Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Etsy Blog

So Christmas has come early for me this year, one of my tutorials is featured on the How-Tuesday edition of the Etsy blog! I'm in some fabulous company, so check out the great ideas.

How-Tuesday: Last Minute Packaging Round Up

Monday, December 20, 2010

Etsy's World of Crafts

Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey Headband

Saturday night we went to see the Holiday Burlesque show at the Creative Alliance. I am a big fan of Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey. So to show my fan appreciation I whipped up a special Trixie/Monkey headband that I wanted to share with everyone.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Felt Flower Brooch How-to for under $10!

I love getting catalogs in the mail, for me they are a poor man’s magazine. One of my favorite things it so sign up for catalogs from expensive stores, pick out an outfit or an item and try to find a cheaper version somewhere else to recreate the look.

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
Straight pins
2.8 cm pin back
Sewing needle
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.

  2. Pin the 4.5” flower base pattern to one end of the felt and cut it out. Cut a strip of felt 30” long by 2” wide.

  3. Snip the length of felt, creating a fringe effect. Make the cuts about a quarter of an inch away from the end. The individual snips should be between a quarter and three-eighths of an inch wide but they do not need to be perfect. The randomness of the size adds to the character of the flower.

  4. Thread your needle with approximately 25” of double layered thread. Along the un-snipped edge, run a gather stitch the length of the fringe. Pull the gather as snug as it will go and tie off the end but do not cut off the excess thread.

  5. Starting at the end with the needle and thread, roll the fringe around itself stay stitching the end to keep it in place (see Fig. 5A). After you have rolled the entire fringe upon itself and stitched to secure the shape, tie off and cut the excess thread (see Fig. 5B).

  6. Glue the pin back to the center of the flower.

  7. Cut out the heart shaped pin cover from the remaining felt* and glue it over the base of the pin back. This covers up any glue and helps to secure the pin further.

    *NOTE: I used an alternate color just to jazz up the back but using a second color is not necessary
  8. Apply an ample amount of glue the center back, sewn area of the flower and attach it to the pin base.

  9. To finish flower fluff and separate the petals. Take the scissors and randomly snip and shape the ends of the petals so they are not all at a perfect squared angle.

Smaller Version: To make the smaller version of the flower pin, use the 3.25” base and on step #2 cut the long piece of fabric so it is 30” long by 1.5” wide instead of two.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Upcoming Shows

Here is a list of upcoming shows:

Dec. 3rd
Trunk Show
6-9 p.m.
Kiss’n Make-up
827 W. 36th Street
Balto., MD 21211

Dec. 4th
Holiday Fair
Kiss’n Make-up booth
1 a.m. - 4 p.m.
5204 Roland Avenue
Balto., MD 21210

Dec. 5th
Merry Mart
Creative Alliance
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave.
Balto., MD 21224

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Heart Art: Baltimore - This Friday!

Don't forget about the meet-n-greet party on MICA campus this Friday, November 19, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET. Food, drink, music and a craft activity will be included in the festivities taking place in Brown Center’s Leidy Atrium, 1301. W. Mount Royal Ave.

Come meet Vanessa and Morgan from Etsy and members of the Baltimore Etsy Street Team. There will be a raffle full of goodies from BEST artists, MICA, and Etsy, so get there early! And don't forget to bring your business cards!

Please RSVP by calling 410-225-2219 or e-mailing We can’t wait to see you at the party! For directions, please visit:

Originally posted on Baltimore Etsy Street Team blog.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Heist this weekend!

Come visit me and Jill Popowich Designs at the DC Craft Mafia's Holiday Heist.

When: Sunday, November 21

Time: 10 AM - 5 PM

Where: The Soundry
316 Dominion Road
Vienna, VA 22180

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Decor Galore this weekend!

Come visit me this weekend at the The Junior League Décor Galore. An all day shopping event on Saturday, November 13th from 9am to 5pm featuring “gifts for you and the home” inlcuding jewelry, gifts, accessories, children's clothing, housewares and more!

Location: 1830 York Road Timonium
(former location of Scan near Starbucks, Chipotle & Quiznos)

All proceeds from the event will help the Junior League of Baltimore continue our service in the Baltimore community (99 years so far!).

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Day in Paradise

Another day in paradise to me is when I can craft instead of doing my normal 9-5 job. Thanks to a big hearted boss and the opportunity to donate a tree to Carroll Hospice's Festival of Trees it has been paradise in the office (at least for a few hours each week).

Our beach themed tree is coming along great. It is amazing what can be done with a group of crafty people, shells, some hot glue and lots of glitter. Here are some of the cute ornaments we have made.

These crafty signs were hand painted by Erin, a graphic designer at Devaney & Associates. She used inexpensive pre-cut signs from the craft store as the base. The designs were done on her computer and then she printed and traced them onto the signs to hand paint. Then she added little touches, like the rafia and seashells, to finish off these beachy signs.

A beach theme wouldn't be complete without flip flops! We searched high and low for inexpensive flip flop ornaments but everything was $10 or more. So we ordered these flip flop necklaces from Oriental Trading Company and removed the necklace string, spray painted them gold and added ribbon and raffia to finish them off. At $4.99 a dozen this option was much more economical. Often thinking out of the box and making small changes to an item can give you great results.

These cute holiday balls were put together by Art Director Michele using Design Your Own, Clear Ornaments, sand, miniature shells, raffia and ribbon.

This ornament was a true collaboration. We had left over shells and starfish. By themselves they were too small to put on the tree. I added the beads and the wire to the top, Michele used some E6000 glue to attach the starfish to the front of the shell and our Production Manager Kristen (who has a slight obsession with Martha Stewart glitter) came in and added a bit of holiday sparkle to finish it off.

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Star is Born–Starfish Holiday Ornament Tutorial

For the past several years my work, Devaney & Associates, has donated a fully decorated tree to Carroll Hospice’s Festival of Trees. Each year we democratically pick a theme and then carry this theme out in Christmas tree form. After a very close race, this year's theme is a beach tree.

Not only do we get to do a good deed, we often find ourselves creating great crafts (with the added bonus of crafting during work hours). So as our agency develops these beachy ornaments I thought I would share some of the how-to’s with my few (but loyal) readers. So fix yourself a pina colada, turn on that sun lamp and get ready to craft.

The first ornament is a real tree diva…a glittery starfish.

What you will need:
12” of 20 guage wire (we used copper)
4” (or so) starfish
Wire cutter
Glitter (we used Martha Stewart’s Crystal Course Glitter)
White Craft Glue (we used Modge Podge)
Inexpensive paint brush (to apply glue)
2 to 3 medium sized glass beads

  1. Generously brush glue on to one side of the starfish and cover starfish in glitter. After it is completely dried, turn over the starfish and repeat with the back side. Hint: you might want to do this on a paper plate to make for easy cleanup and to save the unused glitter.

  2. Measure and cut a 12” piece of wire. Carefully wrap one end of the wire to one of the points of the starfish.

  3. String the beads onto the wire. Bend the wire at a 90° angle to the beads and starfish.

  4. Hold the open end of the wire in your hands and carefully create a spiral by making a small open ended loop at the beginning and then wrapping the wire around progressively having the loops get larger, see fig 4 for sample.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pretty Paper Pansies How-To

These pretty paper pansies are a cheap alternative to store bought scrapbooking flowers. They are made from recycled paper bags and pages from old books and magazines. They are a great addition for most paper crafts including, cards, invitations, scrapbooking and gift tags.

I used my final flower by gluing it to a bobby pin and placing it on a gift tag to add a little something extra to a present.

What you will need:
  • Recycled brown craft paper bag
  • A page or two from an old book or magazine (newspaper is too thin)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper Glue
  • Button
  • Teaspoon
  • Dish towel
  • Paper towels
  1. Download pansypattern.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 each flower pattern. Using the large pansy flower pattern trace three flowers on the brown paper bag and book pages. Then take the small flower pattern and trace two small flowers on the book pages.

  3. Cut out all the flowers. Referring to the dotted lines on the original pattern, carefully cut each flower between its petals.

  4. Take a dish towel and fold it in half and place a paper towel on top. Placing the pansy cut outs on top of the paper towels and lightly moisten the front and back of of the paper flower.

  5. To get the slight curling and creasing in the flower petals, take your teaspoon and place the end on one of the moist flower petals. With moderate pressure press down and pull back the teaspoon stopping when you reach the middle of the flower.

  6. Repeat steps four and five with the remaining flower petals and let them dry completely.

  7. Starting with the larger flowers, glue them one on top of the other alternating paper colors. Use the two small flowers for the top of the flower. When gluing the flower layers make sure to rotate the positions so they are not all aligned.

  8. Take the spoon and place it on top of the glued flower and let it dry completely.

  9. Glue a button in the center to finish.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious Etsy finds…

Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Nevermore will you not have a perfect accessory to wear with this morbidly magnificent necklace from Art Under Glass "It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee..."

Like Edgar Allan Poe, true love can be yours if you purchase this Wrist Cuff from Ghost Love Jewelry

“TRUE! - nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses - not destroyed - not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily - how calmly I can tell you the whole story.”

This altered HeART Trunk by Sauvage Raven Creations will tell it’s own tale.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Not so Itsy-bitsy Spider Headband How-to

What you will need:
Hot Glue Gun
Sheet of black felt (cheap stiff kind)
2” Black Pom Pom
2-Googlie eyes
4-black pipe cleaners

1. Cut out a 1.5” circle out of the felt.

2. Glue the circle to the underside of the headband placed somewhere along the top. It doesn’t have to be centered.

3. Take a pipe cleaner and glue the center of the pipe cleaner on top of the felt circle running horizontally with the headband. Two pipe cleaners will go on each side of the headband. Refer to fig. 3 for placement.

4. Hot glue the googlie eyes onto the pom pom.

5. Glue the pom pom to the top of the felt, sandwiching the headband and pipe cleaners between the two.

6. Bend each pipe cleaner leg roughly in half facing down. Then take a small tip on the end of each pipe cleaner leg and bend it up, see fig. 6.