Archive for the ‘crafts’ Category

handmade mart: this sunday

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Hi all! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. I’ve been in crunch mode preparing for the DC craft show Handmade Mart which is this Sunday from 10-5 in downtown Silver Spring. I’ll be selling letterpress cards, some silkscreen prints, cake plates and button jewelry. Lots of new items will be premiering at this craft show! Please come check it out. And I promise I’ll be back next week with my regular posts.

Have a great weekend!

shop update: marilyn birthday card

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Another card added to my shop! The Marilyn birthday card is a fun way to wish someone Happy Birthday. These are A6 flat letterpress cards printed in 3 colors on Crane Lettra pearl white paper with a French Paper lemon drop envelope. Get yours today!

fancy birthday cards

Friday, April 1st, 2011

In conjunction with Pyramid’s 30′s Birthday Open House celebration on April 9, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center will be selling sets of letterpress birthday cards designed and printed by various members of our PA letterpress community. That’s my design above! All proceeds from the sales will go to fund Pyramid’s awesome programs and facilities! You can find pictures and links to some of the other cards here.

I printed some extra and will add those to my shop this weekend!

shop update: gee whiskers series

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The newest addition to my fancy seeing you here line is the Gee Whiskers series. It’s the puurrrrfect way to say hello. These cards are A6 folded screenprinted with two colors on Paper Source Eco White. (Includes a French Paper kraft envelope.) Available for purchase in my shop. Prints and more from this line to come soon!

The cards feature a halftone image of my kitty Jesse James along with a colorful and chic accessory. Be sure to check out the last picture on this post where you’ll see Jesse checking himself out on the card—it’s too cute!


shop update: cake plates

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I’ve added some new items to my shop; lovely, one of a kind cake plates that are made from upcycled plates and coordinating bases. Check them out—they make awesome wedding, housewarming and mother’s day gifts, to name a few!

mt. pleasant temporium opens tonight!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Mt. Pleasant Temporium opens tonight from 7-9PM! The small storefront at 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, will sell handmade crafts and wares by 30 artists. Events will continue throughout the next 24 days. Some of my favorite local crafters are featured there; knit outta the box, fire studio and bookish lady and I’m looking forward to seeing the work of artists new to me too! Get all the details for the pop up shop here.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend. I’m looking forward to some nice weather!

image via TBD

recent projects: fingerless gloves and a cardboard cat house

Friday, January 28th, 2011

These gloves were supposed to be a Christmas gift for my sister last year, but she didn’t receive them until this year. It’s not that I’m a slow knitter it’s just that I go through phases of wanting to knit. I added the final touch last night, the little heart buttons on the cuff. Aren’t they the cutest gloves you’ve ever seen! I’m so happy with the final product. If you’re interested in making these, it’s a pattern from the Fall/Winter 2008 knit.1 magazine called Rainy Day fingerless gloves.

My second project is this cute little cardboard cat house that I made while watching the Golden Globes. Basically I had been really wanting to buy my kitties a cardboard house or teepee from Loyal Luxe, but decided not to spend the money and just make one myself. I took a regular box and spray painted the inside hot pink and adjusted the flaps to make the roof. I left the sides of the roof open so then can jump in and out that way, if they please. The chimney was made with some of the leftover cardboard and the shingles with scrap paper I had around the house. The kitties love it (that’s Jesse James in the photo above) and it much better on the eyes in comparison to the regular old box I had left out for them.

Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This past week I happened to find myself in an old abandonded fire station. Within it, I came across an old slate chalkboard. It was heavy, a bit ricketty, and fire engine red. I loved it immediately. More importantly, I knew right away what I had in store for it.

I’ll be the first to admit that I did draw inspiration from one of my absolute favorite design shops,…the things makers from Portland, Oregon….Official Manufacturing Co.

– Christian

diy vintage suitcase pet bed

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I’ve been wanting to make a vintage suitcase pet bed ever since seeing this post on modern cat. It took me a while to find the right suitcase, but other than that it was a very simple and quick assembly which only took me a couple hours in front of the tv to make the base and then a quick half an hour at the sewing machine to make the cushion. My cats seem to like it and regardless I think it looks nice even if they decide that they don’t want to use it. My cat Annie Oakley is the one featured above.


• Vintage Suitcase

5″ Round Taper Table Legs (4 total)

Angle Top Plate (4 total)

• Additional screws (The screws that came with the angle top plate were too long and poking through the suitcase, so I had to get shorter screws at the hardware store.)

• Craft glue

• Paint and paintbrush

• fabric and fill

• tools: screwdriver, hammer

1. To start I separated the lid from the base of the suitcase by removing the pin from the hinges. I used a hammer and nail to force the pin out and then removed it the rest of the way with pliers.

2. Carefully cut the fabric that connects the lid to the base of the suitcase and fold it down into the base. I used craft glue to keep the extra fabric in place.

3. Next I attached the angle plates to the bottom of the suitcase, one in each corner. Like I mentioned in the supplies, the screws that came with the plates were too long so I had to get much shorter ones at the hardware store. The legs screw right into the base.

4. I painted the legs to match my fabric and then screwed them into the plates to dry. 2 coats total and I taped off the brass on the legs for a clean edge.

5. I made a simple custom cushion, but in hindsight I think I could’ve purchased a regular pillow and made a case for it.

I’m really happy with the results. I love having a unique pet bed that is also eco-friendly. Hopefully my cats enjoy it too!

crafty bastards recap 2

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

RAR RAR press has been one of the vendors I always look forward to every year at Crafty Bastards. She creates really bold (to say the least) letterpress postcards and posters.

The handmade leather accessories from Eve VanDalsen were absolutely stunning!

Power + Light Press had gorgeous and clever letterpress goodies.

My favorite vendor this year was Peg and Awl. They really designed every inch of their booth to suit their items made from reclaimed materials; book necklaces, bookends, picture frames, candle holders, etc. Great stuff.

An awesome Crafty Bastards…hopefully next year I’ll be amongst these guys with my very own booth!