Jennifer Ramos (my little C loves here new apron Jennifer!) and Elizabeth Soule. I know I left some people out. I was going to post a bunch of photos but I'm too tired to do that now. Maybe tomorrow.

Oh! I can finally publicly announce the name of my upcoming book: Home, Paper, Scissors. Love it! The book will be published in August of 2009. Can't wait!


  1. I simply Adore your book title.
    I hope I have an equally nice time at the Houston quilt market as you did here.

  2. I love love love love loved getting to meet you and hang out with you. I still SO bummed I missed your demo. I wish I could go to Fabric 2.0 next weekend, but my poor fam is just not ready for me to be gone another weekend. Have fun! And I hope to get to hang out with you again soon!

    And - CONGRATS on being able to release the name of your book. Cannot wait to see it! :)

  3. It looks like lots of fun Patricia. As I said before I love your work. It's awesome how much you can share in that type of fairs. I also do crafts, but more on a hobby or need base. I'd love to learn from you and read your book.
    Congratulations on your successful career!

  4. Oh congrats on the book name!

  5. Oh my gosh - I had a booth there too - it was so busy I didn't get to see your demo, but wow was that fun!

    Can't wait to see you're book!!


  6. It was so good to see you at Maker Faire! Thanks for sitting through my demo, it was nice to have a familar face in the crowd.

  7. Thanks everyone! :)

    Rachel, I had a GREAT time meeting you and hanging out.

    Jennifer - it was great to see you again! You may have inspired me to dust off and tackle one of my old bangles.

    Michelle - I can't wait to see you here in Houston!

    Lydia - I don't think I saw your booth! Too bad. :(

    You're right Magda, it was a lot of fun. Thanks for your kind words.

  8. Thanks for the recap. It was really sweet to meet you! Though it took me a while to get it ;)
    We were all laughing about it last night. So dorky!

    Congrats on the book! I would love to devote some time to writing a book in the next year or so.

    Thanks for making my day awesome.

  9. Okay, okay. I'm de-lurking now. :) I'm the blonde one who loves orange and who was a front-rower. I got a copy of that magazine (above post) at the Maker Faire.

    Thanks for showing us how to diorama. I am not sure why, but it's so much easier to do something if I can either do it myself or see someone else do it, so now I feel confident that I can do it now. We didn't have time to stop at Ikea, though, for the boxes because we spent the entire time at the Maker Faire.

    It was great to meet you and I'll tell the other one to post here. :)


  10. I hope you try the diorama LIsa. It's not as hard as it may seem and they're fun to make! It was great to meet you too!

  11. Hi Patricia, You are such a talent! I look forward to seeing your book.