Plus he’s organized monthly Virtual Paintouts where any painter can join in. (This month everyone is painting London.)
Wire Art Jewelry by Mel: I started making jewelry over 10 years ago, even longer if you count some jewelry I made with my father while I was still in grade school. I am basically self-taught with the experience of working with several great artists and teaching. My degrees are in art and psychology from a small liberal arts college. I moved to California to go to grad school, but never made it. I started creating jewelry as my main source of income there and began working for a company (whose name I cannot legally mention) making jewelry showcases for department stores. So, you may have seen my work without even knowing it, since they did not incorporate the artists names. I moved back near Chicago a few years ago and continue my passion for art, working from a studio in Wheaton.
Jane of Sweet Dixie Designs began painting furniture as a creative outlet after graduating college 25 years ago. With a degree in Textile Design, painting furniture began as a fun outlet. She painted rocking chairs and stools to give friends as baby gifts and then it just grew into a business. Her experience ranges from painting large items such as armoires to smaller home accessories and she has sold them through craft shows and stores. After taking some time off from painting while her children were little, she wanted to get back to being creative. She found Etsy and opened her store selling photo frames in November. These frames are a great way to add color and pattern into your home decor and to showcase your special photos. Isn’t the little scalloped detail along the edges sweet?
Jane is inspired by what she sees happening in home decor magazines and even fashion magazines. You can definitely see her textile background in her fabric-influenced patterns.
I have always loved color and pattern and like the idea that at first glance it may look like the frame is covered in paper or fabric and then you realize that it is paint. My style isn’t really modern or traditional, I just like what I like.
Jane is a mom of three and her fourth child is her “Sweet Dixie” a rescued greyhound, her shop’s namesake. She enjoys finding new patterns and colors and hopes to add a variety of items to her shop as time goes on.
I think buying handmade is so important. After being out of the craft market for a while coming back into it I now see how many people make a living from their art. The time and care that goes into each item cannot be duplicated.
Sweet Dixie Designs frames would make great gifts for that upcoming baby shower or wedding. Go visit her shop, there are tons of great designs and color schemes to choose from!
I find the best stuff in the Try Handmade Gallery! Here are some simple and satisfying bath products from Green Love.
Green Love: I am a mom with two wonderful daughters (8 and 4 years old). My husband and I run Green Love together. We started making and selling natural bath and body products because we wanted only the best for our family and the Earth. We strive to use only high-quality ingredients that have real health benefits along with making you look and feel great! We are committed to protecting the environment and taking care of our bodies naturally. We do our best to live a “green” lifestyle and to reduce our carbon footprint. We even ride a bike to mail your packages! You can count on us to always have great customer service and great products – satisfaction guaranteed!
Memorial Day is coming up fast and whether you are throwing a backyard barbecue, traveling, or simply honoring family, friends, soldiers, and other loved ones, you can find handmade items to help make your Memorial Day special.
If you are having a party to celebrate Memorial Day and welcome the summer season, there are great, creative handmade solutions to help top off your festivities. How about these fun paper flowers from Tru Luxe? They would look gorgeous hanging above a table full of food and will look fresh and beautiful even after your party guests have gone home.
I mentioned a table full of food, didn’t I? And we all know that you can’t have a table full of food without something sweet. These Itty Bitty Bites from The Fetching Hound are sure to have your guests reaching for more and rubbing their tummies with delight.