Monday, January 31, 2011
KALLA from Japan is one of them:
Her design uses simple pattern in vibrant and bold colors. Her shop sells handmade goods with her print as well as fabric pieces for you to create something.
Umbrella Prints showcases subtle and modern design:
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Recycled file folder or other cover weight paper from the recycle bin
X-acto™ Knife or Scissors
2 or 3 binder clips
Bone folder or butter knife
* I used a recycled folder in this tutorial, however any cover weight paper will work. Some suggestions are: light weight cardboard from boxes and packaging, magazine covers, old paper back book covers
1. Download puffpillowtemplate.jpg and print it out full size (a scale has been placed on each jpg to help with printing at the correct proportions).
2. Cut out the template for A. Puff Pillow Body and B. End Fold Template. Using template A, trace the outside of the puff pillow on the file folder or cover weight paper. Make sure to lightly mark the fold lines. Cut out the body of the puff pillow.
Friday, January 28, 2011
And if Baltimore's not your favorite city - well, we don't want to hear it! But you can find charming, romantic prints of almost any city you can think of. A couple of my favorites - New Orleans:
Thursday, January 27, 2011
If you would like to share the love you can make your own card, send a vintage cards or if you don't have time to make cards, you can buy them and have them delivered to Etsy. Below I have taken the liberty to pick out a few Valentines you can purchase from local artist to make things a bit easier!
For more information visit the Etsy Storque.
By Kolleen Kilduff from Design by Night.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Letterpress printing is a relief printing method- meaning that a surface with raised areas is inked and pressed against paper. Woodcuts are another form of relief printing. During the 1400s, a way to economically print books was in demand, and Gutenberg is credited with creating movable type- small pieces of metal (usually lead) with one letter raised above the surface. This allowed for the creation of words, sentences and pages by assembling the individual letters, and for mass production of printed works.
Presses evolved over the next 500 years, but the practice of using lead type continues today. A more recent development is the photosensitive polymer plate, which allows any text or graphic to be turned into a relief printing plate. Most of the commercial letterpress printed items you see today are printed from polymer plates.
You can be sure that you'll get people's attention with a letterpress printed business card or wedding invitation- and now you can understand a small bit of the history behind the process.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Written by LindasPaperie
Monday, January 24, 2011
MICA is hosting a series of five free two-hour workshops as part of the I Heart Art: Baltimore collaboration between Etsy, BEST and the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Art & Design.
Each workshop will emphasize important aspects of running a small business for creative professionals. All workshops will be both in-person on the art school’s campus as well as webcast online. Each workshop will be archived and available for anyone to view. To view archives, please visit www.mica.edu/spcs.
The first workshop, Realities of Running an Indie Biz will meet online on Tuesday, January 25th. It is open to the first 100 Etsy members to attend by visiting a link *they will update here at 6:30 p.m. ET on the 25th.* Bookmark this page and remember to pop in early so you get a spot! The link will not be live until 6:30 p.m. ET on the 25th, with the presentation starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Attendance online is limited, so participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Realities of Running an Indie Biz
Tuesday, January 25th, 7-9 p.m. ET
Your own business: will it be a dream come true — or a nightmare? This two-hour workshop is designed to give you a running start in the right direction. It combines a few key insights on “The Biggest Challenge” (selling your stuff) with useful tips and tricks. The last half-hour of the workshop will be used for questions and answers from the live audience and the online community.
The workshop leader, Greg Conderacci, brings 40 years of marketing and communication experience as a Wall Street Journal reporter, head of marketing for major companies, a sales coach, a business school faculty member, and as head of his own independent business, Good Ground Consulting.
Upcoming workshops include:
Tuesday, 2/22 Finding Your Market
Tuesday, 3/29 Tax Time
Tuesday, 4/12 Web Marketing
Tuesday, 5/3 Growing Your Arts Business
We're really excited about this collaboration, and will be announcing our own monthly workshops in the next few weeks, so make sure you keep an eye here for all the news!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
1 1/4 cups of sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 can (15oz) pizza sauce
1 cup chopped pepperoni
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup cooked Italian sausage
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese (for topping)
In a large saucepan, saute mushrooms and onion in oil for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add water, pizza sauce, pepperoni, tomatoes, sausage and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Before serving, stir in Parmesan cheese. Garnish with mozzarella cheese. Serves 4.
Written by Sugar Paperie.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Sprout has decided he is a many of man hats, and while this is great coverage for his noggin, his style choices aren't always shall we say- stylin'? Enter Born To Love Clothing! Stylish infant and toddler fedoras and skate visor beanies! What I love best is that the line was started by a stay at home Mom, with help from a creative Dad, and all inspired by their son! Resulting in a hip entrepreneurial family business! My favorites are the black fedora and tan argyle visor. You can check out the entire line at Urban Baby Runway which coincidentally is a locally owned online boutique started by another stay at home Mom!
Written by Dandelion-Blu.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Still looking for bridal jewelry or attendant gifts? Look no further than the Best of Baltimore Crafts wedding items!
link will take you to an ETSY page that features several local crafters who make custom jewelry, favors, accessories, papergoods and more.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Recently I got a catalog from Fossil. One of the photos showed a girl wearing a simple cardigan sweater and a cluster of oversize flower pins. All in all, the pins were not that expensive individually but if you wanted to wear the in a cluster of three it would cost you around $45, plus they weren’t even handmade! After looking at the catalog several times I decided to take a trip to the fabric store and see if I could come up with an alternative that I could make for less money.
For less than $10, I made three pins…making this project great for gift giving!
What you will need to make one large (approximately 4.5”) pin:
1/8 of a yard of 30” wool felt
2.8 cm pin back
Thread in matching color of wool
Ruler or measuring tape
Hot glue gun or fabric glue
1. Download feltflowerpattern.jpg and print it out full size (a scale has been placed on each jpg to help with printing at the correct proportions). Cut out the patterns.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Some relaxing bath essentials:
Bubble Dough Solid Bubble Bath by WicksandWorx
Therapeutic Organic Massage Oil -Anti Stress and Energy Bath and Body Oil by BotanicalLabs
Relaxing Bath Herbal Bath Tea Salts by Lana Bella