Wednesday, April 29, 2009

When I Am Free

Do you ever wonder why I stay,

When I am so controlled and stifled?

Do you wonder why I stay,

Midst your jealousy and rage?

My dream is that some day,

You will get bored with me and let me go.

Perhaps a rescuer will come and free me from your grasp.

Your soft, pseudo-caring grasp.

Your selfish, greedy, hoarding clutches that keep me all to yourself.

One day I will be free.

Though you will still control me,

For I will always love my beautiful, soft, manipulating captor...

Even when I am free

-Micol Kraft Day

I write this poem for those who are unable to express these feelings. I feel your pain, and you are in my prayers.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Doing the Mending

Yes, it's true. One of my favorite quotes is:

Use it up

Wear it out

Make it do

Or do without

That's an old saying from the Great Depression Era, I understand. Seems pretty appropriate in these times of repression, as well!

I was reminded of the quote yesterday, as I fixed the strap on one of my shoes with some super-strong glue. I thought of it again today as I stitched up an undergarment of mine that still has a lot of wear left in it, but had had a small rip.

I also like the saying, 'A stitch in time saves nine'.

I recall watching a cartoon when I was a little girl where Bugs Bunny sings,

"A stitch in time...will save nine...especially with a needle fine!"

I love to sing it to myself when I do some small repair job.

Do you get the moral behind that little ditty? If you repair a small hole with one stitch, it will save you from having to make many more stitches to repair the hole as it gets larger with wear and washing. As a fiber artist, I can truly understand why they used to darn socks and mend their precious handmade garments when they acquired holes.

We are all a bit more unattached to our pre-fab store-bought garments these days, but still, I would encourage you to set aside your mending projects in a little basket and pull it out as you wind down for the day. Work on your mending as they did back when there were no 'disposable clothes' or mass-produced goods. It should make you feel extra-proud to be so prudent, even though you may be able to afford to replace the item.

If someone asks you why you don't just go out any buy another one, you can wisely say,

"Waste not, want not!"

Hugs to the recyclers,


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dreams Do Come True

Here are shots of our banner and business cards for our fibertherapy group! The background is actually white. The photos were taken in the shade, so the colors are off, but you get the idea. We appreciate the hard work of the lovely people who made these promos and our new website possible:
My sister, Rachel Kraft, artist and graphic designer extraordinaire.
My husband, Cory Day, supporter of the arts, layouts/webmaster, and financier.
Joe and Jessica Dougherty, owners of Funky Finds, promotional goods providers and promoters of indie artists everywhere.
For your generous support, we thank you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fiber Therapy at Fort Worth's Spring Fling Arts Festival this Saturday!

Don't forget that this Saturday from 10am-6pm is the Funky Finds Spring Fling! The indoor event will showcase the work of over 130 talented artisans providing consumers the opportunity to find hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts, unique accessories, fashionable attire, home dècor and more.

Our local group will be there giving out FREE knitting and crochet kits and training to the first 50 students who sign up, as well as weaving, spinning (yarn making) and fiber preparation demonstrations.

WHEN: 10 am-6 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2009

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107

COST: Free


The family and pet-friendly event will feature a raffle benefiting Humane Society of North Texas, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and Aflac Cancer Center. The first 50 people to purchase a $1 raffle ticket will receive "go green" swag bags hand-crafted by the Dallas Craft Mafia full of funky goods. The Humane Society will also be on-hand facilitating pet adoptions.

The Spring Fling is a terrific way to celebrate Earth Day as many vendors create recycled and upcycled goods. Eco-conscious shoppers will appreciate having over 100 shops in one location eliminating the waste of time and gasoline driving around town.

Attend the Funky Finds Spring Fling on April 25 and celebrate handmade goods and independent artisans. Proud sponsors include Wimberley Enterprises, Inc., Cabbage Rose, Dallas Craft Mafia, Shop Shop Designs, Polka Dot Potato, Sublime Stitching, Craft Gossip and Handmade Parade.

ABOUT FUNKY FINDS: Funky Finds is a company dedicated to promoting independent artists, crafters and designers. Founded in 2006 by Jessica Dougherty and now run with husband Joseph Dougherty, Funky Finds features funky handmade goods on a daily basis. Visit our website for the latest finds at

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shall I?

Shall I?

Shall I be honest
Shall I be bold
Shall I be brave
Reveal secrets untold
Shall I have gumption enough to unfold
The thoughts of the oft-foggy
Past that I hold

-Micol Kraft Day