Engineer by day, artist after hours

Color, texture and playfulness are the earmarks of Melissa of Made by Melissa on Etsy. Melissa, who is an engineer by day, but an artist after hours, is October’s Featured EtsyBlogger. She is a multi-talented needleworker who can’t resist playing with her crochet hook to create such creatures as Gary the Green Garden Snake, Penny …

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It’s all for the birds

When it comes to birds and whimsy, Arizona artist Vanessa of Designs by Vanessa always has something to tweet about. “I love anything/everything crafty and handmade!,” she writes on the social network, Twitter. “My current obsessions are jewelry and paper goods.” As a fellow bird enthusiast, I enjoyed visiting her shop, where I browsed through …

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