Tuesday, July 26, 2011
GypsyCrochet is this weeks Mystery Monday Pic!
....hop over and check it out!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Since the Months of Augusts and July are quickly becoming as popular as June for Weddings, this Month's challenge theme is 'Best Wedding Gift' ~
Cast your vote for your favorite, poll found in right hand side bar. Voting ends on July 30th at midnight!
Good luck to everyone!!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
This is going to be a short post for me this week since I will be getting ready for the Vintage Hollywood Art Show by Art Nouveau Events. For those of you in the South Florida Area or nearby, come check it out to say hello to a fellow FESTer!
So with that in mind, I figure I would leave all of you with a nice tutorial on how to make your own Cherry Blossom Necklace, brought to you by Crochet Today.
You can also download the pdf file too!
Good Luck and Godspeed,
Thursday, July 14, 2011
and besides talking about her beautiful creations and her endeavors of soap making
RecreationalArt, why not take some time and stop by and read up on some of her dirtly little secrets!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Mary stacks plates for “flower” garden stakes and fits them with a holder on the back so they can be set on a copper pipe and placed anywhere. Her amazing talent for combing colors and textures is evident in all of her works of art. An added benefit is her love for bringing new life to objects that might otherwise find themselves in a landfill. Treat your garden to a touch of Whimsy!
HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win by visiting Mary at GardenWhimsiesByMary or any of the FEST Team members listed in the Member Section. Find your favorite item, share it with us and tell us why you love it. Remember to add your email address so we can contact you if you are the Winner! Winner picked on 08/07/11. Simple and Easy!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Who are you?
I'm Maria proud mother of two beautiful children, loving wife of a very supportive husband, and creator of beautiful and original handmade items. I work full-time as an Accountant/Office Manager for a small company. There, I work with numbers all day long, so coming home to my family and to invent a piece of jewelry allows me to relax and express out loud my bubbly creative side.
What do you create?
I like to create pretty and charming necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are the perfect touch of elegance and sparkle for everyday wear. In order to accomplish that, I’m periodically learning new techniques. Moreover, I take different classes to keep up with current trends and the infinite ways to make original pieces even when I follow a given pattern
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration usually comes from the colors of the bead. I picked a bead, small or big, and then design around it.
When did you know you were an artist?
Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a fan of all things handcrafted. Among my hobbies: I love to knit baby pieces and I enjoy making unique cards, invitations, thank you notes, and the like.
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means “made with love.” Love to create something unique for someone special or not. It means that you are putting part of you on a piece that will make somebody happy. It is so rewarding to look at the finished piece and see that somebody “loves it or just likes it”
What is your favorite material to work with?
I like to work with pearls and shells.
What is your life outside of Etsy?
Outside Etsy, I’m a busy mom with a full time job. Most of my weekends are full of soccer, cheerleader, music, pool, and kids and adult parties. Some other weekends I knit or go to the beach.
What do you enjoy "window shopping" on Etsy on your free time?
I really enjoy seeing what other artist makes. It amazes me how creative Etsians are, their original ideas, the wide variety of materials some members use. I love to “window shop” on Etsy. I usually send link to my friends.-
What other interests do you have?
Love to spend time with friends and watch movies.-
Where do you live in Florida?
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Usually my husband come to my little oasis and takes out to go to bed or because we have to go someplace. But my creative mind is always working: sometimes I see a piece somebody is wearing and I think I can make better or different or just it gives me an idea.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
Honestly..in a new and bigger house.
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Carolina Herrera or Coco Channel
Where would you go if you had a time machine and why?
I would go to the 1920. Love the fashion of that time…so feminine.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I have done many. Let’s just leave it at that.-
If you were a dessert what would it be and why?
A plain bar of milk Chocolate. It is good by itself and it becomes great when is paired with something else like fruits, cookies, etc. I’m good by myself, but I become great among my family and friends.
Monday, July 4, 2011
This is Capt. Maricruz from the SS Tesla speaking loud and clear and I want to wish all of you a happy and safe 4th of July!
Happy Birthday America!
Good Luck and Godspeed,
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Team members, please post your entries to our Team Thread, add the tag JulyTeam to your listing and also add the Team Challenge to your listing title, the deadline for entry is July 15, 2011. The winner will be announced on August 1, 2011. Non team members, although you cannot participate in this challenge - if you have an Etsy shop: share a link to your items; or if you do not have a shop: let us know what items you would like to see!!!