Chosen for Etsy Team Grant

**UPDATED UPDATE** We are moving our big extravaganza to December. Happy Holidays from RNEST! :)
**UPDATE** Our Hungerford space was rented out before we were able to jump on it!!! DILEMMA!!! Any ideas?

It has been awesome being a team leader on The Rochester NY Etsy Street Team and continues to get even more exciting. We have been making small waves in the community over the past two years, from newspaper articles, to TV spots and proud representation at many festivals and art markets. In recent months our team has been working on a bigger idea. We wanted to build a sense of creative community in Rochester beyond our group while making our presence known. This led to some grant writing (thanks VERY much to Sarah Goldhawk) and a plan to join forces with the Hungerford for one month.

And.....(drumroll)..... we made it happen! Here is the article on Etsy announcing August's Etsy Team Grant winners.

We are planning lots of fun including: a First Friday market, swap meet, after market, workshops and even a Halloween shindig. Another area Art teacher on the team will be hosting a Creativity Starter workshop with me. Keep on the look out and join the fun in October!

GO TEAM!!!!!!


She's All Over The Place

This weekend you can find Buenahelena at Wedgestock 2011 in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, NY. Along with several artisans there will be music, hula hooping, a pet parade and delicious food. So bring your fine self the South Ave for a good time!

If you're further south at the moment, I recently consigned some of my cocktail napkin coasters at Leisurely Reads in Mt. Morris. It's a great little book shop, run by a teacher like myself. Support it and Mt. Morris's reinvention as an arts community! You can a see a sampling this weekend at the Mt. Morris Italian Festival.


Beauty from Brooklyn, Just For Me!

Last week I won a giveaway on Chic & Green for three Prem Soaps freebies. C&G is a great, green lifestyle blog out of Rochester, NY that features reviews, ideas and giveaways of green, handmade items. C&G has also been a sponsor of my favorite indie art market, Mayday Underground. PS is an all organic and vegan bath & beauty company, based in Brooklyn, NY. Each item, down to it's packaging, is made with care for the customer and compassion for the environment as the name Prem (Sanskrit for "love") suggests.

I received one jar of Lavender Grapefruit salt scrub, one Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus bar soap and one Vanilla Cinnamon with Cinnamon Bark bar soap. So far I am loving them all!

First I tried the PT&E soap. It felt very creamy while it lathered up and smelled fresh, but subtle. My hands stayed soft all morning without any lotion. Also, I kind of enjoy having handmade soap on my bathroom sink in a little vintage saucer.

Next I tried out the VC w/CB soap in the shower. It has a rougher texture from the cinnamon bark, but still had the creamy lather. The best way I can describe VC w/CB is that it smells like a really sexy guy. I totally recommend grabbing some of these for the man in your life this Christmas.

Finally, my favorite product to use was the G&L salt scrub. I always see scrubs, but rarely buy them, because...well I'm poor. So this was a real treat. I used it as part of a little homemade pedicure. The scrub had a good roughness, but there was enough essential oil to keep my skin from being rubbed raw and remain moisturized afterward. As the day goes on the grapefruit scent lingers on nicely. My feet thank you Prem Soaps!


How To: Make Retro Stickers with Packing Tape

I love experimenting with materials and finding solutions for items I've collected at flea markets and thrift shops. I had a bunch of images cut out from vintage magazines and being an Etsy seller I had quite a bit of clear packing tape for mailing orders. With these two materials, I experimented with making some unique DIY stickers. They are easy to make and add a layer of richness that you can't get by cutting and pasting the magazine paper alone.

You'll need:
Clear Packing Tape
Clippings from retro magazines (small enough to fit within the tape!)
Bone folder
Sponge (with soft & scrubby sides)

Step 1: Cut off a piece of tape and lay your image face down to the sticky side of the tape.

Step 2: Use a bone folder or other hard, smooth object to press the image onto the tape.

Step 3: Wet your sponge and dab it over the pack of the magazine paper until it is saturated.

Step 4: Use the scrubby side of the sponge to take off the extra layers of paper.

Step 5: Let the piece of tape dry. It will regain its stickiness.

Step 6: Cut out your sticker from the excess tape and stick it somewhere!

Now you've got a great one of a kind sticker. Want a whole bunch? You can scan your retro images and print multiples on a laser printer. Inkjet will not work. I have only used magazines from the 60's and 70's. It would be worth the experiment to see if newer ink and printing processes from current magazines work as well.