Saturday, August 28, 2010

Art In The Mail

Before sites like Etsy were developed the only way I would be exposed to a new artist would be through a craft show or traveling to another city. The online world is fabulous for discovering new favorites. This little book arrived in the mail this week.

Beautifully packaged with ribbon and a vintage postcard it was hard to open. The 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 ruled journal has a pen and paint image on the front and bag. Plus it came in it's own felt bag. The artist is on Etsy with her shop: Mary's Granddaughter. How lovely!

If you have time to peruse the internet this morning here are some crafty sites to visit!

About Family Crafts

Grandparent's Day is September 12th... Now is the perfect time to start making gifts to give to your grandparents.

Aileen's Musings

Aileen teaches you how to make spectacular backgrounds using Krylon's spray webbing and also shares with you what NOT to do.

Carmi's Art/Life World

Carmi creates a faux metallic bead with quilted fabric she sews together herself.

Cathie Filian

Check out how Cathie turns an outdated holiday themed cookie stand and a cotton print thrift store skirt into a cupcake stand.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

This week at Craftside there is a free knit leaf coaster pattern, a bunch of decorating with artwork suggestions from the book 500 Ideas for Small Spaces, iron safety and cleaning tips from the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips and an environmental labeling concept from Design School Confidential.

Crafty Princess Diaries

It definitely required a learning curve before Tammy was about to reach 50 sales in her Etsy shop.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter

Here are directions for creating a hat-shaped card. Eileen made a Red Hat card but the directions can easily be adapted to make a cowboy hat, a Mexican sombrero or a frilly lady's hat for an afternoon tea or luncheon.

Mixed Media Artist

Cyndi is giving away a copy of "Dimensional Beading", so hurry over and leave your comment!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery

See how I melted sequins inspired by the sequin singeing technique in the book Dusty Diablos.

The Crochet Dude

Drew tries out his new video equipment!!