Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The featured artist for the end of May is Neighborhood Blonde.

Greetings! My name is Shelly Picard, and I'm the creator of Neighborhood Blonde. I started Neighborhood Blonde four years ago after realizing that creating had become more of a passion than the word "hobby" encompassed. I have always been a creator, as were my mom and both of my grandmothers. Although there were times during my childhood that "DIY" was more out of necessity than desire, I always marveled at how my mom could figure out how to recreate just about anything she encountered. And I loved trailing behind her at fabric stores, touching the bolts she touched, learning about the different kinds of textiles and dreaming of what they could become.

Today I create upcycled and recycled personal and household goods. I believe that just because an item is recycled, it doesn't have to look used. It's what I call eco-chic. Many of my creations are paper based, such as notebooks from product boxes and found paper, dishwasher magnets, wine bottle tags, and cards with vintage elements. I also use papers with soy-based inks and recycled content as much as possible. 

Other upcycled items include cards made from floppy disks and books, pillows from vintage chenille bedspreads & vintage fabric, and flowers made with vintage sewing patterns, knitting needles and buttons. In addition to creating environmentally friendly items, I also knit. I knit scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves, and wash cloths. Knitting provides a soothing calm at the end of a hectic day.    

If you want to see more or have any questions for me, please visit me at www.NeighborhoodBlonde.com or my Facebook page. Until then, thanks for taking a walk around my neighborhood!                 


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Featured Artist: Dina Noon with Design by Noon

As you step into Boutique 208 and look to your right, you will find our featured member section.
Every 2 weeks this area changes to showcase a different member.
For the next 2 weeks, May 1st - 14th, Dina Noon, of Design by Noon will be our featured artist.  Please enjoying reading a bit about her, in her own words:

Design by Noon began with inspiration of both ECO friendly resources along with an eye for salvaging used materials to make them ‘new again’.   Design By Noon makes hand poured soy candles utilizing ECO friendly processes and materials.  

Our candles are hand poured in recyclable glass jar containers. We also will refill custom containers or salvaged containers suitable for burning wax.  

Design by Noon also carries salvaged items that are repurposed into home or garden d├ęcor along with one of a kind dried floral arrangements and terrariums. 

Our terrariums are made from found glass containers and use many local materials found right here in Pennsylvania. Self harvested mosses and hand picked stones are just a few items which make each one unique.