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Come Celebrate Octobers Full Moon!

Come celebrate the full moon with kindred souls and moon lovers of all kinds.

Enjoy a mug of lentil soup, sip an herbal soda, get your tarot read and dance in the backyard under the stars! Shop goods from local moon child artists. Pick up a treat for yourself and maybe a gift for a friend.

Artist List:

Diamond Dazed, Sam E. – beaded diamond jewelry.

Chamomile on Mars, Cara Greene – herbal soda, hang over tea and healing desserts.

Tiny Assembly, Julia Booz – beaded ball and penny jewelry.

Rebecca Stevens – coconut date truffle boxes, soup in a mug, and adorable cookbook “SoupLove”.

Grace Hearth, Keri and Jocelyn – nourishments.

Michael Olivo + Tomato Pie, Michael Olivo – comic books, prints, and tomato pie.

Rachel Kantor – prints, original drawings.

Witch Kitchen Vessels, Jaclyn Tobia – healing salves, handmade mortal and pestle, sauerkraut and pickling vessels.

Heather Lynn Hankins – hand dyed and silk screen pouches and tea towels.

AmanDoug, Amanda and Doug – sketchbooks, notebooks, resin fruit jewelry and light covers.

Girl on Bike, Kendra Poma – recycled bike innertube jewelry.

D. Alexander Holmes – recent drawings and paintings.

Alese – Tarot, by donation.

Music by DJ Arash Shoushtari.

Artist Feature: Bronwen Mauch of Tireless Hearts

This month’s member feature comes one day late (with my apologies!) My, how the days do get away from me. This month we bring you a talented artist whose preferred materials can all be found at your local bike shop. Read on for more crafty inspiration. . .

1.Your name: Bronwen Mauch

2.Your shop name? 
Tireless Hearts

3. What do you make? Personal adornments and Objects of Desire for the upcycley-bikey set

4. Why do you do what you do? Is it your passion? Have you created
jewelry/clothes/collages, etc for a long time? I have been an artist all my life, and have been creating Tireless Hearts for the past four years. Last year was the first one that I did the Hearts full time. I am very passionate about what i make, as I have worked with bikes and art in one way or another for nearly 20 years. I have always felt strongly about recycling and sustainability. Tireless Hearts is one way of dovetailing all these elements together in a very satisfying manner.

5.(kind of in the same vein as #4) What inspires you? Everything – inspiration is NEVER the problem – picking which inspiration to pursue to a complete product is the real challenge!

6. What are some of your favorite pieces in your shop? I really have a fondness for the original Tireless Heart Charm, the product that started the whole line. Each on is different, and the heart as a symbol is such a deep one – I rarely get tired of working with the ideas and concepts that come from it.

7. How have you acquired your skills? Books/classes/college/self taught? – I have learned to overcome my natural shyness and just bust on in and start conversations with anyone who might have some sage advice or experience to offer – jewelers, artists, business people, shop owners, galleries, you name it. I do a lot of internet research, read books, go to seminars and workshops, too.

8. Do you make a living off of your art/craft?- do I make a living off my craft? Not yet, but I am building up my business, and don’t expect to yet. I have taken on a day job to offset expenses, but hopefully I will be able to learn enough and develop the business end of things so that I can derive most of my income from the Hearts.

9.What is your favorite part of your crafting enterprise? Do you love selling at craft fairs? Or maybe you prefer online networking? Or maybe it’s searching for the perfect supplies at beads stores. . . it can be ANY element of running your crafty business. - my favorite part is making the work and developing the ideas that come to me. That is definitely the most satisfying and energizing part of it.

10. What are some new techniques and/or skills you would like to acquire in the near future? -new techniques? I would like to be better at the “dull” stuffbookeeping, inventorying, and keeping in contact with boutiques,etc.

12.Lastly, tell us anything extra you would like included in the blog post. It can be a coupon code for a discount in your shop, a funny anecdote, anything! -I am still trying to figure out how to do coupon codes, so I haven’t anything to offer in that area, but I do have my work up in a gallery in Jingletown – Gray Loft Gallery – during the next two weeks, until the 26th of February.

Artist Feature: Maggie Hurley

This week we bring you the art of Maggie Hurley. Herein you will find cute and fuzzy birds,  little robot creatures, bunny rabbits, and a menagerie of other whimsical creatures. Take the time to wander into her little world and check out her Etsy shop at Whimsy and Whatnot  or More Whimsey and Whatnot.
  1. Your name: Maggie Hurley

    Little Chick

  1. your shop name? I have 2 etsy and I think I’ve finally decided on a business name though: Maggie Hurley – Whimsy & Whatnot.
  1. What do you make? Put simply: illustrations, paintings, and the occasional plush. I have a few recurring characters: some whimsical little creatures that are mostly robot with a splash of something a little more delicate, some jaded women with an attachment to the science behind love, and my grumpy little owl called Herbert, and a bevy of bird portraits. I also do children’s portraits, and the occasional flower or piece of fruit. I’ve also started snapping pictures of cloud-filled skies.
  1. Why do you do what you do? Is it your passion? Have you created jewelry/clothes/collages, etc for a long time? I couldn’t imagine not doing what I do. It is such a wonderful outlet for all of the different emotional experiences I have throughout the day. For example, I tend to sketch when I’m stressed and it was during an argument with a past boyfriend that Herbert made his entrance into the world. Perhaps this explains his rather disgruntled expression.

5. (kind of in the same vein as #4) What inspires you? I think the better question here is what doesn’t inspire me? I get dazzled by fluffy clouds, little birds, rolling hills, my puppy and cat. When I used to spend my lunch hour wandering around the financial district and was constantly hypnotized by the way light bounced off of the different skyscrapers.

embellished print on wood

6. What are some of your favorite pieces in your shop?
Little Rabbit is fairly new and pretty adorable, as is this fluffy little birdHerbert in his cozy chair always makes me smile, as does Eros, the Love-bot.

Herbert Enjoys Comfy Chairs

7. How have you acquired your skills? Books/classes/college/self-taught? Armed with my grandmother’s artistic proclivities, a stack of Brian Froud books, and some watercolors, I taught myself to paint when I was a kid. I spent a year and a half at an art school in Southern California, which I adored, and have continued honing my skills ever since.

8. Do you make a living off of your art/craft? I quit my day job about 2 years ago. I’ve been working at making my living through art ever since (and I’m just about doing so!).

9. What is your favorite part of your crafting enterprise? Do you love selling at craft fairs? Or maybe you prefer online networking? Or maybe it’s searching for the perfect supplies at beads stores. . . it can be ANY element of running your crafty business.
I’ve really started to appreciate participating in craft fairs. Being a self-employed artist, I spend a lot of time holed up in my studio by myself, so being in an environment where I get to interact with a lot of people can be really refreshing.  It’s also really wonderful to see people smile when looking at what I make. Knowing that my work brings a glimpse of happiness to a person’s day makes me feel fantastic. I once got a note that my “This Is Love” series helped solidify a cross-country romance; that made my day! But more than anything, I just really love being able to do what I want to do. If I want to stay up til 3am working on something, I don’t have to worry about waking up at 6am to get to work on time.


10. What are some new techniques and/or skills you would like to acquire in the near future? This is probably not a terribly exciting response, but I need to acquire some discipline. I sit down at my desk, fully intending to paint, but then get sucked in to something on the internet and suddenly waaay too much time has passed.  Being your own boss requires setting your own deadlines, and being committed to working when no one is checking up on you. As I’m determined to make my art my way of surviving, I certainly need to work on this aspect of things!

11. Give us a shout out to your favorite artists with Etsy shops! We’d love to check them out for ourselves!
I love Clare Elsaesser’s work: it’s moody, and broody, and romantic.
Scabbyrobot makes leather handbags so soft and lovely, I’d like to just live in one.
Jayme McGowan’s cut paper illustrations totally appeal to my love of whimsy, as does the work of Corid andRoyalMint.

12. Lastly, tell us anything extra you would like included in the blog post. It can be a coupon code for a discount in your shop, a funny anecdote, anything!
I think if I could be any animal, I’d figure out a way to cross a dolphin with a pelican. I’d like to be able to spend the majority of my time swimming around in that great big ocean, but if some unsavory boat with a drag net comes along, it would be nice to be able to airlift myself out of the situation. Hmmm… maybe my next series will be marine animals crossed with bird life…

Thanks, Maggie! Your world sounds like a fun one to spend some time in. . .

A little humor goes a long way

My car was stolen out of my driveway sometime during the middle of Tuesday and Wednesday night. Needless to say, I was feeling uninspired when the time came to write this post. I thought that since “laughter is always the best medicine” I would give it a shot and try to lighten my mood up a bit.

It was only a car, but it had become full of memories as I have owned it for 15 years. As an homage to the good times and trips we shared, I thought I would share some of my favorite Car Art randomly found on the Internet.

Dirty Car Art by Scott Wade

This car is completely covered using a sharpie. (I cannot find who the artist is, if you know please tell me so I may give them due credit. Source for image:

Cadillac Ranch. Still on my list of places to go.

Artist Sara Watson spray painted a car to perfectly match a parking lot.

There are a great deal more slendid works of car art out there. I would love to know if you have any favorites. Share your links below.

Happy Creating!
upcycled unlimited

Young at Heart: Ribbon "Fire" Poi

Happy early Summer Solstice everyone! The warm weather has arrived just in time! For this much belated edition of Young At Heart we have fun tutorial for kid-friendly “fire” poi. It’s just the thing for those warm Summer days, playing out in the yard.

Poi is a long loved tradition of the Bay Area and practiced by many circus troupes and artists in the area. However the tradition of poi first originated in New Zealand and the first time the world was exposed to fire poi was as a tourist attraction in Hawaii by the early 1960’s. For more information on poi check out this link to Wikipedia: Poi (performance art).
Obviously, we don’t want to hand over
any fire poi to our nearest and dearest young ones. So this is a fun solution that looks as pretty as fire and has less of the safety hazards. These ribbon “fire” poi are so fun and easy to make that they would be a fun toy for folks of any age.

Materials: The only things you need are a pair of scissors, small embroidery hoops or any other small hoops you can stick your hands through and a whole lot of ribbon. I chose reds, yellows, oranges and other colors to make it look like fire.

Step 1:Take off the outside ring of the embroidery hoop. We are going to be using just the inside hoop.
Step 2:Cut a piece of ribbon. Make sure it is extra long.
Step 3:Fold the ribbon in half and make a loop.

Step 4:Put the ribbon loop through the wooden hoop. Then thread the ends of the ribbon through the ribbon. Check out this picture to see what the ribbon should look like.
Step 5: Tighten the ribbon to secure it on the hoop.
Step 6: Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you have a full hoop. It should look something like this.
Step 7: Play!