Crafter of the Month – June 2018

Crafter of the Month
Our June Crafter of the Month is Sally, from Cherry Hill, NJ. Her eclectic mix of interests revolves around two lifelong passions: gardening and animals. Tending her flower garden and feeding local wildlife requires daily attention. Sally takes the same approach with her crafting, as she lovingly nurtures each project to completion. Below is a small sampling of her work.

Ceramic Pumpkins
Ceramic Pumpkins
Ceramics
One of the best things about autumn is the availability of pumpkins. This cute pair of ceramic pumpkins looks beautiful in any season. The orange paint was applied following the contours of the outer shells. Darker ridges add depth and dimension. The interiors have been painted yellow with an additional clear glaze to make them food safe. Crafter Tip: The pumpkin stems were coated with a specialty paint, which blends green and brown colors together during the firing process. No two are exactly alike and it produces a more realistic appearance.

Valley Forge Memorial Arch
Vally Forge Arch
Photography
This beautiful arch, located in Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania, is a memorial to General George Washington and the Continental Army. Taking this photo at an angle adds visual interest, and beautifully showcases the carved stonework and massive structure of this architectural icon. The cool, light gray stone sharply contrasts with the robin’s egg blue sky.

Amethyst & Fluorite Necklace
Amethyst & Fluorite Necklace
Beaded Jewelry
Ever since the first precious gems were discovered, people have crafted jewelry to showcase their finds. Wearing beautiful gemstones against your skin is such a luxurious, decadent experience. This faceted, deep purple amethyst necklace has a carved fluorite center stone and sterling silver accents. Crafter Tips: Genuine gemstone beads are available in many varieties, shapes, and colors at a fraction of the cost of cut gemstones. Be sure to purchase gemstones from reputable sources, such as Fire Mountain Gems.

Christmas Boots Ornaments
Christmas Boots Ornaments
DIY Kits
If you haven’t visited a craft store recently, you’ll be amazed at the selection of DIY kits to make anything from stepping stones and suncatchers to pillows and toys. This is a great opportunity to do a creative project with the convenience of having all the necessary supplies in one box, and the simplicity of easy to follow instructions for adults and kids of all ages. This Christmas ornament kit included all the sequins, straight pins, and ribbons needed to make two boots. Crafter Tip: Before selecting a project to make with your kids, be sure to check the recommended ages – kits often include small parts and pieces.

Jaguar Needlepoint
Jaguar Needlepoint
Needlepoint
The gaze of this predator meets the viewer eye to eye. Large paws hint at superior physical strength and agility. In the blink of an eye, he could disappear into the jungle, blending perfectly among the foliage with his spotted fur coat. Intricate details in this needlepoint were created using a single style stitch, which relies upon color, light and shadow to define the subject. The dark stained, distressed wood frame coordinates perfectly with the abstract jungle foliage. Crafter Tip: For best results, needlepoint should be professionally blocked and framed.

Footprints Matted Photo
Footprints Matted Photo
Semi-Custom Picture Framing
During childhood, some of our best friends are pets. Through every adventure, real or imagined, your faithful companion is always at your side. This adorable photo has a very special customized two-tone double matt. The artist traced her dog’s foot and then transferred it onto the tan matt board. Each print was cut out using an Exacto knife, revealing the dark brown layer beneath, creating the footprint pattern. Crafter Tip: For maximum impact, use two high-contrast matt board colors.

Happy Crafting!