The deadline to enter the Tiny Turtle Photo Contest is today! I will accept email submissions and Flickr submissions up to midnight tonight (12:00am EST). I will post the winners tomorrow here and by email.
You can email me your pictures firstname.lastname@example.org or you can tag your photo on Flickr with tinyturtlephotocontest
I also have listed a couple new painting in my shop
In the Meadow
So, its official! Enamor items can now be bought in a store! I’m soooo excited!!!
I took an hour road trip to White Lake, Michigan today to take some things to Gazelle’s House of Handmades. The driveway was welcoming with colorful signs and decorations. I met with Tammy, the owner, soon after being greeted by her dog upon entering the shop.
I walked around the house-turned-craft shop and took many photos! There were some amazing things! Jewelry, artwork, pillows, COOKIES, baby items, CHOCOLATE, housewares, COFFEE, and holiday items are just a variety of what you can find at Gazelle’s. This is truly a unique place for gifts… and maybe stuff to buy for yourself too!
I found myself walking around many times, each time finding something I didn’t see the first time. So fun! Tammy said she has around 100 different artists selling at her shop right now, after only being open since this summer. I feel honored to be part of her shop too!
If you live in Michigan, this is a must see shop, well worth the travel to get there. Gazelle’s is closed on Sunday’s and Monday’s, but is open the rest of the week. The shop is located at 6680 Grass Lake Rd, in White Lake. Please visit the Gazelle’s website for more information.
So… I bought this can of plastic alphabet soup some months ago, confident I would get inspired to do something with them eventually. The letters themselves are meant for scrapbooking, but I had a bigger purpose in mind.
A year or so ago, I made a bowl from melted beads, inspired by instructions posted on Craftster. I have seen some others make bowls out of plastic dinos and army men. Natural progression would be melted letters and numbers, right? At least that’s how it worked in my mind.
Here’s what the letters looked like pre-melting:
I lined a glass bowl with foil, set the oven to 400 degrees, and arranged the plastic beauties inside the bowl. After the bowl was melted, I stuck it in the freezer to cool. About 10 minutes later, I pulled it out, peeled the foil off, and the bowl was finished.
Bowls are cool and all, but how can you show one off to your friends? Thus, the “melted art” pendant came into being. I had some letters left over from the bowl that I hadn’t used, so I lined a small bread pan with foil and set the letters flat so they would fuse together. I was pleased with the result.
I’m hoping to try and find more colors to make more necklaces with!
The necklace is available at my Etsy shop
Yes, even though I’m 24, its still a tradition to color eggs on Easter…its an excuse to get messy!
For the past 5 years, it has been a tradition with my fiance’s family to dye eggs and then draw on them with Sharpies. This was my “mod egg”. I left my egg in pink dye for 10 minutes and 5 minutes in purple. I love the result.
The past two years we have blown out some of the eggs so they keep and we can turn them into everyday ornaments with a little wire and ribbon. These are the three I made this year. The blue bird one will go in my kitchen and the other two I plan on giving away as gifts.
Hope you all have a blessed Easter!
Friday night was the grand opening gala at the Armory Arts, where I currently live and do crafty things. All of the tenants are artists, which is cool because it’s inspiring being surrounded by creative people. The armory itself is the old Jackson prison, which was newly renovated and updated into brand new modern apartments and galleries. About 500 people came to the gala. We had a couple politicians come and speak, along with the Detroit Pistons drum-line, and a cool tap group from Detroit perform throughout the evening.
I had the privilege of helping the armory’s curator, Jane, hang most of the pieces in the main gallery on Tuesday. I have always sort of wanted to work in an art museum (not full time though!), so its cool to have one downstairs from my apartment. I had 4 paintings hanging in the gallery, along with a few of my photographs.
Art Van also brought in some furniture to set up a VIP Lounge area in the main gallery. I had to try the sofas out the day before the gala…they were so comfy!
Fellow Etsy-an, Clairigami, also lives at the Armory, and had a very cool display room of her 3-D paper sculptures. Some of the artists opened up their apartments so people could tour through them. I went and visited 8 open apartments, and each one was so uniquely decorated. Some people had their studios open so you could see work in progress.
I had made a new bird painting specially for the gala, and I was excited I would get to put it on Etsy afterward… about halfway through the evening, I found out a couple wanted to buy my firebird painting! I met and chatted with the couple in the gallery and sold it on the spot. I plan on doing some more like it soon!
I’m hoping to try and use the gallery space in the future to house an indie craft show. For more information on the Armory Arts, please see theirwebsite
Stay tuned for my Sampler Favorites!