Friday, March 29, 2013

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team

It's starting to smell like Spring! While it's still a little early in the year for craft fairs how about some local shopping?

The Eclectic Eye in Warwick, NY, now sells two Hudson Valley Etsy Team members' creations - Get Glassy and Huzzah Handmade. The shop specializes in handmade goods along with antiques.Warwick is filled with all kinds of wonderful shop, so go and check it out!

The Eclectic Eye, 16-18 Railroad Ave., Warwick NY 10990 

Huzzah Handmade
Huzzah Handmade
Get Glassy
Get Glassy
 Happy shopping!

Monday, March 25, 2013

DIY: Matting & Framing Art Part 2

DIY: Matting & Framing Art
Part 2

Acid free glue
Acid free mounting tape
Weights (stray books)

In Part 1 I removed the art from the illustration board and measured and cut my mats.  Using acid free glue in all four corners, I glue the two colored mats together.

I make sure the sides of the window of the mat line up evenly, and then weight the corners down with a few stray paperbacks to make sure the mats adhere to each other as they dry.  By the way, I was framing 3 different paintings at this time, so the art and colors of mat board do change in the demonstration pictures.

Place the backing board right up to the top of the mat, top/surface/showing side facing down and use masking tape to keep it in place.  Cut two or more acid free tapes to act as hinges and glue in place.  These too may need a book weight on them to keep them in place until they dry.

When dry, remove the masking tape, and fold down the hinged double mat over the backing board.  3 finished mats, ready for use!

Lift the mat and insert the artwork.

 If there are vertical and/or horizontal lines in the artwork, use a ruler to make sure they are parallel to the lines of the mat.  Gently shift the art around and make sure no outside edges appear - the mat completely covers the art on all sides.

Tape the art in place with masking tape, carefully keeping the art in place with one hand.

Flip open the mat.  With more acid free hinges, tape or glue the artwork in place at the top of the painting.  Art and paper breathes and expands, especially depending on how much moisture there is in the air.  So I attach the art only from the top so it doesn't wrinkle from being caught on the bottom.

And again, weight the hinges as they dry, 15 minutes to a half hour.

Remove the masking tape, fold back over the double mat, and the matting part of this tutorial is finished!

Part 3 will cover framing.



Friday, March 22, 2013

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team

Do you have a special occasion coming up that is calling for a special card or a party that would just be way more awesome if everyone was wearing a crown? I got the perfect maker for you! Wishbone Letterpress has got you covered. Their products are widely available all over the Hudson Valley and they also just moved into a new studio, where you can meet them in person. They will have an Open Studio Saturday June 1 from 4PM-7PM. The studio is also open by appointment and is at the Shirt Factory in Kingston.
Wishbone Letterpress
Wishbone Letterpress
Wishbone Letterpress
Wishbone Letterpress

New York

Clay Wood & Cotton
133 Main Street
Beacon NY 12508
67 Main Street
New Paltz NY 12561
Green Cottage
1204 Route 213
High Falls NY 12440
Paper Trail
6423 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck NY 12572
701 Warren Street
Hudson NY 12534


243 Congress St.
Portland Maine 04101


The Gold Trout
145 Elm Street
Manchester Depot


Metropolis Bookshop
Level 3, Curtin House
252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ariel Booksellers
42 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021

Happy shopping!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What's New in Hudson Valley Handmade? Davis Studio!

The Hudson Valley Etsy Team is always changing and growing.  In looking for items to write about for this column I came across Mary Anne Davis' shop DavisStudio, and fell in love with her confetti mugs!  Polka dots are a favorite of mine - they just make me smile!  And I love the bright interiors of the mugs.  Think flowers, gardens, bright sunshine, blue skies - all the things we're so longing for right about now.

These mugs are handmade, of course, and come in a variety of colors.  They hold 12 ounces of tea or soup, and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Mary Anne lives in Chatham, New York.  I'm sure we'll hear more about her later, but in the meantime take a peek.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Meet our new members: March

Every other month, the Hudson Valley Etsy Team accepts new members into the group. They are all lovely artists and crafters from the Hudson Valley. You may even have seen them around your hometown!  So check out this month’s new members, give them some love, maybe get something to get your home ready for spring!

Henry sitting mug by davisstudio
Marry Anne Davis of davistudio works in Chatham, NY, where she makes lovely and whimsical porcelain cups, plates, vases, and more!  I love how she uses her dog and bird line art on them.  Welcome to the team!

horse of blue- original painting by roseymorris

Roisin Reilly of roseymorris has some lovely sculpture, tea towels, and paintings on wood, generally using landscapes but she has everything from people to the night sky as well.  I’m in awe of how tiny some of them are.  Glad to have you!

Rainbow Fingerless Toasty Texting Mittens by LizaJaneNormanDesigns

Liza Jane Norman of LizaJaneNormanDesigns hails from High Falls, NY.  She creates soft and colorful wearables, from hats and scarves, leg and arm warmers, to circus shorts and pants!  I’ll have to get some to ride my unicycle in (yes, I do have a unicycle).  It’s great to meet you!

Boy's Pirate Party Pack / Set by silentlyscreaming 

Martina Parisi of silentlyscreaming is based in Yonkers, NY.  Her shop is full of paper goods like stationary, save-the-dates, and cute party packs!  She also has some art prints and jewelry.  Definitely a shop full of awesome.  Hope you like the team!

So those are this month’s new member shops. I hope you’ll give them a warm welcome and make them feel at home. 

See you next time!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

March featured member: WickedMint

Hudson Valley Etsy Team's March featured member shop is WickedMint, the fabric creations of Ryan Green.  Congratulations!

One cloudy day, I went to see Ryan at her home studio in Beacon (I can’t wait for it to start getting warm again!).  Her house is wonderful, full of lovely artwork and I was immediately envious of her well-organized work-space.  Although she’s been making things since she was little, as her mother taught her to sew, Ryan’s been selling her creations since 2003, starting at craft fairs and markets in NYC and through her own website, eventually moving to Beacon.  She’s been selling on Etsy since 2006, almost exclusively since 2009, and she’s even an Etsy educator!

I've seen Ryan’s creations around Etsy long before I became a member of the HVNY team, so it was a pleasure to meet the person behind the lovely chevron patter I see around, as well as some great silk-screened work! I had spent some time reading her blog in preparation and found out she has a nearly 4 month old girl.  I got to meet Elliot, who was very reasonable with me distracting her mother. 

is she going to start sewing soon?

So why does Ryan do what she does? “Being able to make things gives me freedom to own things that I might not otherwise be able to afford or be able to find in a store. I love sewing fabric creations because I can dream something up in my head and make it come to life. When someone becomes a customer by purchasing one of my items, it feels amazing. I imagine it feels how an artist would feel after selling a painting in a gallery.”

what a cute elephant!

And how does Ryan make these lovely creations? It depends on what she’s making but like most things it must be designed first! 

For her tea towels, cosmetic bags, and her telltale chevron patter, she begins with a computer design that is printed through spoonflower on a high quality linen/cotton blend fabric.  She’s hoping to expand this process to cover most of the items in her shop, as they offer more color preferences and she feels it’s safer for Elliot.

Modern Avocado Green Throw Pillow by wickedmint 
Still, her pillows are generally silk-screened in her basement (I didn't get a chance to check it out, but aren't her pillows gorgeous?) on brightly colored duck cloth or cotton twill.  Generally, she uses white ink, but she could use up to 4 different colors with this process.

Next after the fabric is printed, silk-screened, and cut all the pieces have to be collected and sewn together. 
Here she’s working on a cosmetic bag.

To the ironing board! She has to flatten out the pieces to be sewn a second time.

I love all the brightly colored zippers she has that go ever so well with her own designs, as well as her collection of threads!

Then, when everything’s sewn up, it’s time to get it ready to mail out.  She has personalized shipping labels and tags that gives just the right personal touch while letting you know you are buying from WickedMint!

As I mentioned earlier, Ryan is an Etsy Educator!  Basically, as part of a pilot program, Etsy trained 15 shop owners in how to teach others  interested in opening a shop Etsy 101.  Most of them had already been educating people, but Etsy wanted to have the trainings be more standardized and give the trainers the ability to communicate directly with Etsy.  So, if you’re interested in opening up an Etsy shop, keep your eye out for any workshops she might be holding near you.  I hope they start training more people soon, if only because being an “Etsy Educator” sounds so cool!

Gray Chevron with Red-Orange Accents Cosmetic Bag by wickedmint 

I hope you enjoyed your trip to Ryan’s workshop!  I know I did.  Definitely, go check out her awesome Etsy Shop and keep an eye out for a craft fair or Etsy 101 class she’ll be at.  You can also find her on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  I’m sure you know someone who needs a lovely pillow or tea towel to warm up their home just in time for spring! 


Friday, March 15, 2013

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

Yours truly, Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria, will be premiering my Spring and Summer 2013 collection at Spring CraftMorristown this weekend.
Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria
I will have my entire Spring/Summer collection as well as some other pieces. There will be dresses, tops, jackets and skirts. Don't forget to stock up on my accessories either!
Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria
Spring CraftMorristown takes place at the Morristown Armory on Western Avenue in Morris County, NJ. The hours are Friday, March 15 from 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, March 16 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, March 17 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria
Happy shopping!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Vendors Wanted! Fishkill Art & Craft Fair - Deadline April 1st

If you are food or handmade vendor in the Hudson Valley, there is still time to submit your application to the 20th Annual Fishkill Art and Craft fair! The deadline is April 1st.  This is a great juried show to be a part of that brings in people from the area and elsewhere.  Here are some shots from previous years.

Visit our event page for more details and to download the application.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Etsy Treasuries On A Friday

While Sarah-Maria is on her vacation enjoying Switzerland (*jealous*), I thought I'd pop in and share some eye candy from the team at the beginning of this month. I know it's not Tuesday but why not switch things up this week?  There are no shows going on this weekend but that doesn't have to stop you from shopping in the team on Etsy!  Have a great weekend!

'Technicolor Spring' by CharmsofFaith

Time to loose the winter drabs and get out the brights!

reserved for christiana- vintage collection of children's classics - 24 titles - epochcoreserved for christiana...
Mini Planters set of 4, Neon Pink, Orange, Purple and Yellow, wedding favors, Spring Decor - WindandWillowHomeMini Planters set of 4,...
Mug Rugs in Bright Colorful Crochet Coasters, Home Garden Dining Entertaining Crochet Coasters - GetTangledMug Rugs in Bright Colo...
Medium Zipper Pouch Cosmetic Pouch, Toiletry Bag, Camera Case Colorful Scallops - handjstarcreationsMedium Zipper Pouch Cos...
New York - Retro city Stitched Canvas Print - lauraamissNew York - Retro city S...
As seen on - SPRING WEDDING and Home Decor - Painted Mason Jars - Vase - Miami Pint - BeachBluesAs seen on WeddingChick...
Personalized Embroidered Initial PENDANT - NO CHAIN. Lots of Color Options.  by merriweathercouncil on Etsy. - merriweathercouncilPersonalized Embroidere...
Crochet Chain Cuff Bracelets - Set of 3 - Salmon, Yellow, Soft Baby Blue - pulpsushiCrochet Chain Cuff Brac...
WITCH Hand Dyed Yarn Merino, Alpaca and Silk DK Green - spinningmulefibersWITCH Hand Dyed Yarn Me...
Vintage Birdcage Art Print - finedaypressVintage Birdcage Art Pr...
Easter Candles - Real Eggshells Candles Set Of 10 Vegetable Wax Candles Eco-friendly - LessCandlesEaster Candles - Real E...
Original Art 3x3 Glass Bevel, Owl with Flower - digiliodesignsOriginal Art 3x3 Glass ...
Large Bismuth Crystal, Rainbow Crystal, Lab Grown Man Made Element, Colorful, Used in Reiki and New Age Healing, 29.6 grams - DumbBunnyDesignsLarge Bismuth Crystal, ...
French Country, Blue Door and Roses Fine Art Travel Photograph, France, Home Decor, Wall Art - GeorgiannaLaneFrench Country, Blue Do...
2wenty Thr3e - 100% Cotton Twenty-Five Fat Eighths - FabricFascination2wenty Thr3e - 100% Cot...
French Jellies Raspberry Pâte de Fruit 130g - ZukrBoutiqueFrench Jellies Raspberr...

'Chocolate brown and blues' by ThePudgyRabbit

Clary Sage and Lemon Hand Cream -  Hand and Body Cream scented with essential oils - BeyondThePicketFenceClary Sage and Lemon Ha...
16 in Square Throw Pillow - Navy Blue with Modern Grid print in white ink - wickedmint16 in Square Throw Pill...
bear love // hand-drawn wooden brooch // a tiny valentine's day gift by mimiandlu - mimiandlubear love // hand-drawn...
Navy Blue Porcelain Bird House - LandMstudioNavy Blue Porcelain Bir...
Earflap Beanie Hat - Crochet Earflap Hat - Boys Earflap Hat - MyStitchInTimeEarflap Beanie Hat - Cr...
3 three upcycled denim bracelets - repurposed jean bangles - made to order in your size and thread colors - amberhlynn3 three upcycled denim ...
Aragonite Cluster Crystal, Rough Aragonite from Morocco, Sacral Chakra Stone, New Age Healing, Metaphysical Jewelry Supplies, Lg 46.7 grams - DumbBunnyDesignsAragonite Cluster Cryst...
Wall Organizer Vintage Brass Hooks Repurposed Wood - ReclaimedDesignsWall Organizer Vintage ...
RAIN Hand Dyed Yarn Merino and Silk Lace Weight Gray Blue - spinningmulefibersRAIN Hand Dyed Yarn Mer...
50 Soap Wedding Favors Handmade Soap Bridesmaid Gift, Shower Favor, Soap Favor - ComfortandJoySoapCo50 Soap Wedding Favors ...
Pink or Cobalt Beaded Glass Leaf Earrings - CorkyWhitesPink or Cobalt Beaded G...
Piloncillo Lolly. Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon with Piloncillo and Cinnamon Sugar - catskillcandycoPiloncillo Lolly. Vanil...
CARTA Tote Bag in Chocolate with Jute Handles - HuzzahHandmadeCARTA Tote Bag in Choco...
Fabric Pouch Mini Cotton Pouch Small Change Purse Small Gift Card Holder  Navy Blue StarFish - handjstarcreationsFabric Pouch Mini Cotto...
Vintage Graduated Beaded Necklace, Neutral Tones, Faux Wood Plastic Beads, Earth Toned Costume Jewelry, 24" - YesterdaysSilhouetteVintage Graduated Beade...
Hand Dyed Silk Wrap Bracelet - Blue Reef with 12 Step Recovery Unity Charm with Sapphire Swarovski Crystals - anjalicreationsHand Dyed Silk Wrap Bra...

'Skyline' by handjstarcreations

Modern style leather earrings in blue - imaliModern style leather ea...
Copper Black Cube Planter - LandMstudioCopper Black Cube Plant...
Newborn Hat - Baby Hat - Crochet Hat - Gray Baby Hat- Striped Gray Hat - Infant Hat - Crocheted Boys Hat - MyStitchInTimeNewborn Hat - Baby Hat ...
Bracelet Blue Lapis Lazuli and 14k Gold Filled - Midnight, Bold, Navy, Under 50 dollars - WrennJewelryBracelet Blue Lapis Laz...
Cheese Board in Fused Glass in Black Swirls Platter Serving Dish - GetGlassyCheese Board in Fused G...
Digital Mandala - Unique Print -  "6JAN20084" - emkpainterDigital Mandala - Uniqu...
Little Rose Necklace Blue Cabbage Rose Swarovski Crystal- - TasteofShabbyChicLittle Rose Necklace Bl...
Letterpress eye heart ewe - WishboneLetterpressLetterpress eye heart e...
Black and Silver Chess Horse Earrings - Sterling Dangle Earrings - Chess Piece - TAGT - KapKaDesignBlack and Silver Chess ...
Blue Geode Handmade Ceramic Bowl Rock Mini series / small Decorative Modern pottery white Textured Kitchen Party Housewares - blueroompotteryBlue Geode Handmade Cer...
Sisal cord in ocean blue . 15 yards of navy twine 1mm . natural deep blue rope . string .  wrapping cord . rustic . handmade - TodoPapelSisal cord in ocean blu...
Vintage 1940's Men's Pinstripe Suit, Double Breasted Suit, Navy Blue, By Timely Clothes, Mad Men Style, Chest 46, Waist 32 X 40, MINT - YesterdaysSilhouetteVintage 1940's Men&...
Hand knit bangle bracelets, textile jewelry set, denim blue wrist cuff bracelet - zolaykaHand knit bangle bracel...
Winter fashion ,Black Braided sweater,black sweater. - naftulWinter fashion ,Black B...
GLYPH 4 original abstract watercolor painting - gallery fine art - modern contemporary interior design - ooak home wall decor - black white - linneaheideartGLYPH 4 original abstra...
black and white pittsburgh skyline photo - smk16black and white pittsbu...

'Spring flowers' by GetTangled

A floral boutique for spring.

Magnolia Painting - SOhandmade1Magnolia Painting
Pastel Pink Felt Flower 16" DECORATIVE PILLOW Gray Linen White Button by JillianReneDecor Nursery Decor Floral Baby Shower Gift Easter - JillianReneDecorPastel Pink Felt Flower...
Turquoise Green Fabric Handmade Brooch - RobinsArtAndDesignTurquoise Green Fabric ...
Flowers and Birds Shadowbox Wall Hanging - RobinsArtAndDesignFlowers and Birds Shado...
Cream and Pink Joanne Necklace - UnnamedRoadCream and Pink Joanne N...
Mint Green Rosette Flower Headband - Small Rosettes - Pastel Green Floral Hair Accessory - FoldingChairDesignsMint Green Rosette Flow...
Fingerless Lace Gloves: Pastel floral,  Hawaiian Hibiscus,mint,  flowers, pink, aqua, mint, lace, Summer - SeamstressbytheSeaFingerless Lace Gloves:...
White Flower Earrings, White Rose Earrings, Stud Earrings, Bridesmaid Jewelry, Vintage Style Earrings - merryalchemyWhite Flower Earrings, ...
Small Zipper Pouch Small Wallet Cosmetic Pouch  Spring Flowers - handjstarcreationsSmall Zipper Pouch Smal...
Sky Blue Candy Glass Pendulum Earrings - aStudiobytheSeaSky Blue Candy Glass Pe...
Pastel Pink Flower Earrings, Floral Lampwork Earrings, Pink Beadwork Earrings, Pastel Earrings, Dangle Earrings - Flower Bed - GlassRiverJewelryPastel Pink Flower Earr...
Original Art 3x3 Glass Bevel, Owl with Flower - digiliodesignsOriginal Art 3x3 Glass ...
Earring Set Flowers Floral Three Pink Blue Green Pastel Bridesmaids Gift Set Rose Dainty Delicate - FigmentandRatherEarring Set Flowers Flo...
Hand Embroidered Floral Seersucker Bedspread in Pink and Creamy White with Pastel Flowers Coverlet Twin Full Size - BornAtTheWrongTimeHand Embroidered Floral...
Spring Flower Necklace  Collage Vintage brooch Bib Pastels Springtime Garden lavender Pink Aquamarine Statement Blue Butterfly Hummingbird - FiorellaJewelrySpring Flower Necklace ...
Floral Photography Note Card, Pale Blue Iris Flower, all occasion blank stationery notecard, macro photograph pastel blue violet - MaryFosterCreativeFloral Photography Note...