Friday, December 24, 2010
Of course there's you to thank, our readers, our friends, the people who allow us to do what we love. We love seeing you at shows, hearing your comments on the blog, we thank you for taking to the time to peek into our thoughts every day. (We know some days are better than others!). Thanks so much for your support.
On behalf of BEST, we'd like to wish you all the happiest of holidays & a warm, wonderful new year. See you in 2011!
Photo by zizzybaloobah
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This lovely cowl by GrayDesigns will help keep me warm.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Short Circuit tie for all those IT guys, by projector
Beer, hops, barley and wheat tie by toybreaker. Just don't spill beer on it, it's silk!
Psychedelic Eye by Scatterbrain, for when that report needs a fresh set of eyes.
and Nevermore Tie, because we love our Poe and Ravens here in Baltimore, by binarywinter
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Show will be at Case[werks] Gallery through December 29, 2010. Click here for more information.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Get Heidi's book, and get crafting with your kids!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Visiting a train garden around Christmas time is a favorite tradition of mine. I try to see these little models though my daughter's eyes. We take our time discovering the holiday decorations, fake snow, the tiny cars and people, hobos. And if you're lucky, you see the little puffs of smoke that pump out of the engine in unison with a whistle. These displays somehow evoke nostalgic memories and stir up warm feelings of our own past childhoods. I'm happy to help make those memories with my family during this holiday season.
But this is no generic train set up! The Highlandtown Train Garden is full of personality. The engineers made sure to complete it with personal touches from this side of the city. National Lumber, the Guide, Di Pasquales. Even the newly acquired Frank Zappa head sculpture is decked standing proud outside of the SE Anchor Library! This train garden is overflowing with the charm of East Baltimore.
Don't miss out! The schedule can be found here:
Friday, December 17, 2010
Some tasty treats from FarmDog
A black dog toy from thelab
A dapper bow tie from SillyBuddy (my Ralphie will look so dashing in this one)
Nothing says the dogs can't send cards! Holiday cards from our very own FuzzyMug
And a little something special from the dog, what better way to have them with you always. This custom nose print by rockmyworldinc
Thursday, December 16, 2010
TC Williams Craft Fair
When: Saturday, December 18th, 10am to 4pm
Where: T.C. Williams Cafeteria, Alexandria, VA
From 10 am - 4 pm you can come out and shop the handmade event, featuring some of your favorite BEST members, including Namoo and Lana Bella. The event takes place at T.C. Williams HS, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA. For more information, please visit their website.
Written by Insung of NAMOO
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I've recently acquired a few of strands of "Mali Wedding Beads." These beauties come in a variety of shapes and a rainbow of bright, primary colors. Originally manufactured in Bohemia or Czechoslovakia, contemporary examples are now being made in Ghana. The fortunate brides of Mali are given strands of these beads to wear on their wedding days. Though the beads have a very contemporary look, their shapes and colors date back to the 19th Century. Good strands of Mali wedding beads aren't inexpensive, and the tendency among Western designers is to break up the strands and use the individual beads for pendants, earrings, and bracelets. I love the traditional look of the massed beads and imagine them setting off a crisp white shirt or a turtleneck. I'm combining the beads with aluminum heishi and adding a fanciful little "counterweight" to dangle at the back. Here's one of the three I've made so far using some fine antique Czech beads:
Written by: Anne of Atelier-Beads
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Over the years I have made some changes to the recipe besides the size. I changed the flour proportions, I now puree the banana since my kids didn't like finding chunks of banana in there and I use mini chocolate chips. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it. I made some yesterday and the 3 of them ate 2 dozen for a snack.
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 medium ripe bananas, pureed
1 1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
about 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips, sometimes more depending on how it looks
Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In the blender, combine bananas, milk, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients until moist. Add chocolate chips and mix well. Grease muffin pan and fill about 3/4 full. (I don't measure for this step I use a small ice cream scoop to fill the pan) You can use muffin cups if you would like too. Bake at 400* for about 11 minutes or until done. Makes about 4 dozen mini muffins.
When I make these, I usually double it and then freeze about half of them since my kids eat them like I never have fed them before. Also. it is the only way I can get them to last more than 3 days.
Written by LindasPaperie
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Peace on Earth comes in a set of 4 cards including envelopes. The bird on the vine is pieced together from 3 different colors of paper. The bird is covered with clear glitter and has a black rhinestone for an eye, as well as the flower centers.
Written by LindasPaperie
Monday, December 6, 2010
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents its third annual MICA Art Market Wednesday, Dec. 8-Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Brown Center's Leidy Atrium, Falvey Hall lobby and Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W Mount Royal Ave. This festive, four-day sale features illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, book arts, toys, and wrapping paper designed and created by more than 250 MICA students, faculty, alumni and staff.
Join BEST members Bowerbox Press, Sugar Paperie, and greenstarstudio. Happy shopping!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Written by Kolleen of Design by Night
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Mini Stars of Today Stained Glass by beadedglass
Mini Snowflake Wooden Ornament Set (5) by TimberGreenWoods
Snowflake Necklace in Sliver and Resin by DestinysCreations
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Zipper Flower Brooch by CreatedbyLee