Congratulations, Alicia!

Our random number generator selected you as the winner of our cookbook giveaway. We’ve contacted you via email, so check your inbox!

Thanks to all who particiapted—we’re thrilled about your enthusiastic response to The Everything Cast Iron book. (We know our mouths have been watering since we got our hands on the book! Rebeca’s got plans for one of those jumbo cookies this weekend. Mmmmmm….) We encourage you to purchase the book via an independent bookstore on or through Thanks again, all, and have a fabulous weekend!

Lastest (and last!) Newsletter Published

In the midst of our Bead&Button show, we posted the latest Newsletter to the website. You’ll notice that the newsletter format will be changing after this issue. We’ve had the same format for about 4 years, and, well, we’re itching to deliver information, coupons and updates to you in different ways. We’re pretty sure that you’ll like these changes, but we always like to check in with you as we make changes, so feel free to leave a comment here to let us know what you think.

This edition contains project ideas for size T14 (14ga 3/8″) — mongo-size maille! We’ve also included a quick finger ring project, color palette ideas and a listing of some upcoming classes and products.

Win a free book!

One of my fellow Chicago Craft Mafia sisters, Cinnamon Cooper, has just released a book called The Everything Cast-Iron Cookbook.

Not only am I excited about this book because one of my friends wrote it, and there are so many delicious, culturally rich dishes (300 recipes, whew!), but also because I was lucky enough to be one of the food testers! On a hot Chicago evening last summer, I enjoyed cornbread, seafood stew, crab cakes with spicy mayo, hush puppies, scallops seared in clarified butter, grilled vegetables and fresh fig muffins. Delicious. I would be Cinnamon’s food guinea pig any time. :-)

I know most of you B3 blog readers like to create things with your hands, and for many of you, that crafty urge extends into the kitchen. So to celebrate the release of her book, I’m offering you the chance to win an autographed copy.

All you have to do to win it is leave a comment on this blog entry. On the morning of Friday June 4th, we’ll randomly select one person to receive a copy of The Everything Cast-Iron Cookbook.

If you want to order your own copy, you can do so via an independent bookstore on or through (I also encourage you to write a review on Amazon.)

I must let you know that Cinnamon is one of the most generous and warm people I’ve ever met. What she has done for the Chicago craft scene is amazing. As one of the founders of the DIY Trunk Show, she’s worked hard to promote the handmade culture in this city. All of the purses she sells on her website are made by hand with a percentage of the proceeds donated to various charities. She works hard to find American-made components (trust me, this is not easy) and she only uses sweatshop free, fair trade, and ethically produced fabric and supplies. I admire her business and am proud to call her my friend.

So leave your comment below for a chance at winning this mouth-watering cookbook by a remarkable lady. Good luck, and happy cooking!

Swag for you at Bead&Button!

If you’re attending the Bead&Button show in a few weeks, here’s your chance to win a goody bag stuffed with Blue Buddha products.

Each bag contains a variety of chainmaille supplies (and a few miscellaneous items) worth at least $75.

To win one of these bags, here’s what you have to do:

1) Locate our ad in the Bead&Button show program
2) Look for Zed the cat hidden in the ad. (There are three cat heads, all of which are tricky to find.)
3) Find at least two Zed heads.
4) Be one of the first three people at our booth—#1154-1156—each day of the show and point out the Zed heads that you’ve circled in your show program.

And that’s it! Assuming you’re one of the first three people to correctly identify at least two Zed heads, the goody bag is yours!

One goody bag per customer, please. Share the chainmaille love!

We anticipate that there may be a mad dash toward our booth for these coveted bags (especially on Thursday and Friday). Please be respectful toward your fellow Bead&Button patrons while participating in this mad dash. :-)

See you in a few weeks!