I shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to. 🎵
You guys, it’s been over a year since my last blog post and only the words of Timbaland can convey how that makes me feel.
What have I been up to since we last saw each other? Well, I’ve made several new mixed media pieces that I’m really excited about (pics and details below). Once the animal ones get framed I’ll be actively searching for an exhibit for them all to be seen. I have ideas for the next piece but am waiting for a rainy weekend at home to get it jumpstarted. I sold three of my older pieces around the New Year and would love for these ones to get new homes too!
I’ll keep this post short and sweet so stay tuned next week to find out about my digital art progress and new job. 😎 Check out my work below and let me know what you think. And of course follow my social channels, especially IG, if you like my content. Later nerds. 🤓
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know, this is one of those love it or hate it holidays. Personally, I don’t care for the mushiness, stuffed teddybears, Hallmark cards, and heart-shaped everything. I do celebrate the February 14th because it’s my husband and my original anniversary of when we started dating 16 years ago!!
I think it’s a good day to celebrate someone you care about, and I don’t think that someone has to be a significant other per say. Why not a sister, brother, friend, co-worker, Mom or Dad? Remember back in grade school when you gave a Valentine to all your classmates? Let’s bring that back!!
This is one of those holidays when handmade or just really thoughtful gifts go a long way too. This year I decided to make a bunch of cute, valentine’s-inspired items for my Etsy shop. I came up with some really fun wooden spool photo holders. While the concept is not new, I gave them my own special flair by adding extra “bling” to the tops!
And of course I had to make my own Valentine’s. As a creative and lover of the environment, I always try to make my own cards from recycled materials. I had so much fun making these first three cards. They are made from the tops of those small, square Kleenex boxes, recycled greeting cards, Starbucks corrugated cup sleeves, scrap fabric, trim and assorted embellishments.
One thing that drives me crazy about cards is that they typically aren’t something you want to keep out for very long. So, the best part about these Valentine’s is they can be hung as a keepsake!
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For our special day, my husband and I will likely go to dinner somewhere close to home. Not too fancy, but more upscale than usual. I’d most likely be able to wear a cute dress with leggings and boots, which are more my style than a little black dress with heels (I don’t do heels). Perhaps I’ll splurge on a new outfit!
Modcloth has so many cute dresses and more and they’ve made shopping for Valentine’s Day super easy by creating their Sweetheart Shop. I checked it out and here’s three items I’d like to buy for V-Day:
This is the “About the Artist” dress, which I have been obsessed with for quite some time, but have not allowed myself to purchase yet. It is so simple, but still pretty and romantic.
I’d pair it with these adorable little pink ballet flats because they add just a touch more girly without being sickeningly sweet.
Finally, this bag, omg, this bag is the icing on the cake. How amazing is this? It looks like it came right out of an antique store and the colors go with the gray dress perfectly! If I end up buying these I’ll be sure to share a pic of me in the outfit!
The gloves were made from a pair of old pants, the ankles of which had awesome zippers on them.
The two animal bags were inspired by a pattern for a fish bag from Make it Love it blog. I had made that bag for my friend’s daughter’s 2nd birthday and it was so adorable, sadly I forgot to take a photo of it : (
Having designed my own patterns, I was very excited to hear that I could actually sell my patterns on Craftsy! Keep reading for more information!
How to Add & Sell a Pattern on Craftsy
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In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee!
How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!
1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns. 2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy. 3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes! 4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.
My name is Tara White and I am a local artist who specializes in polymer clay ornaments and jewelry. I recently started following your blog through WordPress, where I have my own blog. I wanted to find out if you ever write posts that feature local artists. If so, I would be very interested in being featured. I have been investing more and more of my time in promoting myself and I know that you have a very faithful following. I know that it would be beneficial to have even the smallest mention. I hope this is not too forward, but I figured it can’t hurt to ask! I really look forward to your reply.
Happy Patriots Day everyone! And Happy Marathon Monday for those of you in the Boston area! Although I did not get today off from work, I decided to take the day myself, to do some catching up after my trip to D.C. I went there to attend the American Association for Cancer Research conference to gain some knowledge as well as give a technical presentation about what I do at my work. The business side of the trip went well and so did the pleasure side!
I had the privilege of enjoying some amazing food – low country, southern comfort cuisine at Georgia Brown’s, family style Italian at Carmine’s and Spanish Tapas at La Tasca. I can honestly say that out of all the amazing food we had, my favorite, by far was the Dátiles con Tocino (Grilled bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Cabrales cheese) at La Tasca. So good and something I plan to make myself, but not until after my trip to Mexico, because they will be completely detrimental to wearing a bathing suit!
Now that I am back from D.C., I can finally start to get excited about my trip to Cancun, Mexico! One of my good friends from High School is getting married there, at the Secrets Maroma resort. There are 10 of us girls from Beverly, MA who have managed to stay in touch and be involved in all major occasions for over 15 years, which is so awesome. I am super excited to be able to join her down there for my first trip to Mexico!
Her bridal shower was yesterday and went so well. Of course it is a beach-themed wedding, with lovely blue colors. I helped with some of the decorations, including tissue paper pom-poms (made 100% by hand, not from the kit!) and these adorable mason jars I came up with last-minute. I also made the wedding favor tags, inspired by ideas from Etsy and Pinterest, using the cutest ocean-themed handmade rubber stamps from Brown Pigeon on Etsy. I used the stamps on the tops of the jars too!
I definitely have some more fun-filled weekends before the big trip, including the bachelorette party, at which part of the night will be spent enjoying a drag cabaret show!!
Before that though, I will be selling some of my creations along with supplies at a Destash Craft Fair this weekend. Here are the details:
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
At the Hastings House, 14 Oak St, Beverly, MA 01915
Check out the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/356615981120682/
Some of the items I’m hoping to destash include seashells, vintage jewelry, ribbon, beads, bells and more! If you live in the area, come check it out! Hope to see you there!