Friday, November 30, 2012

Merry Mart this Sunday!

Find one of a kind  gifts, clothing, handbags, plushies, ceramics, soaps, kids’ toys, mixed media, amazing jewelry, and great art at this year's Merry Mart! Support handmade (like me) and shop local this holiday season.

Merry Mart will take place Sunday, December 2nd from 11-5 pm and will feature the areas most talented artist and crafters in the Baltimore area. Merry Mart will be held at the Creative Alliance, located at 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD right in the heart of Highlandtown.

Merry Mart showcases high quality handmade arts and crafts from indie crafters, such as, members of the Charm City Craft Mafia, the Baltimore Etsy Street Team (BEST) and fine artists and crafts people from Highlandtown and across the region.

Merry Mart is also please to have two worthy artistic non-profit craft organizations at this year’s Merry Mart, Mother Made Baltimore and the Baltimore Love Project. Enjoy a brunch in Clementine’s and do your holiday spending locally!

Drop off and Shop on! Feel free to drop-off your child (ages 4-10) to have some art making fun while you shop. Sign up at the door to the classroom (2nd floor). Space is limited. Our stellar teaching staff will lead an activity. Noon-3pm. FREE.

To view a full vendor list click here!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Greenbelt Festival of Lights Art & Craft Fair this weekend!

Come visit me at the Greenbelt Festival of Lights Art and Craft Fair this weekend. Fabulous and funky! Featuring juried professional artists and crafters selling their own, handmade wares.

Where: 15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770 (click here to see a map)

Saturday, December 1, 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 2, 11am-4pm

Hope to see you their!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap Saturday!

Come see me this Satruday at the Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap!

December 1, 2012
10am-5pm 2640
St Paul St, St John’s Church

To see a full vendor list click here

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rework Your Necklace!

I have a bunch of cheapy long bead plastic necklaces that I have picked up over the years. You can usually find them at yard sales and thrift store for a quarter. I often put them on then take them right off, until now! Rework your necklaces with a few minutes, some ribbon and a pair of scissors. Here's how:

I used 3 necklaces and some grosgrain ribbon.
Cut the ribbon into four pieces, two-12" and two-18".

Take one 18" piece and loop it through all the necklaces.
Tie a into a single knot.

Take a 12" piece of ribbon and center it on the knotted ribbon.
Using the ribbon that is already knotted to the necklaces
tie the 12" piece to the mix.

Take the 12" piece of ribbon and tie it into a bow.
Trim ribbon ends as needed. Repeat with the other side.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Felt Flower Pin Tutorial

Obviously I can't have enough felt flower pins in my wardrobe for this winter because I have come up with yet another felt flower tutorial. I can't help it, I love to add them to outfits in the winter for a little something extra. Hopefully you feel the same way too.

Hot glue gun
1/8 of a yard of three colors of felt
1" pin
Pinking Shears
Needle & Thread

  1. Print out the pattern below. (Use the scale to make sure the print out is the correct size).

  2. Cut six of each size petal from the felt. I used three colors so I cut 6-large petals from one color, 6-medium petals from another and 6-small petals from the last. Cut one backer.

  3. Take all of your petals and organize them from large on the bottom to small on top.

  4. Pick up one set of petals and pinch them together at the end. Using your needle and thread, sew threw all the folded layers on the bottom of the petal. (I used a light thread color just for the sake of this tutorial so you can see what I was doing, however I would suggest using a color that blends/matches your felt). Repeat with the remaining petals.

  5. Gather the petal string tightly together and knot but do not cut the string. Turn over the flower and sew the two end petals together to form a circle.

  6. Using the pinking shears cut two strips of felt, one 10" long and the other 9" long. Try to cut the strips to be about 3/8" by 1/2" wide. Which ever piece of felt that you cut longer will be on the outside of the roll that is used for the center of the flower.

  7. Place the short strip on top of the long strip butting a side of the ends together. Using a light hand, hot glue the strips together.

  8. Starting with the end where both strips are even, start to wrap the strips into a roll. Periodically add a dab of hot glue to keep the roll together. When you get to the end hot glue the last piece in place to form a circle out of the strip of felt.

  9. Hot glue the flat side of the roll and glue it to the center of the flower.

  10. Turn the flower over and hot glue the pin to the back by sandwiching the pin between the back of the flower and the oval backer you cut in step #2.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Chiffon & Tulle No Sew Flower

And the obsession with flowers continues. I don't understand I was such a tom boy as a child and now all I think about are flouncy, flirty, girly, fabric flowers. I blame it on the time a brick was dropped on my head and my mom thought it was hysterical...from tom boy to tutus!

Anyway here is another no sew flower. However, this one is a bit trickier because of the light weight of the fabric and the hot glue. So BE CAREFUL not to burn yourself, it if very easy. No one wants hot glue gun burned fingers!

Hot glue gun
Butter Knife (I used a plastic one so I didn't ruin a good one)
Small piece of felt
Chiffon (about an eighth to a quarter of a yard)
Tulle (about an eight of a yard)
Medium to large sized decorative shank button

  1. Print out the pattern below. (Use the scale to make sure the print out is the correct size). Out of the felt cut one 2.5"circle. Using the square, cut 30 pieces of chiffon and 10 pieces of tulle.

  2. Take a square of the chiffon and fold it in half but make sure it is off center (A). Then take that half and fold it in half again (B). 

  3. Place a dab of hot glue near the edge of the circle and place the corner of the folder petal on the glue. Using the butter knife, push down the fabric and hold it in place til it dries. Note: the knife might stick a little but the smooth surface should be easily removed from the glue leaving the petal attached to the felt backer.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using the chiffon to fill all around the edge of the backer. Don't be afraid to pack them in, you can always cut more fabric! After the edge is covered, repeat steps 2 and 3 using the rest of the fabric going around in circles until the felt backer is covered. To make my flower I used one circle layer of tulle right after the first outer circle. Then I continued with the chiffon to finish it up.

  5. Put hot glue on the back of the shank button and glue it to the center of the flower. Hold in place til the glue cools/dries.

Note: I did not make this flower into an accessory, however it would be great on a headband, as a hair clip or a pin. For ideas on different things to do with the flower refer to some of my other tutorials (headband, brooch, hair clips.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Festival on the Hill this weekend

Come see me and Mike this Saturday, October 13th at Festival on the Hill!

It takes place on the 1300 block of Bolton St. and Lanvale between Jenkins and Mason. Music and Festival activities will begin at 11 am and run til 5 pm. Come and enjoy the music, food, drink, and artists.

And for the young Festival go-ers, the Kid Zone is the place to be. Funds raised from the Festival go to support Memorial Episcopal Church and local non-profit organizations.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

No Sew, Felt Flower headband

Fall and felt just go hand in hand. So what better fall craft to make than out of felt? This cute headband is easy to make and would be great for those back to school outfits.

Felt (I used 2 colors)
Headband (optional, I put mine on a headband but you can easily make this into a pin or clips)
Computer and printer or compass
Hot glue gun

  1. Print out the pattern below. (Use the scale to make sure the print out is the correct size). Out of the felt cut two 2.75", two 2.25" and three 1.75" circles. I used 2 colors so I cut one of each color in each size. As far as the odd 1.75 circle that is left the color can be either one because it is the backer to attach the flower to the headband.

  2. Holding the two largest circles together, cut slits all around the edge to create a fringe affect. Repeat this step with two of the 2.25 and 1.75 circles.

  3.  Put a dab of hot glue in the center of on of the larger circles. Place the other large circle on top of it and pinch the center with your fingers. Pinching the fabric adds dimension to the end flower. WARNING: the hot glue can soak through the fabric so be careful not to burn yourself! Repeat this step with the remaining fringed circles going from largest to smallest (largest on the bottom).

  4. Hot glue a button to the center.

  5. OPTIONAL--Take your headband and figure out where on the headband you want your flowers. (I made two flowers for my headband but you can make one.) Glue the last small circle to the back of the flower making sure to sandwich the headband in place between the two pieces.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Quick No Sew Felt Flower Pins

Need instant gratification? Well this is the tutorial for you. These quick and easy no-sew felt flower bobby pins will take you no time what so ever!

Bobby Pin
Hot glue gun

  1. Cut five 2" circles out of the felt.

  2. Place a dab of hot glue slightly off center in the middle of one of the felt circles and fold in half.

  3. Place a second dab of glue in the center of the folded felt along the folded bottom and fold in half again. The final petal should look like figure 3.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with three more felt circles.
  5. Take the last untouched circle and fold it in half. Carefully cut a small slit in the center. Thread the bobby pin through the slit.

  6. Glue the petals to the front of the bobby pin backer.

  7. Add a dab of glue to the center of the flower and add a button to finish (I would suggest a shank style).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Felt Pinwheel Hair Pins

Sorry I have been a total slacker lately and haven't wanted to craft. Can you believe it? Not wanting to craft never happens to me! Well I decided my slacker-dum had to come to an end so I brought out my favorite fall weather fabric (felt) and started crafting. I came up with three new tutorials which I will share in the upcoming weeks starting with this one...Pinwheel bobby pins!

I used these pinwheels for hair pins but I could see them being used in a number of ways…cupcake toppers, party favors, jewelry, etc.

Needle and Thread
Bobby Pin
Computer and printer
Hot glue gun

  1. Print out the pattern below. (Use the scale to make sure the print out is the correct size).
  2.  Cut a piece of felt using the 2" square pattern. After the overall square is cut out, cut along the dotted lines making sure not to cut into the center area. Do all four corners.
  3. Fold one of the corners so it touches the center, stitch it into place. Repeat with other four corners and tie off thread on the back but do not cut it yet.

  4. Sew a button to the center.
  5. Using the pattern cut out a circle backer from the felt. Fold the circle in half and using your scissors cut a small slit in the center of the felt. Take the bobby pin and slide it into the slit. Glue bobby pin circle to the back of the pinwheel using hot glue.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Merry Mart Applications are live!

Summer is ending, kids are going back to school and the holidays are just around the corner so it's time to get ready for Merry Mart! Me (Design by Night) and my partner in craft crime Jill Popowich (Jill Popowich Designs) will be coordinating this year’s event.

We will be accepting vendor applications for the Sunday Dec. 2nd show starting now! We are looking for high-quality, handmade work in a variety of media. Merry Mart is an annual holiday craft show held at the Creative Alliance, and has become a tradition now that people look forward to!

Click here to apply now! Applying is FREE…so get to applying Please remember to read the application carefully. And don't worry, there's no fee to apply. Applications must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, September 28, 2012. Vendors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, October 5th.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Come see me at Hampdenfest this Saturday!

Come see me (Design by Night) this Saturday Hampdenfest! My table will be in front of Kiss and Makeup (and after the festival Kiss and Makeup will sell Design by Night Accessories!)

Hampdenfest celebrates all things Bawl'meron on September 8th with 4 stages of live music, a mac and cheese cook off, and toilet bowl races among many other interesting events.

September 8th 10am - 7pm
"The Avenue"
On the Avenue, 36 St. between Falls and Chestnut

For more information, visit

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ombre fabric painted lace flower

When making quick and easy-to-sew flowers lace is the way to go. However, I am often aggravated by the limited colors that you can get lace in…usually only white, cream or black…BORING! So when I saw Simply Spray fabric paint I was super excited.

Simply Spray is exactly like it sounds, spray paint for fabric. It is quick and easy compared to mixing up dye in pots. Plus, you can use exactly what you need unlike mixing vats of fabric dye. I decided to try use the fabric paint to make an ombre piece of lace for a fabric flower pin.

40" of 1.5" wide lace in white or cream
Simply Spray fabric paint for upholstery
Rubber gloves
Drop cloth or old towel
Millinery needle
Glass beads
Gator clip
X-acto or utility knife
Marking Chalk
Hot Glue
  1. Outside or in a well ventilated area spread out your drop cloth. Wearing your gloves, take the lace and saturate it with water. Lay the lace on the drop cloth in a straight line. Using the Simply Spray fabric paint spray the bottom of the lace. When spraying mine I actually aimed the spray paint slightly below the bottom of the lace.* Because the lace is wet the paint will bleed to create the ombre effect.

    *NOTE: Before you spray your lace you might want to test spray a few scraps to get a feel for using the fabric paint. I wanted a light ombre but depending on where you spray you can create a more saturated paint look.
  2. After the lace is thoroughly dry, run a stitch at the bottom of the lace and gather it tightly and tie off the thread.
  3. Spiral the lace in a tight circle to form the flower. Stitch the layers in place through the center. Sew a cluster of beads to the center of the flower. How many is up to you, you just need enough to cover the "ugly" center of the flower. I chose to do a big cluster.

  4. Cut a piece of felt in a 1.75" circle.

  5. Using your chalk mark on the felt circle where to slit the felt to slip on the pin and gator clip. I used both because I interchange my flowers between lapel pin and hair clip but you can do just one or the other depending on how you want to use the accessory. Carefully cut small slits for the pin/clip. Slip your pin/clip through the openings.

  6. Glue the felt backer to the back side of your flower.