Featured Crafter Molly Shannon

4d8ded49e0586326feba0b9abb46b4b0 Molly Shannon learned to sew at a Singer shop in San Antonio 45 ago.

One end of the family’s dining tablewas always reserved for the Singer Featherweight and my sewing corner. There I made many school clothes, prom dresses, home decor items – and even a wedding dress. She made her first quilt in 1979 by hand.  You can see more of Molly’s work HERE 

 

Featured Crafter Dianna Moses

il_170x135.504260512_n8xw  Dianna Moses calls herself Lady D Crochet. She says “I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl, somewhere around 7 or 8. My Mom showed me how to crochet along with a lot of crafty things and I’m very thankful for everything she showed me. I couldn’t imagine going one day without crocheting. I truly love it and I love all kinds of different yarns.”

You can see Dianna’s work HERE 

Featured Artist Judy Pimperl

il_170x135.691453203_k5jf  Judy Pimperl started her Etsy shop while operating an art gallery that she co-owned with her best friend. She’s  since given up the brick and morter shop to focus on the hunt of finding things with which to create, and to actually have the time for that creative process to do it’s thing in her studio.  She says ” I never know where my creative spirit will take me next, but I’m sure it will be fun!! Inside my shop you will find many forms of art and some pretty little vintage things”

See Judy’s Etsy Shop HERE 

Featured Crafter Kristin Jones

1414172177016  Kristin Jones started her company “We all knit here” to help others learn to knit in an  easy way that she could not find. When she tried to learn to knit, she spent two weeks following youtube videos and could not figure out what she was doing wrong so she knew there was a need for  straightforward, step-by-step how-to-knit tutorials. She has free basketweave and cable-knit cozy patterns on her site   Kristin teaches private lessons in New York City and has wonderful beginner video tutorials on her own site HERE 

Feature Artist Mary Christou

6737919_orig  Mary Christou makes jewelry and teaches jewelry-making.  Her current passions are teaching and using vintage beads in new pieces along with wire, . She says “There’s nothing like the thrill of that moment when a person who thinks she isn’t creative and could never make such things realizes that she really can. And to see her face beam with pride when she wears her new creation. I just love to be there and to be part of that. ” You can see Mary’s work HERE
http://wireandwings.com/   You can this discount code for 15% off through December 31, 2015: DISC201415

Featured Artist John Rasmussengems

front1_20dcc20052014115740  John Atwell Rasmussen  taught geology for ten years and then becae an EMT. After retiring, he returned to his love of rocks, minerals and gems to become a lapidary and jeweler at Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC.

His wife, Debora Lee Rasmussen is disabled and does  the beaded pieces in the shop. Debora previously designed decorative swags and wreaths custom made for home decor. Check out their work HERE 

 

 

Featured Artist Jessica Parnell

il_170x135.134037108  Jessica is a self-taught mixed media artist and creator of one of a kind or limited editions.  She draws inspiration from children’s vintage storybook illustrations and stories.  She says “I just love the whimsical way they were written and drawn. Big eyes and bright, rich colors are what you will see in most of my designs. I also incorporate mixed media touches like paper, lace, fabric, molding paste, whatever strikes my fancy I will use it in some way. I work with canvas, acrylic paints, markers, pencils, and varnish to seal and protect my work.” You can find Jessica’s art HERE 

 

Featured Crafter Sue Breska

il_170x135.48164559  Sue creates one-of-a-kind crochet items using a variety of materials including VCR tape and plastic bags to crochet unusual projects.  Recently, she’s begun using yarns of different textures rather than just the usual worsted weight yarn. She says  “This has resulted in some beautiful surprises, as well as a few not-so-great items. Nevertheless, onward & upward! There are always new yarns to try & new techniques to learn.”

You can see Susie’s work HERE   

Do you make jewelry? Here’s how you can make some easy last-minute cash.

Many men won’t even begin their holiday shopping until this weekend and some will be doing it on their lunch hour  or on the way home Wed, Christmas eve.  If you create handmade jewelry, their procrastination can mean some easy cash for you. It’s not too late to set up a last minute trunk shows at a men’s hair salon,  health club or even a pub where men hang out. If you have the chutzpa (or ambition) to walk into any male-trafficked locale between now and Tuesday with a trunk of your gorgeous wares, you have a captive audience. The  guys in those places will see you as their savior because they don’t have to hit the mall frantic and guessing what their girlfriends, wives, mothers or sisters might like. You may offer to give the proprietor a percentage, a donation to his favorite charity or better yet a free piece for the woman in his life, but you may find he’s happy to just let you hang out because the excitement may generate more traffic and business for his venue as well. Do you have any idea how many men would love to have your help in choosing a piece of hand crafted jewelry for their wives, mothers or girlfriends rather than have to scour shops trying to figure out what girls want?  After a successful sale, you’ll have an open invitation to return for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Don’t overlook your own workplace, large office buildings, hospitals or any place else where last minute buyers will be thrilled to have you come to their rescue.

There are a lot more ideas and tips like this on  “12 Easy WAys to Make an Extra $1200. with your Craft.” 

Featured Artist Heather Greene

il_170x135.334509095  Heather Greene loves anything vintage, lacy, floral, wool, tulle and cashmere.  Her jewelry is very feminine, with classic lines. She loves meandering through antique shops and flea markets for vintage supplies and treasures and making them into new creations. Heather says, “I am happiest when I can be working in my studio. I often have visions of new designs when I’m falling asleep at night. I should probably keep a sketch pad next to my bed. Who knows how many ideas I’ve forgotten because I don’t remember them in the morning!. I can’t resist anything soft pink, light blue, or pale green!

You can see Heather’s gorgeous creations in her Etsy shop HERE