Monday, December 18, 2017

mini tapestry ornaments

I love the boho look of fiber weavings but I still haven't learned to weave (someday I will!) but I enjoy creating tapestry inspired decor out of simple materials. This year it would be fun to create mini tapestry ornaments that have the look and feel of a weaving but are way less time and work! 

I used canvas but just about anything could be used for this project- fabric, leather, denim, even thick paper. I started by cutting small pieces of canvas.

Then I sketched out my design. I used simple shapes and pattern.
Next, I painted everything. Since the shapes and designs are simple, I used vibrant color to add some POP! 

I continued to add more layers of color and simple shapes.

And then finished then off with some tiny dots, lines and details.

Once the paint dried, I cut fringe into the bottom of the canvas. 

I used little twigs that I collected from the yard as the hanger.

And sewed those twigs to the top of the canvas. The last step was to add string hanger.
The result is fun little ornaments to hang on the tree or even use as a present topper!






Thursday, December 14, 2017

shop handmade


I am excited to be sharing more makers! My hope is to inspire you to shop handmade this holiday season.
1. Emily Caven is a scientist-turned-artist who sells personalized watercolor paintings, fine art prints, and greeting cards at her online shop, BlueJay Bay. Her art maps and other paintings are fun and vibrant celebrations of the subject matter, appealing to nature lovers, travelers, happiness seekers, and gift givers. Emily’s made-to-order paintings can be personalized to suit your tastes, and the result is a one-of-a-kind, meaningful piece of art. Visit Emily's shop HERE


2.  I am Viktoria Rodek, illustrator and surface pattern designer. I love painting folk and nature inspired watercolour patterns and illustrations. In my shop I mainly sell originals, prints, notebooks and stickers.


3. Becca & Mars is a natural body care company specializing in bath products, skin care and aromatherapy. Our goal is to create lovingly crafted products with only the highest quality all natural ingredients. 
All items are handmade in small batches using pure essential oils; no synthetic fragrances.

4.  Daylong Daydreams is a creative business owned and operated by Amanda Kritzberg to showcase her original artwork and artistic projects. You'll find paintings with whimsical forest creatures, rainbow-inspired abstracts, and cotton candy skies. During the holidays, the shop features hand-painted Christmas ornaments, Hanukkah dreidels, and mini acrylic paintings on canvas. 


5. I hope you will find my shop and my art a place to come back to time and time again. My style is "fusion" just like cooking a little of this and little of that. All my art is filled with vibrant color, and  in your face art, I believe in the saying bold and loud makes a room come alive.So hopefully you will stay awhile and browse and find something you cant do without.  

6. SeamstressErin Designs publishes sewing patterns for Every Day Dress Up in sizes 0-24, cup sizes A-F. Join us in sewing a handmade wardrobe and playing Dress Up Every Day.

7. Most of the jewelry that I design, create and sell is made of repurposed silver plate platters, jewelers' bronze and sterling silver.  Each piece is as unique as the women who wear them.  You'll find me selling at shows, on line and in Amiro Art & Found, a St. Augustine gallery of which I am a co-owner. You can visit my online shop HERE

8. My name is Tanja Zinkl, I am a painter based in Vienna, Austria. I make funky acrylic paintings in all sizes to adorn your walls! My colourful original paintings are made of many layers of paint and collage elements, featuring mandalas, the human figure and elements of nature. You can visit my online shop HERE

9. It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the Christmas season. You decorate, shop, wrap, bake, go to parties and concerts and parades and… it’s all so wonderfully overwhelming! Then on top of that you need to take beautiful photos and scrapbook it all too? Scrapbook Christmas in January is a class that was created to take the stress out of recording your Christmas so you can do the bare minimum now and scrapbook your Christmas memories in January when you have time!

10. Sharing bold color, sweet flowers, and encouraging words through painting. Bethany Joy Art offers a variety of vibrant home decor and gifts including original art, art prints, greeting cards, painted accessories, signs, and more

11. Find original watercolor art on your favorite items at Hand and Hart Designs.  Beautiful, heartfelt gifts and decor for the Holidays!

12. Offering whimsical, unique home decor items with a vintage focus. New items for this Christmas season include cloth gift bags made from various fabrics including vintage embroidery, wool sweaters, and vintage tablecloths. Investigate our adorable wooden chalkboard Christmas gift tags upcycled from vintage shutter slats and incorporating various vintage papers, stamps and other embellishments. Visit The Darling Shop HERE

13. Sew You Like It is a shop full of whimsical quilted keepsakes where one can find quilts for home decor, for gift giving and for warmth.  All of the creations in my shop portray my attention to detail, my attraction to color and my love for quilting.

14. Whimsy Forest is a place of make believe and magic. The small toys are created with all natural materials; wool felt, wool stuffing and cotton thread. Stop on by, the critters love to meet new people.

15. Give the gift of a fun new skill or spend a relaxing family day stitching together. Hand embroidery is easy to learn with a copy of ebook 120 Embroidery Stitches and a fresh, modern embroidery pattern. And here are four ways to turn a PDF pattern into a wrappable gift, along with some free printable gift tags.

16. We pride ourselves on creating individual, stylish homewares and accessories using high quality, beautiful fabrics that include our own exclusive designs. All products are lovingly handmade in England and feature unique fabric prints in each collection of handcrafted items. Our statement pieces showcasing designer fabrics will bring an artful style to your wardrobe and home. Visit our shop HERE

17. La Rue de Fleurs is a handmade quilt and soft goods business inspired by the wonders of nature and childhood.  Using a mix of current and vintage fabrics, we create unique modern heirlooms for your home and family.  Each item is individually handmade and infused with love by artisan owner Janice Bailor in her Pennsylvania home studio.

18. At Culture Aromatics, we are doing something innovative and yummy!  First, we select organic vegetables and herbs and gently dehydrate them.  
Once dehydrated, we mill and combine the aromatics in specific proportions to create delicious aromatic flavor builders for cooking. Our process allows the flavors and nutrition of the milled blends to infuse into the food thoroughly for a scrumptious outcome.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

coconut nog

These days I don't consume a lot of dairy but I still like to enjoy yummy food and beverages that remind me of the days when I ate and drank dairy. Egg nog is one of things that I love the taste of but I just can't handle the ingredients. So during the holidays, I enjoy creating my own dairy/egg free version. It is simple, healthy and super delicious!


1 can of full fat coconut milk
1 cup almond milk
4 tablespoons of maple syrup (add more if you like it sweeter)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 pinch of cloves
1 handful of ice

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Serve cold and garnish with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle with spices.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

mixed media paper bows



It never fails, when I go to wrap a present, I realize that I don't have ribbon or bows. So over time, I've figured out some simple ways to create bows out of paper!
I have a lot of scrap paper with all kinds of mixed media layers and techniques on that paper. 
A simple bow is really easy to create with thick paper (like watercolor paper or cardstock.

Start with a strip of paper and fold each side into a loop.

Using hot glue, glue each edge down.

Add a smaller strip the the center.
The last step is to add two strips of paper glued to the back of the bow.

You can also create a variation of that simple bow by cutting your paper into a bow tie shape.

Next, fold each edge into the middle to create two loops and glue down.
Add a strip to the middle.


Add tails to the bottom to finish off the bow.


You can also create gift bows by cutting strips of paper- it helps to have those strips of paper the same width. I cut my strips around 3/4". 

I cut 5 strips, leaving 2 of those strips the original length (11 inches) and then I cut off about 1/2" from 2 of the strips and then 3/4" from 1 strip.

Next, twist each strip to form a loop at each end and glue in the center.

Layer the twisted strips on top of each other- the longest at the bottom and smaller at the top. Secure with glue as you layer.

These bows work best with lighter weight paper.


Monday, December 11, 2017

holiday gift tags for you!


Need last minute tags for your holiday wrapping? I've got a page of gift tags that I created from my art for you. Enjoy!


download HERE


Need more tags?

HERE, HERE and HERE


Thursday, December 07, 2017

shop handmade this season!


I am excited to be sharing more makers! My hope is to inspire you to shop handmade this holiday season.

1. I am a crochet and textile artist that is endlessly inspired by the beautiful, colorful nature. Bohemian at heart and by hook. I am enchanted by different materials and textures and love to experiment in mixing media to create my unique jewelry and accessories. I adore matching my crochet flowers with different materials, fabrics and beads to express the magical world I feel within myself. View all of my work at The Little Treasures shop.

2. Hi, my name is Lisa Hetrick, the owner of Indigojade Art. I am a watercolor and mixed media artist focused on creating “Art that Makes you Feel Good.”  I believe we all need a bit of light, love and encouragement in our daily lives. My prints, gifts, and original canvas art bring word and image together in an inspiring, joyful way. It is my hope that my art brings more grace and positivity into the lives of their new owners. 


3. One of a kind handwoven scarves, key fobs, clutches, pendants, and other accessories in lush, unexpected color combinations from pigde pidge  Each piece is vibrant and unique -- the perfect gift for everyone in love with fibers, texture, and color. Learn to weave: fully illustrated tapestry weaving companions and deluxe loom kits for the beginner!


4. The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry contains twenty inspiring projects to launch you on the path of creating gift-worthy necklaces and earrings. Discover how the centuries old technique of paper quilling can give you modern, sophisticated jewelry without a high price tag.


5. Modern, minimalist, alpha garlands, made by hand. Offering a boutique selection of hand cut quotationals for home or atelier, GINGER*URCHIN alpha garlands will elevate and adorn an otherwise blank space on wall, door, or office cube, adding a touch of inspiration to your favourite spaces. Bespoke messages available on request - visit the shop for more information.


6. MamAmor Dolls are handcrafted educational birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing dolls created to help birthing families prepare their children for the arrival of new siblings. They are wonderful educational tools for birth, breastfeeding and babywearing educators and professionals.  Mamamor Dolls are handmade in Edmonton, Canada by stay at home moms sewers. We use high-quality materials such as organic cotton interlock and merino yarn. We support small local businesses by partnering with them and by purchasing some of our materials.


7. 
Happy Print Club is a library of over 150 stationery designs (and counting) that you can download and print from home. All designs are original by artist Linda Tieu and members get instant access to ALL the downloads in the library upon sign-up. Happy printing!

8. Each of the dolls you see in my shop are made entirely by hand, using mixed fiber yarns. The extra long legs are designed for little hands to easily hold and the entire doll is button free for safety. Each doll is unique and one-of-a-kind, firmly stuffed but still snuggly.

9. I melt glass and hammer metal to create wearable works of art. I also do fused glass and watercolor. My main love is figuring out how to bring different types of art together for a fresh perspective. View my work over in my shop


10. I'm a mixed media artist and I paint with my fingers colorful artwork. I sell original art and many products: leggings, notebooks, headbands, art prints, cell phone covers and more! You'll love my bright and floral art! Shop here

11. 4Everly Adorned's mission is to encourage self expression through art, while contributing to the conservation of animals.  I sell hand-painted furniture & wall art. Part of all profits goes towards a non-profit I'm teamed up with out of South Africa, called Project Rhino KZ

12. I am a freelance illustrator and do commission work and commercial work, but I also sell affordable, emotive and whimsical illustration in my shop to brighten up children's rooms and home interiors.



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

creating with Jules: fabric christmas tree

It’s getting close to Christmas, and I just love super colourful decorations. So I delved into my fabric scrap collection (I can never throw out small pretty pieces of fabric- the always have a use!) and came up with these christmas tree decorations. I then accentuated them with glitter, because it’s the perfect time of the year for an excuse to use the sparkly stuff! 

You’ll need:

Stiff card 
PVA glue
Assorted fabric scraps
Silver glitter
Toothpick
Masking tape
Baking paper or sheet of plastic
Tiny amount of stuffing

First, we’ll make the cone out of the card.

Start by making a centre point (top anchor point) at the top of your card and measure 27cm (10.5”) straight down (bottom middle point), then mark again.

Then, using your top anchor point, swivel your ruler to the sides and mark with dots using the same length. Join the dots up and you will have created a curve for the bottom of the cone.

From the centre bottom point, measure an equal distance straight out to both edges. I chose 16cm (6”).

Draw lines from your top anchor point down to those side marks for the outline of the cone shape, adding a flap to the side that will be used to glue the cone together.

Cut out.

You can see using this method of creating a cone that you could make play around with different sizes.

Curl the card around so the flap lines up to the other side, glue, and use masking tape to hold in place.

Make a template out of some card for the scollops using the diagram as a guide. Place onto the wrong side of the fabric, outline and cut out. You can keep placing the template side by side to get longer lengths. As you go, check by wrapping your fabric strips around the cone to make sure you have enough lengths.

Lay fabric strips out over baking paper or plastic. Mix some PVA glue and water with a ratio of 1:1. Paint it on to the back and front of the fabric strips and leave to dry.

Once they are dry and stiffened, use your fingers to curl up the edges of the fabric.


Start by gluing a strip of fabric along the bottom of the cone before you start with your scolloped pieces. Run glue along the top edges of the scolloped fabric strips and start wrapping them around the cone. 

Make sure when you go up a layer that the cone is covered by the fabric so that you can’t see the card underneath. Continue until the cone is completely covered.


Using 2 small scraps of fabric, place wrong sides together and lightly draw a star shape.

Sew all around the star leaving the bottom two edges open. Lightly fill the star with some stuffing, and then sew the two remaining edges closed, leaving a small gap in the bottom middle.

Trim around the star close to the stitching.

Pop some glue onto the end of a tooth pick and insert it into the base of the star, and then place some more glue onto the other end of the toothpick and poke it into the top of the tree. (If there’s no hole there use your scissors to snip off the very tip of the cone so that there is.)

Using a brush, paint PVA glue onto the very edges of the scolloped fabric and the edges of the star and sprinkle silver glitter all over, tapping off the excess.


Then enjoy your colourful christmas tree decoration! I’d love to see yours if you make one!

Jules :)

You can find more of Jules here:




Tuesday, December 05, 2017

9 simple watercolor gift tags

Why buy holiday gift tags when you can make your own!? Today I've got 9 crazy easy ways to create watercolor gift tags.
1. Paint simple watercolor flowers.
2. Splatter that paint all over those tags.
3. Start by covering the tag with clear water and then add simple shape to that wet surface.
4. Use a white crayon to scribble and draw and then paint over the top.
5. Paint simple plaid inspired designs.
6. Paint a simple tree.
7. Dip those tags into watercolor water.
8. Paint simple leaves.
9. Use expressive dots, dashes and brushstrokes to fill that tag.
















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