A Crafty Tour of Seattle and Beyond

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This weekend I, igLiz, have a visitor coming to town. I am not sure if I am more excited to see her, or that I have the opportunity to let loose my inner tour director!

The visitor is Colleen, a college roommate from years past. She’s the one who lived with me during my rough and tumble junior year. She humored me as I pulled all-nighters at the college radio station to which she would play Kitchens of Distinction on the mornings I had 8a classes. She also taught me how a little lace and tissue paper can really make a difference in a project (long story). So, there’s no doubt that she has earned a grand ole ‘Crafty Saturday Tour of our fine Emerald City and surrounding areas.

I’ve decided to plan a day that is reminiscent of the jam-packed hilarity of our days of old. I’ve filled our dance card with DIY goodness and roadtrips too and fro. I figure that way I can spend our driving time telling her Seattle folklore in the form of my well-worn visitors’ spiel (“To the right we have the Fremont Troll. Notice the VW under his paw. Up ahead is that Sonic Boom Records that you’ve heard about on KEXP, and around the corner, ADOBE!”).

Saturday, 1/20: Game Pieces Necklace Workshop {Salvage Studio, Edmonds}
Good morning Edmonds! We’re going to start off the day with a hot glue gun. When I saw that there was a place that would teach us how to transform “game pieces such as Monopoly markers, bingo numbers and Boggle letters to craft multi-pendant, studded necklaces,” I jumped up and down. The Salvage Studio also promises to teach us drilling techniques and simple wire-works tips. Huzzah! Bring on the T, I, and G scrabble tiles! The workshop runs from 10am-12pm.

Saturday, 1/20: Craft Supply Swap {Green Lake Library, Seattle}
After a break for tea and crumpets, we’ll head to the Craft Supply Swap at the Green Lake Library (the event runs from 2:30-5:30 pm). Even though she didn’t pack her vintage buttons and fabric squares as currency, she’ll totally dig the afternoon of post-holiday bartering and craft chatting. For those of us with our scraps at the ready, the swap welcomes the trade of your leftovers from holiday crafting: fabric remnants, paper scraps, leftover fragrance/essential oils, old beads, unused string, cord, ribbon, outdated packaging materials, wood chips, recycled wrapping paper, etc. Rumor has it that snacks and beverages will be provided. The entrance fee is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville.

Saturday, 1/20: Patience Please / Shorthand for Epic {urbanXchange, Tacoma}
Next we are going to hit the road to Tacoma! Along the way I’ll talk about Dale Chihuly and Boeing and Ikea (which I’ll do my best not to stop off at along the way). Once we get there, we’re going to head right to urbanXchange for a rockshow and some Tacoma clothing shopping (urbanXchange specializes in used clothes and things by local designers). At 6.30p there’s a show with two of my favorite bands of the moment: Patience Please and Shorthand for Epic. Could there be better way to prove how good we have it here in the Pacific Northwest than a live show in a clothing shop? The show is free, all ages, and starts at 6.30p. Perfect for those of us on a mission to fit in as much as we can in one day.

Saturday, 1/20: Emily Haines and guests {The Crocodile, Seattle}
After our time in Tacoma, Colleen and I will get back in the makeshift tour-mobile and head north to Seattle to the Emily Haines show at the Crocodile. She’s heard me go on and on about the Croc. Ms. Haines is best known for her work in Metric and Broken Social Scene, and this time she’s in town to support her latest solo release The Knives Don’t Have Your Back. I’m guessing by this time Colleen and I will be beat so the early show time (8.30p doors), the limited seating (seating being the notable part), and ‘guest’ openers (the Crocodile only lists “and guests” which I think means “probably won’t be that long of an opening slot”) will put an end of the day twinkle in our eye.

So that’s the plan, as of now. Anyone else have any other suggestions?

With glitter and twang,
dana, liz, char

*three imaginary girls*

in high ipod rotation {celebrating Hutch Harris Appreciation Month}:
Urban Legends
The Thermals
Hutch & Kathy

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows as well as album and film reviews.)

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