Saturday, October 27, 2012

Three Felt Hair Accessory Tutorials for Fall

Felt Pinwheel Hair Pins
I think felt is the best fabric to craft with in the fall. It comes in great colors, is easy to work with and doesn't fray! It's versatility can be used for a range of projects. So get out your felt and start crafting these three easy and cute fall felt accessories by Kolleen from Design by Night.

Felt Pinwheel Hair Pins are sure to be a hit for something with a bit of whimsy. 

No Sew flower pins

These No Sew Flowers can added to a variety of other projects for a little fall flair.

Felt flower headband

No Sew Flower Headband super quick and super easy...get out those glue guns!

Written by: Kolleen from Design by Night

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Last chance to apply for Last Chance Holiday Show!

Applications for the second annual Last Chance Holiday Craft Show to be held Dec. 8, 2012 at Faith Community Church, 5315 Harford Road are now live! The show hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are looking for quality, handmade work in a variety of media. All crafts must be handmade by the seller - no re-sellers allowed. This year's show will have live music, an excellent food vendor, free craft activities for the kids, and free parking. 

Applications can be found at and are due no later than midnight October 26, 2012. Vendors will be notified of acceptance by November 2nd. There is no fee to apply.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Three Things- biking around town

I’d love to take a stylish spin around on this vintage Schwinn seat with my bear buckle clasped and my Pendleton bag around one shoulder.

Bear belt buckle by Pip Robins

60s Schwinn Black & White "S" Bicycle Seat by Side of Kitsch

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Favorite Shop: Holly Levell

Holly Levell is an artist I recently discovered on Etsy.  Living and working out of England, she creates incredible made-to-order soft sculptures out of everyday objects.  Her website is chock full of photos of her work, so definitely check it out!  It is really great stuff. 

Written by Rachael of Open Eyes Press.  Images courtesy of Holly Levell.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Finds- Fall!

Fall is such a cozy time of year. Here are some great finds to get you in the spirit of the season!

Mulling Cider Spice Mix – Stir it into a mug of cider for a tasty fall treat.

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Hand-Knitted Owl Mittens - These adorable mittens still allow you the use of your fingers!

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Orange Chocolate Soap – Made by BEST member Baltimoresoaps, this looks good enough to eat!

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Felted Acorns – You could put these in a ceramic bowl for a subtle autumn decoration.

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Last Chance Holiday Craft Show Applications due 10/26

Applications for the second annual Last Chance Holiday Craft Show to be held Dec. 8, 2012 at Faith Community Church, 5315 Harford Road are now live! The show hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are looking for quality, handmade work in a variety of media. All crafts must be handmade by the seller - no re-sellers allowed. This year's show will have live music, an excellent food vendor, free craft activities for the kids, and free parking. 

Applications can be found at and are due no later than midnight October 26, 2012. Vendors will be notified of acceptance by November 2nd. There is no fee to apply.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I'm Working On- For Pet Parents by Heavens to Bessie

Custom work can be so much fun! I was contacted recently by a super fantastic lady, to create a necklace for her that incorporated both the paw and snout of her pup on a necklace. I have done paw prints for a bit now but I have never done a snout, and I so love doing things I have never done before.

Next thing you know the paw/snout necklace was created and shipped off to the other coast. My client was really happy with her necklace and to be honest, it was my favorite thing I had made in quite sometime.

The Snout necklace has found it's way into my shop now and can be hand stamped with a name or date. Take a look!

written by Sara of Heaven's to Bessie 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hummus in a Hurry

Hummus is a staple food in my house, especially during the summer months when the vegetables are rolling in from the garden.  For whatever reason, I was never big on making my own until I discovered Ann Byrne's "Hummus in a Hurry" recipe (What Can I Bring Cookbook, 2007).  It doesn't require sesame tahini, which I rarely have laying around, and is super easy to throw together.  All you need are seven ingredients, and a food processor or blender.  This dip is great for parties, too- it's vegan/vegetarian friendly, gluten free, and doesn't have sesame, which some people are allergic to.  If you have the time, I recommend adding roasted garlic instead of raw, and/or roasted peppers or eggplant to change up the flavor.  Enjoy!   

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Hummus in a Hurry (serves 6 to 8)
3 medium size or 2 large size garlic cloves, peeled
1 can (about 15 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil

1) Using a food processor or blender, mince the garlic cloves.

2) Drain chickpeas, setting aside the liquid.  Add the chickpeas, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper to the minced garlic.  Process in short pulses until the chickpeas are minced.  Stop the machine and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.

3) Add the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of the reserved chickpea liquid to the processor bowl.  Process until the hummus is smooth, adding 1 to 2 more tablespoons of the chickpea liquid as needed- the hummus should have the consistency of a milkshake.  Taste for seasoning and add more as needed.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Written by Rachael of Open Eyes Press.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Clover Mart is this weekend!

The fall season is upon us, and what better way to spend an October Sunday than by taking a trip to beautiful Ardmore, PA to peruse Clover Market?  Vintage, antiques, and handmade abound at this regionally and nationally acclaimed open air event, and with over 100 vendors, I guarantee you'll be able to find a few one-of-a-kind treasures to take home!  BEST's own Yummy & Company and Open Eyes Press will be there, so come by and say hello!

Written by Rachael of Open Eyes Press.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Art With A Heart Staff Art Show


"You're invited!  Please join us this Saturday, October 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, as Art with a Heart hosts its third annual Staff Art Show.  We hold this event each year to honor and exhibit the extraordinary artwork of the individuals who compassionately share their talent with our students. The artwork will be for sale, with 25% of the proceeds benefiting Art with a Heart."

Participating artists include: 
Michelle Barattucci, Jo Brown, Theresa Columbus, Sue Concannon, Hillary Dempster, Clare Elliott, Sarah Forst, Kate Gomprecht, Katie Grauer, Audrey Hamilton, Jenny Hyle, Lorraine Imwold, Jaime Kauffman, Emily Kimak, Nichole Leavy, Leslie Maloff, Melissa Moore, Linda Orante, Steve Riddle, Nancy Smith, Ali Solonche and Edward Williams

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Go O's!

For the last 10 or 15 years Camden Yards has just not been the same. Half the time the fans of the visiting team far outweigh those in orange. This lackluster attitude has been unfortunate, but it is finally turning around. We have our beloved Orioles back again and you can feel it all over Baltimore. I have been lucky enough to attend several home games and it is like being transported back to when I would go to games as a kid. There is something in the air, and it is exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time. Hell I just spent $75 on new Orioles flare and I am not even sorry about it.

By the way, if you have not been to the yard lately, perhaps you have been as in the dark as I was about the new "IT" thing to eat. Stuggy's, which is right at the main gate sells hot dogs, topped with crab mac and cheese and sprinkled with old bay. You just read all of that correctly. It is amazing. Period. 

written by Sara of Heavens to Bessie 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Final Ballston Arts Market of the season!

Now's your chance to get a jump on your Holiday shopping at the FINAL Ballston Arts Market of the season on Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM - 4 PM!  
Presented to the community by the Ballston Business Improvement District (BBID), the Ballston Arts Market is the only upscale, handmade art market in Arlington, VA.
Located in the shady, tree-lined Welburn Square, (across from the Ballston Metro stop) the Market is held on the second Saturdays of every month through October with a revolving array of artists.

Catch your favorite artist at the FINAL MARKET OF THE SEASON!
Don't miss your opportunity to buy your family and friends the best hand-crafted Holiday gifts around from Baltimore Etsy Street team members Becca & Mars and Red Prairie Press

October's market also features:
  • FREE admission
  • FREE Ballston Arts Market tote bag to early visitors
  • FREE raffle to win an artisan basket worth $250
  • FREE live music by Snakehead Run (noon - 2 PM) & Threesound (2:30 - 4 PM)
  • FREE demos by select artists
written by Erica of Becca & Mars

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

For those of us that are lucky enough to live close to the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race is a must see event. From Tuesday, October 9th-Thursday, October 11th, there are some fun maritime events taking place leading up to the start of the race. On Wednesday, be sure to catch the parade of sails which can be seen in Canton, Fells Point and the Inner Harbor. Be sure to catch our very own, Pride of Maryland, sail in this race.

For more information please visit their website.

Written by Stacey of StudioG  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fells Point Festival this weekend!

Join us this weekend, October 6th & 7th for the 46th Annual Fells Point Fun Festival.
Beautiful waterfront street festival featuring Arts & Crafts, live music, beer gardens and more!

Browse the quaint shops along the cobblestone streets of Fells Point.

Bring the kids for puppet and magic shows and stroll through the Carnival of Wonders!

On Sunday, have a locally crafted beer and sample the fine food truck offerings all while watching the RAVENS game on a JUMBOTRON!!

Something for everyone in one of Baltimore’s most fun and funky neighborhoods!

Saturday and Sunday, October 6th & 7th from 11am to 7pm.

BEST members Yummy & Company and Mackwire will be there, so stop by and say hello!

written by Kate of Mackwire

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Holiday Heap....only a few days left to apply

Applications are NOW OPEN for Holiday Heap 2012 - An alternative craft fair in Baltimore, hosted by Charm City Craft Mafia! Holiday Heap is a juried show and you must apply each time to get in. Each year, we feature over 60 talented artists, selling their own unique handmade ceramics, jewelry, prints, paintings, sculptures, plushies, apparel, homegoods, bath & body products and so much more! In addition to the fantastic holiday shopping, there are also food trucks and coffee vendors on hand to keep shoppers fueled and happy throughout the day.


Applications are open through October 5th at midnight. Don't forget to take sparkling photos of your very best work, and fill out the application in its entirety in order to be considered. Good Luck, Crafters!

Last 1st Friday in Annapolis this weekend!

This weekend is the last First Sunday Arts Festival in downtown Annapolis and I will be there! I have been working away like crazy in the studio and will have TONS of new hand stamped pieces as well as some other fun things.

If you have never been down to the First Sunday Arts Festival, you really should go down. It is a great show with fantastic vendors in 3 different area. Of course it being in downtown Annapolis is a fantastic plus!

The festival is this Sunday, and is the last one until next May. It opens at 12:00 and goes until 5pm. You can find all the information you need at

                                                     Come down. Say hi. Have fun!

Ready for the Election?

You can get your own "Team Donkey" necklace here
~or your own "Team Elephant" necklace here

 written by Sara of Heavens to Bessie

Monday, October 1, 2012


Some of our favorite local craft superstars have published a new book!!! The amazing gals who host the Summit of Awesome each year have put their collective knowledge and experience in one place for easy reference!
Handmade to Sell:  Hello Craft's Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz by:Kelly Rand; Christine Ernest; Sara Dick; Kimberly Dorn is available for purchase,  be sure to pick up a copy and take your craft business to the next level!!!