Wow! I just realized that it has been almost a year since I posted on this blog. Time really does fly when you are having fun (and running after a toddler). If you haven't already noticed, I am no longer sewing pouches or participating in craft fairs. I may decide in the future to go back to this business adventure but for now I am completely and happily engrossed in my mothering adventures. I still create on a daily basis and have begun a new series of mixed-media collages which I plan to share soon. Here's to a new year and new art adventures!
I am honored to have my 'alternative materials' weaving featured on The Weaving Kind's Instagram today. Lots of wonderfully creative weavings featured on their page. Check out all of January's challenge submissions here:
I was so very excited to learn that I was chosen as one of the Martha Stewart American Made CRAFT FINALIST! I move onto the finalist round and qualify for the Audience Choice Award. Voting for the award starts on Monday, September 21 so stay tuned for voting instructions!
I did it!! I nominated myself! Check out my profile for the Martha Stewart American Made Nomination page by clicking on the image below.
I am honored to have two of my upcycled vinyl pouched published in the new issue of GreenCraft Magazine Autumn 2015! Check them out on page 136!
Thank you to Silverman of Jersey City for donating these really large mesh signs. This material is not so easy to come by so I am very thankful to my friend Holly for organizing the donation. These signs were hung on their new Charles & Co. building while constructions was going on. The signs are so large that I have to take them outside in order to cut them up.
Mesh is great for pouches because the contents inside can be seen from the outside. I am going to get a lot of pouches out of them...this is just one of the four signs! A few new cosmetic bags are already listed in the ETSY shop. More to come!
Back in 2013, I was asked by The Jersey City Independent (JCI) to join their team as a blogger. Once a month, I would submit a do-it-yourself (DIY) project that utilized recycled and reused materials. I was excited at the opportunity and submitted monthly projects which are also included on the Inspiration page.
After some time, JCI underwent editorial and ownership changes so stories on their websites ceased for a while. When the site was up and running I was again asked to join the team and begin with new DIY projects. My first blog for 2015 was just that, Five Indoor Crafts To Make With Your Child.
For my second blog I wanted to try something a little different. Instead of constantly writing about myself, I wanted to share the creative life and ideas of another artist. Reuse Artist and Educator Maria Araceli Francisco is the first interview I conducted and wrote about.
After that article, I was asked to visit and review a painting exhibit by the artist Charles Kessler. Although hesitated at first (writing about art is harder for me than verbally discussing it). I took on the challenge, visited the exhibit, and interviewed Mr. Kessler about his art and life. What can out of this experience is a piece that I am very happy with. Playing With Paint: The Art of Charles Kessler is the first in more art reviews!
I will be participating in this year's Earth Day Celebration in Jersey City. Come on by and enjoy some earth friendly activities, yummy food, drinks, and handmade recycled crafts.
I am so overjoyed to announce that two of my upcycled vinyl sign pouches were accepted into Reart 2015 International Upcycle Exhibition & Book Launch. The exhibit, which will open on April 22, 2015 to coincide with Earth Day, will take place in Sydney, Australia and will highlight local and international artists. Visit Reart for more information.
I love supporting local small businesses. Bag The Habit is a wonderful business run by two amazing ladies who produce reusable shopping bags from environmentally-friendly fabric. I especially love using their reusable produce bags instead of the plastic bags for my fruits & veggies. Their market totes come in beautiful colors and fold up into a carry pouch when not in use. Not only are they reusable but they hold more than a plastic bag!
Head over to their Instagram page to enter their Earth Month Giveaway every Friday during the month of April.