Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crafty Gifts for Pets

Pet tags were a popular offering at the Last Chance Show for folks looking for gift for their furry friends.  Who doesn't need one of these?

Pet Tag Creations

Or one of these?  

Pet Tag Creations

Of course you could always treat Fido to a homemade, all-natural goat milk shampoo bar...

Scrub a Dub Dog by Baltimore Soaps and More

Or if Fido needs some help in the odor department.....

Doggie Deodorizer by Baltimore Soaps and More

Sunday, December 9, 2012

And the Award Goes to....

photo by Wear Your Voice
Last Chance Holiday Craft Show vendor Wear Your Voice wins the award for best use of vertical space when having a 6' table spot!  Also voted best place to purchase a handmade "Namaste, hon!" tee-shirt,

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Last Chance Holiday Craft Show is Today!

Come on by today for our juried show featuring 30 of our area's best indie crafters peddling their wares for your holiday shopping needs. Free parking, free admission, and free craft activities for the kids.  Live music by QueenEarth from 2-4.  Santa stops by at 1:00 p.m.  Our excellent food vendor specializes in locally sourced food and offerings will include pulled pork sandwhiches, vegan Asian coleslaw, chicken corn chowder, desserts (some gluten free), and locally roasted Zeke's Coffee.  The food alone is worth stopping by!

December 8, 2012

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Faith Community Church
5315 Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD 21214

Hope to see you there!

Posted by Baltimore Soaps and More www.baltimoresoaps.etsy.com

Friday, December 7, 2012

Get Your Five Dollar Photo at the Craft Show

Melika Carr Photography
Stop by the "$5 photo booth" tomorrow, Dec. 8th, at the Last Chance Holiday Craft Show to get a professional and fun holiday portrait of you and a friend! Take your photo Saturday, and look for it online on Sunday @melikacarr.zenfolio.com/photobooth. From there you'll be able to download a "web ready" version to share with friends and Facebook, or order prints. 

Posted by Melika Carr Photography www.melikacarr.etsy.com

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Turtle Jewelry: What I've Been Working On

Having a great time in the studio making new bracelets, rings, necklaces and pendants.  My favorite work is bezeling unusual stones for pendants such as this boulder opal (Australia) on reticulated silver with wire embellishment.

Turtle Jewelry Designs

I've also been busy making these popular and affordable necklaces using silver and gold bead wire.  Many colors of semi-precious stones are available including the Ametrine I've used here

Turtle Jewelry Designs

and the cherry & rose quartz used here 

Turtle Jewelry Designs

 Each of the necklaces have earrings coordinating earrings but none of which are overly match-matchy.  

Posted by Turtle Jewelry www.turtlejewelrybyleslie.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Earrings: What is the Best Look for You?

When you are faced with the selection of earrings at a craft show or jewelry counter how do you know where to begin? Start with thinking about your face shape. If you don’t know your face shape, stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of your face on the mirror with a sliver from a bar soap. Once you finish the tracing, step away and look at the shape that is on the mirror. That is your face shape. Oh yeah, now you have to clean the mirror too!If your face is round, that means it is as wide as it is long and so you want earrings that add some angles and length to your face. A long narrow earring with something at the bottom to draw the eye downward is a great choice. Oblong, rectangular or square earrings are also good options. Avoid earrings that are circular in nature. Leave the button and tiny studs for your friends with a square or angular face.

If your face is oval (probably the most common face shape) that means it has width at the cheek bones and tapers smoothly in either direction, with a chin slightly slimmer than the forehead. This shape can handle most styles of earrings, but don’t select incredibly long shapes as that will drag your face down. Try classic studs, button earrings, or go wild with more elaborate, dazzling looks with lots of movement. 

If your face is heart shaped, that means it you have a wide forehead, stunning cheekbones and a tiny, cherubic chin.  You require earrings that mimic your face's shape, but upside down.  Look for earrings that have a tapered point ant the top, this shape can be found in chandelier and teardrop earrings, as well as triangular earrings.  The tapered point at the top can give the illusion to broaden the chin and narrow the forehead.  Circular and oval earrings will work with your face shape as well as long as they don't taper as they descend.  Avoid earrings that mirror your face shape such as those that come to a point at the bottom.

If your face is  square or angular, that means you have a  strong, square jaw line and an angular forehead that are close to the same width. You need earrings that will soften your features. Look for a pair that will soften your features.  Start with hoops and curved edges that will add the necessary roundness. Drop earrings, tear drops or multi-tiered dangling earrings will give a square shape some length. If your face is rectangular then it is best to avoid much length and instead try wider, circular shapes or thicker earrings that give your long face some width. Avoid square, rectangular or harshly angled earrings that echo your face shape. As long as you avoid harsh angles and square shapes, you can wear just about anything in the earring category.

Posted by J. Beads www.jbeads.net

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jewelry Making as Craftivism

During this holiday season, I find myself reflecting on the new word in my lexicon - "craftivism" and on what I have always called "meaningfulness." I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

Several years ago, I found myself out of a job after many years of working with young children, families and teachers in what I considered to be a very meaningful way. Work had always dominated my life and unemployment was very difficult. Being unable to readily find a new job hit me even harder. After a while, however, I realized that I was being given a gift—the gift of time. So I dug out all the tools and materials that I had collected over years but never used and began to make jewelry.  Immediately I felt a shift in my being. Some long dormant part of me was being awakened. I was a woman possessed, making one embellishment after another.

Jussie's Jewelry
At first, making jewelry was a guilty pleasure. Throughout my career I had always felt that my work was a meaningful contribution to society. Making jewelry was just for fun. Whenever I was asked what I was doing, I answered, almost apologetically, that I was “just” making jewelry. 

Eventually a friend of mine expressed, “What are you talking about? Jewelry brings great joy to people. People love jewelry.” That simple statement reframed my thinking completely.

I’m now back to work full time again, this time in a job where I'm teaching teachers. I derive great satisfaction from what I do but now I make jewelry on the side too and I feel more in balance than I ever did before. So to all you craftivists out there I say, “Thank you.” Thank you for your efforts to improve the world and thank you for all the joy you bring to us through your crafts and your creativity. 

Posted by Jussie's Jewelry