Hook & Matter Blog

Inspiration Studio

Thank you Elaine for including our gold square earrings in your Sunday Shops post on The Inspiration Studio blog!

January 9, 2011

The Carrotbox

Fiber Puffy Rings are IN for winter!  Thanks Carrotbox!


December 20, 2010

Real Simple

Today is free shipping day on Etsy.  Today only – December 17th!  It’s your last chance to order gifts in time to receive them for Christmas!

Hook and Matter’s Etsy shop!

And, a mention on the Real Simple blog for my gold circle earrings!

December 17, 2010

A Studio of One’s Own!

What to do with a long narrow space in our house not wide enough for a bed?  A studio!!!

Finally, a place to store and organize everything neatly.  No more sawing at the kitchen table or cutting patterns on the floor in the living room.   My mom has a sewing room and I guess I always wanted one too.  A validation of my craft.

This tiny room needed a lot of love.  We had to rip up the carpet – dirty old navy elementary classroom style carpet.  Not knowing what was underneath or if it’d be salvageable, we were pleased to find a beautiful old painted hardwood floor.  After a day of removing carpeting staples, tacks and old rusty nails, we slathered 5 layers of paint on the old boards.  I’m so glad we were able to salvage the old flooring!

We painted the walls… and the floor again and the floor again and again…

I painted long shelving boards up the same color as the wall and then polyurethaned them.  My dad helped me put up the brackets.  Read, we had to drill 76  2 1/2″ screws into a brick wall.  It took a whole weekend.

I made curtains, put up two thick wood counter tops meant for a kitchen and moved in!  Voilà!

Well, almost done.  Still need to do something about that crooked old paper shade hanging from the ceiling.  Any suggestions?  Please!!!

Ahhh, I love it!!!

Update!  Stephanie of Metalicious wrote a post on my studio renovation as part of her series on NY Workspaces!  Check it out here on the {NewNew} Blog.  Thank you Stephanie!

December 9, 2010

Amy Sedaris & WNYC

Yay!  Amy Sedaris chose the arrow pillowcase for 2nd place in her craft contest!  You can see the other winners here – including an awesome apron made from old bermuda shorts by a 90+ year old woman with a great sense of humor.

I got to speak with Leonard Lopate and Amy Sedaris on air on WNYC December 3rd.  You can listen to the show here.  Especially if you want to hear Amy Sedaris tell me I look like a young Filipino boy.

December 8, 2010

Crafting with Amy Sedaris

Hey Crafters!

Leonard Lopate is hosting a crafting with stuff-around-your-house contest.  Amy Sedaris will be judging.  So be sure that there will be some lovingly weird entries!

Submit your entries here!  Winners will be announced on December 3rd.

Below are a few bookmarks from her new book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

November 28, 2010

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Weekend Sale

Hey Everyone –

Hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving.  If you’re buying gifts this weekend and don’t feel like crowds, check out our free shipping sale on all our Etsy earrings, rings, bracelets. Etsy shop is here!  Also, check out fellow Etsy Team members from the {NewNew} with sales!!!  The facebook event is here.

November 25, 2010

Korea Society Holiday Market

Please join me and fellow Etsy artisans at the Korea Society Holiday Market.  From 4 – 8 on November 30th and December 1st.

Address:  950 Third Avenue with entrance on 57th Street, 8th Floor

November 22, 2010

Cool Hunting for Gap Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Hello Everybody!

Check out Hook and Matter’s faceted earrings at the Cool Hunting for Gap Holiday shop on 5th Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets.  We’re honored to be among the 100 local artists and designers selected!

November 19, 2010

Fiber Show at the Can Factory

We’ll be at the Fiber Show at the local Old American Can Factory on November 28th from 11:00 – 5:00.  Come check out our new cozy fuzzy creations!

Chappaqua Fair

Come out to the Clinton’s backyard and visit the Hook and Matter tent!

November 3, 2010

Crafts in Chelsea

The {NewNew} is partnering with PS 11 to bring you Crafts in Chelsea III.  I’m proud to be setting up for the first time with my Etsy team The {NewNew}.  There will be more than 130 booths of beautiful handmade goods just in time for the holidays…and my birthday.

When:  Saturday, October 16th from 9 – 5

Where: 21st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues

October 8, 2010

Hester Street Fair and Fall Harvest Festival

Another last minute addition to my fall schedule line-up!  The Hester Street Fair and Hester Green Market are putting on a Harvest Festival this Sunday from 12 – 4.  I’m going to set-up a table to help celebrate my favorite season, FALL!

Where:  Corner of Hester and Essex on the Lower East Side

When:  Sunday October 16th.  The fair is 10 to 6.  Festival from 12 to 4.

How much:  Free, unless you wanna buy some cool jewelry!

Crafts at Rhinebeck

A last minute addition to my fall show line-up, Crafts at Rhinebeck.  A show at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds…  yes, where the Sheep and Wool Festival will be in TWO weeks!  Everything will be handmade.  I can’t wait to see what the other artists bring.

When: October 2nd and 3rd from 10 – 5.

Where:  Dutchess County Fairgrounds.  I’ll be in building A on the left.

Stop by and see my new necklaces and my sister Nikki’s awesome new vintage up-cycled Tupperware hanging lamps!  They’re so cool!

OMG!  Don’t they look amazing!

October 1, 2010

Etsy Treasuries

A couple of Hook and Matter admirers included a few of the sterling and brass pieces in their latest Treasuries. Check them out here!

Faceted Brass Studs

Punctured Brass and Sterling Ring

Long Brass Bar Stud Earrings

The long brass bars made it to the front page of Etsy too!

August 4, 2010

Hello from Rosendale!

Thanks to everyone I met this weekend at the Rosendale Street Fair! We had a great time. Hope to see you all again next year. In the meantime, welcome to Hook and Matter. Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

You can also check out my etsy shop at hookandmatter.etsy.com


July 25, 2010

Rosendale Street Festival

Please come visit me for the two day street festival in Rosendale, NY July 24th and 25th! I saw a poster that said there will be 71 bands.  Is that possible?

Directions, details, etc!

July 12, 2010

Will you dance with me?

Puffy Ring Dance! If the rings aren’t dancing, click on the image below to animate them again!

Also, check out Hook and Matter’s new fuzzy rings. I hope you think they are as fun as we do!

Remind me to never be an animator.  Do you know how long this took?!

June 18, 2010

Puffy Rings

Yay, the puffy crocheted rings are posted.  Check them out at Hook and Matter and Etsy!

June 17, 2010

Market in McCarren Park

Thanks to everyone who came to the market last weekend.  It was a success!

I had fun seeing everyone, the weather cooperated and some awesome people signed up for my mailing list.

June 16, 2010

I’m in business.

Thanks to Sarah Wymer at Studio SloMo!  I love my new letterpressed business cards.

June 8, 2010

Dig in, it’s launch time!

About time I made this official.  Here’s to Hook and Matter.

We have items on Etsy as well!  Please let us know what you think.

June 2, 2010

Summertime Cotton Crocheted Earrings

Colorful, playful crocheted earrings to match that new sundress.  Oh yeah!

May 23, 2010

Something borrowed, something blue…

My little sister is getting married and I needed something special to wear in my hair and she needed gifts to give the bridesmaids…voilà!  I’ll post pictures of them in action after the wedding!

May 22, 2010