Oct 242009

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 the Pink Elephant, and Larry the Monster Chasing Ladybug.

Melissa also produces beaded jewelry that demonstrates how much she enjoys the holidays. Check out her Frosty the Snowman Glass Beaded Bracelet, for example, or her Giggly Ghouls Ghostly Charm Earrings.

While Melissa likes to share her sense of humor with us, she also has a practical side, as evidenced by her crocheted blankets, bath and kitchen items. It’s not hard to see, however, that she can’t resist splashing her work with color, texture or both. A Star is Born Baby Blanket is bright and cheery, as is her Set of Three Yellow and White Extra Large Make-up Removers.


Before you leave her shop, make sure you visit Melissa’s Vintage/Retro/Destash section, where you’ll find such treasures as a Vintage Golden Pair of Leaves Brooch or a Bakers Dozen of Vintage Baseball Cards that you can use for your scrapbooking, altered art and collages.

Congratulations, Melissa, for being October’s Featured EtsyBlogger! Make sure you visit her blog to learn more about Melissa.

© 2009 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved. Please note that the images in this post are owned by the artists and may not be used without permission.

Sep 162009

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 such sweet delights as Vanessa’s Little Birdies, Pretty Birdies and Hello Cupcakecard series.

Vanessa does not restrict her creativity to her crafty cards, but also experiments with fabric. You’ll find several tutorials on her blog, the most recent of which is about how to create fabric wall art. You’ll find it easy to duplicate her step-by-step process, which she illustrates beautifully with photos.

While you’re visiting her blog, make sure you click on the Craftzine.com button. Vanessa’s tutorial about a “Shirt Full of Posies” is highlighted on this site. You can read the full post on her blog.

Something is always happening at Designs by Vanessa, so be sure to visit Vanessa’s Etsy shop and blog frequently. Vanessa is September’s Featured EtsyBlogger.

© 2009 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved. Please note that the images in this post are owned by the artist and may not be used without permission.