Monthly Archives: January 2010

Inspiration: Art with Paper

We are under a blanket of snow and ice here in the Midwest, so it’s a perfect time for blogging! I was inspired to put a post together of some of my favorite inspirations in art made with paper. Stay warm and enjoy!

Paper flower wreaths (via 100 layer cake) // Paper cut cards from crafterall (via designmilk)

Photograph by Carl Kleiner

Paper flowers from the gilded bee

Neon scarf is Fierce original mixed media illustration // Tattered Angel Wings Paper Sculpture

New Products on evie s.

Hey everyone! Thanks for all your sweet feedback on my last post. It’s really fun getting to share the journey with you! This is just a quick note to show off some brand new items I posted in my etsy shop this week. I’m excited to start making more things for your home AND your wardrobe!

Happy shopping!

It’s a Boy!

We got confirmation that our little guy is going to have a baby brother! I’m really excited to be having another boy. Little E will have a play mate very close to his age, so hopefully they will be best buds.

With my last pregnancy, I took photos of my amazing growing belly every couple weeks. I loved seeing the progression, and I finally compiled all the thumbnails together to make a collage of belly growing goodness.

I got a late start with this pregnancy, but here is my 17 week picture, this was taken about 2.5 weeks ago though, so now I’m sporting a slightly bigger, 20 week belly! I can’t believe I’m already halfway done.

Thanks for letting me share!

Artist Interview: Danni of Oh, Hello Friend

Our first artist interview of the new year is with the always inspiring Danni, of Oh, Hello Friend. Hers is one of my favorite blog reads and she is so talented in the areas of art, design, photography and packaging with a wonderful eye for detail. Make sure you visit her etsy shop too!

1. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Danni and I love to design and blog! I am recently engaged and have now entered into the world of WEDDING PLANNING! yikes! I really love traveling, designing, being creative, and would love to work at an orphanage someday.

Proposal Story and Bridesmaids Projects

2. What do you do to stay inspired and motivated to create?
When I need inspiration, I sometimes take a couple hours and go read magazines at Borders. Even though the magazine industry seems to be fading with ever-growing blogs, there is still something really nice about sitting and looking through something you can hold and flip through. I will sometimes bring a notebook and sketch down ideas or inspiration from the magazines. It’s of course inspiring to check out all my favorite blogs and look for new projects or ideas.

Favorite Things

3. What are some other passions you have besides art and design?
Well, like I said in #1, I really do love to travel! I’ve been to a few different countries and it is really the best to get out and explore the world beyond what I am just used to from my day to day. I  also really love going to thrift stores and flea markets – it’s fun to be able to discover a great find or ‘treasure’ and collect things. (Although my fiancee would say I collect too many things and don’t need anything else, hehe.)

lovely vintage hair pin set and keep calm and carry on pocket mirror

4. Give us a glimpse into a normal day in the life of Danni.
A normal day varies from day to day but always consists of blogging. Other things I’ll work on is make new jewelry for my etsy shop, package whatever etsy orders I have, run errands, and work on whatever needs to be done for the day. When I am preparing for a craft show though: that looks a lot different. My apartment becomes a mess and looks like a hurricane hit it. There are supplies everywhere as I frantically am rushing to get enough stuff made for the show. hehe, I am definitely not by any means a ‘neat’ worker.

Lovely Packaging

5. I love your 101 in 1001 goals list. Are there any that you are working on right now?
Thank you! I was really inspired to make a list after seeing my friend make one. Life is a little busy right now, I’d say the only thing I am really working on at this point is planning the wedding. I really want to do so much more in the art and business section (like update my portfolio and start a new shop) but I just don’t have the time, maybe in 2011!

Unique craft show, Los Angeles

6. Lastly, tell us something random or quirky about yourself!
Random.. hm. I don’t like cheese! and quirky..sometimes when it rains (which it doesn’t often rain in orange county) I’ll just go sit out in my car with a good book and the back hatch open so I can look out into it and read in the rain. I love the rain.

More notes and Last Minute Hot Chocolate

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Thank you Danni! You are a doll and so talented and we wish you all the best in your upcoming wedding!

You can read previous artist interviews here:
Anna Bond of Rifle Design
Sharilyn with Lovely Design
Promise Tangeman
Elsie of Red Velvet Art
Corrie of Corrieberry Pie

A Few Projects

Here are a few projects I’ve been working on lately.

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Making cute headbands for gifts.

ringpillows

Sewing ring pillows and getting ready for my first retail venture. Brides, if you live in Maryland, check out English Rose Floral Design in historic downtown Annapolis. Tell Joanne that Evie sent you!

haiti

Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe

I’ve also been thinking about and praying for the precious people involved in the recent devastation in Haiti, as I’m sure many of you are. If you are looking for ways to help, here are a few easy ones.

  1. Simply leave a comment on pioneer woman’s blog post and she will donate $0.10 for every entry.
  2. Artists and designers can donate an item to this auction and proceeds will go to charity. You can also participate in bidding on items.

In a few weeks I will also be introducing a way that artists, designers and etsy sellers can support this cause and others on an ongoing basis.

Love to you all,

Evie

Thinking Spring Sweater Refashion

I decided to share a cute little sewing project I finished the other day. On a whim I decided I wanted a new cardigan with a spring feel, you know, because of the sub-zero temperatures lately. Ha! Anyway, I’m dreaming of Spring and what other color to incorporate than yellow, right? So I took a sweater that I don’t really wear anymore and decided to make it into a cardigan.

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I sliced up the front to create an opening. Then I cut a piece of yellow fabric, folded it in half and sewed the raw edge (because I don’t like fraying) and did a gathering stitch by hand to create a ruffle. My sewing machine was on the fritz, otherwise I just would have done it that way. I pinned my ruffle in place and used vintage bias tape to finish both edges and sewed everything down. A vintage button finishes the piece.

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I decided to just do one button, so it will be more versatile for my burgeoning belly (17 weeks now, yay!). I love the yellow hues, it makes me so happy! And yes, that yellow is as electric as it looks in the photos. *Smile*

Anyone else ready for Spring?

Best of 2009

Last year was a great year with some fun posts. Here are the most popular. Enjoy!

April – Created an easy DIY Coaster Craft and put bunny ears on my baby for Happy Easter

DIY Coasters

Easter

May – A great Creative Mom Interview with Ez of Creature Comforts and created a design for the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept

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June – Tried my hand at re-salvaging on Cracked Wood Bowl Rescue and blogged about some lovely Bokeh photography

Cracked Wood Bowl

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July – Made a cute DIY Halter Top from Threadbanger and had an awesome Artist Interview with Promise Tangeman

DIY halter top

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August – Launched evie s. Weddings and interviewed the amazingly talented, Elsie of Red Velvet Art

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September – Made my first knit hat on It’s Fall and I’m Knitting and introduced 8 Ways to Wear a Clip-On Earring

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October – Made the Cutest Handmade Purse for my niece and interviewed the sweet gal over at Corrieberry Pie

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December – Had a very fun time putting together the Holiday Expo and wished you all a Merry Christmas!

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Here’s to a great year of posts in 2010! So what were your favorites from last year? I’d love to know!

Adventures with Felt

Happy 2010 everyone! I trust you had a nice break and are raring to go for another year, and…another decade!

I’ve been experimenting with some projects made of felt that I thought I’d quickly share. For some reason I’ve been on a kick of making things for myself which for some reason, I rarely do. Maybe it’s because I truly enjoy creating more when it’s for someone else. But, for now I’ve been enjoying the fruits of my own labor!

Part of my husband and I’s Christmas gifts to each other were brand new phones. Mine is so stinking new on the market, they don’t have many options in the way of cases or protection. So I made my own! I think it turned out very cute, and now my phone is nice and cozy.

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I also experimented with a little felt brooch. It’s not marvelous, but it’s cute enough. Experimentation leads to innovation, right?

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Tomorrow be on the lookout for my “Best Of” post where I highlight the best posts from last year. Stay tuned!