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Mixson Mingle Jingle

Happy Friday the 13th! I’m fast and furiously working on getting some new bags ready for tomorrow’s Mixson Mingle Jingle. I hope the weather holds out.

UPDATE: Due to the impending rain, the event has been moved into the Club Room at Basico and MB&RC. 4399 McCarthy Street at Mixson.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Making Easy Snow at Whole Foods today

Etsy + Whole Foods Market: Ingredients for Creativity

I was recently contacted about participating in the Etsy + Whole Foods Market: Ingredients for Creativity event this holiday season. I jumped on board and I’m very excited to be working on some of the store decorations as well has teaching three DIY tutorials. The first class (napkin rings) will be on next Tuesday. The other sessions are scheduled for December 9th & 11th, and I’ll share more details for those soon!

I’m honored to share this opportunity with the incredibly talented Kristen Solecki. Her first DIY class is today. She’s teaching a few more classes so be sure to check her Facebook page for her next dates.

For more information on this collaboration, please visit the Whole Foods and Etsy websites.

I’d also like to shout out a very hearty Thank You! to Allison, of SpaceCraft Studios, for recommending me!

Crystal Ball DIY via Flamingo Toes Tutorial

This delightful DIY project from Flamingo Toes was making rounds on Pinterest while I was working on our Brooklyn Limestone feature. I didn’t have time to try it while immersed on getting everything ready, so I tried it this weekend and I’m pleased with the results!

I’m thinking one of the few benefits to having Christmas decorations out before Halloween is that I could find glass ornaments at Jo-Ann’s. Armed with my 40% off coupon, a trip to the thrift store for brass candleholders and a stop for flat black paint, I was set to start the project.

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Lowcountry Artist Holiday Market

A very happy Monday to all! I’m very excited to announce that I’m participating in the next Lowcountry Artist Market on December 7th! I have several pieces of my beautiful new vinyl cut out and now I have that deadline to get me in the pants again.

The Lowcountry Artist Market can be followed via: Facebook | Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

Bat Garland Back in the Shop!

Adjustable Bat Garlands are back on the Etsy shop. I can also do custom orders for whatever length desired!

Bon Weekend – Black Light Fun

Michael is always looking for a chance to play with his black/uva light device. We have a small collection of vaseline/uranium/ouraline glass and are always looking to add to our collection. We have smaller version we carry with us when we’re hunting for vaseline glass. We’ve been asked how we’ve created some of the effects, so I thought I’d share a few things.

Our Halloween displays used a more focused exposure to the light as we were shooting in daylight and we were using a diluted solution for the specimen jars.

Our vaseline bowl, which was achieved by moving the light from the side, up over the top and to the other side. Rinse, lather and repeat for the duration of the timer.

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Latest work

I’m quite pleased with the work I’ve been producing over the last year and I am working on patterning several new prototypes (I’m keeping those under wraps at the moment) for the upcoming  Farmers Market season. I am also in the process of merging the two shops and moving them over the Big Cartel.

In the interim, here are some not so great photos of recent bags I’ve made. The top three are available for purchase if anyone is interested in them, please contact me at evita(at)thehappyheathen(dot)com.

Turquoise Squid
$125.00
Exterior: Turquoise sparkle vinyl | silk screened & embellished on both sides | reinforced seam on the bottom | footed bottom | handles sewn & riveted
Interior: Upholstery striped linen/cotton blend in ivory, blues and browns | one side pocket | corrugated plastic used for the flooring
Measures: 22″ wide at the top |17 ” high | 15″ x 7″ bottom

Royal Squid
$125.00
Exterior: Royal blue sparkle vinyl | silk screened & embellished on both sides | reinforced seam on the bottom | footed bottom | handles sewn & riveted
Interior: Upholstery linen in ivory, blues, greens and grey | one side pocket | corrugated plastic used for the flooring
Measures: 22″ wide at the top |17 ” high | 15″ x 7″ bottom

Multi-blue Bonefish
$150.00
Exterior: Turquoise sparkle vinyl | silk screened & embellished on both sides | reinforced seam on the bottom | footed bottom | handles sewn & riveted
Interior: Upholstery linen in ivory, blues, greens and grey | one side pocket | corrugated plastic used for the flooring
Measures: 22″ wide at the top | 18″ high | 15″ x 7″ bottom

The bags below have all SOLD!

Peppermint Placemats

These are a quick, inexpensive and festive way to dress up a holiday table. I used foam sheets that I picked up from Michaels a couple years ago for a costume project. They’re an almost perfect size for a placemat, and I’m thinking other materials such as poster board, cardboard, or foam board would make a nice wrapping base if they’re handy.

Remove the tag and staples, and wrap away! The ‘wrapping’ job on the back doesn’t have to be perfect, btw!

After setting the table it is time to eat, drink and be merry.

Bon Appétit!

Painted Planter DIY

I finally getting around to posting the process of the planter I posted not long ago, which was featured in Design*Sponge’s Painter’s Tape DIY Contest. The design was inspired by Solanum pyracanthum (if anything ever happens to it I’ll be beside myself as I can’t stop talking about it). While it is small now, we’re looking forward to the day it is large and bushy, and we found a lovely small blue glazed ceramic pot for it’s current home. I wanted the permanent pot to be as unique as the plant itself. Keeping with a complimentary blue palette I picked three shades of blue and blue/green for the chevron pattern. I also wanted to simulate the beautiful orange spikes in an abstract manner and I choose mint green and orange for those.

We found a Madagascar palm on sale recently and it’s the perfect plant to live in the pot while the S. pyracanthon continues to grow. Based on photos we’ve seen of Madagascar palms, we’re going to need a much larger pot in the not too distant future.

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