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Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY

The dining room is finished and I’m working on a full post, but in the meantime here’s a little how-to to make these labels. I had a lot of fun and hope this tutorial is helpful. I by no means fancy myself a copywriter and am completely open to suggestions for more label ideas. If I get some I will be more than happy to update the pdfs.

I found a great tutorial from The Craft Junkie and did a little tweaking. The project originally calls for printing on card/photo stock and then soaking it in coffee, but our ink will run when bathed. Hell, the humidity in the morning at the Farmers Market can make my stuff a little weepy. So I ran the ‘treatment’ and then printed. All images link to larger sizes. (more…)

Label preview

I finished most of the labels and snapped a couple of quick photos of the smaller bottles that I wanted to share.

Vampire’s Blood

Looks like I need to fix the label for Felix Felicis.

Bon Weekend – Samhain Decorating

We’ve decided to go with a little whimsy, a little mad science for the dining room decor this year. I am feverishly trying to get things finished and I just completed the first round of specimen jar labels. The paper is blotched as I had to stain the paper first and it didn’t dry completely flat, but I think it adds to the character where it’s blotted on the labels.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Lowcountry Artist Market

I am taking a Saturday off from the Farmers Market on November 19th to participate in the next Lowcountry Farmers Market at the Music Farm. You can like their Facebook page and RSVP for the event here. I’m looking forward to being with fellow Etsy artists.

{ Poster art by Gil Shuler Graphic Design. }

I will have the accessories that I’ve been working on for a while now as well as introducing some new products. I am going keep those under wraps until closer to the show date. Speaking of new pieces, here are a few that I’ve uploaded to Etsy. More behind the cut. (more…)

November Sun Etsy Treasury

I almost forgot to share this! Etsy member Artesserae curated a new treasury featuring my octopus necklace. I absolutely adore the color palette in this collection.

Thank you so much!

Bat Garland revised and new Etsy store!

I decided to spruce up the booth last weekend and pulled out the bat garland I made last year. I like it, but to be honest, it looked sloppy. Too sloppy for my perfectionist self. So I pulled out the template and set about a new garland style that is no-sew AND no-glue! Each bat has two holes that allow the ribbon go through, making it completely adjustable. I also added black eyelets for stability. I was so happy with them that I’ve made several more and also used a second bat style. I have placed them for sale on OUR NEW ETSY  STORE… with 13 bats per 20′ length of black satin ribbon. We’re going to try some other Halloween stuffs in the next week.

Bon Weekend – Art in the city

Charleston Art Walk and Aetlier Gallery Opening Cocktail Reception
Tonight from 6 – 8
153 King Street
843-722-5668

atelier gallery is a transitional gallery space that focuses on supporting and promoting the work of both established and emerging, local and regional artists. ever since opening in february of 2009, atelier has been known for bringing fresh, original artwork to local and national collectors alike.

atelier’s philosophy is based on the belief that our collector’s needs are of utmost importance and introducing them to the best, beautiful, affordable and collectible pieces of fine art and craft is our passion. atelier’s knowledgeable staff have over 20 years of experience and are happy to assist in helping you find the perfect addition to your home or office.

They have really amazing work and my stuff is among them! We hope to be there for a good portion of the reception.

DIY price tags

I tip my hat again to the wonderfully creative Stella Maris for inspiring these. We purchased two beautiful rolls of vintage wallpaper to use for various items for the wedding. We were in hopes of making May (Day) Baskets for the ceremony chairs but it proved to be too fragile and we ran out of steam trying to make them work. I have many shapes cut out and they’ve sat for two and a half years. I needed something to do with them and wanted to have something fun for my price tags. When Stella showed me hers, which were made with origami paper, the idea clicked.

They’re incredibly easy to do and I’m not sure if they warrant a full tutorial. Just tape both sides and use a tag punch to make the shapes. I have a punch that makes three sizes of tags and I strung them with embroidery thread.

Thanks Stella!

Bon Weekend – Vintage goodies

We picked up this wonderful pitcher and ice bucket at an estate sale for our bar cart in the breakfast nook {pictures coming soon}. They had a great selection of matching starburst glasses and other accessories, but we kept our purchases to just these. I think they’ll add a lovely touch to the space.

I have some projects to share next week and some exciting new ideas to try out. I am very, very thankful of Labor Day sales at Michaels happening right now! Psst… they honor A.C. Moore coupons, by the way!

Until then, I hope everyone has a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!

New commission pieces

When Michael was in Atlanta in June, I sent him to Gail K. Fabrics (aka Fabric Mecca) armed with swatches and color preferences. He got into a conversation with a lovely bride-to-be and her mother, and showed them my work. Kate got in contact with me, we brainstormed, and I made her a belt and matching hair piece.

I also showed her the flower on a larger scale, coming in at 8″ wide.

Kate, I hope you love these as much as I loved making them for you!

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