Rachele’s Originals: This bracelet was so much fun to make and would work with just about any outfit. It was completely hand sewn with much care and with great attention to detail. It is made with a variety of seed bead styles and colors and finished off with a lime colored button.
This week we are going to celebrate Pioneer Day. What is Pioneer Day? Well, Pioneer Day is actually an official Utah state holiday celebrated on July 24th, commemorating the Mormon pioneers. What’s that you say? You don’t live in Utah? You’re not a Mormon? Nope, me neither, but we can still celebrate the spirit of the pioneer. Although we most commonly associate the idea of a pioneer with the westward expansion through the United States, according to the dictionary, a pioneer is “a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development.” So, really, that makes all our crafty friends in the world of handmade goods pioneers of the creative community! Here are a few handmade items that recall both the pioneer spirit that helped settle the West and the creative pioneers that are settling the Internet today.
Whenever I think of pioneers, I think of covered wagons! You can bring this iconic image into your home with this great photo from Photographs by Jon Holiday. I love that this image is both rustic and colorful!
Baltimore, Maryland is this week’s focus of the Shop Local post. I found lots of great crafters who will all be showing at Squidfire’s Art Mart on May 9 from 11am – 6pm. Baltimore is a perfect spot for a day trip for a lot of people – DC, Central PA, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware. If you’re looking to get out of town but not spend the night, Baltimore might be the place for you!
This adorable scarflette is woven by hand by Carly Goss, a graduate of the fiber arts department of the Maryland Institute College of Art, using tencel and hand-dyed silk. I can almost feel the luscious fibers on my neck! Carly says she “[specializes] in bringing a new, modern aesthetic to traditional weaving patterns.” If you’re in the Baltimore-area, you can take a class at Carlybird Studio to try your hand at weaving!
JennyJen specializes in appliqued housewares & totes. This owl pillow is created from cotton, then the tree is appliqued with a quilted, mushroom color fabric, and then a felt owl is appliqued on top. Each of JennyJen’s pieces feature this whimsical flair with expressive animal characters.
“Naughty Kitten! Please don’t eat the fish.” Lana Kole designs wall decals to add a unique touch to your rooms. Being a renter, I love wall decals! They provide so much personality to a blank wall but leave no holes or other marks that need to be covered up. Lana Kole Studio also specializes in textile and surface design.
For more great artists and crafters in the Baltimore area, check out the Charm City Craft Mafia. And the Baltimore Etsy Street Team. You can also use Etsy’s Shop Local feature to find Baltimore artisans.
Delicate flowers may wish to avert their eyes, but the rest of you must bravely soldier on and see the great work in daspetey’s shop.
About the Zombie series: my obsession with the walking dead seems limitless. i have written songs, animated short stories, and now made paintings and block prints of them. maybe when the zombie apocalypse happens, i will be spared by the discerning undead, and made custodian of their legacy. at the very least, i can beat the zombies back with canvases bearing their likeness. this is a 6″x6″ hand-pulled block print on textured paper. it is not a real zombie. it cannot harm you.
Words to live by. Check it out.