Saturday, December 5, 2009

Come See Me at Holiday Heap 2009

Come see me today at the Charm City Craft Mafia's 3rd Annual Holiday Heap. Shop handmade and have fun with over 40 amazing, local, crafty vendors showing off their astounding apparel, jewelry, accessories, ceramics, paper goods and so much more! Drinks and snacks will be available from Red Emma’s.

Where: Saint John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
When: Saturday, December 5th, 10am-5pm

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Themed Thursday—Holiday Heap 2009!

This Saturday is the Charm City Craft Mafia's 3rd Annual Holiday Heap. I will be working a table representing BEST Baltimore Craft so I thought it would be appropriate to do a BEST/Holiday Heap Themed Thursday! You will be able to see the following BEST Baltimore Craft vendors, as well as, Charm City Craft Mafia Members and many other talented artisans this Saturday, December 5th at Saint John’s Church from 10am-5pm on 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Hope to see you there!


Jill Popowich Designs, lovely handcrafted jewelry in sterling silver


Dandeliaonblue, fabulous unique jewelry and accessories


The Littlest Bean, one-of-a-kind intricately cut felt and found media accessories for women and kids


Tigerlilly Shop, distinctive accessories, art stamps and home products


Elisa Shere Jewelry, skillfully crafted jewelry for women

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pipe Cleaner Candy Cane How-To (Great for kids)

Much like now, as a child my favorite past time was to craft. In anticipation of the winter holidays, year round I would construct tree ornaments. Bless my mother’s heart no matter how abominable the ornament she would hang it on our tree (where some still hang today). So to help channel my holiday craft spirit (and to keep too many toilet tissue roll ornaments from adorning the tree) my mom came up with this simple but cute candy cane craft for me to make.

What you will need:
1-red pipe cleaner
2-white pipe cleaners
Standard #2 wooden pencil
Scissors
  1. Take one red pipe cleaner and one white pipe cleaner, holding them side by side wind them around the pencil (fig. 1A and 1B).

  2. After the pipe cleaners have been wound from beginning to end carefully slip out the pencil. You will now have a red and white tube (fig. 2).


  3. Take the third pipe cleaner and guide it into the tube’s center (fig. 3).


  4. Take one end of the center pipe cleaner and fold it to clamp the outside of the candy cane, securing it in place (fig. 4).
  5. Trim the center pipe cleaner on the opposite end to about a half of inch (fig. 5).. Repeat step 4.

  6. Take your pipe cleaner barber pole and bend it into a candy cane shape (fig. 6).

Note: You can use up to four pipe cleaners to make larger candy canes (fig. note).